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My Love For Hamberger Displays

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This is the before & after for my  Hamberger Goofy. He once was paper mache but now he is fiberglass. Total 100% restor! He was a mess when I got him, motor, linkage, boy, face was banged in with dry rot, messed up paint & more but with a bit of elbow grease finally I got him done & working like a charm! Can't wait to display him for the kids this year. Did not think I would ever be done with this one.

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Thankx, Just started glassing a few more figures this week. Today I just put a first wrap on some VanDeers I picked up, a early Hamberger Santa from the early 70's & I had a few extra heads & some workshop gnome bodies laying around so I took a seated body, repositioned an arm for a slightly different movement & made a Keebler / workshop hybrid..lol So after that I am just fixing a few deers for a friend & I think I will have enough to do till the weekend.

Fiberglass is the way to go to preserve Hamberger figures especially since I display a couple of them outside. Nothing lasts forever but fiberglass surly beats latex any day of the week.

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Can't wait - 1 more day then off to a convention I have been waiting to attend for over a year to go to. So ready to see a ton of pre70's Christmas decor & hang out with some contacts I have been talking to for a few years. Then - 3 weeks from today my countdown to Texas begins, this deal came a few months earlier then I hoped for so hopefully I can get enough time off of work to put this deal together. And then I am done!

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Sammy, out of curiosity are you using West systems epoxy when glassing? If so which resin/hardener combination?

Are you using standard FG sheets, or carbon/FG sheets?

Greg

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A very unique piece! It has four movements head mouth and both arms. The right arm has to be reattached since the wire broke. Still pretty cool! Creegan's did make some cool pieces.

 

 

 

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Gregg I will get back to you about the glassing on Monday and share all info on it then when I get home from the convention.  I was able to pick up a few table top Harold Gale figures for a steal as well as a ton of vintage Christmas stuff

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Thanks to a member here, I finally got my first Hamberger piece!  He's currently a bit rough and mildly creepy, but I'll take care of all of that soon enough!  Stay tuned for updates!

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OK Gregg,

   My family is heavy into the automotive business & I have helped out in my uncles body shop for years when I was younger so I am pretty familar with fiberglass & bondo. With that what I have been using & what I used on the Goofy figure as well as my others is a readily available product that you can find at Lowes or Home Depot. Everything I use is by 3M. I use their Bondo line & I love it. I use their Bondo Fiberglass resin with the clear hardner & coat that over the fiberglass cloth & set the cloth on tight with my staple gun. I do not use the frayed fiberglass mat because it clumps up as you paint the resin over the mat. I fold the edges on the fiberglass cloth to avoid the strands from pulling out & the  resin does the rest as far as leveling out the surface. After that I use 3M's Bondo body filler [red can - for automotive] & I use the red cream hardener that they recomend for that product. This product sands well, is strong enough to fill gaps, make curves in the body & is not grainy like some other fillers I have used. I make my own applicator plates for the smaller & hard to get areas. The only thing I do not like about it is the working time you have it sets up really fast iff you do not get the mix just right. I tend to add a little extra red cream hardener as well as clear hardener so I know it will not crack, split or shatter when it is hit or if the figure falls.

If there is anything else hit me up with a PM

 

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Gregg glad I could help. If I can help with anything else let me know. Just remember everything sets really fast & adding more hardener then less is always better but the time you have to work with this stuff is anywhere from 45 seconds to about 2 or so minutes.

As for the Creegan Frog the mouth movement is cool but its only a 2 movement piece. not the rare 4. The mouth is seperate but the head & arms all seem to move as 1 movement not independent movements. If the arms went up & down in different directions while the mouth moved & the head or upper busy moved then it would have been 4 mvt.

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Gregg glad I could help. If I can help with anything else let me know. Just remember everything sets really fast & adding more hardener then less is always better but the time you have to work with this stuff is anywhere from 45 seconds to about 2 or so minutes.

