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    When I grow up, I want to breed donkeys!

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  1. Restoration of the Airplane model begins again. Well, instead of working on repairing this model of the Airplane, I instead involved myself in writing workshops to prepare for a book I want to write about my experience saving the Mission Beach Giant Dipper. The workshops resulted in my writing 4 short plays for the Old Globe theater (where I work), a few songs and several poems, not to mention a two-part article on early Amusement Park authoritarian Gary Kyriazi for RollerCoaster! Magazine. In spite of being totally burned out on model building after the completion of the Cyclone Racer
  2. Found a project that will help keep me busy during this stay indoors period. Dug out the discarded model of my Airplane coaster after nearly two years. For about a year it was out in my backyard area, the last year crammed under my dining room table. I'm going to redo the base using styrofoam (test fit pictured). If that goes well, I'll do some structural repair. If you're seeing this thread for the first time, this is a model of the Airplane coaster based on what it might look like were it abandoned and left to decay in order to make a statement on preservation. One third of the model sit
  3. Brand new video from Cyclone Racer enthusiast Larry Osterhoudt. The question isn't whether or not you THINK this is possible, the question is: Do you WANT to one day see a rebuild of the Greatest Ride in the World? I don't see why any wood coaster enthusiast would say no. Take it from someone who knows first hand that sometimes the most impossible dreams can come true. I know I'll be at that meeting.
  4. The Model was a big hit at the ACE convention banquet. It was then successfully taken to the roller coaster museum at Plainview Texas.
  5. Thanks I appreciate that you never know it may end up at a rollercoaster museum near you one day Last weekend I drove two-thirds of the model up to Buena Park where it sits in storage until the convention
  6. First person to copy and paste this sentence in a postreply gets a free seat. Like this? Yup! Like that! Just send me an image similar to this one, arms down at side or straight up in the air, (higher than this) tcolemodels@gmail.com
  7. Happy Birthday Cyclone Racer, you would have been 89 today. As far as I'm concerned, I'm pretty much finished with this model. All I need to finish is one more train and some other little loose details to be straightened out. Three and a half years of working a few hours every day and or night to tackle what I knew would be another long drawn out project. Last Saturday a friend of mine and I took it out for a photo shoot alongside the water's edge. Last Saturday was the last opportunity to do the photo shoot before I drive this thing up to a Buena Park storage facility to store until the B
  8. As far as I'm concerned, I'm pretty much finished with this model. Three and a half years of working a few hours every day and or night to tackle what I knew would be another long drawn out project. Last Saturday a friend of mine and I took it out for a photo shoot alongside the water's edge. Those are all on the next page. Here is a close up of one of the trains posed coming down hill #4. Notice the paper cut outs. I soon will have a Go Fund Me where you can buy a spot on the train. First person to copy and paste this sentence in a postreply gets a free seat. Last Saturday was the las
  9. The last major part constructed: The sign. Next up: Placing images of my supporters into the trains, to be on placed on the model for display for time and memorial! Are you a supporter? I anticipate the model being finished on Memorial Day weekend! It will be on display at Coaster Con 42 banquet. The Cyclone Racer sign, photo taken after the last day of operation. Photo copy of original sign up against my recreation....close enough. I wish I had to the time and the motivation to light this up. People seem to be more impressed with it when I tell them I spit this out of a 3
  10. I'm finally seeing the end of the tunnel. I knew that when I was finally building what I call the spiderweb, where it looks like some of the structure fell on itself. More handrails and a few repairs and adjustments... Movie clip of first drop that was helpful in my recreation below. The spiderweb, an afterthought added only a few years into the ride's operation. The last piece of structure added and tracked. A centerpiece for your next party? Raising the outer rim one layer is foam as the pier's elevation raises up about 5 feet. Getting all the headers in the
  11. Been a modeling fool this week, in spite of the uncomfortable stent hanging out of my body from my surgery. Trying not to get into panic mode as the ACE convention gets closer. Found a font close enough to use. I put the sign on a light box to trace the letters... ...onto a sheet of polystyrene plastic. modifying just slightly to make it more true to the original. Cut them out. Adding a micro strip of plastic around the edge of each letter lends realistic depth. Trivia about the artist: That little scar on my hand I got in May 1981 from falling with a coffee cup in my hand.
  12. It would have been easier to make the lift hills' pole positions look original,which is just a duplicate of the others. But I went with the 1950s-60s updated one instead. Also made a temporary sign to 1) test the font size for a future real sign and 2) keep people who see me working on this from saying, "Oh, Belmont Park", or, " Colossus". Had kidney stone blasting surgery yesterday, that's my 86 year old Dad. Taking an extra sick day tomorrow and work on that sign. The large sign was added along with Jack Ray designed pole position. Minutes away from having kidney stones
  13. It’s getting to be that time now where I’m starting to fix the frayed ends of where the middle and two end sections of the model come together. The model will come apart in three sections, and I’m making the ends flush so they’ll match up end to end as seamless as I possibly can. More patchwork between two sections, where the trains exit the crisscross and the happy hump. Patching an area with pre track where the model will have to come apart for moving Note the layers of track A clean, flush end. There are 25 patch jobs like this to do. But I did these three in und
  14. That is hilarious* as I stole MY copy of The Great American Amusement Parks around 1987 from the Oak Forest Public Library. A few years ago I spoke to Gary across facebook (and told him how I got the book!), and thanked him for such a great book. He also shared some great Colossus 1978 stories with me. Last year, I did a true "amends" and returned the book to the library's current manager and made a financial donation/financial amends as well. Yes, about 30 years later... I worshiped that book for a couple decades. *Not saying that stealing anything from anywhere is cool...
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