Black rubber around rim of helmet

#1
Anyone know where i can get one of the black bands you often see stretched around the rim of helmets?

Ive just fitted a scrim net onto my helmet, but need something to hold it in place, and heard that the black rubber bands were perfect.

However i dont have a clue where to get one. Ive read other posts that say they come from tractor tyre inner tubes, or a landrover tyre inner tube, but where could i get one of these.

Thanks for any help
 
#4
You will need the rubber as tape dries up and falls off too quickly. Any servicing bay/kwik fit should have an old car inner tube lying about, tractor tube is too big. Just cut a piece straight across.
Also cut the rest out of the tube and flog them on ebay as reserve 49 para stock.
 
#5
You QM will usually hold a supply.

You will need to pre-stretch your band before attaching it. A long-weight is the best way of doing this. Ask one of your seniors to show you how it's done.

Any probs, let me know.

PB
 
#6
PB don't you have to suspend a long weighted inner tube over a bucket of steam to retain the elasticity? Best ask for one of these whe getting the long weight.
 
#7
PP, you're quite right. It's easier to demonstrate than explain though.

In my experience most NCOs can supply a long-weight without too much trouble. You have only to ask.

PB
 
#8
No, im sure the correct method is to use a sky hook to suspend the Rubber over the bucket of steam.....though i could be wrong!

Cheers Easy!
 
#11
I disagree ,a short stand would be better than a sky hook. sorry dont have the nsn for one though
WW
Edit for mong spelling ! 2nd edit for 1st edits mong spelling !
 
#12
But it had better be level. Get some bubbles for spirit levels while you're at it
 
#13
If you want some black rubber around your helmet, just pop around to MDNs on a Friday night. Sure he will be happy to help.
 
#15
"Black condoms... " I thought they were only issued to "Them" ( and 49 para)so you wont see them commi.. !
 
#16
SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH................
 
#17
wheelchairwarrier said:
"Black condoms... " I thought they were only issued to "Them" ( and 49 para)so you wont see them commi.. !
Yeah but they have the eye holes cut out just like the balaclavas
 
#18
soprano54 said:
From the top of an NBC (CBRN) boot!
yep. cut a band from the top of an nbc overboot.
 
#19
FluffyBunny said:
Whilst you're getting the long weight from the Q stores, you'll need something to hang the skyhooks from, so ask for a short stand as well.
along the same lines, but easier, you could get a rubber band of a different color, go to the qm's & ask for some black paint. the trouble with thius paln is thou, that he may just fob you off with dpm paint, saying that it is better, but persievia & insist on black.
he'll do this as dpm paint is much more plentifull than black you see. :)
 
#20
...............But really, why? Just tie up the strings on the bottom of the cover.
 

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