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Chinstraps ID

Article about: Hello Gentlemen, Are these chinstraps original or known repros ? They're both the same, i got them 15 yrs ago and kept them as spare parts Thanks in advance

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    One should also notice the angle and length of the 'V' at the end of the strap. On the repro I have shown it is much more stubby.

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    Well I think you have it in the bag then there "ol boy" , two very nice original straps! I am glad my initial thoughts were confirmed and not "blown" sky high! I must admit though, us Reich lid nerds probably do pay much more attention to the paint work than the straps ( quite rightly so imho) !
    Would never get away with that line of thought with a British MKII as the strap is a must have on those. (but then again, I do persist in trying to "educate" those fella's over there on the fakers arts as they are getting every bit as ambitious and expensive as the German lids now!!! Leon.
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    Thanks again to you Leon and to all those who left a comment in the thread...
    I just wanted to make sure i own original chinstraps in order to add one to a M42 helmet i've just sold...but the buyer does want the helmet without chinstrap, as it was found in Normandie...
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