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Battle of the Bulge Display Cases - Finished! US 1911A1 and German Luger P08

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Project by NDVermin posted 05-08-2016 03:52 PM 1933 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this is a bit of a cheat because I had previously posted my Luger Display but the whole plan was to make one case for the Americans and one for zee Germans, and now I have finished my 1911 case! I’m very pleased with how they came out, although I always, always see my mistakes, I’m trying to get better at ignoring them :-)

The new case features a WW2 era 1911A1 pistol which the US troops would have carried, along with the same Bastogne area map which was where the most famous part of the battle occurred (although still only a small part). The Eagle patch is that of the 101st Airborne and it displays their famous reply to the Germans who demanded their surrender as they were surrounded and almost out of ammunition….NUTS!

The symbols on the back panel are famous US units or divisions who took part in the battle including: Patton’s Third Army, The 1st US infantry Division, the 82nd Airborne “All Americans” and the 4th US Infantry Division.

I use my home made CNC machine for the many of the designs and then fill them with black or white epoxy to get crisp graphics and a nice smooth surface. I really like the technique. Woods used are Walnut, Maple, Cherry, and Padauk.

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com





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#1 posted 05-08-2016 04:40 PM

Those are beautiful well made boxes …. as usual!
Nice work, lots of detail.
What do you do with all the WWII items you have made?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 05-08-2016 05:05 PM

Thank you my friend! We you have hit on a bit of an issue – my “man cave” is starting to get a little over run with display work. I need to organize but in short I have most of it in one large room. I love it of course and my wife is patient with me therefore so far so good!

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com

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#3 posted 05-08-2016 05:05 PM

Beautiful boxes, your cnc machine must be proud :-)

They look great.

-- Jeff NJ

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NDVermin

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#4 posted 05-08-2016 05:19 PM

Um…thanks?

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com

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#5 posted 05-08-2016 05:25 PM

I’m familliar with your previous projects and you are doing wonderfull tribute here. I would dare to say for both sides. Young men died also on another side and not all of them were ’’ nazzy monsters’’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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NDVermin

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#6 posted 05-08-2016 05:40 PM

Thanks Ivan! I know the subject is always controversial but I feel that this history is important to remember and always will be. And although I have no disallusion about the horrible things that happened (or who was responsible) I agree with your last point and most young men in uniform regardless of nationality would have preferred to be somewhere else.

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com

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#7 posted 05-08-2016 08:38 PM

I’m also much in history, especially WW2. My high school graduation paper work was D-day and I wrote some 50 pages about this single day with photos and maps. Unfortunately, we left those paper works in school archive at that time (some 24 years ago). Some ten years later, when I went there and asked to pick it up, they said that they trashed it besides all other to make space for new to come. I was angry on myself and frustrated not to picked it up earlier. It would be wonderful memory for me. But that’s life.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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NDVermin

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#8 posted 05-08-2016 08:54 PM

Ivan – that is a shame, but 50 pages for any high school kid is amazing. You just have caught the history “bug” early in life! I’m not sure if you are much into following the American Forces during that period but I just finished Rick Atkinson’s “Liberation Trilogy” and it’s a great series. He won the Pulitzer for the first book “An Army at Dawn”. Worth checking out.

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com

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#9 posted 05-08-2016 09:01 PM

Thanks, sure I will check out what is available here in libraries or online.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-09-2016 12:14 PM

Stunning work; your entire collection.

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#11 posted 05-09-2016 12:30 PM

Thank you ScottM!

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 05-09-2016 01:49 PM

Love these boxes and am very envious of your collection.

Don’t let the Luddites get you down…. I’m sure they still rub sticks together to cook their Wooly Mammoth burgers and are really just envious of your advanced state of evolution (and fancy gas grill). And I’m sure that they never betray their “pure craft” by using any type of power tools.

If it’s any consolation, I train the programmers and operators for the CNC’s where I work, and know for a fact that the knowledge level of machinery, tooling, fixturing, materials and cutting techniques required to make a stream of G-code turn out acceptable results far exceeds that required to route with templates or to run a pantograph. Only the most intelligent, experienced and capable woodworkers (out of a crew of 30+ full timers) have proven able to learn the CNCs. The knuckle draggers will forever be assigned to cutting and prepping stock.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 05-09-2016 03:55 PM

Have you considered putting VCI paper into the cases somewhere? Possibly the pocket bottoms under the pistols?

I would be a little concerned about moisture from the wood or off-gassing from any plywood components or glue causing corrosion.

I built a muzzle loader from a kit years ago, and stored it in a foam line Pelican case, only to have out-gassing from the foam cause corrosion on the barrel :^(

You can also put VCI emitters in the enclosed area for added protection.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 05-09-2016 04:00 PM

Ivan… when you consider that these pistols were carried by NCOs and Officers in all armies primarily to enforce discipline on their own troops (i.e. to shoot disobedient soldiers in the head) it makes it easier to realize that any army with hundreds of thousands of conscripts, has the good, the bad and the ugly among it’s ranks.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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NDVermin

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#15 posted 05-09-2016 04:10 PM

Thanks Matt – Yes I think some people believe you just feed rough boards into your CNC machine and completed projects come out the other end :-) Seriously though, for me it’s just a tool to achieve a level of precision that I just can’t do with my hands or another tool. There are some incredibly talented inlay experts out there (and on this site) that could probably do it, but I’m not one of them. And this technique looks far better than painting I think (and is much more durable). But to each his own.

I am not familiar with VCI but I will definitely look into it. I have used simple desiccants in the past but it is something I often worry about and I frequently check the guns to make sure there is no corrosion – so far so good, there are always better ways to do things so I appreciate the suggestion.

Scott

-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com

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