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502nd airborne helmet (original or fake?)

Article about: Some time ago I bought this helmet from ebay, the seller said that he didn't know anything about insignas, are they original or fake? doubt arose when I heard that the 101st paratroopers use

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    Default 502nd airborne helmet (original or fake?)

    Some time ago I bought this helmet from ebay, the seller said that he didn't know anything about insignas, are they original or fake?
    doubt arose when I heard that the 101st paratroopers used to cover their insignas with a green paint, and as you can see possible traces of this paint could be visibles around the insignas.Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: 502nd airborne helmet (original or fake?)

    Hello and welcome,i hate to say it but ebay is riddled with these converted M1 helmets.I've not seen a good one on there yet and i doubt i ever will!

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    Do not like it Sorry.
    chris

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    Welcome to the forum!
    Is the original ebay listing still visible? If so could you send a link? Can you remember what the seller said about the heatstsamp in the pot?
    Lots of questions, sorry!
    Bear in mind, if this was an original, you could buy a very nice house with the asking price.

    Best Regards,

    Andy

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    Sorry bad liner, to me it has the wrong shade of A yokes for a Westinghouse plus I am sure the cast buckles are repo due to the fact that they have a step on them. If you look at the stencils they seem to have an aurora around them which to me is a sign of artificial ageing.
    Again sorry this is just my opinion. Wish it was a good one for you.
    Rod

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    The link is not more visible, the seller just said that he didn't know anything about the helmet, all in all I also think it's a repro

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    It's no good. Liner webbing color is bad, and I don't like the paint either.

    Martin

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    I am glad you also think its put together David. The chances of finding a real one is very remote.
    I sometimes feel sorry for people who think they are posting there pride and joy wither it be a medal or helmet ect only to find its a doink. I try and be polite.
    As long as you never paid a small fortune for it,
    It still looks alright for display. And it is still a fixed bale. What make is the liner?
    It is trying to be a Westinghouse.
    Regards
    Rod

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    Looks like one of the bails is a fresh weld.

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