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M40 Beaded Luftschutz - Q68 - Lot # 104

Article about: Here is a helmet I have had forever, a large (size 68) beaded Luftschutz, with about 98% paint and 97% decal, complete with a size 59 ersatz liner and cheesy chinstrap with a cheap aluminum

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    Here is a helmet I have had forever, a large (size 68) beaded Luftschutz, with about 98% paint and 97% decal, complete with a size 59 ersatz liner and cheesy chinstrap with a cheap aluminum buckle. The strap is thin cheap leather, and is missing a portion of the long piece. The decal was applied a little off center which isn't initially noticeable, but is very apparent in the pictures. There are just a few chips in the decal, and some storage wear on the shell, but otherwise it is in good shape. I like the look of these beaded shells, and like the big sizes especially. Hope you like it, Jim G.
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    That's a real "sweet" minty example you have there Jim , you must have a wall as big as Doug's for all these quality lids! Leon.
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    Great lid, Jim! I agree with Leon, this is a minty example and one of the sweetest ones I've seen for a while. I noticed the bead is slightly higher toward the front, which is interesting.
    I'm also the proud owner of a near-mint Quist 68 M40 ND. but the liner is black and it has a different chinstrap set up..also, yours has three cork liner spacer/pads whereas mine has four. Goes to show that there were many different styles and variations used .
    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us, these are among my favorite type of helmets from the TR era. I sometimes feel they are not appreciated as much as other stahlhelm of the time.
    Cheers,
    Dean.

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    a great example.

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    Very nice one.

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    Quote by Dean View Post
    I noticed the bead is slightly higher toward the front, which is interesting.
    This tool is a bead roller for sheet metal ( rolls a stiffening bead into flat steel ) and probably a similar device with a longer reach was used for the beaded helmets ( & maybe automated too ) Point is, the bead can 'climb' as the helmet is pulled around by the tool.

    Dan
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    Real nice LS! timothy

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    They don't get much cleaner than that very nice example

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    I must agree with the consensus here.
    That is a real treasure of a beaded lid Jim, WOW

    Brad.

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    A tidy example Jim. One of these was my first proper unmessed helmet when I began collecting in earnest. Sold now but I really should get another.

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