Backyard Rides

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Postby ncf » Wed Sep 14, 2005 8:38 am

Here are videos of Ukkos Vaunu
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Postby rollermonkey » Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:43 am

NCF, that is truly terrifying to behold.
R&E, that's a credit you definitely don't have!

I've seen photos of another backyard woodie called Elijah's Chariot, It's not as big as the one in OK, but it is also a complete circuit like that one.
It's actually in a small neighborhood park, but it has a station and lifthill!

I'm not positive exactly where it is, but there are bunches of pics if you know where to look!

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Postby FlyingScooter » Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:31 pm

Way to go, NCF!
I bet it was fun to build.

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Postby coasterdude5 » Wed Sep 14, 2005 12:48 pm

I made VertiShock, a freefall sort ride. I attached a normal 1 seat swing to 2 seperate pulley systems. Then I tied that to a 25 ft. tall branch. By using 1 pulley system for each side. It takes off half of the weight resulting in an ease to lift someone your own weight.

Usually just let it drop a little and run with it but you can do extreme drop mode. Muah Hah Hah! :lol:

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Postby Costakid » Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:27 pm

My favorite backyard ride is this monorail:

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Postby Angry_Gumball » Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:46 pm

What a coincidence for it to be next to the Bart tracks. Now the guy can race trains all day.
That's like 10 minutes away from me, so I should go check that out

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Postby coasterguy618 » Wed Sep 14, 2005 5:11 pm

^^ Yea that is my favorite too.

BTW, the blue flash looks really unsafe. Kind of scary.

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Postby Reon » Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:52 pm

nannerdw wrote:This is the coaster that is in my backyard!


Not really, I just made it with AutoCAD and put in into a pic I took of my backyard. I got the idea from a 1st gen freefall. My ride has two 15-ft vertical track sections, with an airtime hill in-between.

Two riders board the ride at the top, and then they are released down the short drop. They are lying on their backs at the bottom. The hill provides great negative acceleration g airtime!. Then the car continues up the second tower until gravity brings it back down. The riders will experience upside-down freefall on the descent from the second tower! The ride continues back and forth along the same track until coming to a stop on one side of the airtime hill.

The riders are only held in by a ratcheting lap bar! This ride will make a great addition to the "Bench: The Ride" collection, since the seats are flat, wooden benches!

My friend, you have just given me a great revision for an alternative layout...(if I can get it to work that is...) I'm not saying I currently lack ideas...I'm currently plotting it as a terrain figure-8 coaster with a lift in the middle of the ride (it starts on top of a hill...) But given the space, a freefall with a airtime hill works out quite nicely. As for the other guy who actually made one, how smooth does that run? I noticed that you didnt really curve the track all that much....

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Postby Reon » Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:06 pm

*DP* Current pics of Project: Wildcat (construction markers) ... G_0218.jpg This is the first part of the ride. You start at the top of the hill, then snake down it.. ... G_0221.jpg At the bottom of the hill, you go into this "tunnel" for a curve... ... G_0222.jpg Dip between the tunnel and lift hill sections... ... G_0223.jpg Lift hill area. My room's in the corner :wink: ... G_0225.jpg Double dip section. The first half will be a steep twisting drop off the lift, and the second half will hug the ground... ... G_0226.jpg At the bottom of the double drop, the track will turn around and go back up the hill, crossing under the lift... ... G_0227.jpg Another view of the double dip section...
After the crossover, its just a straightaway back to the start...

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Postby nannerdw » Wed Sep 14, 2005 7:58 pm

Project: Wildcat sounds amazing!
I do not have the money or the woodworking tools to make a backyard coaster. So, what's the projected cost for the finished coaster, $2,000,000? :wink: Have you made a model or Nolimits version of it yet to see if it will work?
And don't you have to get a building permit for something like this?


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