All good roller coasters start with a model; a model shows prospective customers what the ride will look like, how stable it will be, and assists their decision about whether to buy it or not. So here are a few steps in building a roller coaster model that can afterwards become an actual roller coaster ride.
Your choice of material for the model (e.g., clay, tin)
1 yard of wire
Scenery pieces such as artificial trees, miniature people, plants etc.
Small pieces of plastic
Settle on the kind of roller coaster you want to make and select the material you prefer to use to make it. You can use clay, some sort of metal, or some people even use popsicle sticks and toothpicks, so choose which you prefer to work with and begin.
Use the normal marker to draw the shape of the track onto the plexiglass, - the lift hill, inversions (loops), secondary hills, etc, and as soon as you have decided on the shape, use the permanent marker to go over it to prevent it from getting rubbed out. The structure, tracks and support are all very essential elements of the model and should be outlined clearly here. Now you can start building.
Using the clay or other material of your choosing begin putting the model together. Take your time to put in each segment and put support pieces where needed to guarantee the model is sturdy and secure and does not crumple.
Every roller coaster http://bestonamusementparkrides.com/roller-coaster-rides-for-sale/ starts with a very high hill dubbed the lift hill, this is because roller coasters normally are driven by gravity and the lift hill is the only location on the track that an electric motor is used to get the coaster to the top and then gravity takes over. As such it is important to perfect the height and shape of the lift hill.
To build the lift for your model, use a wire cutter to cut 3-4 pieces of the wire and put them side by side in the center of the lift hill. Next pick 2 sections at the top and bottom of the lift hill that the lift will go through to join under the tracks. Then to the side of the lift hill, thread the wire beneath the supports to make a sort of chain until both ends connect. Glue the ends together and allow them to dry.
Using the glue put 2-3 more pieces of wood on the top section of the lift hill as the launch area of the track, and additionally on the inversion and turn sections of the track. Finally take the small pieces of plastic and glue them one by one along the inner area of the chosen track to represent the magnetic mechanisms used to launch roller coasters. Paint and decorate your roller coaster, design a small train for aesthetics and your model is complete.
Now it is time to get out there and find a client to make your model into a real ride!
Tips and Warnings
Since gravity is what keeps the coaster rolling, the length and height of the lift hill will be what provides the drive to keep the coaster going. So bear this in mind when determining the height and slope of the lift hill.
Build your model on a surface which is the color of the ground, either brownish for dirt or green for grass.
As you build the model, compare it to the plexiglass outline to ensure that all the track sections and supports are where they should be and none are missing.
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