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UFO Invasion at Area 51- 2.0

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If you are looking for something out of this world, you've come to the right place. These are the step-by-step instructions for building your own version of a full scale UFO Invasion at Area 51. It is a complete ground up redesign, rebuild and reboot of a Halloween display I had constructed a few years ago.

As always, the goal is to create a project that is highly realistic in a reasonable amount of time within a limited budget. My hope is that the results are reminiscent of a mini Universal Studios theme park attraction. I also want it to be durable, reusable, portable, able to set up by one person, and to take up a small amount of storage space. Since I have limited carpentry skills and only own basic tools, it shows that anyone can tackle this kind of build with a few weeks of spare time. Let me know if you have any questions.


 
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Step 1: Features

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The new and improved display includes a huge 13' wide by 9' tall lander with lighted cockpit dome, working engine exhaust, sound activated lasers and an emerging alien invasion force. There is a second 9' wide flying saucer which is 2/3 the scale of the mother craft (which hopefully makes it appear higher in the sky). It hovers, then lowers almost 7 feet before rising up again in sync with sounds effects. There are also two 30' lengths of landing lights blinking in a chase pattern bordering the runway. Finally, the scene is dressed with a custom Area 51 projected sign, yellow emergency beacon and green uplighting.

It's a giant leap forward compared to my static original display and it was really gratifying to do the overhaul to finally realize it's full potential.

 
Kitkat5412 months ago
Thanks ! Awesome set up ...... We do a huge Halloween party that keeps growing each year . This year the theme is space and this has definitely got our creative juices flowing !! Great job ! There is nothing better than a creative mind!!!!!
jerjod (author)  Kitkat5412 months ago
Thank YOU! Send pictures when you are done. I'd love to see it.
2010Area512 years ago
Absolutely awesome results! Way to go!
ThawedHead2 years ago
Another winner, Jerjod! Glad to see that you were able to improve upon an already cool set up!
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