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Postby Reon » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:28 pm

Looks do-able, but make sure that you have the room to build it. Like I suggested for my own coaster, make the basis of the track out of strong wood (2x4ish), then smooth it out with a few layers of plywood strips on top. Use 2x4ish wood again for the supports, and piece stuu together with screws and stuff...

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Postby riccoaster » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:35 pm

Oh I have a question how do you get and make the rails for the coaster?

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Postby Vffreak07 » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:36 pm

I think a chain system similar to the blue flash coaster might work.

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Postby Reon » Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:50 pm

riccoaster wrote:Oh I have a question how do you get and make the rails for the coaster?


You dont NEED rails. They just make the ride a bit smoother....


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Postby Xme3 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:59 pm

wow, you all are some dedicated folks.

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Postby SFNERules » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:31 pm

riccoaster wrote:Oh I have a question how do you get and make the rails for the coaster?


From what I've seen, it's definitely something that needs to be learned from experience and trial and error. But, in a nutshell,, it's just layers of wood, bent around the curvature of rises and falls. Using small pieces will help relive stress. Layered 4-5 times, staggered (covering each gap in a pattern), so that the wood can flex with the weight of the train.

On turns, the same thing is done, except each piece is cut to fit in diagonally, to get a rough shape of the turn. Then the excess wood is cut out, smoothly, to get a somewhat smooth radius turn.

The top layers are done the same way, however the wood is placed 2" outwards to create a lip (I think that it could be scaled down a bit, but it all depends on what size wheels you use). These layers need to be the most precise, and need the most amount of nails because these are what the running, guide, and upstop wheels run on. The top, inside lip, and under the lip should be layered with steel or graphite for friction management. This will also help the track in that the raw steel wheels aren't bouncing on the wood itself, thus it won't splinter.

Each rail should be done at the same time, going back and fourth so you don't lose the gauge. Keeping the gauge measurement in check simply consists of a bar, or piece of wood, cut to the lenght of the gauge, and held in between each rail too keep they the right distance apart. This has to be done a second time with a narrower bar for the top layers. I've heard that the level of tolerance/industry standard in gauging is 1/16th of an inch, but for a backyard type ride, I don't think everything needs to as precise (but don't slack off when doing it, you don't want your ride to tear itself up the first time around, or worse, after a few times around with you on it).

Just try it, and keep at it. It looks to be one of those things that the more you do it, the 'easier' it is.

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Postby spaceace12 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 1:19 am

Drove by the Blue Flash on Saturday, it seems that there is new track for BF2! Looks like just a s curve.

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Postby Mechanic » Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:26 am

While this is none too elaborate, it fits into this topic: backyard coaster And no, it's not mine. It's just something I stumbled upon while browsing the web.

This one: Wow! This is awesome for a homemade ride! looks like it'd be really fun.

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Postby Tanks4me05 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:09 am

Jeremy Reid's Backyard Coaster and Blue Flash are probably the two most famous backyard coasters. A person was making a backyard roller coaster on thrillnetwork, but I don't know what happened to it.

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Postby natatomic » Sun Mar 30, 2008 7:32 am

When I was nine, I made a zip line from our loft to the first floor out of k'nex for my Beanie Babies (don't look at me like that - I was 9 and I'm a girl). Does that count? :lmao:

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