This display consists of (2) snowmen and a series of snowballs
and, when animated, creates the illusion of snowball fight. We
created wood templates that have plastic fencing attached to
them. This allowed for easy wrapping of the rope light, which was
used. The pictures below show all the details.
As seen here, 1x2 spruce has been screwed
together, with plywood triangles at the four corners to stabilize the
frame. Plastic chain-link fence was stapled to the frame where
ropelight was later attached using nylon ties. We opted for this
method to save the hassles of dealing with steel. It also allows
greater flexibility, because at any time, the rope light can easily be
re-located on the fencing.
Testing the overall operation and making
decisions on proper body proportions, etc. We decided to use
ropelight throughout the display and shown here, is the "face splat".
This is the display undergoing more
testing. If you take a close look, you can see the "snowballs"
scattered all over the place as we were testing the proper placement
for the best effect.
A lot of tie wraps where used to fix the
rope light to the fencing.
Andrew is creating the hats on the
snowman. Notice there are 2 hats. The top hat is normally
"on" when the snowmen are lit, but when the snowman gets hit in the
face, the top hat goes "off", while the "falling" hat goes "on".
This gives the illusion
of the hat falling back on the snowman while the "splat" is lit up on
Finally complete, the display was setup
outside. The entire display spans about 20' wide and the frames
are tie-wrapped to fence posts driven into
the ground. It's not the most beautiful site in the day, but
certainly comes alive when dusk arrives. We thought about
painting the wood to blend in, but figured that it will eventually dull
a natural grey and, therefore, willl not require re-painting in the
This is the channel box that powers the
display. After all that hard work, it feels like the snowmen are
having their graduation announcements made when I flick the
power switch on for the first time. For more info on this box, check
out the "Channel boxes" section.