06-24-2016 02:49 PM
Bad decal on a repainted relic helmet
Fortune favors the brave 644th td
look at the holes of rust...
As a "stinker" goes this is a real big cheese. !! Leave it well alone, a crappy decal of the poorest order. Leon.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway
The sanding marks that go under the decal impressed me the most.... Fail#1. Then they went to the trouble of distressing the eagle where the rust pits were ( with a scalpel probably ) and bodged that..... Fail#2.
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
Yep, it's nasty alright for all the reasons already given but what really worries me is that this is a clear attempt to deceive.
If it were a restoration the rust pits would have been resolved, the helmet would be properly re-painted and a museum standard repro decal used. That would still be non-original but an honest restoration. Most collectors would still disapprove though.
This has been treated in such a way (albeit to a poor standard) as to replicate the passage of time and patina build up AFTER it's service life. This is not honest and is meant to "make a silk purse out of a sows ear".
It's a good thing that whoever did this is on the clumsy side of talentless!
Do not buy it even if it is super-cheap.
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