As some of you know, the old forum database was deleted by the previous administrator. I am attempting to paste any retrievable discussions back into this forum using the internet archive. It won't look pretty - but at least we can preserve some valuable information. Feel free to add to the discussions as these old posts are restored.
Some years ago, someone had posted a tutorial to convert a repro Wolseley helmet into a proper Italian pith helmet. It has now disappeared. Is it possible to post it again for the benefit of re-enactors? Thanks.
I have looked at pics of the two types for some time and I noticed the following elements that can be used as tips for a conversion:
the dome of a Wolseley is covered in cloth; whereas an Italian pith helmet's dome is not (and is painted tan).
A Wolseley has a lighter shade of khaki while an Italian one is darker.
An Italian pith helmet has a right-side pocket to accommodate feathers, while the Wolseley doesn't.
Finally, an Italian one has a rounder brim in the rear, whereas the British sun helmet has more corners.
The Italian casco is cloth covered. The original video was done by Neal who is a member of Mediterraneo. I was hoping the video was on their website, but alas it is not.
The conversion isn't much. A trimming of the brim to better reflect the shape of an Italian casco, staining of the cloth for a better color, fitting a side pouch, and fitting an Italian vent to the top of the helmet. In all, not a very good conversion as the basic shape of the Wolseley is different from a casco.