CoasterDynamix wooden model

Sunday, May 8, 2005 8:50 AM
I thought I would update everyone on the progress of our new HO scale wooden coaster model. We hope to have the kit on sale by the fall of this year. In July we will be attending a model railroading convention in Cincinnati where we will have a working prototype of the model on display. We will post pictures of the prototype as soon as it is complete on our site. Estimated retail price will be around $160.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 10:03 AM
That is awesome! Can hardly wait to hear more about the model.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 10:42 AM
Do you know the dates of the Cincinnati convention? I'm assuming it will be at the downtown convention center. I was at the Cincy railroad show a couple years ago.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 1:47 PM

I am currently in the process of building a bedroom sized layout and I am going to alter construction to fit this thing in.

Jack, do you know the dimensions for the base so I can lay track around it???

Sunday, May 8, 2005 2:42 PM
Will these be able to be torn apart and rebuilt like the inverted kits, or will it be a build once and done?
Sunday, May 8, 2005 5:04 PM
The NMRA show runs from July 3-9. We will be at the Walthers booth. The model will be approximately 12"x24". This model will not be expandable due to the small size of the structural pieces. Since the majority of the kits will be sold to the model railroad industry, we feel it will be used mostly as an accessory item on layouts. I'm sure there will be some inventive people who will build custom designs with a little kitbashing.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 5:21 PM
Will it be made of actual wood or plastic. Plastic would seem to be less fragile
Sunday, May 8, 2005 5:29 PM
Plastic. It will mostly snap together like our other models. The model will resemble a small woodie or kiddie coaster. It must be small so it fits onto HO train layouts. We may even offer it pre-built as a novelty item in the future. Don't expect Shivering Timbers! lol.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 6:09 PM
Thanks for the info Jack! Will we be able to order it off the website?
Sunday, May 8, 2005 7:48 PM
Wait..if its HO scale then does that mean that you could fit model train cars on it?
Sunday, May 8, 2005 8:56 PM
Yes, it will be available on our site. We may have a sign up reservation list at the end of the summer since we anticipate a rather large demand. We want to be sure we order enough for the Christmas rush. As far as running model train cars ON it? No. But you can add it to your existing HO train layout or carnival rides.
Sunday, May 8, 2005 9:28 PM
So it is possible to create a custom woodie with this, even if it is small?

That's good enough for me. :)

Sunday, May 8, 2005 10:43 PM
You would need to cut and glue bents and track etc, but the creative will always find a way. It should go nicely with all the Faller ride models and unlike other HO coasters, should build quickly and run reliably. We may have pics by the end of May of the rough prototype.
Monday, May 9, 2005 11:37 AM
Sounds good to me. I can't wait to see it in action or pics.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 3:28 PM
Sounds wonderful! There aren't any really decent coaster kits for model railroading.

I'm guessing there's not much chance of us ever seeing an N-scale version? :(

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 3:29 PM
I would guess if you ever do it will not be customizable at all.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 5:12 PM
I can't wait to see how this turns out!
Tuesday, May 10, 2005 7:16 PM
There are not plans for an N scale model, although that would be cool. The smaller you go, the more difficult it is to make reliable models. The trains get smaller and lighter, yet dust particles and fuzz remain the same size.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 11:10 PM
I'm sure dealing with microscopic wheel bearings would be dreadful.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 2:05 PM
I'm very intriqued. The Faller models aren't really my style and there aren't really any other options for realistic HO scale operating coasters. I had a go of building an operating woodie with not-so-good results (even in HO the wheel bearings are dreadful). This just might be the thing I've been looking for. I can't wait to see the prototype.

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