Saturday, November 21, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont bear bags



November 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane



 
When camping in bear country, or other critters, one method of  food storage is "bear bags". In Philmont this is the only acceptable method of food storage. The larger of the bags typically contains most of the food (sometimes 4 days worth) and requires several folks just to hoist up the cable.  The smaller "whoops" usually contains the things that needed more frequently or are last minute forgotten items hence the nickname. 

There are a couple of methods I could have used here with the first being to glue two large dowels to a flat piece of wood for the trees. Instead I decided on a stock removal method of carving the trees by removing the wood around them. I painted the slide with hobby paints which on retrospect was a mistake because I should have waited until  I drilled holes for the cable and ropes. (Always learning, sigh). The cable is a piece of stainless steel wire super glued in place. The bags were made from some left over material and the ropes are some thick thread. I used some crazy glue to secure both my knots and the position on the cable as well as the positions on the tree. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Buffalo




November 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane




 

When I've thought about Philmont, I never thought there were buffalo there but I was wrong. It turn out there is a herd of about 150+. When I was younger, the American buffalo were an endangered species, but due to the efforts of many, it is now considered  "near threatened"

Carved from southern pine (pallet wood), painted with hobby paints, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.  While I really like the slide, the pictures I took don't show the buffalo's details very well because of the dark brown color. (Sorry about that!)

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Slide of the Month - The Soaring Eagle



November 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Sept. 1993, page 59

Original design: Jeff Springer












Wow, I really like this modern look of an eagle head. It almost reminds me of the Philadelphia Eagle's logo but I'm not much for a football fan.

Carved from maple and painted with hobby paints. A couple of coats of poly finish it off

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Slide of the Month - Jack-O-Lantern (enhanced)


 


        October 2020

        Time to make: 2 hours

        Boys Life "Slide of the Month"
        
        Nov. 1994, page 58

        Original design: Don Gubler







So lets add more power to the Jack-O-Lantern slides!


So much fun to have a pulsing light to give a eerie feel to this slide. I started with carving the basic Jack-O-Lantern out of maple and painting it with hobby paints. A couple coats of Poly served to seal the paint and give it a harder finish.  The next step was to hollow the pack of the slide to so there will be space for the light.  For the electronics, I took apart a battery powered  "tea light" which is ideal for the way the light flickers. The useful parts I was able to harvest was the  LED light, switch, and battery.  I could not use the battery compartment so I used a button battery holder I had left over from another project.  I  soldered the circuit together and after testing, began to assemble the components to the slide. I used 5-minute epoxy to mount the LED just above the eye holes, switch to the side and the battery holder to the back of the loop. After the epoxy had hardened, I routed the wires as neatly as possible and used some more epoxy to keep them in place.

All and all, a great upgrade to an already good slide!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Slide of the Month (Just for Fun) - Impostor Among Us



    October 2020

    Time to make: 2 hours

    Finishing: 1 hour

    Original design: Bill Macfarlane









Wait did Orange just come out of the vent?!!!!!  
A online version of Werewolf,  the crew members of a spaceship are pitted against an impostor set on killing the crew.  But who is who?  Only the crew can decide by voting who goes out the airlock. Oh, and while your at it, there are tasks you need to complete too. Among Us is just a lot of fun and runs on mobile or Steam. (I also think InnerSloth is a great name for a group of game developers.)

Oh boy this was fun to make! I had a couple of pieces of pine left over from another project and originally started carving the green crew member and that when very quickly. Hmmm...could I make the Impostor? So after I found a version I thought I could carve, I set about carving the basic shape of it.  Next, I formed the tongue and teeth using some plastic model sprue and heat. I painted the Impostor  and with hobby paints (like I did with the crew member) before painting the tongue and teeth using some paint pens. When everything was dry, I glued the parts in place. Now I had two slides I thought until I put them next to each other then HOLY COW this looks better. I connected the two figures using a small piece of coat hanger, a couple of holes, and some more super glue. Luckily for me, the tongue was a little long so I could cut off a bit and glue it to the head of the green crew member. A couple coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Slide of the Month - Jack-O-Lantern Slide


         October 2020

        Time to make: 1 hours

        Finishing: 1 Hour

        Boys Life "Slide of the Month"
        
        Oct. 1980, page 71

        Original design: Wayne Mason


As I understand it, Jack-o-Lanterns are based on the Irish folk tail of Stingy Jack

A quick, fun little slide made from pallet wood! I started out cutting a semi round disk and then rounding the wood into a half dome(ish). Using some deep v-cuts, I formed the sections of the pumpkin. A bunch of sanding to make it smooth and painting with hobby paint. The eyes, nose and mouth were painted with a paint pen. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Boot Tread


September 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


 

Another in my Philmont concept series! While Philmont Scout Ranch is a number of things from training to special events, it is probably best known for the treks.  Strap on a backpack of all the things you'll need on the trail and head off into an adventure.  An essential for the journey, footwear in good condition and a backup pair just in case. Don't be that Scout that has to duct tape their boots back together on the trail. (Yes, I'm looking at you Mr. H)

Admittedly, this slide started out as a odd looking scrap of maple I had kicking (no pun attended) around and I was about to throw away. It looked kind of like the shape of a boot print in the mud so the idea of the boot tread slide was hatched. The tread design is loosely based on my boots with the Philmont name carved into the middle. The slide took a couple of tries to complete and there will be a follow up slide from one of the missteps. When it came to finishing, the natural look of the maple was appealing so I used a paint pen to highlight Philmont and finished the slide with a couple coats of poly.