Hello, happy to find your forum.
Recently i bought two helmets from a junk shop with the idea to convert them.One would be massively converted for a robot head design i had in mind and the other would be cleaned and repainted, converted to be usable as a prop.
After i got back home and thought about it... i wouldn't want to ruin something that might have a vintage value (my collector self awoke) (and anyway i could mold and cast a fake one from them in order to make the convertion idea, without destroying the originals).
So maybe i am entering at the weird, spooky, freakish with no return world of collections (just being funny, i love collecting stuff even if i am steping into a new world here).
And here i need your help on how to continue this.... suggestions, ideas, even discouraging me to continue.
These are the photos of the two helmets.
I am not completely sure but i think they are Bulgarian M36 not sure the type.
Both rusty with many scratches filled with dirt. They dont have any markings on like some pictures i found online that had some emblems on them.
This one has more rust and a small crack at one side,the straps and lining where in a disgusting state (unfortunately or not, i removed them).
This one was in a better shape.The straps and lining are in better shape but are a bit wear with small rips in places. This one has a folded edge unlike the first one. I thought it might be a M36 A but i am not sure since i dont know what else should be there to check.
So here are my questions: Are they really M36, can you tell the types. Do they have any vintage value or i should just go on and do what i was thinking in the first place?
I was thinking to restore the second one (the first one needs too much work and i dont know if it will worth it), remove rust, fill any areas that have been too rusted , repaint it as close to the original and repair or replace the lining and straps. But it is my first time and i am not sure if this is the way to treat it.
Or maybe it is not such a great find after all and it doesnt matter...
What are your opinions?
thanks in advance
(I apologise to the administrators and moderators if i didn't post in the right section and if my post is too big.I will try to fix any problem if noticed, or feel free to change anything)