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    Default Nutcracker: How i built my megatree

    I have been asked by a few eople how i built my megatree.

    I used 3" abs plastic for the base and pole. I have 60 smart rgb nodes in the coro star on top.
    I attached my 20 x 120 flex strips to 1/2" emt pipe. I drove a 3" oak dowel into each end of the emt. On the bottom i screwed eye bolts. On the top i screwed in eye hooks.

    I recorded two videos describing the tree.

    This week we had 50 mph winds and the tree didnt move at all. We will see if i get higher winds. For now, i am happy it all came out.

    i like the fact that i can easily (less than 30 seconds) remove any segment from the tree if i have to repair any bad pixels.

    Here are links to two videos

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH4qY3DmR_8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl1z4TkZDck


    thanks
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    Default Re: Nutcracker: How i built my megatree

    [quote author=taybrynn link=topic=10714.msg142953#msg142953 date=1355327997]
    Wow, so your topper has just the rectangular nodes mounted straight on it and they are ok (exposed) in the snow, etc ? Also, I noticed your flex strips will just zip tied to the EMT, which is great. I was putting mine in PVC tubing, but doing so was kind of a pain. I did find that 1" OD x 3/4 ID PVC clear tubing fits the strips like a dream and provides considerable protecting to the strips ... but also adds considerable cost.
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    Well, not quite.

    I ordered the star from holidaycoro. 60 dumb rectangle nodes. 3 dmx controllers, 2 power supplies. I forgot i needed their special programmer to set the channel numbers for the dmx controllers. I ordered that mid november. David, sent an email and said the order of controllers from China had been lost. It might take 2-3 weeks to get a replacement order. Turns out he somehow got them in 5 days. But i made the decision to remove the dumb rectangle nodes and replace them with smart nodes i ordered for something else.

    I am VERY happy i did this.

    I now only needed 1 cat 5 cable going up to the topper, not 110v and cat 5.
    i could remove 2 pretty heavy power supllies from teh star and 3 medium heavy dmx controllers. I then decided that io liked the look of the smart strings with a more narrow thickness. So the star went from 3" thick to 1" thick.

    Although the
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    look waterproof, i took no chances and have them encased in coro and sealed all cables going into the star.

    Now i did have to scrape off 60 dumb rgb nodes and 3 dmx controlelrs. The DMX controllers removed part of the coro so i put epoxy there to strengthen it.



    After replacing all the nodes with smart rgb , i then decided that i liked the look with 1" high sides. Personal preference.

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    Default Re: Nutcracker: How i built my megatree

    [quote author=kgustafson link=topic=10714.msg142930#msg142930 date=1355319521]
    Sean,

    Nicely done. Is the topper wood?

    I need to do a behind the scenes video of my layout (I have a standard megatree with 32 strands of LED strings -- not smart this year) and only 10' tall (I live in a townhouse so anything larger would be overkill).

    Definitely want to see videos of your show this year. I will be posting mine this weekend. I am working on a new website called GustafsonLights.com for my show.

    Kurt
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    Yeah, the topper was two sheets of 1/2" plywood. I painted them with Kilz, then assembled them. I finally painted them with exterior house paint. 20 eye bolts , nuts on both sides went and covered about 190 degrees.

    On the top of the tree i have two steel cables (dog run , plastic coated cables) that attach from the topper down to a 5/16 x 4" eye-bolt. These two cables counter the force of the 20 emt's. I was afraid i would break the flange. You can see the 3" flange i used to attach the 1" plywood disk in the below images

    Here are some pics of the topper
    First picture shows the 1" thick oak board that i put down the 3" pipe. The purpose of this is for the 3/4" pvc pipe attached to the star can fit into the hole in the center.


    Here shows how the star will fit into the topper. Note: I have not yet glued the front coro onto the star. You can see the sides are 1" high , instead of the original 3".


    and here you can see i painted the tops of teh 20 eye-bolts yellow. This helps me see them when i am holding teh emt and trying to attach the hooks into them.
    Note the entire weight of the tree would be supported by the plastic flange. Worried of the stress of this force, i have two eyebolts on the back that will counter this force.
    so far, nothing has broken.
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    Default Re: Nutcracker: How i built my megatree

    Quote Originally Posted by smeighan View Post
    Well, not quite...

    After replacing all the nodes with smart rgb , i then decided that i liked the look with 1" high sides. Personal preference.
    I like it. I think the only change I'd make would be to use Pixel Strips rather then Pixel Modules but the effect would be the same.

    So I'm assuming that you added a new feature for stars to Nutcracker to support these

    BTW, Sounded like it was quite cold that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timon View Post
    I like it. I think the only change I'd make would be to use Pixel Strips rather then Pixel Modules but the effect would be the same.

    So I'm assuming that you added a new feature for stars to Nutcracker to support these

    BTW, Sounded like it was quite cold that day.
    For this year, i used single strand effects for the star. This nex year will have star as a target by itself. This will require you tell me where the pixels are in your star. Basically a star will look like a megatree viewed from the top, target wise
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    Default Re: Nutcracker: How i built my megatree

    Quote Originally Posted by smeighan View Post
    For this year, i used single strand effects for the star. This nex year will have star as a target by itself. This will require you tell me where the pixels are in your star. Basically a star will look like a megatree viewed from the top, target wise
    I'm planning to do this same star with pixel strings rather than nodes or strips. I'd like to display straight lines from the center to the star tips in addition to the star.

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    Sean, Do you have any video of your tree in action that you would share.
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    Default Re: Nutcracker: How i built my megatree

    Great job Sean, do you have any video of it in action.

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    Hi Sean, as far as stars are concerned, (the star starts at about the 1:40 mark in the video. I love the effect at about 1:55) this is the star I would like to build for next year. I have no idea right now how to do it, but I should be able to figure it out. My star will not be that big, but it will be on my roof.


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    That star is very cool!! I would love to have one of those too!!

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