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A size 34 Ike jacket on a size 38 mannequin

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I made my thrift store rounds yesterday and found a six-foot tall mannequin for $49 plus tax, which I thought was a good deal: the last time I priced mannequins, one like this with "realistic face", removable head, feet, arms, etc. was about $200 plus shipping.

 

Turns out my thrift store find can be bought new on ebay for under $70 including shipping! (this exact same model is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Male-Mannequin-Full-Body-PE-Realistic-Shop-Display-Head-Turns-Dress-Form-w-Base/391555621605 )

 

Of course I had to dress up mine. I have a Vietnam War era Marine M-61 belt rig that would look good on it, but I have no VN era uniforms so I dug out a fairly modern pair of Marine sweatpants and a Maine sweatshirt of unknown vintage. I also had a Pair of size 12 jungle combat boots.

 

The mannequin has an arm on the back of the right leg to attach it to its base so I was quite surprised the boot fits nicely

 

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There is a lot of weight with the rig (belt, 4 M-14 ammo pouches, 2 1963 canteens, M45 suspenders) on it, but it stands up by itself: I did slide a piece of foamboard under the right boot to keep the mannequin from leaning too far forward.

 

Here's what it looks like in the all together:

 

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Wait a minute! Where's you eye patch? I saw you on TV with an eye patch.

 

I'm calling shenanigans.

SHENANIGANS! SHENANIGANS!

:D

 

P.S. Thanks for the heads-up.


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The chest size is about 38 inches and looks a bit smaller than some mannequins I've had in the past: it may make it easier to put on those very small uniform sizes so commonly found.



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Wait a minute! Where's you eye patch? I saw you on TV with an eye patch.

 

I'm calling shenanigans.

SHENANIGANS! SHENANIGANS!

:D

 

P.S. Thanks for the heads-up.

 

I wish I had a copy of that - I can't find one online.



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Yeah these are decent for the money. There is also a female version that is as cheap as $50 with free shipping. I'm waiting for them to make a sitting version of the economy model. Also, a little tip....from what I've seen looking around, about 60%+ of mannequin "suppliers" are just firms that buy from other people and mark them up. This same type is listed on some other sites over $100!


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Yeah these are decent for the money.

 

The link I posted is for the exact same model, but there are others in the same price range that may not have the adjustable head or have a blank head with no eyes, mouth or other facial features.



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The chest size is about 38 inches and looks a bit smaller than some mannequins I've had in the past: it may make it easier to put on those very small uniform sizes so commonly found.

So you think WW2 uniforms would be no problem for this mannequin?


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So you think WW2 uniforms would be no problem for this mannequin?

 

 

I wish I had a size 38 Ike jacket on hand to test it. Rare to see a WWII shirt or jacket much bigger than that or much smaller so this should fit most things, although I seem to recall that the sleeves can also present a challenge with smaller sizes of uniforms.



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I wish I had a size 38 Ike jacket on hand to test it. Rare to see a WWII shirt or jacket much bigger than that or much smaller so this should fit most things, but again I need to find something small to test it.

I have a bunch of 36 and 38 Ikes that I wish to display better. I have several on torsos now but it is hit or miss on uniforms actually fitting on them.

 

I would appreciate knowing what the minimum size Ike will fit on these before I invest. That is an Ike along with a shirt.

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Nice, all the old ones I had from the 50’s-60’s were on the small size, WWI and WWII uniforms fit pretty well. Much easier to fit larger boots on any of them, reason to buy large jungle boots to display on them for RVN uniforms.


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Nice find Bob!


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Nice, all the old ones I had from the 50’s-60’s were on the small size, WWI and WWII uniforms fit pretty well. Much easier to fit larger boots on any of them, reason to buy large jungle boots to display on them for RVN uniforms.

 

I had thought these size 12's would be too much, but they are a perfect fit and I justed happened to have had two pairs of them laying around.

