m40 helmet, not impressed

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by Dutch2770 » 03 May 2010 04:17

I got my M42 from Ken, it fits great and looks good. Ken really does a good job. Its well worth the price than messing around with repros. You will save money in the long run.

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 03 May 2010 04:29

Yeah, his site looks great, just the only problem is $$ and i dont got any atm lol, once i get enough i definitely want to buy an M42 from him. Also how many people use original helmets to go to reenactments and actually use them? Because not only am i going to use it for show in my house but im going to actually use it in with my uniform and hopefully go to a reenactment and it may get beat up a bit. Also one question, do you think the shells lose their strength over such long period of time? Like it has been 70 years, you think the metal is weaker or anything?

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by DetnnoSound [3.PGD] » 03 May 2010 04:46

Almost everyone I know in reenacting uses a helmet made from an original shell- but not an 'original helmet'. There's a big difference- and not just the price! A refurbished shell will run you $250-$350, while a fully 'original' helmet in good condition will easily start at >$700. Those are the ones for displaying.

An original shell is likely going to be stronger than most repros. They were made of pressed, stamped, molybdenum steel and were intended for hard combat use. Unless they were left out in the elements for those 70 years to rust and decay, they're going to be just fine for reenacting- unless you're expecting one to protect you from actual live rounds. =o) But in that case, I wouldn't trust a repro, either!

I would strongly recommend saving up and getting a refurbished, original shell. It'll look and probably fit better. For reenacting, short of destroying an original, it's as close as you can get, and it'll last you your entire reenacting career and beyond if you take good care of it.

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 03 May 2010 05:03

Thanks for your reply, i'm definitely going to order a M42 from Ken once i get the money :)

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by aeros66 » 04 May 2010 02:59

Great informative thread concerning helms. I bought a repro off ebay and it's ok, I guess. Not knowing really what to look for, it really helped reading these posts. I checked out Ken N's site and am going to get either one of his real deal original helmets or at the least, a restored one..They WILL only increase in value, so I'm looking at it like a cool investment, at the very least.

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 04 May 2010 04:23

Yeah, my main priority is to get a restored M42 helmet for reenactment and to complete my uniform, and in the future ill possibly buy a M35 ORIGINAL for show and to invest, but until i get enough money for the restored M42 helmet i'm probably going to buy a M43 field cap from lost battalion.

Also i found out that Ken is located in Michigan, only about a 2 hours - 2 & 1/2 hour ride from where i live ( Windsor, Ontario ) , and ill really considering driving to his shop instead of shipping it so i dont get $100+ in tariff fees! I already had to pay like $10 shipping and $36 in tariffs for that crappy helmet i have ATM, which im probably going to have to pay again to RMA it.

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by aeros66 » 06 May 2010 06:33

Dardra-

You might want to read the post concerning LB's "customer service"...

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by Dutch2770 » 06 May 2010 07:55

For a field cap try GD 43 . He did a great job on a custom field cap for me and it doesnt cost much more than any other vendor. I went through 3 crappy fitting field caps before i decided to get a custom made one. Wished I tried hin first, would have saved me some money.

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 06 May 2010 16:40

@ aeros66, where can i find this "post"?

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by aeros66 » 07 May 2010 17:14

I'd have to 'thirds" DetnnoSound's post as well. I discovered Ken at Germanhelmetsinc.com from this thread and after checking out his site I impulsively bought a original LW helm and after receiving it in like 2 days, I am STOKED!! So rad...I'm super happy with it and his service / communication is exemplary. Kudos to Ken!

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 07 May 2010 19:54

nice aeros66, i just mailed the m40 helmet repro last night and should get my refund back by the end of next week.

I still need a lot of money for the helmet i want from ken, and i emailed him asking if i could drive to his little shop and pick it up to save like over $100, and he said i could.

And until then im probably going to order the field cap from Lost Battalion

Also, what do you think of this bread bag?

http://www.militarytour.com/Reproductio ... eadbag.htm

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by cruff » 07 May 2010 20:17

I think that the Model 40 helmet you sent back could be salvaged with a little work...
The reproduction helmets, M40 and M35 always look wierd. They just don't have the correct profile and contours like the originals. I saw some Japanese made M42 Helmets made sometime in the 1970s that looked perfect in weight and shape but the liners and chinstraps were crap.
If one's impression is mid to late war, its probably best to omit decals completely from the helmet. Generally most reenactors focus too much time and effort on their helmets resulting in a very contrived and farby appearance. These things were cheaply although nicely made and were beat up and distressed with any ammount of field use.
A helmet that is REALISTICALLY worn and mud covered always looks the BEST!

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 07 May 2010 20:25

Ty for reply cruff, what do you think of that bread bag i listed?

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by dardra » 07 May 2010 20:26

oh got your reply in other forum

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Re: m40 helmet, not impressed

Post by MeatGrinder » 10 May 2010 16:34

To me the helmet is the most important piece of gear a reenactor can wear.
My M40 came from Ken. I really like it. I didn't mind spending $300 on it.
I get a sense of pride knowing I'm wearing the REAL thing.

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