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Dave Ware writes: The horses for the carousel were made from a photograph of a real carousel horse. My wife traced them and colored them for me. Flashing lights were added to the base.
Turn the crank and duck!
Dave Ware writes: This is the model as revised by Gilbert in 1949. Use of the OI segment of 72 tooth gear allowed for a simpler mechanism. This innovation and the increase of the height to almost 6 feet made for a much improved model. The action was now completely automatic. Parachutes were homemade using silk cloth and swizzle sticks.
This model was originally constructed as an airplane ride only. The planes were made to give a more realistic aircraft look. A few Mecanno parts were used for the wings and the tail assemblies. Also, I added a few extra features to the model. It was built with spare parts that were stripped clean, primed and painted the various colors that Gilbert used over the years.
Recently, I purchased several plastic seats on eBay. Rather than build another ride structure, I made the seats interchangeable with the airplanes.
My wife, Kathy, gives me much needed help as to what color each part should be painted. Always good to include the spouse!
Bill Klein writes: Climb the stairs to the airplane ride for higher thrills.
Bill Klein writes: The original four parachute jump was used in the military to train guys to parachute from airplanes.
Bill Klein writes: The jump is eight foot six inches tall and fifteen inches across at the base. It is powered with an A49 motor and modified heavy duty winch.
Bill writes: This small airplane ride has Kaster kit airplanes.
Here is Bill’s version of Dr. Prune’s model.
Bruce Hansen writes: This is the Airplane Ride built from a 1955 No. 4 1/2 set. The motor was turned with a key and provided about 30 seconds of power to spin the airplanes.
Bruce Hansen writes: This Circle Swing model built from a 1916 #6 type I set is the obvious predecessor to the Airplane ride lead model of the 6 ½ set. The model is driven by a P-58 motor (I used a rubber band instead of string to drive the gear box). The motor spins the “canoes” at about 30 RPM’s.
Bruce Hansen writes: This is a Double Ferris Wheel model. It uses two classic #8 ½ set wheels supported by an “H” frame. The A49 motor drives “H” frame and string/pulleys are used to turn the wheels.
Fred Writes: My model is based on the Erector book, but I decided that a more detailed airplane was called for. I came up with a biplane design that uses three B girders for the fuselage, a 4 hole triangle and two CH angles for the tail assembly, a 5 hole perforated strip and large washer for the landing gear, and two MF flat plates for the wings. I also modified the rotating support arms in an attempt to make them more substantial than the Gilbert design. I added a small ball bearing at the top of the tower to support the rotating assembly and reduce the load on the motor and gears. My next idea for this one is to build an 8 sided platform around the tower below the airplanes to represent the platform that people would walk on when boarding the ride. I also need to add the MX house to represent the ticket booth, and some kind of staircase leading up to the boarding platform. Another improvement I have in mind is to add lights, I don’t think I will ever be able to get any of the original Gilbert Illumination kits so I am working on a homemade equivalent.