The price is for 1 (one) shield, not for a pair (not for a set). The buyer collects the kit independently, buying the necessary number of shields.
We offer high-quality copies made exclusively for our store. Our decals are an independent development. Based on the original designs, we created a computer model. It was carefully worked out, the thickness of the frame, the dimensions and the slopes of the parts were carefully checked. Decals have the right proportions and perfect symmetry. Decals were printed on professional equipment, so that the image conveys the smallest details.
We offer several eagle variants:
• Big Foot - a classic silver eagle for M35 and M40 helmets.
• Thin wing - another type of silver eagle for M35 and M40 helmets, wings, feet and head is different from the Big Foot.
• White eagle - a white eagle on a black shield, for all types of helmets.
• Mid-War - a silver eagle with simplified shape of the head and legs, well for late helmets M40 and M42.
How to install the decal? Put a piece of paper with the image (as it is, do not cut anything) in warm water for 30-60 seconds. If there are advertising elements on the decal (logo or frame), they are easily removed (with fingers) when the substrate is wet. After that, the decal must be put on the surface of the helmet and, holding the image with your finger, pull the paper base out. Set the pattern evenly, wetting it with water if it sticks. You can pre-mark the surface of the helmet using a pencil, where the corners of the picture should be. Then remove the water from under the picture with a rag or toilet paper, holding the image with your fingers, so as not to move.
How to fasten the decal? The decal keeps perfectly by itself and does not require fastening. However, if you are going to wear a helmet during reenactment and make it wet in the rain, the decal must be additionally fixed.
1) A well-dried image can be varnished. Areas around the decal should be masked before varnishing. Varnish is sold as aerosol in stores for artists or motorists. On original helmets the lacquer over the decals was usually gloss and covered the decal area plus 1-2 mm from the edge.
2) Another way is called "baking". It may not give a good result from the first time (the decal may swell if there is air or water droplets under it), but if the result is successful, the decal holds so firmly that it can only be removed along with the paint. It literally melts into the paint and becomes one with it. To bake the decal, you need to heat the helmet in an oven (gas or electric, not microwave!) untill you can't normally touch it with your hand, but not more, so as not to burn the paint. Then turn off the heater and allow the helmet to cool down.
The eagle decal was usually on the left side of the German helmet (on the right side was the tricolor in the Reich's national colors: black, white, red). It was installed not only on the M35 helmet, but also on earlier models (for example, M18), which were refurbished (the M31 liner and decals were installed) for the Heeres. From 1940, only an eagle was installed on a helmet (without a color tricolor, for the purpose of camouflage), but this rule was often violated. Decals were not installed on M42 helmets during production. However, decals were sold in military stores, and many installed them on their own.
By the way, there were examples of the wrong arrangement of decals, when the eagle was worn on the right side of the helmet. Of course, there are not many such samples.
Decals, even at the factory, were not always evenly fastened. And sometimes it is so that it can be obvious without measurements, the slope reaches 30°! In normal way, the decal should stand strictly under the vent of the helmet, 3-5 mm below it and without inclination.
For the production of eagles, silver paint was usually used, but white eagles are also found, as well as eagles with a gray edging (the third color on the decal, except for the light eagle on the black background). All these samples were produced during the Second World War. We also offer a model of the middle of the war, with more primitive details, which is well suited for M40 and M42 helmets manufactured in 1941-42.