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Roller coaster fans, check this out:

 

http://www.coasterdynamix.com/

 

It's kind of a Lego approach to building your own working model.

 

The first kit is called The Dragon and I think it will retail for $500. They say you will be able to combine kits.

 

They have a neat quicktime video and other picture on the site. The end part of the video is neat -- it looks like they put a tiny video camera in a car.

 

-j

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Hey that's pretty cool.

 

It reminds me a bit of an advanced version of this toy/kit called rollerscape where you set up tracks that you can roll a marble down...I found some detail pics online

 

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The rollercoaster looks much more serious, but $500 is a lot!

 

EDIT: took out the word 'metal,' the marble is dense plastic I think

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Rollerscape looks like a good value. The prices on your link showed $20-30 for some basic kits.

 

I can't help but wonder if those inexpensive Rollerscape kits would add up like my Mindstorms obsession a little while ago. After plunking down the cash for the main kit, I decided I really needed all the accessory kits.

 

As an aside, I notice that the "ADD TO CART" button on that site actually says "ADD TO SATCHEL." After only a couple years of commerce on the web using "CART," "SATCHEL" looks funny to me.

 

-j

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I bought a few Rollerscape sets a while ago. It's fun to play with and you can do some pretty cool stuff, but it can take a while of tweaking to get something complex...like a douple loop-de-loop. You learn about physics though, like the second loop must be significantly smaller than the first because you lose so much energy going through one.

 

The other engineering type toy I got even more obssessed with was the Hoberman Expandagons (which are now discontinued). If you know what a Hoberman Sphere is, imagine a kit of parts that let you construct your own expandable shapes. I ended up spending upwards of $300 on as many Expert kits as I could find...

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You learn about physics though, like the second loop must be significantly smaller than the first because you lose so much energy going through one.

 

Play Coasterworks on the good ol' Dreamcast, you'll learn this & a whole bunch of other stuff on how to make cool coasters. Great game & "learning experience".

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