A very nice copy of the 1942 helmet, which was used by German soldiers throughout the war. Size 66/58. Very good shape of the dome without any distortion, well-made vents. Accurately reproduced steel liner and chin strap, durable assembly. The color is feldgrau, as it should be from 1940 on. Helmet weight 1.23 kg.
1. Dome shape: very, very good sphere shape, no complaints.
2. Ventilation holes: made along with the helmet using stamping method, its shape completely identical to the original.
3. Size: original sphere of size 66 is quite rare and expensive, the modest price is $200 for nice but bit rusty sphere with minimal dents (of course, without the liner, strap, paint and decals); in addition, the market offers a huge number of fakes made just from this helmet.
4. Liner reproduces the original in the smallest details, the size stamp (66 n.A./58) and manufacturer's stamp (B & C LITZMANSTADT) is in proper place. Skin is yellow and of that quality that should be on late helmets. There were no more cow leather for liners in Germany and they used cheaper pig or sheep leather. Brown colour felt stripe is under the leather part. Springs, as it should be, have rounded tips. The liner already has the patina, as if it's old. You can only find wrong rivets' heads. But it is not difficult to improve or you can leave it as it is.
5. Chin strap made of genuine leather of beige colour, it's set smooth (beige) side inside, and painted black on the outside, as it should be. There are marking R. Larsen Berlin 1939 on the tip, and aluminum buckle (that means the strap is early type). Helmets, as it known, are often had been completed with parts of different years directly at the factory.
1. The inner band of the liner should be slightly smaller in diameter, that is, its length (when it's open) should be less for a few millimeters.
2. The leather detail also should be also smaller and sit more stretched. You can put it off, sew narrower and put back, it is attached with simply aluminum studs.
You can also repaint the helmet using our professional paint for German helmets, get the right texture and strength of the coating and install decals. If you need size 57, it is easy to get it by installing an additional felt pad under the skin part of the liner or (what is more correctly) narrowing (re-riveting) the inner band of the liner. You can replace the liner with a new one size 57, if possible.
The helmet is a copy for reenactment, it is not made of hardened steel. It is designed for reenactment, airsoft, paintball and filming.