It looks ok no smells normal but if it is a repro no problem i have enough other chinstraps to make it complete again.I like the rest of the helmet its in a good condition i think i use a breadbag strap to cover the decal.
Bread bag strap sounds like a good idea. You don't have to mess with it and also you don't have to see the shield. Let us see the results.thanks
i will do that i don,t like to mess with old things you never know the results this helmet deserves a nice display.
Here's my Chinese repro Larson 39 for an example
Last edited by reneblacky; 08-05-2013 at 09:54 AM. Reason: added pic
Your chin strap was made about a month ago !!
The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )
1st July 1916
Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader
House Carles at the Battle of Hastings
If so no problem i remove it and i put another Original in place no problem to do.
I agree with the chinstrap being bad, a common fake stamp, too nice condition AND a '39 dated strap on an M42? It doesn't add up.
I don,t know on the outside the condition is not so good used and a littlebit dry.
The date of a strap don,t say to much because they used everything on different helmets.
But if its repro no problem i remove the strap and put a nice one on it.