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  1. mechanical waving santa blow mold repair help

    I'm assuming that the 2 pictures I left above show the area with the missing plastic. I think you could cut a plastic band (out of a plastic bottle) that would fit on the inside of the arm (going about halfway around) and cover (on the inside) the area of missing plastic. That piece could be glued in place. Then you could cut a piece to replace the missing plastic and glue it to the band to fill the area where the missing plastic goes. Heck you might get lucky and find the broken piece down in the bottom of the Santa (on the inside obviously). If the missing piece is not inside you may need to paint the filler piece red if it is not covered by the fabric. I'd paint it before you glue it in place. Only paint the outside not the inside surface so that it doesn't interfere with the gluing process. Once all that is glued in place and has had sufficient time to cure you would have a place to mount the hinge. TED
  2. Pink Gingerbread Tree

    This year (like the last couple of years) the Little Debbie Christmas Tree cakes are available in Chocolate, Vanilla, and Red Velvet (which has green icing)! Wow--I have a couple of yellow Gen Foam pumpkin pails. I believe I have one with the traditional face and one with the "whimsical" face. I wonder if the pink version(s) could have been a special paint job for a particular customer. We know Menard's has from time to time had 'molds with a different paint scheme. TED
  3. Value of TPI #4834 Santa with Teddy Bear?

    I'll give you some speculation since we have no hard numbers to go by. I'd say the value could range anywhere from 10 bucks (yard sale) to $40 or $50 dollars at an Estate sale or second hand store. At a higher end antique store or eBay it could be more. (Now that I've typed this it really doesn't seem that helpful.) I saw some blowmolds at an Estate sale recently and the prices were crazy high. All the molds had the owner's name and address written in permanent marker all over the back. The giant snowman was $95. The giant Santa way over $100. There were 2 of the snowmen in green tuxedo coats that were $45. TED
  4. Is this a TPI prototype Santa?

    I wonder if those might have been made from the same mold that was modified somewhere along the way to either add or remove the snow. TED
  5. Brittle and crumbling

    I picked up 2 Frankenstein monsters and a ghost that someone in the neighborhood put out on the curb (with a bunch of junk). The monsters aren't too brittle but you can see cracks that don't go all the way through the plastic. The ghost is falling apart. I wonder if there is anything that we could paint on 'molds when they get brittle to give them some strength. I wonder if there is some kind of epoxy and/or polyurethane paint that could be used that wouldn't melt the plastic. TED
  6. I wonder

    I don't have a clue about any of those. I'm kind of wondering what's going to happen to all the molds that Gen Foam has. I think they have a lot of the Santa's Best molds, old Empire molds, and who knows what else. I sure hope they don't all get scrapped. TED
  7. Other plastic decorations

    Here's another plastic (non-blowmold) Nativity that's cheaper and looks nicer. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWJZ0AC/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1 TED
  8. Do you have any info on these?

    Great decision! Using the "Goo Gone" was a good idea. I hadn't thought of that. I agree with you and Allen. They look great without the glitter! Now you can see that they are in great condition! TED
  9. Other plastic decorations

    I should have clarified that I was NOT vouching for the quality! I just thought some folks might find it interesting. TED
  10. Silent site?

    It's kind of funny that this thread in the VA forum has sparked a bit of discussion among people from all over. Maybe everyone is just busy with their display! In any case I have to disagree with your conclusion. PC is still the largest forum in the world dedicated to Christmas displays. I first came to PC sometime in 2002 or 2003 when I heard talk (on Computer Christmas) of the "convention" that was being planned for 2003. (Originally called PLUS now known as Christmas Expo.) Back then I used to read every new post in every sub-group every day and was able to keep up. However, PC got so big that I finally had to give that up as I simply could not read them all even in several hours time. Sure the activity here on PC is down from that peak time but there's still a lot of members here. It won't be going away any time soon. TED
  11. Sleigh design

    I thought I'd post this for the cutters. Here's a sleigh design you can steal! http://www.kirklands.com/product/Seasonal-Gifts/Outdoor-Christmas-Decorations/Christmas-Wood-Sleigh/pc/2289/c/2851/204433.uts TED
  12. Plywood Cutouts

    Those look great! You obviously did a very neat job cutting out the patterns! That sounds interesting. When you say table top does that mean that it's small enough to sit on a table top or that you cut the wheel out of a round table top? TED
  13. LetGo Score!

    I have occasionally seen tops for sale on eBay but the price was high enough that I could have just bought complete lamp posts! TED
  14. Seen these today while I was out

    Those "Really Big Lights" are at Home Depot. Walmart has a similar item (a knockoff of the RBLs) which is just under 6 bucks. I believe they are $5.96. TED
  15. Do you have any info on these?

    Just because the cord is old doesn't mean that it needs to be replaced. Check to see if there is any bare wire showing and if the cord is brittle. If the cord is still flexible and there are no bare wires showing then I would not replace it. (Of course it is up to you to decide what is safe for your display.) I hope you are on the lookout for a better job. It is not worth shortening your life with that kind of stress. There are many things you could try. It just depends on what kind of glue was used and how stubborn it is. Since the candles are red plastic and not painted you don't have to worry about messing up the paint. You just need to make sure you don't melt the plastic. You could try rubbing alcohol. It won't hurt anything and will take off weaker adhesives. There is a paint stripper that is safe for plastic. It is made by 3M and is called "Safest Stripper". TED