Roller Coaster Models...for beginners

Tuesday, February 6, 2001 5:18 PM
I have wanted to create my own wooden roller coaster model for a while now, and I finally asked my dad about it. He said it was a great idea.

My first question is what kind of materials would I need. Would popcicle sticks be sufficient for supports, or another kind of wood?

What do you model-makers use for the rails?

Where could I find cars for trains?

What scale are most models reduced to?

I hope this isn't too many questions, but I'm just really stoked that I'm going to be able to make a model. I don't know what coaster I'm going to model yet. I think that a coaster like SOB or Mean Streak might be to ambitious, but a coaster like Blue Streak would be smaller than I want to model.

Fellow model-makers, please help me out with some of this information.

Thanks :)
Tuesday, February 6, 2001 7:54 PM
check out this web site,it might help a little bit.

Wednesday, February 7, 2001 4:15 AM
search for models here, I've seen several threads on this subject before.

I wouldn't use popcicle sticks un less you were to build a really large model. I'd stick with strips of basswood. I'm currently constructing an operating junior woodie. It's roughly "HO" scale (1/87) but I made some concessions to make it fit into a certain size space and to make operable. I picked that scale for several reasons. I have a model railroad layout in that scale; I have several other amusement rides built in that scale; it is a common size and easy to find accessory items (people, etc). I picked the track gauge to be N scale (1/160) because I plan to use the truck assemblies from N scale model train cars as the basis of the coaster train. I originally planned to use N scale railroad rails for the coaster track but I am rethinking that because I'm not sure it is flexible enough to bend the way I need it too. I've been experimenting with different sizes of wire. Of course, if you don't pan to make it operational then contruction is much simpler! I've often considered building a wooden coaster structure around a Bandai Spacewarp kit and constructing a coaster car to fit over the ball bearings, anybody ever try something like that?
Wednesday, February 7, 2001 9:16 AM
CPgenious,check out lots of info there but, most or all of the techniques are for non operational models. Hope it helps.
Wednesday, February 7, 2001 11:38 AM
Yeah I already looked at that site, but I want to build a working coaster. What do people that make working models use for cars so they can complete the course?

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