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I LOVED the end result! Cool plants, cool moving lights on the saucer, and let's face it only the space station flying overhead might have seen the alien eye if it had ended up on the roof (sure that was an addition once it landed back on the ground)! May not have been what you envisioned but it came out really really cool and that eye really elevated the saucer to a new level!

As for didn't go as planned, probably we have all been there. Had some of those "what the heck was I thinking" moments this year with what should have been a very simple painting project. I personally have always admired those that have done roof projects and certainly not something for the faint of heart. I was almost afraid to see if the saucer wasn't going to go sliding off the roof and really crash into your lawn. Glad that didn't happen. Wonder if you had some venting going on in it's construction if the wind (be it on the roof or on the ground) wouldn't have played so much with the saucer material.

Well you certainly turned out something to be very proud of and I bet was fun to stand on the road and watch. Oh and BTW, loved the alien costuming. Those masks were so unique and out-of-this-world!
 

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The lights around the saucer are killer. How were they created?
The lights were LED strings called Cosmic Ribbon from Light-o-Rama. To be honest, I was way over my head with these lights. I could do some very basic manipulations, but, fortunately, the software had a feature to automatically generate a sequence to go with an audio file. The Close Encounters sequence was a computer-generated creation.

To others: Thanks for the kind comments. I really wanted the saucer to be crashed into the roof both for the challenge of it and because I wanted the lights to continue to circle through the bedroom below the "crash." That would have been cool.
 

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Wow..... you sure did put alot of time into design and construction of your props.... that all equals to quality made and more stable
props. Your lighting is top notch and the star of the show imo. Man what a setup, the bubbles and plants are a great add. Thanks
for posting. I love seeing stuff like this. Very motivational. :)
 

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What a Great Yard setup and video! We believe may have seen your older Crashed Saucer setup which help us to create our smaller version for on top of our garage. The wife also wanted and added the Close Encounters of the Third Kind tune was played in the background. You did a great job and thank you for the inspiration for our UFO setup!
 

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It's quite amazing-- every bit of it! Great work on the saucer! While I can visualize how impressive it would have been to keep the lights in sequence from inside the house, I bet a lot of TOT's enjoyed being able to get a closer look from their own level.
The costumes turned out beautifully, too. Those printed masks are wonderful.
 

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I am not much of an alien person either, but oh my gosh I just loved this! I remember watching black-and-white alien horror movies movies that scared the crap out of me when I was a kid, and this brought me right back there. Your TOTs must have been absolutely giddy!!!!
Like GoS said, most of us have LOTS of things that don't go as planned or how we envisioned them but that's OK, only you knew what was your original vision was. Everyone else sees wonder, creativity, and is amazed. Be PROUD it turned out super.
 

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Oh this is pretty AMAZING actually!! What a unique concept! VERY COOL.

I am completely familiar with all those little failures while trying to take something I have in my mind, and build it to put into my yard. haha
You did a FANTASTIC job. It is way more than 'good enough'. It's pretty fantastic.

Thank you for sharing.
 

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I think it all turned out amazing !
The saucer looks great in the yard and I can't picture it looking any better on the roof.
I love the giant eyeball, too!

Don't knock yourself---- it's outstanding!
 
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