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  1. This crop of photos materialized from someone who contacted me on Facebook. He has amassed a large collection of Rye Playland photos and many many of the Airplane during deconstruction. Of course, these photos reveal some of the hidden layers inside the ride, particularly the area that looks like there was a HOUSE under the lift tunnel. The back of the station next to the Derby Racer. Hacking away at the station That looks like a house underneath. The train shed on the left looking up towards what was once the top.
  2. The only run that was still left to build was the string of bents before the final curve into the brake run. The bents were built a long time ago, I just never got around to stringing them together until today. I'm ready and anxious to begin the landscaping but I would have to go out and buy all new materials and I can't afford that.
  3. Thanks for the good words guys. Things have slowed but they haven't. Couple of things I had to redo and some cleanup detail. Not much to photograph really. The turrets for the station frontI did once and on try number three I got close enough. Even painted and then REpainted. I think the resulting colors reflect a dated art deco look. I am not quite finished. Still some more detail to be added. Adding pecils to be the columns. Even Joey is excited. The wall that runs over the ticket booth. Added the side white wings. I'm relativity new at cutting foam board and I admit I suck at it Painted the center and holding it at its correct height while I attach the turrets. I also covered my poorly cut white wings with a thin layer of balsa wood. Still more to add in the way of detailing.
  4. Keep in mind this is just the elevation for the STRUCTURE and not the track.
  5. One of my regrets about the Airplane will be that I didn't make my drawings look professional, they' were just lines with notes. I thought about going back and redoing the profile/elevations, but then Cyclone came up. I didn't get too far along before I remembered about making really good plans I can be proud of, so I recreated my template. It will take 23 sheets like this to do....just one side.
  6. Studying the structure is the most fun. I was able to procure a copy of the original blueprint for the layout of the Cyclone Racer. Matching it up with an array of photographs can be tough on the brain but it keeps me sharp! Bring back the Cyclone Racer Making the structure profile, NOT the track profile. Not yet. This part is different than the Airplane where I was trying to figure both out as I was going along in one sweep. Figuring out the grid of the structure first will be key to helping me figure out correct profile radii.
  7. I'm getting close! This section only needs the spear cartouches and the gooseneck lamps and some painting. The base has been cut and I could start the landscaping if I had more money. In order to help me figure out what I'm going to do with the area around the beginning tunnel, I start adding the turrets to the station front.
  8. I'm going to try really hard to make my next project OPERATIONAL! I'm hoping the trains will be able to roll around from start to finish, but they might not coast on their own...gonna have to think hard about how to do that.
  9. I know right? It's just one more thing that made this coaster unique.
  10. Making more cartouches (kar-tah-shay). It's been more than three years since I touched these. The black and white photo shows the only three I was able to get a clear image of. There might have been three (repeated throughout the ride) but I wanted some artistic license and designed two. Two years ago, I had a request out for a sixth design and this one debuts today. Thanks to CoasterB for the giraffe. If you think it looks more like a deer, well, either is appropriate! Two years ago, I had a request out for a sixth design and this one debuts today. Thanks to CoasterB for the giraffe. If you think it looks more like a deer, well, either is appropriate! The black and white photo shows the only three I was able to get a clear image of.
  11. Haha. This is the kind of thing I used to do when I was younger and this is how I got into modelling. Unfortunately the 3 weeks of work I have done so far and showed on here, has to be taken apart as I made a wrong measurement. Oh well back to square one. I feel your pain!
  12. This section is approaching completion really fast. I've started adding/replacing handrails, adding cartouches, reinforced some parts, painted, filled in some gaps in the track. Also added anti rollbacks on this hill. Some POVs The leap up into the brake run. Note new handrails yet to be painted. Adding the cartouches.
  13. A really good profile shot. I determined the FULL length, tip to tip is 550 feet. That's 9'-4" long, two feet wide, and 18 inches tall (measured from the top of the top ledger down to the top of the bottom ribbon board) With the top "start gates" and the added foot at the bottom, it will be more like 20".
  14. Thanks! I've been excited about the Cyclone Racer project for quite a while. I'm just finding what stage its in. Larry tells me there are some studies, plans to have approved, and investors, then of course, permission to build it. He already has an enthused builder on the side lines. Larry has been working hard to keep it in Long Beach in the neighborhood of its old location. But he swears if it gets rejected, he's taking it across the country until someone builds it. Larry is keeping guard over his plans so I'll have to do my own research, but he figured out the Cyclone Racer just by looking at photos, which is the same for what I did with the Airplane, so I'm sure they'll be a close match. The Airplane was difficult to build. I'd like to think this will be easier because there's fewer whirlpools and more straight-aways but...we'll see. The Saving the GIANT Dipper was the greatest thing I've ever done. For your nice message, here is a spoiler of how I am gridding the ride so I can survey it.
