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  1. Hi fans, I just love to bounce back and forth between the drafting board and the coffee shop. I am SO fortunate I have a job that affords me a little time to work on drawings during slow times. The following series of pictures is dedicated to the now-closed Hillcrest version of the Filter coffee house where I’ve spent many hundreds of hours working on the Airplane model. It all started in 1994 at the Euphoria Coffee Shop. My best friend at the time, Bryan Linger, and I would spend hours playing Gin Rummy here. When I worked for the Yellow Brick Road video arcade in 1995, I drew plans for a remodel design for my store. I liked the atmosphere here, it fed me creatively. Unfortunately it was right next door to a popular night club bringing along with it all kinds of problems, including a shooting. Euphoria closed in 1999 or 2000. The historical building it was located in was left basically abandoned for years as it needed hundreds of thousands of dollars of work in order to pass any inspection codes. The owners of Euphoria moved about 2 miles away to a North Park location and called it “The Other Side”. Bryan and I continued to play cards at this location. December of 2000, I was here at the Other Side working on a photo album for my parents as a Christmas gift. Again, I got that warm feeling of creativity I was just starting my model of Traver’s Cyclone at the time. I learned I could work on little pieces at a time outside the home. It would also be the birthing place for many many many friendships I would have over the years. It was also in December of 2000 that I found the cottage where I currently live! Only a third of a block down from the coffee shop. About 9 years ago, a new owner took over the store, changed the name to “Filter”. A couple of years later, he would open up another Filter about a block and a half away from where Euphoria used to be. I continued to go to the one closest to me and work on various things until I started the Airplane in the fall of 2012. I then darted back and forth to one Filter or the other, whatever mood I was in. In the Summer of 2013 the Filter near me changed hands and became Young Hickory. Before it was bought, the interior of Filter was much more accommodating. The interior for Young Hickory was changed to much more sterile arrangement – tall metal stools, counter tops, picnic tables…boring. But I still go there. The Hillcrest Filter closed last month because….The building Euphoria was located in was renovated. The space became a failed Sushi bar before recently becoming LeStat’s coffee shop. The new LeStats helped put Filter..out of business. Bye Bye Filter. The last day of Filter – unceremoniously closing its doors.
  2. Looks great if you want to do it the lazy way. Just kidding.... These would be a great prize in cereals.
  3. Ooooo, pretty.. The possibilities with those printers is endless.
  4. Still working it out, but bottom line, I hope to make the whole thing. The piece pictured above I want to showcase while I build the rest of it. I was going to enter the Airplane in the County Fair in June, but I'd have to build a case and cover for it and that would be SOOOOOO cost prohibitive. Just right now, you gave me the idea to possibly enter this proposed "Cyclone Racer" section in the fair instead. It'd be MUCH cheaper to make a case for a 4' rectangle. Also I had planned for that part to be done by July 1 so if I step it up a little bit. Oops, and your answer was incorrect.
  5. Hi everyone. I was waiting for one of those inspiring moments that sort of fill in this puzzle I'm putting together...not in so much this roller coaster model per se, but in my head - the reason, the purpose, all kinds of questions have to be answered before I could feel like I had a good excuse to forge forward with this project. For example, I've been busting my ass trying to make a workable station house. One the trains can actually roll through and a brake system that works. On paper, I have a design that will allow the transfer tables to shift trains. One mistake I made, is I pre-cut too many carefully measured pieces that, when all connected together, don't fit the way I planned. So I have a new way of approaching that and I'm still working getting the skid brakes to operate - basically don't get too ahead of myself. Last night I think I figured something out. In the back of my mind I know this model will not actually operate. So I’ve been struggling with trying so hard to make it so that station house works, I mean, if the coaster might not operate, than why work so hard on the station? Then I realized I could at least make a working SECTION of the model that I can use to help Larry Osterhoudt rebuild the actual coaster. I think it might be fun to have the trains race out of the station to the lift hill (don’t ask me yet if they will climb partially, I don’t know.) The rest will come later. So the promo piece will be the station, the 180 degree horseshoe turn above and half of each of the two lift hills. Read the descriptions in the photos below. LOOK FOR THE HIDDEN TRIVIA QUESTION. The first person to answer the question will get a free Cyclone Racer pen! Having so many precut pieces did not end as well as I hoped. Plans I drew for the exit stairs between Side A and B Supports for the exit stairs The walls for the exit hallway that runs between A and B. I carefully scored a sheet of styrene with an exacto knife. That can cause the styrene to curl a little bit. Artistic license enables me to add a door…just for an extra realistic bonus…the front And the back along with wall stiffners to cure the unwanted curve in the wall caused by scoring. The reverse facing wall has stiffeners glued and clamped above. During adding the steps I took this random shot. I like it! The finished exit stairs. Best stair I ever made, always hated making them. I hope this will survive the transplant to the NEW train release frame I just built (for the third time since the prototype). The fourth version - new bents for the train release. The skid brakes fins being glued on. Here is an example of what I meant about getting too ahead of myself. I’m test fitting how the brakes lay in between the two rails before I start building up the track on the left. Turns how these brakes ran a little wide affecting my track guage so…I had to make them again. Note the laminated track! Trivia Question: Somewhere on this blog I described Fred Church’s style track construction enables the track to act like a…..what? Brakes off the track, top Brakes on the tracks New mechanisms that will allow the brake skids to rise and drop…unencumbered which is the problem I keep having. Also, countersinking the pin hinges to eliminate interference. A drawing of the proposed promotional section.
