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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:06 pm
by hillflyer
Well, its getting there, what more can I say. Decided to do a photo session yesterday. Aside from short runs of bents yet to be built, and the track, which from here on are just easy long-board construction, the next big challenge I face is making all the various sections fit into place.

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:36 pm
by chaos
It's looking really good! I love the detail in those trains!

Also, do you anticipate showing this off to fellow enthusiasts in June?

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:14 pm
by hillflyer
chaos wrote:It's looking really good! I love the detail in those trains!

Also, do you anticipate showing this off to fellow enthusiasts in June?


Thanks! I hope to have it done by the covention, absolutely.

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:46 am
by hillflyer
I don't post a whole lot of photos of the real Cyclone Racer, but this one just came out yesterday.

Stunning, one of the best images of the west side in its entirety that I have ever seen.

There was no other coaster like it, and certainly no other like it today.

A triple stacked racer, from tip to tip. Colossus was barely a double stack. The switcharoo at the exact halfway point of the ride was a brilliant design.

While there was no extreme airtime, this ride was safely rideable using no lap bars, which was not all that uncommon back in the day, even Belmont's Giant Dipper had no moveable lap bars nor seat belts from 1925 - 1976.

Since everyone is used to lap bars, riding without them today, would certainly offer a really unsettling experience.

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:15 pm
by hillflyer
When I stole my copy of The Great American Amusement Parks from local library in 1977, little did I know 42 years later I would become good friends with the author Gary Kyriazi! He spent a whole weekend at my small cramped apartment among my model Airplane and Cyclone Racer roller coaster parts and we all got through unscathed. He's a really cool guy. I've only three months to finish this thing, before the upcoming ACE convention.

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:51 am
by hillflyer
Only three months to go before Coaster Con! Turning up the heat on getting this here model done of Long Beach’s Cyclone Racer. All I have left are three small sections of uprights, and track, mending all the gaps between the three main sections so they’re flush, and going back and doing lots of detail overlooked.

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:01 am
by Kw6sTheatee
Amazing job so far!! I wish I was this good at models — if I made one, I would want to have it functional ;)

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:09 am
by hillflyer
Kw6sTheatee wrote:Amazing job so far!! I wish I was this good at models — if I made one, I would want to have it functional ;)


Thanks!

Those are fun to watch but it's very difficult to accurately make a scale model coaster and have it run, especially one with a really shallow rate of decline like the Cyclone Racer.

My models are all about the art of the structure anyways, which nobody notices if all they want to see is a train zipping around, but I'd like to give it a try some time! I have a design stored away years ago.

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:08 am
by JT325
hillflyer wrote:When I stole my copy of The Great American Amusement Parks from local library in 1977, little did I know 42 years later I would become good friends with the author Gary Kyriazi! He spent a whole weekend at my small cramped apartment among my model Airplane and Cyclone Racer roller coaster parts and we all got through unscathed. He's a really cool guy. I've only three months to finish this thing, before the upcoming ACE convention.


That is hilarious* as I stole MY copy of The Great American Amusement Parks around 1987 from the Oak Forest Public Library. A few years ago I spoke to Gary across facebook (and told him how I got the book!), and thanked him for such a great book. He also shared some great Colossus 1978 stories with me.

Last year, I did a true "amends" and returned the book to the library's current manager and made a financial donation/financial amends as well. Yes, about 30 years later...

I worshiped that book for a couple decades.

*Not saying that stealing anything from anywhere is cool...

Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:35 pm
by hillflyer
JT325 wrote:
hillflyer wrote:When I stole my copy of The Great American Amusement Parks from local library in 1977, little did I know 42 years later I would become good friends with the author Gary Kyriazi! He spent a whole weekend at my small cramped apartment among my model Airplane and Cyclone Racer roller coaster parts and we all got through unscathed. He's a really cool guy. I've only three months to finish this thing, before the upcoming ACE convention.


That is hilarious* as I stole MY copy of The Great American Amusement Parks around 1987 from the Oak Forest Public Library. A few years ago I spoke to Gary across facebook (and told him how I got the book!), and thanked him for such a great book. He also shared some great Colossus 1978 stories with me.

Last year, I did a true "amends" and returned the book to the library's current manager and made a financial donation/financial amends as well. Yes, about 30 years later...

I worshiped that book for a couple decades.

*Not saying that stealing anything from anywhere is cool...


Wow that's great you did that...return the book that is. Did they frown upon you or just take it in stride? I wondered about doing the same thing. But considering it really pushed me over the top in my love for roller coasters, enough love to spend 10 years actually SAVING one from being torn town, I figure its the least I can get in back return. LOL.