Welcome To My Helmet Changes Page.


This page is about how I have changed the US helmets on my figures, as I wanted something different rather than the stock one's out of the box. Also, the elastic straps were bugging me on some of them, and I got to wondering if they could be changed. As I have been comparing all of them against the Corbin helmet. Reference material for the different types of WW2 US helmets can be found on this website, go the US section and then the Headgear one. As it has a lot more pictures and information than I can supply.

Fitting Helmet Netting  MP Helmet Changes  Bazooka Figure Helmet  Medic Helmet  Helmet Scrim  Helmet Netting Medic Helmet  Helmet Images

Fitting Helmet Netting

This is my way of fitting the netting to a DiD or Dragon US helmet, firstly I separate the inner shell from the outer helmet as shown below left. What you have to careful of when doing this is the inner straps A can come off the outer shell, when this has happened to me all I did was use some Super Glue to fasten it back in place.

Once you have them apart I then lay the helmet shell onto the netting material and then thread the helmet straps B through the netting as shown above right. This can be a bit fiddly, but make sure that the thread on the netting material is above the straps as also shown above.

In the picture above left C shows the strap in front of the thread on the helmet netting, the reason for this is because in the middle picture above you have to pull the thread tight to gather up the loose netting. This then allows it to shape around the helmet shell as shown above right. Now to make sure that the netting stays as it is, I push the thread and surplus netting into the helmet shell, and then place the inner shell into it trapping it all in place.

Note: As this helmet I am using is a paratrooper one, I make sure that the triangular webbing straps are level so that when it is on the figure these hang down equal on the side of the figure's head.

Also what I am doing in the picture above right, is using my tweezers to pull the loose netting material tight and pushing it in between the helmet inner and outer shells.

The picture above left shows the inner shell in place, with the smaller side straps with the metal pips pushed into the holes in the inner shell. Note: Before I connect these I usually make the holes slightly bigger, as I have found that if I don't do this the pip can deform and break off. D above shows the long webbing straps connected at the back of the helmet, these can be a pain to connect as I have to almost take them to the adjustment where it is coming apart to get it connected. Note: I have also had to pull gently on these at times to get some extra length from the part that connects to the outer shell, again be very careful doing this in case the strap breaks away.

The picture above right E shows the front strap adjusted over the top of the netting and the outer shell, this again can be fragile so don't force it, just adjust the buckle and it should just slip over.


This then is the helmet netting finished and in place, if you want to paint the netting I usually do it now with some diluted dark green or brown acrylic paint, as this gets rid of the white colouring of the net material. I then give it a brush over with some grout to add a dusty look to it. The straps are also painted with a slightly darker colour to add contrast.

MP Helmet Changes

This is a tutorial I have made up on how I changed the US helmet shell from the DML figure, with the inner from the Corbin Black figure. I had to do this as I wanted a US jump helmet for my MP figure, with the MP markings on it. And after taking both helmets apart, I was pleasantly surprised that the Corbin helmet inner slotted nicely into the DML one.


The helmet above is the one from a DML carded set, which had to have the inner shell prised gently out of it. This then left me with the outer shell top right. The lugs on the inside of the helmet that hold the straps, I then cut off and sanded smooth. At the same time making sure that I did not remove any of the paint on the helmet edges, as I did not want to try to have to match up the original paint with mine.


This is the DiD Corbin Black helmet I used, the picture above left shows the inner shell with the canvas straps.

These were gently taken off the shell, and then superglued into the DML helmet shell. Making sure that they match the positions from the Corbin helmet, once that was dry I then eased the Corbin inner shell into the DML outer. I then folded over the straps marked A above, and pushed them into place on the inner shell. Below are pictures of the finished helmet, which I have covered with a spare net. To do this I had to take inner back out, cover the outer shell. Then thread the straps through the netting, then placed the inner shell back in trapping the netting in place. This was then given a light dusting of grout to make it look worn.

