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My first SS - EF66

Article about: Not a minty lid but a nice solid helmet and my first SS. Plus a Vet purchase. It got it's flaws (primarily poor storage) but I like it! The first is always special. Up for show and tell is a

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    Not a minty lid but a nice solid helmet and my first SS. Plus a Vet purchase.

    It got it's flaws (primarily poor storage) but I like it! The first is always special.

    Up for show and tell is an M42 EF66 with a darling of a decal. Lot # 3589. Missing a chin strap. Liner size is 58 and is actually in really nice shape despite the look of it. Still pliable and relatively soft.

    Can not determine the date on the liner band.

    The lid does have some rust and is quite salty, but it appears fairly recent and probably due to sitting in an attic or garage. But it is only surface rust and will now be maintained in a nice environment.

    Now my question: The liner band and bales have black paint on them. Odd. It does not appear that the helmet was ever black or or taped up with an overpaint. Appears to be an original plain jane M42. Any thoughts? (and yes the liner and pins are unmessed with)


    Any and all comments welcome.

    Michael

    Thanks to KB for giving me the opportunity. Some of these are his pictures. Got home from a nightmare commute today (reminiscent of the movie Trains, Planes and Automobiles) so could not shoot my own except for the black paint and liner.

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    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Very tidy Michael.

    Congratulations on your first SS ( I hope you told your wife the correct price you paid .....NOT )

    Cheers, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Congrats !!! Nice lid... Well done.... G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    Quote by Danmark View Post
    Very tidy Michael.

    Congratulations on your first SS ( I hope you told your wife the correct price you paid .....NOT )

    Cheers, Dan
    she didn't ask but she's no fool. She knew something was up when I got the box and didn't open it in front of her...lol

    thanks

    M
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Ahhhh.... Amazon.... New Book !!!
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    Nice helmet with plenty of decal, weird on the black paint. The only way paint gets in there is someone put it there. When, how and why is purely speculation now.

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    Very nice find!
    Cheers,
    Al

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    she didn't ask but she's no fool. She knew something was up when I got the box and didn't open it in front of her...lol
    Now to decide where to hide if for a while, so that later you can answer the inevitable question with a clear conscience: "what, that thing? Oh, I've had it for a loooong time!"

    Very nice addition to your collection. Congrats to you!

    Tony
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    Congrats on a very fine lid ;-)
    I am still looking forward to my first Grail ;-)

    Mfg
    Marc

    Ps good luck with the wife inquisition :-/
    Wir kapitulieren niemals !

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    Hi Michael, well done mate, that is a good honest EF M42 with a super decal. There are no worries with this helmet at all, as for the black paint? The only thing I can think of is that the original wearer wanted to prevent the "glare/shine" from the liner band for some reason, but as Doug says, the reason is lost to time now! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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