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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu May 14, 2020 7:20 pm

I've been vegging out on Israeli made 'Fauda' (IDF vs Hamas) series on Netflix, and kept seeing the helmet cover, or 'Mitznefet' used by the IDF.
Here it is: (do Click on pics to ENLARGE them!)
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IDF Mitznefet helmet shroud

I'd often wondered what purpose it served. Helmet covers are nothing new, but this one suggested to me that soldiers must have a problem with beehives, or nasty wasps nests in the Middle East.
In the event, according to Wiki, my bee-defence cover has been shot to pieces. In reality: "....as of 1994. It is considerably larger than the helmet, with a similar appearance to a chef's hat. The purpose of the floppy helmet cover is to break up the distinctive outline of a helmeted head and thus assist in the camouflage of the wearer..."
So, not a camouflaged chef's hat for the IDF catering corps, either. :lolno:
This got me looking at the camo theme in general. Here are a few oddities I discovered, and they may be of use for novel diorama setups, or unusual tank camo profiles. Do feel free to add any others.
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Leopard 2A6 - after competing in the Grand National

Here's a Leopard that looks like it had just taken out Becher's Brook, at Aintree. For those unfamiliar with the Grand National, it's an ancient Steeplechase horse race run annually since 1839, over mountainous fences composed mostly of fir branches. It was cancelled this year because of Covid. Normally, only a War will prevent it from being staged. :problem:

Here's a well-disguised jet:
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Spot the jet

Here's a moss-covered tank. Apart from the disguise element, it has been found that APC shells stop just short of the tank, to laugh in disbelief. :D 8O This is a Greenpeace approved model.
as the sustainable herbs grown on it, can be used to flavour otherwise tasteless K Rations. :)
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Thu May 14, 2020 7:29 pm

...and here's HMS Nairana in 'Dazzle' disguise (widely used in WW1), in 1918.
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HMS Nairana in Dazzle decor ca. 1918
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Thu May 14, 2020 7:47 pm

I'm more impressed that the gun barrel looks like a tree trunk on the moss covered tank :thumbup:

Thanks for sharing these gems Roy :thumbup:
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Postby Estnische » Thu May 14, 2020 8:51 pm

Ah, Roy you missed this gem....

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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 15, 2020 12:06 am

Estnische wrote:Ah, Roy you missed this gem....

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Thanks, Mick!
Well, Estniche, it looks as if the Koreans had anticipated fighting in pea soup. 8O Mind you, if your camo wardrobe was weather and terrain dependent, it would have to be bigger than Liberace's :)
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Postby Jimster » Fri May 15, 2020 2:40 am

I painted my AR-15 camouflaged just for the hell of it. I’m afraid I would lose it in the woods though. Certainly not perfect but it hides better than black.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri May 15, 2020 3:13 am

Estnische wrote:Ah, Roy you missed this gem....

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Reminds me of the covid 19 edition of Where's Wally (Where's Waldo in America).
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 15, 2020 9:54 am

Thanks, lads :D . Some interesting additions there. :D I can see one potential problem with the disguised rifle: in a crisis, the soldier might forget where he stashed it. 8O It could be like one of those 'I can't find my car nightmares'. In this instance, a 'Can't find my carbine' nightmare. :lolno:
I'm wondering why this German anti-aircraft unit looks like it was camouflaged for a Zoo context, and not the North Sea, or the Baltic :eh:
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German Anti-Aircraft flak unit


Either that, or the soldier with the paintbrush, had been looking at his Grandad's collection of Eartha Kitt LPs. :think:
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri May 15, 2020 9:58 am

Seriously? You have to wonder? It's a Leopard :/
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri May 15, 2020 10:01 am

Marco Peter wrote:A nice read and pictures:
https://www.quora.com/Why-do-Israeli-so ... range-hats


Thanks. I read that the Ukrainian Army has now ordered some of those from Israel. They've clearly seen potential in them.
I'm thinking that the Jamaican Defence Force might have a practical use for them too; as they'd make a perfect hairnet for dreadlocks. :)
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Postby Soeren » Fri May 15, 2020 10:04 am

43rdRecceReg wrote:Thanks, lads :D . Some interesting additions there. :D I can see one potential problem with the disguised rifle: in a crisis, the soldier might forget where he stashed it. 8O It could be like one of those 'I can't find my car nightmares'. In this instance, a 'Can't find my carbine' nightmare. :lolno:
I'm wondering why this German anti-aircraft unit looks like it was camouflaged for a Zoo context, and not the North Sea, or the Baltic :eh:
German Army Anti-Aircraft camo....jpg


Either that, or the soldier with the paintbrush, had been looking at his Grandad's collection of Eartha Kitt LPs. :think:


Guess what, remember how the tank is called? Hint hint, ;)
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Postby Soeren » Fri May 15, 2020 10:05 am

Son of a gun-ner wrote:Seriously? You have to wonder? It's a Leopard :/

It is a Gepard actually. But yes still similar camo approach to a Leopard.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri May 15, 2020 10:09 am

Soeren wrote:
Son of a gun-ner wrote:Seriously? You have to wonder? It's a Leopard :/

It is a Gepard actually. But yes still similar camo approach to a Leopard.

Still a Leopard bottom half :haha:

So, to become a Gepard, what was the Leopard bred with?
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Postby Afrikakorps » Fri May 15, 2020 10:39 am

Came across these when I was doing my wirbelwind.
I think this would be hard to spot from the air given the surrounding terrain. 8O
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Postby Soeren » Fri May 15, 2020 11:05 am

Son of a gun-ner wrote:
Soeren wrote:
Son of a gun-ner wrote:Seriously? You have to wonder? It's a Leopard :/

It is a Gepard actually. But yes still similar camo approach to a Leopard.

Still a Leopard bottom half :haha:

So, to become a Gepard, what was the Leopard bred with?

It is just that cheetahs have solid black spots while leopards often have those brown spots inside black. Theat is why they choose this camo here.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri May 15, 2020 11:35 am

I'm only teasing Mr Soeren ;)
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Postby Max-U52 » Fri May 15, 2020 5:27 pm

Soeren wrote:
Son of a gun-ner wrote:
Soeren wrote:
Son of a gun-ner wrote:Seriously? You have to wonder? It's a Leopard :/

It is a Gepard actually. But yes still similar camo approach to a Leopard.

Still a Leopard bottom half :haha:

So, to become a Gepard, what was the Leopard bred with?

It is just that cheetahs have solid black spots while leopards often have those brown spots inside black. Theat is why they choose this camo here.


If the leopard has black dots in the center of the rosettes, then it's a jaguar. 8)
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Postby Estnische » Fri May 15, 2020 7:46 pm

Max-U52 wrote: then it's a jaguar


Oh, yes the Jaguar?

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