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Jeff Hulton

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About Jeff Hulton

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  • Birthday 03/02/1964

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  • Location
    Minooka, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    Boring, boring, boring...
  • Interests
    Music, photography, and of course, xmas displays
  • Occupation
    former tool & die maker, currently student
  • About my display
    Lots of lights, 12 Blow Molds, two Inflatables
  1. IIRC, Dept 56 makes adaptors for their battery operated accessories, and I know Lemax makes a 4.5V adapter, so they do exist. Not knowing what brand village you have, I don't know if they would be in any way compatible. Plug style is usually the culprit with adapters.
  2. Not to take this too OT, but while decorating the tree this year, I thought about the ornaments my mom had when I was a little kid. My dad met my mom in Germany when he was in the Army in the late 50's, and when he got out, she brought some ornaments with her, some of which had been in her family, some new. Just thinking about and visualising those ornaments made me 5 years old again, standing in the living room of the house we lived in at the time. And it really felt good. My parents are getting up there, but thankfully still healthy. But you're right, things like this are very powerful at st
  3. I had no idea there was any such animal as clear primer! Thanks for the info, it may be the solution I was looking for.
  4. I've been kicking around a couple of ideas for spring time when I can start repainting again. 1) There are some white primers available for painting plastic wargaming figures. I'm thinking a light coat of that, then a light coat of color on top wouldn't inhibit light transmission anymore than a "normal" coat of just color. With white underneath, the color will "pop" more, so a light coat of color would be sufficient. The primer, in theory anyway, should make the paint adhere better and longer. Plastics are tricky, though, with so many types and different chemical compositions. What works for o
  5. Though I don't have a large collection, or any vintage molds, I do have my childhood memories. For me, blow molds are Christmas. For that reason, I have to say Beco and Poloron. Whenever I see pics of their molds, I'm taken back to my childhood and I feel that same sense of magic and awe.
  6. First let me say anything I write here is meant as constructive criticism and personal opinion. If the main reason you're doing you're display is to win contests and get media recognition, maybe you're motivated by the wrong things. Of course we want people to complement our hard work, it's human nature, but if you and yours enjoy it, that should be all that matters. What I see from your pics is as follows: 1) If you have to have a fence, that's no big deal. I would, however, get the lights off of the fence. It creates to much visual distraction from what's behind it. Without the light
  7. Here's another suggestion based on finishing in general; if you're willing to put in the time, try some four 0 steel wool, or 600-800 grit wet/dry sand paper (I'd use it wet) on an inconspicuous area to see if it will level out the surface without creating more texture issues. Plastic is tricky to sand, so the key here is very little pressure. If the paper leaves a rough surface, steel wool will most likely burnish it smooth. If this works, you're golden. If not, as Carrie said, several very light coats so that the paint dries almost instantly when it hits the plastic. I guess the real test is
  8. We never really had a traditional dinner. It changes from year to year, but I seem to recall ham and turkey being the most common. Pumpkin pie is a main stay, of course. These days, actually about the last 20 years, the whole family is never together on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is for the family, Christmas Day is in-law day.
  9. I'll echo what everybody in the Northern climes has said, anything that's not frozen/snowed in, starts coming down Jan 2. Everything else waits until a significant thaw makes it possible. Like many others, I've destroyed cords trying to pull them out of the frozen ground.
  10. Welcome to the world of Blow Molds. You really do need a Santa. I'm just sayin'...
  11. Some things to think about; If you go city-wide, how big is your city? Who will judge? If it's you, will you have time to go around your city and look at/judge every house involved? Have you developed criteria for every category? Is your criteria objective, and not subjective? If a local paper is involved, what, if anything, will they contribute logistically? I'm not trying to discourage you, I think it could be a great idea. However, these types of contests are usually sponsored by a rather large business entity that has the resources available to pull it off. I would think small, for now
  12. That's awesome. I can't believe Romeoville would be closest to you tho. Isn't there one up north somewhere? Romeoville's like, 25 minutes from me, seems a long way from you.
  13. The only song that drives me absolutely freakin' bat poop is "The Little Drummer Boy". Painfully slow, needlessly repetitive with all those "Puh Rum Puh Puhm Puhms". I'll change the station, walk out of a store, whatever it takes.
  14. The paint looks great on these. GF could learn a thing or two.
  15. Thanks to everyone for the useful info. Except Frank. That wasn't useful. Go figure. Your tips are basically in line with what I was thinking. The GF paint comes off so easy from what I've read, so it shouldnt be a problem.
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