MK 37 Dive Helmet/Navy Diver Shadow Box

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Project by thelastdetailcww posted 597 days ago 4686 views 13 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in late November I was contacted by the Command Master Diver of EODTEU-ONE in San Diego. He wanted to come up with something unique as a departing gift for a for an HMCS Navy Diver that is retiring from the naval service.

After we spent a few minutes talking I presented him with the idea of making a shadow box using the Kirby Morgan Mk 37 dive helmet as a template. This would allow to keep a realistic perspective. This helmet replaced the MK5 in 1985 and in my mind the old Mk 5 would not work being that it has small viewing ports. I would have to make it very big or give it a “Fischer Price Look” to reproduce the image and still be able to incorporate the shadow box.

Looking at the Master Diver I could sense that he thought I may be out of my mind. I thought so too! After that brief moment we decied to push forward with the Mk 37 as the platform for this shadow box. The actual dive helmet has a large viewing pane and it allowed me to use this area as the shadow box.

I added an image of the actual helmet.

In the words of the Master Chief, ”this is the best diver Hoo-yah I have seen in my 25 years!”

I enjoyed this. Hope you do to…

-- Ken

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#1 posted 597 days ago

Man, that’s awesome.
Great detail…....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 597 days ago

Very nice!!!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 597 days ago

Great work on this Ken with all those details so accurately reproduced. A very fitting retirement gift.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 597 days ago

Very cool and unique. Refreshing to see something different!

-- Jason - Aim High!!

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#5 posted 597 days ago


I just reconnected with a few divers that I served with on the USS Conserver ARS-39 in the mid 70’s. I’ll forward this photo to them and post it on the Conserver Group page on Facebook. They’ll love it and it may generate some interest. Hope you saved the templates and patterns. Another great job!

-- sugarpine

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#6 posted 597 days ago

Amazing work on this, every detail is fantastic and well thought of with the great wood and finish.


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#7 posted 597 days ago

Just amazing and creative, well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 597 days ago

This is a neat project! Very creative! Nice choice on the woods, too. You made it look like the actual diving helmet, which is hard to do, in my opinion. Good job.

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#9 posted 597 days ago

I have a question though, what is that brass piece on the bottom for? What does it do?

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#10 posted 597 days ago

You put a lot of detail into this. I especially like the knobs you used for the air lines.

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#11 posted 597 days ago

The brass piece you see is the old school dive knife that was issued in dive school. That knife went away with the old dive helmet. This particular knife was purchased to be displayed with the new dive helmet to represent the old school divers.

-- Ken

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#12 posted 597 days ago

That, awesome!

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 597 days ago

WOW, looks better with everything mounted. You are a true artist!

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#14 posted 597 days ago

That is by far the coolest shadow box in the world! Your attention to the tiniest detail is simply amazing! I know the recipient will be blown away. I certainly was. The fact that this isn’t the number 1 project posted proves that the system ain’t working!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 597 days ago

Ken, this is really incredible work…....what a great gift…....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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