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« on: April 03, 2009, 09:25:02 am »

I built this last year and never took the time to post pictures.  It is a 25' diagonal 4:3 ratio screen. I bought a cheap welder and welded the frame from square tubing.(first welding project) I bought banner material from a local sign shop and attached to it.  It is really windy here in Texas ,at times, so I made it lay down out of the wind.  After I completed it, I realized it made a pretty good tracter cover.


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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009, 10:16:46 am »

Pure genius!  Movie screen and tractor shelter in one.

My only criticism would be:

1.  Format - I would have made it 16:9.  But that's just me.
2.  Height - I think the lower border is too close to the ground.  With a screen that large, you could host a very large gathering.  However, with the bottom of the screen so close to the ground folks behind the first row will have their view obstructed.  I would have designed it so the bottom of the screen is at least 5' off the ground.

Clearly, these are just my personal preferences.  You should be extremely proud of this unique design and construction.  I don't recall ever seeing one like it.  Cool.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009, 02:58:00 pm »

1.  Format - I would have made it 16:9.  But that's just me.

That's assuming your tractor is in 16:9 format!   Wink

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009, 04:31:24 pm »

I quit.  You win.   Grin

Seriously cool.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009, 07:52:33 pm »

Welcome aboard, outdoorlvr.  Very cool multi-purpose design!!  And a cool hideout for the kids to boot.

Makes me want to get to work on the solar array/screen...

Thanks for posting your design.  Nicely done.

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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2009, 11:10:53 pm »

Pure genius!  Movie screen and tractor shelter in one.

My only criticism would be:

1.  Format - I would have made it 16:9.  But that's just me.
2.  Height - I think the lower border is too close to the ground.  With a screen that large, you could host a very large gathering.  However, with the bottom of the screen so close to the ground folks behind the first row will have their view obstructed.  I would have designed it so the bottom of the screen is at least 5' off the ground.

Clearly, these are just my personal preferences.  You should be extremely proud of this unique design and construction.  I don't recall ever seeing one like it.  Cool.
O.K.  Thank you for the criticism.  Let's walk through it.  The 16:9 ratio:   Is it not that but better?  The maximum length the square tubing came in was 20'.  So I made it 20' wide.  If I would have made it the 16:9 it would still be 20' wide but only 11.25' high. (raise the movie to the top of the screen)  O.K. 5' off the ground, there you go, cut off the existing 4'(to get the 20x11) and isn't it 16:9 and 5' off the ground?  So are you saying you would have made it smaller?

We play GUITAR HERO which is 4:3 ratio.  It will fill the entire screen up and our sound system will wake the dead.(It is unbelievablable!)  We stand up to JAM!!!  On a 16:9 screen GUITAR HERO it would only be 11.25' tall and 15' wide.  That sucks!  Why not go big?
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2009, 10:07:22 pm »

Sounds like you have exactly what you want.  Certainly, its your design for what you want to do with it and I think its masterful. 

For my use, 16:9 makes more sense as we mainly do movies.  Not a big GH guy. 

Enjoy, my friend.  You did good.
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2009, 03:38:11 pm »

Very cool! Can you show a closeup of the swiveling deivce to go from horizontal to vertical

Victor
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2009, 03:41:22 pm »

BTW, some were commenting that the screen bottom should be at least 5ft above the ground. Well, you've already accomplished it. Watching a 16:9 image with the top of the image lined up with the top of the screen, the bottom of the screen is about 5ft (20x11.5) above the ground by default.

Happy viewing

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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2009, 10:17:31 pm »

WOW!

What a fantastic design.  I wish we had the room for something like that here.

Bravo!

Lance
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