06-25-2015 10:12 AM
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It is an m40 and it looks a lot like postwar paint to me. I have never seen wartime paintwork that looks like that.
+1 to what douglas said.
Post war painted over rust pits.
A relic M40 spruced up with a "3 color cammo" for the tourists.
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What do you guys think of the air vents? They look weird to me... Almost looks like they melted.
Very rusty, a relic lid pimped with a camo post war over the rust as already stated. If cheap its OK, but a messed with example not wanted by most collectors, but it would be alright for a starter display perhaps.
its just an opinion.
Just the angle of the pics IMHO. Plus the artificial wear around them makes them look sunken into the helmet.
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If you are on a limited budget, then it is OK - and it could be improved and made more presentable with a decent re-paint. Everyone has to start somewhere with their collection.
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Hello and welcome to the forum, the chaps have said it all on this poor old relic shell, someone has attempted to fake a Normandy cammo scheme and artificially age it. Apart from the paint being over the top of rust pitting, they have sprayed inside the shell as well. I have never seen that on a genuine three tone cammo before! Also the wear on the outside is a big red flag as it has all the signs of intentional "tool marks" (repetitive scratches/scrapes) that are all the same size/depth. Leon.
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Cool thanks guys! Ya was able to pick it up cheap in the end as it was just a local farmer in a small village. Ended up asking if he would be willing to sell it, and he was. I thought the paint was a bit strange myself. However the price was right and despite the paint it is a real M40(best of my knowledge, seen a few repos and you can just tell) which for me is more important as it does have history. Maybe latter down the line I will get myself a full original. or should I say when I get a bigger budget as I know these days its hard so find something under what 450-500 EUR and I think even thats on the low end of things. Correct me if I am wrong.
You can find a very decent and complete M42 without decal for 400-450 euros. Don't know what you paid for this but personally I would have put this money aside and save up for a good example instead. You'll see lots of decent examples here on the classifieds.
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