Friday, 24 July 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Monday, 16 March 2009
Many many thanks to James for getting in the pond and for all his hard work. If we win we'll buy you something pretty!
Editing now, and writing the backing track. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the footage.
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Hopefully we got some great shots and we got lots of very nice comments on the way. Who knew Londoners could be so nice? Even he police wished us good luck and said they'd vote for us!
Right, now it's Day 2, time to shoot all the park scenes. Hopefully the Boxcar will go a bit faster down the hills on Hampstead Heath; central London is quite flat and my arms hurt from pushing!
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
We added a rope to the front to pull it along with and a block of wood to mount BOXCAR CAM on. We added tubing to the outside because the edges were sharp and we want to make sure our nice rider JD doesn't get hurt.
Here is a picture of my Pa fixing the pull rope in place.
The thing I learnt here (an important life lesson) is if in doubt; blow torch trumps all.
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Sparks are cool.
Even fuzzy out of focus sparks are cool
Repeat adding the wheels x4 then inflate the tires. BAM! One waterslideboxcar... pending finishing touchs.
The base fits in the bottom of the barrel to carry the weight of the person inside without bending the barrel, chassis or axel. It's made by screwing two bits of 2x4 to some ply wood. We cut the edges of the ply wood off so it fitted neatly in the bottom of the barrel and arranged the 2x4 so it wouldn't lift up the base. We then screwed the 2x4 to the ply wood and drilled 2 holes in each 2x4 to make a hole for the axel.
Of note is Kitty in this picture. She is happy because dogs don't get to ride in Waterslideboxcars. Wimp.
Drill axel holes in the barrel
We marked out the right place for the axel holes in the barrel and then drilled them really big to allow for discrepencies.
Attach base to barrel
We then bolted the barrel to the base in 3 places each side. It seems pretty secure but I'm sure we'll put this to the test.
Saturday, 7 March 2009
I was going to use the one from my ma's garden but she said she needed that for collecting water in ... weird, so we got this one from a strange place in the Forest of Dean. It was only a tenner as it was second hand; it used to hold BBQ sauce in. Turns out it still had 3 buckets of BBQ sauce in for first thing we did was empty it and wash it. I smelly saucy.
Cut hole in water butt
We cut a hole in the top using a saw and jigsaw. By 'we' I mean my Dad as 24 is still not old enough to use power tools apparently.
Friday, 6 March 2009
How awesome? VERY
Right we really need to win now. I'm upping any anti's!
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
I like how it will look like more like a waterslide and how I won't need to do any woodwork. I may need to get my ma a new water butt though. Also anyone know how to cut plastic?! I think chainsaw.
And yes Pip, I just said butt.
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
So this is the basic Waterslide Boxcar plan. It contains all the elements of the Barclaycard waterslide but in handy not-cost-a-fortune-and-need-planning-permission form. It has;
in the form of bags pumped by the feet
wheels are technically sliding
as long as we can find a way to charge up that rubbish one that is knocking about the house
Next we need to sort out the Barclaycard guy. Any volunteers?