I don't think its ugly at all! PM me if you ever want to trade/sell it!
I would try to wipe the mold off but hold with further treating it , it is an untouched helmet now and treating it will affect value and desireability.
In a normal environment the mold will not progress.
No-one thinks some of the 'wear' looks like tooling marks? Above the front brim IMO it looks like several chisel marks...
Hi Ves, often fakers use metal tools (chisels sometimes) to artificially 'age' a helmet. Your example is very worn (some members say ugly but I disagree), honest wear usually is gradual and takes the form of small chips sometimes and a thinning and removal of the paint most of the time. Imagine a helmet swinging off a hip when on the march or placed in a transport with packs and equipment thrown on top. Over time the combination of small paint damage builds up to an overall 'wear' to the helmet, something that is very hard to replicate artificially. Fakers may kick a freshly painted lid around on stoney ground, hit the lid into a pile of rocks, attack it with a bicycle chain, take to it with a screwdriver (or chisel), the techniques are no doubt endless.
All I'm saying is those marks above the brim look suspiciously like a repetitive scraping with a wide bladed tool. Overall I like the helmet, just that area has my concern is all.
Hi, I can see what Glenn Is concerned about on the brim, but in this case I think the helmet is ok and that those marks are just "similar" for whatever reason. Looking closely at the cammo, I cannot see any paint in already created recesses (and this lid has many)! It looks to have had a tan/green and red brick overspray, with the addition of a hand brushed brown, a similar shade to that on SA helmets. Personally I give it the thumbs up. Leon.
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