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Article about: Hello, today I acquired a true survivor M42 helmet. It was beaten, it was painted black and has a hole in the dome, but to me it is beautiful. Stamping is still visible HKP66, 5548, and afte

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    Hello, today I acquired a true survivor M42 helmet. It was beaten, it was painted black and has a hole in the dome, but to me it is beautiful. Stamping is still visible HKP66, 5548, and after removing black paint remnants of green paint are showing. I don't know what to do with it....yet. I'll start with removing some of the dents but no ideas after that........ Not a bad helmet for $35. Cheers JWClick image for larger version. 

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    looks like the old pickaxe job,after the war.

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    I'm not so sure its the work of a pickaxe. It looks a little too large for that, and the metal hasn't been pushed in at the edges.
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    Quote by HARRY THE MOLE View Post
    I'm not so sure its the work of a pickaxe. It looks a little too large for that, and the metal hasn't been pushed in at the edges.
    I agree, I'm assuming that the damage was done by a shrapnel; one of the edges indicates that something traveling at high velocity made that hole. I'll take a photo of the edge that I'm talking about.......

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    Hi, looks like there are some very similar size and shaped dents on the shell, as the hole. To be honest, it looks like a lump hammer or similar has been taken to it, not blast damage as these dents/indentations are almost identical. Leon.
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    I love the fact that all of us have a different idea of what might off happened to that helmet; if that helmet would be able to tell its story........ itís truly fascinating. All of that for $35.........

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    Quote by JohnyWoo View Post
    I love the fact that all of us have a different idea of what might off happened to that helmet; if that helmet would be able to tell its story........ itís truly fascinating. All of that for $35.........
    Very true Johny, and at the end of the day that is half the fun of the hobby when we cannot "nail down" the history of an individual piece. Leon.
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