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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:10 pm

Another recognition honor at my 3rd year at the Annual Maker Faire.
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My blue ribbon and I at the Maker Faire
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The portion of the model that was displayed at the faire.
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Handmade sheets of catwalk and track base.
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I was watching 2 Broke Girls the other night (guilty pleasure). One of the characters, Max, was chewing on a candy necklace and that reminded me that I once used a candy necklace for footings on a model I did in 1985 of the Belmont coaster.
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So I broke a few necklaces and spray painted them brown.
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I thought this was clever. While most people get the joke, very few REALLLLY get the joke.
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The newest addition is the basic frame for the lead to the U-turn over the station house (r) and the beginning of the final lap (l).
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The newest portion being fitted for track.
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With the newest portion added
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Designing the profile for the next section to be built, hill #5 that carves under and through the lift hills. This area is going to be cross-over hell madness
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:54 pm

Track making, and building the flanks entering and exiting the flat turn over the station house.
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Ugh. Time to weave some coaster track.
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The big hill in the middle is the new track. The adjacent run on the right is about to get some.
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Subtrack on the right
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A good shot of the under the track
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A show and tell section of track that people can handle. I made it for the Maker Faire but lost it until recently.
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Okay, here are a couple arty ones
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As of Wednesday, three sections before you.
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Not pictured: The station house and lift hills
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Here are a few shots to fool your friends in a “guess the coaster” quiz
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The hill buried way under the lift hill will be the next section to be built. It is REALLY buried inside and under the lift hill so it's hard to 'get in' there for a good view. Stay tuned for how I have figured out how to figure it out.
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:08 pm

Trying to dissect the bulky middle portion of the Cyclone Racer, including the lift hills, the slicing hill, over the entrance to the brake run. Footings, some art shots of Airplane:
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I simplified the plan for the midsection of the Cyclone and colored each path starting with the upper portion dominating over lower paths.
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Here is the area I'm trying to reassemble. You can see two hill tops that seem to appear buried under the lift hill, but it's the one
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I’m going to make a mini-test version. So I use plastic sticks to stick into where each vertical posts would touch the ground. The posts that wouldn’t touch the ground (or they would pierce the track) are colored red.
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The red posts I know have to have some kind of header that will have to support it. Figuring out which posts are used to support other posts looks very challenging.
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The best source for this area is a shaky, but nice, POV footage used in the 1964 Cult classic, "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Died and Became Mixed Up Zombies."
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For the supports that cannot be discovered in any clear photo of film frame, my best educated guess will have to do. And from someone familiar with Fred Church’s tricks, that will be a real bona fide educated guess.
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I added the black horizontal ledgers per the ones that I can see in the photos.
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When I link two sections together, splicing the track will be really easy compared to how I was doing it on the Airplane.
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Adding footings. Most of my work for the next three weeks will be affixing all three sections on to the station house base. That is one of the lift hills. This section with footings will overlap the lift hill.
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When I link two sections together, splicing the track will be really easy compared to how I was doing it on the Airplane.
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Test fitting the opposite side. In the foreground is the hill that leads up to the turnaround.
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A little cleanup is necessary but otherwise, very close with the film frame below.
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From "Strike Me Pink."
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I love this one
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You can expect to see this shot again once I add the handrails
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A couple of Airplane photos
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All the glue I’ve used thus far
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:14 pm

Station house detail shots, and what I call 'the gear box' actually, the sprocket wheel at the turning point of the lift chain.
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The bottom of one of the lift hills. Here is where I need to install some sort of home for the bottom return wheel for the drag chain.
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So I started by making a little gear thingy. While the bottom wheel probably had a groove, I think my cog wheel will be just fine.
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Then I made a couple of boxes. I tried to make them look like they've been in use for about 10 years
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All this trouble and NOBODY is going to see it except for my followers!!
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I LOVE my brake handle. The foot catch is an accidental shaving of plastic as is the little hand grasp.
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Prior and Church transfer tables always had nicely carved levers.
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Drama
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The train release handles
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Handrails down the exit stairway
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A little funny photo of me playing inside the station. “Everyone hold on!!”

This photo (if you look way in the back, the red side rails wobble) caused me to rethink how my side rails alongside the station line up. They don’t to my satisfaction so
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back to the drawing board.
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Much much better. Time to paint.
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby parkjunkie » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:57 am

Ive said it before and I'll say it again... INCREDIBLE! You're incredible attention to detail and making sure every inch, down to the tiniest detail is just amazing. Incredible work, keep it up, can't wait to see the final masterpiece!

