1) How does the lift work? It really wasnt well documented in any of the pics I have seen of it and unfortunately I wasnt at NoCoaster Con. It doesnt look like a standard chain lift from what I can see. Does it still have the traditional lift chain sound?
2) Are you planning on selling extra parts for this piecemeal? For example, can I buy extra bases for extended layouts without having to shell out an additional 500 bucks for another set?
3) Will the set you are selling include enough track to build the coaster shown at NoCoaster Con? Is there more track in the set than what was displayed at the con?
4) I like the color of the coaster, but I like other colors better. Will the coaster be offered in other colors?
5) Are there plans to do a sitdown version?
From what I have seen of this gem so far and from reports from attendees to the Con, you guys did one hell of a job on this. I am really looking forward to dropping my 500 bucks on this.
1. The lift uses a rotating spring to lift the train up the lift. It does kind of have a "click-click" sound when the train goes up the lift.
2. I am not totally sure what the company is planning on doing regarding expansion parts. That's a good question. MY guess would be more track and other parts would be available at one point or another but don't quote me on that.
3. I believe the kit will include enough track to build the layout that was shown at NCC.
4. I think Mike said the colors will remain similar to what is shown in those pictures. The supports may look more like the color found on Raging Bull's supports when the final product is available.
5. There was mention of possible other versions on the drawing board as well as a wooden model. I think the reality of seeing another version depends on how well this one does.
I'm also assuming by this that a conversion to a floorless train wouldn't be that hard to pull off?
The snap on system looks like it allows for normal or inverted placements, but my query is more about lift/train. Is the lift system invertable (since I assume if the inverted does well enough, a floorless/floored car set would be easy enough to do as an 'add on')?
All-in-all, this looks excellent. If $500 were the going price, I think you'll more than sell out the initial sets. Cost will be the overall deciding factor, but the quality looks like it already exists (now if someone would kindly point out a movie file of it in action to cement the interest factor... :) ).
To answer a few questions... I cannot make it to Eastcoaster because of a prior committment. I don't believe Mike can go either, but I will check. We will offer spare parts for expansion- spine,ties and rail along with support pieces, lift extension pieces, etc will all be available. We are also planning to offer people for the train, an on-board camera, and perhaps provisions for multi-train operation. We have discussed offering hyper trains since the track only has to be flipped over for their operation, however it depends on how sales go on the initial kits. The design work and molds alone cost tens of thousands of dollars just for a single train. The lift uses a rotating spring that engages a sprung chain dog on the top of each car. This system seems to work well and is relatively simple in operation. This is the color scheme that will be offered for now. You can paint parts if you want. To change the rail or spine color we would need to run 10,000 feet of spine and 20,000 feet of rail minimum. This would yield about 300 kits. Our initial limited run will be 500 kits. If sales go well we will look at producing more, but if sales are slow we may stop at 500. Kits should be ready to ship in April. Judging from the positive response we have gotten so far, I hope this endeavor is a success. We will post some video footage soon.
because the lift uses this spring mechanism, does that mean that all lift hills will be of the same length? (i.e. is the rotating spring mechanism set so it can be shorter or combined with another one to make a taller lift?)
Looks sweet, but I can't afford it right now due to moving and new expenses. Best wishes for this endeavor and that it will be a continuing success until I can get a set myself. :) You guys did an awesome job, and I hope you get teh success you deserve!