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#1 blackhawkdown

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:12 PM

This year I had to tear down my WW1 trench because of moving. Now I want to build it bigger and better with some new ideas. The old trench had light and sound effects, the light flickered and danced on the soldiers silhouette picture at the top of the trench. Its nice for the rebuild that I still have all the old materials and wood.
Here was my old trench.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:13 PM

Another view

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:14 PM

Its all gone now but here is the beginning of the new display

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:16 PM

My Hotchkiss

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:17 PM

Oh wow!  That is fantastic!



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:18 PM

My Vickers, I chose to use artwork in front of the guns, I had thought of original photos but decided I needed color.

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:22 PM

That is fantastic! The original set a standard, but this one is like opening a second front!



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:24 PM

Wow, it is truly fantastic!



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:34 PM

Love it....that's cool.



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:34 PM

Wow! I cannot wait to see the final product!

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:37 PM

Here is what you see thru the peep hole in the trench shield

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

Pretty cool looks like a museum display great job

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:41 PM

The original was truly inspiring, reminded me of the one at Cantigny Park in Wheaton Illinois when I was a kid.  I for one can not wait for the next "edition" of The Bunker.



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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:42 PM

I like this view

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:43 PM

I need some fried .303 brass and some fired empty 8 mm Lebel to scatter under the guns. By the way they are dummy gun, not live. Vickers was from IMA

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:48 PM

This is my planned scene at top of trench. I need to try to blow it up about 12 foot long. I will have to comprise some of the angry sky. Love the silhouette and think my lights flashing on it will be cool

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 06:55 PM

Here is how I do the lights. I put a shelf with 4 floods and 2 red strobes. I have a gadget that the floods hook to that break my sound track down into 4 frequencys. Low, Medium low, mid range and high. When I run a sound track thru it it flashes randomly to the frequency. I just turn the strobes on manually. I still use a recorded clip on a loop cassette tape that was a battle scene in the movie Gallipoli. I think it has actual Lewis guns in the track. Yes old school cassette loop tape.

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 05:01 PM

A little more progress this week. I have the trench wall pretty advanced, I will recess the wood box into the trench wall, thats my hand grenade box. I still have my battle scene to be printed, maybe a week out. I am going to work on the fire step next. Once thats done I will start painting the floor and creating a mud floor look. Then I can put my duckboards down.

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 05:02 PM

Another angle.

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 05:05 PM

MG stands. I put split logs around the base. I got these slabs from a sawmill. What I need are a bunch of spent 8 mm Lebel casings, anyone know someone that has some? I would like to scatter them under th3 gun.

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 05:07 PM

Now for the Vickers, I found a source for .303 empty casings to scatter abut. Notice the logs around the base. Nice thing about building a trench scene, its really just your imagination, you can use all kinds of wood scraps.

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 06:08 PM

Really impressive work! I would love to have the space for something like that.

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:13 AM

I love the display, is it one of the guns that IMA sells that is made from original parts? How do you like it I have been giving a little thought into getting one of those to add to the wow factor of my families gun room but haven't decided whether it would be better to get one of those or save to try to get a semi-auto version.

I need some fried .303 brass and some fired empty 8 mm Lebel to scatter under the guns. By the way they are dummy gun, not live. Vickers was from IMA

Also as far as ammo are you looking for origional period casings or just any 8mm french and .303 casings?


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Posted 22 February 2019 - 04:06 PM

Yes, the Vickers is from IMA, is really quite nice. You ought to get one while you can find one. I found some .303 casings, they don’t have to be period. I still have not found any 8mm Lebel. I have my banner for over the trench finalized and ordered, it will be 24” x 144”

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Posted 25 February 2019 - 11:28 AM

Fantastic work!  I'm envious of the space you have available!  Do you give tours?  :D




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