coaster models

Tuesday, August 20, 2002 7:12 PM
I would love to build a coaster model but don't think I could do it from scratch. Does anyone know if there are any kits out there besides the knex?
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 7:30 PM
The German Company Faller (model manufacturer) makes two coaster models. First there is the Wild Maus seen here and the Big Dipper seen here. They also make a bunch of flat rides like the Top Spin. However, these rides will set you back over a hundred dollars and are *not* for the begining modeler!

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The Other Siebert

*** This post was edited by Canadas Coaster Drew on 8/22/2002. ***

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Wednesday, August 21, 2002 7:45 PM
The new Six Flags coaster toy, while not realistic in detail by any means, is an alternative to the KNEX and is less expensive. It also provides realistic train designs, a launched feature and the option of adding more sets. If you don't want to shell out $150 for a Faller coaster, this may be the way to go for now. It is available at Wal*Mart. Check out the reviews here.
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Brad Sherman
"Well sir, there's nothin' on earth like a genuine bona fide electrified 6-car Monorail!"
Model coasters and rides
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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:49 AM
Don't dis K'NEX. You can build some pretty good coasters from it, if you know what you're doing

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Magnum is red,
Millenium Force is blue,
I love Wicked Twister,
and Raptor too.

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 11:56 AM

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.

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The Other Siebert

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 12:31 PM

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. :)

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I started out with nothing and still have most of it left.

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Thursday, August 22, 2002 1:03 PM
CedarPointNut, I certainly don't dis anything endorsed by ACE! The Screamin' Serpent is still the most amazing coaster toy on the market IMO, given the ease of construction, large scale for kids, sound effects, and hair pieces that fly off in all directions! Plus the realistic wrap-around wheel assemblies allow for any type of inversion, including heartlines. 2 kits can yield anything from a 5 inversion twister to a CCI-inspired out & back. I haven't built that many designs, but have plans for combining my 2 SS kits with the original seen on my site. Mu ha ha ha! *rubbing hands together*

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!
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Brad Sherman
"Well sir, there's nothin' on earth like a genuine bona fide electrified 6-car Monorail!"
Model coasters and rides

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