Hey battle gear! If it helps.. I have a few original German helmets on my display but will never be able to justify the money for a decent original fallschirmjager helmet (which is one of my favourite helmets.) So I have a nice quality repro which I then painted up and it displays great! But I also agree you might be better just getting an original as said even just a decent relic or maybe even a restoration project you cant beat the real deal! End of the day its personal preference and your choice! Cheers! Sean.