This is one of my latest creations and for which I took a lot of inspiration from as it came to me from a vet estate and was heavy bikerized with a thick layer of dark blue paint over top the original WW2 paint. When I exposed the lot numbers I was surprised to find that 3521 matched up a the Holy Grail Waffen SS DD helmet and so this left the factory and was used throughout the war by one of Hitler’s Elite. I decided to strip it down and rebuild it back from the ground up since no original paint was remaining to salvage. I started with a nice smooth enamel pea green M35 paint and then went ahead and applied two historically accurate decals with a typical C.A. Pocher white metallic SS decal and an ET party shield. I then took myself back to 1944 in the autumn before D-Day and decided that this Waffen-SS soldier wanted to try and blend in with some of the French oak trees surrounding his field post and so applied some burgundy red to his helmet which is a color most often seen in Luftwaffe helmets and was inspired from some of the original Normandy camos on my site which used a burgundy type of brown red. Of all of the original Normandy camo helmets I’ve held in hand I must say that beyond your standard yellow tans, dark greens and reddish browns the 4th and 5th most common paint colors encountered are burgundy red, kacki greens and deep yellows all of which are historically accurate. Let us always remember that the Waffen SS and Polizei SS most likely had first dibs on any confiscated paints taken from local civilian populations or defeated armies.
The inside liner is 100% original to the helmet and was used by the SS solider himself as the lot numbers bare out. I covered up the red party shield as was usually the case for field spray camo patterns whereby only the SS shield was left exposed. I intentionally made the paint spray a little sloppy in places to create nicely crude drip effects and aged the paint down to a full year of combat from 1944-45. Overall I think it’s really looks the part and would be a $12,000 helmet all day long if the paint was original.