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    (I know this helmet is in a horrible condition, I didn't pay much at all for it, I just wanted to test out some new ways and prevent a relic from decaying over time) I started work on restoring this helmet a week or so ago, not sure what model so if anyone knows please let me know! I soaked it in oxalic acid, cleaned with water, and soap, and preserved it using microcrystalline wax. Unfortunately the color on the exterior of the shell became greenish, I think thats because I messed up the neutralizing process or maybe that was the original color but im not sure, again if you know please let me know!. I definitely would have had an easier time if I removed the liner, but the liner had lots of pins and leather fragments still attached and I didn't want to risk damaging that, the chinstrap, the liner itself, or the helmet. I was still able to bring back a lot of the paint which i'm happy about. Let me know what you guys think. I know it's not an amazing conservation but I think i did decent for the first time haha. If you have any tips I'd love to hear them as well.
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    Hello,
    It is definitely an m35 or m40 due to the rolled edge. I can't tell from the photos, are the vent holes stamped in to the helmet shell or separate pieces? That would determine the version.
    Nice job on the helmet.

    Regards,
    Daniel

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    You did well. It is very common for colors to change once exposed to Oxalic acid.

    I see the outlines / shadow of a single decal. Plus the very large donut sized vent holes lead me to believe that this is an M40. But only a guess.
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    Thanks! Would you mind circling where you see the decal? I didn’t catch that

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    And the vent holes looks stamped, I’m fairly sure they’re not separate pieces

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    Quote by mdhallan View Post
    Thanks! Would you mind circling where you see the decal? I didn’t catch that
    Maybe, maybe not

    First attempt at a helmet "conservation"
    "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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    Good cleanup job!
    Enjoy it while it lasts, rust never really sleeps .....
    " I used to be indecisive but now I'm not quite sure "

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    wow thanks for letting me know, there is something there, and i'm almost certain it was a decal. I definitely wouldndt have seen that if you hadnt pointed it out
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    Quote by mdhallan View Post
    wow thanks for letting me know, there is something there, and i'm almost certain it was a decal. I definitely wouldndt have seen that if you hadnt pointed it out
    Our pleasure. I could not see anything on the other side but hard to tell from the photos. If no decal, then unless it was a reissued M35, my guess is that this was a single decal M40 Heer helmet
    "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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    Yep, I checked the other side and I’m fairly sure there isn’t a decal in that side. The paint on the other side is also preserved a lot better so if there was one it should be easier to notice. Thanks again!

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