Introduction: Protagonism - KNEX Ball Machine

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My most complex and best k'nex ball machine to date is finally here! This ball machine features 2 networks (2 lifts), 7 paths, and 10 new elements. Be sure to check out my guide to elements to see my new elements at detail.


Step 1: Network 1

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This network has 3 paths with Thibaultisthebest's Simple Modified Stepper Lift I modified.

Step 2: Path 1

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This path features MinnesotaRandomCrap's double dropper and the crankshaft for network 1's lift that pushes back depending on when the balls will get to that point.

Step 3: Path 2

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This path features 4 new elements: Mario's Randomized Dropper, Mario Kart Paving, Basket (new type), Super stairs. Also features Kairah89's separator (doesn't work so well for me).

Step 4: Path 3

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This path features 2 new elements: Alternating Stairs and Lid Fall-Through.

Step 5: Network 2

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This network has an ordinary chain lift and 4 paths.

Step 6: Path 4

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This path features sandroknexmaster's Horizontal Clickers and the Single-Rail Fall-Through.

Step 7: Path 5

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This path features 2 new elements: Blue path (my version) and Tippping Fall-Through. Also includes includes Regular Fall-Through.

Step 8: Path 6

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This path features one of Knextreme's stair types, Large Alternator, Super Path, and Knextreme's Bendy Paving.

Step 9: Path 7

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This path features 2 new elements: Elastic Panel Maze and Downward Coaster Pathing. Also includes Red (Metallic Green) Rod Fall-Through.


stevenator2000 (author)2013-10-16

Where did you get the black-white balls?

I got the black/white balls from the Motorized Madness Ball Machine set. The yellow balls have the exact same diameter as those and are wider than the original ones. That makes it hard to make elements work for them. I happen to be one of those rare people who modifies elements to make them work with the newer balls.

FanPlastic (author)collinjo122016-04-05

Are the yellow balls k'nex balls?

www139 (author)2014-07-27

I think it would be a good idea if you used light grey connectors on the chain lift instead of red. it looks better. I love the network 1 lift! keep up the good work!

KneXtreme (author)2012-10-15

Great work! I like the lay out of the ball machine.

collinjo12 (author)KneXtreme2012-10-15

Thanks! I do try to think of ways to make ball machines as big as I can and try put as many interesting elements on as I can.

mikeasaurus (author)2012-10-14

Great work, thanks for posting this! Now..make it bigger!

collinjo12 (author)mikeasaurus2012-10-14

Sorry, I don't have enough pieces of each kind to extend it. Thanks for the feedback though!

Sorunome (author)2012-10-14

Awesome ball machine! I like the use of mario kart :P

sandroknexmaster (author)2012-10-14

Nice ball machine! I like the mario track.
Thanks for using one of my elements! :)

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