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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 18:21 pm 
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For my own amusement I'm currently in the process of restoring a semi-relic M40 helmet - allegedly recovered from the site of the Demjansk Pocket.

I'd assumed it had been an Heer helmet and was going to repaint it in RAL 6006 grey olive. However, whilst cleaning it back to bare metal I found some traces in the interior of what looks like bluish-grey paint. I include a couple of pics - one dry and one wiped with oil.

Is this some sort of primer, or have I discovered that it was a Luftwaffe helmet painted in RAL 7016 anthracite grey?

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Some before'n'after pics. Repaired with the miracle that is metal epoxy. (The helmet is now so solid it rings when you tap it)

Having examined some pictures on the web of relic Luftwaffe helmets, I'm more convinced the paint remnants are RAL 7016 Anthrazit Grau, so that's what I'm going to repaint it. To save myself from going insane trying to get the exterior perfectly smooth, I'm going to 'cheat' and use several coats of paint finished off with an aluminium oxide powder textured finish.


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Update: I've received some RAL 7016 paint and some aluminium oxide powder and have started work. It seems to be reasonably close in colour to the oil wiped original paint above.

Question: would the liner attachment rivets have been given a factory textured finish like the helmet shell, or left smooth? I've found a reference online that they were made and painted separately.

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Mark, I have seen them matched and I have seen them not matched. I just assume that the person who assmebked them used what was available. We re-enactors tend to get caught up in details that may or may not contribute to the overall impression. I also wanted to mention that an acquaintance once owned a Heer helmet that was once originally a DD Luftwaffe M35. Painted over on the outside and sported a nice Heer eagle. You could easily see the Luftwaffe eagle under the feldgrau paint and the was blue on the inside.


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Thanks. In which case I will try to slightly vary the paint colour and texturing on the rivets.

Apropos of nothing; I was interested to learn via more googling that there were three Luftwaffe field regiments in action in or near the Demjansk Pocket. Whilst that doesn't prove anything, it at least makes the story of the helmet's origin slightly more plausible.

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Further progress...

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The aluminium oxide powder isn't quite as even as I'd have liked it, but I don't own an industrial paint sprayer. I think the liner ring on the right may be original (or is at worst an old and nicely patinated repro) so I have swapped the liner parts around to make things look a little more interesting.

Now onto painting the liner pins and adding a decal. Any supplier recommendations for the latter? I'm currently eyeing up the Warhats.com ones.


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Very nice

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BedsnHerts wrote:
Very nice

Thank you. :) Further progress...
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Having enjoyed this, I've invested in another semi-relic shell - an M42 - which I shall re-do as a plain vanilla late war no decal Heer helmet. (The world doesn't need yet another faux SS one...)


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Top job sir.

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Finally got round to sorting out a decal. I initially tried it myself, but made a complete pigs ear of it. I therefore sent it off to Mike at Warhats.com who has done an infinitely better job.

I think in hindsight the texturing is a bit too thick, (my first attempt..) but overall I'm happy with it. Hopefully it is now back to something like it's freshly issued appearance.


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I like your restoration work Mark, on my first attempt I also made a pigs ear of sticking the decals on, they came away when wet, then I used decal fix on my second attempt, their looking good but I haven't left it outside in the rain yet to weather the helmet.

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Thank you. :-)

On the long-term project list is a pitted but solid M35 shell. (A tiny size 60) I'm intending to redo it as a pre/early war DD Heer helmet in smooth RAL 6003 Olivgrun. I'm assuming that on balance of probability that is what it most likely originally was.

However, I need to complete an Irish Free State M1927 Vickers helmet before I do that.

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Keep us up to date on the Irish Free State M1927 Vickers, with pics :wink:

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