  15. I will take all the photos I can find and start marking them up likewise. Did my first one!!
  16. I took advantage of the lighting in the coffee shop and snapped these pictures before taking the plunge and permanently gluing on the ceiling and roof!
  17. I have built SEVERAL models of the Giant Dipper in some way shape or form. They led to my becoming one of the first to begin the effort to save the real thing! This is in the summer of 1981 during the time when I was still illegally trespassing on the property to get dimensions. This was a highly photographed drop on the real ride, so I built this first. I started to build the station the way it was in 1976, before I found out that it was not the original design (redesigned in 1956). Scale: 1/4" = 1'-0" Right after we began the Save the Coaster Committee, I immediately had this built to show what the center part of the coaster would look restored and pretty. I recreated the 1925 station house. The red color was inspired by the Santa Cruz Giant Dipper. We used this one to show City Hall January 20th, 1982. When I made a short musical documentary film on the roller coaster, I tried to recreate the fire by having the coaster in the foreground and the fire about three feet away in the background...not far enough. I was SICK the next morning. But at least I have that moment on film! I built this 1/8" = 1'-0" this one in only 6 weeks summer of 1982. We used this one to display on site when we had our public work days. I don't know what ever happened to this one. Summer of 1987, I built ANOTHER whole new 1/4" = 1'-0" midsection. I upped the detail and even used candy off a candy necklace to use as footings! They worked perfect. This model was destroyed in a break in of our construction office (it was behind the door when in broke open). The remainder was buried under the real station house.
  18. That’s right! From the builder of my current project, “The Rye Airplane – the Model – the Diary” my next project will be of another Fred Church signature classic. The Cyclone Racer once sat on an amusement pier known as The Pike in Long Beach. The twin racer was built in 1930 and operated for 38 years before being unnecessarily removed for a causeway in preparation for the arrival of the Queen Mary. Having it rebuilt in full operating scale is the passion for Downey resident and friend Larry Osterhoudt . He is actively pursuing his goal and has engineered drawings currently being reviewed by some government agency. Afterwards, an Environmental Impact Report will be created, that alone would take a year. This is a real life project that is a lot closer to fruition than any other coaster resurrection project. There is a lot of time to build up a huge force of support. As my contribution towards this cause, I am recreating the famous classic ride to use as a visual aid to drum up excitement amongst the general public. The project, preliminary research underway, is not expected to interfere with the progress of my current model of the Airplane, expected to be completed by this summer. I'm starting to think my Airplane model is just a warm up...can you imagine?
  19. Another advantage of leaving something alone for a while is I can live with what I've done for a while and of something about it bothers me, I'll eventually go back and change it. My changing the station house color scheme, again, is such an example. I switched around some colors and started permanently started added ceiling joists. Just like a real coaster that's been painted multiple times, this model will also have old color schemes hiding under the top coat of paint.
  20. "Will it actually operate?" is the #3 question I get asked most. When displayed, I want people to walk up looking to see if it runs, and eventually it becomes apparent that it's out of commission because of a fire. That happened a lot when San Diego Giant Dipper was closed. People at Sea World would see it a mile away, head on over come to find out is closed. That's the feeling I want to recreate with this. I chose this area to char because it's discreet and its near a tunnel and a lot of grease. Plus, I didn't want to go back over something I already did and redo it burned.
  21. . Thanks! I researched some old photos I had of the burned areas on San Diego's Dipper, took a deep breath and started stabbing the tunnel wall with an exacto knife and hoped for the best. All pieces of plastic that I wanted to make look like burned wood, I used an exacto knife and sand paper to whittle away hard corners and wooden gaps You can see the shavings on the table. I took more scrap pieces of plastic, whittled them down in the same manner. I painted it all flat black with some varying shades of grey and glued all the 'fallen' wood inside. I scored the roof in some strategic places before partially collapsing it. I used a white chalk pencil to draw on the white ash. The tunnel in place. Now I need to create the same effect of the coaster wood above. The intensity of the fire turned out greater than I was planning, so now I have to expand the effect up higher into the coaster. Someone suggested I pose the trains next to something to scale by.
  22. I decided to make this an accurate scale model rather than a version that operates. The two would have many stand out differences.
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