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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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  1. 3 points
    The good news: the PlanetChristmas forums are about to undergo a big change. The bad news: people hate change and the new PlanetChristmas will have a different look and feel. Some details: The forums you are reading now will soon be switched to the 'Archive' mode. It's a fancy term meaning everything will stay online but no new posts, messages or registration will be allowed. The search engines will still be able to find everything you've posted over the last 20 years. Much of your PlanetChristmas account information will be copied to the 'new and improved' PlanetChristmas. When you first attempt to log in you'll have to reset your password. The new PlanetChristmas merges the forums and DIY website. You'll also have the option of social media capabilities. Much of what you like about Facebook you'll be able to do in the new PlanetChristmas... minus the never-ending Facebook ads and unwanted news articles. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of groups. The forums will begin with a clean slate. No more timely topics about Christmas Expo 2011 .) Sharing pictures and videos will be easier because a degree from Geek University won't' be required. Classifieds are being revamped to make things simpler to understand. ...and a lot of other features I haven't discovered yet. But... for some of us old-timers (I'm one of them) this big change could be frustrating at the beginning. Buttons and links will be in different places. Strange terms might have you scratching your head. Getting all your new options set just right will take trial and error. Think of it as one step back to be able to jump three steps forward. Are you super-worried about any of this? Feel free to share your concerns with me: chuck@planetchristmas.com Stay tuned. This is going to be fun!
  2. 3 points
    The photos aren't the greatest but it gives you an idea
  3. 2 points
    It's been awhile since I've posted on here , I thought I'd share my restorations I did to these over the summer , the snowman had dents and a crack on his arm, was missing parts for the motor so I welded a custom part and got him working , for Santa he had no bracket or motor so I had to custom bend metal and then I added a reindeer motor to make him turn
  4. 2 points
    I was at the Norfolk Plant on Oct 26. The ladies at the plant said they had a buyer for the Halloween pale molds from Michigan. They also used a large part of the warehouse to store pond liners and other things for their sister company Beckett Corp. I got a small tour of the plant from a gentleman that worked at the plant for over 30 years. He showed me around and said he had made the last blow mold on Oct 13,2017. The four workers I talked to had all worked at the plant for over 30+years each. I just hope they were all able to find good paying work. Attached are some pictures.
  5. 2 points
    I just was given this vintage plywood cut out of Santa holding a lantern. The lantern does have a light in it. The gentlemen told me he made this from a pattern back in the 70's. He does not remember where he got the pattern from. It needs to be repainted. I was wondering if anybody has this pattern or knows were I might find one. If I can't find a pattern I guess I will just take lots of pictures and try to repaint it that way. I am not artistic at all, I have trouble drawing stick people. Any information would be appreciated Thanks Tom
  6. 1 point
    No, we didn't get to see the skiers doing their aerial stuff. Would've like to have seen that. We plan on three trips this year, not including several to D.C. The one trip to New York will be to drop off a black lab that we raised for Guidingeyes.org. Hopefully, we can get to Olympic Park during that visit. About the bobsled: we live less than an hour from Cedar Point, about 4 - 1/2 hours from Kings Island. Those fantastic parks have some bad--- roller coasters, and I've ridden them all. But to ride on the bobsled is the ultimate. That is one fast ride. Your teeth will rattle and that ride just goes on and on. Thanks for the tips on Whiteface and Olympic.
  7. 1 point
    Donna: I see you are from upstate New York. In 1999 and 2000, a co-worker and I spent a number of weeks at a bus mf'g facility (NovaBus) in Albany/Schnectady as inspectors for buses that Cleveland was purchasing. It was costly to bring us home over weekends when the plant was closed, so we did a lot of exploring. Upstate New York is so darn cool!! At Lake Placid, we rode the bobsled; at Saratoga Springs we attended an impromptu street concert. The music was A-1, and the cans of beer were $1. Can't remember what city, but we found an all-ice-block house and were allowed to walk through it. A lot of very good memories, upstate NY is the best!!!!!!!!!!
  8. 1 point
    Here are some more pictures. Some of these did not turn out to well due to lighting. A few more.
  9. 1 point
    Yes Scott, thank you for posting the pictures and information. This is the kind of information that I like to find and record on the history of the blow mold manufacturers, the date Oct 13, 2017 will definitely be filed as the day the last blow mold was produced by General Foam in hopes that many years from now there might be someone that has the interest in the blow mold history like I do and will be happy to know the day they made their last one. Do you have any other pictures of the warehouse? If so, they would be of interest to the few blow mold historians that are still around. Does anyone else have any pictures of the GF factory or warehouses? Mel
  10. 1 point
    Scott, thanks for posting the pics! ***Just in case anyone is interested, I found a YouTube video from Sept 17, 2013 where the President of GFP is interviewed for about 20 minutes. His name is Mike Fick and he talks about everything on how they do business everyday. It was surreal to watch knowing what has now transpired with GFP. What the heck happened between 2013 and 2017??? "Manufacturing in America- Still in style at General Foam Plastics" Interview was done for Hampton Rds Business Live
  11. 1 point
    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!
