How to shape a beret correctly

#1
Hi everyone, first post so bear with me. Nice site by the way.

Im in the 202bty RA(V) based in Norfolk.

I have been in the TA for a while now and some guys have the beret shaped really well, but others seem to look like they have a flying saucer on their head.

I was wandering whether their is a proper way to do it and it not looking like a fluff ball or worse? Is it different from unit to unit?

Cheers
 
#2
The best thing is to make your beret soaking wet in a bucket of water or similar. Leave it there for a few hours (the water can make it shrink a little too). Take it out of the water and wringe the water out. Than put it on your head until it dried up. In the mean time pull and stroke the flap to your right ear.(i'm not sure if that's proper English,but what the heck).
after that rol it up like a newspaper with the flap inwards and leave it to dry totally on the room heater.
The rest will have to form by wearing it a lot.

Cheers
Danny
 
#3
Hot water then cold water. Do about 3-4 times, wring it out and then apply to the heed, shape and leave to dry. this should suffice. If not get some tippex and inscribe a capital H on the top and standby :lol:
 
#4
northern_warrior said:
Hot water then cold water. Do about 3-4 times, wring it out and then apply to the heed, shape and leave to dry. this should suffice. If not get some tippex and inscribe a capital H on the top and standby :lol:

LOL Works best with Chinooks! :twisted:
 
#5
Cloggie said:
northern_warrior said:
Hot water then cold water. Do about 3-4 times, wring it out and then apply to the heed, shape and leave to dry. this should suffice. If not get some tippex and inscribe a capital H on the top and standby :lol:

LOL Works best with Chinooks! :twisted:
As long as the angle of the beret is correct it will withstand all light aircraft.
There are probably about 50,000 troops who are in that this could apply to........... dirty great wigwam beret freaks :twisted:

Edited cos errrr a spakker
 
#7
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Say what?
 
#8
thanks for the info.

Is there a set way to mould it into a particular shape? I knew about taking the liner out and soaking it in hot/cold water. I have also heard about people taking a razor to their beret's to get rid of the fluff. Is this right?
 
#9
Don't take the lining out - it makes it look tatty. Besides, the lining helps take up some of the space inside the thing, so it looks neater. Don't pull down too hard on the right hand side - the process is more one of moulding to shape.

The best possible way of shaping your beret is to wear it on some dismal heather covered upland training area for a day in the mist and drizzle and keep pressing it close to your head. Continue wearing until it dries out.
 
#12
IMHO, beret shaping is like bulling boots, some can do it, some can't.

An alternative is find the person with the 'coolest' lid and ask them if they wouldn't mind awfully helping you out. This buddy buddy system has worked for many years and encourages teamwork. A couple of beers or a jar of coffee should help, soon you will strutting around the area with a beret as dapper as roger moores in the wild geese!

Good luck!
 

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#13
When soaking the beret try not to get the edging wet or it may shrink too, resulting in humerous red line around your head from when you do wear your beret!
 
#14
shortfuse is right. Best thing to do is buy one. Ive always bought mine, i use the officer berets with the blue lining in it. The material on top is alot smaller and it makes a much better shape.
Its a pain in the arse getting the cap badges in but its worth it in the end.
 
#16
QinetiQ said:
shortfuse is right. Best thing to do is buy one. Ive always bought mine, i use the officer berets with the blue lining in it. The material on top is alot smaller and it makes a much better shape.
Its a pain in the arse getting the cap badges in but its worth it in the end.

I reckon you wear a black beret aye? In that case it won't be hard finding several brands.
We wear a greenish one (colour name is "Petrol") so it is quite hard to find them(if not impossible) on,let's say E-Bay.
So we have to do it with the ones we get issued by the MoD.
 
#19
Dapper Berets:

Get one new leather banded Victor Beret leave it in a bucket of hot water for an hour. It will shrink a wee bit. Hand the beret over the top of an open door and gently rotate and pull your own body weight on it. Mould the aforesaid beret in the style of your Regt or Corps (speak to a friendly SNCO or JO) and you may be fresh from RMAS or your recruit training and possibly be a 1* or recent new soldier entrant. Your Beret will be vintage, comfotable and be rather Gucci. Never ever split a beret and remove the lining. It looks thin and loses shape. I am now retired but judged all of my direct reports on their beret. A good sculptured beret and care and attention is the sign of a decent SNCO or JO. I could spot a bad beret and liked the NATO potatoes who went the extra mile.
 
#20
norfolk_boy said:
A couple of beers or a jar of coffee should help
I tried soaking it in beer and a jar of coffee,When I tried shaping it, it was full of a brown goo that has now stained my head a "shite brown" colour and wont wash off, also my £100 saville row tailor made beret is now ruined as it is as stiff as a bootnecks pecker on shower night and smells of a mixture of poop/coffee and bad breath.
 
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