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Josh

My Love For Hamberger Displays

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This is some of my 2014 Christmas display - 40-50 animated figures outside & 80+ figures inside with 15,000 lights.

Will do better next year.

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Absolute Awesome Display!!   Is that Jack-In-The-Box animated as well?  I really like that one.  But I'm surprised to see so many figures displayed outdoors.  Isn't weather an issue?  I've never thought of the animated pieces to be weather proof.        Next up: A Video Tour  :o    MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Thankx, the penguin display was a last minute thing. I have a friend who asked me if I wanted to buy it a day before I turned my lights on so this year I am going to keep it at the house and redo the entire unnit. It needs some work but the kids love it.

Yes the jack in the box is animated. Its a fiberglass unit that moves back & forth. As for weather proffing, I scotch the hell out of everything , cover up the vent holes with plastic & when I can I staple plastic under the clothing to the body BUT YOU CAN NOT PUT PAPER MACHE OUTSIDE....ONLY LATEX.

Paper mache will be destroyed once water hits it.

 

I will do a u--tube video this year. Already working on ideas for next year. maybe a totally enclosed snow tunnel out of pve 40 feet long or something crazyy like thaat

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Thankx, anyone who wants to come by just let meknow & I will try to be home so I can give you the interior tour too.

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There are some really nice pieces there Josh, I think I have as many gnomes as you have pieces in that photo....lol

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Those are the Santakins. These were the full size models that were made by Display Arts in the early 80's.

 

Just got this guy fixed up last night. Man the fur pieces are a pain!

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I've never posted on here before but I'm also a HUGE David Hamberger fan! I've been collecting two years and have around 154 pieces. I can't display all of them but enjoy trying. My love for animated displays started when my dad bought me a Harold Gale santa when I was a kid. I really enjoy seeing everyone's pics on here! Merry Christmas all :) my display will get better the more I do it!

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I've never posted on here before but I'm also a HUGE David Hamberger fan! I've been collecting two years and have around 154 pieces. I can't display all of them but enjoy trying. My love for animated displays started when my dad bought me a Harold Gale santa when I was a kid. I really enjoy seeing everyone's pics on here! Merry Christmas all :) my display will get better the more I do it!

Looks Beautiful love it ,and welcome to the post.

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I've never posted on here before but I'm also a HUGE David Hamberger fan! I've been collecting two years and have around 154 pieces. I can't display all of them but enjoy trying. My love for animated displays started when my dad bought me a Harold Gale santa when I was a kid. I really enjoy seeing everyone's pics on here! Merry Christmas all :) my display will get better the more I do it!

I love your displays. I really like the 2 soldiers and the snowman in the main window.

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I've never posted on here before but I'm also a HUGE David Hamberger fan! I've been collecting two years and have around 154 pieces. I can't display all of them but enjoy trying. My love for animated displays started when my dad bought me a Harold Gale santa when I was a kid. I really enjoy seeing everyone's pics on here! Merry Christmas all :) my display will get better the more I do it!

 

Welcome to Planet Christmas!  You have a huge display of Hambergers (pun intended)!  I couldn't help wondering if there is any room left inside!  ;)  I like the skater laying on his back.  (Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!")

 

TED  :D

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