I think you'd need three our four Screamin' Serpents to really do some damage, but I enjoyed building just the one. It's kind of neat because you build it in stages similar to how you might build a real ride. First the supports, then track, in sections. Kinda neat. :)
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I realy want to get the new K`NEX roller coaster. I was home from school today (I was sick as a dog), and I made a Ferris Wheel and a Swinging Ship. About five months ago I made something similar to S:TE with regular K`NEX before, it worked, but not very well. I tried to come up with something to launch it via rubber band, but that failed, so I had to push it down the track, but it worked fine at times. It hopped the track alot though, no upstops and very bumpy due to connectors. It's amazing what you can do with them when you spend time and try. I know I've done the Merry-Go-Round before and the Large Ferris Wheel. ----------------- AkA somewhatchewy "Quick to the orgasmo-mobile!""What?""My Buick Century"--Orgasmo
Its alot of fun building the screaming serpent. I built the junior model (without the loop), i'm getting ready to build the big boy. I suggest it to everyone who enjoys say puzzles and stuff like that.
I've got 2 of the SS kits, and achieved 7 inversions total! You can literally do anything, and note that a half-roll off the lift will give you an automatic first inversion. Heartlines are possible, but watch that you don't twist it too much or the upstops begin to hit the crossties. You can also make a longer train by taking a rear carriage from one of the lead cars and putting it on the back of a rear car, allowing one more behind it. I had a 5 car train which looked and ran great! Here's some of my earlier attempts: www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173/models.html
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I just have the "3-foot Ferris wheel" kit. Got it for Christmas last year. Anyway, the Wheel didn't last long, and I put together the swing ride, which sat on my kitchen table collecting dust for months. It has one major engineering problem (besides the fact that there are no cushions or lap bars on the swings), because it's driven by a worm-gear on a motor driving a reducing gearbox. The idiots engineered the thing with NO CLUTCHES. There's a link in the center shaft that serves as a shear pin, but no clutch. So if the base is sitting on a smooth surface (like my kitchen table) the base counterrotates when you start the motor. Or, if you secure the base, as by putting it on carpet, when you stop it the thing will stop so suddenly that the swings will try to wrap around the center pole. Not a good idea.
So this weekend, I stopped at Radio Shack and bought a transistor and a breadboard, and hooked the motor on the ride up to the game port of one of my old Apple computers. A little assembly language code, and I had a soft-start/soft-stop motor controller.
Now I want to put the Wheel back together and get an optical sensor so that I can program a whole wheel cycle. :)
I have the first model so i built that ride it took me a few months since i worked on it little at a time and it really helped get me threw the non coaster season.But then it had some major proplems it ran a few times but then it just dident feel like compleating the circit anymore? so i got upset and dismanteled it after awhile becuase it took up too much space in my room.I then left a main suport for the lift and made some track and i now gos down a steeep drop and up a not so steep incline and falls back,not so exciting but it gives me proplems sometimes so its fun to work on and somtimes place a buny hill in the middle and see it make it.I also once had the Big Ball Facotry when i was younger so i have alot of spare K'nex so it came with the directions to the ferris wheel and swing. i once built the ferris wheel but got rid of it and i just built the swing yesterday again becuase i built it once before.I do plan on getting the new set for crsitmas.How dose it work? i heard you can make difrent types of inversions with it and it wont fall off the track becuase it has upstop wheels like a real coaster?
Well, I have made an Enterprise-type ride. I don't think my motor is hooked up to it, but even if it was, it wouldn't go up and down like a real enterprise. I'm not that mechanically advanced yet I guess. lol I also have a ride that is similar to like a Wipeout ride. The part with the seats rotates one way, and then there is another part under it that rotates the other way, causing the top part to go up and down. Kinda hard to explain. lol But the seats on the one I built are kinda like enterprise seats, so they swing out a little. I haven't really built anything major with the KNex in a while, but maybe i will start on something...who knows. :-)
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I am in the middle of building an intamin style coaster with an 85* drop into an overbanked turn which straightens out when it goes back down, instead of staying banked. Next I was going to put a 0-G roll but I changed it to an ejector bunny hop. I am just going to do a banked turn-around for the finish. There isn't enough track in the one set for something like a helix next.