Millbrook Park side friction model complete

Posted Thursday, June 19, 2003 5:44 AM | Contributed by Arrow Guy

2002 Marked the 100th anniversary of Millbrook Park's 60 foot high side friction coaster, which stood until 1913 just east of Portsmouth, Ohio. It was the tallest coaster around when built, and featured a unique layout that differed from the typical Figure 8 found on many early coasters. The park was one of many situated on the Ohio River, and flood damage in 1913 left the ride inoperable. The park was also home to a carousel and ballroom, and the ball field was very popular. Only a couple structures remain next to the Wal-Mart plaza, and the large recessed area of land north of the park was home to the lake seen in many postcards. The park is also depicted on the famous Portsmouth floodwalls. Styrene and basswood were the primary materials used. Due to a minimal number of photos and very little information on the park, the model was very challenging. It can be seen at the Mayor's building, 3980 Rhodes Ave, which is located on Route 52 East as you pass through town. The building is home to many city officials and is open during regular weekday business hours.

Link: Brad's Model Amusement Rides

Thursday, June 19, 2003 7:00 AM
Holy crap!!! That coaster is freakin awesome!!! Nice job Brad. I have always wanted to build a coaster model but I just dont have the engineering know how to build one (I wouldnt even know where to start). Guess I just have to live the dream through your wonderful models.

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Bob Hansen
Resident Airtime Whore

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 7:52 AM
Georgeous model!

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"It's not a Too-mah!" - Arnold after riding Batman the Ride

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:00 AM
Way to go! Looks pretty sharp.

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Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes
Woodencoaster.com

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:40 AM
Verrry nice. I was impressed with his Tidle Wave model but this goes far and beyond that. The modeling we do in the computer doesn't hold a candle to the talent it takes to pull off a good physical model. I can't wait to see more!

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Kevin Stone
NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulator
http://www.nolimitscoaster.de

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:19 AM
Great Job. I especially like your use of latchhook material to form the track braces.

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Ripple Rock Amusement Park
*model amusement park*

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:43 PM
Awesome Brad!

-Tina

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Feel The DragsterGasm....
www.intenserides.com

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 9:56 PM
Amazing !
It looks so good...

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Roarrrr...

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Thursday, June 19, 2003 10:32 PM
What?! No inversions!?

Awesome, yet again, Brad. When can I ride it?

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- John
I snap flyers.

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Friday, June 20, 2003 3:09 PM
Well John, leave it to me to build the world's first "looping" side friction model LOL. And no upstops! Then again, the Spacewarp toys prove that with enough speed, anything will stay on the track! I suppose a Flip Flap model would be neat.......maybe someday. Course I'd hate to pay $15 for figures, whose necks would then have to be broken for accuracy!

Millrace, I am just as amazed at your Rocketship ride and carousel pavilion. I also love how your rides are inspired by various defunct attractions out there.......nice work!!
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Brad Sherman
"How DARE you reduce my finely-honed thespian styling to.......mere Mother Goosery!" - Stewie, Family Guy

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Saturday, June 21, 2003 1:00 PM
I think I'd soooo love to see a POV of that coaster!
:o)

Great work

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Sunday, June 22, 2003 7:46 AM
Dude! One word sums that model up...in-freaking-credible!!!

(bows)

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--George H
---Currency tracking experiment... http://www.wheresgeorge.com (Referring to The "George" on the $1 bill - Not Me)

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Thursday, June 26, 2003 2:33 PM
That is awesome just like Tidal Wave. How long did it take you from start to finish to make it?

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-Sean Newman

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Thursday, June 26, 2003 3:32 PM
It was done in my spare time with no real deadline (not to mention the break needed to build Tidal Wave), but condensed it would have been about 6 months.

I just hope the river doesn't flood again and try to destroy this version! Otherwise there will be thousands of pieces of wood and plastic floating past Coney Island! Then again, they could use another wooden coaster.....:)
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"How DARE you reduce my finely-honed thespian styling to.......mere Mother Goosery!" - Stewie, Family Guy
Arrowed!

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