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Here are my 2 M1s from my collection. Always on the look out for my next one and wanting something with insignia or with a camo cover. Anyway all comments are appreciated :D

 

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Always looking for quality/interesting original, WWII M1 helmets with leather chinstraps intact as well :excl:

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Great start to your collection, too bad the one has the broken leather liner chinstrap but, such is the way with these very thin and deteriorating leather straps. Be careful, once you start collecting helmets, they become a compulsion. :)

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Nice honest lids. Well done!

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For display purposes the broken strap could be fixed. I've done it myself..... more than once actually, after breaking dry straps when stretching them over the bill...(we've all probably done that at some time or another!) :o Remove the strap. Place some hi-tack clear adhesive tape beneath one broken end on a flat surface. Allow the tape to protrude at least half an inch. Then carefully line up the other broken end and press them firmly together onto the tape. Then, trim off the excess tape with a sharp blade. That should hold both halves together well enough for you to carefully slacken the buckle and to re-fit the strap and to gently ease it back over the bill. Once in place the tape will be all but invisible. You might also consider applying some Pecards leather dressing to the chinstrap with a Q-tip once it's in place. This will help re-invigorate the dry leather .

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

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" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

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Thank you ill give it a try it got pretty badly wrecked unfortunately... worse now than in picture when i removed it to try leather glue

 

 

Ouch! :o Give it a whirl...nothing to lose! You could probably source an original WW2 replacement on ebay. Trouble is, these days they are selling for silly money....$100+ for a nice green-buckle is not unheard of! A less expensive alternative would be a NOS 50s/60s example. These can usually be found on ebay too. They're pretty much like late WW2 types but will look much "newer" than your helmet .

"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Currently on ebay.....350644932663....130802351691....150895559352...

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Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

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Thank you a lot Sabrejet!!

 

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" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Very nice helmets mate, definately the best type to buy IMHO.

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I don't really remember how to ID a WWII leather chin strap anymore, but keep in mind any chinstrap from WWII will probably be very brittle.

Just giving how thin the leather is. Be gentle, and I'm sure it'll work perfectly.

The paint stripping of M1 helmets, particularly protestor helmets, is destruction of history by the very men who claim to protect it.
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