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 Post subject: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:20 pm 
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Another project sent to me by Scout2017, a Garde Dragoner Officer. This includes finish repairs, clean all fittings, and install an original Garde star replacement. The refinish work is the challenge here and will take the most time. These are the "before" pictures.

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Extensive crazing/gouges on the visor caused by the chin scales. Joe wants these removed.

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Areas of missing finish and crazing.
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Image It is hard to imagine how the garde stern went missing on this helmet, everything else is present.

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The interior of this helmet is in mint condition!

Image There is a pushed in/dented area just behind the Prussian kokarde. I am going to try and fix this as well. To be continued, right now I have cleaned all fittings and am working on the "finish issues". Doing Alan's Garde tschapka and various projects of my own, including a Baden Dragoner officer. :thumb up:

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:24 pm 
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Good luck on the job and keep us informed on any progres on this helmet
I m sure you will get the job done right

The patine on the bird is overall the same ,schould it not have a difrent collor where the star once was attatched to the bird itself
Must be missing a very long time

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:36 pm 
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Good comment Jonas, I had not noticed that. You are right there should be a difference in the patina of the wappen if the stern had been on there. The wappen has cleaned up beautifully ,mint.

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:25 pm 
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If you take of the plate isnt there a trace left in the leather where the star was mounted or is the distance between the plate and the haube to far that those counterpins of the star did not toutch the leather
That would olso be an indicator that there was no star mounted for a long time since the wings of the bird did leave e very deep inprint in the leather

Just a first impression on the helmet

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:32 am 
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Another beautiful restoration coming right up! :thumb up:


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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:27 am 
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Nice challenge, good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:42 am 
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Good luck on the job :thumb up:


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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:23 pm 
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The fittings have cleaned up nicely:
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The wappen has been missing its star for many years. However, there is solder on the reverse of the wappen where the prongs of the star were originally fastened to the eagle. There are 2 dents in the front of the helmet caused by the star slots which again, tells us the star has been gone a very long time. The wappen marks in the finish and "shadow" shows that this wappen is totally original to this helmet. :thumb up: Image
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The left side of the shell has a dent in it, these are very hard to fix and there is no guarantee. In this case, most of the dent has been pushed out now. The area is wet on the inside, a pad is pinned to a styrofoam head form. Then the shell is positioned so that the pad pushes out the dent...allow to dry for several days and hope for the best. :)
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Elastics are used to apply further pressure to the dented area. The rear visor has marks in it as well which Joe wants removed. This is a slow process of sanding and adding coats of finish to smooth things out. You MUST be very careful when sanding a visor......you have to hold it firmly with the fingers of one hand so that no force is applied to tear the stitch threads while you sand with the other. You must also avoid sanding the stitches and cutting them :(

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2017 8:24 am 
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Speechless...when the Haubenwhisperer is at work!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 2:35 am 
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Looking forward to see all the different steps of the restoration of the helmet.

Greetings

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 6:47 pm 
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As requested, a series of fotos showing where we are at with the refinishing of parts of this helmet:
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A couple of layers of finish have been applied and the visor sanded. This shot shows what it looks like before a cotton ball dipped in thinner is used to smooth things out.
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In this foto, finish has been applied (shiny areas) and a light sanding will follow. The shell is coming along nicely, and is almost done.

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Things are looking much better now.....take a look at these areas in the "before pics". Obviously, I have some deeper marks to fill in on the rear visor.

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Front visor after a coat of finish has dried.

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Chin scales have been cleaned as requested.

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 1:08 pm 
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Nice job!!!

Can you tell me how's the product called that you use for the finish? After seeing the nice results of the restaurations, i'm thinking about trying to restore a helmet myself.

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 Post subject: Re: Garde Dragoner Officer Restoration
PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 2:38 am 
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Awesome!!

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