Brad: In 2002 I was asked to construct a model of the Tidal Wave shuttle coaster for California’s Great America in Santa Clara. The park was celebrating the ride’s 25th anniversary, which is special for any ride if you ask me. I only had 2 months but was able to build a 1:160 (N) scale static model in my spare time. I was thrilled since Tidal Wave was one of my favorite attractions growing up at the Gurnee park. Steven Wilson of www.greatamericaparks.com graciously provided photos of the coaster for reference (by this time it had been rethemed). The model featured Plastruct ladders for track, and modified FALLER Big Dipper coaster cars as the train. A graphic of the famous waves lined the launch, and the station sported a boat and hurricane flag just like the ride. Both the coaster and my model were featured on the news which was very cool. The model is on display in one of the offices at the park. Neither Great America park has their shuttle anymore (Gurnee’s is at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY and has used parts from its west coast twin).
Brad Sherman’s Amusement Ride Models
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