  6. Hi everyone. I already got my Christmas present as far as I'm concerned! I couldn't be more happy that I can continue with building the Model Cyclone Racer in earnest. The campaign is not over! While I will be the successful recipient of at least $3137, I still have the opportunity to raise enough to meet my maximum of $5000 (63% there) by the end of the year. There are no repercussions if I don't make it and I will still receive all money donated until the end of the month. I love that I don't have to be so aggressive in trying to raise the rest of it. So! I've updated the sign in the back of my car and now parking in prime high-traffic parking spots. These past few nights I've been trying to develop an efficient routine for making 20 trellis for the station house. I'll probably make 30 of these and pick the best ones. I also threw in some photos of my mechanical drawings for building a new and improved working brake release system. I qualify for my Grant and can keep adding to it until the end of the year. Strategically parked - got to work early to snap up the most prime exposed parking space. Later this afternoon this area will be jammed with cars and people. In case you didn't notice, I am starting this project off by first building the classic station house. Pieces that require multiple copies will need a template. Roof trusses and the Victorian lattice work that run down each side are examples. Here is the exit deck of the Cyclone Racer...in early years from the look of it. To make the lattice work, I figured out the proper spacing between the slats. Template offers guides to keep the slats aligned properly. Add on the top and bottom frame, the sides too, although not added yet. Finished trellis. 19 more to go! Mechanical drawing of release brakes Top view Side view of brake release section (not complete)
  7. Hi Everyone. I am so happy and thrilled to report that last night I obtained my crowdfund through AIM/Hatchfund minimum goal of $3000. As of this writing I have $3037.25 guaranteed! Soon I will be able to go all out on building a 1/54 scale model of the Cyclone Racer. This campaign has proven that my work is not in vein. It has also demonstrated my strong will to want to build this thing that I have the drive to do what it takes to get there. 52 people made contributions, none of them came from TPR naturally, but I suppose more people would be interested if I did point-and-click art. With my success comes a 30 day extension to try and reach my stretch goal $5000. There is no pressure for me to do this and the outcome has no ill effect on the current status of my grant. After filling out some paper work, I should start getting something soon! Anyone who selected a perk will receive them shortly thereafter. Watch for updates! I'm 101% funded with one day left! My campaign gets to be open for another 30 days so I can reach my stretch goal of $5000. Wit that amount of money, I can make the pier and have the Cyclone Racer model light up and maybe even operate so some extent.
  8. Thank you to Michael McDaniel for his kind donation. He will be the recipient of the start gates/brake release pictured here! Almost at my goal.
  9. Managed to squeeze in some Cyclone Racer time, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. Great news! I am 2/3 funded for my Hatchfund campaign so I can build a roller coaster to go along with the model of the station house I’m building for the Cyclone Racer! AND GET THIS….THEME PARK REVIEW PEOPLES, THE FIRST PERSON TO DONATE $100 TO MY CAMPAIGN WILL GET WHAT YOU SEE IN THE PHOTO BELOW, THE TWO START GATES FOR THE CYCLONE RACER! I’M THINKING OF REBUILDING IT…BETTER. It’s tax deductible and it is for roller coaster preservation purposes. JUST CLICK HERE >> https://www.hatchfund.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/6007 Last Wednesday, I started with these pieces. The frame for the back end of the station house, two lift bents, transfer tables, a few roof trusses and the start gates for each side of the racer. I added the brake skids. They actually go up and down when I slide the lever! The start gates start to form the station house floor. The gap in between are where passengers used to exit. Side view of start gate section. THIS IS what you can have if you donate $100 to my Hatchfund campaign. The back half of the station was put together in just a few hours. Front half of the station with the transfer tables in the back ground.
