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Old 01-14-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
baggypantsdevil
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Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

I stripped a DID US helmet, replaced the brim strip from aluminum foil with one that is thinner and in scale (and not dented) but now I need to create some texture on the shell. In the past I've used surface primer (Mr. Surfacer 500) and stippled it with an old brush. However, I can't seem to get the right texture using this technique. Can anyone suggest another technique to create a realistic helmet texture? Thanks,

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Old 01-14-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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Re: Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

Kevin, try this: over a flat coat - Dulldoat or acrylic - sprinkle some fine pastel. It doesn't have to be totally uniform, as it was normally just dirt over the surface, and it will look in scale. If you use acrylic, you can alwasy wash it of if youdon't like the final reault. It has worked for me in the past-
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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Re: Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

Kevin,

I use a coat of Rustoleum MultiColor texture I picked up at Home Depot.

This one's been stripped and retextured...





HTH,
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Old 01-14-2011, 10:46 PM   #4
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Re: Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

Brent,

Thanks for the tip. The Rustoleum texture was a little too sharp right out of the can but after sanding it down slightly with a fine sanding stick it looks perfect. Cheers,

-Kevin
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:35 AM   #5
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Re: Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

I've had good luck using a product called suede spray paint.
It leaves a suede like texture that once dried can be over sprayed with OD green.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:47 AM   #6
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Re: Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

Some excellent ideas. Very helpful. For whatever reason, the helmet and its appearance seems to be the most important piece of equipment in creating a realistic look. I don't know why but it seems to make it or break it. Good work.
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Old 01-18-2011, 02:29 AM   #7
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Re: Creating U.S. Helmet Texture?

I agree the Lt's helmet texture looks fantastic very scale looking... I have seen some German helmets that have been textured and they look like chia pets
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