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    PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by british-rat on Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:37 pm

    Hello

    First I apologize for my English-speaking.
    I am Jesus of Seville Spain.
    Years ago I collect British militaria from WWII to the present day.
    I am forced to ask for help with a question that I can not solve by myself.

    During the Falklands conflict in numerous photos show the new fiber lightweight helmets that were used by the Parachute Regiment. Some of them appear with a helmet cover DPM, under nets or black tape.
    I wanted to know if covers were handmade or manufactured in series for this model.


    By walterwalker at 2012-01-30

    Thank you very much and greetings




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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:54 am

    Hello Jesus,do you have one of these rare helmets?

    There were NO issue DPM covers available at the time.

    Common practise was using a hood from the 68 Pattern DPM combat smock and sometimes also putting a net or a scrim scarf on top fixed with taps.

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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by Easy Gee on Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:59 pm

    Hi Jesus.

    As Gulf mentioned ,there was not an official issue cover for the Para lids, P 68 Hoods or Hessian,and scrim was used. Wink

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:01 pm

    Interestingly regarding these RARE early airborne helmets-there has been 2 now on Ebay UK in the last week Shocked Shocked

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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by Easy Gee on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:39 pm

    Yeah Rich,I have noticed a couple recently,one had an experimental cover which was interesting especially.



    Jesus ,here is a 68 pattern hood, of the type used during the Falklands conflict.




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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:43 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:Yeah Rich,I have noticed a couple recently,one had an experimental cover which was interesting especially.


    Yep,i bid on that and in bloody hindsight should have bid more Sad Sad

    Not for the helmet as i have 2 but for the early MK6 cover Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

    Be interesting to see who won it as it went in all honesty for a very good price.

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    Post by Easy Gee on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:45 pm

    Gulf91 wrote:
    Easy Gee wrote:Yeah Rich,I have noticed a couple recently,one had an experimental cover which was interesting especially.


    Yep,i bid on that and in bloody hindsight should have bid more Sad Sad

    Not for the helmet as i have 2 but for the early MK6 cover Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

    Be interesting to see who won it as it went in all honesty for a very good price.


    Hopefully someone here, and hopefully again, they'll show it here Wink

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:47 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:
    Gulf91 wrote:
    Easy Gee wrote:Yeah Rich,I have noticed a couple recently,one had an experimental cover which was interesting especially.


    Yep,i bid on that and in bloody hindsight should have bid more Sad Sad

    Not for the helmet as i have 2 but for the early MK6 cover Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

    Be interesting to see who won it as it went in all honesty for a very good price.


    Hopefully someone here, and hopefully again, they'll show it here Wink
    I hope not,ill be ever so jealous Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Smile Smile Smile

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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by british-rat on Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:09 pm

    Gulf91 wrote:Hello Jesus,do you have one of these rare helmets?

    There were NO issue DPM covers available at the time.

    Common practise was using a hood from the 68 Pattern DPM combat smock and sometimes also putting a net or a scrim scarf on top fixed with taps.

    many thanks Gulf91 Very Happy
    sleeves are too tight
    manufacturing seem

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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by british-rat on Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:15 pm

    Easy Gee wrote:Yeah Rich,I have noticed a couple recently,one had an experimental cover which was interesting especially.



    Jesus ,here is a 68 pattern hood, of the type used during the Falklands conflict.



    thank you easy gee
    I have a pat68 hoods and do not understand how the fit so perfectly
    you think you were doing also covers the MKV helmet? Suspect
    I do not remember having seen in photos

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    Post by loski on Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:28 pm

    We covered the Mk5 tin P**sers with hessian with a net over it then added fabric scrim to the net and added local foliage to blend the helmet in, I never saw a purpose made DPM cover for the Mk5 Im not saying there was'nt just I never saw one.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:31 pm

    loski wrote:We covered the Mk5 tin P**sers with hessian with a net over it then added fabric scrim to the net and added local foliage to blend the helmet in, I never saw a purpose made DPM cover for the Mk5 Im not saying there was'nt just I never saw one.

    Graham,there wasnt a purpose made cover for the MK4/5 either.

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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by Easy Gee on Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:09 pm

    british-rat wrote:
    Easy Gee wrote:Yeah Rich,I have noticed a couple recently,one had an experimental cover which was interesting especially.



    Jesus ,here is a 68 pattern hood, of the type used during the Falklands conflict.



    thank you easy gee
    I have a pat68 hoods and do not understand how the fit so perfectly
    you think you were doing also covers the MKV helmet? Suspect
    I do not remember having seen in photos


    No worries Jesus.

    Graham has hit the nail on head with this one. There were no Mk 5 covers.

    Or Mk 4 covers for that matter as mentioned by Rich. Wink


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    Re: PARA HELMET COVER

    Post by Easy Gee on Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:13 pm

    Incidentally Richard (Gulf91) has provided an excellent example already of one of these lids and clear pictures of how the hood could be attached...check it out!!!

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