Here's a couple I want to refurb:
(1) M40 Heer SD
(2) M42 repaint
I have two shells I want to refurb soon. The first is one I'm a little reluctant to change because it has a lot of character and about 85% original paint and visible remnants of Heer decal...if you look close enough and squint a little you can make out the swazi. It has original pins and outer liner. Also a there's a nice sized dent on the front, but I cant tell if it's period battle damage or not, there does appear to have been there for many decades.I can't make out a lot # or size stamp due to bubbling of paint but it's a large size, either 66 or 68. Do you guys think I should just leave it alone? Phill, what are your thoughts?
The second shell is an m42 that has period replacement pins/washers w/ texture. It's a post war repaint...and poorly done, might I add. There's also a chunky cement-like texture applied sloppily. I would DEF refurb this w/out any qualms! Thanks guys.
Last edited by Dean; 12-05-2011 at 01:23 PM.
Yeah. leave the M40 alone. I love it the way it is!
Thanks Glenn, I also tend to agree. It has that "been there" look for sure.
The first one i would leave well alone, theres original paint, remnants of decal, the main problems you will have trying to restore this one will be the pins, they are fairly corroded and you risk breaking them, you could try a light scrubbing on the inside with a fine abrasive scourer, just to remove the build up of flaky rust, the second one, M42 is a candidate for some restoration, you might be able to remove that awful looking paint with a paint remover and there may be a decent colour beneath but care should be taken to guage how much paint is being removed, its then a case of either repainting or if its original colour just adding a liner of the period, oh and there is a knack to replacing the pins without getting "mousetrapped"
Do tell Dave I am on the edge of my seat I finaly cut a bunch of wood wedges to hold the liner away from the shell and used them around the pin area.
Regads Mark K
Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.
Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!
G'day Dean, I have to agree with the other Guys on the 40, looks good the way it is and restore the 42 seeing how its been messed with anyway, look forward to seeing what you do with it Dean, keep us posted
G'day all, My Chinstrap arrived today so i thought I'd chuck up some pics, its an original post WW2 strap which is used and looks the part its supple and more realistic than a repro and i even paid less for it than a repro!! you may notice it has a suede finish to the interior side and a roller to the buckle which isn't quite the norm but i think i can live with it.
Wow, very nice job on this.
Looking for WWII U.S. dog tags