WORKING MODEL COASTER!!!

Monday, September 30, 2002 2:36 PM

YES THATS RIGHT I WORKING MODEL COASTER TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!!!

(Under Construction Still)

Pics included at bottom

have finished some of the lift hill and we now have some rollability OYEAH!

I finished 2 cars which you can see in the pics!

Give me some feedback!

Now I know some of you had problems with viewing the pics so I have made a msn group for you to view the pics you dont need to sign up or anything either just click here!

http://www.msnusers.com/MattsWORKINGMODELCOASTER/shoebox.msnw

*** This post was edited by Mat1515 on 9/30/2002. ***

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Monday, September 30, 2002 2:45 PM
Nice job. It's looking very good. Do explain how you're going about doing this.

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Never Has Gravity Been So Uplifting.

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Monday, September 30, 2002 2:49 PM
yeah really, that is quite an impressive model! Probably one of the nicest I've ever seen. I tried the same thing once using pop sickle sticks. How do u get the wood to curve to make turns and stuff?
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Monday, September 30, 2002 2:54 PM

That is insane! The level of detail is amazing! Wow. Are you going to track the track with steel, too? That would be killer!

*edit* I should go through all the images first. haha. Nice work. When you're all done, you should make a video and post it, if you are able to. Are you modeling this after anything or is it just an original coaster?

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thingintheworldhelpmeIamgoingtodieAHHHH!!!

*** This post was edited by haux on 9/30/2002. ***

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Monday, September 30, 2002 2:54 PM

Ill do my best to explain all I can

Yeah track is made out of METAL FLEX TRACK you can see it in this pic.

http://www.msnusers.com/_Secure/0SQD7d7cXtWM2TM6aSeu!CMUOrG01amKolW3FcymfWOaEOARg5ZC8opXR3Bov0VyRFqKzxysElm95M7l!T05WVUWKeWgOOaouW7Qb3eIzdWEAEAS8acvGGQ/Untitled-Photo(25).jpg

First of all this is balsa wood the track is made by soaking the wood and 1/8 by 1/8 inch (there are for pieces for each) in water bend it and mark out the track with then glue it down with Zap CA + glue.

For the track I use Atlas O HO flex track just bend it carefully with some pliers and Glue it down with ZAP CA+.

As fot the supports(bents) I just custom make each one by cutting the wood and glueing it all together with Duco Cement dryes slower but it's the same strenght as the ZAP CA+ and alot cheaper.

Any more Questions ask Im glad to answer.

*** This post was edited by Mat1515 on 9/30/2002. ***

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Monday, September 30, 2002 2:54 PM
I think he soaks it then bends it. That or he carves it to be curved.
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Monday, September 30, 2002 3:06 PM
I got a question mat1515, how high is it, and about how much room is it taking up?
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Monday, September 30, 2002 3:09 PM
What will the layout be????
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Monday, September 30, 2002 3:24 PM
22 inches High the layout is very simple it's like a figure 8 my goal for this coaster is just to make it work then I will add to it and make it more complex.
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Monday, September 30, 2002 3:57 PM
That looks like a LoCoSuMo transition! :) Without yelling back at you, I'll say that it looks great so far. Your structure looks really nice, and kudos for soaking the wood.......I am too impatient so I use plastic strips. Keep us updated!
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"Well sir, there's nothin' on earth like a genuine bona fide electrified 6-car Monorail!"
Model coasters and rides
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Monday, September 30, 2002 4:19 PM

I've been wanting to make a balsa model for ages. It's not very hard, just takes a vary long time to build. I've made a 1 foot span arch bridge out of a limited number of 1/8th" by 1/8th" pine, in foot long peices. We put over 1200 lb's on it [it's all we had....] and it bent only a small amount.

With a coaster, just making it look real means that you already support it much more than enough. You only have to worry about aesthetics, and realistic properties. Making a working modle is pretty difficult, but it takes a certian level of experience to make it fluid and trouble free.

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Monday, September 30, 2002 5:49 PM
That's great that you've started a working model. I've had a model in progress for a while now. How much did all your balsa wood and supplies cost you? Can you explain more in detail about the metal flex track, how much it costs, and where to find it. It is like solder?

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Monday, September 30, 2002 9:58 PM
Very nice,

I wish I had the time.

Has anyone ever seen the Mean Streak Model that Cedar Point has in the Museum by the antique cars?

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Do the Moo Shoo!

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Monday, September 30, 2002 10:47 PM
Balsa wood is really *cheap* ahem and very flimsy wood if you're talking about actually having cars rolling along that structure and actually making it through the turns, hills, etc. A heavy weight train may cause your entire model to collapse, while cheap plastic made trains may not make it through the entire course.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 2:47 AM

Well the cars arent rolling on the woodthey are rolling on the flex track.

Ok flex track is really an HO Model Railroading track it come with cross ties in place just take out the strip of track and walla track for your coaster.

Proboly about 2.50 - 3.50 a piece 3 feet long.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 3:26 AM

Are you doing anything for upstops? I've played around with using model railroad components to make a model coaster and had issues with keeping the cars from flying off.

Looks great so far!!

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 4:55 AM

James, yes. I love the model of MS in the museum! It's amazing how detailed it is. Anyone who hasn't taken the time to visit the museum and check it out is really missing out .

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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 6:02 AM
Balsa wood is extremely strong. In grade school, we built structures out of balsa sticks that had lots of weights put on them for competitions. It's all in your design as to how sturdy the stuff'll be. That, & you can soak the balsa in epoxy or glue. It doesn't look pretty, but the stuff won't snap on you.
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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 6:14 AM
Great coaster model....But just rememeber one thing!!!! DON'T LET YOKO BREAK UP THE BAND!!! lol Sorry, just thought the band pics were great!
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Tuesday, October 1, 2002 6:58 AM
Sweet! You are doing on hell of a nice job. How long have you been working at it? Keep up the great work.

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