Good dealers or through collectors such as on here is a safe place to start --- depending on your budget you might be well off going the relatively safer single decal Heer or Luftwaffe or even no-decal route... up to you of course, there's even a lot of nice civic helmets --- which would be the most "budget" oriented but still very collectible helmets. Lots to choose from out there. Good luck!
go to the link below and see post #2 for a good list of reputable dealers
want to buy my first helmet advice on dealers
Ken N Helmetssale
Dave S World War II German Helmets - Buy the BEST HERE!
Bill S Steel Helmets
Peter W The Collector's Guild
Ken B German Helmets For Sale - WWII German War HelmentsGerman War Helmet
Giorgio S http://www.italianwarfront.com/?page_id=9
Kelly H http://ss-steel-inc.com/ss_stell_original_helmets.htm
Mike D http://virtualgrenadier.com/salelist.php?cid=4
Paul M http://rivervalleymilitaria.com
Rich B http://www.germanhelmetdepot.com/html/for_sale.html
If this is Ebay seller SSOVETSK then walk on. He mixes good with bad all the time and this "dusted" style of helmet seems to be his calling card......
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
Sorry about Baer reference, comments should be addressed over the posted helmet, I slipped thinking of another book.
Had I not called you out on your comment members here would be left with this "shown in L.Baer which is also remake" spoken with definition which implies that you had, yet again, some insider secret knowledge and were speaking about in guarded ghostly terms leaving readers puzzled and wondering, thus damaging the reputation of the author and the hobby itself.
In fact, your drive by, inane, unreadable, illegible posts do more harm to this hobby Eric than fakers can do as you speak with some worldly authority on the subject with secretive Qtip knowledge yet you freely admit you dont buy or even collect helmets and only own a few, and refuse to post what you do have. So what the hell are you even doing giving your opinion on something you admittedly do not even collect?
New collectors and those with less experience who actually collect these things read what you write and get led down the garden path by your mistakes, errors of judgement, ignorance, lack of clarity and your "theories" involving Qtips and model paint.