Track Guide for Micro Knex Coasters

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Introduction: Track Guide for Micro Knex Coasters

About: I'm a 16 year-old guy who loves to build mechanics out of knex. my main interests are ball machines and roller coasters. My real name is Matt and I'm a christian. I live in Australia or more commonly known as …

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.

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    50 Comments

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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
    Demonmilkman

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Demonmilkman
    Demonmilkman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    10 years ago on Step 3

    Yeah Cobra rolls need to be large.

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    knex-oholic
    knex-oholic

    10 years ago on Step 3

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    Buy some more. :-I

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    knex-oholic
    knex-oholic

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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
    RNB

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The Lava Launch Coaster.

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    nevetzap
    nevetzap

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Tornado96
    Tornado96

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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
    cooldude2468

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!!!