Offended, no. Let me explain my position on this issue.
Mercenary25, do you have to take offence every time you see one of my posts? I never claimed to be an expert, I didn't even criticise nkomo, I just like unmessed with stuff better and made that comment in hopes that nobody would be taking the cover off of every helmet they find in the rare chance that it is painted underneath.
As Brent and Arch said, you can look in foliage slits or back flap for any possible painted camo or graffiti under it without ruining the unmessed and nicely shaped cover. When you do find signs, it is entirely up to you to make decision whether to remove cover to reveal it or leave cover as is. There is no wrong and right because there is still a history either ways and underneath could even tell more story about the helmet itself.
That is akin to WWII helmet collector finding the sign of 501st PIR tactical marking on the M1 helmet that was over painted and used in combat in late war. There are no wrongs and rights and it is up to owner of the helmet whether to start doing goof off project.
As I said, there are no wrongs or rights as it has history either ways, everyone has their own opinion on this issue. And it is entirely up to owner of the helmet to make that call. Nkomo and others like myself, would never impulsively taking off unmessed covers for very little chance of paint underneath. You can say your opinion, but your comment implied that you are righteous and we are wrong for doing it. Frankly, we probably have been in this hobby much longer than you have been, so we know what we are doing.
Edited by Mercenary25, 18 October 2017 - 06:00 AM.