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Too Much WW1 Militaria

I modified my websters torso to make it sit higher and more sturdy. Is simple to do too. Mannequin Maven on e-bay sells the stands. I took a approx 3/4 iron rod purchased at Hompe Depot and slid it into the mannequin quite a ways and tightened the set screw. Wrapped the bottom of the exposed rod with foam pipe insulation and force fitted it into the tripod stand I got from mannequin maven. Here is the result. No wobble, and is solid as a rock. It's the center mannequin holding my Grandfather's WW1 uniform. Have since put the pogey rope back where it belongs, ha a couple of buttons I had to resew!

 

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I modified my websters torso to make it sit higher and more sturdy. Is simple to do too. Mannequin Maven on e-bay sells the stands. I took a approx 3/4 iron rod purchased at Hompe Depot and slid it into the mannequin quite a ways and tightened the set screw. Wrapped the bottom of the exposed rod with foam pipe insulation and force fitted it into the tripod stand I got from mannequin maven. Here is the result. No wobble, and is solid as a rock. It's the center mannequin holding my Grandfather's WW1 uniform. Have since put the pogey rope back where it belongs, ha a couple of buttons I had to resew!

 

John

 

Thanks, John. I'm going to order one of those torsos. My only concern was its height; I will use your modification. Is that the regular stand or deluxe stand?

Cool WW1 3rd ID helmet.

 

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My two Webster mannequins just had the dowel and wood base which wobbled like anything. Wrap the rod just slightly larger than the inside diameter of the stand pipe and cram it in!

 

My Grandfather was attached to the 3rd for coming home. He did a ton of pre-embarkation physicals prior to them coming home. He was primarily a surgeon working with the French from late 1917 on, hence the French decorations.

 

John

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My two Webster mannequins just had the dowel and wood base which wobbled like anything. Wrap the rod just slightly larger than the inside diameter of the stand pipe and cram it in!

 

My Grandfather was attached to the 3rd for coming home. He did a ton of pre-embarkation physicals prior to them coming home. He was primarily a surgeon working with the French from late 1917 on, hence the French decorations.

 

John

 

That was my concern...the wobbling. I plan on putting field equipment on the torso. I do like Websters, though I'm also open to other options.

I like the old helmet. I passed on one months ago at a show, but I'll probably buy the 3rd ID helmet next month if I see it again. I wanted to get one from every war they were in, but the WW2 steel pot is waaay out of my price range.

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Just run the rod/wrapping far enough down into the silver pipe. I have the mannequin sitting on top od the silver pipe for extra stability. Should be able to support some weight without wobbling. If I bring another mannequin in here, I'll have to sleep with my eyes open! lol Have 19 of them now!

 

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Just run the rod/wrapping far enough down into the silver pipe. I have the mannequin sitting on top od the silver pipe for extra stability. Should be able to support some weight without wobbling. If I bring another mannequin in here, I'll have to sleep with my eyes open! lol Have 19 of them now!

 

John

 

really? thats a lot of mannequins in the house, you must have a very big house to have 19 mannequins! the local museum didnt even have that many.

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Hope this is ok to post here..here's a display I set up using an $8 male torso and an old floor lamp. All ID'd (save for the cap) to an 8th AAF armorer who served in England and France.

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really? thats a lot of mannequins in the house, you must have a very big house to have 19 mannequins! the local museum didnt even have that many.

My club room is 40 feet by 100 feet. And they are kinda packed together tightly along the walls!

 

John

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I'm having great difficulty finding male mannequin heads that are male adult-sized. A quick check online is confusing and shows numerous people with the same complaint.

 

Can anyone here recommend a good source that sells normal-sized heads? I suppose they don't have to be stryofoam, but I'm on a budget.

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In perusing the net, sellers offer conflicting measurements; on Amazon for instance, there are negative reviews to this effect (e.g., heads will be listed as 22 inches but in reality they're smaller.

 

Does anyone here have heads that they could measure? The pinheads that I have are about 20 1/2 inches circumference, and that's way too small.

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my glass head is 21 1/2". there is also the option of buying a glass head for molding your own. i've thought about this myself cause i also couldnt find suitable foam heads. in the end though it worked out better with glass anyway cause there is less chances of it reacting with items like foam does, so i can use it for permanent display of helmets (m1 helmets are not suggested for permanent display on a head). plus the added benefit of looking cool. they even have black and white glass heads. (only clear is available at pier 1 imports)

random pictures using glass heads...

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this is an example of what is permanently kept on one...

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One thing to watch out for with the Styrofoam ones is that some of the cheaper "white" ones have a bit longer neck, so they get kind of "tippy" with helmets, and they have no bottom hole for a base. Those kind are good for attaching to torsos though.

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Here's what I believe to be a simple solution.....several photos to follow and mods please overlook the choice of headgear as I chose it only because it shows the fit much better.

First pix is of a plain noggin.

The second pix is after I glue "hair (yarn)" to the noggin.

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The bottom pix in post no. 10 shows if you look hard, how I glued yarn going from the right side to the left right at the top of the forehead. I built that area up about a half inch or more. Then I just started gluing pieces of yarn from the front to the back. I use elmers white glue.....I stole from my kids. If you're watching a movie or have nothing to do this is a neat project to overcome the small manniqein heads.

Hope this helps someone.

Ronnie

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The bottom pix in post no. 10 shows if you look hard, how I glued yarn going from the right side to the left right at the top of the forehead. I built that area up about a half inch or more. Then I just started gluing pieces of yarn from the front to the back. I use elmers white glue.....I stole from my kids. If you're watching a movie or have nothing to do this is a neat project to overcome the small manniqein heads.

Hope this helps someone.

Ronnie

 

Thanks for this suggestion - I appreciate the help.

 

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I have the same styrofoam heads that Ronnie posted. His solution looks like a great idea! I do something similar to 'upsize' these styrofoam heads: after Halloween I go to one of those Party Store-type places and buy human-looking latex masks to put on the styrofoam heads. I have also just purchased them from the Internet.

 

Usually, you can find both the male and the female masks for sale. Besides making the head sizes larger on these mannikins they also add realistic facial features, too.

 

Another thing that increases realism is to insert glass eyes in the provided cutouts.

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