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Bernard

Jeff - If it has a motor I never throw it out....they're my old Walkmans, I saved the motors.

 

bernard,

 

where you you pick up the old walkman motors? havnt seen those guys for a long time!

 

jeff

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quinntopia
ok here you got, gotta have a batman ride!

 

Cool, but really...is it HO? I'd love to see one of those, could be interesting!  By the way, I've been looking at some of those (hard to find AND expensive) Faller Roller Coaster kits in HO lately.  So tempting....

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cteno4

ok finally got the ebay carnival rides. they are pretty crude on the ride part, but interesting mechanisms for the bumper cars. it looks like he is using servos for the motors, run from 1.5v A battery. the servos are pretty noisy units, would not want to have that much noise on a scene from the motors like that... they run at around 100 or so RPM

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170683315409?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_500wt_1090

 

the bumper cars runs from a disc attached to the motor under the ride with small metal discs on it. then the bumper cars (plastic lady bugs with half people glued onto them) have small bits of magnets on the bottom side. makes the cars go around in a circle and spin. im going to play with this idea some to see how random things can be made on a concept like this.

 

was a bit of an impulse buy, not at all worth the $28 total, but does answer the question of using servos is probably not workable due to the noise they generate.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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DanMacK

The Faller Big Dipper is on sale at Walthers for $209!  

 

http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/272-140451

 

If you look on the Roller Coaster Database, you'll find plenty of inspiration.  Not sure if you're aiming for a Japanese amusement park, but the Big Dipper lends itself well to kitbashing, especially the gentle slopes and helices of alot of Japanese roller coasters.

 

Looking good, hope to se more!

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cteno4

tempting, but im leaning towards the wild mouse as its a bit more compact and wild. think the cars could get shaved down and then have n scale folks 3 across. and maybe 3 rows. even then it ends up pretty big. always wanted to experiment with rolling my own, but after reading the guy who worked on building an n scale roller coaster you start to see the physics you are up against in n scale to make things roll well and have enough potential energy to overcome the friction you are up against at this size. ho seems to be the limit on easy to do ones.

 

using the ho wild mouse in n scale would be a good sized roller coaster. its close to the overall size i want to do my little Hanayashiki style park. im thinking ill just fake it and not have the roller coaster running!

 

recently found a couple of good haunted house paper models to use for the haunted house and some ornate fencing to chop up to detail the structure.

 

jeff

 

whoops forgot

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Martijn Meerts

An N-scale roller coaster will have to be all metal to run smooth, and I guess you need to be a roller coaster engineer to make sure everything it physically correct ;)

 

One option might be doing something like Space Mountain from Disneyland, where you see the cars get shot up, and the rest is just indoors. Just make the Space Mountain dome, add some mechanism to fire the cars, have them loop back to the cannon, and you're ready to go for another run. Add an LED flash and possible a decent smoke generator for when the cannon launches, as well as some sound simulating the cannon blast and the ride in general.

 

Something like the Tower of Terror from Disney would be very doable as well.

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FFISKIV

WOW, that is too cool.  I gotta have one.  If there was a coaster you could but tomorrow which one would it be?

Thanks

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Martijn Meerts

Don't think I'd buy any, the motion just looks weird. I'd probably get some advanced carousel instead.

 

I always liked http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFX_92AmDa8, they even had an N-scale version at some point, but again, the motion is just off.

 

I'd definitely get

if it was available in N-scale. I've been considering getting their smaller one in N-scale, and modifying that with a servo motor and lots of LEDs, but that's a project for the future =)

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Bernard

That is the weirdest motion on a ride I've ever seen. Is that actually a real ride?

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cteno4

yeah this is what the guy was doing and its mainly a weight issue at n scale with the air resistance and friction being larger proportionally as you get smaller!

 

http://www.aglasshalffull.org/article-roller-coaster.html

 

other fun site. lots of interesting models

 

http://www.rollercoastermodels.com/

 

coasterdynamix finally released their static wood nscale model

 

http://www.coasterdynamix.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62:n-scale-update&catid=3:news&Itemid=18

 

another chap i think using a string down the center tube with a magnet in it to pull the car along. would then need to rewind the string at the end of a run as the magnet would not get past your driving wheel.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3FrK0Y2RPk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adoes-bOB7U&NR=1&feature=endscreen

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Martijn Meerts

Bernard, I believe it's based on a real ride, but the model in the video has been modified with some custom controls. The original Faller didn't have such exotic motion ;)

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Martijn Meerts

Looks familiar =)

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quinntopia

Lot's of neat videos Bernard...sigh, all those neat HO models...  :sad:

 

What about that lighting for the HO Jupiter?  Does it come with the kit, or is it something aftermarket that is added on or (gulp!) something some crazy electronics wizards figure out themselves?

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