  12. 1 point
    No you have to buy multi. (RGB) LED. Still les than $4.00 https://m.banggood.com/5M-300-LEDs-SMD-3528-Flexible-LED-Strip-Light-Non-Waterproof-DC-12V-p-922277.html?rmmds=detail-middle-buytogether-auto You will neeed a controller which determines the color of the LED. You can select one of the 65,000 colors or have them sequence through different colors. But you said you are a LOR user. With LOR you can program and control the color and brightness with your sequences. This is the direction I’m headed. https://m.banggood.com/5M-SMD-3528-300-Non-Waterproof-LED-RGB-Strip-Flexible-Light-24-Key-IR-Remote-Power-Adapter-DC12V-p-1081256.html?rmmds=search I’ll try to give you a quick lesson. The LED strips have 3M double stick tape on the back. You either peel and stick. The strips can be cut every 3 LED. There are cut marks on where to cut. There are water proof strips (a $1,00 more) and non waterproof strips. I think they call in IP65. I originally purchased the waterproof version. I think they call in IP65. Use them to light me deck and pathways. But I found the waterproof plastic coating will turn slightly yellow if exposed to the sun over the years. Now I just use the non-waterproof out in the elements. In our kitch and bathroom cabinets I mouth these so we have light to see what’s inside. They work beautifully. There are diffferent size LED. You will see 3528 and 5050. Just refers to the size/brightness of the LED. Think 40 watt vs 60 watt. I see they are now sell strips with 2-5050 LEDs. These are just two 5050, think 100 watt. You can buy the connector kits or just solder directly to the LED strip. I solder all of my connectors. It’s very easy to do and nearly impossible to mess up. If you need 30 feet just attach to 15 foot strips together. Or if you need 17 feet just cut what you need and attach. Let me know if you have any questions. These LEDs are so inexpensive just buy a bunch to play and lean with. (That’s what I did.) The only thing that’s difficult is making hard cornors. Sweeping cornors are fine. But it’s those hard angles. Another PC poster said he wraps LED strips lights with while plastic corotubing. Instead of having points of lights the corotubing difueses the light so it looks more like a neon tube. Just depends what effect you want. If you use with a LOR DC controller (I have a 16 channel). I would get the one that’s rated for 8 amps per channel. (Few $$ more). LED strip lights come in different voltages. (12v 24v and 48v). All of mine are 12v. Each 15 foot strip draws about 2 amps. Just keep that in mind if you connect multiple strips together. Remember they can be cut and soldered together so you could make any shape such as a star, snowman or a sign. Just buy a bunch and experiment. The colors are very good and are bright. The other product you might want to consider is EL Wire or Cool Neon. I made my “listen to 88.9 FM sign out iOS this stuff over a decade ago. Looks just as good today as it did the day I made it. Banggood sells EL wire too and it also is inexpensive. EL wire is easier and more difficult to work with. It’s a plastic tube so the look is that of a neon sign. (No points of light). EL wire can be cut to any length and bent into any shape. The plastic tube is about 1/8th of an inch. I have not done this, but El Wire can be connected directly to a 120 volt outlet. So it can be used with LOR. But they have controllers so it can be powered from 12 v DC and the LOR DC controller. If you use DC LOR controller each channel would need a controller. (Not needed with AC controller). For my EL Wire radio sign I power it with an AC LOR controller and use a 12 volt power supply. EL wire has a slight fade time. And EL wire comes in a wide variety of colors. There is no RGB or multi-color EL wire. A lot of people put EL Wire in clothing or to leaks there bike more visible at night. I just purchased a lot of EL wire and was going to make small Christmas trees. (Instead of the tomato cage trees with mini-lights) I’m still experimenting with the EL Wire. I’ve made several posts over the years in the PC forums. I appear to be the only one using it. In the past EL Wire was very expensive, but prices have dropped. Let me know if you have any questions. YouTube is full of examples and tutorials on how to use and make thinks with LED stip lights and El Wire. As much as Ike traditional Christmas lights, LED strip lights and EL Wire is changing everything.
  13. 1 point
    Not big on this at all. I got of all the crappy social media because of the B.S. and drama. Why do we need to do this to a group of folks that don't need it or want it?
  14. 1 point
    I gotta read up on this, im a user of both platforms, but Big j is right, alot of drama goes on there....
  15. 1 point
    I don't know what the duty tax would do to the total plus shipping
  16. 1 point
    I custom painted the yellow clown I wanted something different ,I had to repaint the universal electric snowman I need the Santa for him , I think maybe I have 250 not sure exactly
  17. 1 point
    Here: http://www.highcountrylights.com/christmas-resources/pre-sale-info.html
  18. 1 point
    I would be so bold as to say after all the tires have been kicked and no takers, he will listen to offers. In the above post where 5k was offered, he might rethink taking that offer once he sees that 15k is a bit too steep. But Im with Big J, I hope someone follows his posts and keeps us updated. It will be interesting to see if he gets a 15k taker or not.
