Introduction: Track Guide for Micro Knex Coasters

Hi! This is Tornado96 with a very useful instructable for those of you who build micro knex coasters. First of all, When you are making a micro knex coasters you should always connect the track every one, two, or three connections. If you don't do this then your track will shake and the car or train will lose a lot of speed. Because of this I have made a way to guide the track very easily. If you make connections to sharp the car will stop. The size of rods that I have used will prevent this problem. This track guide will attach to box style and to pipe support style coasters. Go to the next step to learn how to make these simple connections.  

Step 1: Attaching Pieces to Track

I know this step has only two pictures but it is very important. To build each connection you need a yellow connector, a black rod, and a red connector. Just follow the pictures and image notes. IMPORTANT: ALWAYS attach these pieces to the track before connecting the rods.

Step 2: Adding the Rods

The size of the rod you choose will fix the track into the position you want. In the pictures I have the basic ones.
IMPORTANT:
-If you have a lot of pieces attach the track on every connection. Only attach every two connections if you don't have enough pieces. Attaching every two connections is good for straight but if you make it curved your red connectors will loosen their hold on rods.
-Curve the track BEFORE you attach the rods.

Step 3: Finished!

You're done! (That was fast!). This track guide can twist, loop, and many other things. Here are some elements using the track guide.

Comments

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Gr3at_Whit3_North_Guy (author)2011-08-19

do you have any advice for supporting loops, corkscrews, and other elements for a knex roller coaster?

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Well that's a whole other subject. My main advice is getting the basic shape and then adding supports. It usually takes me a good half hour to support a loop and get it JUST right.

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Demonmilkman (author)2011-07-24

Hey Tornado can you tell me whats the difference beetween all these knex rollercoasters like this micro one? cheers

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Tornado96 (author)Demonmilkman2011-07-25

You aren't being very specific. The difference between micro and what.

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Demonmilkman (author)Tornado962011-07-25

Sorry I meant as in what other variation other than micro?And your rollercoasters are awsome!

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Tornado96 (author)Demonmilkman2011-07-25

You mean between micro and normal knex coasters screamin' serpent style?

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Demonmilkman (author)Tornado962011-07-26

yeah sorry for being an awkward turtle :P

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Tornado96 (author)2011-01-17

Yeah Cobra rolls need to be large.

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Tornado96 (author)2011-01-16

That is pretty small.

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Tornado96 (author)2010-12-25

ok

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Tornado96 (author)2010-12-24

:-P I don't think you can plot dimensions 4 and 5 on a number plane.

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Tornado96 (author)2010-12-23

That was a long reply... If there's no 5th dimension then there's no 8th dimension...

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knex-oholic (author)2010-10-31

I wish I had alot more micro pieces
I only have some from one coaster

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Tornado96 (author)knex-oholic2010-10-31

Buy some more. :-I

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knex-oholic (author)Tornado962010-11-01

Is there a set with alot of those specific pieces or should I just order online?

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Tornado96 (author)knex-oholic2010-12-19

Sorry for the late reply but I didn't notice this comment until now. You can check VV set piece counts here.

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RNB (author)knex-oholic2010-11-11

The Lava Launch Coaster.

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nevetzap (author)2010-12-19

does rocket boost rollarcoaster have a lot of these and plus cant we just use those purple connectors?

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Tornado96 (author)nevetzap2010-12-19

rocket boost has a lot of track but not much pieces. I don't use purple connectors because the chain dog on the bottom of the car hits it. If I use yellow connectors it doesn't hit it. If I use purple connectors i always add a tan y connector to make it smoother. :-)

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cooldude2468 (author)2010-12-17

AWSUM 5* for sure!!! and bi the way i'm a knex micro coaster builder and i have lots of kool ideas but i just don't have the parts yet :( the micro coasters i have are serpents spirral and vertical vengeance and the other micro sets i have are those little ones the amusement park series and the double ferris wheel!
still your idea is AWSUM!!!!!

