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PROGRESS REPORT

 

Just took these photos this weekend to give me a feel for where I am. Looking at these, I'm thinking that I'm pretty much past the halfway mark!

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Reminds me of the Dragon in the eighties.

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Brake run leading to the station.

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Joeyzilla!!!

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Working on tracking the valley of the first drop of my Airplane Bring Back the Airplane Coaster! Model. The structure and subtrack were a bitch to get right, but all should be easy for now.

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Working on tracking the valley of the first drop of my Airplane Bring Back the Airplane Coaster! Model. The structure and subtrack were a bitch to get right, but all should be easy for now.

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Shortly after I completed the bottleneck, I discovered through some clearer filmed footage, that the diagonals on the interior of the turn were in fact 4" x 8"s wedged in between the 4 x 8 uprights. I was using the standard 2 x 4's hammered placed on the outside of the posts.

 

I was going to put off switching them over until I decided if I was going to even bother with it. But, it is an important structural key in the way that turn was engineered. I'm about to close up this turn, making the switch next to impossible, so ...here I go. So far, it's not as hard as it seems.

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I was using the standard 2 x 4's hammered placed on the outside of the posts.

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The diagonals on the interior of the turn were in fact 4" x 8"s wedged in between the uprights.

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BIG visual difference so far. Glad I decided to take on this little set back.

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I went to Belmont Park to measure the original Bobs car on display in the ticket office/museum. The same style train operated on the Airplane, so I was lucky to have such a source close by. Here is the draft I came up with. The red pencil is pointing to the actual width of the car.

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As you will see on my recent postings about my progress with the station house and the trains.

 

The front area of the station house had me puzzled because there was not a lot of information to go off of, and I hate having to GUESS.

 

Soon after, I posted a sketch I did based on the Belmont Park Giant Dipper's pilot car. I looked for a good, clear photo of the SIDE of the car to be sure I noted any differences.

 

I was going to tackle that starting THIS WEEK but a friend had sent me a website Westchester.gov. just to show off a new photo of the Airplane he had never seen before. He didn't know there was a link to a whole TREASURE trove of photos that came as if sent to me by some other plane...its SO weird, the timing.

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Heeelllloooo Timmm...here is that measurement you needed...

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Not too many people know there used to be a tunnel that dropped down to the lift hill. I didn't, until I saw this photo.

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The station house for my Airplane model is undergoing having the wooden floor laid. I couldn't wait to temporarily place it in the spot where it's going to go. When I started building the station, I raised it 4 feet so I could have a foundation for the part that's below ground level. Soon I'll lop off those 4 feet. I hope to start painting it tonight.

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Testing the fit between the first half of the station house and other section after painting and trimming the floor. I can see what needs to be worked on more in photos than I do the real thing. Ha ha. Before I permanently affix the two parts, I'll work on some more detail on each section like the picket fencing, brake lever gear.

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