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Welcome to Jordan's Roller Coaster Models!

 

 

I have built all of these models from scratch and they have been built over the past couple of years. To clarify, I have used NO kits, building each entirely from my own supplies, plans and hands.

 

Depending on the model, the shortest time to complete was 2.5 months, but the longest took around 7. Each unique in their own way, I have tried my hardest to accurately depict the real model as to the ones in real life. I am aware of the downfalls of each, but have tried to make them as minimal as possible.

 

Manta, without doubt, will be the most accurate, as I am going to settle for nothing less than perfect for accuracy.

 

Follow with me as I build my latest model, share your opinions and let me know what you like and what I can do better. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

 

-Jordan

 

 

THE LATEST UPDATE OF MANTA CAN BE FOUND: HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Updates for Your Enjoyment!

 

 

Manta!

 

October 27, 2012

 

May 7, 2012

 

January 16, 2012

 

January 9, 2011

 

January 6, 2011

 

June 10, 2010

 

June 6, 2010

 

May 13, 2010

 

December 27, 2009

 

December 6, 2009

 

December 5, 2009

 

November 11, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

Top Thrill Dragster

 

August 8, 2009 - Model Complete

 

March 29, 2009

 

 

 

Tele2 Insane-Grona Lund

 

June 24, 2009 - Model Complete

 

June 20, 2009

 

April 18, 2009

 

April 15, 2009

 

April 8, 2009

 

March 19, 2009

 

March 14, 2009

 

March 12, 2009

 

March 11, 2009 - Model Start

 

 

SheiKra

 

The SheiKra model in its entirety can be viewed below this post.

 

 

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Sheikra Model:

Over the years I have always been fascinated with coasters and have always wanted to own my own. I went by coasterkid and now go by themeparkman to many of my friends and family. In the future I am going to own a theme park and am currently in college getting a business degree. In the mean time, I have entertained myself building scale models of SheiKra at Busch Gardens Tampa, Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point and now Insane at Grona Land. I would like to share these models with you because I feel they are very cool and unique.

 

 

SheiKra took the longest of the three coasters to make due to the fact that the box spine of the B&M track took forever to make. The spine is made of really thin balsa wood, which took a lot to get it to bend and turn the way the actual track does. It is about a 1/160 scale of the real coaster. I know the MCBR is higher in the model than in the real life, I could not get the track to bend out of the helix in the way I wanted it to. Besides that error, I feel the model is pretty accurate including an actual splash down area with fake water, the train station including a train track as well as many of the surrounding buildings. I built the supports and track to the best I could at the time and I am relatively pleased with how it turned out. So without further a due, I present my model of SheiKra!

 

 

EDIT: I found some pictures of the track in the building process...

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Trains

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Entrance

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Looking up the first drop

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Looking up the lift

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Second Drop

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Walking point of view

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Overview

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Splashdown!

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First Drop

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Complete with no rails

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Helix with no rails

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Sorry for the double post, I wanted to keep the pictures and stories behind them separate. I will post pictures of Top Thrill when I go home next, the model was way to big to bring up to an already tight dorm room! That model stands approx 3 feet tall and is looking really good. I still need to paint that one and add all the scenery to it. So seeing is how I am always bored sitting on facebook or whatever, I decided to undertake a smaller more manageable coaster for dorm living, INSANE at Grona Land! I just started this one a couple days ago and will post pictures as I continue building it.

 

This model stands only 14" tall and 16" wide and will be built using a lot of left over pieces from TTD. I started this one making "blue prints" just to know what I would be working with (I really just looked at every picture on the thread). Next, I cut out a piece of wood that will act as the base and put lines on it to aid in the actual building process. Next, I built the main support tower. And then at this point, I will add the rails the train doesn't roll on and the boxes that Intamin actually uses. Please enjoy, and excuse me for the wicked mess on my desk! I will continue to post updates as I get further along with the track!

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End of work- Day 1

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First track!

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support structure

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Track and support concept

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"blue prints"

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This is how you build a model. Plan, plan, plan. Do small projects to get your ideas fleshed out, then move onto something bigger.

 

I'm wondering why balsa wood? Styrene comes in so many prefabed forms (like I beams, L beams, T beams, box beams, etc.), I would think that would be easier to use and shape. I think it might be cheaper too.

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^^^^Thanks! SheiKra took right around a year to build. I wouldn't tab it at that amount of time though because I took a long time off between when I finished the actual coaster and when I finished the decor. I also tore apart the helix after the immelman countless times because of its angles and the "not so bendyness" of the wood. TTD took about a month to build the track. And I don't think Insane will take too long!

 

^^^Thanks!

 

^^ and ^Too be completely honest, I have never though of using anything else beside balsa wood. I am spacing his name right now, but the guy who builds all the wood coasters and built the model of Led Zap, he used wood so I just kind of assumed I should too. I hope what I have done with the wood though doesn't look too bad, I put a lot of time into them.

