A large-scale fully functional HUSS Skylab amusement ride
About this creation
Update: January 17th, 2004
I have finished all of the sweeps, and attached them to the hub. I still have to add all the cross beams and other structural members to make the sweeps more rigid. Work has begun on the base structure and the lifting arm, so I will post some picks in the next week or so. I have finished the prototype phase of the gondolas, but the one pictured still needs to have the other gates, and details added, before I build 15 more.
My latest creation is the HUSS Manufacturing 'Skylab' amusement ride. This ride is based on the 'Enterprise' version, which has done very well in that there are many of these rides some 20 years old that are STILL traveling the midways today. Essentially you sit in gondola that seats 2 people(great for couples this ride is ;-), or in the case of my version, four people in two compartments on the same gondola. The gondolas are hung at the end of the sweeps in a fashion that allows them to swing out when the wheel starts to rotate. Once the ride starts up, the arm that the wheel is attached to, lifts to nearly 90 degrees, allowing each gondola to make a looping path, as the riders are held in place by centrifugal force. The HUSS 2 person version was a direct rip-off of Schwarzkopf's version(for more info see http://www.ride-extravaganza.com/rides/enterprise/ )
I have always loved this ride, and was actually encouraged by some other enthusiasts to do one in large-scale Lego. I am at the initial stages of development, with a sweep prototype that is nearly 100% complete, a hub and gondola that are still being developed. I will begin working on the trailer and lift-arm assembly this week. Stay tuned for more pictures as things develop. Thanks for the kind words and emails about my creations. If you would like something done custom-made in Lego, drop me an email, and I will go over the details, and scheduling.
Its really awesome, i love your work, but there are still missing cars and no lift arm. i know these because i research rides on a ride index to build the rides, but awesome, when will it be finished??