Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

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    J0hi1
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    Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by J0hi1 on Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:31 pm

    I got my hands to a couple of helmet covers, an M/05 one and a late-production M/91 one, both in size M (fits L-sized ACH-type or M-sized PASGT-type helmets).


    The guy I bought the M/05 cover from said that it never was FDF property. I tend to believe him because he was also selling M/05 trousers (which I stupidly didn't buy, because they weren't my size), but not the smock or any other items - should he have been selling gear issued to him, he would probably have offered any pieces of the kit.

    The M/05 cover is two-sided, with an M/05 woodland camo side and an M/05 snow camo side. The tag is sewn on the snow camo side.
    The cover is made in Finland in 2010 by Admico OY ('Admico Ltd').
    The tag reads:
    "10 [inside tower marking, meaning year of manufacture - 2010]  M [size M]
    ADMICO OY ['Admico Ltd']
    Maastokuviopuoli [Camouflage pattern side]
    50% / 50% CO/PES [Cotton/Polyester]
    Lumipukupuoli [Snow suit side]
    30% / 70% CO/PES [Cotton/Polyester]"

    Here are some pictures of it. Notice how the dark grey on the snow camo pattern is lighter on the helmet cover than on the (genuine) fabric which I used as a background.
    First, the manufacturer and size tag:


    Front:


    Rear:


    Snow camo side on the inside:


    Snow camo side front:


    Snow camo side rear:


    Front, on an L-sized ACH:


    Right front, on an L-sized ACH:


    Left rear, on an L-sized ACH:


    Snow camo side right front, on an L-sized ACH:


    Snow camo side left rear, on an L-sized ACH:


    Snow camo side right rear, on an L-sized ACH:



    The M/91 cover I bought from a reservist store (MPY, now Inttistore). Interestingly enough, it has FDF's tower/castle marking on the tag, which makes me think it is genuine.
    It's made by Admico OY ('Admico Ltd') in Finland, in 2005. It shares the same design with the M05 covers, which the earlier production M/91 covers don't. However, this one has rubber band loops on the snow side for adding spruce twigs or such for extra camoufalge, which the M/05 cover lacks on its snow camo side.

    Like the M/05 cover, the tag is sewn on the snow side. It reads:
    "2005 [inside tower marking] M [size M]
    50% CO / 50% PES
    30% CO / 70% PES
    ADMICO SECURITY SERVICE"

    Here are the pictures. First, the tag:


    Right front:


    Left rear:


    Snow side, right front:


    Snow side, left rear:


    Snow side, right rear:


    Front, on an L-sized ACH:


    Right front, on an L-sized ACH:


    Left rear, on an L-sized ACH:


    Snow side, right front, on an L-sized ACH:


    Snow side, left rear, on an L-sized ACH:



    There are also other helmet covers used by FDF: an M/04-M/05 one which has M/04 desert camo on one side and M/05 woodland camo on the other, then the earlier production M/91, and also two versions of the M/62 helmet covers, one for the M/55 helmet (M35-onwards Stahlhelm type), and the other for the M/38 and M/60 helmets.
    There's also an M/62 detachable hood (which I do have, but I just haven't got pictures of it), which acts both as a hood for the late-production M/62 smocks (those which have buttons on the inner side of the collar) and as a helmet cover for the M/38 and M/60 helmets.
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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by ripcord on Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:24 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to post the very interesting information above.


    Seems there is a scarcity of good info as far as Finnish uniforms, patterns and related items are concerned.

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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by Bolty717 on Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:58 pm

    Are the elastic foliage assemblies sew to the materail on the green side? If so its a pity they didn't match it up to part of the pattern.
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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by J0hi1 on Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:05 pm

    Yeah, they're sewn on. However they don't affect the camouflage value much on M05 when viewed further away, as the pattern already has those black blotches. On M91 they are more visible.
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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by Stepi on Sat Sep 06, 2014 3:59 pm

    Newer M05 helmet covers actually have green foliage bands, making them perhaps a bit "better".
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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by J0hi1 on Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:28 pm

    Where they do have those?

    The helmet cover issued to me (not this) was made out of the newer M05 fabric in 2012 (the same that is used in the newer domestic Image Wear made M05 camo suits, with colouring really similar to Waffen-SS's green Oak Leaf camo), and it had those black bands with black attach hooks. The older M05 helmet covers however do have green attach hooks like the M91 seen here.
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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by J0hi1 on Sat May 16, 2015 2:41 pm

    Small addition to that what I wrote earlier:
    The M/05 helmet cover was used by FDF, but was scrapped due to the broken attachment hooks (two out of six are broken).
    A contact of mine inside FDF material department said that it's a common procedure to scrap helmet covers which have at least 2 broken hooks. They are mostly incinerated as far as I'm aware, but some of the warehouse workers let soldiers take scrapped items for themselves.

    The reason behind the broken hooks is the earlier M/92 helmet, which has thicker edges than the newer M/2000 and M/05 helmets.
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    Re: Finnish helmet covers, M05 and M91

    Post by jimmyduncan23 on Sat May 16, 2015 8:05 pm

    Nice stuff thanks for posting them

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