This is one of my latest creations and for which I took a lot of inspiration from as it came to me from local pick up and was heavy post war messed with with thick layer over top the original WW2 paint. When I exposed the lot numbers I was surprised to find that M42 CKL 3542 matched up as a highly sought after Waffen SS SD 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 spray gun applied textured field gray flat paint finish as it would have left the factory and applied a historically accurate metallic ET SS decal known to have slightly thicker black edge lines on the shield border. 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.
I intentionally faded out the SS decal slightly as if often seen on late war ET M42 decals whereby not enough time and consideration was taken to sealed in the decal with lacquer making the silver/aluminum alloys of the decal to oxidize over time to form this nice milky pulver finish. It took me a long time to develop this technique but the slightly faded look of the decal is pretty much as historically accurate as one could to achieve in my view. I gave it a full year of combat aging suggesting a paint date of 1944 and following helmet capture date of mid 1945. Overall I think it’s really looks the part and would be a $10,000 helmet all day long if the paint was original.
$350 SOLD – but another can be custom made just like this one for you at the same price