Superman Ride of Wood Updates

Monday, March 13, 2006 6:48 PM
Hey guys.

I wrote a nice long write up of the details of renovatios for my backyard coaster, but my login expired. Go figure. Anyway I'll make it short.

First of all, does anyone have any tips for having mist for the coaster? I have fog machines but the fog rises so much it looks like theres a fire. How can I make mist like it is at SFNE's S:ros?

Here are some updates:

  • Car being repainted and reinforced
  • New padding for lapbar and seat
  • Coaster being retracked with a 1/4" layer of wood to make it smoother, especially in transitions.
  • New sign is underway and is going to look pretty cool.
  • New fence alongside the track
  • New queue area with a platform made of 2X4s
  • Autospiel
  • New fin braking system, just like on real coasters.

And lots of other little 'touches' I didn't get around to this past summer.

As always pictures are available here:

Thanks for your help!

Monday, March 13, 2006 7:34 PM
That's so sweet. I love it. Keep up the good work.
Monday, March 13, 2006 7:55 PM
I don't know how advanced your fog machine is, but one we use at church for dramas is able to be adjusted by turning the nozzle until you get the amount of fog you want. Don't know though if that would be true for your machine.

Anyway, great daughter is actually very jealous since looking at your photos!

Monday, March 13, 2006 8:09 PM
Thanks. I've sort've accepted the fact that engineering (ie math) isn't my thing, and that making one like Jeremy Reid's isn't possible so this one has worked out pretty well.

I'll have to check out the nozzle on mine..

Monday, March 13, 2006 8:23 PM
Have you tried Dry Ice?

Monday, March 13, 2006 10:06 PM
How are you going to keep the grass cut between the ties?
Monday, March 13, 2006 10:11 PM
try getting a fog machine, you could direct the fog where ever you wanted with some PVC pipelines, you could probably find one on ebay for 30-40 dollars
Monday, March 13, 2006 10:14 PM
The fog on S:RoS is as simple as water... no dry ice or fancy fog machine setup needed. All you need is a water line and a handful of nozzles, such as these.
Monday, March 13, 2006 10:38 PM
That is the funniest and yet coolest thing I've seen in a long time! Keep up the nice work!
Monday, March 13, 2006 11:13 PM
You could buy a professional misting machine. Many lighting companies use those as opposed to fog machines. The mist is lighter, but still makes the light beams standout without losing sight of the band or the people at an event.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:13 PM

Peppermint said:
try getting a fog machine, you could direct the fog where ever you wanted with some PVC pipelines, you could probably find one on ebay for 30-40 dollars

I have two fog machines currently, but they the fog always goes everywhere, making it look like theres a fire in my backyard.

I'm going to try to do a better job with the grass, probably just using a gas trimmer to cut it around the track.

Thanks for the link to the mist nozzles! That's exactly what I was looking for, and the PVC pipes attached to the fog machine is an option also.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:23 PM
Hey, don't go killing yourself or anything, but you should consider extending the track all the way up to the house. If the back spike is too short, put a little kidding pool at the end. ;)

You sure math ain't your thing? Sometimes it's all about running into the right teacher.

Oh, and how'd you create the autospiel?

*** Edited 3/14/2006 8:24:08 PM UTC by janfrederick***

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:28 PM
Looks great ROS! Awesome work! So when will it open? ;-)


Tuesday, March 14, 2006 4:46 PM
You could always build a "Fog Chiller" for your fog machine. I built one for a halloween party last fall, and it works great!

Fog Chiller

-Tambo *** Edited 3/14/2006 9:47:27 PM UTC by tambo*** *** Edited 3/14/2006 9:50:46 PM UTC by tambo***

Thursday, March 16, 2006 10:12 AM
For the fog, use cold water through a misting nozzle. The trick is that to get the right effect, you need to run the system at high pressure, probaby more pressure than you are going to get from a garden might need some kind of a pump. It doesn't need to be high volume, but it needs to be high pressure to work properly. At lower pressures, the droplets are smaller and instead of a fog you get a coarse mist or rain.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, March 23, 2006 3:26 AM
Another great place to get even more ideas for fog machine use is here:


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