The Paratrooper Refurbishment
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 09:59:00 Europe/London
The arrival of the old ParaTrooper
The "Paratrooper", also known as the "Parachute Ride" or "Umbrella Ride", is a type of fairground ride based on the seats suspended below a wheel which rotates at an oblique angle.
This photo was taken when the Paratrooper arrived in April 2016 for full refurbishment for Folly Farm, this was a major refurb and transformation freom a trailer mounted ride to a static floor mounted ride and has taken us a few months to complete.
The basic frame is stripped down and refurbished
The whole ride has been totally dismantled, the frame work has been inspected, repaired where necessary and then prepared, undercoated and sprayed
Each part has been inspected and tested, we have replaced virtually all moving parts and fitted new motors and hydraulics. The whole ride has new wiring and a new control cabinet
The rest of the frame is processed and placed out ready for assembly and testing. Most of the amusement park spares are from stock but what we don't have, we fabricate in our workshop.
The seats have been carefully rubbed down, filled and prepared for their first coat of undercoat. these will not have their final spray until the ride has been fully weight tested
The circular roof or "umbrella" to the chairs on the ride have been through the same process, each one has been stripped back.
All the electrics and lights have also been removed. Here you can see the tops having their finishing white spray coat and the vinyls being applied. You can also see the new lights fitted to the canopies, each canopy will have colour co-ordinated LED lights to match the vinyl
The Centre Piece
The centre piece which has been constructed out of stainless steel in our workshop is fitted with coloured cabochon lights ready for the led lights
The ride is carefully assembled with each component checked and tested. The cars are attached before the final paint finish as not to damage the new paintwork. On final weight testing these cars will be filled with a ballast weight.
During the refurbishment the whole ride was completely stripped down and each part checked, for instance, the main hydraulics system and ram were renewed and re-designed to meet new standards, all new sensors and control panels were designed and fitted complete with air brake to give a brief idea of what is involved.
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