All about 76th Battalion Helmets
These directions are courtesy of CPL Linda " Sister " Stockwell, she also makes these helmets for $25 each. If you are interested in owning a Sister created helmet or you have a question about how to make your own, please contact her through the 76th battalion messageboard. Please note that the directions are specific to the vintage Russian Helmets, minor modification may be necessary for the other helmet styles that are acceptable.
How to Make Your Own 76th Battalion Helmets
Approved Metal Helmet
220 Grit Sandpaper
600 Grit Sandpaper
3M plastic pin stripe tape in two sizes...(.3/4 inch and 1/4 inch )
Krylon Camouflage Spray Paint, ultra-flat#4292 Brown
Krylon Camouflage Spray Paint, ultra-flat #4291 Khaki
Rust-oleum multicolor textured Spray Paint, #223524 Desert Bisque.
First; you wet sand the helmet to get rid of the shine and give the paint
something to grab onto. I used 220 grit...dunking it in water to keep it
wet. This is gives a smoother finish. Pay special attention to the curved
up rim areas and make sure you scuff them up.
Next step is use your hands to make sure you don't feel any imperfections, if you do, re-wet sand using the 220..or an even finer grit..like 600. (The 600 is really good if you goof and get 'drips'..it can be used to remove them.
Next make sure the helmet is dry, you've got a fairly decent (warmish day with not much wind) and using the Krylon Camouflage, ultra-flat#4292 Brown give the top of the helmet a couple of coats (this will become the dark brown stripe.
et that dry really well then apply the tape. We used 3M plastic pin stripe tape in two sizes...(.3/4 inch and 1/4 inch ) to make the 1-1/2 inch center stripe. Use the wider tape and eye-ball the dead center of the helmet; trust yourself...and do NOT count on that annoying rivet in the back of the helmet because that sucker is not in the center. Okay..make sure you've got that tape down; stand back and take a gander... readjust if necessary. Then take the thinner tape and run it (overlapping just a skosh) along BOTH sides of the wider tape...
Now you're ready to apply the Krylon Camouflage ultra-flat #4291 Khaki.
Just spray it all over (this gets rid of the green that's left and makes a nice foundation for the textured stuff. Pay careful attention to edges; you might want to set the helmet up on an old bucket to get some room. Don't worry too much about runs in this step as the texture will cover it. Okay; next the Texture Paint!! It's Rust-oleum multicolor textured, #223524 Desert Bisque.
It's kind of a bitch to work with so shake the can a
lot....and be a little further away than with the ultra flats. Since you've
got that nice tan foundation; it won't take much of this stuff.
Let dry...remove tape....and you're set.