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^^ and ^Too be completely honest, I have never though of using anything else beside balsa wood. I am spacing his name right now, but the guy who builds all the wood coasters and built the model of Led Zap, he used wood so I just kind of assumed I should too. I hope what I have done with the wood though doesn't look too bad, I put a lot of time into them.

 

I wasn't knocking the use of balsa, just curious as to why you chose it. As a model railroader, I use a lot of styrene for projects, thus my curiousity. I'm more comfortable using it, so I keep grabbing more.

 

Perhaps you could do a test in styrene, and compare the end results? That might be interesting.

 

Keep up the good work!

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^^ and ^Too be completely honest, I have never though of using anything else beside balsa wood. I am spacing his name right now, but the guy who builds all the wood coasters and built the model of Led Zap, he used wood so I just kind of assumed I should too. I hope what I have done with the wood though doesn't look too bad, I put a lot of time into them.

 

I wasn't knocking the use of balsa, just curious as to why you chose it. As a model railroader, I use a lot of styrene for projects, thus my curiousity. I'm more comfortable using it, so I keep grabbing more.

 

Perhaps you could do a test in styrene, and compare the end results? That might be interesting.

 

Keep up the good work!

 

Is styrene a foam? They only kinds of coasters I have made so far have been B&M and Intamin, which one would styrene work best for? If it is a malleable round tubing, that would work a hell of a lot better than solid copper electric wiring. I am definitely curious to know if there are better ways of doing it! Thanks

 

Excellent, excellent job on those. I can't wait to see the finished Insane and TTD models.

 

Edit: Whoops! I wasn't paying attention!

 

What do you mean whoops? I'm just wondering, Ill get them done eventually. Insane before TTD

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Is styrene a foam? They only kinds of coasters I have made so far have been B&M and Intamin, which one would styrene work best for? If it is a malleable round tubing, that would work a hell of a lot better than solid copper electric wiring. I am definitely curious to know if there are better ways of doing it! Thanks

 

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Take a look at them. Styrene is a plastic. You can use liquid glue which will literally "weld" the pieces together. It comes in tube shapes, flat sheets, just about anything. Check out your local hobby shop, they should have it in stock.

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^Don't forget Evergreen Styrene, Matt!

 

http://www.evergreenscalemodels.com/

 

Also, to those who asked, Styrene is not foam, but the beady white stuff commonly called styrofoam technically is styrene. (Not true DOW Styrofoam I mean). Styrofoam is expanded polystyrene. Modeling styrene is not expanded and is more of a plastic than a packaging material.

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I'd just like to add that I had trouble enough building plastic monster models from kits when I was younger. Your coaster models are very impressive.

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Mcjaco- I will definitely check out styrene on the next coaster I make. I was browsing the evergreen site and it looks like it will make models a lot easier to make. I am hoping to knock out Insane before the school year is over (end of April!!) and TTD shortly there after (Say memorial day) and then after that I will be looking for another project! Any ideas anyone?

 

CFC- Thank you! Ill admit, the people on coastersims kind of tore the model apart and that kind of sucks to hear. I know it isn't completely accurate but I still didn't think it was that bad. But I just want to thank everyone!

 

Now, I actually dug through all my pictures on my computer and found just a few, old and blurry ones of TTD. Bear with me, I know they aren't good, but consider it a sneak peek!

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The people on CoasterSims tore the model apart? What a surprise! (sarcasm). I think your models are great. We get torn apart too (CoasterDynamix) on enthusiast sites. As an enthusiast and model builder, you are well aware of where your models deviate from the real rides and you don't need a bunch of know-it-alls telling you. At least you follwed through on building a model. Most people like to talk about what they would build, name their coaster, then never do anything of substance.

Keep building and take solace in the fact that there are people who understand the work and dedication needed to tackle such an ambitious project.

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Keep building and take solace in the fact that there are people who understand the work and dedication needed to tackle such an ambitious project.

 

Ditto, to Jack's comment, and keep posting here. I love models of just about anything, and these are impressive. I barely had the nerve to cut apart HO models at age 18, let alone scratch build something like your projects.

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Yeah, I respect ANY coaster model. Roller coasters are inherintly difficult to recreate in miniature. There are not many models out there so when I see one, I find it intriguing.

A lot of the guys who used to build coaster models no longer do it (Chris Brewer and Chris Gray for instance). Fortunately, there are enough videos and pictures on the internet of model coasters that you can use them as a good reference. When I was 12 and trying to build a working Kennywood Thunderbolt model out of N gauge railroad track, I was just winging it. Consequently, it never worked.

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I kinda expected Dragster to be a bit taller, but either way, you did an excellent job! Keep up the good work!

 

And about the whoops comment, I asked a question that someone else already asked.

 

PS: I can't wait to see the finished Insane model.

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