As the publication hub, we had covered various kinds of stories about the fathers who did extraordinary things for their wives, kids, parents, grandparents, and other relatives. By adding another new story to the bucket, here we bring you another awesome dad who made his child so special.
Matthew Cosman built a giant all-in-one playground in the shape of a dinosaur. Instead of having a common play area, he thought to make the playground properly by arranging items according to a theme.
“I really did this and shared it for fun. I fabricate for a living because it’s my passion—I make fun things for me because no one will pay me to build these crazy things. I do have a history in aerospace engineering, so that played a big role here,” Cosman explained.
This dad took the jungle gym formula and brought it to a new level with his all-in-one dinosaur playground
“Fat [guy] for scale. This wound up at 48 feet long”
“Foam and chicken wire. Just for shape”
To build a giant dinosaur, he used structural steel and wood, foam, chicken wire, carbon integrated into the fiberglass and epoxy, kevlar, various paints, and ceramic fillers, as well as a number of many other components, whether functional, structural, or aesthetic.
“My bro, he was the largest chunk of help getting this done”
“Final color and texture is also a home made clay in epoxy and ceramic fillers for longevity”
“I did have to hire a crane to get it into place from my shop”
“24k lbs of footing. Don’t want it wandering off”
“This wound up 48 feet long and weighs about 3,500 lbs, all in without the footing. Yes, much steel, aluminum, and composite leftovers bought in classifieds, left over from projects, and eBay. Some I did have to buy. If someone was motivated, you could do it like I did, but you’d have to be very patient in the waiting and seeking out the right deals. This took years for me. $10,000 is the low end on this, but before anyone thinks that’s extreme, I know many folks whose car, boat or motorcycle habits are way more expensive. This is my hobby as it were.” Cosman further explained about his project.
“Beginning the upper structure. These tubes go through the body in tubing incorporated into the structure”
“Rubber chips for extra fall protection”
“This is the “crows nest” the upper structure is all stainless”
“Learned lots of food weaving for this”
“Gotta have a slide. Fat [guy] for standard scale”
“Final paint finish on the slide”
“Getting close to done”
“3D printed and filled rope clamps for glow in the dark effects”
“Climbing web on the back. Center is a stainless rod grounding the upper structure”
“More rope and monkey bar handles from the neck”
“Add rock climbing handles. Kids love to climb. These are attached with stainless screws and epoxy”
“Added led lights for night time play and glow to the ground perimeter as well”
What do you think? Isn’t he the Dad of the Year?
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