My WW1 Trench-The Bunker
Posted 30 January 2008 - 11:27 PM
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:17 PM
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
Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:51 AM
That's one of the highest level that a display could reach!
Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:54 AM
one of the best displays on the forum
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
greetings koen - belgium http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:43 AM
Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:09 AM
Again, I love what you do here and congratulations on your accomplishment.
Posted 23 February 2008 - 09:27 AM
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Here is a close up on the trench detail.
Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:33 PM
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Posted 18 March 2008 - 05:33 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 31 March 2008 - 05:56 PM
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 what kind of mannequins are those? and do you mind sharing where you got them from? Thanks
Posted 31 March 2008 - 06:32 PM
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