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My new M17 Brodie, but why is it blue?

Article about: Hello All, This is the latest addition to my small collection. The seller said the MSG on the front stands for Maine State Guard. The blue paint looks similar to some of the Belgian Brodies,

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    Thumbs up My new M17 Brodie, but why is it blue?

    Hello All,

    This is the latest addition to my small collection.

    The seller said the MSG on the front stands for Maine State Guard. The blue paint looks similar to some of the Belgian Brodies, but I don't feel like this a military paint job at all. The underside is OD, but may have been repainted as well, but I'm not sure. The liner looks like an M17/MkI liner, but with the felt pad and round rivets on the chinstrap brackets, I'm identifying it as an American M17.

    Does anyone feel like they can confirm or deny my identification of this helmet? Don't worry about upsetting me, I would rather know what it truly is, rather than think it's something its not.

    Also, how do I get the blue paint off? I'd like to restore it to the original OD green.

    Oh, and the rippling along the brim, is that normal for early Brodies?


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    Default Re: My new M17 Brodie, but why is it blue?

    Hi, until you get firm info, I would not remove the blue paint. My feeling is it is most likely original to the helmet. Also it is part of the history of the item. In stripping this off, you are loosing this history.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Default Re: My new M17 Brodie, but why is it blue?

    Im with Ade on this one, please do not remove the paint, not only will you be removing the historic content of the helmet but the removal of very old paint can prove difficult and would require a very strong chemical which in turn will damage the underlying paint, you will be left with a messy looking lid that has lost all value in both senses

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    Default Re: My new M17 Brodie, but why is it blue?

    Okay Gents, I won't remove the paint. But has anyone ever seen this kind of paint job before?

    I've sent an email to the Maine Miliary Historical Society to see if they can identify/confirm this helmet as Maine State Guard helmet. I will post their reply if/when I receive one.

    Sam
    Last edited by Usagi Yojimbo; 04-22-2011 at 05:07 PM.

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