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M40 authenticity

Article about: Thanks! I am going to attempt to strip the repaint in the next few days, so I will post pics when it's all done. A long process which hopefully gets good results....

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    Default M40 authenticity

    Hi all this is my first post. Is any one able to help with this? I have had it a while along with many other lids but this is my only German helmet. Am curious to know about the paint job. I am pretty sure its a repaint but would like some help ID the helmet as a whole. Thanks.

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    I agree everything looks original, except the paint on the outside.
    It is an EF M40 shell size 62.


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    There's too much glare on the paint and decal, try natural daylight shots and a macro shot of the decal

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    Gday and welcome, I cant tell much about the paint maybe take a couple outside in natural light. Its possibly a post war repaint judging from these photos

    the rest of the helmet looks like an original EF M40 size62

    regards Paul

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    Yep, the wrong shade of green for a wartime field repaint.
    Otherwise original.
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Thanks for all the info, Much appreciated ^^^. I will take another photo in natural light soon. I am not sure if this is a stupid question but would it be worthwhile to remove the repaint? Or is that not such a great idea?? haha

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    Helmet under natural light. Very odd looking green??
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    yes definatley repainted, IMO, but the rest looks good. others here know how to remove layers of paint but be very carefull if you choose to.

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    Repaint there is original feld gray underneath carefully can be found plenty of info on here how helmet and liner definetly original. timothy

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    Hello and welcome to the forum , that helmet has the potential to be a very nice one once you have stripped away the post war re-paint. A good looking M40 HEER with original liner and chinstrap. Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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