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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. Will you be ready???
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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.
  • 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.
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Everything posted by Rotatorman

  1. Best blow mold light?

    This year, I'm using a lot of blow molds that I have not used in a long time. Some are from flea markets, etc. Most have the standard 7w night light bulb, which I believe is too dim for some of the darker molds. Two of the molds I got from elsewhere came with two incandescent-style 40-watt bulbs that provide an excellent source of light for those blow molds. Is it ok to use those (too hot?) or can I get an idea from forum members what bulbs they use and where to get them. Has anyone tried those 7w LED bulbs? Reviews on those were they don't provide a uniform light coverage. Thnx for your opinions.
  2. Definitely interested, since I will try to use my rotator motor. Was wondering if we will be able to modify the size of the ferris wheel (smaller)?
  3. Reindeer spinning contraption

    DO NOT go up on the roof for the sake of pics. When you take it down after Christmas is fine; I can wait. Was curious is all. [email protected]
  4. I watched your video and find your display to be very creative and beautiful. Looks like you put a lot of thinking and work into it.
  5. Reindeer spinning contraption

    You said you may post more details about the reindeer contraption. Would really like to see the details; that is one cool set-up. As part of my Christmas display, I have one of those very-heavy electric rotator motors that Shell Oil and Sunoco used to spin their signs back in the day. I have built horse-themed carousels, penguins riding on a sled, and this year, I have a snowman with ice skates spinning on a platform. How on earth did you get that up on your roof????
  6. The snow is the icing on the cake!

    • For Sale
    • New

    Got 1 each Bob and 1 Dave LED-illuminated inflatables. Never opened, new in box. Only posted one pix due to difficulty with downloading a small pix, sorry. Buyer pays shipping from 44039. 65. for both. Bob is 3-1/2 feet tall; Dave is 5 feet tall.


  8. Does anyone know the best way to increase the diameter of the hole in blow molds? Bought some LED's but they are too big around. Would like to make a nice clean hole for the LED to fit w/out destroying the blow mold.
  9. Want to LED's in blow mold

    Thank you to both Brian Mitchell and qberg for directing me to HD to buy a step bit. The step bit was used to create a larger-diameter hole in the back of the nutcracker blow mold (see the first two pics of the before and after holes, including the LED bulb from HD). The third pic shows the difference in light distribution between the standard 7w light bulb that comes w/the blow mold, and the newly-installed LED bulb. Not a huge difference, right? The last pic shows the packaging of the LED bulbs from Home Depot that come 3 in a pack for 5.72. I guess the good thing is that the LED bulbs, which I expected to be a LOT brighter will at least last a very long time. One last note: the reason I went with LED's is due to their giving off an equal amount of light distribution vs the incandescent.
  10. After Christmas sales

    Can't believe I'm reading all the posts about Lowe's and HD either running low or sold out of Xmas stuff. In Northeast Ohio, the Lowe's and HD are practically fully stocked. The week after Xmas, markdowns are at 50%; then after New Year's, it's 75% off. By then, it's stuff you don't actually need.
  11. Who's ready to light up?

    Good luck with your surgery. When you feel better, how about a pic of those inflatables all lit up?
  12. And....we have a problem.😭

    L.J. I respect your opinion about the white LED's. When retailers began selling LED's 7-8 years ago, they first caught my attention when residents used them in porch lights. They were harsh, too bright, and not like the soft glow of a nearby incandescent. However, I have adjusted to them, and appreciate that they use much less energy especially when we use them in our Christmas displays. I would not be able to use as many in my display if I used incandescents only.
  13. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Say it ain't so.....
  14. Pics of anyone's display progress

    `Ya filthy animal` is actually one of my favorite things to say -- and the BESTEST part of `Home Alone'. I love that part of the movie. vette-kid: how ironic! I actually have those two Disney neons, but sorry, did not recognize them in your display. You're right, they are pricey ($89 at Lowe's). I also bought the two Disney Halloween neons for Halloween for half-price, since it was the day after Halloween, and will use them next year.
  15. Pics of anyone's display progress

    vette-kid: what are those two lit-up items on the fence gate? Are they blow-molds?
  16. Poloron Mechanical Santa

    Thank you for that information, Mel.
  17. LetGo Score!

    Awesome hoist dchackert!!! I guess that's why they call it LetGo...
  18. After Christmas Sale

    That's awful, sorry to hear that. Hey, don't lose that Christmas spirit. Is there any way to elevate, or put your display up high where the thieves would have a hard time stealing it? BTW for everyone else out there: make sure you mark your name and address on your blow molds, etc. in case they're stolen and the thieves caught.
  19. Poloron Mechanical Santa

    If I had to guess, it would've been around 1990, give or take a year. Wish I still had it.
  20. Poloron Mechanical Santa

    I actually had one of these a while ago and did not realize how valuable they were. I no longer have it. Either Handy Andy or Forest City (which has since been replaced by Home Depot) had one of these left. Unfortunately, the mechanism was not working, so I got it at half-price. I bought it and used it for about 3 or 4 years up on my roof, then moved and left it behind. Little did I know they were so valuable!
  21. Keep Display Safe and & Easy To Remove In The Snow

  22. Keep Display Safe and & Easy To Remove In The Snow

    Big J: can we see a pic of your description? I'd like to try it. Meanwhile, Home D sells garden stakes that are wooden, 4 ft long, tapered at the end so you can drive them into the ground. They are 2" x 2" this year, which is a little bit skinny, but in previous years, they were 4" wide. So you drive them into your yard and attach your blow molds in front of the stakes using tie wraps or wire to prevent theft or support from the wind. You can get a bundle for about $5.
  23. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Looking good. Have a question: is that a custom-made extension cord you made to light up all those blow-molds?
  24. I think this year will be different...I've pretty much decided (in my head) what the setup will be. Other than the house itself, only have a large tree in my front yard to use as props. Now, I will be using ground props -- blow molds, rotator, rocking horse, teeter-totter -- and maybe lit candy canes to display. I have at least 5 of the large blow-mold teddy bears, and 10 of the small ones that will comprise one of the displays. Have not been able to locate other similar `bear-type` displays I could get ideas from, using PlanetChristmas. If you know of any, could use a shout-out, directing me......thnx
  25. Wanted Empire train car


    • Wanted
    • Used

    I have the engine and one coal car, always wanted a second coal car or similar car to go with this set. I display them outdoors, sometimes on the platform that rotates with lights. Trades are possible also, but not this Santa Train. Willing to pay a reasonable amount. Send a PM, thnx.