Second coats of paint could have been applied months perhaps years (war time) after base coats were applied thus being painted over chips scratches or even war time years old rust.
Unless there’s some way to date paint we could question any paint job on any helmet from any country.
Certainly I wouldn’t claim to be a expert but I am open minded anything can be possible including colours.
Bye the way I like your helmet.
10-17-2016 10:07 PM
Thanks Rod for your comments, I feel the same , especially as this helmet being an M35 was getting on in years by the end of the war it would have all sorts or usage wear on and under the camo paint. And as for colours take a helmet out of the context it was camouflaged for may look odd but worked at the time, I have a 1960'c Czech salamander / clown pattern jacket that looks mad in a U.k forest but blends perfectly in its intended environment . And as for the decal not being painted over , I have seen this many times in many books.
Last edited by relicz; 10-18-2016 at 01:39 PM.
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Thanks for the enlarged pic, John. If it were not for
the odd paint colour, we may not have looked
too closely at this lid. It astonishes me how
much time and effort goes into fooling
people in this field. I bow to your
I can't see where this one stands out as a fake compared to ones I've looked at. I'm obviously missing the finer details.
Thanks Harry , that's where I'm having difficulty as there are a lot of different examples . The one I have does not seem to be a match of known fakes I have seen.
I wish I could add arrows to point to the obvious differences between the top eagle and the bottom two. But they are there. Look at the zipper-like row of feathers just above the eagle's left foot. Look at the eagle's missing "hump back". Look at the ultra fine lines of the feathers on the top decal. Look at the shape and position of the right foot that grasps the swastika. Look at the shape of the eagle's head. These are just a few of the differences that make this decal fake, in my opinion.