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Greetings Everyone,

I thought I should put a video of this up for all to see.

I built it a few years back and never seemed to have the time to post it here.

Enjoy !

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That is really nice! The display is HUGE... I couldn't tell from the video... but it looks like its in a backyard. Yes/No? Really liked seeing all the animation since I'm into cutouts and animation myself. BTW... it looks like you made the reindeer out of 3/4" thick material. Is that correct? Is that plywood? Nice job on sanding the edges to round them over and nice job on the paint and shading as well! Can you give the dimensions?

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That is really nice! The display is HUGE... I couldn't tell from the video... but it looks like its in a backyard. Yes/No? Really liked seeing all the animation since I'm into cutouts and animation myself. BTW... it looks like you made the reindeer out of 3/4" thick material. Is that correct? Is that plywood? Nice job on sanding the edges to round them over and nice job on the paint and shading as well! Can you give the dimensions?

Thank you. It is in my backyard, in Saudi Arabia. They are plywood with thick insulation foam over that, that is how I got the good rounded edges. The tallest deer is about 8 feet tall. Let me know if I can be any other help. I have seen your display as well and it is great !

Be well,

Tom

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Thank you. It is in my backyard, in Saudi Arabia. They are plywood with thick insulation foam over that, that is how I got the good rounded edges. The tallest deer is about 8 feet tall. Let me know if I can be any other help. I have seen your display as well and it is great !

Be well,

Tom

Hey Tom -

Eight feet tall?!?!... WOW!! Where do you STORE the display when it's not Christmas time... or do you just convert it into a REAL barn to keep animals in... that thing is not huge as I said in my last reply... it's HUMONGOUS!!! Being in Saudi Arabia poses a bit of a problem for dropping by to take a look at it... that's probably not on our path for our annual "touring the area night" to look at Christmas lights. :cool: And one other question for you... being in the backyard... do you lead tours for people to look at it so they can enjoy it? Oh... and thanks for the nice remarks on my display!

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