|Jochem from the Netherlands [message #10187] Thu, 25 February 2010 00:19 UTC
My name is Jochem (20 years old) and I'm really into building model roller coasters (example). I use a toy called K'nex to create the most twisted layouts. However, I am having issues with the original train included in the toy sets. The clearance in between the wheels is too high and the cases enclosing the wheels are too big, giving me not enough opportunity to blend the track into other structures.
This last may sound a little weird, so let me elaborate on the issue. As you can see in this picture, I partially masked the track by putting it into the support structure. The train's wheel housing slightly hits the structure, causing it to slow down. This means I want to completely redesign the trains and the wheel housings.
Some guy I know through a forum dedicated to this model roller coaster building had a design made a few years ago and gave me some suggestions concerning the wheels, as it is efficiency that I care about a lot. His work can be seen on this page. I hope to master the technique of modelling such designs and to finally make a K'nex train that is more efficient than the current one.
If you have anything to help me with, suggestions, anything at all, please leave a comment.
I thank you for reading through all this. Hopefully I can make my dream come true sometime soon.