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  1. I forgot to mention that there is a somewhat large hole in his forehead for the jewel to go into his turban. I might try the coat hanger method through there... Keep the ideas coming! There have been some good ones so far.
  2. While starting to take the paint off of my neighbor's Becco/GF african wise guy, I turned him over to scrub the back, and when I turned him back around, I looked at his nose and I dented mashed it in!!! I was happy that this set didn't have dented noses, and now I pushed one in already!!! For those of you that have or have seen this set know how tall it is, and know that you can't reach the figure's head to push it out, so I have no idea how to push it back out. Does anyone know how to take dents out of blowmolds without reaching the inside? I though maybe heat it up and try to **** it out with a vaccuum... Help!
  3. I also use the C7 cords with the switches on a couple Christmas molds, as well as my Uncle Sam, which I put the hole & light into. I have used those for MANY years without problems. (knock on wood, lol) You should be fine with a switched one.
  4. I don't know if this is the right place to put this, but during the off-season, I made it my goal to finally get a traffic light that's been in the clubhouse of a club I belong to since, oh gosh, probably the early 80's or so, and it's been a lovely decoration that keeps getting moved around and does nothing but look pretty. It's just a 3-lamp regular signal that someone found in the 80's and brought to the club. There's also a single red light that w have that I thought would look cool just blinking on and off. I've been on a hunt for an inexpensive controller that would drive the 3-light light, and possibly flash the red one too, and had an idea to use a motor to slowly turn a series of discs that would have pieces cut out on which a switch would ride and turn its corresponding light on and off in order and on time. I sorta have that idea formulated, but it's still a work in progress, and is definatley the complicated way of doing it. All I want is a controller that would give me a decent length red and green light and a significantly shorter yellow light and just loops through the three in a somewhat believable pattern. I know that there's a company that sells controllers that do just this, I think it's like "Lights to Go" or something, but theirs are $44.00 and that's too much money for a small project like this. I know I could use my LOR controller and that would be SUPER easy, but this is just a small side project, and I need my controller anyways. I was just wondering if anyone has done this before, or knows of an inexpensive way to do it. (Oh, and the single red light isn't that much of a priority, but it might be easier to do the simple blinking needed for that light, but for now, I just want the big light to work) Thanks in advance for any advice I may get on this!
  5. Has anyone ever used the sheep from your nativity set as part of your Easter display? I thought that it might work because sheep (Or lambs, if you want, that sounds a bit more Eastery ) are usually associated with Easter, and many of us have a couple sheep on hand doing nothing for the season. If you did use them, do you have pictures of how it turned out? I thought it might look cool... Just an idea.
  6. Cool snowman! Although I can never figure out what defines it as a "Hollywood" snowman though? The blue? Anyone know why? I still love it though.
  7. You can send me the shepherd, it'll save you some storage! lol The set I'm restoring for my neighbors is missing that shepherd.
  8. I have the shepherd in the attic too, he's going to get the same paint as he did before. And you said you have the Poloron Joe? Is it an orange or red? Can I see a picture of it, pretty please? :giggle:
  9. Well, actually those are two of FOUR that I'm restoring... Both of those are repainted, I have another two in my attic. And, like I said, they're not mine, they belong to my neighbor, not to me, so I'm in no position to sell them. But yes, those are the ones he is looking for in case anyone is selling or has an extra one.
  10. As many of you know, I am doing a bunch of repaints for my neighbors over the summer, and I am doing my color research now, and am trying to figure out what colors I should paint the smaller Beco set. I believe that the set I have was originally a "Marble" style set that was not pained when it was purchased and someone painted it after they bought it. (And badly might I ad) I was wondering if this set ever did come in a colored version and if so, does anyone have one that they could show a picture of? I'm going to paint Mary blue, but it's Joseph that I'm having trouble with. I was thinking of going with a red and yellow paint job for him, like the Joseph in the attached Poloron ad, because I need a can of yellow for the cow's necklace or whatever that is around his neck, and I would pretty much still have a full can of yellow after I do that. I'm NOT going to do that awful pink robe like Empire and GF did. I thought about brown, but it's not as colorful, even though it would look good on him, it just dosen't balance out the blue on Mary IMO. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I do like the Poloron scheme because it's colorful, uses a color I'm going to have a lot of, and that even though it is a different mold, it will work, so does anyone have that one of those that they could share a picture of too?
  11. And this is the sign you're looking for, right? In case anyone dosen't know what they look like.
  12. I have three strings of those, one of my neighbors gave them to me a while back. Mine are the ones in the pictures on blowmoldsrus.webs.com. They're famous! Until now, I thought I was the only one that had those, I felt special... Oh well, congrats on the sets, they're nice!