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:36 pm

Getting recognized for my research into old historic roller coasters and bringing them back so all may see just now beautiful they were and for my contribution of those models to the National Roller Coaster Museum with an ACE honorary membership! Also recognized for guaranteeing the Giant Dipper would not be torn down.
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What an honor. Jerry Willard was the presenter. Host John Gerard is the one with the long beard.
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I heard ACE has been meaning to give this to me since the spring but I never appear at any cost-prohibitive ACE events. This timing makes it my best Christmas present! Now, on to Cyclone Racer:
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Finally, finally, FINALLY attached the roof on to the station house.
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These are random shots that I won’t be able to get once I add the U turn.
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Approach to lift hill B.
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Underside of station house
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The bottom wheel for the chain
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Some artsy ones
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Some artsy ones
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Approach to the station
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Oh lookie! I think I made the train chassis about a year ago. Finally took them off the shelf.
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These make me think of macaroni shells as they feel just like them.
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Cyclone Racer trains were near exactly like the ones that used to run on Playland’s Dragon.
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Chug chug
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Ghost train skidding home.
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One area I want to be really careful with tracking curves like this – I’ve been a little afraid to start. Laying curved track can affect the structure because of the collective bending of the laminates so I'm using part of a chain off of Ghostrider for a good weight.
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Not too bad. I’m satisfied that each side looks the same.
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Perfect.
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I showed this to someone at the party and he thought it was the real thing. I didn't know he thought that until I was showing someone else.
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Not only the banking, but the elevation too. It was tricky getting that subtle little hump going down from around the curve into that low dip.
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Fred Church was a genius
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:31 pm

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Cutting sticks against profile design.
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The final dip before leaping up to the brakes. The tall supports are to help support upper structure. The bent with the 3 clothes pins is the bottom part of the tallest lift hill bent.
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Did a little paint job on the cars.
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:32 pm

LONG OVERDUE UPDATE SOON
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Sub track made and ready to lay!
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Beautiful fit.
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This picture is proof, that even on areas that are in the deepest bowels within the wood structure, I spared no attention to detail, even laminating the mid-layer of track that nobody will ever see.
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Track layers creeping up into the final brake section
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Then I built the next layer of structure above – that hill in the middle of the ride that zig zags under the left hills.
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And I took that part and did a test fit over the low part.
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More lift hill bents. The tallest six bents have been built.
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And added. This is only the East lift hill. 6 duplicate bents are built, not shown.
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I set everything where it should set and added the supporting headers. To double check my accuracy, I took this shot to get an initial comparison to the real one. Until after I post this, I haven’t done that comparison. Note that the stacks of structure are not connected and still come apart in three pieces, accounting for some sticks that look like they're leaning.
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My handrails are notched around the lateral cross braces. Again, only people seeing this photo will see this deep in the ride.
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Also while on vacation, I created a little more space in my work corner along with some rearranging of my living room.
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The unexpected outcome was a nice roller coaster shadow on my wall!

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue May 08, 2018 1:01 pm

Hi everyone,

First of all I want to dedicate this post to my best friend, Dan Reed, who was crossing a clearly marked intersection and was hit and killed by an errant driver last January right after his 50th birthday. Ironically, while I'm really passionate and eager to educate people to the dangers of distracted driving, so goes the same for distracted walking. He was probably looking at his phone and stoned out of his gourd, the driver was still at fault.

There hasn't been a post on here since then, I guess I was affected beyond what I thought.

Well, below is an update on the building of the model Cyclone Racer. It's coming along fantastic and this may be enough photos to warrant two separate postings.
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R.I.P. my best friend Dan Reed whose photo sits on what was his favorite chair when he came to visit. Okay, on to the Cyclone Racer.
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Last we left, I had the main northern third including the station house, near completion. Here are the starts of the next main portion including the dip up into the brakes, part of the first drop, the nice round hill buried under the lift hills, two portions of that visible as well.
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Buuzzzzzz, tap tap tap, saw saw, hammer hammer. Almost looks like a real construction at first as it begins to piece together.
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The next part to figure out and build is the valley of the first drop where it dives under the valley of the second drop. LOTS of mixing it up in this area.
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So first thing I did was build a 1/2 scale (from the model scale) rough over the plan so I could get 3D visual so I could better figure out how the bents and headers were designed.
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Moving from mock-up to actual model, that area under the first drop is very heavy in terms of timber concentration!
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The rise up to the third hill is ready to install. But not yet.
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Lift hill tracks made for the crest over the lift and down the first drop.
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Slapped that track right on there.
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I stopped doing professional style drawings. Notes and sketches are all I really need.
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The next few are shots I took this weekend when Gary Kyriazi came to visit me. He wrote, "The Great American Amusement Parks" book in 1976. This book is responsible for dying the coaster fever into my wool.
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All the gaps are not filled in yet.
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Good night. Until next time.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby SixFlagsAstroworld » Wed May 09, 2018 5:07 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a friend :(

I’m glad you’re still working on this project! It’s looking great! :br Can’t wait for the next update!
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