Just wanted to warn you about these new EURO fake chinstraps. These are on the market now since 2 years and I see these are now moving beyond the dealer site I initially spotted these on. I have these already on my fakes chinstraps page but spotted some for sale (and sold) today on another dealer site.
They are being sold for 125 euros.
Don’t get caught with one of these as they are a waste of money. If you have one make sure to send it back to the dealer.
The buckles are always unpainted steel ones , sometimes reflective and sometimes they have a more blued look. The long part can sometimes even be married to an original buckle.
Take note of the deep stamp and the font , the buckle holes and the lower quality iron parts and stitching.
These are being mass produced and I even suspect they change the maker and RB nrs with each batch they produce.
I haven’t seen them in US dealer inventory so this seems to be a EURO only problem.
In this article I will show you some high magnification photos of fake Luftwaffe decals compared to original ones.
The Luftwaffe fakes I have come across these last 20 years are of poor quality and a trained eye can spot these fakes easily without a loupe. But not everyone is a 100% die hard helmet collector. I see helmets with these fake decals still being sold today.
Authentication becomes more tricky if fake decals are covered with ‘camo paint’ , especially if the tell tale features are covered up and the fake camouflage is expertly recreated. Here the USB microscope can be a powerful tool.
Below example with 2 fake decals sold for 1800$ on an auction site.
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISONS
On the left an unapplied 5$ droop tail fake and on the right an original droop tail eagle on an ET M35.
You can immediately see the digital sawtooth print in the unapplied example. Lack of details in graphics and also the white shows an even plastic white in the fake and a more milky creamy and thicker white on the original. The original is more layered as the black is printed on top of the white.
Next up is the other style Luftwaffe eagle , an applied one this time.
Top row is the original , bottom row the fake.
This one also shows the digital print which suffices to categorize it as a fake. You will notice the white has more depth and compares better to the original however design wise it is still a very flawed example.
DECALS UNDER CAMOUFLAGE PAINT
The helmet below fooled many knowledgeable collectors (and dealers) when it surfaced in 2005. It has 2 fake decals and a very convincing camo paint applied.
In this particular case you can just see enough of the decal to declare it as a fake , no tools needed. For further reading on this particular helmet visit German Helmet Walhalla : Here
Here are 2 original WW2 camouflaged Luftwaffe helmets where only a tiny spot of decal is visible. With the USB microscope you even with the tiniest spot of the eagle visible dive in and authenticate it.
Example 1 of an original Luftwaffe camo with decal hidden under the paint
Example 2 of an original Luftwaffe camo with decal hidden under the paint
That is all for now , keep your eyes open and make sure you are one step ahead of the frauds in our hobby.