Building up a Freak Out

These pictures show the build up a standard KMG Freak Out, Freak Outs are one of KMGs most popular rides, KMG were the first manufacter to create a Frisbee style swinging ride built onto one trailer, and with a build up time of 2-3 hours and seating 16 people it really is an amazing ride, it has two bigger brothers, the KMG Afterburner, which seats 20 people and is slightly bigger, and massive KMG XXL which stands at an impressive height of 155 foot at full swing.

Pulling On

Like most large rides the Freak Out packs onto an articulated trailer which can then be transported round the country by lorry, so the first thing it needs to do at every funfair is to pull on and park on its plot ready for build up.


Jay Barwick's Freak Out, Kimberworth Park, Rotherham – 15th June 2009


Jay Barwick's Freak Out, Herringthorpe, Rotherham – 16th May 2010

When the ride is on its plot and ready for build up the lorry can be uncoupled and parked nearby to provide power to the ride.

All the parts for the Freak Out fold up into one trailer, below is some photos showing the ride packed up from the inside showing how everything packs up.


The Platforms
Jay Barwick's Freak Out, Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield – 24th July 2009


The arms which hold the cars
Jay Barwick's Freak Out, Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield – 24th July 2009


One of the cars and the boom arm.
Jay Barwick's Freak Out, Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield – 24th July 2009

 

Setting the ride

Once built up the Freak Out is supported by its 4 large legs on each corner of the ride.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011

Building the front of the ride

After the ride is level and ready to build up the first thing to do is to build the front parts of the ride, including the entrance and exit run-ups, and the big fence which prevents people from getting into dangerous areas.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011

Lowering the main platform

The main platform is the part of the ride which raises and lowers when the ride starts and stops.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011

A closer look at how the ride packs up

Now the front platform is down we can get a closer look how the ride packs up.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 8th August 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 8th August 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 8th August 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 8th August 2011

When it's time to lift the towers up the cars are pulled out from the centre onto the main platform, the other 4 sections of the platform get folded down, and the metal sheets (Shown in the centre truck attached to the cars) are attached to the platform and run-ups.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster Dome, 23rd March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster Dome, 23rd March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster Dome, 23rd March 2011

Lifting the towers

The two towers are next lifted by hydraulics; first the one at the front of the trailer is lifted to its full height, then the other one at the rear of the trailer which also lifts the main boom arm.

As the rear tower is lifted the four connecting arms for the cars are folded out into position.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011

The Boom Arm

Now the two towers are lifted up the boom arm is placed into position using a small winch built into the tower at the front of the trailer, then the two towers are then bolted together.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Meadowhall, Sheffield – 1st March 2011

Attaching the cars

The cars now need to be attached to the four arms, but first the connecting beams between the four arms need to be attached, then the cars lifted. This is all done using the small winch built into the tower at the front of the trailer.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster New Year Fair – 31st December 2008


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster New Year Fair – 31st December 2008


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster New Year Fair – 31st December 2008


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster New Year Fair – 31st December 2008


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster New Year Fair – 31st December 2008


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster New Year Fair – 31st December 2008

The finished ride

Before the ride can open, or even be tested it needs to be filled with 12 tonnes of water which act as ballast to keep the ride stable, there is three tanks built into the chassis of the ride, two smaller tanks at the front and rear, and one large tack under the platform.


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster Dome – 6th April 2012


Roger Tuby's Freak Out, Doncaster Dome – 6th April 2012