findabetterole Posted 11 June , 2008 Share Posted 11 June , 2008 Hello Chums, With the increase of interest in WW.1 these past few years, the demand for genuine artifacts, especially 'battlefield finds', has grown increasingly. Also, with this new found interest, reenacting the WW.1 period has also grown, but at a lesser pace, but still a marked increase. For myself, being a Lancashire Lad, I chose to form a reenactment group here in California which reflected my roots = 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. (Great War Historical Society). An integral part of the British soldiers equipment which is on ever increasing demand, not only in its relic form, but refurbished for reenacting, is the 'Brodie' steel helmet. With this demand comes increasing prices. For want of keeping with authenticity, I refuse to accept a revamped WW.2 issue helmet, even though the price has a marked difference. This preference is also very clear to potencial recruits upon my battalion website. I have recently refurbished a 'Brodie' shell for my own use, and due to the decent condition of the original, I did not carry out any re-painting. I have furnished two pics of the finished result. I also want to refurbish another 'Brodie' which is in the same condition as the first... pic also shown. I would like to get a little feedback on the subject of refitting/refurbishing original 'Brodies' for reenacting. So my questions are as follows... 1) I feel that if the condition of the original 'Brodie' is around 90% sound in structure or paint finish, there is no need to re-paint. What are your views? 2) How far would you go to achieve the right period impression? 3) Do you feel that a complete re-paint is actually required on an original 'Brodie' shell in order for it to be accepted? Seph First refurbishment (with hessian cover)... then the next inline Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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