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Advice on styling a NVA cap

Article about: Hello gentlefolks! I have with me a size 56 cap from the East German NVA. The internal label says "1856 H" for any who may be curious. At the moment I haven't got a photo of my hat

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    Cool Advice on styling a NVA cap

    Hello gentlefolks!

    I have with me a size 56 cap from the East German NVA. The internal label says "1856 H" for any who may be curious.


    At the moment I haven't got a photo of my hat on hand, but it's a field gray cap with white piping around the top, a cheaply made cockade and a fake plastic chin-strap. I purchased it with the intention just to wear it around, but first I wanted to make some modification to it.

    What I wanted to ask today is whether or not anyone is familiar with how to style or "Crush" a peaked cap with a solid visor into something that approaches what most people would think of when the words "Crusher Cap" are brought forth. I don't want to totally ruin my hat by doing it, but I do want to alter it's appearance.

    I've read a couple short threads that alternately suggest steam or boiling water, but neither seems viable to me.

    I've already started by removing the metal band from the inside that keeps the hat filled out (and keeps it so taut it won't stay on my head).

    Does anyone know where I should go from here?

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    Quote by Aldarith View Post
    Hello gentlefolks!

    I have with me a size 56 cap from the East German NVA. The internal label says "1856 H" for any who may be curious.


    At the moment I haven't got a photo of my hat on hand, but it's a field gray cap with white piping around the top, a cheaply made cockade and a fake plastic chin-strap. I purchased it with the intention just to wear it around, but first I wanted to make some modification to it.

    What I wanted to ask today is whether or not anyone is familiar with how to style or "Crush" a peaked cap with a solid visor into something that approaches what most people would think of when the words "Crusher Cap" are brought forth. I don't want to totally ruin my hat by doing it, but I do want to alter it's appearance.

    I've read a couple short threads that alternately suggest steam or boiling water, but neither seems viable to me.

    I've already started by removing the metal band from the inside that keeps the hat filled out (and keeps it so taut it won't stay on my head).

    Does anyone know where I should go from here?
    This is rather stylish don't you think?? Sort of pseudo-luftwaffe, you'll look great!!
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    Quote by big ned View Post
    This is rather stylish don't you think?? Sort of pseudo-luftwaffe, you'll look great!!
    I fell off my chair and spilled a drink...
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    You could loose the sideburns Ned.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    You could loose the sideburns Ned.........!

    Nahhh, they accent the cap!! haha

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    I think I'd end up more of a Luft-waffle if I went for that look!

    I did intend to replace the nasty chinstrap, but I hadn't considered a chain - Well, I'm off to the hardware store!

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    Sideburns??? ..........I thought it was gerbils licking his ears!
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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