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  • LINE UP MAG - Original Coverage of The Scoff Project

    Yes! Its finally on shelves people. The newest issue
    from Line Up Magazine a surf, skate, art, and babes oriented magazine.
    Grab your copy today and look for The Scoff Projects little part in
    this mag. Originally we had a 17 question interview mainly covering the
    basis of how to build your own mini-mega ramp. haha So it might be
    pretty epic for those who are inspired by the project. Anyways they
    finally got ahold of Gershon Mosley whom they have been trying to get
    an interview for a while and then killing the interew they had with us
    and moving us to half a page. No worries though any coverage is good
    coverage.

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    Heres the spot we got in Line Up.

    And since it was never released heres the full original interview with Line Up. Enjoy!How to build a Mini-Mega Ramp
    Justin McLeod

    Where did the idea come from?
    The
    idea came almost 2 years ago, when I was just surfing the forums of our
    local mag Paying in Pain, and one dude posted photos of this narly set
    up he made in his backyard with plywood, old washing machines, and
    other crazy stuff. I thought it be sick to build my own backyard ramp
    and since I had a hill in the back and old ramps, I piled them all up
    to make some mutant form of a ramp haha

    Do you need a physics degree for any of this?
    Ummm, naaaaw. Just a piece of paper, a pencil with an eraser, that' (TM)s very important, and a crazy idea.

    Any lost fingers?
    Haha
    what? That' (TM)s the question I usually get asked when I tell people I make
    fireworks from scratch. But last month my dad actually shot a nail
    through his middle finger. Ouch!

    How much cash is involved?
    Well
    depends how much do you want to spend? The first version of the Scoff
    Project cost me $50, built it entirely from scrap wood that I picked up
    from construction sites and old ramps. I actually met a really cool
    super-intendent who' (TM)s son skateboarded and hooked us up with so much
    wood, it was pretty sick. The one were building right now we' (TM)ve already
    spent $350 on, it' (TM)s a mix of fresh wood and some scrap 2x4s we' (TM)ve
    picked up.

    Any good ways to finance it?
    Well
    if you and your buddies are strapped for cash, you can kidnap your next
    door neighbor' (TM)s dog and hold it for ransom' ' Or maybe not, scratch
    that. Just save your money, sell some of your old stuff, maybe try
    panhandling and selling your old board or trucks. Or get a job that
    always seems to work. For us at Scoff we put some of our own money down
    plus we have sponsors like Monster Energy, GrindTV, and Grind 4 Life
    that are supporting the film.

    How much time got invested into it?
    In
    the ramp we' (TM)re building right now, damn! We' (TM)ve spent 5 days building it
    so far, I think I spent a good 2 days designing it on paper and trying
    to estimate the angles and cost of wood, drinking monsters, and
    prepping. I say a good 8 days and counting.

    How many people do you need to get it done?
    Just
    2, but it makes it a lot easier if you have 3-4 people which is what I
    suggest. We' (TM)ve had 3 builders at all times, one to cut and 2 to
    assemble. Works pretty smooth that way

    Any way to get some good wood cheap?
    Ah
    there' (TM)s tons of ways! You won' (TM)t believe it! We go over this in the film
    but I guess your going to get a sneak peak into some of our tips. 1 is
    hit up some local construction sites that you see piles of wood at. Go
    up to one of the workers and ask them if you can speak to the framing
    super-intendent (he' (TM)s in charge of the wood) and simply ask him if you
    can pick up his scrap wood for him. Most won' (TM)t really care except for
    your safety, just make sure to respect them and make sure not to make a
    mess after you take the wood you want.
    Number 2 most people don' (TM)t
    know is called dunnage. Find a local lumber yard near a railroad and
    call and ask them if they have any dunnage they want to get rid of. Now
    most of you are thinking what the heck is dunnage? Its pieces of wood
    (usual 2x4) that separate sheets of wood while there in the train. Once
    they unload they usually toss the spacers in pile till there picked up
    sometime in the month and disposed of. These are usual perfect pieces
    of wood.
    Or you can go on craigslist.org and a see if there' (TM)s anyone
    in your area that' (TM)s selling some wood or maybe giving it away for free.
    Its like eBay, but its local, so you just pick it up instead of having
    to ship it.

