Showcase: a beginner's guide to COMPOSITE HELMETS.
Composite helmets have been in use since the 1980s gradually replacing the typical steel combat helmets. Made from ballistic nylon or kevlar materials these helmets are now the standard issue for the vast majority of military forces throughout the world, not to mention many law enforcement agencies.
Whilst collecting steel helmets is as strong as it has ever been, the interest in Composite helmets is increasing, although the reference material on this relatively new genre of helmet collecting has yet to catch up. This is of course frustrating but at the same time thoroughly exciting, considering that such a genre is at the leading edge of military helmet collecting.
With over 50 nations using a wide variety of models, this is indeed a complex area of collecting. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, which is the excellent website created and hosted by Greg Pickersgill, named most aptly, the Compo-site, “a beginner's guide to COMPOSITE HELMETS”.
The Composite is a collaboration of composite helmets, from the collections of various helmet collectors worldwide, making it a valuable resource. Most examples show a selection of gallery images of the helmet and its details, which speak for themselves and act as a comparison to the helmet you may well hold in your hand, although the odd caption serves to add extra information.
As with any field of collecting, the Composite is constantly being developed as more information and helmets are added. The website is certainty worth adding to your favourites for future reference and reading, and any additional information is keenly welcomed.