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About PioneerRAE

  • Birthday 12/03/1958

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    Perth, Western Australia
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    WW2 German helmets, M-43, caps, Uniforms, and equipment
  1. SS collar tab price

    Hi I am not a expert in these SS tabs, but what I can tell you, as I had to look into these metal pips, as I had to find one for my SS tab, and that is that the size of of the pip for collar tabs is the small on the centre on on your tab, the other two larger pips are for shoulder boards, so to me it looks like someone has replaced the two outer pips post War. Again I am not sure if the tabs are good, I hoping someone on the forum can give you more advice on the originality of this set. Lou
  2. Show us your Best of 2017 !

    My only purchase this year, as the items I am looking for are hard to get:-(. I pick this beast of a helmet carrier of US E-bay, just like the massive rear clip, plus it was well worn! Also due to the condition of the leather the strap broke when I took it out of the box, so I had to do some mending, that is why you can see a thin wire. Just to mention the helmet has fake SS decals on it, Its my largest lid and the carrier fits nicely. Regards, Lou
  3. Good moaning, Ronnie....

    Welcome Joe, and yes good old WAF, Joe you find there are many WAF members here, and find it allot mellow, and laid back! Lou
  4. My "starting" collection

    Very nice display of the items you have so far, and before you know it, it will double in size! Lou
  5. Looking good Adam, the Generals setup looks great! Lou
  6. My Little room

    Well done, you have a nice collection, and also I like how you have displayed it Lou
  7. Eric-Jan Bakker

    My deepest regrets on the passing off Eric-Jan, my condolences to his family. Rest in Pease Eric-Jan. Lou
  8. My deepest regrets on the passing off Eric-Jan, my condolence's to his family.   Rest in Pease Eric-Jan.

    Lou (PioneerRAE) 

  9. This has been discussed on another Forum, and it is believed that the visor, and belt are not original the the set, and were added by a previous owner. Lou
  10. US M4 Sherman/US Thunderbolt P-47D

    Thanks, and yes those P-47D Thunderbolts are big ausome fighter planes, that did some damage to the enemy! Also thanks for posting up those images of the recovered engines. Lou
  11. MG34/42 MGZ40 Optical Sight

    I am looking for a original MG34/42 MGZ40 Optical Sight in German Grey if possible. Thanks, Lou
  12. M-40 Helmet Relic.

    Mate, I have repaired a few lids over the years, as I have over 30 lids, plus a few relic's in my collection, and with the leather pins I seen them in brass, and aluminium, also I have seen Norwegin liners with the same flat head pins, and my understanding that German leather liners were dyed reddish while they were still in their frame, and not removed. Anyway I am just going on the reddish colour of the leather, but saying that I have seen some darken German leathers, but what gives me the if's is that how the rest of the leather has darken, and to me I've seen this when someone puts on leather conditioner and that gives it that oily dark colour. Either way as you said you didn't invest much into it, and it gives you the look you want, plus its still a liner that was use back in that time frame. Cheers, Lou
  13. M-40 Helmet Relic.

    Yep for me that is reddish brown, and looking at it more, and more, also it looks like the rest off the darken area off the leather has been messed with some kind of leather conditioner, and now I am leading to the liner being used in helmets used by the Norwegian Army. No big deal if you didn't pay top dollars for it well it still does the job, and matches the worn condition off the helmet. Now with the factory/size markings, well as you said that you due to it's poor condition the stamp has disappeared, well as you know these stamps are hammered in with metal dye's, and leave a indent in the metal, so if you want, and have one of the hobby Dermal tool, you can use one off the sand disks for metal and just slow apply to the area were the stamps are and that will bring out the indents, I have done it to a couple of my relic helmets, and if you take care sanding the area it really won't damage the helmet, and over a period of time the area darkens up. All the best in the rest off your restoration of the helmet, Lou
  14. Weapons and Ordnance in my collection...

    Well done, and some very nice mines, and weapons, like the jumping jimmy's, and your War room is well decked out Lou
  15. M-40 Helmet Relic.

    Yeah on my screen it looks a real deep reddish brown, and if so that is what colour that was used by the Norwegian Army helmets. Can you take a clear close up in natural light of that section showing the colour, I just want to make sure that I am not giving you a problem. Lou