Hi Paul, welcome to the forum (even if it is a fiery one)! Thanks for your deeper insight and study of this helmet. Personally as I have already said, I like it, but as Doug quite rightly points out, an opinion is just one persons view. I must admit that from Michaels new images, some of the wear does look more like "popped" bubbles than "strikes". Water, oil or just a build up of excess paint around the air nozzle could have caused them. As Doug mentioned, cammo's are a real debating point on almost every occasion, so for me it's a fine example, but maybe not for someone else. Leon.
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The bubbles are strange I admit but they are not wear it is damage to the paint under the camo paint some of them still have camo paint in them where it has not fallen out they are possibly also burns of some kind but either way they were there when it was sprayed.i even think you can see where its been taken off a head many times by a thumb and forefinger on the right side of the visor, very worn on the inside less so on the outside but it had a lot of use before it was camo'd so I think that would be normal. For me it has fine and interesting patina and wear in many areas that don't show in photos.
Most of all for me and my study of this helmet it makes sense and all adds up to what I think a camo Luftwaffe flak unit helmet should look like I mean it was in use since 1938 then was camo painted possibly 4 years later for not a long time.
Thanks for the welcome I also wish it was under different circumstances.
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Beautiful looking helmet buddy!