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A size 34 Ike jacket on a size 38 mannequin

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Being a Master Sgt. you would think he would have his collar brass on right!


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I purchased one of these mannequins today. Will post images of the set-up once I get it done. Really looking forward to the project.

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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.

 

 

Good video, but do you normally have Jay Leno over in your garage? :D

 


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Good video, but do you normally have Jay Leno over in your garage? :D

 

 

He only comes over to admire my Ford Transit Connect



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Dressing mannequins is not easy! When I was a kid, I thought dressing G.I. Joe's was hard, but life-size mannequins have them beat. My wife laughs at me and says I am weird...


Mike B. in 'Bama

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Dressing mannequins is not easy! When I was a kid, I thought dressing G.I. Joe's was hard, but life-size mannequins have them beat. My wife laughs at me and says I am weird...

 

When we were doing the video the mannequin was in the front of the garage and the door was open so all passers-by could see two old baby boomers playing dress-up with a six foot tall Ken doll (and that model of head is the "Ken" model, ironically).



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Dressing mannequins is not easy! When I was a kid, I thought dressing G.I. Joe's was hard, but life-size mannequins have them beat. My wife laughs at me and says I am weird...

 

The best way I've found is as follows:

 

1. If you have multiple layers, tuck the sleeves inside (shirt totally inside jacket)

 

2. Lie the jacket on the floor, opening up and open

 

3. Slide the detached arms in the sleeves

 

4. lay the torso down and attach the arms

 

This is especially helpful for dummies with arms bent in only one direction.


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This is especially helpful for dummies with arms bent in only one direction.

 

Check out the video link above: with this new generation of mannequins the arms seem to be thinner and we were able to quickly put on a shirt and coat (down to size 34) without having to remove the arms (and these arms only move at the shoulder joint). The hardest part was putting a coat over a shirt: we basically put the shirt on first, then tied down the shirt cuffs so they would stay put when we slid the coat over them. Your suggestion about putting the coat over the shirt and putting them on at the same time sounds like a good idea.



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Below is the mannequin that was presented here that I got off of eBay. I am pleased with the way that it turned out aside from the face. Straight on it looks ok but from the side it looks like he has a mask on due to the difference in skin tone. I am considering covering it with some sort of neutral colored material. Thinking of using a hose/stocking stretched over it to retain the basic head shape; maybe even cover the hands as well. Thoughts?

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Have it adjusted so that whenever someone enters that area they are looking at it eye-to-eye.

 

I did not notice any such color variation on the head for mine, but I'll have to take a closer look tomorrow.



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He only comes over to admire my Ford Transit Connect

Makes sense.


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

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I just picked up one of these mannequins. Got it used for $30 but it looks new. The face is a good color match with the rest of the head. I may try dressing him tomorrow. Wish me luck!


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I am going to have to send a picture of mine to the seller and ask about the face match as you can clearly see in my post above that there is a significant difference in tone.

 

I plan on buying 2 more to outfit as a combatant and one as a pilot but I don't want a Freddy Kruger face on it!

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I am going to have to send a picture of mine to the seller and ask about the face match as you can clearly see in my post above that there is a significant difference in tone.

 

I plan on buying 2 more to outfit as a combatant and one as a pilot but I don't want a Freddy Kruger face on it!

 

sounds like a good idea... of maybe could take it to the local Spray Tan place and get a custom paint job.



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I find it easier to put the arms thru the sleeves once the shirt and/or coat are already on...but before buttoning up. This way you have access to the shoulder joint. Much easier to dress with the arms off...

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I had no problem with dressing the mannequin once it was completely assembled. Per the above recommendation I did put rubber bands on the sleeves of the shirt to prevent it from rolling up while slipping the jacket on.

 

I simply bunched the jacket up up and started both sleeves at the same time and walked the jacket up evenly.

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