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MK II Dessert Tan?

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    Default MK II Dessert Tan?

    Hi friends!

    I've been looking for a MKII dessert tan for some time now, I've just found this and would like to know if its the real deal?

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    I don't think so, it looks far too clean.

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    I would have to agree with what Tinhat says in #2, it looks far too clean and fresh for a paint job on a helmet that is over 70 years old.
    For instance, look at the liner retainer screw, there's not a drop of paint on it.
    Personally, to me, it looks like someone has either taken a helmet shell, repainted it and then added a liner, or done a "strip-down, repaint and re-assembly" job.

    As a nice MkII, I would buy it but NOT as a genuine desert finished one.

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy

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    Agree with the others, it does not look to have 70 year old paint and it depends on what price it reaches on ebay as to whether it is worth having IMO.

    This SA example for sale is more convincing IMO.
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    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Got to agree, I have a desert tan MkII and the first difference is the inside dome is not painted like this example is. This one is way to clean.


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    Agree with all above, MkII helmets painted inside & out whether sand or white for the ARP never do it for me.

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    Mmmm...dessert! (as Homer Simpson would say).

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    Thanks guys. So the helmets were never issued in desert tan, but always fieldpainted?

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    I think they were all field painted.
    If there are any other helmets you need some info' on just ask, because there's some real bad ones on ebay & web sites. One usual seller to look out for is selling a very dodgy Mk3 & a nice FAP but with a laughable fake label, he's really surpassed himself on that one.

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    As the guys are saying, all would have been field painted, and not in the dome as this one has been.


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