Wooden Roller Coaster Model Peices??

Monday, May 16, 2005 10:32 PM
I am going to try to build a model of a wooden roller coaster and I was just curious as to where I can find like the track. I know about the supports just I was curious as to the actual track.

Would it be like in a hobby shop or is their some web-site. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Monday, May 16, 2005 10:37 PM
Why not just get coasterdynamix? Don't they have a wooden model out, or coming out soon?
Monday, May 16, 2005 10:39 PM
Yes they do.. But that will cost a just a little more. I just want to make my own.
Monday, May 16, 2005 10:40 PM
Yea there is a new wooden model coming out, but you could make your own ....it depends on the size, I think the new wooden model is HO, which is for like a train track, either that or diff, I think If I remember correctly there might be two differant models being released soon.
Monday, May 16, 2005 10:41 PM
well if your making your own good luck, you'll need good supports...could use a peice of sheet metal for the steel track and make a wooden frame underneath....just an idea...as for the chain, I don't know what you have in mind...
Monday, May 16, 2005 10:43 PM
I was thinking like the track on these models http://www.rollercoastermodels.com/
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:15 AM
Well just like a real wooden roller coaster, there is no such thing as pre-fabricated wooden track. You'll have to build it just like the supports - with small strips of balsa, basswood, or maybe thin cardboard. Though I suppose you could use model railroad flex track (but not easily). And if you want it to actually operate - good luck. You'll be heading down a dark and dangerous path to insansity. I know. I've been there. :)
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 4:27 PM
I'll just have to make my own. And no, my plan was not to have it run. Just a model for show.

Now that school is finally over tomarow I might have to start work on it. Thanks...:)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 7:08 PM
I always give everyone the link to CMG Models. Chris builds some of the best looking wood coaster models I've ever seen. They are exact replicas in heights and banking to the actual ride.

He sold several to parks, Great Coasters Inc, and private collectors. The one he just built for the new GCI coaster going to Power Park in Finland in 06 is just crazy. I'm not going to give away and of his secrets but if you drop him an email he will more then likely give you some tips.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 8:31 PM
As millrace said, as long as you don't want it to operate, you can fabricate the track from basswood, balsa, or card stock. Card stock may be the easiest to form. Buy quality card stock from a crafts store or art supply. Don't try to use the back of a tablet. For the steel strap on top, you would probably be best off using plastic strip from a hobby shop.
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 8:48 PM
Thanks for your guys help. Yeah, the plan was to have it not run. It's just going to be a model.

I emailed Chris so hopefully he can help. Thanks again. :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:35 PM

Corkscrewy said:

Now that school is finally over tomarow I might have to start work on it. Thanks...

Please have your teacher show you how to spell tomorrow before the end of the day.


Good luck with your model. I know the ones John Hunt makes are not operable. You can make them look as realistic as you want if you don't want them to operate.

I will be looking into that Coasterdynamincs model when it is released

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:38 PM
I'm so excited about school being out that sometimes I forget how to spel stuf. ;)
Friday, May 20, 2005 9:50 AM
Good luck building the model. Chris will be a great help. His stuff is the best. If you have a good hobby shop nearby you should find a wealth of supplies from Plastruct, Evergreen, Midwest,etc. to build a wooden model. And if you get frustrated, the CoasterDynamix model will be available this fall. (For a measly $160...unbelievably shameless plug here)

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