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Old 5th February 2011, 18:23   #11
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That is amazing, well done. Waiting for the video.

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Old 8th February 2011, 18:53   #12
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Hi all,

Had the rollercoaster running yesterday but the cars have troubles climbing the first hill - could be that the base has to be on a hard, even and level surface. After the first climb it runs sweetly all the way back to the base of the lift track.

Need to work out the black art of dynamics, gravity and inertia!!!

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Old 11th February 2011, 10:43   #13
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Found out why it doesn't make the first climb after leaving the the lift track, yet manages the rest of the circuit with no problems - Track must be spotlessly clean (no dust), rail joints must be smooth (top and sides), and the whole model has to be dead level.

Must take a spirit level with me when exhibiting it.

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Old 12th February 2011, 18:54   #14
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Hi all,

Thanks for your support, today I managed to get one car to traverse the circuit without derailing, followed by the other two, but all as individual cars, not as a train. Now, If I ran three cars independently, then I would certainly have my work cut out at exhibitions!!

Sorry but I don't do videos (did them in the 80s and gave up after that)

Here's one of the original Comet Rollercoaster in USA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVL3Oy1nmsE

and one of the model by another rollercoaster model owner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIT3lLisGe4

Enjoy the rides!

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Exhibition Debut - 19/02/2011

Rollercoaster made its public debut today at the Harwich & District Railway Society Exhibition:


The Station End


At the bottom of the Lift Track


At the top of the Lift Track


Overhead view

I could only get one car to run effectively through the circuit, three cars couldn't climb the first hill after the lift track, then I lost one of the couplers (minute plastic 'dumbell shapes) so I tried two-car running and that was extremely erratic, so I resorted to running the lead car solo (the only one that comes weighted and I added Faller figures to) which didn't always make the first hill, but with adjusting some wedges I put under the base, it made the complete circuit more the half the time. The floor of the venue was uneven, slightly 'springy' being a dance floor and the supporting table had cantilever legs which didn't help with trying to keep the layout level!

The plus sides were that it was a great 'crowd catcher' and visitors would wait until to see the car do a full circuit without my help, no matter how long it took!!!!

Join me for the ride!!!

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It sure looks nice - pity it doesn't run well. Have you contacted the manufacturer? They seem to be wanting to stand behind their products.
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Hi Rick,

Have emailed Coaster Dynamics, but I think a lot of the problems were down the floor surface (its a dance floor), and the type of table I was using. Tried it the day before on the kitchen worktop (Don't tell Mrs Piermaster) and the one car worked like a Swiss watch!

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...one car worked like a Swiss watch!

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But shouldn't it work as well with all three? Is there a way to lubricate something to make it run more smoothly.

I'm interested to hear what they say.
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Got a reply from Coasterdynamix and they were just as confused about the inconsistancy as I was!!!

Took Rollercoaster to a small local show earlier this month:



With the aid of some wedges on three-point levelling, it worked a treat!!!
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UPDATE:

Rollercoaster has just been sold and the new owner will incorporate it as the centrepiece of an amusement park diorama.

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