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    Default Re: Is this Nativity Scene too crowded?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Here is one using almost the exact same figures as yours:
    I wish I had seen this picture before I got all the cords lengthened and everybody bolted to the floor! I looked through a ton of pictures, but I don't remember seeing this one.
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    Sorry, just saw the thread. Not a bit blow mold guy so I don't parse this section very often. It came up in google images. It wasnt the first but I recognized your figurines right away.

    Anyway, your choice if its worth unbolting and moving for aesthetic reasons. In the end, its your show and like everyone says, there is no wrong way to set up your show.

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    Yeah, it may have to wait until next year. The wife was happy with this layout, that was the most important test. I still have quite a bit more to do for this year, and I spent more time on this prop than I intended to. The cow, donkey and sheep are the hard ones to re-orient. Their light bulbs are in the side, so its hard to change their angle much and still hide the cords. All the other figures have the cords coming out the bottom, so it's easy to move and re-orient them.
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    msiebri,

    I am new to the forum, but not to diy. I love your stable. What a beautiful job. I just got a basic nativity blow mold set last year and want to up it for next year by adding the supporting cast. I spent a fair amount of money this year making an external power box that is only temporarily connected to the house. We are renting and could not make any permanent changes. Next year I hope to complete my nativity set. As for the light bulbs in the side of the animals if you don't mind cutting into them a little bit here is what I would do. If they are like mine the power cord is attached to the socket internal to the blow mold with a notch to route it outside. Just don't route the wire back out the notch. Instead, drill a hole just big enough for the plug in the bottom and run the power cord through it instead. It would give you several more degrees of rotation ability with out showing the plate or cord as it is now a much lower profile with out a cable hanging out in the wind.

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    Thanks, I was very happy with how it turned out. I did drill a hole in the bottom of all of them so I could bolt them all to the floor of the stable. I thought trying what you said, but both the cow and the donkey have a big hole in the back and a big plastic disk that the socket mounts to. That disk isn't painted to match the rest of them, and I wasn't sure how to try painting those to match. I think over the summer I will just swap all of the figure right-for-left, so that all the sockets stay in the back. The worst part is that all my cords are cut to length and I'll have to redo those.
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    2014 - 208 Channels LOR, 6 E6804 (2311 pixels)
    2015 - 208 Channels LOR, 8 E6804, 1 Falcon F16V2, 4311 pixels, all controlled by xLights
    2016 - 160 Channels LOR, 7 E6804, 2 Falcon F16V2, 7227 pxels, all controlled by xLights
    2017 Goals:
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    2) Add 16 strings to Pixabulb Megatree
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    msiebri,

    So I have one question about your set up. Did you angle the manger downward a bit so that the viewers could better see Jesus? It looks like it is level, but it is always hard to tell such things in a photograph. I thought about doing something similar for mine, but decided to wait till I get all the pieces. After seeing yours I am glad I waited because I would not have made it any where near big enough. However I was thinking about trying to do something more similar to what a stable would have looked like in that part of the world at that time. I am still researching the area and period to determine what it would look like. I think I have an idea and it is not quite the traditional lay out that we have grown up with. That being said, I still think yours is beautiful. Very nice work, I hope that when I get around to doing one it looks half as good.

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    Default Re: Is this Nativity Scene too crowded?

    I bought all my figures from Bronners. The set with Mary Joseph and Jesus came with a flimsy black plastic manger. I threw that away and built my own out of 1x2s. I did cut the front legs shorter to try and angle it some, but it wasn't enough. That is another modification slated for this summer.

    Here is another question. I considered buying an angel figure to put on the top of the stable roof, but I couldn't find one I liked. Does anybody think that would be a good addition, or is it better without it?
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    2012 - 48 Channels LOR
    2013 - 144 Channels LOR, 3 E6804 (1200 pixels)
    2014 - 208 Channels LOR, 6 E6804 (2311 pixels)
    2015 - 208 Channels LOR, 8 E6804, 1 Falcon F16V2, 4311 pixels, all controlled by xLights
    2016 - 160 Channels LOR, 7 E6804, 2 Falcon F16V2, 7227 pxels, all controlled by xLights
    2017 Goals:
    1) Power Inject Arch Strips
    2) Add 16 strings to Pixabulb Megatree
    3) Add Topper to Pixabulb Megatree

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