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#26 GIKyle

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:55 AM

This reminds me of the WWI display at the 1st Div Museum in Catigny, IL., except that this one I like a lot better!

Great job!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:01 AM

Unbelievable, stupendous, incredible, fabulous.....wow. :o

#28 Paul C.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:05 AM

Awesome display, and you have the most understanding wife in the entire world......

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:21 AM

Outstanding! This is REALLY collecting and Historical preservation. Me? I just save old stuff. Congratulations and THANK YOU for sharing your fine display.
Semper Fi......Bobgee

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:35 AM

Really cool!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:05 AM

Just one question. Are you open to adoption? Because I really want to come over and live in your basement and by the way I am house broken. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif Great display.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:13 AM

A very beautiful WWI set-up you got there. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/twothumbup.gif
As said before here, it beats a lot of museum displays.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:28 AM

SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!!![/b] http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif :

How many hours do you think it took you to do this? Thousands I would guess.
Makes my "war room look like a latrine! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbdown.gif

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:14 AM

Can't think of anything to say but WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:18 AM

...Makes my "war room look like a latrine! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbdown.gif



Hmmmmm....a latrine diorama.....now there's an idea. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

#36 beezman

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:21 AM

:blink: Amazing display!

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:05 AM

I am speechless http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/drool2.gif

This is so fabulous.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:21 AM

outstanding!

another suggestion, maybe buy one of those dry ice fogging machines they use for Halloween parties, and have some fog comming in ? or maybe add the sound effects of a heavy rain storm and thunder with the lights dimmed.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:31 AM

outstanding!

another suggestion, maybe buy one of those dry ice fogging machines they use for Halloween parties, and have some fog comming in ? or maybe add the sound effects of a heavy rain storm and thunder with the lights dimmed.


Now THAT would be sweet... http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Edited by IMPERIAL QUEST, 29 January 2008 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:40 AM

Awesome display, and you have the most understanding wife in the entire world......


Oh, YES!!

The Oscar goes to The Wife!!

Best regards,

Ricardo.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:30 PM

Absolutely amazing! I know in my heart that thousands of WW1 vets are looking down from above and smiling with approval. Great job. Keep the memory alive and keep up the good work.

Dan

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 06:53 PM

Thanks guys, for all your kind responses. Here are a few more shots.
First, here is a shot of my grandfather. he was a wonderful man, I loved him very much. I was 21 and he was 92 when he passed away. I dedicate my display in memory of him. Here is a photo of him. This is the uniform with the neat 4th division patch.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:07 PM

Here is a shot of the trench with the light show going. This is eerily similar to a brief scene in Saving Private Ryan where there is a scene of US soldiers silhouetted, walking a long the top of a hill single file.
My inspiration for this trench display was the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant I went to as a young man. The big airplane propeller in one of the photos came from the restaurants auction before it was torn down several years ago.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:08 PM

Here is a little fun with a sepia tone shot

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 07:17 PM

here is another shot with a view of the planked ceiling, notice the edge view of the woven branches on the wall. I was trying to pull a lot of elements of a trench in the display. The duckboards in the bottom of the trench, sandbags and logs for trench reinforcement, corrigated tin and I painted the floor with varying floor paints to create a muddy floor look.

If you can ever get to Kansas City Missouri, USA and see the Liberty Memorial, The National World War One Museum, it is an awesome place for WW1 buffs. I can not bring myself to smear my uniforms with mud for realism like they do there.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 08:30 PM

here is another shot with a view of the planked ceiling, notice the edge view of the woven branches on the wall. I was trying to pull a lot of elements of a trench in the display. The duckboards in the bottom of the trench, sandbags and logs for trench reinforcement, corrigated tin and I painted the floor with varying floor paints to create a muddy floor look.

If you can ever get to Kansas City Missouri, USA and see the Liberty Memorial, The National World War One Museum, it is an awesome place for WW1 buffs. I can not bring myself to smear my uniforms with mud for realism like they do there.


Yes the WWI Museum in KC is a fantastic place. Are you in the KC area?

How big is your display, is it in the basement?

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 07:07 AM

I've come back 3-4 times in the last 2 days and looked at this again. Just simply amazing!!!

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 08:24 AM

I would add a few more rats.

It really is an amazing display.
Like many, I came to look at it several times already.

Erwin

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:13 AM

here is another shot with a view of the planked ceiling, notice the edge view of the woven branches on the wall. I was trying to pull a lot of elements of a trench in the display. The duckboards in the bottom of the trench, sandbags and logs for trench reinforcement, corrigated tin and I painted the floor with varying floor paints to create a muddy floor look.


Question What did you fill the sand bags with sand or something else ?

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:05 PM

I made the sandbags out of burlap grass seed bags. I was my one any only experiance with a sewing machine. I filled them with styrofoam peanuts like what is used for postal shipping.

The branch wall was made from brush I found along a roadside. You see these woven trench wall reinforcements in a lot of period photos.

I tried to bring elements of a trench together with corrigated metal and log slabs I got from a sawmill. the paint on the trench was mixed with sawdust and sand.

The gas mask cannister in the photo is named with the same last name as my own!

Dan H

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