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What Should be Done with this One!! M42 Semi-Relic

Article about: Hi, have this one on the way, should be here in a week or less. I like it the way it is, but have seen on here the oxalic acid trick. Maybe just leave this one alone?? Opinions welcomed. Wil

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    Default What Should be Done with this One!! M42 Semi-Relic

    Hi, have this one on the way, should be here in a week or less.

    I like it the way it is, but have seen on here the oxalic acid trick.

    Maybe just leave this one alone?? Opinions welcomed. Will post more pics soon. Other side looks like this one, very good cond. Liner band is still present also.

    Regards, Steve
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    personally i would leave as is mate as it looks really good that way

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    Steve,

    Definately just leave it as it is , as a piece of History it's a nice relic lid and it should stay that way
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hi Steve,

    I agree with Nick and Paul.

    Don't forget to post some more pics, when it arrives.

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    Hi Steve,
    I would leave it alone you will take all the history and character
    from it. thats a nice helmet.
    dave.

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    The decal looks remarkably well considering all that rust......?

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    As The Gentlemen Have Stated leave it as is.

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    there are ways to restore the paint much better than it is now,but for history sake youd t better not (i know,ay Doug)

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    Thanks everybody, I am going leaving it alone. I never touch anything, but was thinking of it. The few posts I saw, of before and after with oxalic acid, got me thinking. After thinking, I said to myself, sure that helmet looks bettter, but now it is completely different, it's lost it's old smell, rust, dirt, powder residue, DNA, everything. I like items original, period.

    The helmet pictured seems to have had some type of oil put on it already, maybe vegetable oil?? Maybe it is just the pic. If so, looks OK, cannot do anything now, and the helmet will suck it up.

    I have 2 more coming with it. Another M42 w/decal/liner band, almost as nice as this one, and a SSh39 Russian helmet with a good amount of paint left, w/ slight battle damage. I have been looking around for a nice relic SSh39, but there seems to be not as many relic SSh39's as the SSh40 's. So I feel pretty lucky to find this one.

    When they arrive, I will post some good pics of all three for everyone to see.

    Regards, Steve

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    I agree with the others...leave as it is..

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