seeking advice for building roller coaster models

seeking advice for building roller coaster models

Post by Jeff Blackada » Mon, 23 Aug 1999 04:00:00


I am a teacher investigating the building of roller coasters for
a high school tech class.  The purpose of building the model is to
give the students a chance to see their designs and calculations
come to life and to have some experience using simple hand tools safely.
They will have approximately 5 hours of building time.

I have been playing around with:
foam pipe insulation for the track
duct tape
balsa wood
a wooden board  base (2' X 3')
marbles - ball bearings would be better - is there  an ideal size?

I am looking for practical suggestions of construction techniques  as well
as any ideas/materials for fun obstacles that could be added by the
students.

Thanks very much

 
 
 

seeking advice for building roller coaster models

Post by Locobo » Mon, 23 Aug 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am a teacher investigating the building of roller coasters for
> a high school tech class.  The purpose of building the model is to
> give the students a chance to see their designs and calculations
> come to life and to have some experience using simple hand tools safely.
> They will have approximately 5 hours of building time.

> I have been playing around with:
> foam pipe insulation for the track
> duct tape
> balsa wood
> a wooden board  base (2' X 3')
> marbles - ball bearings would be better - is there  an ideal size?

> I am looking for practical suggestions of construction techniques  as well
> as any ideas/materials for fun obstacles that could be added by the
> students.

> Thanks very much

        Before you start a fun project, you might want to check out M.A.G.num
Model Coaster's site, which gives great tips and photos of a model
coaster being built.  It even has a great movie of the Arrow Dynamics
mega-looper style coaster model called The Black Plague that you can
download.  The URL is:

http://members.tripod.com/~magraha/

        I hope this helps out.  :-)