Steel Para Riot Helmet

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    Microsheep
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    Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Microsheep on Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:09 pm

    Evening all. Thought you would like to see my latest project I've been working on. It started when I brought a NOS visor from Stoneleigh, and recently I brought a RAC converted Para helmet. The chap before me had done most of the work, such as drilling holes for liner. I cut off the original RAC hangers and that left me with two holes. Some new bolts, and a bit of tweaking to the visor (the turtle is way wider) the visor fits and functions nicely. I painted it a "interesting" shade of dark green. Not the colour advertised, but it will pass!  I still need to make some hangers and buy a chinstrap.  Anyway, I wanted to recreate a helmet from the 70's as used by the Para's in NI, controlling riots. Hope you like it, feedback welcome.






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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by loski on Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:53 pm

    Hangers and chin strap are not hard to make and the side buckles are available on ebay these are the ones I made for mine


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    Reproduction Helmet

    Post by edstorey on Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:14 pm

    Please take the time to stamp it as a reproduction, preferably in a way in which the stamp cannot be removed. Long after you are finished with the helmet and it has passed through a few hands, a permanent marking will save someone from getting stung with a reproduction.

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Microsheep on Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:20 pm

    loski wrote:Hangers and chin strap are not hard to make and the side buckles are available on ebay these are the ones I made for mine

    The hangers were easy, but I think the chinstrap is beyond my sewing skills!  Yours looks good, how come you used the standard liner? I've always thought they were a bit crap!

    edstorey wrote:Please take the time to stamp it as a reproduction, preferably in a way in which the stamp cannot be removed.   Long after you are finished with the helmet and it has passed through a few hands, a permanent marking will save someone from getting stung with a reproduction.

    I will do, but I don't think it will be leaving me anytime soon!  I only collect things I want or know I will use!

    I've never seen one like this, only in old photographs and books. Should go nicely with the Denison that I've brought!

    I made up some hangers today (Far too tight to buy some Laughing). I fitted a MK6 Chinstrap I had, but it will be replaced with a correct tan one in the near future.



    What it looks like on-


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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by loski on Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:00 am

    The hangers were easy, but I think the chinstrap is beyond my sewing skills!  Yours looks good, how come you used the standard liner? I've always thought they were a bit crap!

    I used the origional liner for the reason that Im too tight to pay the going price that para liner are going for if one comes up at the right price I might go for it, IMO Mk5 liners are quite comfortable as long as they fit proprly oh and put a plug of hard rubber over the LTD popper in the top.

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by loski on Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:31 am


    Hi Microsheep I have the above green chin strap that would be OK for a 70's -80's para helmet (I can change the double D ring fastener for a gate buckle) that I would sell PM me if you are intrested.

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:21 pm

    There is a khaki Airborne chinstrap on Ebay now but with the quite(for me anyhow) steep buy it now price of £25.

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Microsheep on Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:36 pm

    loski wrote:
    Hi Microsheep I have the above green chin strap that would be OK for a 70's -80's para helmet (I can change the double D ring fastener for a gate buckle) that I would sell PM me if you are intrested.

    Hi loski, Thank you very much for the offer, but I'm going to go for a tan one, more recognisable for the period really!

    Gulf91 wrote:There is a khaki Airborne chinstrap on Ebay now but with the quite(for me anyhow) steep buy it now price of £25.

    I think I know the one you mean, a 1955 one? Yeah, I thought the price was too night, SOF do a repro for £20! Thanks though Smile

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:44 pm

    Yep,steep indeed. Keep your eyes peeled as bargains do appear on there,I recently got an unissued 70s dated Khaki one for a fiver. Also,try searching for an Israeli one,much cheaper when available,only difference are the metal end tabs but they can easily be replaced with British type ones.

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Microsheep on Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:02 pm

    Will do! I frequent shows as well so I'll keep my eyes peeled there as well. I haven't seen any Israeli ones before, but they look identical, apart from the tabs you pointed out. Unless you wanted to offload yours?...........haha

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    Re: Steel Para Riot Helmet

    Post by Gulf91 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:11 pm

    Mine unfortunately is going on a 70s Airborne helmet that was missing its original chinstrap-Sorry.

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