K'Nex electric motor

Wednesday, October 30, 2002 12:19 PM

I've been using batteries to operate my screaming serpent, but it's been having trouble pulling a full 5 car train up a 45 degree slope. Is the electric motor more powerful or will it have the same problem?

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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:18 PM

I WOULD HOPE SO I ALSO IS WITH JUST AS MANY AS IT CAME WITH . HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO BUILD YOURS IT TOOK ME 10 HOURS.

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Jonathan
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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:23 PM

Yes, the electric motor is a good upgrade. The pull is a consistent speed, more powerful, and not to mention much quieter than the battery operated motor.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:28 PM
Where did you get 5 cars? The Screaming Serpent comes with just 3 cars. The battery powered motor supplies wiht it works just fine with 3 cars. I haven't tried the motor in the motor pack to know if it is more powerful or not. Much more power though, and the chain would probably be reaching its limit.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:30 PM
He has 5 cars because he most likely bought 2 Screamin' Serpent sets.

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#1 Steel-Nitro
#1 Wood-Shivering Timbers

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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:46 PM

Rockerc480,

He must of three sets.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:57 PM

I have three, but you can do it with two if you take the wheel housing off the back of the lead car and attach it to the back of the tail car (you need to cut a little bit off of the screw housings in the tail car to do this).

It took me about 10 hrs. to build the original, but I built a custom (about 6' tall, 15' long, about 25' of track) with a swooping drop into a bunny hill with a 4' vertical drop into a big hill followed by a figure 8 with 2 overbanks (like Xcelerator). I'll post pix as soon as I figure out how to borrow a digital camera from someone. (Took about 25 hrs total, but I had to rebuild a section that wasn't working well).

Anyway, where can you get the motor pack?

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*** This post was edited by ApolloAndy on 10/30/2002. ***

*** This post was edited by ApolloAndy on 11/1/2002. ***

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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 4:35 PM
You can find it on the K'nex website and you can probably find it where you bought your SS kits. If it's not available there, try Toys R Us & Wal-Mart, stores like that will probably carry it.
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Wednesday, October 30, 2002 5:29 PM
wow, i've used Knex since i was about 10 so when I got the SS, it took me about 2 hours to make the whole thing...

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Shaun Rajewski
Rctycoon2k
http://www.rctycoon2k.com

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Thursday, October 31, 2002 9:56 AM

I got one set, and that was like $100. Why would somebody get 3!!!!!!!

-Also, try building your own coasters, you can come up with your own elements. I've come up with the "Roller Coaster TycoonI Box Cover Corkscrew" and the "Inverting Magnum XL-200 Turnaround"

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I am a boy.

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Thursday, October 31, 2002 12:16 PM
My friend worked for FAO so I got 'em for $70 a piece, but what's wrong with people getting 3 for $100? If I were CoastaPlaya, I'd call you a playa hata.

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You must be this dumb to ride Viper. -SFGAdv.

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Thursday, October 31, 2002 5:55 PM

TURN OFFYOUR CAPP LOCKX ANN USE A PERIOD AT BEE END OV UR SENTANCES PLEESE :)

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But seriously folks, I respect the opinions of yall who don't like the thing, but if MF were human, I'd marry it.

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Friday, November 1, 2002 12:52 PM

Ok, you wanna spend $300 on a toy??? Man, I got it for a present last December. Most of you guys are adults and don't play with toys anymore.

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I am a boy.

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Friday, November 1, 2002 7:27 PM

What's wrong with spending $300 on a toy? And what does age have to do with anything?

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Saturday, November 2, 2002 6:31 PM

Hobbies are hobbies, and $300 for a toy isn't much if you feel you're getting your money's worth out of it. Look at the number of people buying the more expensive ($5-1000) digital cameras instead of the cheap $1-200 ones. If someone thinks they're getting their money's worth, more power to them!

I got my electric motor when I bought the Trampoline Tower, and I think a couple of other sets might also have the AC adapter version.

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Sunday, November 3, 2002 8:33 AM
The older I get, the better I am at playing with toys. I'm more into electrical things. For me, plugging in the set and watching it is never enough for me. I have to play around with it, and improve on it. I can be pretty ambitious with boolean gates, and anything else I can get ahold of. One thing I've been trying to do is make a block system... pretty hard.

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Last 2002 public ride on MF's front row

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Sunday, November 3, 2002 11:47 AM

What did you use for your blocks? Multiple motor/chain sections?

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Monday, November 4, 2002 5:35 AM

CedarPointNut said:

Ok, you wanna spend $300 on a toy??? Man, I got it for a present last December. Most of you guys are adults and don't play with toys anymore.



The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.....

My last *toy* (1999 Avalon) cost about 13 grand. I blow 300 bucks easily on just one of these *coaster* excursions. At least with the kits you can enjoy them over and over....

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"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do

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Monday, November 4, 2002 5:47 AM
Steel Monsters: Have you ever considered getting the Lego's Mindstorm's kits and somehow incorporating some lego technology on a K'nex set? The Lego's Mindstorms come with all sorts of light sensors and such that would make a blocking system easier to make.

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Bob Hansen

A proud CoasterBuzz Member

Wanna Ride A Woodie?

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Monday, November 4, 2002 7:42 AM

Kick the Sky, that's an interesting idea. I'm going to check those out.

I've been most interested in trying to make brakes for SS. I'm probably going to eventually try magnetic brakes if I can ever get around to it. But for trims my rubber band method has worked pretty well. I have two SS sets and towards the end I like to watch it go slower towards the lift, sorta like how Magnum does after the last tunnel before the station, so I used a lot of thin rubber bands and tied them around the green ties and the wheel assembly of the train rubs against them and slows down a bit. Of course you can vary the thickness and braking power with the bands.

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