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GINORMAS Holiday reindeer aka Rudolph

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Hey everyone!

Happy Holidays 2011!

I seen this design in a pattern catalog that I received in the mail.
I thought, I can build that!

So, rather then buy the plans, I have Sketchup and thought I would try and design it myself.
Broaden my Sketchup skills.
I did post my Sketchup model here:
Sketchup Reindeer


You can PURCHASE the plans here:
The Winfield Collection GINORMAS Reindeer

I am no way affiliated with that company.

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Step 1: Materials needed to build the reindeer

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Materials needed:

6 Sheets 4' x 8' 3/4" plywood
Jigsaw
Oribital sander (or your muscles)

Paint (color of choice, I choose white)
Primer
Red spray paint

2 turnbuckles
1/8" guy wire (50')
8 guy wire clamps
4 anchor hooks
4 screw eyes
Corner brackets and screws

Saw horses (to hold the plywood, while cutting)

Xmas lights of your choice
I choose red and white.
Red of course, for the nose!

Step 2: Transfering the design to the plywood

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You could free hand draw the Deer, but I preferred to use my trusty overhead projector.
That way, I get everything in correct proportions.

Get the Sketchup file and convert it to vectors. (you will need the Pro version of Sketchup)
Once you have the vectors printed.
I made a transparency with my laser copier.
Then I projected it onto the plywood.
I used a pencil to outline the deer parts.

If you do not have Sketchup Pro, you can use the .jpg above.
Just make copies from that, or trace it out with a vector program.
You could grid it out, too!

Now onto the next step...
skrubol2 years ago
Hope the curve in pic 5 is the lens and not the roof..
Greasetattoo (author)  skrubol2 years ago
yeah, that happend when I stitched all the photos together.
Took about 6 photos to make that big photo!
Bubbler2 years ago
Yeah, Yeah, nah. We have strong winds coming through here, and I wouldn't like my roof pulled away like a sleigh. It is a good Instructable though, and maybe I could reduce it and put "spots" on the deer in the form of holes to allow the the wind to pass right through it. I would love to see your deer in real life, but we live too far apart. LOL
Carleyy2 years ago
WOW! This project is no joke, its HUGE!! Great work!
Greasetattoo (author)  Carleyy2 years ago
Thanks for you comment!

Have a great Holiday!
nerd122 years ago
the instant i saw this i thought- wow that is a good snowdeer. but i later notices the flatness. is it possible to use the deer like a skeleton and cover it with snow. then all will be saying - god how do you get it to stand up
Greasetattoo (author)  nerd122 years ago
suppose you could make a skeleton and cover with some cloth or something.
Happy Holidaze!
HEY YOU2 years ago
Nicely Done

Now that Rudolf is done all you need are Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen - don't forget Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen! - A Giant Sleigh for Santa and Merry Christmas!!!!

Great Job - Great Instructable!!

I will probably make one a bit smaller for my daughter's doll...


Cheers
Greasetattoo (author)  HEY YOU2 years ago
thanks for the kind words!

Happy Holidays!
jaydoo982 years ago
Where is the jpg? How about a template file in pdf? Lifesize or with inch marks so that scale can be maintained.
Greasetattoo (author)  jaydoo982 years ago
The .jpg is in step 3. All to scale.
Just blow up the .jpg to the size you want.

I also included the Sketchup model, which you can download from Google 3Dwarehouse.

I did now want to publish the vectors for copyright issues.

Hope this helps.
Glad you liked it, and don't forget to give me a vote!

Happy Holidays!
hammer98762 years ago
Well, that does help explain how the reindeer can pull the sleigh with Santa and all the toys for the good boys and girls all over the world. Eight tiny reindeer, humphf! More like NINE GINORMAS reindeer. Or is it "ginormous"?

Anyway, it's big deer!
GarageGuru2 years ago
Great work! I'm hoping to build one for next year. I'm sure our neighbors will "enjoy" it ;)
l8nite2 years ago
that is AWESOME ! My holiday is Halloween but this had me thinking hmmmm.. unfortunately its not in the budget