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#1 Alonzo

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:00 PM

A project was started about 5 years ago to develop a portion of my basement into a mini museum.
During these years I built 8 display cases, two of which are on wheels, standing over 6 feet tall, one display case I mounted on the wall for firearms.
The whole concept was to display stuff in and orderly and uncluttered manner and try to give the room a professional Museum appearance.
One crucial aspect of any display area is lighting...thanks go to the boys at Eecol Electric supply for their expertise in this matter.
Also, the guys at Display Fashions in New York supplied the mannequins and were one of the only suppliers who would ship to Canada.
Makes one wonder why no one will ship mannequins to Canada...they would probably work much harder then any other immigrant, and would not need government assistance.
The photos are extensive, though I will try to keep them brief;
What you see as you enter the room from upstairs
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-8.jpg
More of the room
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-5.jpg
More, More, More
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-6.jpg
Looking towards the entrance and storage area
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-9.jpg
Another view of the corner area
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-7.jpg

I will post the display cases as addition to the thread.

Edited by Johan Willaert, 01 August 2010 - 12:15 PM.


#2 Alonzo

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:07 PM

As promised, here are the display cases;
I propped the glass doors open to eliminate reflections

Some Springfield Firearms
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-20.jpg

Civil War/Indian War Case
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-26.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-25.jpg

The World War One case
Should mention, above this case there are several 88th Division roll-out photos, sorry no photo of those...yet.
I am always looking for more.
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-19.jpg
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-18.jpg

Some World War Two stuff
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-16.jpg

These next two cases I left the glass door closed
General Army Air Corp, B-17 related
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-14.jpg

CBI Theater case
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-15.jpg

Edited by Alonzo, 21 July 2009 - 06:32 PM.


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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:11 PM

In my opinion, this is the most professional (also my favorite) display I have seen. :blushing:

Thanks for the great photos.

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:19 PM

very very nice work there! and it really does look like a museum :thumbsup:
Terry

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:21 PM

Neat!

#6 Alonzo

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:24 PM

Here are the Mannequins
World War One, note 88th Division patch
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-31.jpg

World War Two AAF Officer
Note; This one scared the life out of a buddy whom I had not told what I was doing...it was hilarious actually
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-34.jpg

World War Two Infantryman
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-23.jpg

World War two Canadian Soldier
Yeah, I know it is not U.S., but it is part of the "Museum"
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-22.jpg

Edited by Alonzo, 21 July 2009 - 06:33 PM.


#7 Alonzo

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:31 PM

Sorry Guys...more photos are included here
Now for "THE ROOM"...aka storage.
THE RACK
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-37.jpg

Looking out of The Room into the "Museum" area
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-38.jpg

Rolling Display case #1
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-39.jpg

Rolling Display case #2
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-40.jpg

A small hidden corner display case
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-41.jpg

The next one is shear bragging...I have been involved in competitive shooting for about 35 years now...this is a portion of the awards I have won
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w142/oznola45/Museum%20Pics/Ghostsqrdn-52.jpg

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:38 PM

Alonzo, fantastic displays! I would say your planning and hard work paid off.

Thanks for sharing your collection with us!

#9 HelmetGuy

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:03 PM

Outstanding "museum"!

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 08:34 PM

Wonderfull displays! I really like your 88th WWI Manequin I see you have a thing for 41st Div and 88th Div. I had a great uncle in the 313th Eng of the 88th in the First war and another great uncle in the 163rd Inf of the 41st Div in the Second war.
I would love to see some more detailed photos of the construction of your display cases, espically the "lids" of the flat cases.
Did you use glass or plexi? It appeared in one photo that you used "L" brackets at a 45 angle to hold the glass in? Thats pretty inventive!

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 09:01 PM

Epic... that looks amazing! :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 July 2009 - 11:18 PM

Excellent!!!!

Could you tell me what the approximate size of the room is???

Thanks

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:38 AM

Very well done, I sure like the way your collection is displayed.

Erwin

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 02:35 AM

Came back for another look. This is so well done!

Would you mind showing closer photos of "the rack"? It looks like you have several very interesting pieces there.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 02:47 AM

... just one word needed "OUTSTANDING"

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 02:50 AM

Something to be extremely proud of, and for most of us to be jealous of!!!
Outstanding! :w00t:

#17 jerry_k

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:23 AM

Wow the a great display and really looks like museum! Thanks for it!

Jerry K.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:23 AM

Wow the a great display and really looks like museum! Thanks for it!

Jerry K.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:53 AM

"Mini" my @$$! :w00t:

You have some wonderful items Sir and the displays are excellent! :jeal0001: :jeal0001: :jeal0001:

(edit) Hey I really like how you covered all of the display heads with fabric—great idea! Not only does this enhance the head gear item more, but it's a great way to make different looking heads to look consistent.

:bravo:

Edited by mrhell, 22 July 2009 - 03:57 AM.


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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:57 AM

Great displays, especially the WWI mannequin. :w00t: Wish I had room to display my collection like that.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 04:56 AM

OUTSTANDING !!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: And for once, we see a doughboy dressed for combat without a discharge chevron ! :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 05:28 AM

Fantastic!!! You have a very good eye and great displaying skills. I feel as if I should have paid for admission.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:01 AM

Really enjoyed seeing this. Very visually appealing set up and an inspiring collection.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 09:35 AM

Your basement is truely amazing, I can't even imagine how much time, money, and hard work you have tied up in that project. I would like to see some close ups of "The Rack" also if you get a chance. Excellent job sir.

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 03:19 PM




Absolutely oustanding...... :thumbsup:


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