TinLid

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A standard Mk3 with dark brown textured paint, looked high & low for stamps on the shell for date/maker name,none. But the rim join makes this an RO&Co or F&L made one.

The liner is dated 1945 & made by CCL.

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More helmets than you can shake a stick at it seems.  I have been sticking to medals lately, they take up a lot less space!

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More helmets than you can shake a stick at it seems.  I have been sticking to medals lately, they take up a lot less space!

And a lot of money jerry.

 

Nice helmet tinlid. :thumbup:

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Thanks Mark, got 3 army Mk2's as well. When will it all end :cursing:

Very Nice Aaron as you know I am a sucker for a good helmet :love: I have been busy as well and have just added my first British Army Mk II an SA Mk II, the Medic Helmet arrived in the post today my boss opened the box for me and sent me a few pics as I am home on the Island on days off and I am bidding on a couple more as we speak so it never ends so many helmets to choose from

 

Regards Mark

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The first Mk3's were painted textured khaki green,& are quite hard to find.

This one has an Mk2 nut & bolt holding the liner in, as apposed to the more common Mk3 nut & bolt, the shell was made by BMB, but due to the heavy textured paint date not readable.

The liner is dated 1944 & made by CCL.

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Inside, & a comparison with dark brown painted Mk3's.

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Great helmets once again.

Picture 2 represents how non reflective rough texture should look like on army helmets.

Great stuff :thumbup:

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Some with Helmets, Steel, Covers,Camouflage. 

This is an early woven net on a Mk3.

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An knotted net, picture doesn't pick up the ghosting of the net but it is there.

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An Mk3 with the flash of the Royal Artillery, shell made by BMB.

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An RO&Co made Mk3 shell has it's rim join butted up &  press stamps either side, the date/maker name will be horizontal with the rim.

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An F&L made Mk3  rim join is a bit of a mix of the BMB & RO&Co, but the date/maker name will be horizontal with the rim.

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Finally the most common, BMB, rim join will be smooth welded or ground smooth. Date/maker name will be vertical with the rim, & often seen from the outside.

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TinLid i can not really comment any more on your collection its just OUTSTANDING and mark must have a mention to as his is just superb.

If i really collected helmets, its on here with you and mark i would want to be.

Keep up the good work you and mark when you have time.

Great stuff both of you. :thumbsup:

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Thanks for sharing these detailed helmet pics Aaron, they are really helpful for collectors.

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Fantastic helmets, especially the RA flashed example. The Mk3 has always been an underrated helmet in my opinion. I have yet to get one but its on the wishlist. (looking like a Roman

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An Mk3 with the flash of the Royal Artillery, shell made by BMB.

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Thanks for the comments, if someone is looking for information about the Mk3, either out of interest or wishing to buy one, then hopefully they will find the forum & the information here should help.

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An Mk3 with the flash of the Royal Artillery, shell made by BMB.

A lovely Mk III Aaron with that killer Royal Arty flash on the side.

I can't help but notice that the flash seems quite large on this example compared to what I am used to seeing on the standard issue army Mk II's.

Or ate the flashes adjusted accordingly to the size of the helmet body I have noticed the same phenoma on HSDR's, HSAT's and HSRAC's.

Regards Mark

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Hi Mark, Yes, it is bigger than a normal RA flash, why?

It could also have been applied post war, late 40's, as the age to it would be impossible to tell from WW2 to even in the early 50's.

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The Mk3  saw less than two years service during the war, but many more post war.  In that time it was refurbished & repainted.

When refurbished they had all their wartime paint removed & painted smooth olive drab, Mk2 liners dating from 1949 to the 50's were added.

Other times you see they have just been repainted olive drab on the outside, a really worn repainted Mk3 can look like an wartime khaki green.

 Here's an RO&Co refurb'.

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BMB made shell, interesting that they have not painted over the whole shell, leaving the original dark brown in places giving it a camo look. Inside painted olive drab, liner 1952 CCL.

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Still with the original wartime paint inside, over painted outside olive drab & black, original 1945 dated liner.

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Would have been a lovely early khaki green painted Mk3, but over painted olive drab, clear to see the difference in the two colours. 

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