While roller coasters offer up plenty of thrills, a whole lot of engineering goes into making them safe enough to not snap our necks or make us pass out. TEDEd looks at the impact that these rides can have on our bodies, and how coaster safety has improved over the years.
This wonderful LEGO VIP set is sure to be a collectible. The 4,124 piece roller coaster features a chainlift that can be upgraded with a motor, and tons of little details like a ticket booth, cotton candy cart, concession stand, and coaster cars with movable lap bars.
Let’s go through the shrinker ray, and take a twisty, turny, disorienting ride on an awesome model roller coaster built by John and Michael Molden using Meccano metal construction toys. The spinning coaster cars were inspired by Reverchon’s real-life rides. Build video here.
After wowing us with his 90,000 piece LEGO roller coaster model, builder Tomáš Kašpařík aka Chairudo shared this footage that gives us a look at what minifigs see when they go for a ride. We wish we could go through the shrinker ray and hang out at his theme park.
Builder knexpert06 shows off an incredible creation made using K’Nex construction toys. The 141 foot-long roller coaster has dual tracks so two coasters can race side by side. It took nearly 500 hours to build, but a full lap of the coaster takes just under a minute.
CoasterDynamix’s Cyclone is a modular and LEGO-compatible kit for making roller coaster models. It comes with everything you need, including a train, lift chain and gears. By default it’s powered with a hand crank, but you can also use a LEGO Power Functions motor.
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