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Author:  Fallschirmjäger [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:54 am ]
Post subject:  Decals on camo helmets?

So I'm going to paint some eastern front camouflage on my helmet (it's one with the early war ''sky blue'' paint) but I'm wondering whether I should just paint over the decals and leave them or put on some mid war ones?

Author:  LeMaitre [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:49 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

We're FJR helmets ever blue?

Author:  BedsnHerts [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

What are "mid war" decals?

Camo paint was generally applied in the field. If you want to keep the decals you have, just paint around them. The more cack-handed the paint effort, the more realistic it is :)

Author:  Fallschirmjäger [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

BedsnHerts wrote:
What are "mid war" decals?


Because in the early war the runic decals changed a bit in 1940/1941 and I think they removed the national flag decal at about 1942/43.

Author:  LeMaitre [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:04 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

Runes on an FJR helmet?
What the heck is it you have there?
Blue with runes?
You should post pictures?

Author:  Fallschirmjäger [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

LeMaitre wrote:
Runes on an FJR helmet?
What the heck is it you have there?
Blue with runes?
You should post pictures?


Whoops, my mistake. When I bought it someone had painted it blue so that it would blend in with the sky, it's kinda glossy so I was wondering if I had to grind it down as normal camo paint might not cover it. The runes thing was that there was SS FMJ that sometimes just left the SS runes on.

Author:  blueknighttbk [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:25 am ]
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Aren't the ones SOF sell finished in blue?
ALthough I don't know how accuarate this is, stuck a helmet cover on mine.

Author:  LeMaitre [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

blueknighttbk wrote:
Aren't the ones SOF sell finished in blue?

Just because they sell it does not make it correct. There is a ton of stuff sold that is dubious, wrong or just plain fantasy.
Don't let dealers do your research.

Author:  blueknighttbk [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

Hence why I said I didn't know how accurate it was and why I stuck a helmet cover on it :D

Author:  LeMaitre [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

Sorry I thought you were uncertain of the accuracy of the helmet cover.
Wouldn't a can of paint have been cheaper?

Author:  blueknighttbk [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:27 am ]
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Ah yes I can see why you thought I said that :D
Actually the cover was stupidly cheap as far as i can remember. It wasn't a sof cover, and it was cheaper than theirs.

Author:  LeMaitre [ Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

Fallschirmjäger wrote:
The runes thing was that there was SS FMJ that sometimes just left the SS runes on.

How would an SS FJR helmet get early style decals? They didn't exist until late 1943?
Strip this monster and paint it green.

Author:  RodShack [ Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:57 pm ]
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A very contentious issue SS FJ helmets.

All the pics I've seen of SS FJ, they are wearing non-decalled helmets. And I have looked through a lot of pics having done SS FJ for a few years!

Strip the lid and re-paint it.

Author:  Parus Ater [ Fri Apr 26, 2013 14:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Decals on camo helmets?

If you're painting camo the best thing to do if you're on the cheap and don't own a compressor is to buy a few tins of suitable tamiya rattlecans and make cardboard slot masks and spray with a spacing of 10-15cm each between the lid, mask and can.

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