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Tornado96 (author)cooldude24682010-12-18

I'm glad you liked it but why did you comment twice? :-P I hope you can get more parts so you can build good coasters. This site needs more rolller coaster builders. Not just me and The burrito Master (and a few other).
Just remember that the VV rods are slightly different lengths to the normal micro rods. Good luck building!

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cooldude2468 (author)2010-12-17

AWSUM 5* for sure!!! and bi the way i'm a knex micro coaster builder and i have lots of kool ideas but i just don't have the parts yet :( the micro coasters i have are serpents spirral and vertical vengeance and the other micro sets i have are those little ones the amusement park series and the double ferris wheel!
still your idea is AWSUM!!!!!

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Shadowman39 (author)2010-04-23

Cool guide! That's a neat method for strengthening the track. I built a lot of micro coasters last summer. :-)

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Tornado96 (author)Shadowman392010-04-23

Thanks! Any pictures?

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Shadowman39 (author)Tornado962010-04-23

I do remember taking pictures, but they were with an old film camera instead of a digital camera.

By the way, I think it was the summer before last. I can't remember. :-P

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Tornado96 (author)Shadowman392010-10-06

Lol

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Tornado96 (author)2010-10-06

you put 8D. I konw it's a face. Its a joke.

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Froggith (author)2010-08-21

very impressive, i too, use this in my coasters, but i have only made 2 so far, i am working on my third, but i need more peices, does anyone have any good sites for bulk ordering cheap micro knex?

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Knexgeek14 (author)Froggith2010-10-03

yes this website is good ; http://www.knexusergroup.org.uk/acatalog/micro-knex.html

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Tornado96 (author)Froggith2010-08-21

Thanks! One word: EBAY It's pretty easy to find stuff for a good price there. Good luck! Do you have any pics of the coasters?

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Froggith (author)Tornado962010-08-22

uploading them now actully

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Tornado96 (author)Froggith2010-08-22

cool!

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something94 (author)2010-07-18

wait is the helix using grey rods??

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Tornado96 (author)something942010-07-21

Yup!

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Tornado96 (author)2010-07-10

I'm afraid I haven't heard of the 8th dimension. :-P

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Randomguy65 (author)2010-05-30

Such a SMOOTH Ride! Nice!

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Tornado96 (author)Randomguy652010-05-31

Thanks tell me if you ever use it.

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Randomguy65 (author)Tornado962010-05-31

Yeah, but I dont have a lot of those red and yellow connectors.........darn

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Tornado96 (author)Randomguy652010-05-31

Check some of the piece counts here to see which sets come with a lot of those connectors.

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something94 (author)Tornado962010-07-09

that link doesnt work i tried it and it said that it couldnt be found. unless u have to have an account. i would love to find out piece counts so i can make a track with these

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Tornado96 (author)something942010-07-10

I'm not on the site.... yet. Anyway here are alternate instructions: go to forums on sscoasters then go to general discussion and go to the second page where you should find a forum called knex roller coaster sets. Scroll down and you will eventually find pictures of piece counts from almost every roller coaster set. Hope this helped. Tell me if you start building coasters on Instructables. Happy buying and building. :-)

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the_burrito_master (author)2010-04-23

It's great but you can get even more customization with the connectors sideways.

This picture shows why.

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Believe me I know all about bballer347.
That was a great idea the problem is that I can't bend  the track as much for small elements and I wanted to have my own track strengthener.

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Yeah I understand that the way you do it is great for certain things. But bad for others. like his drop there it's even bending just slightly in the middle. your radi system cant do that as accurately.

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I did one a couple days ago. Not exactly but a very slight bend ;-)

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~KGB~ (author)2010-04-23

wish i had dese.. lol

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Tornado96 (author)~KGB~2010-04-23

Buy them!!! It would be cool to have another micro knex coaster builder.

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~KGB~ (author)Tornado962010-04-24

lol, ill buy them soon enough...

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knexsuperbuilderfreak (author)2010-04-23

not bad 5*

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Thanks

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