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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby viking86 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:42 am

Awesome to see the big structure going up, looks great! Oh, and the station looks fantastic, great work! =)

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:36 pm

I am really happy. I recently discovered a couple of short cuts I can use to lay the Cyclone Racers sub track composite. Note that the model reflects the actual laminated on the bias boards. ESPECIALLY with the Airplane and all its spirals, this was no easy task.

But the Cyclone Racer is not quite so compact. My new process in making sub track cuts 70% off the time it used to, and does a much cleaner job. It also cut the time it takes to make the straight sub track by a little more than half!

I’m already out of little sticks for the track so I’ll just…have to work on something else.
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I started cutting through the center of the base of the turn around. This is where the station house will go.
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Placing headers to help hold the structure up once the station goes underneath.
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I now make the sub track off the structure. My fingers go from one end to the other making sharp little twists to give it that arc. Each run is 14” long and I can splice them together.
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Photo shows one almost-finished run of sub track spliced on to the extension.
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I make what I call, The Spine of Ties. They are set up 3’ apart on center, so I simply just lay and glue the ties on to the curved sub track, and remove the spine. That way, the ties are 3’ apart on center.
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On the left run, the next layer of laminated 2x2’s (with the bias in the opposite direction as the bottom) have been added.
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Another layer of boards are added on to the track and the catwalk boards are going in too.
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I was really NOT looking forward to sub tracking these two lower runs because it’s about 42” around. BUT since I have my track making short cut, it won’t be bad at all. In fact…
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See the sub track sitting in the little troughs I made to keep them equally spaced while I put on the ties.
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I did all this in one day! Swiiiiish!
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Swoooosh!
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Glam shot 1
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Glam shot 2
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:07 pm

The coaster is coming along well enough now so I’m feeling like I can sort of ramp up the promotion for my project and raise some more money. I’m working on a little brochure I can hand out to people too afraid to come up and ask me directly while I’m working.

At this point I’m making a little progress every day but at the end of each day it doesn’t look too different than it did in the morning.
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I ran out of track material so while I was waiting a week for a shipment, I started making bents and section for what will be the exit from the north u-turn and the lower midcourse brake run.
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In a post from about a year ago, I mentioned I would be placing pins in the plastic to look like bolts in all the joints. After I did that with the prototype section and found it compromised rather than strengthened the structural integrity of the plastic.

So instead, I’m using a dremel to dot a tiny hole that I rub over with paint for this result. But I will still put pins in where the ledgers attach.
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A new photo I found of this angle. I need all the help I can get to get this lower sweep of track just right.
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New track material finally arrived. I started laying layer #3 on the left side while the track on the right inspires.
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Racing track. Catwalks too. I wonder if workmen ever challenged each other on foot over the catwalks?
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Lining up new sub track for the mid brakes and the dip after.
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A POV shot, testing to see if I need more ‘dirt and grease’ added.
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I think I got that lower sweep of track right on!
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More racing track
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All this built since mid-July!
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What it looks like in my work space at home
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Glam shot!

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:01 pm

Hello fans

Thanks for the large viewings of this thread and its photos.

I’m still trying to fund this project and I’m wondering if I can do that by selling a few.

Does anyone think some of the more artsy photos will be sellable to anyone, such as a poster, specifically coaster fans of course?

Maybe I’ll post a few and people can vote so I can get an idea of what people like?

I’ve been mostly working on track. It’s a good thing I shortened the process because…it’s sure time consuming.

Good news is this section took only two months in its entirety. The turn-around on the opposite end is a little larger and probably not as complicated as this end in spite of their being SIX runs of track and the switch rack.

I will probably work on that part during next summer’s vacation.

That gives be 8 months to do the in-between. That is mostly just tangent runs and those are a snap!

Tonight I begin attempting to fit it over the station. Wish me luck.
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The tracking is complete on this end.
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Twice as hard and twice as fun.
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Racing trains would be heading towards you.
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This is an example of what I was talking about ‘artsy’
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Another glam shot. I really like this effect of placing this on a mirror and shining a bright light into it.
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Last night I cut off all the posts that would be in the way of the station house. That is a strong suspension, I was a little worried about that.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby Dombot » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:44 pm

Just found this thread, and holy crap, your attention to detail is amazing. I really wish I had this kind of patience. Amazing work!! :lover:
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:44 pm

Dombot, thanks. I hope you weather the storms all right.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:34 pm

In commemoration for today, the 49th anniversary of the Cyclone Racer's last day of operation.
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The end of the Cyclone Racer. The North end to be more specific lol.
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Last time I think I left us with a photo of a shot of a big hole in the middle of my turn around. I finally got the guts and tried setting it on top of the station house to test how it will fit.
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The initial setting was good, the only difficulty was keeping track of all post clearings at one time.
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I still need a good break from this section. I need to finish the inside of the station house before I can secure the roof before I can permanently affix the turn around. It sounds like a lot to do, and it might be, but I hope it’s not.
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So in the mean time I weaved together more sub track for the exit out of the u turn.
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Underside shot of how it’s supposed to look.
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Topside shot, obviously.
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The midcourse brake area before adding the mechanics
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The midcourse brake area after adding all the mechanics
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Pictorial update.
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:15 am

Your attention to detail is amazing. I wish I had half as much patience as you!!

Keep up the great work. The model is looking amazing!!
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:12 pm

The third annual Maker Faire is coming to Balboa Park 10/7 -8. Of course I’m working on having a certain part of the model Cyclone Racer finished by then. Jeepers, that’s only one week!

Since the last time…
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I’ve made a messy stack of bents that will support the remainder of the drop coming off the flat turn around over the Cyclone Racer sign, and the adjacent ramp up to the mid-coarse brake run.
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Neating up the pile
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Evenly spacing the bents while up on their side gives a nice flat look.
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Installing ribbons
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The lower left portion (with temporary track on it) is the new section
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Putting on the base for the real track.
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Layer #5 is the ‘lip’ under which the train’s up-stop plates would fit. Two more layers of track will be applied here. The track next to that is up to the third layer of 2x2s set on the bias.
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Thought I’d try a night shot.
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Posts are cut for the opposite side of the flat turnaround. You can see the shape of the upper and lower runs of track.
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Basically, what you see is what I hope to have finished by Maker Faire.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:38 pm

It’s my birthday today! I thought I’d post early just cuz of that.

This weekend is Maker Faire!

I will also be raising more funds to continue work on the model
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Last weekend I tried using mahogany shelving paper to lay on what will be the model’s permanent base. I like the contrast of the darker base and later, can suggest that it’s a pier. I suck at spreading shelving paper, I think I can get that wrinkle out with some heat.
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This section is overlaid with the drawing of the station house and both J turns to make sure it will align properly.
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Brake sleds installed on the midcourse brake run.
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Art shot
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