Barn-Found Luftwaffe M42, Before/After Surface Cleaning...
Living in Seattle, the odds of me ever acquiring another unmolested Stahlhelm at a good price in 2015 are slim to none, but the Stahlhelm-God was merciful and generous, as I actually managed to score this barn-found M42 for under $150 shipped from Germany a few days ago...It was in sad shape when it arrived, but I saw beyond the dirt, rust and miscellaneous accumulated crud to discover a decent, presentable example well worth saving...All I used was warm water, dish-soap, and elbow-grease ...This one "talked to me" from the get-go...I was meant to take care of this one...It's an ET64, and there is far more paint remaining than I originally thought...I was 10 years-old when I scored my first Stahlhelm (LW M42), btw...very happy with this one!...
Last edited by bigmacglenn1966; 05-23-2015 at 05:12 PM.
05-21-2015 05:05 PM
Wow Glenn that is impressive. Nice when you do things like that. I've just sectioned a luger. Oh my day of days!
The lid looks decent
When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling
A nice honest looking lid!.....
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...
It has stains on the liner and what appears to be crystalized blood-stains inside the shell on one side, but I'm not 100% certain...maybe someone took a dump in it years ago instead, lol...
Well done! The helmet looks great. Jim G.
I appreciate the kind words, friends...I'm very pleased adding this rescue to my display, and the price was perfect for my -very small- budget...I never could afford the current market-prices out there, and to score an honest, imperfect example that has never been in a collection before makes this especially precious to me...
Last edited by bigmacglenn1966; 05-21-2015 at 09:23 PM.
A second chance for that one --- well done
Amazing job cleaning this one up. What did you use to remove that surface rust?
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)
Just warm water with dish-soap and one of those common green dish-scrubbing pads...The liner needs a bit more TLC to revive the stiff leather...
I'm glad you guys like it!
That's a very nice find, but I must say I hope that no one did take a dump in it!
Very nice, and hopefully not smelly.