  10. These are all very cool. Well done! I wish I knew more about making or using machines and electronics.
  11. My Cyclone Racer project is 48% funded. Only $65 to go before I’m halfway there! That should be a good math problem if you want to figure out how much my request is. Another video here of how I’m making the truss and lattice work for the station house. There are pictures too. Discoveries made on my own from research… I made a wall of plastic held together with scotch tape beneath. I removed every other strip so now I have nice even spaces. Tracing out roof outline Simply lay on the header that makes up the shape of the roof. Make two back to back and voila! The roof suspended over the twin transfer table. There is a 40’ suspension span over the station house for all that coaster wood above which required beefing up of the front third. I noticed that the trusses immediately under the structure are thicker than the ones towards the back. And the side support posts for the station house are much thicker than those in the back as well.
  12. In celebration of my Hatchfund campaign being extended and that my goal overnight shot up to 43% funded I thought I'd make a video of my progression on the Cyclone Racer station house. 'Pologies for the speech, I'm not good at talking on the fly. If you wish do donate to my campaign ($5, $10, etc) to keep it alive makes it more possible I can reach my goal by 12/6. Just a few easy clicks... https://www.hatchfund.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/6007 Thanks!!
  13. Just found this today on You Tube shot on the site of the abandoned Giant Dipper in San Diego circa 1984. I made that big yellow sign! This was during set up for our "Beach Ball Fundraiser" which was pretty ill attended, I think we just broke even. Look at what a mess the coaster was. I should have remembered how hard it was to raise any money before asking for such an amount on Hatchfund . Thanks to all my donors! Thus far I am 43% funded for my next project....the Art of the Cyclone Racer! Click here for more info. http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=71374
  14. Thanks Zingoman! I was able to buy some supplies last weekend. So I thought I’d kind of work on a little bit of everything. Supplies dry up and I’m hoping my Hatchfund campaign is a success so I can buy all the materials at once. Otherwise it might take me longer to build this than it did the Airplane. https://www.hatchfund.org/projectDonation/new/project_id/6007 I’d like to continue to build these models for the cause of roller coaster preservation. Plus I think they’re inspirational. So enjoy these photos… I made several copies of my cutaway of the back end of the Cyclone Racer station house. Each copy I used to make the station bents. The little slot on the underside of the T is where the transfer table slides under where the passengers disembark. For all intents and purposes for the model, all these bents can be the same. Speaking of the transfer table…That’s coming along too. In the future when I get more supplies, I’m going to color code the tip of each end of plastic by its dimension and cut from the other end. That way I can pick through my scraps and easily find the size I’m looking for. These are the bents that make up the very beginning of the ride – both sides. I made them a pair at a time so they would be identical. The two sides did not start off that close together though, I will still need to cut them apart. Things like cutting apart plastic can be left for “the help” to do. Poor Joey, I tired him out. Above bents aligned up and secured together. This is side B. I’m going to TRY to make an actual working brake system based on Church’s design. Since I will need trains sooner than later, I thought I’d start on those too.
  15. Hi, I've got 12 dates left in order try have Cyclone Racer done in two years. Not to be discouraged, I put my Airplane model in my car and parking it wherever there is high foot traffic. Business cards free to take. I wish I could have this posted to everyone on here. Below are photos of work progressing, mostly the station house design and a track cut-away. Ceiling trellis experiment.
