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Hello everyone!

As you saw by the title above, I have decided to announce the construction of a model of OUR FAVORITE ARROW LOOPER Vortex! You are probably wondering why. The simple reason is that I like to challenge myself AND I have nothing better to do (well, this second reason isn't entirely true, but you get the idea). The model will be made out of Knex (1. because I have a few of them; and 2. Idk what else to build a roller coaster model with) and as of 12/2/2019, the blueprints are currently being worked out. I will try to post regularly and update y'all of the construction.

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Looking forward to it!

 I hope that sometime in the future I’ll eventually have time to build a working Vortex model.

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2 hours ago, Klabergian Empire said:

Hello everyone!

As you saw by the title above, I have decided to announce the construction of a model of OUR FAVORITE ARROW LOOPER Vortex! You are probably wondering why. The simple reason is that I like to challenge myself AND I have nothing better to do (well, this second reason isn't entirely true, but you get the idea). The model will be made out of Knex (1. because I have a few of them; and 2. Idk what else to build a roller coaster model with) and as of 12/2/2019, the blueprints are currently being worked out. I will try to post regularly and update y'all of the construction.

Nice! I cant wait to see the finished product! I love knex because if you have enough pieces, you can spend hours building them up and making them somewhat realistic. I sometimes make support structures and coaster elements in my free time.

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Do you plan on having it run 3 trains, and if so what kind of PCU will you use?

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2 minutes ago, tuxedoman52 said:

Do you plan on having it run 3 trains, and if so what kind of PCU will you use?

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The number of trains running on Vortex unfortunately will not be figured out until a later stage in the development and construction. But I definitely guarantee at least one :lol:. I am working on a few more details and will publish an update sometime today.

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PROGRESS REPORT 1 - 12/2/2019

 

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The first step in recreating this fan-favorite roller coaster was the layout. Since Vortex is based on, well, the actual Vortex itself, that was one item checked off the list. Next, I had to tackle one of the hardest challenges in recreating this ride. As you may know Vortex sits on uneven terrain, with the lowest point being the bottom of the Batwing. This is a challange since I am building this model on flat ground. The first step I took to solve this puzzle was to find the hight of the tallest point of the ride, which is the lift hill. The hight of the lift hill (after looking it up) is 148 ft tall. Then, using the two images above as perhaps the best references I could find, I counted the number of complete sections from the top to the bottom of the hill. Because several are hidden by trees, I had to estimate an extra section. The total sections I counted was 11. Feel free to correct me if my counting was incorrect. I then divided the hight of the lift hill by the number of sections and go 13.45 (which is the hight of each individual section according to my calculations). 

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Moving on with the process, I used this topograhical map of the Kings Island area to find the elevation difference between the approxamate place where the lift hill is and the lowest point on the Batwing. I am aware that this map is slightly dated, but its the best I could find on a short notice. I determined the elevation difference between the lift hill and the Batwing is about 12 feet. This information is relevant because since the lowest point on the Batwing is the lowest point on the ride, I am making the lowest point on the Batwing (pretty much) ground level and I am raising everthing else up, since it sits higher. 

That is all for today! If there is any inaccuracies in my data, please feel free to correct me!

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PROGRESS REPORT 2 -12/3/2019

 

This won't be too long (or at least as long as yesterdays report). But as of today I have finnished calculations for the ride. I am also excited to announce that construction of Vortex will begin Sunday, 12/8/2019. Posted below is the official constuction schedule. As usual, I will try to keep this thread updated and will share construction photos if I have time to do so. Feel free to ask questions since I won't be doing much on my Vortex project until Sunday.

PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION:    (All sections will be assembled in this order)

1. Batwing

2. Helix

3. Brake run and Station

4. Lift hill

5. First half of drop

6. Corkscrew

7. Midcourse brake run and turn around

8. Loops

9. Second half of drop and turn around

10. The stretch from the turn around to the loops.

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After your done the model, let's all just band together, get the original blue prints and build a to scale model that we can ride. I think it's feasible. Does anyone have a welder?

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17 minutes ago, tuxedoman52 said:

Sounds like a good plan so far. How do you plan to do the brake run?

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What specifically do you mean?

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What specifically do you mean?
Is the train going to slow down there? And if so, how will it slow down?

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23 minutes ago, tuxedoman52 said:

Is the train going to slow down there? And if so, how will it slow down?

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I will use either chain, magnets, or the skid brakes that @Kodistict shows in the post above.

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Im wondering if I should change the name of this thread to "Vortex Construction Updates" to confuse the heck out of people. Make 'em wonder why there is a demolition thread AND a construction thread of the same ride!:lol:

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1 hour ago, Klabergian Empire said:

Im wondering if I should change the name of this thread to "Vortex Construction Updates" to confuse the heck out of people. Make 'em wonder why there is a demolition thread AND a construction thread of the same ride!:lol:

Turns out they are just replacing Vortex with an exact replica, using modern engineering 

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