Teens set record height for K'Nex roller coaster

Posted Monday, August 13, 2007 12:44 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Jacob Watson, 14, and Michael Schuster, 15, just set the unofficial world record for the tallest free-standing roller coaster made with K'NEX, a plastic toy construction set that consists of interconnecting rods. The crowd of onlookers erupted with applause inside Toledo's COSI science museum, and Jacob burst into tears of joy.

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Monday, August 13, 2007 12:49 PM
I was really hoping to see some video of this monster in action....
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Monday, August 13, 2007 1:17 PM
I believe there is one on youtube.
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Monday, August 13, 2007 4:51 PM
It'd be a pretty short video if was just one circuit. At 61mph, even if it slowed to a near stop like TTD, the entire circuit would only have taken about 4 seconds. 61mph is about 90feet per second, half that should be the aproximate average speed. The tower is 33 feet tall if we figure it's about as long as it is tall and add in for the turnaround and top hat, we'd have a circuit length of about 150' +/- at 45feet per second would be 3.33 seconds.
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Monday, August 13, 2007 10:18 PM
I know the guy on another site that was first to build the 28ft Knex Kingda Ka inspired coaster named Collossus. The two kids were inspired from him. The Toledo Blade said it was middle school students from Howell, NJ that built Collossus but it was one kid who had it tougher to build the 28ft in his school gym. He had to ask Knex and Six Flags for help. His at least matched in color. I will continue to support that guy.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 9:51 AM
Support what? He's a has-been. Former record holder. Second best. :)
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007 11:02 PM
They all suck. Buncha geeks! ;)

Yah, I'm kinda jealous....but whatever.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 11:42 AM
How in davey jones locker did they launch this thing?. It said it was a perfect shot. But how?
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 12:25 PM
Give it another read...
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Friday, August 17, 2007 9:21 AM
Can someone link us to the video?
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