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    Spanish Model Z M42 Helmet

    I thought that this video is quite good because it shows the early type liner as well as describing this style of Spanish helmet.





    Trying on one of these Spanish helmets, on one's head, does give a surprising sense of excellent all round head protection, including a good proportion of the sides and rear of the head. This feeling may well be largely psychological but the feeling that the sides of the head are well protected is there, in my opinion.
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    I called an antique mall out on one of these two days ago. They have one in a glass case that someone put a couple of Nazi decals on, roughed them up a bit and then slapped a $385.00 price on it calling it a Germanicon WWII helmet. Either the dealer got taken or he's trying to take an unsuspecting buyer. In any case, it's fraud and I left the owners of the place know about it.

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    Do you mean this is not a genuine WW2 Germanicon Stahlhelm?

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    Just kidding! When my son was 12, he wanted a Germanicon helmet so he could play war. Since $400 plus was out of my budget, I found a stripped Spanish helmet for $20 and repainted it, applied reproduction decals (crappy!) and put an M1icon liner inside. Worked great!

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    The thing is, making a Spanish helmet look WW2 Germanish mucks up a genuine Spanish army helmet. Obviously the Spanish army needed steel helmets and they wore helmets based on the Germanicon design but made and finished them to Spanish specifications and not looking like perverted Wehrmacht helmets. For every Spanish helmet that someone has tried to make into a German army helmet there is one less genuine, original Spanish helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEAR View Post
    put an M1icon liner inside
    Recognized it straight away...last pattern of snap out head harness. Guys used to throw those in the wash machine and dryer...then they wouldn't fit.
    Regards, Jim

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    Well, 17 years ago Spanish helmets didn't have much collector value in the Pacific Northwest and this one was just a beat up shell, so no foul! They still are not very desired out here by helmet collectors but I am sure they have a following. This helmet will never be sold as a Stahlhelm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BEAR View Post
    Well, 17 years ago Spanish helmets didn't have much collector value in the Pacific Northwest and this one was just a beat up shell, so no foul! They still are not very desired out here by helmet collectors but I am sure they have a following. This helmet will never be sold as a Stahlhelm.
    I was referring in general terms not specifically to you. No disrespect intended.

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    A lot of reenactors used Spanish helmets as they were affordable and wouldn't cause harm to a real Germanicon helmet. Quite possibly how the helmet I saw found it's way into an antique shop. The dealer may not have any idea it isn't real and overpaid for it himself.

    You have to be very cautious with these things. I found an M34 fire police helmet yesterday that i considered buying but I cannot verify that it is a WWII item. It does not have standard helmet markings and the liner does not look the same as examples I can find. It's in good shape, the price isn't bad if it's real but I am going to pass on it for those reasons. They made them into the 60's and there are numerous variations of both the WWII ones and the post war ones and unfortunately there does not seem to to be a website that specifically shows how to tell them apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    I was referring in general terms not specifically to you. No disrespect intended.
    None taken, just an explanation of how that helmet came to be.

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