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    Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 7:34 am

    Well.....I have been working on this display since February of this year. For the last two years, our local museum has put on a Veterans Appreciation event for the community.

    It usually starts on a Thursday evening with the showing of a WW2 era movie. This year they showcased Irving Berlin's "This is the Army".

    Friday evening consists of a local veteran speaking of his or her experiences. This year they had the son-in-law of a B-25 pilot talk about his father-in-law's experiences during WW2.

    This year, Saturday was a military memorablilia show. The event organizer had envisioned setting up a show where collectors would bring in their collectibles to share with the public. Originally, 30 people had signed up to display their items, but when Saturday arrived, only 11 people showed up to display their items. My dad and I had 4 tables between us and if we hadn't of showed up, they would have a small square of tables in the center of the room with displays.

    My dad did three displays and they were: "Guns of the Little Big Horn", "Guns of Stalingrad", and "Civl War Rifles Identified to a Specefic Individual, State, or Battle".

    I did "US Special Forces in Afghanistan 2001 to 2003". Other than the museum, I was the only exhibitor who had a mannequin display. Everyone else had their uniforms on the table for display. There is nothing wrong with that, but nothing beats a fully dressed mannequin. Very Happy

    I got a lot of "neat display" or "cool", but only one question from a spectator. This older lady walked up to me, pointed to one of my displays and said "I know those are the caps worn by the Mujahadeen because I saw them wear them when I was over there. What are they called?" I told her they are called pakols and they are the traditional headgear for the Afghans. She thanked me and walked away.

    I had quite a few people take pictures. One of the picture takers was a member of the VA staff. She told me it was a great display.

    I did not have any kids or adults ask silly questions. No smart -aleck comments. It was a GREAT first display.




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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 7:35 am

    Close-ups.



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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by MyZone on Tue May 22, 2012 7:45 am

    I posted a reply, but it disappeared. scratch

    Anyway, You did a superb job ~ looks great. A great tribute to the "stabbers and jabbers".

    I trust the interest in this genre will continue to blossom as time goes on.

    Cheers ~
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by P-E on Tue May 22, 2012 7:47 am

    Nice looking display ! Thanks for posting pictures here !


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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by aussie digger on Tue May 22, 2012 7:50 am

    Arch. Great display!
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 7:51 am

    Thanks for all the compliments, fellers. I have to admit, my wife was the one who built the mannequins for me and without her help, this display would have never happened.

    Glad you all like the display. Very Happy
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by MyZone on Tue May 22, 2012 7:54 am

    I thought this looked too good to be done single-handed. No worry, my wife would do a better job than me on most display projects also.... takes a team albino

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 7:55 am

    MyZone wrote:I posted a reply, but it disappeared. scratch

    Anyway, You did a superb job ~ looks great. A great tribute to the "stabbers and jabbers".

    I trust the interest in this genre will continue to blossom as time goes on.

    Cheers ~
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    The event was an almost WW2 centered deal. There were some Civil War items, but the bulk of it was WW2. There was interest in my items, but I don't think most people really knew what think or say.
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 7:57 am

    MyZone wrote:I thought this looked too good to be done single-handed. No worry, my wife would do a better job than me on most display projects also.... takes a team albino

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 7:58 am

    Since my dad's displays were out of the scope of this forum, I won't post them. However, if you'd like to see some of his displays, I did post them on IACMC.

    As you can tell, my dad's passion is guns and mine are uniforms and gear.

    Link: http://iacmc.forumotion.com/t6793-veterans-appreciation-day-display-may-19-2012
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by kriegsmodell on Tue May 22, 2012 9:22 am



    Outstanding Arch, very well done. What a great representation of early SOF folks in Afghanistan. The mannequins look great! I think that I need to put my better half in touch with yours. Congrats and kudos to both you and your Father for taking the time to honor our Veterans with these displays. My thoughts only ......



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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by Beppe_goodoldrebel on Tue May 22, 2012 10:43 am

    Very nice! I really like the Pararescue mannequin with the SOE Medical Vest!

