Re: Nutcracker: Can this be built?
After all you've done for us, of course we're going to help. I've got a concept without part details. Your metal rails with lights are vertical. You need two horizontal rails. The bottom one you bolt the light rails in place but leave them a little loose so they can pivot. The top rail needs to be mounted to vertical rails so it can slide up as the light rails move out and down as they move together. The light rails need bearings on the back to slide inside the upper rail (or pieces of nylon rod). You use a small cable between the light rails to pull them out to proper spacing and the ends go around to the backside, a motor with a drum to wind up the cable pulls the light rails out for matrix. Springs between each light rail pulls the megatree together as the motor unwinds and loosens the cable. Questions?
2009 - 48 channel MegaTree 4800 lights
plus 3200 lights static display.
2010 - 6 Snowflakes on heavy equipment stored in front yard :-(
2011 - 72 channel Megatree 7520 lights,
120 channel total about 10k lights total