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M42 Zimmerit? What do you think about?

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    Dear all,

    May I ask you about this M42? What do you think about?

    With best wishes
    alter musketier

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    In memory of my father who was in K-Einsatz, combat engagement, with the RAD in the Alps in 1945, of my grandfather who was with the IR 87 during campaign in France in 1940 and of my grand-uncle who served in the Gardegrenadierregiment Nr. 3 "Königin Elisabeth" and who was killed in action at Craonne, Chemin des Dames in France in 1917

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    Lets just say it is definitely not Zimmerit. Looks like a layer of very heavy thick paint and then a mud or sand slurry over the top of it.

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    I agree with John.

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    With my limited knowledge compared others here, I agree with John. Rough paint and maybe a filler. Maybe put on with a rough or bristle brush?

    Also didn't think zimmerit helmets existed and we're just myths.

    Either way, I really like the helmet.

    Michael
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Dear all,

    Thank you very much for your evaluations and likes. So it's appropiate to say that the paint is original (seems to be original)?

    With best wishes
    alter musketier
    In memory of my father who was in K-Einsatz, combat engagement, with the RAD in the Alps in 1945, of my grandfather who was with the IR 87 during campaign in France in 1940 and of my grand-uncle who served in the Gardegrenadierregiment Nr. 3 "Königin Elisabeth" and who was killed in action at Craonne, Chemin des Dames in France in 1917

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    "Also didn't think zimmerit helmets existed and we're just myths."
    I was thinking the same thing. I know its use was to keep magnetic mines from sticking but never thought it was used on a helmets.

    Semper Fi
    Phil
    Last edited by AZPhil; 01-19-2015 at 04:46 AM.

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    I see no obvious reason to question this paint scheme. I would say original and somewhat unique. Cool helmet, congrats!

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    It reminds me of a plasterer's radio....
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by relicz View Post
    I see no obvious reason to question this paint scheme. I would say original and somewhat unique. Cool helmet, congrats!
    Same here.

    Brad.

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    Zimmerit was made up of 40% Barium Sulphate, 25% PVA ( wood glue ) zinc sulphide & sawdust. Barium compounds are used in pyrotechnics because they emit a green light when burned and are commonly used as a component of "strobe" pyrotechnic compositions.

    As there were no reports of German soldiers with flaming green helmets, the case for zimmerit being used other than on armor is well and truly unfounded

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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