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K'nex Spiral Element

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An exciting element for any knex ball tower.
Video link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTc5rsT-Lfg
 
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Step 1: Frame

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Construct a frame using 12 grey rods and 16 blue connectors. Alternatively you could use purple connectors depending on the situation.

Step 2: The Crossbars

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Add the crossbars using grey rods, grey connectors and lots of spacers. Put 2 connectors on each end of the rod and add the spacers as shown in the diagram. Spacing is crucial so if you are using something smaller than a standard knex ball you should use less spacers.

x grey rods
2 grey connectors per rod
lots of spacers

Its a bad photo, yeh?

Step 3: The Crosspieces

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Add the crosspieces in the pattern 3-2-3-2....

Step 4: Compiling the Crosspieces

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Slide the crosspieces together so that they only just touch. Ensure that the crosspieces all connect together with the pins locking into the rectangular holes in the corresponding pieces as shown in the picture.

(Thats a completely useless photo.  I don't know how enyone could make comething comprehensive from that)

Step 5: Tubing

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Wrap the tubing into the spiral ensuring that all the connector pins are used. When you reach the top wrap the tubing around the uppermost crosspieces so that the track is on roughly 45 degrees to allow easy entry for the balls. In the picture I have added an extra length of tubing to make the track smoother as well as two extra crosspieces for support.

approx 1m tubing required

(Is it bending?  YES.  If you can, use some lss-stiff tubing (like the orange stuff))
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Sorunome3 years ago
Awesome Element!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You really make good instructions. I think you should make your own 1001-balltower elements book. =P
KnexFreek4 years ago
 thats awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 i subscribed
Pizzapie5004 years ago
Do you have to use knex tubing cuz it's kinda expensive (for a tube) so is there any alternatives?
yardking (author)  Pizzapie5004 years ago
As yet no other solution to that little issue unless you have a friend who you could get some off. Perhaps you could make the sides out of a curved piece of card but you wouldn't get quite the same effect. Sorry I can't be of any more help but good luck to ya.
Thanks...
Do u know how many 38 pounds of knex is? Also is 38 pounds for $70 a good deal? Please answer ASAP cuz bidding ends today Also is 38 pounds for 70$ better than Lost Mines:Power Tower Crane Big Ball Factory(Crankin' up the Big Ball) Hyperspace Training Tower Trampoline Tower Command-A-Bot(radio control) For $100?
How come you replied to me with a blank comment
yardking (author)  doris50273doll4 years ago
OMG where?!!
The Jamalam5 years ago
sweet, its a pity i dont have any roller coaster parts :( 5 stars anyway!
wow... I have like 7-8 screaming serpents, and a star burst spinner,and a rippin rocket, and a looping lizzard, and a really really old monster truck set, and some more random k'nex. LoL
Cheese and rice....
Cheese and rice...
I'm waiting to see if anyone gets that...
I don't get it. whats it's meaning?
It rhymes(sorta) with a phrase that expresses extreme shock and disbelief....
I think I know what it is.
Then you'd be the first so far....
Yay...
oh, ok...
yay for randomness!!!!!
That wasn't exactly random, more....suited for all age groups....
i know its just a random thing
jesus christ d'ya mean?
BINGO
=O =D
Bugman95 years ago
the purple rails and the green rail connectors are from the screamen serpent are they?
yardking (author)  Bugman95 years ago
All of the parts can be found in the "Screamin' Serpent" but thats not the only set that has them.
puffyfluff5 years ago
The video is awesome. You should make an 'ible for it.
jollex5 years ago
Very nice, a great ball machine! Finally someone that is as good as Darth Trainman.
Are you kidding me? He's better than Darth Trainman...in some areas, that is (this one included).
I think he's better than Darth Trainman in quality of his components, but Darth Trainman is better in size.
i think better looking at the video!
Doctor Who5 years ago
wasn't this on weasel's machine? that's name starts with an I
Inigma?
It's "Enigma", and that phrase actually starts with an "E". I use one made with orange track connectors rather than crossties. I find that particular style easier and more reliable to use. But this one still works too. I personally think both are equally cool.
yardking (author)  The KNex Weasel5 years ago
Living in Australia it is near impossible to get ones hands on orange trackpieces but I am interested in how you made yours.
I shall explain it the best I can:

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