I, too, started my career with a converted WWII US Army helmet. While the look was good for its
time, it sufferred some of the difficulties that the honorable Ishikawa Moritake described.
Calontir outlawed the use of Army helmets for helm construction for this, and other reasons (i.e.
insufficient mass), and the crusty old thing (which was grandfathered) was auctioned off when it
failed to make inspections.
Be sure to check your kingdom's marshallate documents and The Society's
to see what your
parameters are, if you have not done so already.
Best of luck,
Akitsuki Yoshimitsu - Barony of Coeur d'Ennui, Kingdom of Calontir
Wealth and rank are like the clouds; I do not wish for such transient things.
------- Original Message -------
From : David[mailto:txpiper2001@...
Sent : 5/14/2008 9:25:32 PM
To : email@example.com
Subject : RE: [SCA-JML] Re: kabuto
My first kabuto was made that way with 16 Ga. sides, "mempo" and
topped off with 1/4" round bar. I fought in it for several years and
served me well. The WWII army pots have a special alloy. It welds
normally but will dent easily. Since it is a work hardening steel do
NOT attempt to remove any of those dents as it can cause it to crack.
It does look decent but the spun domes are far better in the long
run. If you intend to use an army pot be sure it is a WWII helmet and
not a later one because the later ones are softer and will not stand
up to the kind of punishment we will subject it to.
Ishikawa Moritake, the original "Jap Vader"
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "J. Norton" <princebeowulf@...> wrote:
> Has anyone done a kabuto using an older (WWII) steel military helmet
as a shortcut for the body/bowl. It seems like this would save a
significant amount of time even taking into consideration modifiying
it cosmetically to appear to have been made of multi-plates et riveted.
> Is there a reason why I would not want to do this? (from a
practical standpoint... I know there are myriad aesthetic reasons...)
> If someone has is there anything I need to be cautious of?
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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