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    #16
    Originally posted by Klaus1989 View Post
    the texture in the paint is also important for correct look. Probably aluminium oxide, at least it seem same. Look forward to see results of restoration!
    Yes I have some aluminium oxide powder previously used for other helmet restorations. I don’t have an industrial paint sprayer, so I build it up by sprinkling the powder onto wet paint. It’s not easy to get a fairly even finish, but it can be done.

    Hopefully this link will take you to some pictures of the test assembly with the fire helmet bolts, modified fire helmet liner and repro M38 chinstrap:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/RBCjomnbf2GfzHvv9

    It is what it is, but I don’t think it looks too bad. Arguably it’s better than an empty shell.

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      #17
      Post-repainting pictures:

      https://photos.app.goo.gl/jZHCb3hP****y2eS8

      The texturing isn’t quite as even as a factory paint job as the granules were added gradually rather than blown on at once. But overall I’m quite pleased with it. Here’s hoping I can find a suitable chinstrap in the Not too distant future.

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        #18
        Hopefully this link will work:

        https://photos.app.goo.gl/RpXcAmZHEZsj5NrM8
        Last edited by peregrinvs; 09-18-2019, 02:48 PM.

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          #19
          look good! Nice to see the helmet brought back to life!

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            #20
            I've had some recent good fortune with this restoration project. I've managed to source an unissued example of the correct liner from a UK seller and a used but servicable example of the correct chinstrap assembly from a German seller. Some pictures of the results.

            And for the icing on the cake, I'm awaiting a set of West German para helmet liner bolts from a seller in Russia.

            I still need two things: an example of the olive green plastic chin cup for the chinstrap and a liner string. (The one on there is a repro M35 I dyed green as a placeholder) I think the latter is a standard West German helmet part. I don't suppose anyone would have a spare of either of these they could sell me?

            Cheers,
            Mark
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