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by USMC-EOD
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:16 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Repairing A Felt Pickehaube
Replies: 16
Views: 1580

Re: Repairing A Felt Pickehaube

Wow. Outstanding save! Impressive, and a great idea and tutorial. Thanks!
by USMC-EOD
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Dragoner Regt 16 Restoration
Replies: 54
Views: 3606

Re: Dragoner Regt 16 Restoration

Absolutely fantastic idea for patching. Thank you.
by USMC-EOD
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2

Actually, gives a nice original contrast to pre-war fittings. Nice work.
by USMC-EOD
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Garde Arty Officer Restoration
Replies: 18
Views: 1816

Re: Garde Arty Officer Restoration

That looks fantastic, Brian.
by USMC-EOD
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Dragoner Regt 16 Restoration
Replies: 54
Views: 3606

Re: Dragoner Regt 16 Restoration

Looking forward to seeing how you repair that tear in the leather at the visor brad junction. I have a tschapka with the same issue I would like to repair.
by USMC-EOD
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Garde Arty Officer Restoration
Replies: 18
Views: 1816

Re: Garde Arty Officer Restoration

Oh boy; this is going to be good :bravo: . I think I have the twin brother to your helmet, but in worse condition.
by USMC-EOD
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Train Battalion 8, resurrection
Replies: 14
Views: 1339

Re: Train Battalion 8, resurrection

That would be really neat to see. I know Gus from this site does a lot of similar displays for the public. Some of his pictures from these events are really great.
by USMC-EOD
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Train Battalion 8, resurrection
Replies: 14
Views: 1339

Re: Train Battalion 8, resurrection

Hey Brian/Aicusv, Sorry about that. I was under the impression from the posts that the shell and the visors came into AICUSV's possession already separated and were potentially from two completely different helmets. Perhaps a private purchase vulcanfibre officer or private purchase enlisted shell wi...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Dec 03, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Train Battalion 8, resurrection
Replies: 14
Views: 1339

Re: Train Battalion 8, resurrection

Since the bowl is fibre, could it be from a late private purchase enlisted helmet? Perhaps for use with a private purchase vulcanfibre enlisted wappen with screw posts on the rear rather than loops? Maybe that's why none of your wappen fit. Not sure if the private purchase "thing" for the enlisted h...
by USMC-EOD
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: A Frosty Ulanen Ersatz Tschapka
Replies: 24
Views: 1545

Re: A Frosty Ulanen Ersatz Tschapka

Outstanding looking tschapka!
by USMC-EOD
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Imperial German Regimental Flags
Topic: Type I Reichskriegsflagge
Replies: 7
Views: 2532

Re: Type I Reichskriegsflagge

Hey John, I bought an enlisted Kreigsmarine shako from a port city in Japan off of eBay years ago. Point being that the German Navy and German Marine Corps were cruising around the PACRIM during the time period of your type-one flag. Boxer rebellion time frame, and what-not. If it looks hand made pe...
by USMC-EOD
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Info Needed On Saxon Ersatz Tin
Replies: 18
Views: 1868

Re: Info Needed On Saxon Ersatz Tin

Pickelhauben-Just chiming in, and as I said; "for what it's worth". I am absolutely not an expert on these types of tin ersatz type helmets. I just happen to have one like yours and saw a chance to talk a little about my observations from having owned both types. I have mostly lurked on this site to...
by USMC-EOD
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Info Needed On Saxon Ersatz Tin
Replies: 18
Views: 1868

Re: Info Needed On Saxon Ersatz Tin

Hi pickelhauben. Just read through my post and "holy wall of text Batman!"; please bear with me. :) I did not mean to be so "wordy" when I started this... I have an ersatz helmet made by the same maker as yours. The shell and spike are identical to yours. The only difference that I recall is that mi...
by USMC-EOD
Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka
Replies: 56
Views: 8705

Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Outstanding work and a stunning restoration. Very impressive. :bravo:
by USMC-EOD
Wed Oct 25, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: 2017 MAX Pickup
Replies: 18
Views: 1582

Re: 2017 MAX Pickup

That helmet is striking. Absolutely beautiful.
by USMC-EOD
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka
Replies: 56
Views: 8705

Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Hey Brian, Have you thought about supporting the crown with the mortar board hanging free, wetting the leather, inserting a plastic bag into the shell, and filling the bag with hot silica sand warmed to a specific temperature from your stove? Seems like that might work and slowly allow the heat and ...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2

Thanks Brian; awesome thread as usual. I will be rebuilding a couple of sets of scales when i get back Stateside. S/F-Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Garde Eisenbahn Officer Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 4009

Re: Garde Eisenbahn Officer Restoration

Brian, I do not beleive that this site would be nearly as good without your restoration section. A lot of good information that "answers the mail" comes out in your threads. The best thing about your threads is that i can use them to convince "Mama-san" into allowing me to buy helmets cheaper than n...
by USMC-EOD
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Can you see what's special about these two M95 Prussians?
Replies: 22
Views: 3467

