Model Coasters

Wednesday, January 2, 2002 8:23 AM
Could anyone help me with what i should use for building model rollercoasters. I would really like to know how to make wheels. I've been to a website and I have some idea of what to use for some things but if there is anything else that could help I would appreciate to know. Thanks
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Millennium Force......It has its ups and downs.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 8:25 AM
Model train wheels would work well, N scale or HO would be the best.
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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 9:27 AM
I've had good results with broken pieces of pyrex bake ware and discarded cordura seat covers.

I have had good results using N-scale model railroad trucks. Use high quality ones that roll easily. I make the track out of .062" diameter solder. The n-scale wheels fit nicely on this and it is easy to bend and shape. I build the structure out of strips of basswood and balsa.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 10:12 AM
LOL millrace! Sounds like my sarcasm!

In addition to train wheels, if you can contact a bearing supply co., see if they will show you some of the ungreased, free-wheeling bearings. These will spin freely (and fast) with the flick of your finger, and can be a little costly but worth it. They are available in small diameters (1/4" and up). I find train wheels good for very small models, but if your track gauge is 1" or bigger I would try bearings (or something that spins very fast). The other advantage of bearings is that they just slide onto the axle, and with a large enough scale you can have a realistic track design that utilizes road, guide and upstops. The wooden model on my site has a track gauge of 7/8", and bearings are road wheels, while an upside down N scale wheel on each side provides both an upstop and guide at the same time. It rolls along the underside of the road rail.
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Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 11:22 AM
I am building my own model coaster as well. Although there is no train. I am building a wooden coaster out of popcicle sticks. It is coming out quite well. I will post pics when I am finished.

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I know so much about roller coasters. Have any qustions just E-Mail me at agomez@afes.com

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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 11:27 AM
My model is in my info:)
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 12:26 PM
Perhaps somebody should look into ACTUAL model rollercoasters. Miiature plastic/steel snap together model replicas of famous coasters. Working models with motorized chain lifts etc. Something like 1/100th scale. It should feature pieces that would mimic the physics of the full size design, in a smaller version. Similar to the California Screamin model available thru Disney, only more precisely identical, and expensive of course. Would anybody be willing to pay $99 for a fully operational 3ft tall replica of Millenium Force? Or a 2ft tall replica of Ghostrider?
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My other car is a Giovanola!
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 12:41 PM
speaking of model coasters. if you want a kit, get the knex Screamin Serpent, i got it for chrstmas and built most of the luft structure that night, and finished it the next day
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 2:26 PM
LoadedG: I have thought about that for years. I would love to see realistic designs made available, but they have to be fairly large to operate like the real thing. Even the FALLER Big Dipper (1:87 scale) is too small for my tastes because you cannot have a realistic wheel system that size. 1/100th scale is size friendly, but you might as well settle for a static model. Something that small can only work if you use N or Z scale rr wheels, and even then you have to do what millrace did! I would love to help create coaster model kits that were realistic in look and operation, but I don't know if anyone else would venture into something like that. There aren't many coaster kits available, and I'd love to see something like the FALLER ones only in a larger scale. A lot of modelers also find it easiest to make their own since the ride model companies (Cummons, RAH, etc) usually charge a fair but pricey amount for something ready to go. I'm afraid a model of MF would be more than $99!
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Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
Model coasters and rides
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 2:55 PM
My friend got the Knex screamin serpent. I love that thing. And it looks like my friends dog does too, he chases it everytime it goes, it's hilarious. Anyway that serpent is where i got the idea to build a model. Plus i saw some models at http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/tk173/models.html
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Millennium Force......It has its ups and downs.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 4:20 PM
lol, thats Arrow Guy's site, the link right above you.
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May 5th 2002-running of the bulls to catch the CP webcam spider and put him in a jar!
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Thursday, January 3, 2002 12:21 PM
I didn't have the heart to tell him! :)
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Don't.....look.....back! The Headless Horseman awaits you in 2002!
Model coasters and rides
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Friday, January 4, 2002 1:29 PM
lol, those are some pretty cool models Arrow Guy.
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Millennium Force......It has its ups and downs.
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Friday, January 4, 2002 2:04 PM
Franklin Mint and Danbury Mint come out with niche models for special interest groups. For instance, they offer models of all the baseball stadiums, or all the football stadiums, or all the basketball arenas. They offer models of all the state capitols, and famous bridges. There is not a huge interest in those things, but there's enough they can make a run of a couple of thousand, retire the mold, and move on to something else. If a bunch of us wrote them, we might convince them there was enough interest out here to justify their making a line of models of famous coasters. They probably would not be working models, but they would be intricately detailed, very accurate, and to perfect scale. The kind of model an executive would be proud to have on his desk or in his office.
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