As for the Creegan Frog the mouth movement is cool but its only a 2 movement piece. not the rare 4. The mouth is seperate but the head & arms all seem to move as 1 movement not independent movements. If the arms went up & down in different directions while the mouth moved & the head or upper busy moved then it would have been 4 mvt.

Greg as I actually have the piece, Sammy is incorrect on the movements.  Creegan often utilized a dual output  motor that could handle multiple functions. Each movement has it's own linkage. The right arm waves back and forth in unison with the head that also goes back and forth. The mouth has its own linkage and the left arm (when connected) moves straight up and down. I just picked up the hardware needed to fix the left arm. I'de be happy to send you a picture of the inside if you like.

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I know the sleigh is from a Poloron blow mold set, and I'm pretty sure the elf is from Hamberger, but is the rest of the pieces in the scene from them as well?

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I know the sleigh is from a Poloron blow mold set, and I'm pretty sure the elf is from Hamberger, but is the rest of the pieces in the scene from them as well?

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I do believe it's all Hamberger, Elf, Reindeer, Santa, and Roof. Do you have any better pictures?

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Well interesting news!  I ended up speaking with the gentleman that put together this display and he said that he actually made the entire thing himself based on a Hamberger catalog page!  He stumped a bunch of us with his craftsmanship it seems.  He said that he would have loved to buy a prefabricated set, but the price was ridiculous for a residential display.  I've attached the catalog pages and some more old photographs of the decorations to compare and realize that the house is actually homemade of wood paneling.  What a neat display!

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Finally done with this lil guy. He was a total redo & was a mini mess when I got him. Fiberglased the body to fix the hips, re-mount an arm & re-greased the motor. Then new paint, clothing, beard ect. I am not a painter or a seamstress but I think all & all he came out pretty good.

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Was doing some electrical work for some neighbors that I decorate for and while in the basement following conduit from room to room, I came across these guys stored away in a closet.  They said they used to move but died out years ago and have been sitting down there ever since.  Obviously I asked about acquiring them and he said he's going to ask his wife if she's willing to sell them.  Apparently these are Harold Gale pieces.  Pretty neat!  The soldier has a blue top hat that he wears that's in his box as well.

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Lots of cool stuff for sale on eBay right now.  Who has the ninja turtle set for sale?  What brings back some childhood memories.

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Hello all

Good to see you back. :)

More great old catalog pics!

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Darrid , the Victorian Bear Carolers are really cute . I think I have the little boy Caroler what is he holding in his paw ? Do you have all the info on them like how they move . If you do I would like to know how his motions was Thanks. :)

I wish I did! I can see if I can get it.

Thank you :)

I have the descriptions at home, I can post it tonight along with a picture of what is in the boys hand :)

If you can I appreciate it Thank you .:)

Both of his arms move up and down. If you'd like a picture of the bells he's holding I have several downstairs that I could photograph for you :)

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Hey guys, I'm sorry for not responding. I've been busy with personal issues and I finally got my bear out and only his right arm moves up and down. Not sure if he is part of this or not. Thank you JDarling for the pictures. :)

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Bay,

  Hamberger made more then 1 set using that bear style with different movements. I have the same exact bear with a double arm movement & head movement but he is dressed in a nutcracker outfit of sourts. I have to find a pic to show you. Hope all is well on your end

 

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Just some of what found its way to my house today. Some for me and some for a friend. I will take more pictures later. There are more mice, snowmen and other goodiee20150804_203255.thumb.jpg.ee45ab422b061220150804_203801.thumb.jpg.df6afcce28977420150804_203801.thumb.jpg.df6afcce28977420150804_203748.thumb.jpg.d66b39d320176f20150804_203716.thumb.jpg.e1fdfee127c54720150804_200900.thumb.jpg.752698d39da472

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Today's repairs. Got the paint of the hands matched & the face touched up. Did a lot of fiberglass work on some others as well. More pics to come later!

 

 Can't wait till tomorrow, get to see another 60 pieces!

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