1st: Lime Green
4th: Navy Grey
6th: Navy Grey
This is for the first time i've met a shell with wide array of paint layers!
As far as i know black is the color used by the indonesian special police forces the Brimob. Brown paint... i'm not sure. The students in the military academy wore a brown colored beret. Or the AA unit. But their helmet, i've no idea.
Maybe the history of this shell is:
First was meant for the US navy and later repaint into become onboard repair parties or onboard firefighter unit. Repaint again as navy helmet, maybe for the Dutch navy post war?
Repaint as brown when the shell handed over to TNI. Repaint again when the shell was relegated for the police forces. And finally repaint again maybe for TNI reserve unit. Too many history i think.
Should i continue it? Which paint should i choose?
Should i continue the restoration full job like my stahlhelm?
Some unexpected things beneath the outer paint, number 112 and "Erugiyo" in katakana kanji.
Or halfjob restoration like my milsco shell
Unit insignia, the Brimob old insignia!
For the first restoration, i lost the brimob history forever since at that time i thought the black paint is not original.
For the second restoration, not a beautiful one but you got the story of the helmet.
So what should i do?
Oh and anyway the heat number is not I but C instead. So is 613C.
I have no idea, but red is nice!
This has got to be up to you really, so many to choose from.
On a second thought, i guess i'll leave the shell.
Every layer of paints have their own story. And it's own history.
I guess this shell is becoming my priceless collection.
About the helmet history... maybe after repainted with the navy gray, the shell was used by the US navy personnel again. Later it's used by the dutch maybe by the dutch marine, because they used brown colored helmet. And finally given to the indonesian. This is my guessing though.
A very informative and interesting post gentlemen! I have just ID'ed most of my pots with the info on this post, much appreciated.