    For the Seals mannequin , if I were you , I would rather use a 3 hole TC-2000 instead of the 1 hole.
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 12:54 pm

    Beppe_goodoldrebel wrote:Very nice! I really like the Pararescue mannequin with the SOE Medical Vest!

    For the Seals mannequin , if I were you , I would rather use a 3 hole TC-2000 instead of the 1 hole.
    I did research and the SEALs did use the RHINO mount. Thanks for the compliment!
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 12:54 pm

    kriegsmodell wrote:

    Outstanding Arch, very well done. What a great representation of early SOF folks in Afghanistan. The mannequins look great! I think that I need to put my better half in touch with yours. Congrats and kudos to both you and your Father for taking the time to honor our Veterans with these displays. My thoughts only ......

    Thanks, Lance!
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by Mercenary25 on Tue May 22, 2012 2:19 pm

    Beautiful display! Can you repost it in my display ideas thread? Now imagine everyone on this forum combining our displays for one event...
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by coolcav20 on Tue May 22, 2012 6:40 pm

    Congtrats Arch! The mannequins and the details are great
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by MyZone on Tue May 22, 2012 8:36 pm

    The sum of everyones displays would fill one table....two at most....

    Right? Wink

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 8:54 pm

    MyZone wrote:The sum of everyones displays would fill one table....two at most....

    Right? Wink

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Tue May 22, 2012 8:54 pm

    coolcav20 wrote:Congtrats Arch! The mannequins and the details are great
    Thanks, Nick!
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by pz_gren on Wed May 23, 2012 6:41 am

    Beautiful display !!
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by usall on Wed May 23, 2012 9:00 am

    Very nice display
    I really like the first model with my favorite team the Boston red sox drunken

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Wed May 23, 2012 9:32 am

    Thanks for the compliments, fellers. Very Happy

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by sh4pka on Wed May 23, 2012 11:24 am

    --It really is a great display, Arch. The attention to detail-- outstanding. I think that bust-type mannequins look better than those with arms, or a head in this sort of context. Too much expression takes away, I think. "Less is more," so to speak. =]

    I think that you chose quite wisely.
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Wed May 23, 2012 12:53 pm

    sh4pka wrote:--It really is a great display, Arch. The attention to detail-- outstanding. I think that bust-type mannequins look better than those with arms, or a head in this sort of context. Too much expression takes away, I think. "Less is more," so to speak. =]

    I think that you chose quite wisely.
    I am glad you like them. I enjoyed doing the display show, but felt that the majority of the collectors STILL view modern items as surplus. Those that did come over to talk and asked questions walked away with a greater appreciation of what the displays meant. Some of the stories behind the items I displayed are fascinating.

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by sh4pka on Wed May 23, 2012 1:02 pm



    --Well, that's the thing, right? I mean-- you actually *know* the stories. There's a very important distinction there-- the difference between collecting, and curating.
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by nkomo on Wed May 23, 2012 1:36 pm

    You are correct, Dan. Even though some of these items have been pieced together to forum a display, EACH piece has a story behind them and I have either a small tag or 3x5 index card with about 90% of my pieces that details the history of each piece.

    Whenever I die and you all get some of my items, be sure to check the pockets or look for a tag. It'll tell you where it was bought, any history, etc. Laughing Laughing
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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by jagjetta on Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:45 am

    What an impressive collection!  You should consider displaying at the Show of Shows in Louisville, KY sometime.  You really have a good representation of where militaria collecting hobby is headed in the years to come.  

    Well done!  Thanks sol much for posting this. I found the array of material to be fascinating!

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    Re: Veterans Appreciation Day Display - May 19, 2012

    Post by Longbranch on Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:18 pm

    Wow... don't know how I missed this... What an awesome display. Very cool! Thanks for bringing this thread back to the top of the pile so i could see it!

    Hey, is that Seal Team 3 helmet the same one you got from me? How did you decide to put it in that display?

    Everything looks great! How did your wife make the mannequins? I totally need some for my stuff!

    Great job Arch!

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