Coaster Dynamix - Roller Coaster Desktop Models

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:44 AM

Good Morning Everyone,

I saw via an e-mail from Six Flags that they are now selling desktop models of some of their roller coasters.

These look like they are made from metal parts and do not offer any movement...just the frames.

Do any of you have any these models and can you possibly share the pros and cons of the construction process.

They look interesting, but I wanted to see a few reviews before I make purchase.

Thanks!


Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 11:54 AM
Vater's avatar

I have one.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:29 AM

Sorry Vater,

I will ask Jeff to delete the thread.


Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:33 AM

My son has three of these models: Banshee, Son of Beast (don't ask), and Mystic Timbers.

Pros

  • They are easy to build. The instructions are not in depth but for the most part it's clear when piece is supposed to go where. If you have built any Metal Earth models it is a similar build process but MUCH easier.
  • They look nice when they are done.

Cons

  • They are a huge pain in the butt to keep clean. The base is generally a black acrylic, which seems to be a dust magnet. Which brings me to my next point...
  • They are awkward to display. They take up a fair amount of space horizontally but are very short.
  • They are much smaller than I was anticipating.
  • They are almost too easy to build. The value just isn't there for me. $30 for a 30 minute build equates to $60 per hour. I spend roughly the same amount of time on a vinyl, injection molded plastic, or 3d printed model but spend much more time building them. Even Metal Earth models take more time but cost significantly less.

Summary: If you are looking for a neat little display piece of your favorite roller coasters and have an idea where to display them, then go for it. If you are looking for a challenge then save your money.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:41 AM
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Yeah, completely agree with that assessment. Don't buy it for the build, buy it if you want a decent model to display. I enjoy model building, but that wasn't why I bought this; I got it to display and have it sitting on my desk. My younger self would be all about getting several of these to put in a nice display case, but my older self prefers putting time and money into other projects.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:00 AM

The Six Flags models are extremely accurate. They come with long lines, one train, and employees that are slow as hell.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:03 AM

But their models are cheaper than the models from other parks.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 11:22 AM

Does Six Flags sell memberships? You keep getting new ones until you cancel? All for a low monthly fee.

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