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  • 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.
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November PlanetChristmas Magazine is now available to download

The latest PlanetChristmas Magazine is now available to download.  See all the magazines here.

Kevin Provost

Blow-Molded.com

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Guest ttcd1

when I click the line to view the site... it says it is unavailable...can someone help me.

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My guess would be that Kev has closed the website down and is working on transferring the information over to the new site hosted by David. He will probably be making another post when the new site is ready.

Mel

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The current site will be back online around 9:00pm Eastern.

The new site will be online in the next few days.

David

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Guest ttcd1

Alright sounds good do I click on the link on those posts for blow molded.com? for the current site because it still isn't working.

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Scott,

Yes, use the link in the thread.

The site is still uploading. The speed of Apple's servers is extemely slow. After the move to the new servers, the site should run faster.

Sorry for the delay.

David

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I am very pleased to announce Blow-Molded is officially operational at http://www.blow-molded.com/ Please bookmark this address, the old site is still operational but will cease to exist April 26th. There are two pages that are not working at the moment, page 2 and 3 of the Instruction Manuals section. These will be fixed soon though.

A big thank you to all for your help and support and to David who made this possible.

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I am very pleased to announce Blow-Molded is officially operational

Good job guys (Kev, Mel, David, and others)! It's great to see folks coming together on a project like this.

TED

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pretty neat site but I gotta say the amount of info to learn is a little overwhelming for a molder noob like myself

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Thank you for the compliments, I apologize for the lack of updating though.

I have been too busy to work on the website unfortunately but should have some time soon. The good news is I have been getting some work, so that is why I haven't been on. I just haven't had the energy to go to work on the site at the end of the day.

I do have some exciting news, we will be offering the much sought after plastic light plates soon. They will be available in the slotted (for newer figures without the light cord hole at the bottom) and the non-slotted older type. These will fit Empire, Grand Venture and Union (for those of you who don't mind adding two screw holes). The mounting hardware will be included with them. Currently we have 12 ready, 6 slotted and 6 non-slotted.

I will be listing them as soon as I am able on Blow-Molded in a new "Parts" section.

If anyone would like pictures now, please PM me. I can't take any orders yet however.

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Our new "Parts" section is now up and running and we now have the Light Plates available for purchase. Shipping and handling are free. We will be adding more to this section over time as well.

There are more updates to the site as well, with more on the way. As always watch our "Blog" for new information.

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They are 3-7/8", the original ones were 3-5/8". They will fit the molded indent on the Empire/GF (from Empire molds) figures which is 4". The slightly larger O.D. will prevent screw pull-out on the sides of the plate.

I also forgot to mention we have 6 of each plate type currently in stock. We want to see how the interest will be before placing more in stock.

Edited by Kev

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I have managed to track down the Edison light sockets with the mounting bracket, these are the official OEM ones with the 48" white SPT-1 cord and white fused plug.

I am holding off on ordering them until I know whether anyone would be seriously interested in purchasing them. If you are, either post here and mention approximately how many you would want, or PM me with the information.

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No takers? I'm surprised, I know there were some people on here that were looking for these. These are the same socket sets used by the manufacturers, in case people are wondering.

As I mentioned, if anyone is interested, PM me.

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No takers? I'm surprised, I know there were some people on here that were looking for these. These are the same socket sets used by the manufacturers, in case people are wondering.

Don't worry things will pick up when it gets closer to Halloween!

TED

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i know i could probably use a few plate/socket combinations when i get all my molds out here shortly (Christmas is coming quickly) and figure out how many i need.

Jim

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Thanks Ted, I hadn't even thought of the seasonal timing aspect.

Here is the price list-

Plate and mounting hardware only - $1.99 Each (Price drop, will update soon) + Shipping

Light socket set only - $4.99 Each + Shipping

Complete light kit - (Plate, light socket set and mounting hardware) $6.48 Each + Shipping

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Pricing Error

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Kev that sounds VERY fair!! And YES ill be ordering some soon!! Could you looking into making some to fit the santas best molds??

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Thanks Jim! When you know how many/which option you want, just PM me. That way I'll have an idea on how many to do up.

Unfortunately I can't at the moment, but I do plan on making all the different light plates eventually, including the more different Santa's Best and Beco push and twist plates. Some of them I can make fairly easily, others I'll have to figure out how to get them made or develop something to create them. I have mint originals of most of the different plates for samples. Luckily the Grand Venture and TPI plates were identical in size, 3", so I will be making a single replacement for both.

Everyone here will be the first to know on any new developments.

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