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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:39 pm

I suppose the reason I skip around working on different parts of the model instead of working on and finishing one part is because I might have ADD or I do it to prevent boredom. The result though, is a pot pourri of photos. So with that being said…
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As I mentioned prior, I was going to link all the sections that I have built thus far on one single base. This was the result.
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I started trimming tall posts that I don’t need. I left them all tall until I figured out which ones are needed to help support the upper structure. Not nearly as much as I expected survived.
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This is a template for the supports for the roof trusses. I used vapor rub to keep the glue from sticking to the template. I could have used Vaseline but I didn’t have any.
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I need to make 22 of these…and then put lights on.
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Where they would fit.
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Speaking of the hundreds of light bulbs under the roof, I discovered certain lighting effects can make the clear beads glow like lights.
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The exit.
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At some point later in the Cyclone Racer’s life, the storage track for the trains was walled in. For a while I was hemming and hawing over whether to recreate the wall because it so dominated the interior so I thought of making the wall about 1/3 it’s actual length.
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Looking down the lift hill
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The back of the station house. I have yet to add the operator’s booths and other facilities that hide back here.
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Artsy shot of the lead to the lift hill.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby SixFlagsAstroworld » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:57 pm

The Cyclone Racer is really starting to look like the actual coaster! I can't wait to see the next update! Keep up the great work!
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby G Force » Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:00 am

Really starting to shape up now, I wish you luck going forward.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:33 pm

Thanks everyone. To answer a question about LED lighting in the station, I would rather be more experienced with that type of work. So many times I've been adventurous about similar things only to have them ruin my project (non coaster related). I'd rather wait until I'm experienced before dabbling in that although having someone else do it for me is not out of the question.

Fred Church's patented roller coaster track, like the Giant Dipper and Cyclone Racer, was mostly comprised of laminated 2x2s, especially around corners because it's hard to bend a 2x8 laterally. Pictured is an actual 2x2 next to its scaled counterpart.
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Pictured is an actual 2x2 next to its scaled counterpart.
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Fred Church's patented roller coaster track, like the Giant Dipper and Cyclone Racer, was mostly comprised of laminated 2x2s, especially around corners because it's hard to bend a 2x8 laterally.
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Another feature of a lot of Fred Church coasters, was a craftsman style passenger entrance/exit divider that doubled as a shelf to keep valuables. The tapered corners were made of thin tongue and groove wood wedges. Over zealous workmen destroyed the one that used to be on the Giant Dipper.
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The Cyclone Racer had a pair of them flanking the exit stairs, but retrieving goods was much simpler given the open ports.
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Oh, and my miniature recreation of them.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:46 pm

I’m just about finished with the station house. It’s just the fine railings alongside the entrance ramp, and some touch ups here and there. The roof is built and while it fits on top of the station, for the time being it’s still going to be removable until I add the horseshoe curve over top of it.

As of today I am back to making bents that will add more height to the lift hills.
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Last time we saw photos of the dividers that separate the loading and unloading halves of the station. Here they are against a photo of the real shot. This was taken right after my last post and since this picture some improvements were made.
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Real Cyclone – of course you can tell the difference, I’m not done yet.
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Evergreen Plastics not only make sticks and tubes, but sheet plastic as well. I got some clapboard siding from which I made this wall and window.
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The room configuration of side A. I’m not sure what they actually were, I just recreate what I see in the photos of the original.
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The incline on the left is the lift hill with the engine and reduction wheel room underneath.
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Side A back room configuration, based on what I can barely see in photos.
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Probably a little premature to post a photo like this, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to recreate this shot when the station front is actually finished, so here’s a sneak peek during construction. The wayward horizontal beams are helping me keep the part square so the roof will simply slide right on in.
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I used what I call the Beaver shot as it was a still from “Leave it to Beaver” that really aided me in figuring out this area.
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Beaver shot (you can see Wally trying to fade in)
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Station with roof. First trial, I think I’m going to add a second layer of sheet plastic for added sturdiness.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:55 pm

Time goes so fast. Hope everyone had a nice 4th.

I spent almost the entire day working on this. The perfect way to enjoy a holiday.

When I began to make the more permanent pieces for this model, it was around the beginning of the year. It’s already July!
Stage 1 is VERY near completion and the following are up to date photos of the progress. I’m hoping the hardest part is over as it did take a while to stitch the whole station house together just using photos.

