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#51 Plant#4

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 11:27 PM

Most Cool!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/w00t.gif I wish I had a basement...... Dave

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 05:56 AM

I have to echo Bob's comments on this one, I too just hold on to stuff but you make it come alive! I've really enjoyed seeing the display that you've made and can only hope to have something so creative and nice one day. BTW, if you could find a realistic looking mock up of a scrawny cat it would look great in there. A lot of soldiers on both sides kept those or little terriers to kill the rats.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:47 AM

What can be said that hasn't already been said? Awesome, Wow, Cool, Beyond Belief, Radical, Aces, Thumbs Up, Wish It Were Mine, Can't Believe I'm Not On Your Christmas List... anyhow, this stands out as a fabulous museum type display and it's right in your home... Unbelievable! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/twothumbup.gif

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 03:16 PM

Great display Dan,
I like the added scene of US soldiers silhouetted .
It gives it more depth . http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:17 PM

I would have to say that this is an "OUTSTANDING" job! It almost makes a person feel that they are in the trenches. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/jeal0001.gif

Are you sure that you do not do this full time at a museum? Hope you have room for WWII, Korea,.....etc. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif

#56 Michiel M.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:25 AM

Great bunker! Nice work! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:51 AM

Amazed Congratulations,
That's one of the highest level that a display could reach!

Bravo

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:54 AM

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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one of the best displays on the forum
greetings koen - belgium http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:43 AM

I've come back to this post dozens of times simply to be awed in every instance. Your dedication to history is obvious. Many have said it already, but allow me to add another compliment: SUPERB DISPLAY!!!

Ken

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:03 AM

Love how you included all the variety of soldiers in here. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

Edited by TrenchRaider1918, 23 February 2008 - 08:04 AM.


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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:09 AM

I am still in awe, this is the best thing ever. How did you come by most of these items? I think those who live in small towns in the midwest have a better chance of finding WWI stuff, in my opinion. Generation Y people like myself who live in big cities have to access these items differently. Thats why I like to go see my grandparents in Missouri because I know that a lot of estates still have these things packed away.

Again, I love what you do here and congratulations on your accomplishment.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:27 AM

very realistic plus a very well thought out and well planned set up. being in the basement what do you do about moisture or insects?? below grade always has some http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/think.gif http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif moisture that penetrates the foundation.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:24 PM

I can't add anything more to what others have said. Simply outstanding. You're to be commended.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:31 AM

Amazing Display! I get a true to life feeling just looking at the pictures. I can only imagine what it must feel like seeing it in real life. Great work. I thought I was the only psycho that would appritiate this stuff. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif I guess I found the right Place...

#65 TrenchRaider1918

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 05:23 PM

Yes I am one of those psychos :lol:

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:02 PM

Thanks for the comments. I keep the moisture out by running a dehumidifier year round. I spray for insects once a year bt a professional.
Here is a close up on the trench detail.

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Posted 26 February 2008 - 07:03 PM

Closeup of trench shield

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 01:29 PM

I know I'm kind of resurrecting an old post here but I had to say this is the coolest display I have ever seen. Great job! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/twothumbup.gif

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:33 PM

I concur. I've seen a lot of neat "war rooms" in my time. This has almost all of them beat.

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 08:31 PM

Where did you put this? Is it in your basement, spare room, or an outbuilding? It is a wonderful display that rivals any WWII/WWI museum I've ever seen. Amazing work!

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 05:33 PM

It is in a basement, just a room the size of a large bedroom.

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Where did you put this? Is it in your basement, spare room, or an outbuilding? It is a wonderful display that rivals any WWII/WWI museum I've ever seen. Amazing work!



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Posted 22 March 2008 - 02:04 PM

Dan your display is wonderful. It reminds me of the WWI Museum in Kansas City. Very nice. You need some of these for you wire.
Regards, Henry

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 12:24 PM

Dan what kind of mannequins are those? and do you mind sharing where you got them from? Thanks

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 05:56 PM

Here is where to get great looking mannequins.

http://www.websterdisplays.com/

I also take a styrofoam torso, cut a hole in the neck, hot glue a styrofoam head in it to make a nice display. I always paint foam heads with a flesh colored paint to hide the styrofoam beads imbeaded in it. I think this is very important for nice look. I split the seam in the crotch of the uniform pants big enough to pass a 3/8 NPT pipe. It is the correct size to fit the thumb screw attachment in the bottom of the torso connector. Then I take heavy steel plates and thread them with a pipe tape to 3/8 NPT. The heavy plate allows the mannequin to be stable. I just stuff the arms and legs with newspaper or quilt batting.

If you have small tunics, you can split the foam torsos and cut them down thinner and just duct tape them back together.

In this photo, I am using this system, the guy on the stretcher just has a foam head and newspaper in him.

Dan H



Dan what kind of mannequins are those? and do you mind sharing where you got them from? Thanks

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:32 PM

Amazing! Every time I see a display like this, I think about just chucking my old army stuff and collecting something like Pez dispensers instead.
Absolutely fabulous!


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