ADM : The Hubble telescope for decals

Dear readers ,

A little newsflash of what is going on behind the scenes of the German Helmet Vault.

I am starting to catalogue different decals using my ADM device , ADM stands for Advanced digital magnification. It is a USB microscope that allows you to zoom in at 25 or 200 zoom. The result can then be viewed on your PC monitor and even photographed. I started using it 7 years ago and it is slowly becoming the number 1 tool for helmet collectors. Modern copy decals literally fall apart when magnified.


2 years ago I also invested in a portable version that I could take with me to military fairs.

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I will be adding my photos with some explanation in separate pages on the site in the relevant categories.

Here’s a sneak peek of an ET Heer decal. On the left an ET M35 and on the right an SE M35 at 25 zoom.

The chest at 200 zoom

Since the last blog message there have been many updates , updates are now always mentioned on the main page so make sure to check in regularly.

Have fun collecting,



4 thoughts on “ADM : The Hubble telescope for decals

  1. Mats May 29, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    Where do i get these?

  2. Christophe May 30, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience Frank. I appreciate it a lot.

  3. Michael June 8, 2017 / 1:52 am

    I have the same USB Frank. A great tool. What would be great (unless I missed it) would be to show the diff between a real and fake under magnification

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