  19. 1 point
    Looks terrific as usual. You have a great collection. I see you got all the Clown Snowmen, which I didn't even know there was a yellow one. I absolutely love that Universal Electric Snowman. He is one of my favorites. How many blow molds do you have now?
  20. 1 point
    Sorry Nick, I should have known that. Looks great!! Haven't seen ya on here this past christmas!
  21. 1 point
    Hey!!!!! So glad you posted, I was wondering what happened to you this Christmas! WOW, EXCELLENT RESTORATION, They look fantastic, even repainted the gold touches, Congrats on a job very, very well done! Good to see you back here!
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  23. 1 point
    I picked up an old overhead projector that was auctioned off from a school, fixed it up and bought a few quartz bulbs for it. I make lots of plywood cutouts and use transparencies printed off on my old HP laserjet printer as patterns and then trace them out on the plywood with one of those large lead pencils made for kids. You can take almost any good picture of a cut-out and print it off on a transparency to get a pattern. Use a pencil to mark the plywood, if you make a mistake while you are tracing, you can erase it. I learned the hard way about not using marking pens to trace out patterns as the ink comes back to haunt you when you start painting the plywood.
  24. 1 point
    if you do just apply a clear coat...test it in a small area first. Paint has changed a lot in 40+ years!
  25. 1 point
    Donna, I know who the seller is and he started out small like the rest of us and spent a lot of money through the years acquiring the blow molds from eBay, Craigslist, yard sales, etc. He was a PC member in the"good old days" and very active here. He even bought some of the TPI blow molds from me about 10 years ago when we we were selling them on eBay and paid shipping for them from here in Washington state to Minnesota. He was a collector and did/does a display for the holidays, to my knowledge he was not a buyer and re-seller like so many are today, he loved the blow molds. I never met him personally but always respected him and his interest in the blow molds during the years that we communicated. Yes, there are blow molds in some of the boxes. Mel
  26. 1 point
    Whatever process you use to repaint I hope you keep the original artwork. That is an awesome retro looking Santa! Nice, very nice!
  27. 1 point
    I encourage people to drop of there molds to me if they don't want them. No takers yet lol
  28. 1 point
    Another method to save the pattern is to get a roll of wide tracing paper. Any place that makes blueprints for architects & engineers will sell a wide roll of tracing paper and I'd imagine most art supplies stores too. Simple trace the outline of the different colors and pieces, then transfer those lines onto a newly painted white surface. Of course take pictures, like suggested above, for color match. Good luck!!!!
  29. 1 point
    The show went off without a glitch after I repositioned the wire from the Director to the FM transmitter and the amplifier.
  30. 1 point
    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.
  31. 1 point
    Hey Tom, if you should get a print ,I would LOVE to make one of those!!
  32. 1 point
    such a sad article, although I am a huge fan of blow molds and pretty much any plastic based product they produced, I'm an even bigger fan of American jobs. One point in the article stated that the Mexico plant had found a buyer and most of the employees have been called back, its tragic that a buyer could not be found for this plant and those guys get called back, new products developed, raises, 401k, etc. I wonder if the primary investors were tired of loss? tired of holding stock? Made the money they wanted? was the plant in poor condition, machinery out of date with little or no replacement parts available? We may never know, but what we do know is (as the article states) over a hundred employees are wondering what to do, how to pay the bills, etc. Like I stated above I'm a huge fan of blow molds, I love them for most any holiday, They have a "old time" feel to them and I reflect on my grandparents decorations from days gone by. Let us not forget the people who lost their way of life with this closing, pray for their guidance through difficult times (if any should arise from this) and even though it sounds silly, or childish, look at all of your vast mold collection (or small one like mine) and take this into consideration, someone, paid their rent making that candle, someone bought their first car making that Nativity set, someone bought groceries making the camel that you are so proud of. Not sure about you guys but each and every piece in my collection has a story to tell, that I didn't hear before, and what I took for granted with the "I'll just buy another one" attitude, just got a little more sacred to me. Im sure there will be an out pour of new molds from various companies in the near future, and that's great....but they most likely wont have American blood, sweat and tears embedded in each and every one of them. Well, I have ranted long enough, my wife says I let the closing get to me because it happened a few states over and because Christmas was involved. Thanks for reading...Don
  33. 1 point
    Can you say 'brittle and crumbling'?
  34. 1 point
    I hear these complaints about Walmart a lot. Oddly, I’ve never heard anyone actually post the number (undoubtedly in the thousands) of people employed by Walmart. Walmart is often accused of “keeping people poor”, but employment at Walmart is not compelled by the government. The people working there applied for jobs, interviewed for the jobs (where they had opportunity to ask about wages, benefits, etc.), and they accepted the jobs. Corporations that provide jobs don’t keep people in poverty. People keep themselves in poverty—if they chose to stay there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 1 point
    I sometimes go out and hand out candy canes and just say Merry Christmas. It does happen at my house too that sometimes people get the impression that I am coming to ask for a money donation when in fact I have several people offer and I have said no, this is our gift to you. Still it makes me chuckle when the door of the house opens and the car transmission goes into gear at the same time.
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