1:1 Scale Dioramas at Quantico

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1:1 Scale Dioramas at Quantico

Joined: February 16th, 2008, 4:10 am

July 26th, 2009, 1:15 am #1

USMC Museum at Quantico. Nicely done. It's unusual to see mannequins with realistic looking flesh.

http://pinoyhistory.proboards.com/index ... thread=417

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Joined: September 14th, 2007, 7:59 pm

July 27th, 2009, 12:14 am #2

Brian,

They are not mannequins...they are actually cast figures..each one is cast from life from a Marine or civilian of the right height and weight for the era. In the case of the Marines, pilots are pilots, riflemen are riflemen, corpsmen are corpsmen, etc...

It's a four hour process for the casting and then they are painted by hand and each hair is placed in individually. The casting is so detailed that the pores of the skin, and veins in the hands and neck are visible. We have 72 of them, and they cost about $16,000 a piece.

We call the dioramas "environmentals" and are meant to invoke the atmosphere of a specific region - and since they are not "in scale" and contain actual equipment of the era, museums give them a different spin.

Come check them out in person if you can - we open three new galleries from 1775-1918 in Spring, 2010. Or go to our website http://www.usmcmuseum.org

In my real life, I see them every day.

S/F

Pat

Patrick Mooney
Staff Historian / Visitor Services Chief
National Museum of the Marine Corps
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Joined: February 16th, 2008, 4:10 am

August 2nd, 2009, 1:01 am #3

I've seen the technique done. A friend works in the movie industry and makes facial castings and latex molds and "appliances" from them. A lot of work no matter how you slice it. Judging from the photos, the end result was well worth it. But then, nearly everything the Marines do is "First Class".

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