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Need some opinions - M38 Fallschirmjaeger

Article about: Picked up this M38 Fallschirmjaeger helmet with spanner bolts and a single laquered decal about six months ago and I'm having doubts about it. The seller gave me quite a lesson about it when

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    Picked up this M38 Fallschirmjaeger helmet with spanner bolts and a single laquered decal about six months ago and I'm having doubts about it. The seller gave me quite a lesson about it when I bought it and he seemed convincing enough at the time, so since I had never actually held one in my hands to really get the true feel of authenticity I went ahead and bought it. The decal looks crackled but I've seen this very same look in reference books - that doesn't mean much but that's what I had to go by. Now I was told this helmet could possibly be a post war Czech - would someone have pictures of one of these post war Czech paras that I could compare it to. I would appreciate any feedback whatsoever and I've included some photos for your viewing.
    Thanks,
    Frank
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    I have some serious doubts about the liner and chinstrap. I am not very good with decals so I will leave that to others. I would need to have the helmet in hand to give an opinion about whether it is original or not.

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    What is it about the liner and chinstraps that make you have doubts?

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    Here's some extra photos of the chinstrap & liner.
    Thanks for looking!
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    I would send it back fast ,sorry Frank !!

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    The seller won't take it back - says it was too long ago now (6 1/2 months) he says 8 but the sale was made 2/26/09. I payed through paypal on my Amex and so I was able to file a fraud complaint with Amex, but I don't know if they will be able to do anything after all this time. I made a really big mistake. I'm embarrased to say I bought it on ebay - that's like the first rule to helmet collecting of what not to do. ebay suggested I report the guy to an online fraud agency and possibly escalate it by informing law enforcement. I feel like such a fool and I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any suggestions of what else I could do? I also figured that the more replies from this forum that suggest the helmet is a fake than the more information I can submit to the fraud agency as some kind of proof. I could just kick myself.

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    98% of a ebay helmets are crap. Just a items for serious sellers and sometimes attic found items can be good
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    Sorry to hear. Helmet is a fake from the start.

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