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  1. I’ve occasionally seen Vietnam-era liners online that have this weird suspension and headband. I have to assume it’s nylon based on how it looks but not positive. What’s the deal here? Where do these come from? Were liners issued like this? Have I been unaware of a variant this whole time?
  2. Finally had a chance to check the chinstrap hardware with a magnet, appears they’re brass so I think everything about the helmet checks out as being fairly early.
  3. Perhaps, the twin rejected helmet I linked in my post has the seam pretty much centered, so I wonder if this one was really close to the start of production or it was just a manufacturing error they initially didn’t think warranted scrapping it (assuming the liner is original and considering they gave it chinstraps, then presumably it failed after issue and the reject stamp was done by a QM).
  4. You are correct, my conclusion is that there was an issue with the rim process in the early Schlueter days which led to the rim deformity you see. There may also be a small stress crack or two I vaguely remember seeing yesterday, but I don’t feel it’s worth the strain on the liner strap to check currently.
  5. I just bought this extremely mint and fairly early front seam fixed bail Schlueter with an equally mint and complete unpainted early to mid-war Westinghouse liner. I'd been wanting to add a Schlueter fixed bail to my collection for some time, and on what I've written alone it would be a fine specimen and I'd be content. However, that's not what drew me to this helmet (even if an eBay app glitch produced a much higher maximum bid than what I entered with seconds left – I couldn't bring myself to take the free escape and walk away from it). What initially put it on my radar was the f
  6. Thanks for the comments all, and great picture aef1917. I suppose the question when this arrives is do I give it my usual rusty/relic helmet treatment (as I have done to a few ground-dug M1s and my rusty pots allegedly off the USS San Francisco) of spraying it with a coat of matte clear Rustoleum, or do I leave it alone? Benefit is that it would stop further rusting of bare steel and lock in the white Xs, downside is it has lasted 75-80 years without anything on it and perhaps I should leave it be. Either way, happy to add such an unusual and obscure helmet to my collection. It should
  7. Well, I’m still ahead then but value was a tertiary concern, as it is with all my helmets as I haven’t quite figured out the selling part yet and doubt I will. Anyone seen another blank, or can confirm my assumption of the history? It appears to be a high-dome based on the tape measure photo, so I’m guessing WWII. Don’t know how else you’d tell without a seam or bails, maybe it’ll have a heat stamp. That would depend upon where on the assembly line the heat stamp was done, if they pulled this straight from the forming and heat stamping came down the line once the durability tests were done
  8. Got bored in isolation and did this again last weekend to a different relic M1 I bought after the first one, which I still haven’t messed with and will almost certainly just clearcoat. The one I did last weekend is in even worse shape and missing about 50% of the helmet, but still has the general profile, and one fixed bail. Extremely rough shape when I started and zero paint visible, managed to pull back a little bit of OD from 75 years in French soil (allegedly Normandy). It’s really hard to see in most lightings and I’m sure won’t photograph well, but I’ll try. Will see if I can photograph
  9. Thanks. If what I’ve read online is true, then that dent was probably caused by a .45ACP at close range?
  10. Helmet blank*. Stupid autocorrect. Can a mod please correct the title? Thanks. edit: thanks for updating, two more photos
  11. Wanted to begin by saying I hope all are doing alright in these dark times. Just bought this shell for a very fair price as a social distancing boredom buy, and because I am pretty sure it is what I think it is, and likely fairly rare if I am right. I believe this to be a helmet blank that was pulled off the line after being stamped into shape from a disc, before the rim or bails were added or it was painted. I remember reading in the reference books that this was done for each lot, to ensure metal durability and confirm the helmets were suitable for delivery to the military and subseque
  12. In a surplus store currently and came across a few ACUs dyed green, including this one with patches which might lend a bit more legitimacy than the bare ones (initially wrote them all off as some homecooked idea). Any chance this is legit/worth buying? Still in the store so would appreciate input ASAP.
  13. I saw a helmet on eBay a few days ago described as a Desert Storm PASGT helmet. It had an early reversible ACH cover on backwards, ACH pads, and an ACH chinstrap, so I figured it walked and talked like a duck and perhaps the seller was mistaken. Got it for a good price, opened it up, and realized I was the mistaken one but pleasantly so. It is a small PASGT, converted to ACH configuration in January 2005. It was repainted with ACH paint and texture (inside also painted green), given Velcro for the pads, and it appears the suspension holes were filled and redone for the chinstrap. There is
  14. Here is mine, it stands out even though I have gotten back into helmets pretty heavily the past year or two and been snatching probably too many up. Bought it at a militaria flea market in Carentan on 6/6/2019 while in Normandy for the 75th. Later found out it had been posted on the forum about five years ago and was generally seen as authentic, then at some point in between the Euroclone liner chinstrap got added. Had to buy and check an extra suitcase to clear enough carryon space to protect the helmet coming home, but it was worth it. Given it clearly being a Navy helmet, and the ev
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