The Model Cyclone Racer

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:06 pm

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.
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The south tip
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The west side.
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The way the cars exit down from this curve must have truley been like spiraling down into the funnel of a Cyclone.
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Looking forward to when I can take this somewhere where I can get shots with no buildings in the background.
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The Cyclone Racer was a triple stacked racer, there was no other like it. Even Colossus is barely a double deck.
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Exactly at the ride's halfway point, the trains split a level so they can switch sides
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Inspired by the film Strike Me Pink
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One train is completed
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This is the original train for side A (if you're looking at the station, the left). Side B will be what the trains looked like after they were modified with higher sides and a different looking grill in the front. If I have it in me, I'll make a matching pair.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby chaos » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:36 pm

It's looking really good! I love the detail in those trains!

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

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:14 pm

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.
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:46 am

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.
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:15 pm

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.
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Tim and Gary throwing one back at the Coaster Saloon in Mission Beach
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Gary Kyriazi, from Arizona, enjoying getting his feet wet at dog beach in Ocean Beach, right near where Wonderland used to be.
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The climb up into hill #3 after the turn and second drop.
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Hill #8 in the foreground, before I painted the track.
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The next section I’m working on in the blue square, an extension of the previous photo.
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A photo of the real Cyclone Racer and the section I’m working on.
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Uprights cut
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Ledgers, measured, scored and drilled.
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Bents made as well as the subtrack.
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Gary and ACEr Jay Margot and I about to do some dippin'

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:51 am

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.
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Mapping out the middle section for placement of three main sections.
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The red are bents I still have to build and yellow is track nearing completion.
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Comparing...
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Tracking climb up third hill.
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The drop coming down the third hill, heading towards the flat then around over the station. On the left is part of the double down on the east run.
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Third drop tracked.
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Using my map to place pieces for fun for now. The lift hills would be in the middle and the big hole in the structure is where the bottom of the first drop slices through.
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Tracking the double down.
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Interesting composition shot mixing sections together. Would like to do more of these.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby Kw6sTheatee » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:01 am

Amazing job so far!! I wish I was this good at models — if I made one, I would want to have it functional ;)
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:09 am

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.

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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby JT325 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:08 am

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...
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Re: The Model Cyclone Racer

Postby hillflyer » Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:35 pm

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.
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