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  1. I knew Pamela. I have a nice picture of Flutterby. Thanks for sharing this.
  2. Instead of matte board for the top cover of the 2-ply styrofoam base, I found some foam core sheets that have a cork topping. I really like it, plus it will make the base even stronger. There was one section that I had to redo since some more photos of that area came to light. Heading up towards the mid-course brake, the track has a more flat approach upward than what I had before. I also found what seems to suit me need for footings (it didn't have them before). I used playdough, and a straw to form them. Before they dry I drive a stick through them. Then I'm going to paint brown.
  3. 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, I did manage to push out a model (from a kit) of the Jupiter 2 ship from Lost in Space, and a neat 4-trough cardboard marble roller coaster. I have been doing a lot of drawing too. I also have been active in the fight against Covid in the only way I know how. In the meantime, my Airplane model (originally intended to be sent to the Roller Coaster Museum in Plainview, Texas) went from being crammed in my storage unit to being moved to my back yard for several months where it deteriorated a little bit. After my new property managers cemented in my back yard (and the whole property) it has been sitting on my dining room table collecting dust and making my little dining room look cluttered. During the summer, I did at least remove the structure from the original landscaped base which had warped and become soggy from the outside elements, and bought material to make a new base. I also want to turn it from a three-piece model into a two-piece model. Well FINALLY, after actually considering just trashing it, decided to muster up some inspiration and start placing back some broken off pieces to see where this goes. The structure isn't in that bad a shape, just a lot of tiny pieces need replacing, especially all the goose-neck lamps and cartouches, however, I think I'll wait until right before I send it off to Texas before I put those back on because they snap off so easily. Most of the work will be the new base and securing the model on top of it, and splicing the two sections I want to make one.
  4. 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 sits on new base which will be double-ply.. The lift hill. The lift hill and the back spiral sections will become one. Measurements of new base
  5. 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.
  6. The Model was a big hit at the ACE convention banquet. It was then successfully taken to the roller coaster museum at Plainview Texas.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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 Banquet at ACE con 42. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
  10. 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 last opportunity to do the photo shoot before I drive this thing up to a Buena Park storage facility to store until the Banquet at ACE con 42.
  11. 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 3D printer, which I really didn't it's all hand made. I don't get it. Replacing the little white paper people with images of my supporters. (I just put myself in the front as an example.) Are YOU a supporter? The most intriguing racing roller coaster every built. Hill for hill, you can almost trace the path of the Coney Cyclone.
  12. 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 right place was as fun as a jigsaw puzzle. Ha.
  13. 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. Late that night after getting home from the ER I saw a documentary on Fleetwood Mac and fell in love with Stevie Nicks. That's also the time I was working on my first rendition of a section of the Belmont Coaster model. Used a fine tubing (neon) to run inside the letters, blue on top, orange on the bottom. Also added the neon on the pole position. Not really neon, just a painted polystyrene rod. I wish I knew about wiring, I'd make this really light up. The last photo of this section exposed by itself before I layer over hill number 3. More bents for one of three more short runs. Bents above completed, erected, strung together and placed. Only two more short runs left to build! Mounting the middle section on its permanent base. At the last minute decided to paint the inside blue because originally the coaster did stand out over the water, plus a darker contrast is better with the white. Starting the base for under the first turn. The ocean end of the pier was actually about 5 feet higher than the land end, so the white edges resemble that elevation change. So far...what I always called the Texaco star...
  14. 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 blasted. That's 86 year old Dad, father of the model maker.
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