Launched K'Nex Coaster!

Sunday, February 16, 2003 11:04 AM
Hey Everyone,

I thought some of you may be interested in the new launched K'Nex coaster that myself and a friend built. We are the ones who once built the 6'11" tall hypercoaster and now weve made a new one, named (for fun) "Top Thrill Xcelerator"...check out the website for some construction pictures and pictures of it running!

http://members.aol.com/andhart120/knex.html

Also, those Six Flags Cool Coasters sets that some were wondering about were used so check it out! :)

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 11:26 AM
That looks really nice! Keep up the good work- it actually looks real other than the colors (the top hat).

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 11:27 AM
AWESOME! I gotta try that!

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Mike T.
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Sunday, February 16, 2003 11:32 AM
Congrats, if they had Cool Coasters for $3 here I know I would've done that!

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 12:05 PM
"Inverted Corkscrew". Actually I came up with that idea a year ago and named it the "Roller Coaster Tycoon Box Cover Corkscrew", because that's what the corkscrew looks like on the box of the original RCT.

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 12:29 PM
Wow!, $3 for the Sixflags coaster sets, thats like dirt cheap, If I would have found them for that price, I would have prop bought them all out myself.
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Sunday, February 16, 2003 12:31 PM
How many sets of K'nex did you use to create this? Pretty darn sweet!

-Shawn

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 12:38 PM
Shawn,

I couldnt exactly tell you how many K'nex sets it took. 3 years ago we built a large hypercoaster which took 3 of the original Knex Coaster sets and about 3 other various Knex sets to build. We used some of the pieces from that to build this..PLENTY of pieces are leftover! So if I were to take a guess Id say no more than 1 original Knex Coaster sets worth of pieces.


Thanks to those for the compliments! :)

I couldnt believe the $3 either!


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Sunday, February 16, 2003 1:20 PM
That's really cool! I have been wanting to buy the Six Flags and K'Nex coaster sets, but haven't really been "motivated" to buy them. But now, I think I just might actually get them. Keep up the great work.

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 2:37 PM
oh that is awesome lol

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 3:03 PM
Intamin first used the "inverted corkscrew" in 1999 on SFDL's Superman: Ride of Steel. Their name for the element is "non-inverting corkscrew." Just FYI.

-Nate

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 3:03 PM
what other places besides walmart can you get the six flags set at? Last month I looked at my local one and they dont have anything knex like. Can I get it online some where?
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Sunday, February 16, 2003 4:50 PM
Very clever. Nice job and good thinking!

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 8:19 PM
With all of the excess speed you mentioned while it toped out, have you considered making a larger one?

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 8:32 PM
at my wal-mart, the SFCC sets cost 20$...and you found them for 3$? If i found them for 3, i would probably buy about 5 or 6 of them...

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Sunday, February 16, 2003 8:45 PM
I don't consider that a "non-inverting corkscrew" or whatever... (Goliath at SF Holland has one). I just think of it as a hill with a nice change of direction.

But, whatever. Intersting creation.

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Monday, February 17, 2003 3:45 AM
What a rip! All the websites I look on it's $20-25! Where did you get yours?

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Monday, February 17, 2003 3:49 AM
Very cool guys! It makes me think the SF Cool Coaster sets might be worth something.

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Monday, February 17, 2003 6:44 AM
joe, the SF Cool coaster sets are ok, but his use of K'Nex make them look better than they are. What I'm trying to say is if you get a SFCC set, buy some K'Nex for the support system because the supports they give you are really crappy. I have one, and it doesn't stay in place no matter how many books I put on the supports.

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Monday, February 17, 2003 1:54 PM

joey isch said:
With all of the excess speed you mentioned while it toped out, have you considered making a larger one?

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No we didnt because, like almost all toys like this..the speed dies out FAST. Sometimes it barely makes it over the "non-inverting corkscrew" even though its less than half the size of the Top Hat. This happened with the old Knex coaster too. The 1st drop was 6' 9" at a 60 degree angle, the 2nd hill was 3' 6" tall, then 2', then 1' these toys unfortunately dont work like real coasters :) and for those who said "i dont call it a non inverting corkscrew" and "i made up that name a few years ago" whats your point?! Whether i call it a inverted corkscrew or a Fat Milk Udder its still the same part of the track. :)

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