 

A buddy is going to bring over some size 38R uniform coats tomorrow - one wool, one cotton. We'll run a couple tests (maybe with hat sizes too). Pant size tests don't seem too urgent: pants always seem to fit on mannequins with their big chest sizes and skinny waists.



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We have 3 just like the one shown here by Bob. 2 have US WWI uniforms on them and they fit pretty well with the only problem being the height. They are too tall for my liking but as Bob mentioned, in a pinch you can't beat the price and they are pretty sturdy as well. We do however like the female versions and I have several posted under my Women of WWI topic in the Women's Services thread. We also purchased a seated female and it was only $80.00 with free shipping. She came with a pedestal to sit on and the only detraction was the stiffness of the arms and the way the legs were. These are hollow blow molded plastic so a hacksaw, some tape and a couple of screws works miracles and the work can be hidden. Here are a couple of them. Scott

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Note the size difference, but all are the same mannequin. Scott


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Hi Bob,

I have been doing that on and off. Just when I find a reasonable one, an item or grouping comes along that I can't pass up. I have also been looking for some that were made in the 1950's and 60's, But the good ones are scarce. Nice gear and display. Is that Gunny Highway?

Lifer

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Yeah the relatively tall heights on the male and female versions make fitting some of the shorter sized dress uniforms difficult. I've found with some of the modern ones I've gotten as store surplus that combat gear is the best thing to display on them.

 

 

I bought this model and was extremely happy with it for the money, fits almost everything I have:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Male-mannequin-Teenager-style-Dress-Form-Display-MD-STEVE/162685422662?hash=item25e0ce8c46:g:JdMAAOSwj0NUa7O4

 

 

 

The same company has a similar short model with jointed arms they advertise for military uniforms that I would NOT recommend - the neck is around 16 1/2-17 and the calves have 0 taper (stump legs). This makes this model not fit 90% of the period dress shirts and good luck if you're trying to fit cavalry boots (I was !). It works OK for combat gear.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Short-Version-Male-Flexible-Mannequin-Dress-Form-Display-MD-BC10/163702995080?hash=item261d757888:g:xdUAAOSwtbdc5sTN


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1. Someone saw you do it.

2. You didn't tick off the approval chain.
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Hi 3-6

I agree. Always looking for those as well. The one with bendable arms is good too.

Lifer

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3-6

That's good to know about the one with bendable arms. Plus it would be better with a long sleeve or jacket

 

 

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I am finishing up a video we shot yesterday using three small sizes of WWII uniform coats: the results were surprising!



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Hey Bob, why not do a pinned mannequin review section in displays where members can review the pros and cons of each type for military gear? Might be useful for folks wanting to make the right choice before dropping $$.


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Getting a medal means two things:

1. Someone saw you do it.

2. You didn't tick off the approval chain.
Seeking 984th Engineer Co (Land Clearance), 36th Engineer Regt/Bde, and Sanitary Corps items from all eras.

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Keep checking, as I and others do. You will find even better deals as the ones you listed.

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Keep checking, as I and others do. You will find even better deals as the ones you listed.

 

I have posted my video we shot yesterday. We tried three WWII uniforms: 2 Ike's and an officer's tan tropical jacket with a light wool shirt.

 

We had some surprises.

 



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Hi bob

Since I replied to your post, I get the notifications. Seems you have been busy too. But I always get some time to get back on this, and post or answer. If you need something better for your mannequin, let me know. I have a few extra uniforms.

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Good day all,

I have a couple of these myself...not bad at all for the amount you pay...just a little stiff looking. Maybe a better bend of the arm may help...

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My Father, Henry W. Milton, USAAF, Burma, 1943-1945, Lost May 2, 2017



My Grandfather, Nathan Hale, US Navy, USS Rhode Island, 1915-1918, Lost 1968



My 3X Great Grandfather, Sgt. Frederick Hale, 55th New York,


wounded and captured at Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862, died as Prisoner of War, Richmond, July 24, 1862

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