Teen builds 36-foot, 30,000-piece K'Nex coaster in 55 hours

Posted Thursday, July 3, 2008 10:46 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Brandon Moyer had a dream that grew out of his love of K'Nex toy pieces. His dream grew and grew because he likes a Six Flags Great Adventure roller coaster.

Read more and see video from WCAU/Philly.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 10:51 AM
That's awesome, but I think Brandon Moyer has too much spare time and too much K'Nex on his hands.... ;-)
Thursday, July 3, 2008 11:50 AM
Does the ride have to make a circuit to be considered official? Based on the TV interview, I have the feeling Brandon can't propel the car fast enough to make it crest the hill. (which is rather ironic, considering the history of these two rides)
Thursday, July 3, 2008 1:34 PM
What a great way to show how much you love amusement park thrill rides, and one inparticular. I wont strip him from his accomplishment or criticize, but intead congradulate him on his creation. I would love to be apart of it.

*** This post was edited by CoasterDiscern 7/3/2008 1:34:52 PM ***

Thursday, July 3, 2008 1:38 PM
It's an amazing model! A true coaster enthusiast!
Thursday, July 3, 2008 1:42 PM
Must be one tall kid.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:30 PM
^ I think he's older than you! ;)
Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:34 PM
As good as that was... I couldn't help but to feel just a little irked that he wanted to sell it on e*bay for some 10 or 15 thousand dollars, essentially not saying he'd give some of the money for charity, or pay back those who donated the K*Nex... but instead pocket it all for himself.

Thursday, July 3, 2008 3:36 PM
^ I came away with the same feeling, DawgByte. If those K'nex were donated then the least he could do would be to donate the proceeds to charity.
Friday, July 4, 2008 12:51 AM
Geek, party of one...you're table is ready :)
Friday, July 4, 2008 7:42 PM
That's pretty impressive. And I am sure he won't have any trouble selling it on Ebay. ;)


Friday, July 4, 2008 10:43 PM

Been a member of a knex coaster forum for a long time, and two kids in Ohio built one (free standing now) that reached 40 feet. Guinness didn't document it I believe...but was exhibited at a science museum in Toledo. The K'nex were borrowed from the museum and returned too.

Saturday, July 5, 2008 7:58 AM
So, will somebody try to top him by building a model of CP or a coaster you can actually RIDE out of K'NEX?
Sunday, July 6, 2008 11:58 AM
I helped out with building the coaster. We do plan on selling the ocaster on eBay, but Brandon said he also plans on creating another coaster. He did say about paying back the people who donated.

I'm not going to say what the next project will be, but it's going to be another recreation, but not as big as the last one.

Also for the record, this is the World's Tallest K'nex Model of Kingda' Ka, but it could be the tallest one in the world since the 40ft. coaster wasn't documented.*** This post was edited by Ccron10 7/6/2008 11:59:21 AM ***

Monday, July 7, 2008 12:41 AM
I think $10-15k is more than a little unrealistic. Whoever buys it has to have it shipped and reassembled. The cost of the Knex pieces alone probably aren't close to that price, so what are you buying? About 30,000 Knex pieces that you get the priveledge of putting back together. This isn't to diminish the accomplishment. I think it is great. Congrats to everyone who worked on it. I just think the e-Bay price is a little bananas.

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