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Scratch-building British WWII helmets for your 1/72 tanks

Hasegawa 1/72 Churchill Infantry Tank MkII

Building the quick and dirty Churchill, I found some pictures of Churchill tanks carrying these helmets on the stowage areas.

I wanted to have that detail but I didn’t had any British figure set laying around so this is what I came up with.

Hasegawa 1/72 Churchill Infantry Tank MkII

Hasegawa 1/72 Churchill Infantry Tank MkII

You will need a circle drafting template, some lead foil (I take mine from wine bottle covers… hey it is a hard work but somebody has to do it!) and the round back of a paint brush, or similar tool.

1/72 british WW2 helmet scratch built

Select the 3mm circle, put the foil on top of it.

1/72 british WW2 helmet scratch built

Gently press the circle area with your brush, if the lead foil is thick you can try spinning the brush.

1/72 british WW2 helmet scratch built

A dent on the foil should be present now, if you got cracks in it, or if it is pierced it is OK. Just try again with a bit less effort.

1/72 british WW2 helmet scratch built

Once you got your shaped right, cut a circle, 1mm around the dome you just pressed into the foil.

1/72 british WW2 helmet scratch built

Presto!, for durability you can fill the inside of the helmets with cyano glue. That way they will not change shape when handling… or you can directly glue it to the model.

1/72 british WW2 helmet scratch built

Happy modeling!

C:)

José Teixidó
Cat herder, pollite as fuck and all around pain in the ass

2 thoughts on “Scratch-building British WWII helmets for your 1/72 tanks

  1. Great solution for creating the helmets. Well Done.

    Quick, fast and most importantly, . good fun getting the materials 😉

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