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M42 Stahlhelm w/Chicken wire
M42 WW II German Steel Helmet - Stahlhelm with Chicken wire
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


Different types and grades of wire were used to provide as a framework for which foliage could be attached to helmets. In many cases, the wire itself served as a means of camouflage without the aid of leaves or branches. A variety of methods were used to attach wire to a helmet. Both strait bailing wire as well as fencing wire usually named as Chicken wire was also used in various gauges. There are many varieties of application methods but the most common wire configurations can be seen below.

Wire types and grades applied to helmets often differed depending on the theater of combat where the helmet was being used. Helmets that used wire for camouflage were typically found in the Italian and French theaters in 1943 and 1944. However as a whole, continental Europe with its strong agrarian base was an abundant source of farm yard and fencing wire.
When applied, wire was often attached by means of small collar hooks, bent wire hooks, or simply crimped over the edges of the helmet. In most cases it appears as though each individual soldier hand crafted his own wire configuration.

M42 WW II German Steel Helmet - Stahlhelm with Chicken wire (LRE-35279) from Live Resin includes 6 German World War II M42 Steel helmets with different wiring.


The set comes inside a transparent zip-lock bag sandwiched and stapled in a folded hard cardboard cover. Both sides of the cover show information and photos of the content.
There are six 1/35 scale,cast in grey resin M42 German helmets in the kit served with casting blocks. As the edges of the helmets are tiny parts, casting blocks and connector resin pins inside the helmets should be removed carefully. Resin quality is very good, details are very crisp and clean, there is no casting mistakes. Different types of helmets are marked with A,B,C,D letters on the casting blocks.

The set includes 6 helmets with 4 types of wiring.

  • A - Small Hex Half-Basket with side hooks - 2 pieces

  • B - Small Hex Half-Basket with side hooks and chinstrap on peak - 1 piece

  • C - Large Hex Full Chicken wire cover with visor hooks - 2 pieces

  • D - Large Hex Full Chicken wire cover with visor hooks and chinstrap on peak - 1 piece

    Helmet details like three liner rivets, two air vents, chicken wire texture, larger gauge wire circle to fix the chicken wire, hooks and chinstraps are all well defined.


    This is a very nice kit with a wonderful casting in well defined and accurate details. Different types of wiring will bring a lifelike variety to World War II German figures displayed together.
    Highs: Clean and crisp detailed chicken wire, 4 different configurations.
    Lows: No lows on this one.
    Verdict: Nice helmets to improve the apperance of WW II German figures.
    Percentage Rating
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: LRE-35279
      PUBLISHED: Nov 02, 2016
      NATIONALITY: Germany
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.95%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    At last we'll be able to depict figures with chicken wire covered helmets! In the past they've been a vague suggestion and no amount of effort trying to paint it has worked because they're so indistinct. They also seem to only cover part of the helmet which makes them even worse. These look nice and positive so a bit of drybrushing will pay dividends by the looks of it. With them being hollow means full head and partial heads can be used. I'll pick a few of these up :-)
    NOV 01, 2016 - 07:58 PM
    NOV 01, 2016 - 09:13 PM
    Outstanding in theory. I will try a set and see how they work on figures. They have to be the right size and proportionality.
    NOV 01, 2016 - 09:29 PM
    Live Resin makes these in two slighly different sizes. The thing is these helmets are made by 3D scanning of the real helmet, so I would say they are the right size, scaled down to 1/35. It is the figures which vary in size... Mario
    NOV 01, 2016 - 09:40 PM
    These will work great with the new liners also being offered!
    NOV 03, 2016 - 02:35 AM

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