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WTHelmets

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Been a uniform and helmet geek since I was a little kid in the early 80's.  Have always been drawn to the aesthetics of football, particularly the NFL. Big facemask nerd.  Not much into anything from the Riddell Revolution forward (the anti-concussion movement), but anything vintage and/or 70's-80's is right up my alley. I'm also a big fan of clear-shell helmets, rare (vintage look) facemasks and other unique styles.

I'm currently "building the NFL" with my son.  We're on 30 of 32 helmets, where we buy a used helmet on eBay in the color needed (typically a high school helmet), strip and clean the shell and all its parts, locate the perfect facemask and apply decals/stripes, to create our favorite version of that helmet.  Some are current looks (i.e. Bengals, Redskins), others are classics (i.e. Bucco Bruce, Pat Patriot, Oilers) and some are prototypes (i.e. Brownie the Elf, Jag's alternate/prototype Jaguar head that never saw the field).  Mine aren't picture-perfect with high-gloss impeccable paint jobs, brand new mask clips and no dings on the facemasks.  Mine (rather intentionally) have a worn and weathered look, not unlike you'd expect a vintage helmet to appear if it were the real deal.

Here are a few we've done so far.  I'll be sure and post pics when we have the league completed, as well as to show the system I devised to display them.


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I'm on twitter at @WTHelmets, where I've been fortunate to find a solid group of other helmet-heads with whom we share ideas, creations, trade stuff, help each other locate items online, give advice, etc.  Hopefully some of them will join here.  Love to have you guys follow me on twitter if you're on that platform.


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WTHelmets

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Here's what my 10 y/o son and I have been "building" for the last 6 months.  Basically, our favorite version of each NFL team's helmet. 
Most of these are high school overstocks/rejects/project helmets that we stripped down to shell, cleaned, removed any decals/striping/adhesive, located the right mask, attached new clips and sometimes nose guards, added stripes and decals and buffed.
One is a rare Jaguars prototype (a look that obviously never saw the field).  The Brownie Elf lid is a concept look.
I am going to rearrange the order at some point...but for now they're grouped by Division/Conference.  No rhme or reason to which way they face, except that in some cases I didn't want a white warning label to show, Steelers logo needed to be showing, etc.  I may still go back and change out some masks, i.e. Niners to gray, Lions to a darker blue mask, etc.  Still waiting on a slow-shipping seller to mail my Panthers decals.
They're hung using (8) 5' painted pine (1") boards with screw hooks in the ear holes.  I picked that up from how Derek Dumont displayed his helmets at his winery.
Overall, though, an incredibly fun project.  Was awesome to have a new box/package from eBay on our doorstep for what seemed about every other day a week.  Great bonding experience for us, too.  Hope you like em!
@WTHelmets

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helmet collection.jpg 

Here's what my 10 y/o son and I have been "building" for the last 6 months.  Basically, our favorite version of each NFL team's helmet. 
Most of these are high school overstocks/rejects/project helmets that we stripped down to shell, cleaned, removed any decals/striping/adhesive, located the right mask, attached new clips and sometimes nose guards, added stripes and decals and buffed.
One is a rare Jaguars prototype (a look that obviously never saw the field).  The Brownie Elf lid is a concept look.
I am going to rearrange the order at some point...but for now they're grouped by Division/Conference.  No rhme or reason to which way they face, except that in some cases I didn't want a white warning label to show, Steelers logo needed to be showing, etc.  I may still go back and change out some masks, i.e. Niners to gray, Lions to a darker blue mask, etc.  Still waiting on a slow-shipping seller to mail my Panthers decals.
They're hung using (8) 5' painted pine (1") boards with screw hooks in the ear holes.  I picked that up from how Derek Dumont displayed his helmets at his winery.
Overall, though, an incredibly fun project.  Was awesome to have a new box/package from eBay on our doorstep for what seemed about every other day a week.  Great bonding experience for us, too.  Hope you like em!
@WTHelmets



That is awesome!!
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BerlinBear

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Congrats on your beautiful collection!

Not only do I have a similar attitude towards creating Vintage Helmets, I even have the same "Phil Simms on passing" book [wink]
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Helmets look good
I’m a face mask and 70-80’s helmet collector too
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