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More info on building a whale...moved here to consolidate the topic...

Posted August 03, 2005

For any of you out there that have built the large blow-up whale...about how long does it take to put together? Say with around 6 to 8 people working on it?

Posted August 04, 2005

We made it this summer and it took us two nights, probably 5 hours or so all together. The hardest part was interpreting the directions, and we used 10' wide black and white plastic, but it is all well worth the time and effort. A couple of ideas that might help you:

  • It helps to have several folks that can crawl around on the floor for a long time to do the taping!
  • We had to scale ours down as we only had about 42 feet available.
  • You should also have your fan there as you make it. It helps to see what needs to be retaped, etc.

We got lots of coverage in our local newspapers. I just emailed the religion editor and told her what we were doing for VBS and she came right out with a photographer. I am now known city-wide as the "whale lady!" We used ours as a storytelling center for the Jonah story. We have a Bible Story teller in our congregation and she did a great job.

  • We also made a sort of frame from pvc pipe for the inside to maximize sitting space.
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