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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.