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  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.

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About qberg

  • Rank
    New Member
  • Birthday 06/23/1969

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Location
    Spring Lake, NC
  • Biography
    Married with children
  • Interests
    automotive....and of course Christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Pilot
  • About my display
    Well known in our development....even the pizza delivery guy knows us as the Christmas house!

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  1. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    still here....just taking a break before the next push. Only 308 days til Christmas (about 270 til display goes back up!).
  2. Roof Frame

    I use 1/2" PVC "A" frame that holds up the peppermint pathway markers that run my ridge line. I used a big protractor and found the angle, then cut and glued them into 8' sections that slip together and have 1 screw to lock em together. I don't need any type of roof clip as my house has a ridge vent that runs the entire length. There are little drain vents along the bottom of the vent and zip ties work perfect to secure the legs. This photo is of a small section, across the top of the house it is a straight 50' run with 24x peppermints. I have rope lighting I use for the "icing" on the roof. To secure that I have black cord that runs down from every peppermint and the rope lighting is zip tied to it. At the end of the year I am able to leave all the rope lighting connected to the cords so putting it back up is not bad. No worse than untangling a large net light. This is an old shot that shows the roof icing probably 3 years ago.
  3. Patterns

    I used this method to make my falling santa many years back. The key to pulling images offline is find ones with higher resolution. Otherwise when you blow them up they are severely pixelated. Now I just use a projector to shoot the image on the Coro and trace it out with a pencil. Saves a lot of time vs taping all those printed pages together
  4. Sorry I don't. I took and zip tied every mini bulb parallel to the original white strands. My old spirals had mini bulbs with clips that held them parallel. It was time consuming but they looked great with every bulb in laying perfectly inline. However, I like the RGBs strips on them much better. Infinite control of colors. The 6' ones I have don't seem that big, but they took 3x 5m strips to wrap em!
  5. I did red/green/white minis for many years and yes, the bulbs get caught in the fishing line but not terrible to untangle when setting up. I stripped mine 2 years ago and put on RGB strips....came out perfect. Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk
  6. XLights or LOR

    I use xlights for my pixels and copy the models back into LOR. The only reason I run the show in LOR is that I use video files for my audio tracks, but xlights is great for programming the RGB mega tree and spiral trees. Also, xlights is the bomb for papgayo for RGB singing faces! There are enough youtube videos out there that learning the programming is not any more dificult than LOR.
  7. GFP Closing

    It is a PC link that has been commented on daily for over a week so not sure why you can't open it.....working fine for me. Try this link to the craigslist ad I was referencing. https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/dak/for/d/blowmolds-for-sale-blow-molds/6443988204.html
  8. GFP Closing

  9. Plywood Santa

    if you do just apply a clear coat...test it in a small area first. Paint has changed a lot in 40+ years!
  10. GFP Closing

    that guy in Minn has a bunch in that $15k lot he is selling. They will show up.
  11. GFP Closing

    While taking down the Santa Sleigh and reindeer....saw the GFP stamp....sad! also got me thinking...we have all this Coro stuff for RGBs, but there are no blowmolds designed to fit the pixels. I have gutted previous blowmolds to convert them over to RGBs.
  12. Plywood Santa

    just keep the LED flood low power or use a filter and it will not overpower the lantern....you could replace the bulb in the lantern with the new flame LED bulbs. I picked up one and put it in a Turkish lamp we have and it is incredible. They only put out about 100 lumens so it is not a lot of light, but the flame flicker is really nice. You will definitely need some front light to show off the cutout. I use LED floods on all of mine.
  13. Plywood Santa

    I thought the same thing! He isn't in bad shape from the pic...especially since he is 40+ years old.
  14. Plywood Santa

    Exactly....I am no artist and that is how I did my Grinch set. I am overly pleased with how well they turned out! The biggest tip I have is make sure the camera isn"t angled when taking the photo of the original. Prop up Santa vertical, hold the camera vertical, and have the camera about mid height. These will all avoid distortion when you project the image back on. I use a pencil while projecting and then a black sharpie to outline the areas...then start painting. Afterwards I have been shooting them with multiple coats of satin clearcoat (many recommend flat) to seal up the paint.
  15. Gemmy Santa Help.

    all I can say is "3D printer"...I picked one up last Christmas and it runs constantly. Recreating a gear is not hard with all the shared files on Thingiverse and other sites dedicated to 3D printing these days. Hmmmm....maybe a little business venture here for someone. My #1 one item printed is cookie cutters for my wife's baking business. People always want some custom cookie made that they found on pintrest. In all, it is less than an hour to go from photo to complete cookie cutter with free web apps like cookiecaster.com and 50 cents in plastic.
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