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Well, I have jumped into the world of blowmolds.  We have a medium sized display that involves wrapping big trees and bushes with lights but due to s shoulder injury in late summer I have had to scale back for the year.  We have been on the search for a nativity and over the Thanksgiving weekend, we hit on this set. Had to drive to Southern Utah to pick it up but I am pretty stoked. Looking for some ideas on constructing a barn.

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I wish the electric cords were dark, anyone ever had issues with spray painting them?  My concern would be the breakdown of the insulation from the paint.

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I have made a 4 x 4 post frame and I cover it with the white/ grey painters canvas.  I have a 4 X 8 platform using floor flanges and Black pipe to hold the molds in place.  We cover the deck with straw or hay to add hopefully a more realistic look.  My pictures are too large to upload, I'll have to get one with my phone.

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