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  1. Built into my bents are false horizontal anchors or bottoms. The are for the express purpose of making sure all posts are level. Problem I had with the Airplane, especially in the spirals, the structure started to push outward and bents started leaning without my catching it. Note that one bent on the way lower left and how the anchor appears to be tipped off the base.... That crooked anchor is a more immediate way I can tell if a bent is not straight. Also built in it's a way to correct the problem and as of now has been fixed. Those of you might ask, "Why don't you just glue the bottom to the base?" I like that I can remove sections off the base for better access to detail.
  2. April fool's! All is well and good, the pictures above are the old version Noted is the lack of concern from anybody as the were no expressions of condolences. What's up with that, am I wasting time with this?
  3. Tim here with the latest breaking news: It’s been a busy couple of weeks. You’re all probably going to roll your eyes when you find out I’ve had to go back and REDO the entire front half of the station house. The easiest way I can explain it, what was originally going to be built in two sections should have been built as one unit. When I was trying to splice the two pieces together, it really fuc..d things up. Plus I was going back and looking at some previous photos and was not really happy with what I was seeing. And this is an important model so I want it to be perfect. Good news is I’m thrilled with how it’s all coming together now. Someone asked me how I made my track: I am going to duplicate Fred Church’s track style (for the most part). There are eight layers of 2x lumber in his track. Here is layer one – eight sticks of 2x2 (for each rail). Photo shows four rail’s worth. The evenly spaced marks help keep the laminations consistent. I clip off a section thusly And move it over to the other side, and attach. That’s just the beginning – For the rest of the way I repeat the process one stick at a time. Clip Move to the other side Now we have a nice long stretch of authentically replicated Fred Church sub-track. Working some handmade crimps from one end to the other gives me a nice curve. I just curve it close enough, and it’s amazingly pliable and easy to get a perfect curve. Two sub track runs in place Leap ahead: Added ties, another layer of laminates (crossing in the opposite direction as the bottom) and boards that the original Cyclone Racer had between the rails. I’m waiting for a shipment of more materials before I can stack the other 5 layers. Bents for both departure runs are now installed Sides of the station house and the lattice work “roughly” in place. The curved track beds in place.
  4. I love Razor Rocks, what an adventurous looking terrain. I hope your grandparents heal quickly!
  5. This week I'll be working on the very front end of the station house which involves the two hook-shaped turns that take the trains to the lift hill. I put on the ledgers yesterday, and now I'm making templates for the track gauge. Soon I'll be adding track!! The trains will depart the station and split before joining again at the top of the lift hill. Side a Side b I was able to pull this AWESOME screen grab from "Abbot and Costello go to Hollywood". This is where the trains switch sides. A VERY rare angle and very helpful.
  6. I’m not pleased. I keep going back and forth over whether to start over on the main frame of the station house. Not starting over from scratch, just….taking apart and realigning. Something went wrong somewhere and I have to try to figure it out. In the mean time… When we last left, we were about here on the station house progress…I decided I’m going to do the center portion of the floor (shown in white) I’m going to do individual planks for the loading deck, instead of using a scored sheet of styrene. Doing the individual planks for the back was not that hard, so I’m going to do all the planking that way. The loading deck also fell short of what it should be. I did finish this portion of the braking area, however. After living with this color on the tracks for a while…. I decided to go with natural wood with (that same) blue trim. One area that I can keep continuing to work on are the J turns out of the station.
  7. I'm looking for a gift shop where I can by an eye patch and peg leg! LOl I love it~
  8. I do like it! It's great! What is your goal with this once this is completed? Is there a RTC design contest?
  9. The station house is finally beginning to look like something. Frame for the station house eaves trellis before popping out of the template Popping the frames out of their template. Then I added the lattice. Rather than do a big mass production I did each one individually. I am pleased that the criss-crosses each seem to line up near perfect. Here is a stack of four or five trellis. Random shot of my neighborhood corner. My inspiration. Adding the completed trelli to the eaves. Making slats that will be part of the exit stair handrailing There it is. Made a wall as part of some room that is part of the station (up against a photo of the real McCoy. Save for the center decking and the stairs leading up to the side room, the transfer table area is done. Starting floor joists for center decking. Painted and test fitted. I'm actually doing individual planks for the floor as you can see over on the right as I start installing them. Because of my being so meticulous my scale, it will have the exact same amount of planks across. Unpainted floor sits temporarily in place. I painted the insides of each plank dark gray. The bleed through will give the floor a good texture/contrast when I paint it over. Art shot. Over time there were a few structural changes to the station house. I decided to make it in later years when they really had to beef up the structure, hence the extra lumber used to support the end lattice of the roof. Once I got a pattern going, of took me about 45 minutes to make each trellis. Note that some of them have thicker criss crosses. Those support the roof directly under the horseshoe turn. The office, storage area, paint room, whatever. Trellis work being temporarily fitted. Note that hand railing is installed too. Looking down the exit stairs.
