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    Mle 51 helmet

    Post by loski on Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:55 am

    Hi i just gotp off ebay uk this Mle 51 helmet both the liner and shell are in new unissued condition and dated 1962

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by William_Blond on Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:06 pm

    Nice helmet, congratulations.

    I saw one simmilar in Paris, this past summer, for 40 €, but in the end i didn't bought.

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    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:20 am

    Here's mine with a camo cover.. This one was in a trailor full of mixed helmets a friend bought a few years back. He found this one in his shed and gave it to me. Mine is a 62 dated liner and a 53 dated helmet. Both of those are in near mint condition, but the cover is shot!

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by Easy Gee on Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:08 am

    Very nice lid Graham, all you need to do now is pop on a two colour net,and innertube...and it will look the business Cool

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by Easy Gee on Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:10 am

    1stDivVet wrote:Here's mine with a camo cover.. This one was in a trailor full of mixed helmets a friend bought a few years back. He found this one in his shed and gave it to me. Mine is a 62 dated liner and a 53 dated helmet. Both of those are in near mint condition, but the cover is shot!

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    Very nice hybrid lid, I like the idea of using a ERDL cover and M-72 chinstrap look's very cool Wink

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by Guest on Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:45 am

    your m51 looks great Graham i didnt realise they wore the cammo covers like the m1 i need to find one for mine Smile

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:29 pm

    jaycee wrote:your m51 looks great Graham i didnt realise they wore the cammo covers like the m1 i need to find one for mine Smile

    They didn't, so no need to hunt for one Very Happy The helmet cover and chinstrap are US, not French. Since this came with a bulk buy of mixed helmets it's probable someone mixed the bits together to make a functional helmet, either not realizing or not caring that this was a French helmet to start with.

    Normally French helmets are bare or with the typical style helmet netting. I've got a couple of these and one of them came with a burlap sack cut to fit with the helmet netting over that. Pretty slick.

    Graham, any identifying stamps/markings on the helmet cover?

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by loski on Sun Feb 19, 2012 2:02 pm

    Hi Steve
    Mine is the new and naked Mle 51 at the start of the tread I think the one with the cover belongs to Fins the usual French methods of covering these helmets were

    A the hood off a jacket (camo or green) held in place with a peice of tyre inner tube.
    B Hessian with a net over it held in place with (yes you got it) a peice of tyre inner tube.
    C and finaly a peice of 2 colour face veil with either a draw cord around yhe edge or yes the old stand by tyre innertube.
    or you could just leave it naked.
    The first pic is My Mle 51/56 para helmet before I restored it the second is the helmet with the hessian and net with no tyre inner tube.




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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:34 am

    Yup, my bad Graham! I probably need to get some glasses Very Happy

    Your last pic is exactly what one of mine looks like.

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by Guest on Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:30 pm

    im sorry graham i got a bit confused back there ,your m51 looks great i like the look with the hessian cover and net kinda reminds me of the jap type 90 and thanks steve for the advice i guess i wont be rushing out to buy a non existant m51 cammo cover Embarassed

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    Re: Mle 51 helmet

    Post by Guest on Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:49 pm

    sorry to hijack your thread but heres my example im really fond of these helmets cheers james [img][/img]

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