Re: Can you see what's special about these two M95 Prussians

Wow Adler, Those are fantastic. I really like ersatz helms; thanks for posting these. I have a vulcanfiber EM helmet, but the front and rear rims are riveted on rather than sewn like your paper and glue example. Thankyou for clarifying these types. I'been told in the past that these were lacquer cov...
by USMC-EOD
Sat Oct 14, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Reduced to faking a fake
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Reduced to faking a fake

I know what you mean Jaap. Enlisted helmets have a lot of variety and odd-ball features that can be found. The M-95 conversion thread recently posted is a good example. My favorites are ersatz helmets.

S/F

Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Reduced to faking a fake
Replies: 11
Views: 845

Re: Reduced to faking a fake

Hey Jaap; welcome back. I've been a lurker here since before I finally joined back in 2008. I still mainly just read posts, but I throw the occasional comment out there, so I know where you are coming from! I remember the late 70s and 1980s, and I had a heck of a time figuring stuff out with these h...
by USMC-EOD
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: New post of older aquisition
Replies: 9
Views: 960

Re: New post of older aquisition

This was one of the things lost with the Photo Bucket deal, right? Thank you for reposting it for reference, James. Photos and posts like this are what makes this site such an outstanding research source.

S/F

Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Four Pickelhaube
Replies: 24
Views: 2633

Re: Four Pickelhaube

Those look great. I wish I had been as lucky to find as many varied examples when I started collecting these! Outstanding, and welcome aboard.
by USMC-EOD
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka
Replies: 56
Views: 8705

Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

This part on the front brim restoration is pretty interesting to me. I had to figure the construction on one of these brims once for an enlisted tschapka where the guy had taken a bullet in the brain bucket. Entry and exit holes and staining/rot in the back of the interior from brain fluid. The leat...
by USMC-EOD
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2

Tanner's Bond..., thanks. I will look that up when I get back state side next year. Good pro-tip. I pulled apart a set of reproduction cuirassier scales several years back in order to remove a couple of links on each side in order to make them fit properly on an original cuirassier helmet. (Still lo...
by USMC-EOD
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2

What type of glue are you using to adhere the leather together when you fold the edges over on the backside of the scales?

I have had a certain amount of luck with plain Elmer's household glue for certain items, but I have never used it on leather. What is your "go-to" adhesive?
by USMC-EOD
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: 37mm - What Exactly is This?
Replies: 12
Views: 2426

Re: 37mm - What Exactly is This?

Cool. I know 11th Marines area well. And I probably should have said something along the lines of "former active duty Marine", but I figured you might have still been in. I think the vast majority of sectioned/cut-away ordnance that is found in the "wild" was done by private individuals, but I guess...
by USMC-EOD
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: 37mm - What Exactly is This?
Replies: 12
Views: 2426

Re: 37mm - What Exactly is This?

Darn spell check. Everything that says "insert" in my above post should read "inert". Annoying... :)
by USMC-EOD
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:30 pm
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: 37mm - What Exactly is This?
Replies: 12
Views: 2426

Re: 37mm - What Exactly is This?

Hey John; just read through this thread. Marine EOD does these types of "cut-aways" to this day, on all types of ordnance and fuzes. Most military EOD shops have extensive ordnance libraries that cover many time frames and many countries. At a minimum, the smaller EOD shops will at least have inert ...
by USMC-EOD
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2
Replies: 20
Views: 2522

Re: Anatomy of a Chin Scale #2

Do you find the original gilding coming off of the scales during cleaning? Is there a way to limit this? What tool are you using to make your holes for the staples so perfectly round? Very intricate, exacting work. Your craftsmanship is outstanding and shows a minute attention to detail. Very nice.
by USMC-EOD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka
Replies: 56
Views: 8705

Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

Hey Brian, you used to have a thread that was something like "the anatomy of a chin scale", or something like that. You had a step by step breakdown on rebuilding these scales and you talked about using the fingers from little old lady gloves you would find at antique stores for cheap. Is that threa...
by USMC-EOD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Question on Cuirassier Helms
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Question on Cuirassier Helms

You got it, buddy. Pics when I get back. And thanks for your service.

Semper Fi,

Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Garde Eisenbahn Officer Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 4009

Re: Garde Eisenbahn Officer Restoration

That Wappen looks amazing. An ultra sonic cleaner will be on my Christmas list for my wife. What is the mixture of black coloring to shellac (%) that you use? The brands you find work best? Are you hand scuffing with 0000 steel wool between applications or use another method? This is fascinating. Sw...
by USMC-EOD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Pickelhaube Restoration
Topic: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka
Replies: 56
Views: 8705

Re: Ulan Regt. 1,2,3 Officer Tschapka

This is good to go. I am following this rebuild with interest. I have a couple of rotting chin scale sets that need rebuilding. Thank you Brian for doing this.
by USMC-EOD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: photobucket pics dont show?
Replies: 14
Views: 2413

Re: photobucket pics dont show?