  10. What fun! Actually got butterflies in my belly. Love those long loops.
  11. Crazy! I could spend hours looking at it, like trying to untie a big knot.
  12. A photo essay of where I am at this point. With the prototypes and do overs, I’m going to estimate my actual start time at January 1 – thinking it would take about 1 month to build this in one straight shot. Enjoy! Styrofoam base Cover with the schematic of what’s to be built. Station loading and departing side B. Add station loading and departing side A. The exit stairway and hall just slide right in between A and B. The basic back end frame for the station installed. Add the transfer tables. Train storage track side B and some flooring added. Flipped the back end frame of the station house to install transfer table under rails – and I thought this was a neat view. Track and rollers installed for transfer tables. Bents for the brakes section just outside the back of the station house. Detail photo test of what my weathering skills look like. I’m trying to eliminate some of the extreme white so I smeared with a watered down light gray for inconsistency. The underside of the brakes section. Note the track laminations, true to Fred Church’s design. I thought I’d paint the track German Gray first, before painting it the blue/gray. That way I won’t have any white showing through. Getting ready to join these two sides together. Main joists that will support the exit deck were installed to unite both the side a and b brakes. If it looks crooked, it probably is because I didn’t catch it before taking the photo.
  13. LOVE the name, and quite an intense park too. If my last name was Wood, I would name even my daughter, Crumbly.
  14. Working on installing brake mechanisms. Also playing around with blemishing the surface of the 'wood' with chipped paint and dirt using paint. I've found a natural resin I will soon use for great looking oil and grease stains. How does it look?
  15. I hope you get to read my article in the latest issue of "RollerCoaster" magazine. I'm still trying to get it together to do a really good photo session with the Airplane. Right now, the model is stored in my dining room. It takes a lot of Concentration to hold up the top tier.
  16. Shocking news to learn last night. The producer of this, and some other funny roller coaster funny films died this week after suffering from a blood disorder. More films of his will follow....He and I were a lot alike in our love for roller coasters, film making, and models. RIP Mr. Kim Pederson and condolences to his wife, Carol, and family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhc4jC24GeU&feature=share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N61k5Q94vpc
  17. Another installment of the Cyclone Racer Drama. Spent the last week on vacation and got a lot done on my coaster model. The photos explain all but find a way to watch the video at the end of the VERY FIRST TEST RUN!! I thought it was best to add some weight to the moving transfer tables so they hold to their tracks better. This is the underside The flip side, you dig. I thought an excellent way to do long stretches of flat track, like the lift hill, brake run and even the horseshoe turns would be to arrange the bents in a compressed fashion as pictured. What shown has the bents at three feet apart when in reality it would be ten. Then I determine the ledger height for the first and last bent, connect the two with a straight line and then add all the ledgers up to that point! Made bents for the final brake run at the end of the ride, after side A and B split before sliding into the station house. Note the sticker and heed to it. It's just two out of three of my primary energy resources that keeps me making. The other thing I love about straight-straight track is I can build it off-structure which makes it easier for both building and painting. This section shows the brake run, transfer table, and the initial drop point at the start of the ride. It’s about 3 feet long and in two sections. Were I to take this whole part out to go work on somewhere, I’ll bet someone would ask if I was making a battleship. Another view of the squiggly track. I suck suck suck at painting. I never used an airbrush because I’m not confident enough. However, my intent was to make a model that looks like an operating coaster that’s about 10 or 20 years old so my painting skills will determine which, LOL. Referencing a photo of the near-restored San Diego Giant Dipper as a guide to help me figure out the Cyclone. Since both are Church coasters, I doubt there is little difference. The Airplane was just like this also. The squiggly track I always see on transfer tables VID_20170121_122203586.mp4 The video of the first test run~ Now before I start hearing from the haters about the color, remember that it was I who designed the pink/teal color scheme for San Diego’s Giant Dipper! Pictured is called Winter Lake. I like the nautical tone of the color – plus it’s left over paint from when I did my trim 8 years ago lol. And I did make an accidental discovery. If I mix a little gold paint in with the blue/gray, it really looks like a painted floor with years to dirt pressed into it!
  18. I went to our local train store, Frank the Train Man. It's one of those small old dusty places with a little old lady behind the counter who still writes out sales slips. Last time I was in there was in June when I dropped a few hundred donated dollars on landscaping supplies. This time I asked to look at train wheels. The ones she showed me looked darn close to my track guage. I hesitatingly bought a few and crossed my fingers. It felt like winning a $100 scratch off when I placed the wheels on my track... And it rolled. It was perfect! I did not plan on matching my guage to any particular existing model train guage. I expected to change the axel width. I had also planned to employ the wheels to make a working transfer table. Photo is of the rollers for shifting the t-table and the running track. Installed the transfer table rolling track. Transfer track rollers installed... ... And secured. Squaring the back end of the station is crucial to a functioning table. Plus, both halves have to be exact identical opposites. All wheels on position. Almost ready to glue on the table. Bumper wall. One table VID_20170117_200906896.mp4 It even sounds like a real t-table!
  19. Picking up a little steam. I'm taking a week vacation next week, I plan to get much done. Train chassis sitting on the brake release side b. One last look of the bare brake release side b. Brake skids added. The move slightly up and down when I slide the bar on the right. The exit stairway left over from the last version slid right in to its new home. Train chassis sitting crooked on side a. Scaling track guage. 38" inside to inside of sub track. Under side of brake skids Added bar on the under side, this will help control the up and down. Brakes and track pieces about to be assembled. Adding sub track to side a. Next up... Fun with wheels!
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