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The Final Stretch

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by , 01-17-2012 at 10:38 PM
We've been missing in action for the past few weeks on this blog. Here's what we've been up to over the past few weeks.

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We participated in the Seal Beach Parade and it was rather fun since many people recognized the truck right off the bat. Other's seemed a bit confused. Either way we made some kind of impression on them.

Then the holidays hit, family gatherings, and overtime at work took their toll, however we were able to find some time to work on the rocket.

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After many weeks of work and countless prototypes we thought we had finished the rocket. But after less than a week with it we realized that we could do better. Although the above rocket was sturdy, the top fin was slightly off centered due to the seam. Another problem was that the material was not transparent enough to be lit from the inside, a detail we had hoped to achieve since day one. So, it was back to the drawing board for now.

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The Ricchio's went back to work and plowed through several versions of the rocket. After a week and a half of near constant work they earned their degree in light up rocket science (Imagine the montage from October Sky with less explosions).

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One of the keys to the Ricchio's design was that the updated rocket would have it's own internal light and support system provided by some modified towing lights.

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Joining the two halves of the rocket body was most troublesome step of the process. Several shells cracked and destroyed or converted to various sea creatures (Blimpie the Dolphin for example)

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With the rocket completed we were ready for installation but first there were some minor wiring issues to be dealt with. We called David C. ([URL="http://micechat.com/blogs/the-road-to-pixar/3105-dapper-day-evening-affair.html"]previous appearances[/URL]) for his technical knowhow.

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After several hours of rewiring (and finding out that the previous owner did not take the best care of the taillights) we hadn't made much progress. That coupled with the battery being drained from the parade several weeks before did not help matters and we had to be cautious with how long we had the lights on without the engine running.

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After a bit more rewiring and soldering we were ready to test the rocket. In our excitement we forgot to start the truck and this did not end well and we had to back the truck into the garage with people power.

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But, before the truck refused to start we took this picture.

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We are almost finished. All we have left to do is [URL="http://hq55.com/disney/toy2/toystory2-disneyscreencaps.com-8490.jpg"]weather the exterior paint[/URL] and a few minor details here and there. We are also in the process of finalizing our itinerary and planning our road trip.


Thank you for your support and stay tuned.

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Updated 01-18-2012 at 09:44 AM by The Road To Pixar

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  1. chesirecat's Avatar
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    Great job. I would have gone with LEDs for the light in the rocket as you can see the outline of the fan in the plastic rocket, I assume this is for heat issues. You also could have had the Pizza Planet logo painted on the plastic rocket, but despite this small imperfections, you creation looks excellent!

    I wonder if a certain Hawaiian shirt wearing pizza fan might invite you and your Pizza truck to the Carsland open? :)
  2. The Road To Pixar's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by chesirecat
    Great job. I would have gone with LEDs for the light in the rocket as you can see the outline of the fan in the plastic rocket, I assume this is for heat issues. You also could have had the Pizza Planet logo painted on the plastic rocket, but despite this small imperfections, you creation looks excellent!

    I wonder if a certain Hawaiian shirt wearing pizza fan might invite you and your Pizza truck to the Carsland open?
    What you're seeing is the shadow from the rings around the lights.



    We were thinking of having leds and shopped around at some rooftop sign shops, but we decided that these tow lights would do the trick. Plus, we wouldn't have to drive with the window down to plug the light into the cigarette lighter. To make matters worse, our cigarette lighter doesn't have any power running to it anyway.

    We chose the vinyl lettering so light could shine through it. We considered stenciling the lettering too.

    Thank you for checking out the truck. We hope that it doesn't disappoint.
  3. chesirecat's Avatar
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    Great job, I'd have trouble making the plastic rocket.

    Too bad about the LEDs, but the light from the tow truck lights look great, it is hard to find 12-volt LEDs which have that warm white glow and are bright enough, looks like you made the right call there. They do make LED white tow lights (again finding that warm white color is tricky, they are planning on converting the warm white bulbs on Main Street to LEDs, but it hard getting the color just right), and I think that tow lights run on 12 volts anyway. I just mention this in case heat is an issue or you want to change it down the line.

    Looking at pictures of the pizza truck, I see that the Pizza Planet logo on the rocket is lit up from behind. They do make translucent paints which could be applied to the plastic rocket with a suitable primer, but you'd probably have to pay to have somebody to paint it on. I just mention this as I noticed that the Pizza Planet Logo on the rocket is actually a couple of "fonts" bigger than the one on your rocket. Maybe you could print a bigger vinyl de-cal and cut out around the letters a little bit better, though I doubt that most people would notice this, but making the lettering bigger would make the Pizza Planet logo really pop out.

    Awesome job!
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    PS, you could also probably cut-off the black plastic rings around the tow lights, to remove the dark shadow in the middle of the rocket, if you have the time or if the rocket is easily removable.
  5. Timekeeper's Avatar
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    Nice. I hope to see your guy's truck in a Fourth of July Parade really soon!


    Timekeeper
  6. Kamerun's Avatar
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    Great Job!! I am completely and totally impressed by your dedication and attention to detail! I would so love to see your truck added to to the Christmas Parade at Disneyland!