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I posted earlier about modifying the alignment of the arms on one of my displays. I am trying to reposition the arm to more realistically hold a STEN Mk V. I've shown a few steps of a simple way to change the alignment by doing field surgery.

 

I started by holding the STEN myself to get a good idea of the new alignment that I would need for the arm. The mannequin I have has an arm that hangs relatively straight down. When holding the STEN my arm is about 20 degrees away from the side of my body, and the elbow is bent about 45 degrees so that the hand can hold the pistol grip.

 

I then traced the desired cut for the first repositioning of the arm at the shoulder joint. You essentially have to take a "lemon slice" out of the arm so you can move it in the desired position. I always leave a small piece of the arm attached so that it bends into the new configuration and holds together better without having to tape it. Here are the cut lines.

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Use a fine bladed saw such as a hack saw, or dremmel tool with a cut off wheel to make the cuts. Be careful not to cut through the tab.post-15065-0-67054100-1422224961.jpg


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OZ the surgeon general !!! :D

 

do we get to see the end result ??


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Next I mix up the fiberglass epoxy to place over the fiberglass mesh. PLEASE read the cautions on the can as the fumes can be deadly. :blink:

 

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You can use some tape to hold things together while you put the epoxy and mesh on. I simply use a brush and ceover the joints, apply small strips of mesh and then cover the mesh with another coat of epoxy. The brush tends to pull the bibers off, so you have to work carefully with a loaded brush and gentle pressure. In the end this is what you get.

 

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Notice how the arm does not hang straight down. i have about a 15-20 degree angle away from the body.


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Once it dries, you can sand the surface smooth so that the uniforms don't snag on the sharp edges. I'll post images when I get to that stage. Then i will tackle the elbow joint.


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OZ the surgeon general !!! :D

 

do we get to see the end result ??

 

You bet. I'll make new posts at each stage and when I have it properly holding the STEN I'll take another shot.

 

Thanks

 

Bone cutter


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Cool !! cant wait !! :)

 

LB


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WANTED : DINGHY TYPE K ,TYPE A

" ALWAYS WANTING USAAF ITEMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING "

"WOULD ALSO LIKE 487th FS AND 515TH BS RELATED ITEMS "

"Illegitmi non carborundum"

 



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Cool tutorial! I bet that method can be used to shorten mannequins to fit small sized uniforms. For some reason they always make mannequins as tall as NBA players!


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Merc,

I think you are correct. Feet could be made shorter and a slice could be taken from the legs and arms to do the same. I think to a degree you have to watch the proportions or you end up with a tall torso and short legs and arms (exaggeration for sure) but at some point the ratios get skewed enough where it becomes noticeable.

 

I find that to be a problem when modifying the elwow. If you take the entire slice from the inside of the elbow you end up shortening the upper arm and it will look goofy.


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I let the first surgery dry and did some rough sanding before beginning on the second phase at the elbow. Notice I get about a 35 degree bend at the shoulder which pushes the arm away from the torso to allow the stock of the MK V to slide in between the arm and torso, leaving a bit of room for field gear.

 

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Phase II. I traced out the cuts at the elbow based on what I thought would look best. Notice I plan on using two pivot points on either side of the elbow to keep the upper arm from getting shorter. At first I depict about a 45degree angle. I also want to rotate the elbow a bit so that the axis of the lower arm will move forward a bit and in position to grasp the pistol grip of the STEN.

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I took the arm up to the junque room and checked the fit. I actually will need about a 90 degree bend to get the hand and wrist where I need it. It took a few extra cuts to get the arm positioned in about the right place. I realize if I screw this up, the pose will never look natural and all will be for naught. Several test fits were tried to get it nearly right. This is the final set up after applying the fiberglass. The axis is quite a bit different from how I first drew it. I am almost at 90 degrees.

 

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I decided to reconfigure the fingers of the right hand so that it would hold the pistol grip better. Yanks mannequins site states the fingers can be repositioned by dipping them in nearly boiling water for about 20 seconds adn using moderate force, they can be repositioned. It took a few tries starting with the thumb and then the fingers. Worked great. Before the grip would not sit well in the hand. After, it fits like a glove and notice the trigger finger extended but at the ready!

 

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AFTER:

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way to go Oz !!! you should be in the cosmetic surgery industry !!! :)


WANTED : RAF 1940 PATT FLYING BOOTS

WANTED : DINGHY TYPE K ,TYPE A

" ALWAYS WANTING USAAF ITEMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING "

"WOULD ALSO LIKE 487th FS AND 515TH BS RELATED ITEMS "

"Illegitmi non carborundum"

 



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Very interesting tutorial. I am looking forward to the final product!

 

....Kat


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I have several of these mannequins and have always wanted to do some repositioning on a few. Your tutorial is very informative and creative, especially the finger repositioning.. Can't wait to see your finished product!

 

Paul


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Did not quite get the angle I wanted and hence the hand is about 2" too far forward. It requires the STEN sling to be opened to its fullest length to make the connection. If you notice the proportion between the upper arm from the shoulder to the elbow and then to the wrist are a bit off. Lower arm a bit longer. I could still shave off about 1" from the lower arm and the proportions would be closer and the weapon would get tucked that much farther up and back. I'll work on that when I get tired of the pose. For now I think that's about an 85% solution. Not fully pleased, but..... "that'l do pig!"

 

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That's great work. The arm looks natural to me. I like the 2 mannequins, very nice display.


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Very nice work and excellent tutorial!

 

Not to mention a fine Sten and mannequin display!


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Thanks...the STEN is a work in progress. Mechanically finished, just need to do the phosphate coating and the semi gloss paint. Will get to that soon.

 

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Great work and looks great! If only some manufacturer would start making mannequins in military style poses.



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