This is my latest helmet, I saw it at the Ciney Militaria and contacted the seller a few days later. This is a Dutch M34 helmet. After the war it received a new interior and was used by the Dutch civil defense organization: "Bescherming Bevolking".
In this article I want to show you a German M40 helmet restored by me with a lot of help from a friend, an experienced car restorer. I bought this helmet when I was very young for 25 guilders, ±12 Euro. When I bought it there was no paint at all anymore on the helmet. The green paint you see is aplied by me shortly after it came into my possession. The next pictures show some detail on the helmets condition before I started to work on it. There are cracks in the helmet, its possible they are battle damage but I doubt it. I think they are caused by all the years in the ground and while digging it up. . There are many people who's opinion is not to restore artifacts from the past but just preserve it. I have a lot of respect for that opinion. However since the helmet wasn't in its original condition anymore I thought it was a nice project. My intention was to learn as much as possible about German Helmets while restoring it.
The first thing I wanted to find out is how to close the holes in the helmet. There are several options like fiber math's or Body filler but that was not really what I liked most. I started to ask around and discussed the matter with my fellows who are car restores in their spare time. One of them suggested to repair the crack and the hole by welding them, see this example on how its done on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmS6Ec0NzXQ The pictures below show the result:
After the holes were welded I removed as much as possible the remaining rust by sanding the helm. I know that German helmets have a lot number stamped in to it so I was very careful around the area where I expected this number and I found the number 3022: I could not find the manufacturer code. The remaining rust was removed with HG Roestoplosser. www.rustbuster.nl The dark spots are rain drops