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Published on Oct 11, 2013
My 13th K'nex model roller coaster, featuring a "thrill lift".
The music in this video is "Wonderful" by Jeremiah Pena. He's a young film/game composer who has some really awesome scores! Check out more of his music at www.jeremiahpena.com
This ride's "thrill lift" is a first for model roller coasters. In fact, it's never even been built in real life! My inspiration came from the PC game Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, which includes a thrill lift option on the Tilt coaster. It is similar to Vekoma's "Gravity Max" coaster, but even more thrilling :)
Scorpion's Tail features a thrill lift, vertical loop, banked turn, camelback hill, and helix. The motors are automated using a Lego Mindstorms NXT and can be remote-controlled from my Android phone via bluetooth. It took me 3 weeks to build.
I owe my building skills to sscoasters.net, a community of Knex builders who have advised and inspired me to build great models like Scorpion's Tail. I kept a construction thread on the SSC forum, which can be found here: www.sscoasters.net/forum/f82/scorpion-s-tail-thrill-lift-15848/