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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby Jmac » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:55 pm

So far the whole thing just looks crazy professional! Im excited to see how the scenery plays out. Manta itself is pretty cool, but it's queue and surroundings is what sets it apart to me. I couldn't imagine the final product not looking like something you'd buy out of a catalog if it continues to look this great

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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby themeparkman25 » Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:34 am

Rcg19-I don't have a set plan on making the trains at this point, but I am leaning towards a soap bar approach. I will get a chunk of clay or whatever, then sculpt/cut it into the mantas. I don't know, if someone has a better idea please let me know!

Jmac-I am going all out with this model, so expect the details to be there. Obviously I won't do the stuff inside the queue, since no one will see it, but you can bet a buck that the outside will be perfect. Keep following and thank you for the kind words.


UPDATE JUNE 10, 2010

In this update, you will find a how to guide on making a piece of model B&M track as well as the inline twist and helix! I am getting very excited about this model and I am getting more and more confident working with the heat gun and styrene. My goal is to punch out all the way to the mid course before my Europe trip, which is in exactly two weeks. However, at the rate I am going right now, I should be able to get slightly past that.

I do want to point out that the helix looks different than that of the real Manta. The reason being the model itself is to scale, but the supports and track are not to scale. I would scale the track, but I do not have any actual numbers as to the size of the track. For this, I apologize and hope you understand. Outside of this err, everything else is perfect!

Enjoy the guide and the update!

Step 1: Get your supplies! This is what I used to make everything on the model. So don't think that all this comes pre fab'ed and I just put it in to place. Everything is flat and boring, and it is up to me to bend and work the material into place.
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Step 2: Melt the spine! This is the pain staking process and it hurts! I use the heat gun to melt the spine to the point where it is completely bendable. I then grab the hot plastic and twist and hold it in to place until it dries, which is usually in a couple seconds. Also, the bending takes place on a very small section since it is not possible to heat up the entire stick.
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Step 3: Cut rectangles! These little rectangles are a centimeter long and will be cut in to the shape of a tie.
Step 4: Cut the corners! By cutting the corners, the bottom becomes the width of the spine and the top is the right distance apart. It is important to not cut all the way to the top and leave a little bit of a "straight" section so that you can mount the rail to it.
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Step 5: Glue the rectangles to the spine! These will be places sporadically on the spine in order to support the rails of the coaster. In this case, the pieces are 2cm apart.
Step 6: Hang the piece! Once the ties are dry, you are ready to hang the piece in place. Usually, I glue the first part of the spine to the last part of the last piece. I also make one support towards the end of the piece, to hold up the weight. That way I have both ends of the piece supported and ready to go. If you noticed, this also means only about 1 in 4 supports is load bearing.
Step 7: Hang the rails! Using the last part of the supplies, twist the rails into their place and glue them to the track! Viola!
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There you have it! How to make a B&M model! Hope you have enjoyed that! Now on to the update! Enjoy that too!
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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby gisco » Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:02 pm

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Postby CorkscrewFoley » Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:59 pm

Colour me impressed...

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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby hobbit » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:05 am

Great pictures !! this looks amazing !!!
if you finish this, make a picture and send it to the themepark, they will love it !

are you also going to make trees? and grass and stuff ?

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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby tiger01 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:20 pm

this is impressive! you should add the train to were the splash down is and create a blue splash. that would be a cool feature!
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Postby Mastersax68 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:33 pm

That pretzel and zero-g look amazing. :lmao:
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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby mightbeawannabe » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:16 pm

This is still grabbing my attention! It is great, and I hope Sea World has seen this thread. Don't they read these forums? I have but two little visual nitpicks- 1-a rail has seperated from the ties on the drop; 2-the inline twist is more corkscrewy. Inline twists are where the track stays in the same pitch and direction for the part that inverts you (130ish degrees). Is what you've done on Manta(full size)?

Don't get me wrong, It looks great, but maybe there was a mistake in terminology.
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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby themeparkman25 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:11 pm

Hobbit-I actually would love to send the real model to the park in hopes they would put it on display. I am not sure if they read this thread, but if they do, please contact me! It's yours for free! I will complete this model down to the last blade of grass and wave of water. It will be 100% accurate, at least to the best of my ability.

Tiger01-You can bet your bucks that I will add the train to the splashdown! A couple problems do arise though from that placement. 1) I still don't really know how I am going to make the trains and 2) I don't know how to make fake waves that look real. That, however, will be a bridge I will cross when that time comes. For now, my concentration is completing the track work.

Wannabe-You caught me, haha. The first thing you mentioned is that a rail popped on the first drop. I didn't realize it until that specific picture, but I will reglue the piece back in place and it will be as good as new! In terms of the second thing you mentioned...I actually don't have a reason or an excuse. That particular piece was especially difficult to bend in to place, and due to the fact I melt it inch by inch, it is hard to complete a true inline twist from the start. Excuses aside, I knew that would be the complaint of the ride but I really don't have a solution for it. I apologize and hope you understand!
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Re: Models of Sheikra, TTD, Insane and now Manta!

Postby zilliboy » Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:36 am

WOW, Verry nice.
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