I've always wanted a full-sized mannequin to display items from my collection. Up until now I've managed OK with two half-mannequins which I endeavour to rotate at regular intervals. However, the shortcomings are obvious...no heads or legs..so my uniforms can only be partially displayed. However, I have the opportunity to buy an ex shop display mannequin...male (obviously!) and in reasonable used condition, but more to the point, rather less expensive than the new ones advertised on various internet sites! Also, it's not such a "pretty boy" as many of them seem to be today! So...I'm aware of the advantages but what about disadvantages...are there any? Obviously, I suppose a certain percentage of my uniforms just won't fit? Some WW2 sizes are typically in the 36" range so below what would be considered an average size...if indeed the mannequin is "Mr Average"? Also, I recall a friend of mine buying an ex-shop mannequin but having to saw off half of each foot in order to get the boots on and off!
I know a number of you out there have such mannequins...some of you have several...and they seem to work for you. So, any tips and/or advise would be much appreciated, before I take the plunge and part with my hard-earned cash (about $100) Thank you!