Bazooka Figure Helmet

Unfortunately, for this one I did not take any pictures as I made it. The helmet is from DML, I used this outer shell because of the Spade emblem on the sides. A bbi inner helmet was fitted inside with the elastic straps cut off and replaced with webbing straps. I also fitted a helmet net and tied a first aid pouch to it, then I threaded some jute strips which I repainted to camouflage it. This was then given a light dusting of grout to make it look dirty.

Medic Helmet

Below, is the bbi medic helmet taken apart, and I have just found out that the outer bbi helmet shell is slightly smaller, than the DiD inner shell. To get around this, I put the DiD shell into some boiled water to make the plastic softer, and then pressed it fully into the bbi helmet. This is shown with the third picture below, and in the process the canvas straps came off which actually came in handy later. Another problem I found after doing this is that the liner was not level to the edge of the outer shell. So to get around this, I trimmed the inner edges with a knife and then sanded it to bring it level with the outer helmet.


The next thing I had to do was to cut off the straps from the inner shell and reposition them as shown above right, to make all of them level with the smaller outer shell. Once these had dried, I then just put the canvas straps back into the helmet and positioned them so that they looked right as below.


Helmet Scrim

This is the helmet I am using for my Pre-Jump paratrooper, and for this figure I wanted something different for the helmet. So used some Jute thread that I bought some time ago from Opsgear, this is just like a type of woollen thread. All I did to add the scrim to the helmet, is thread it over and under the netting across the helmet. I have added some more thread to the helmet since these pictures were taken. As want to partly conceal the unit emblems on the side of the helmet.

Then once happy with that, I used a pair of scissors to cut partway through the Jute thread. Then I used my tweezers to spread the threads about to get the effect above. The good thing about the Jute is that it came in different colours, so I can sort of mix and match it to suit myself.

The only problem is now that Opsgear have stopped selling 1/6th items, I am going to have to look elsewhere for this material. One of the options I am looking at is the full size material, and whether it can be used instead.


I found this link about how to make full size Ghillie Suits - Suits On that page they mention about Jute string as shown on the right, and I wish I had found this page before. Because it is far easier and cheaper to buy a large bale of the twine, and then dye or paint it myself.

Helmet Netting

A tip I heard about some while ago from ActionMan but had never tried myself, was about making some helmet netting out of a 1/6th scale string vest. I decided to have a go at making this, because I have no luck finding a material that I could use for the netting.

For this I found a couple of the British vests, as the material is very similar to the netting that came with some of the DiD figures. I then took apart the sewn edges and cut off the material for the shoulder straps, so that I ended up with two halves as above right. With careful cutting and removing of the threads, I can get two helmet nets from one vest.

Colouring for the netting to lose the white material can be done, either at the end or while you have the material as shown below left.

The next step is to thread a needle, tie both ends together to make it stronger and thread it through the holes in the material. Making sure that you keep as close to the edge as possible, as this gives you more material to use. Then get the helmet cover and place the material over it and pull the thread slowly tight, as shown in the middle picture above. You will have to move the material about to make sure it covers the helmet shell, and that the threads are on the inside of the lip. Now, tie the thread ends together (but not too tight) and you will have a helmet net as shown above right. Now insert the inner helmet shell to trap the material edges and thread inside, and you have finished.

Medic Helmet

This helmet is a small adaptation based on a medic helmet that was worn in the film I have called Saints & Soldiers, two screenshots from it are shown below.

The helmet just consists of a DiD metal helmet some netting I had spare and a medic armband, and all I did for this was place the armband around the helmet and then pulled the netting over it to keep it in place.

Helmet Images

These images below were very kindly supplied by Paul (.308) and I believe that they show close ups of the helmet straps,  helmet bales plus the helmet shape and liner of a standard WW2 US helmet.

Helmet shell and liner above left, helmet straps centre and right.


Helmet shells with images of the helmet straps and helmet bales.

Many thanks to Paul (.308) for supplying the images above.


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