  16. I sure hope everyone enjoyed the diary of the making of the Airplane roller coaster. I want to, and know I can do, much better. I’m so looking forward to making it that I’m finding myself becoming more critical of the Airplane. I am a member of ACE. ACE is heavily involved in promoting the preservation of, especially, the old wood coasters built prior to when technology took hold. We lost an important part of roller coaster history last month with the demolition of the Big Dipper at Geauga Lake. It doesn’t matter what led up to its demise, the point is is that it HAPPENED because the voices of those who rallied at the last minute for its preservation were not been heard. My work with the Save the Coaster Committee in the eighties has me feeling now like I need to do something once again. That’s why I’ve turned this project of replicating the Cyclone Racer into a cause to spread the word of preservation. I now have a REASON for doing this. This weekend I was taking part in a community event where I displayed the Airplane model, advertised my next project. I told everyone about the demise of the Big Dipper, my work saving the Giant Dipper, and how my model could potentially bring attention towards Larry Osterhoudt’s efforts to bring back the Cyclone Racer for real. I was promoting and doing my part to express my outrage of the Dipper’s loss. People took me seriously, they took my business cards and I am getting donations towards my campaign to build this demonstration of just how beautiful wood coasters are, even just to look at. Google: ‘Hatchfund Cyclone Racer’ for more on this campaign. I have only TWO WEEKS left to raise enough money that will enable me to finish this project in two years instead of the almost five years for the Airplane. That being said, enjoy these photos of ‘the beginning’. The making of parts. The FIRST CUT piece that will officially be part of the model. This will be the front sign board of the Cyclone Racer station house. The template for the bents that will make up the lift hill. Since there are TWIN lift hills, I thought I’d make one pair at the same time. The first two bents I’ve made will be part of the lift hills I found pre-drilling the plastic with the sharp end of an Exacto Knife makes sticking the hot pin in much easier. ♪ Did they really get pinned? ♫ Many people at Sunday’s event were drawn to the Airplane. When I started the Cyclone 17 (!) years ago, the first thing I made was the Cyclone sign, followed by the station house in 1:108 scale. I PROBABLY would have started the Airplane that way, but I didn’t have much to go on then.
  17. Steel coasters look so much cooler without all that super structure!
  18. Call to action! As of now I have 555 views on my Hatchfund page and 15% funded. My councilor says that's pretty healthy. But I want that to go up to 600 views by the end of today! Check it out yourself or copy and paste the following message to your Facebook friends. Forgive me if I shed a little modesty, that's part of going out of my comfort zone (blush). This guy I know is a big fan of designing and building roller coaster models. He's very talented and his last project, the Airplane was AMAZING. He's trying to raise funds through tax-deductible contributions so he can have this finished in two years. Check it out!! http://www.hatchfund.org/project/the_cyclone_racer_a_long_lost_long_beach_icon This sub track template will also serve as the track TIE template. The laminates are not glued until the track ties are glued on. I'm going to probably keep the tape on the top so I don't get split ends.
  19. After making the prototype I decided that 1:48 (or 1"=4') was too large. The lumber dimensions were too small. I made two more low budget prototypes. One (L)was 85% of 1:48, the one where all the pieces for perfectly ® turns out is 90% of 1:48. So the official scale is.. 1:54. The lumber proportions are as close as I can get them. What does everyone think of the nautical colors?
  20. The prototype. I can see where adjustments need to be made.
  21. Fred Church was a genius. His patented track design enabled him to design twisty curvy track to accommodate bobs style cars. The top photo shows the first layer of - what I call - sub track on San Diego's Giant Dipper. Just laminated of 2x2's that were really handy in bending around curving drops. The ties went on next and then another layer of 2x2 laminates, staggered in the opposite direction. This track was built as one giant spring. Rumor had it most of the track was not nailed down to the ledgers. I duplicated this track work on the Airplane, but for this next round I'm studying ways I can keep by laminates tighter than before, without using glue. Staggered laminates of 2x2 make up the first layer of Fred Church track.
  22. ^^ Thanks for the info GForce! Ooo neat. This is a proto type of a bent. I sanded the tops of some of the straight pins and soaked the bent in a mixture of vinegar and bleach for an hour. The ones I sanded rusted for an authentic look! My next coaster won't be abandoned, but will be portrayed around its half-life. The concept of making something with your hands might be foreign to most of you. Don't let all your talent stay inside of a computer just so only a few people can go ooo and aahhh.
  23. While I was at the Maker Faire...If I had a dollar for everyone who asked me "Does your model run?" I would have my next project funded! I did find an eloquent way though to explain why my models don't run. I ell them the focus of my models should really be on the detail, craftsmen ship and overall beauty of the roller coaster as it exists as a sculpture and more than just a ride. If it ran all people would see is a train racing around. BUT! I hope to one day make an operating model of a coaster and I thought I might start doing some experimenting. So I'm going to make a 4 - 6' long test section of the Cyclone Racer - just a replica of Church style track draped over cardboard cut outs. I made a diagram of my theory on how to go about it. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS would be greatly appreciated. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have an operating model of the Cyclone Racer?
  24. Brought the Airplane too Maker Faire this weekend. Lots of people living the Airplane. Someone thought it was made of rubber bands. I won a Maker of Merit award!
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