  13. It's not the TPI version, however JLewinski, THAT would be it! The Empire version, not the GF one either, they didn't have the mold when I was a kid. JLewinski wins! I thought for sure that the first person to post would've gotten it, but he was close! Anyway, I thought it would be funny to show how early I took an interest in decorations. :giggle:
  14. I drew this picture when I was little, because I saw the real thing, and wanted one, which my parents denied me. I thought that if I made one out of paper, it would be just as good as the real thing. It wasn't. See if you can come up with or show a picture of what inspired this paper representation. I found it a while ago and thought it would be funny to share. I was already quite into decorations when I was little, as you can see! PS: I still to this day don't have one of the real ones. I need to do something about that! :giggle:
  15. Are they hard to find? I don't really think he would sell them, as they are in somewhat prominant spots- on each sides of his doorways, and people would notice if they were gone; it would look like something's missing. That, and I wouldn't want him to sell them either. He said I get everything when he's done with them.
  16. Funny you should mention animating sleighs, he also has a brand new, in box, Empire Santa in sleigh and extra reindeer, also in their taped-shut boxes that I was thinking about sticking a motor in for next year. I'd love to see a video of your sleigh, with the top on and off, to see the speed that it runs at and stuff, only if you have some extra time though.
  17. Haha-no! Hands off! You're talking about the set with the creepy Mary, right? They said that when they're dead, (I don't want to think about that) I get to inherit all the decorations because "Nobody else would want all this junk". I was thinking that it was the Empire version of the Santa, so that's good to have it confirmed, and if I do get the feet, I'm going to have to paint that so that the colors match, even though it was never displayed. If he does find it, depending on what he wants to do with it after it's fixed, I might stick a motor in there to animate it, because a static Santa that could be animated is just boring! I was thinking of maybe using a motor from a wireframe deer or a wiper motor or something, that's why I've been wanting someone to take a video of theirs. Carrie, I might need some help if I can't fix the punched-in corners on some of the pieces for the big set and Creepy Mary's head, so we'll see. Can anyone confirm my guess that the Beco set was a "marble" type set that the "Dead Guy" that my neighbor got it from painted? (and badly, at that) And if there was a painted version of that set, does anyone have a picture of the colors? I wanted some ideas on what colors to use for Joseph and their hair and some other details. I also have new pictures of the Beco/General Foam set, but it's getting late, and I'll upload them sometime tomorrow.
  18. I assume you want to see the that metal bar that goes from one side, up and over to clear the motor, and back down to the other side. There isn't anything in the mold, it probably didn't have anything in it if it was Empire's model, because they only made it in a non-mechanical version. Here is the view you wanted. The screws were from the metal strapping used to hold it to his chimney. I don't know if there was anything in there when he bought it, he hasn't gone looking for the feet and lantern yet, so maybe when he finds them, whatever we are looking for will be with those.
  19. Nevermind, THIS is the last one. I'll get some more of the other nativity tomorrow.
  20. The hole in the last picture is one of many in most of the pieces that were drilled for stakes.
  21. I have all the pieces for Santa. I had the arms off, and put them back on with only a couple screws just so I could take pictures really quick. My neighbor thinks he has the lantern and the feet half in his attic somewhere, so I'm going to do those too if he finds them so that the colors match.
  22. I finally got the big pile of blow molds from my neighbor that I'm going to paint for him which include the infamous top half of his mechanical Santa! (The one that was on his chimney for a whole year) There are two nativity sets, one looks like it might be a Becco holy family and a shepherd without a Jesus, and the other is a Becco/General Foam set (Joe Tyra's Favorite) minus the shepherd and two Union Merry Christmas signs (I already did his other two earlier this month). But the Becco/GF one has Poloron plates screwed on to the bottom of all of them, has different plugs than Joe Tyra's, and has the same socket and plug as the Beco set I have, but has those screw thingies on the back to hold in the light kits, which I thought were a General Foam thing... So I'm confused now on who made them! I got a few pictures of the B/GF set through the window for now, but I will take a bunch of better ones in the morning. And now to the damage: Santa Big crack on his beard, but is sorta hard to see. Many cracks around the majority of the screw holes for his arms. Broken-off piece on the back of an arm. (I have the missing piece) A case of un-identified manufacturer because it... well look at his light kit! Who do we know uses those sockets? Beco Nativity Looks like it could've been a marble set and someone painted it, look at the pictures. (Not really damage, but I thought it might be of some importance) Mary has a crack on her head. Shepherd has cracks on his hand around the holes for his staff, which is somewhere in my neighbor's garage... Beco/General Foam Nativity Cracks on most of the pieces on the bottom corners, some not that bad. Crack on the black wise guy's cloak. Misc. other small cracks, I'll take pictures of them tomorrow. Merry Christmas Signs Nothing, just some new paint. So as you can see, I've got some work to do! I also wanted to paint my Empire wise guys, but I don't know if I'll have time! They're not that bad though, so they can wait for another year. Well, I know what I'll be doing this summer! Enjoy some pictures for now until I start working on them, which I'll be sure to keep you posted on when I do.
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