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Author:  peregrinvs [ Fri Nov 25, 2016 19:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

A 'companion piece' to my thread here:

viewtopic.php?f=22&t=91773

I've just acquired a semi-relic size 64 M42 shell. Some pre-cleaning pictures...

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It's very similar to how the M40 helmet (allegedly from Demjansk) looked when I got it, including the lead plugs in the holes - presumably to hold some sort of liquid. I also recall the dealer said that the crack was caused by water getting inside the crown and expanding when it freezes into ice.

I've since removed the plugs, given it a wire brush and wash and now it's sitting in dilute citric acid. The first thing I'll do when it's back to bare metal is repair the crack and holes with metal epoxy. If no paint traces turn up to suggest otherwise, I shall restore it as a late war no-decal Heer helmet in textured feldgrau.

And why take so much trouble over an unremarkable rusty helmet..? Because it's there. :wink:

Author:  Enigma [ Tue Nov 29, 2016 14:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Its a good starting point to restore it.

Author:  peregrinvs [ Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:28 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Enigma wrote:
Its a good starting point to restore it.

Thanks. Yes, that's why I went for it. It's not bent out of shape and the only structural damage is the crack, which I can repair and conceal with metal epoxy. The rust is cosmetic - the metal underneath is still solid.

Author:  peregrinvs [ Sun Dec 11, 2016 17:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Further progress. Most of the rust has gone and I have filled in and smoothed off the crack and holes with metal epoxy. I decided not to make work for myself and get the metal totally clean as it'll all be sealed under lots of paint. I will give it a coat of rust inhibitor pre-painting though.

Author:  peregrinvs [ Sat Mar 25, 2017 18:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Update: I've been slowly working on this on and off (too many other restoration projects...) but I finally got the surface reasonably level. Here's some pre-final painting pics.

Author:  peregrinvs [ Sat Mar 25, 2017 19:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Finished! :D I've tried to replicate the angles of the 'before' pics above.

One of the things I'm most pleased with is getting a fairly even coating of aluminium oxide powder. (compared to my previous effort) My secret weapon was a paint tester pot with some small holes drilled in the top.

As you can see, there's what appears to be a small impact dent on the brow - going from the inside outwards. There are a couple of other similar dents I haven't shown. Idle theorising... perhaps it was near to something like a grenade detonation whilst lying upside down on the ground?

Author:  peregrinvs [ Sat Mar 25, 2017 19:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Well almost finished... :wink: I've since decided to add a little more paint to the exterior to help 'anchor' the aluminium oxide granules as they're not stuck on as firmly as I'd like. This is the drawback of sprinkling it on top of wet paint. In the factory the powder would have been mixed in the paint and added with an industrial sprayer. Nearly there though. :)

Author:  Enigma [ Sat Mar 25, 2017 19:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

It looks good allready.

Author:  pioneer64 [ Sat Mar 25, 2017 22:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Semi-Relic M42 Helmet

Great restoration work Mark.

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