    Did you make friends with the local lumber yard?
    Actually I made friends with the girls behind the checkout counter at Home Depot haha

    What is your set up like?
    Well
    we have a nice 16ft rollin down a bank. Fairly close to the design of
    Burnquists mega ramp. Then we have a nice 12ft flat bottom, its very
    important that you have that otherwise the person will not have enough
    time to set up for the jump. Like our poor friend Rob, he hasn' (TM)t skated
    the same since. And then we have a beautiful ramp that' (TM)s 8.5ft tall and
    16ft long. Total length from the rollin to the tip of the ramp is 72ft.

    Did you use any templates?
    Nope,
    none at all. For a ramp of this size there really is no templates or
    guidelines to follow. We just took the basics of building ramps and
    then put a drastic edge on it. We learned from our mistakes on the
    first version we built in January 07, and took that knowledge and
    rebuilt it. The radius for our new mini-mega is 24ft! And it looks
    beautiful, like you' (TM)re going to just float off of it or something. I
    would say on making your own template use something close to a 3 to 1
    ratio. If you want to build a nice smooth 5ft ramp use a 15ft radius on
    it. As for the rollin start with making twice the height of the ramp,
    if you need or want more speed you can always add onto it later.

    How much did your spot help you in price?
    A
    lot! Because I have a levee in my backyard, and building it up that
    10ft levee meant we didn' (TM)t have to buy all those extra 2x4s to build a
    massive framework to support it. It probably saved us a good $400-$600.
    That and our mini mega probably would have never been built if it
    wasn' (TM)t for the levee. It came with conditions though.

    Did it make the build more difficult?
    Yea
    it did actually. Cause we had to custom build the ramp to the side of
    the levy and try to make sure that everything was level and straight.
    We practically built the ramp around the levee like a glove. It was the
    hardest part of our build and then making sure everything was
    structurally safe also. The thing looks like a roller coaster now!

    If you don' (TM)t have a levee, are there any other places to start a build?
    Hmmm
    well that I can think of, try to find a hill of some sort will
    definitely work to your advantage. If you have the space, you can build
    it flat in your backyard or in a warehouse. It will cost a little more
    money or more hours scrounging for wood, but it will be sick none the
    less. Also building it somewhere it can' (TM)t be seen or hard to be seen.
    Cause you don' (TM)t want uninvited guest tearing up your ramp. Luckily for
    us ours is in the country so we don' (TM)t have to worry too much about that.

    Is it better to build in pieces?
    Yea
    it is, because if something happens you move or need to move it, you
    can break it down in to however many pieces and move it. Like The Scoff
    Project, the ramp itself is constructed into 7 different pieces main
    reasons why is because of the levee its built on is actually shared
    property between the city and us. See were not allowed to have anything
    built on it. So the days we do use it takes a about 45mins to take the
    4 pieces an assemble it. When it' (TM)s not in use we break it down, so not
    to get in trouble with the city. It simplifies things that way. They
    also have these giant tractor things the grates and mows the whole
    levee in a single sweep, its pretty crazy looking!

    What' (TM)s good and bad about it?
    It' (TM)s
    mainly all good. It' (TM)s portable! Imagine if we had a mini mega tour
    across the US, all we had to do was break it down in its pieces and
    load up a big rig. You know, that be pretty sick! Anything negative
    might be that if it' (TM)s broken down multiple times, the pieces might not
    fit as well as they use to.

    How much air can you expect out of a ramp of your size?
    Wow I' (TM)ve been trying to figure this out myself. This is where you need physics degree.
    Were
    expecting about a 16-20ft gap and maybe 12-14ft of air. We really don' (TM)t
    know for sure. I' (TM)m one of those people that aren' (TM)t really good at
    advance math in general unless it applies to me personally. I searched
    all over Google trying to find equations to help me figure this out and
    it was insane, my brain hurt afterwards. I had to find the equation to
    find the amount of speed the object will generate from a slope at X
    height and X angle with X weight. Then I had to take X speed and figure
    it in with the amount of flat space we have to see how much the object
    slows down too. After that I had to figure the new speed, decreased by
    gravity at the steepness and length of the ramp, then take X speed and
    figure it in with the angle of the ramp. I came up with the number
    14' Which I had no clue what it meant. haha Maybe it was the number for
    the gap, the air you might get, or maybe how many hours I was going to
    have a migraine for. End-
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