Long time Singaporean collector of World War One and Two militaria from both Axis and Allied nations.

Living historian with 'Syonan Reflections'.

Husband, educator, friend and ex-soldier too.

Die (Neu) Deutsche Wochenschau

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Restoration of original German WW2 Gas Mask Cannister

This is an original German WW2 gas mask cannister that I received in the early 2000s. The canister was covered with rust, pitting and with possibly a post-war repaint. However, It's overall in excellent and serviceable condition. It's marked FNZ 43 on the latch and embossed a letter "D" at the bottom centre. No other markings or stamps were found.

I sanded the entire gas mask cannister to remove as much rust as I could and I covered some small depressions with putty. Then I applied on two layers of primer and two layers of Dark Green paint (Aerosol spray from Tamiya) and there it was....brought back from the dead!

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Original condition with slight exterior rusting, paint flaking and pitting.

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Interior of can - Badly rusted

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Springed latch with remnants of original latch strap.

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Closeup of paint texture.

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Paired with its "best friend" - The gas cape pouch.

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A set of original spare lenses in its respective compartment -
In 1944, soldaten were issued with two sets.

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I completed this project with a postwar mask / lens cleaning cloth
with its metal keeper secured at the can's bottom. - Pardon my legs...

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