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    Default How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Below is a detailed drawing and assembly instructions for The Walter Star. Please note two files are below. Please read both the assembly drawing AND instructions. The drawing is for the gable mount ONLY. The reverse gable mount base examples are shown in the instructions only.
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    -bethlehem-star..pdfWalter's Star assembly and cut list rev2a.pdf
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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Did a 2/3 size Walter's Bethelhem Star today. It is 52 inches tall, and I hope it will be the right size to go on the garage. Now I just need my lights to come in get them installed and I will know for sure on the size.

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    Thanks Al for posting the detailed drawing! I've altered mine slightly but almost finished it today. I did a test run this evening and it looks great.

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    Great. At one of the TASL meetings, we talked about doing a tour of lights this year. Maybe we can put you on it too.
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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Ahhhh. I don't know about that. I'm still relatively static this year, just some cheap flashers etc. My goal is to get a 32 channel LOR for next year. Maybe then I'll have the beginnings of something to look at. I just appreciate everyones help.

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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    I built my Bethlehem Star using attached drawings. I painted star white and bracket holding it black. I still have to come up with idea on how to construct mounting bracket. My star will sit in a pick of a roof facing street.
    I might just use 3/4 electrical conduit, it's cheap. I can flatted it in places where will be bolted together.

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    Dariusz, we have a prototype "saddle" holder for my house that is not on the drawing. I could photograph it and send it to you. Your star looks great.
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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Great. If you don't mind, can you replay to this post or e-mail me at bartkiewicz@yahoo.com
    I'm better at copying than creating.
    Thanks

    Dariusz

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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Sure Dariusz. I'll try to get to it on Monday. We modified the "saddle" bracket to accommodate the other style gable.

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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    How many channels do you guys usually use on one of these. I wish I had gotten more involved in that group build you all did last summer, Instead I stood around drooling with my thumb up my butt.
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    I understand there are 3 channels in the star. One for the main star and one each for the different parts behind the main star and the starbursts.
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    I used 5 channels. 1-Inner star with 100 mini bulbs, 2-top, 3-right and 4-left with 35 mini bulbs in each and 5-bottom with 50 mini bulbs.

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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Instructions now reflect a reverse gable mount base. The assembly drawing is only for a gable mount base. I included a few photos of my star which is a reverse gable mount base.
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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Very nice Al. That is one I want to build.

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    Default Re: How to build Walter's Bethlehem Star

    Thanks Gary. It isn't hard to build. We had a stainless steel table (that belongs to Walter's mom that I haven't returned yet) as a welding table. I drew a big + down the center of the table to help square up the joints, and it really helped. The base is really well made too. It survived very heavy winds this year with no rocking or problems. I took my time and painted it with Rustoleum paint to match the roof, and it was hardly noticeable in the daylight.

    I plan to publish a Bang Star soon too.
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