As you might have guessed, I didn't get in until late last night... I've been up since 4 this morning stressing whether or not I removed the crocodile clips from the truck battery I've been using to test my lighting strips - on Wednesday, my prototype went up in smoke when someone dragged a bit or metal accross the floor shorting it out... now although no one should be there, we do have a mouse in residence and if she's scurried past... well, this morning we could be turning up to a bigger pile of smoking timber!!!
I was going to go in and check, but (given the yard was broken into the other night, by truck driving, bad-uns, wielding "gas cutting gear") I've decided to take a chance... the mouse may be having a lay in anyway.
SO - As we've not had time or energy to plan anything boaty, this week, here is a photo stream of the nearly finsihed chair-o-planes that have taken over my life for the last 3 months...
At the moment, it's looking like this:
|Centre pole of the ride being craned into position - prior to this, we were trying to balance a few pallets on a fork truck, along side a scaffold tower... the grim reaper left a message so I stopped things and ordered the "right tool"|
|Centre pole finally erected and the build up around it could now begin.|
|1 set of steps down... 19 to go.|
|24 NEW swifts ... in 6 coats of paint.|
|Roger wandering around looking worn out - oh, the green thing is a grating (platform to walk on) - 20 of them ... each slightly different to make the walkway under the chairs.|
|Speaking (well writing) of chairs, the 1st batch of 24 in Royal Maroon after being repaired.|
|Trial run of swift, bars and chair - Roger doing the honours again.|
|4, 6 way light distribution boxes that end up at the top of the pole through breakers. - fiddly as heck to do and my finger ends are still sore.|
|Lighting strip number 1 -|
|Original light holders that "clamp on" to the wire - as you can see, made in 1965... we have 1000's in new boxes for the vintage rides... the modern stuff is all leds.|
|Build up of top frame|
|I'm bored with these by now...and still had 20 to go.|
|Top frame completed. Now for some pretty stuff.|
|Rounding boards going on - 24 boards, with retaining panels between them. All newly decorated.|
|Half way there...|
|Close up of Rounding boards|
|The other 24 chairs - British racing green (ish) colour number 226.|
|Trying out some ceiling panels and trying to work out the best way of fixing them down without damaging them.|
|Another coat of green|
|Fitting the centre droppers - these are heavy and the cherry picker is more hindrance than help really...|