Latest Project.

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Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:25 pm

Got this one on fleabay, very cheaply I might add..

Not sure (again #-o ) what type it is? (M35 -M40).

Badly pitted and rusty, I loved this helmet as soon as I saw it.

There's hundreds of these helmets, in different states of decay, for sale..

They need help.

It needs a good clean up.
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:27 pm

First clean up..

Trying to get the helmet rust free.

Not bad, but it needs further cleaning.

It's been in the ground for many a year.
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:42 pm

Final cleaning..

Still bits of deep rust inside the helmet, but I'm happy with it now.

The liner band will be removed and cleaned up and put back on.

Love doing these projects, twists and turns :grin:
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Thu Aug 01, 2019 6:37 pm

Markings on the liner band.

The liner was made in 1944, don't now what the other markings mean?

Is it a size 57?
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:24 pm

The helmet is not bad shape considering it's been in the ground for a long time. The liner is a size 57 so the helmet shell size is 64. It has a late war steel liner Band dated 1944 in a model M40 shell so either its a Quist made shell or the liner was replaced at some stage in its service life. I can't tell from the photos but have a closer look at the markings on the helmet shell itself to tell this. A liner band like this one is usually found on the M42 (flared neck flange) not the rolled edge style found on M35/M40. Except for Quist who for the most part kept making the rolled style to wars end. Hope this helps Pete. Regards Mark

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:09 pm

Cheers Mark, going to do a check on any numbers/markings to find out some more info'. :thumbsup:

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Andyb » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:53 pm

Can’t wait to see the finished results :thumbsup:

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:06 pm

The liner band is knackered, as are the pins.. :ymsigh:

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:38 pm

Pictures just to show the small holes in the helmet.

The red spots are the coloured towel underneath.

The helmet liner band will be put back once the new pins arrive.
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:00 pm

Interesting indeed. Thanks for the update Pete. Regards Mark

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:15 pm

Liner band re attached and now sent for a sympathetic paint job..

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Dave_Holden » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:44 pm

Looking forward to the next photos Pete. Nice to see all your renovation projects.

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:51 pm

Dave_Holden wrote:Looking forward to the next photos Pete. Nice to see all your renovation projects.


X2 :thumbsup: Regards Mark

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:03 pm

Some people don't like any restoration work done to helmets at all :???:

If it's a rusting relic in a very bad state, then it needs help to preserve it.

The helmets I restore, are beyond most peoples capabilities of restoring a historical piece of equipment.

These helmets wouldn't get a second glance at a Militaria stall, it's just useless junk to most people.

How many helmets are thrown away, left in sheds?

My ones are restored using 95% original parts (if you can get them?).

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Andyb » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:00 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: it’s brilliant what you are doing

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:30 pm

Finally, got the first pictures of the helmet after painting.

Again, I didn't want a "new" looking helmet, just a nice cleaned up relic.

Here it is now:
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:38 pm

So, you can now see the difference.

Sympathetically done, no added SS decals :grin: , just a decent clean up.

Very happy indeed. :)
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Christopher Ailsby » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:26 pm

Dear Pete. all I can say is another wonderful resteration. This what collecting is about. We need more - learn more. Your work inspires us all THANK YOU

Christopher

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Dave_Holden » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:23 pm

Nice Pete, you really do have the knack for this. What a difference and you are correct these helmets are overlooked and what a difference you have made to this one :thumbsup:

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:43 am

Nice work Pete :thumbsup: Regards Mark

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby muckaroon1960 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:58 pm

That's what I would call sympathetic restoration. Not over worked but as you say preserved. :thumbsup:

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:27 pm

Finally got it home..
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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:08 am

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Regards Mark

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby 85ronnies » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:07 pm

Very niceley done that Pete, really nice :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby Andyb » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:08 pm

Fantastic Pete :thumbsup: , what a difference and preservation

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Re: Latest Project.

Postby The Devils Bank » Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:08 am

Exactly mate, PRESERVATION!

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