Saturday, January 15, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Double H VLA


January 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Back in October of 2021 I posted a Double H slide and it got me thinking about one of the sights the Double H treks got to see. The VLA (Very Large Array) is an amazing radio astronomy observatory located in Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.  Each of the 27 (and one spare) telescopes are mounted on train tracks so the telescopes can be moved to focus on different areas of the cosmos.  

A fun slide to make (once I figured out how to). Carved from reclaimed pallet wood, I need to create a basic bowel but also include the framework for the feed horn at the top. This took lots of time carving out the middle of the slide using a gouge tool. Lots of sanding on this too! Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

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