Exactly! Put the beauty up on display.
Thats a great restoration job ! a job well done, it has a great finish to it, the colour is a great shade.......restoration is an emotive subject at the best of times, with the collecting fraternity divided into restore or leave as is camps..both camps have their merits, and each should be respected, every item should be evaluated as to extent of restoration needed, but in the case of a piece having little or no original finish/patina then I would err on the side of full restoration..............as is the case with this helmet.
Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
Yes this M16 had nothing original to preserve apart from the basic shell and truly deserved some TLC. Here it is with the paint distressed enough to give the helmet some character. The gun browning step really helps. Next step will be to deepen the color of the paint which will hopefully bring out the green a bit more.
Here's the helmet after it's first rub of oil paint. I decided to try artists oils to deepen the paint and give it depth. Really happy with the result. Simply mixed the desired dark dirty brown and brushed over the whole helmet. Then took a rag and buffed off, might need to repeat a couple of times to get desired mottled effect as well, applied unevenly.
Great resto project and great helmet. Turned out very well.....to say the least.
I say camo it - I dare you!
Im sure, itll turn put out well. Anyway, if not, you have the ability to strip the camo paint and make it a uniform colour again.
Did I mention, that I dare you to camo it?