I picked this Unloved Belgain M1 clone up on Ebay for the princly sum of 8 quid.
I have plans for refurbing and turning it into an M1C
more to follow
bolo wrote:I think it could use some "aging" or weathering, it was common for soldiers to smear wet mud on the helmet for camo, maybe you could get some dirt and use a bucket and add water to make a thin mud mixture and brush it on and when it dries you can brush off some loose dirt and leave enough to give it that field used look
I would also brush some muddy water on the chin straps to stain them or make them more dingy / soiled, another tip is to leave the helmet outdoors in the sun, rain humidity for a few months so the hardware and other exposed metal can get a little rust to make it have a weathered rusty faded, used look
it could also use a few light scuffs or nicks to simulate a field use, especially around the edges and the top of the helmet, soldiers often laid the helmet in the dirt and the top would get scratched and worn more in that area
the nylon netting looks too modern, I would recommend a piece of old used fishing net made of cotton.
then it would look good enough as a movie prop / reenactment helmet