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Barn-Found Luftwaffe M42, Before/After Surface Cleaning...

Article about: Greetings, Friends... 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,

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    Greetings, Friends...
    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!...
    cheers, Glenn
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    Last edited by bigmacglenn; 05-23-2015 at 06:12 PM.
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    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

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    A nice honest looking lid!.....
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    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...
    cheers, Glenn
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    Well done! The helmet looks great. Jim G.

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    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...
    cheers, Glenn
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    A second chance for that one --- well done

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    Amazing job cleaning this one up. What did you use to remove that surface rust?
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    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!
    cheers, Glenn
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    Hi Glenn,

    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.

    Jonathan.

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