The Other Siebert
*** This post was edited by Canadas Coaster Drew on 8/22/2002. ***
Magnum is red,
Millenium Force is blue,
I love Wicked Twister,
and Raptor too.
Umm... he definitely did not "dis" KNEXs. He just stated that the Six Flags toy was a cheaper alternative. If you click the link in his signature his website has a page devoted just to his KNEX coaster creations.
The Other Siebert
The Spacewarp sets are a lot of fun. I've heard that Bandai discontinued Spacewarp which is a shame. They aren't particulary realistic as far as coasters go but you can make some amazing layouts. You may be able to find them around at flea-markets, garage sales, ebay, or old fashioned stores that have a lot of ancient stock
Scratchbuilding a working coaster is opening a whole can of worms. Static models aren't too spooky, you just need a lot of patience. :)
I started out with nothing and still have most of it left.
The SF coaster is simply a much cheaper way to start, and though you'll still end up wantng more than one set, at $20 a pop they are easier on your wallet. I have yet to get my hands on one, but am very pleased with what I have seen (though the supports seem a bit flimsy).
Both toys are considerably less expensive than the Faller models, which (as Drew pointed out) are complex and not for those lacking modeling experience. If you have built plastic models then you may want to try one, but the pieces are extremely fragile, and precision is essential for proper (and continuous) operation. Do not attempt to modify it, as I have done here! Though they can build up enough energy for a loop, you'll have spent half the kit just getting the height and drop for it. They run out of momentum real fast. Many of us have tried our hands at these, so feel free to email us with questions if you start on one. Plus there are numerous threads covering models, so a little searching will help ya out too. Good luck!
"Well sir, there's nothin' on earth like a genuine bona fide electrified 6-car Monorail!"
Model coasters and rides
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