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BowlerCoaster Day 4: Closing the Gap

Break CampsSean Murray

We began today with a working loop-the-loop, portions of a post-loop segment and some solid concepts for the lift that would take the bowling ball to the top of the coaster.

We also had huge gaps. With only two days left to work, we focused ourselves entirely on closing the Northern Gap and the Southern Gap and creating a full circuit before we disassemble our Bowler Coaster on Friday.

Oscar makes a repair with the pull saw.

Mack is stoked after a successful test of the post-loop dip. Ernesto is about to remark on a wobble in the opening turn.

V.T. and Ernesto test a lift prototype.

It's hard to get across how much work our team of 10+ year-olds accomplished today. They built over seventy feet of track, made of hundreds of pieces of wood, connected with thousands of screws. 

Trent assembles a lift prototype.

Aidan explores a cloth saddle for the lift.

As of this writing, we have closed the Southern Gap and have one working lift. Tomorrow we'll go for the complete circuit and two working lifts. 

Jake and Oscar, our skunkworks team, spent diligent hours tweaking the pulleys for the lift.

But how will it tip the ball out?

V.T. and Ernesto test the lift on its final incline.

Stay tuned.

The Bowler Coaster is getting huge. Even at the most conservative estimate, we're over 100 feet of track!

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