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Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby Harbinger » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:41 pm

What's a bomber jacket without a corresponding helmet, right? Well fly into the danger zone!

I found a store in Jacksonville, FL (close by) who sells repro Chinese pilot helmets for use as motorcycle helmets... even though they are not DOT approved. They come in many colors: Green, black, white, and red. Well red is the cheapest so that's what I got.

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It comes with a great liner and 2 visors, clear and shaded. I plan to unscrew all the details so I can paint everything better (and not get paint on my visors). As an added bonus it comes in a box covered in Chinese lettering. Bonus prop!

My initial thought is to paint the helmet tan with a brown stripe ala the ground troops. Ideas?

Sorry about the glare, the helmet actually is quite shiny.
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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby pennausamike » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:07 am

I had the same idea for a flight helmet I was given a few years back.

I use a two color process to paint my Independents' helmets.
If you are interested, I can check the colors later today or tomorrow.

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I think it looks better in person than in the pictures.
It's a dusting of a clear brown over (I think) khaki.
I used a semi-gloss black for the stripe.

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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby Harbinger » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:09 pm

Hmm, that's an option.
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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby Yellowjacket » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:53 pm

Can I ask how much they are selling them for?
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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby AZSneed » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:13 am

To use another movie phrase, "Well, more wealth than you can imagine!" :mrgreen:
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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby Harbinger » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:53 pm

I want to say about $45 after shipping and handling and tax (he's in the same state as me). Just do an eBay search for: Chinese flight helmet. I might have used reproduction too.

Well, I got bored last night.

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And today after work added more detail...

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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby Yellowjacket » Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:37 pm

Nice. You should wear the whole set-up the next time you fly.
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Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

Postby Dorian Gray » Thu May 19, 2011 1:24 am

That is awesome!
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