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Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:41 pm
by Harbinger
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.

Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:07 am
by pennausamike
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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Mike

Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:09 pm
by Harbinger
Hmm, that's an option.

Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:53 pm
by Yellowjacket
Can I ask how much they are selling them for?

Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:13 am
by AZSneed
To use another movie phrase, "Well, more wealth than you can imagine!" :mrgreen:

Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:53 pm
by Harbinger
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

PostPosted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 4:37 pm
by Yellowjacket
Nice. You should wear the whole set-up the next time you fly.

Re: Browncoat Flight Helmet

PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 1:24 am
by Dorian Gray
That is awesome!