"Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy: I knew Jack Kennedy; Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."
Senator Lloyd Bentsen to Senator Dan Quayle, Oct 5, 1988
I think the same can be said regarding the Modello Z in comparison to the German M.35:
"...you, senor, are no M.35"
I've read recently that the easiest way to tell a Spanish M.42 from a German M.35 is with a hammer.
The raw edge and lousy paint-job provide a glimpse in to the production abilities of a nation impoverished by civil war and foreign adventurism.
The rear view...
as well as the top reveal the typical M.35 profile, but also...
the multiple layers of paint, carelessly slopped on, over the lifetime of this helmet. A typical hallmark of Spanish helmets is this clumsy ham-fisted finishing.
Peer through the multiple layers of flaking and runny pigment and here is another big difference between the M.35 and its Spanish counterpart; the crudely punch-stamped ventilator.
That mounting bracket in closeup is quite shoddy when compared to the flush-soldered bracket on the German model.
OUCH! that very standard, very cheap, and very ineffective Spanish liner is revealed. As in previous examples posted to this blog, the Spanish M.30 and M.26 share this same rudimentary liner, one which provides almost no space between the shell of the helmet and the skull of the wearer.
Here's the available padding, about 1/8 of an inch of felt. My brain hurts just thinking about any impact to the shell.
The liner pads are sewn to a leather liner band which is riveted to the shell.
Visible here is the reverse side of the punched ventilator, a far cry from the applied ventilator of the German M.35.
The chinstrap is surprisingly well-engineered.
Typical of Spanish helmets, this one bears no manufacturer's marks, batch numbers, inspection stamps, or other process marks of any sort. The closest thing to a marking is this deliberate daub of white paint in the very crown of the shell.
Despite its shortcomings, pop on that brass eagle and the wearer is ready for any parade.
Now the final question: What becomes a legend most? Here is at least one trait shared by Spanish strongman Francisco Franco and Hollywood strongwoman Joan Crawford...
They both look good in fur.
accession number: MOA hmar249.68.10
Spanish M.42 "Modello Z" steel helmet
Acquired 2008, ebay
Purchase price :$17.53
Condition: very good