When it is done I’ll dive right in and start building bents and erecting the horseshoe curve that runs over the station house. As for the rest of the structure, outside of some complicated cross-overs, I don’t see why it shouldn’t go relatively quickly. This is far more simplistic than all those spirals on the Airplane!

The next batch of photos, I hope to have added all the miscellaneous station house fixtures. After that the roof will go and the rest of the details around the existing lift hills.
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Ready to stitch together some bents.
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Test photo of where they’ll go.
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The Side B operators booth, outside
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Side A is finished with the maintenance steps and railings. What that little white box thing is between the tracks is up for debate. In this shot of the real one, it looks like a wringer for maybe drying out shop rags. In the box could be kept a tub of rags. Another theory is it is a place to keep sand as the crew often had to throw sand on the skids.
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The real...whatever it is. Any ideas?
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This section is 4’ long, 2’ wide. Next phase will be adding all the superstructure in this area.
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Who doesn’t love a good twinsy?
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Duel lift hills
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POV from lift hill to the brakes into the station. Adding catwalks up the lifts are my next step. You can also see the track layering on the right.
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Just an areal view.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:29 pm

One hour to go until things wrap up here tonight at San Diego Pride fest where I had a booth promoting roller coaster history preservation. Here are some recent photos, enjoy. Oh I have a go Fund Me account. Go Fund Me search Model Cyclone Racer
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Next step:. Add the horseshoe curve across the top.
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Finally added light bulbs on the trim over the moniker.
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Bents for the 180 degree horseshoe curve over that sits on the station.
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Sign
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Happy stack o' bents.
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Cutting banked ledgers.
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Airplane is on display at festival. Cyclone Racer in the background.
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Looking down to the brakes from the lift.
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Artsy shot

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby G Force » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:08 am

Fantastic stuff, love the level of detail.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:27 am

Hello MCR fans!

I may have mentioned that I hadn’t planned on permanently affixing the roof to the station house, until I’m ready to place the structure of the horse shoe turn over top.

It’s a good thing. I had a really good conversation this weekend with Larry Osterhoudt, the man trying to have the actual Cyclone Racer rebuilt. He pointed me in the direction of a couple more MOVIES that have a shot of the racer in them, one has really good interior shots of the station that shows all the signs. So here is this of movies:

Strike Me Pink (1936)
Laurel and Hardy – The Dance Masters (1943)
Abbot and Costello in Hollywood (1945)
Beast From 20000 Fathoms (1953)
Gorilla at Large (1954)
Jeanne Eagles (1957)
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies (1964)

I also may have mentioned about theming the model. As the Airplane is supposed to be a replica of a famous coaster in an abandoned state, “The Famous Coaster From Hollywood” may be the Racer’s theme with different parts showing scene reenactments.

This past week I began to raise the bents for the horseshoe curve. I’m going to be doing 1/3 at a time and when all three sections are done, I’ll add them over the station house.
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My Binder O’ Bents enables me to safely transport a section of bents around so I can detail each one before erecting wherever I am. They flip just like pages.
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This is a new thing. This is my anchor. It’s a map of the layout of this section laid over Styrofoam. The anchor is secured to the base and I will clip the bents on. Note the banked ledgers below…those are actually the mold for building the sub track which gets moved to across the top of the bents. It’s just easier this way, than to build it on the structure. I’m so clumsy.
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Another new thing…I put these marked ‘spacers’ on to make everything perfectly upright before I start putting on any ribbon boards.
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Friend took this shot.
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First third of the turn is near done.
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Weeeeeee
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Next third is on its way!

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:06 pm

The last few weeks I've been concentrating on the North u-turn, the one over the Station House. I'm encouraged that from building bents to this point only took 1 month and the turns are the hardest. The straight long runs will be much simpler. Right now this turn is in three sections, I'll join them together when it's time to fix them atop the station.
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More Bents aligned and ready to rise.
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Looks like the track was ripped up.
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I didn't realize the drop coming off the lower portion of the U-Turn was so shallow.
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Erect but not "strung" together yet. The initial raising of a row of bents is always so dramatic...but filling in all the horizontals and diagonals can be really tedious.
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A social media marketer walked by and was super thrilled about this. She took a photo...
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Not bad. Still have to add some ledgers and other boards...oh and the track is in progress and will be added soon.

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