Roger Brian. I totally get it. My sincere thanks to you and the others who attempt a partial rebuild. You mentioned other good pickelhaube sites out there. What are they, just out of curiosity? Also, as you re-build, will you focus on the excellent restoration section? I ask because I have been doin...
by USMC-EOD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: paint/finish on m15 Bavarians wappens
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Re: paint on m15 Bavarians

I always wondered about that myself, Pickelhaube. I have mostly seen a "parkerized" or similar finish on these steel parts, but they usually still have a fair amount of the finish on the back of the wappen. I always figured that having a sopping wet cotton cover over the steel parts during the war h...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Question on Cuirassier Helms
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Question on Cuirassier Helms

Roger. My Enlisted example looks like an 1867 that had an 1889 round brim put onto it. The height of the crown looks like the taller Model 1867 and the spike is the slightly taller type like in your side-by side comparison next to an 1889 on your page. If I remember correctly, the side rivets look s...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Sep 10, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: photobucket pics dont show?
Replies: 14
Views: 2413

Re: photobucket pics dont show?

So, Brian; is there any plan to ask folks to re-post the "stickied" postings with a new photo provider? There is a lot of good gouge that looks like it was lost. Plus it is disheartening to start reading one of the posts with everyone saying things like "That is incredible!" or "That is the first on...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Question on Cuirassier Helms
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Question on Cuirassier Helms

Hey Gents, I have an earlier model Enlisted Man's Prussian Cuirassier helmet. It looks like it was originally an older "step-visor" type helmet that was modified to the newer type (1890's) visor while in service. It still has the screws holding on the chinstrap. I know the Cuirassier helmets got the...
by USMC-EOD
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Help!
Topic: photobucket pics dont show?
Replies: 14
Views: 2413

Re: photobucket pics dont show?

Thanks Brian. Informative. That sucks about PB :| . And don't worry; I know all about Gus' quirks. He and I spent a fun afternoon in Yuma a few years ago shooting the bull with a former WWII Marine Raider. And been there, done that with the beer on White Beach, Skipper. Semper Fi.
by USMC-EOD
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Collection pics
Replies: 35
Views: 4330

Re: Collection pics

Amazing and impressive. And the French and Belgian cavalry items look fantastic as well. Obviously a dedicated collection.
by USMC-EOD
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Help!
Topic: photobucket pics dont show?
Replies: 14
Views: 2413

photobucket pics dont show?

ive been trying to look at the forum since i got stationed out here in Okinawa a couple of years ago and i have found that most of the pictures are no longer there. Just photobucket squares telling me i need to update my account? What gives with this? am i doing something wrong or is this due to my ...
by USMC-EOD
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Finally complete
Replies: 29
Views: 3143

Re: Finally complete

Very Beautiful helmet, Mr. LeBrassuer.

Semper Fi,

Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Bing Ersatz
Replies: 12
Views: 1877

Re: Bing Ersatz

Late to the party, but my God, that is a beautiful helmet. I missed out on one for the princely sum of $15 back in 1984 due to my own ignorance, lack of the internet or good books on the subject of ersatz, and the advice of "experts" back when I was basically still a dumb kid. Still kicking myself w...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: New Mauser in the collection
Replies: 41
Views: 7632

Re: New Mauser in the collection

Wow Gus! That thing is awesome! Congratulations on a super rare find. That's been a gun on my bucket list for many years as well.

Semper Fi,

Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: Back from the Dead: Preußen Neusilber Tschako
Replies: 24
Views: 4896

Re: Back from the Dead: Preußen Neusilber Tschako

Ooo Raaah! Kill. Good looking shako, and welcome back Captain Tony.

Semper Fi.
by USMC-EOD
Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Pickelhaube discussion
Topic: Hauben Painted Feld Grau
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Hauben Painted Feld Grau

I have one identical to Adlers', and have seen several others like it over the years. All "next generation" kit helmets, and all painted field grey. If I recall correctly, someone posted one exactly like it that had been excavated from an old eastern front trench line. Same off-brand screw holding o...
by USMC-EOD
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Latest Find
Topic: 1860 Pattern Artillery Enlisted haube
Replies: 19
Views: 2514

Re: 1860 Pattern Artillery Enlisted haube

That thing is insane Larry.

See you at Pomona.

Bryan.
by USMC-EOD
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: Weapons and Ordnance
Topic: Hey Gus!
Replies: 76
Views: 35699

Re: Hey Gus!

Gus,

Give me a call. I think I found a place that has one of those original inert fuzes for your Mk-1 grenade.

Bryan.