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#1 blackhawkdown

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 07:59 PM

Hi,
I thought I would share my WW1 trench display. I built this about 15 years ago, when my kids were young and my wife had a night job. I put the kids to bed and headed for the bunker! It has been a slow work in progress for years. I have light and sound effects in the area in front of the trench. If you notice the mural of the of the soldiers over the top of the sandbag fire wall, it was once a small photo that I enlarged 400% at the office supply. I cut and pasted it into a long battlefield scene. I have 2 red strobe lights and 4 flood lights hidden behind the trench wall that reflect up on the mural. They are sequenced to flash , to a loop tape sound track recording of a battle sounds off the movie Gallipoli. I have a little device hooked into the light system that triggers the lights with the intensity of the soundtrack. It is a lot of fun to show a new visitor, their first impression is to enter the dark room with the lights flashing and the sound of gunfire. I try to crate what a battle would be like while viewing it from inside a trench.
My grandfather and two great uncles were in WW1 and I have their uniforms in the display. I had been collecting WW1 for a number of years but never could really appreciate what I had untill I could get it out for display.
The 1914 French Hotchkiss is a dummy gun that was found in South American several years ago. I was fortunate enough to find a tripod for it. This is what my grandfather used in the Company D, 12th MG Batt. 4th Div

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:00 PM

Another view over the sholder of my French soldier.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:01 PM

View down the barrel of the 1914

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:06 PM

My grandfathers uniform and him holding a crucifix he pesonallt told me, he found on the battlefield. He is holding a copy of the gospel os St. John. I am sure there was a lot of praying in the trenches. It is said, There are no atheists in battle.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:08 PM

View of my wounded German soldier in a WW1 stretcher carrier, which I found in the basement of someone I knew in my hometown.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:09 PM

memory wall

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:10 PM

footlocker

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:11 PM

Another view

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:13 PM

Last photo, my grandfathers uniform.
Thank for looking,

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:16 PM

This has to be one of the most amazing personal displays I have ever seen! I would even say that it rivals the WWI trench display at the National Mall in DC! Wonderfull job

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:18 PM

Dan,

The only things missing are the filth, the rats, and the constant stench of fear and death!

Seriously, nice display

Chris

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:26 PM

That is really neat and what a great way to display their uniforms. I always wished I could do something as elaborate with my displays as that. I can just imagine how your visters must react when they go to the basemant and see your trench. It's got to be impressive. Just like the real thing. Also it's something one does not normally find in a basement but only in museums. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif Ray

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:36 PM

What a display! I have added to the topic's title in hopes we get as many forum members as possible to take a look at this wonderful piece of work.

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 08:43 PM

All I can say is WOW, absolutely first rate and definately one of the finest WW1 displays I have ever seen, and that includes museums. So when do you start giving tours, because I would be at the head of the line! I wonder if when the lights go down, late at night, they all come to life and re-enact the Great War in you basement? Great job and I would love to see some more photos! Oh, and by the way, I like the rats!

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:26 PM

All I can say is: "WOW!!!"

This is easily the greatest display I've ever seen that wasn't assembled by a team at a museum. Outstanding work! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/twothumbup.gif

Edit: Come to think of it, this blows away a ton of the museum displays I've seen. This is my new definition of the phrase "labor of love". Love the 4th Division patch on your grandfather's uniform. That is a beautiful example of the insignia!

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:32 PM

Man that is awesome!! Ive got a lot of work to do. Absolute museum quality, nice job!!

#17 militariacollector

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:51 PM

Wow, an absolutely amazing display!

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Posted 28 January 2008 - 10:52 PM

OMG that is truly one of the best private displays that I have ever seen.

As the CSM would say : "Well done that man!"

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 12:10 AM

Very nice museum quality display,well done......517th

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:06 AM

Amazing display, it's way better than some of the displays in WWI musea here in Belgium.
Excellent work!!

Best regards
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:00 AM

A stunning display! Thx for sharing w/ us

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:49 AM

OUTSTANDING !!!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:18 AM

THE BEST!!!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:39 AM

Simply outstanding! Wow....

A true museum quality set up you've got there.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:37 AM

This is best way to display these items I believe. Outstanding. How long have you been collecting this stuff? I've only been collecting for a year but I'm good for about four doughboys. When I move into my own place someday I will want to do something like this also. Say, is one of your boys fraternizing with the enemy? http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif Well, it looks great anyway, thanks for sharing!

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