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An Mk1 HSAT with the fibre rim,only produced in 1942.

The later Mk1 HSAT without fibre rim, but with an metal rim were only produced in 1943.

 One thing I always look for on an HSAT is the chalk line around the crash pad in the top of the helmet, & on the fibre rim a yellow blob of paint on the inside.

This yellow blob of paint is not on any other HSAT, the rubber padding between the leather liner & the inside shell is in fact made up of a fibre material covered in rubber.

All Mk1 HSAT made by BMB were painted khaki green, those made by G&S were painted dark brown.

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A few more pictures.

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A very nice early HSAT Aaron and one I hope to add to my collection in the near future as I have a place all reserved for a Mk I fiber rim I am trying to hold out for a nice flashed example .

I really like the khaki green exterior paint on these BMB's as apposed to the dark service brown paint on the helmet bodies produced by G&S another eye catcher is the strong chalk outline on the outside edge of the dome pad cant say I have ever seen one that clean and unblemished before TOP SHELF LID just wish it was mine  :thumbsup:

 

Regards Mark

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A year later in 1943 the fibre rim had given way to a stainless steel rim,but it was still called a Mk1.

Again made by BMB, & still with four fixing points for the leather straps. The colour was still the same also, textured khaki green, as far as I know there was no yellow blob of paint on the inside of the shell.

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More of the straps & inside.

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Another Mk1 encountered in 1943 was the G&S made HSAT, thought to be Gimson & slater of Nottingham.

Most likely the shells were BMB made, & G&S added their liners & finishing, note the paint is dark brown,& the bolts painted over.

 

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Finally progression to the Mk2 which was produced from 1943-44, then production started again during the early 50's.

Wartime production was only done by BMB, the first ones were painted khaki green, then dark brown. Some of the early Mk2's had yellow sorbo rubber, but most found have the normal black, & of course they have webbing straps with only three fixing points.

 

 

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Some more pics of the inside.

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Out of interest, I thought I'd show the difference between BMB & G&S made leather straps. Unless you are a purest it not a big problem having a G&S made set of straps on an BMB made helmet. As long as they are original & have been on there from the war, no problem.

BMB made straps with the two metal buckles are set out like this, one rivet above two.

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Even on the leather strap that has the chin cup is different between the two.

 An BMB made strap.

 Top rivet is to the right.

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Thanks guys.

 Some wartime pictures as well.

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A very tired Mk2 HSAT in khaki green as apposed to the later dark brown.

Generally noted that these were first issued in Feb'1944, although you will find some dated 1943, so whether they were in store until that time, or they were issued earlier?

This one is dated 1944 & as with all these Mk2's made by BMB.

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