Model Coasters.com

A site that showcases my working model roller coasters with pictures, videos, tutorials and information.

Model building supplies 

ITEM

WHAT IT IS USED FOR

WHO MAKES IT

WHERE TO GET IT

base - wooden

Base for model

Various

Local Hardware Store

Jet Super Glue

 

Well, gluing stuff together, especially cars and connectors

Jet Glue Company

Local hobby shop 

or

www.jetglues.com

green paint

To paint the base to represent grass

Various

Local Hobby or Retail Store

hot glue

Glue track to aluminum wire and for supports

Various

Local retail store

hot glue gun

See above

Various

Local retail store

1/4 " I-Beam by Plastistuct

Chain guide for lift hill

Plaststruct

www.plastuct.com

or Local hobby shop.

Brass strip

1" X 12"

.032" thick 

&

Brass strip

1/4" X 12"

.032" thick 

Car base for weight

K & S Metals

www.ksmetals.com

OR

Local hobby shop 

o-ring (comes in various sizes)

Car connectors

Various

Local hardware store

Pencil

Do I need to say?

Various

Local retail store or your desk

push pins

To make a large radius compass for turns and curves on the track

Various

 

Local retailer

razor blade knife

To cut styrene plastic with

Various

Local hardware or retailer

Scissors

Cutting

Various

Local retailer

Transparent tape

Joining track ends together temporarily

Various

Local retailer

snap or miniature bow saw

Cutting wood dowels

Various

Local hobby shop

small nails

Chain dogs for train (so train goes up lift)

Various

Local hardware store

Styrene plastic

4 X 8 foot sheet, .030 mil thickness

Laird Plastics ONLY - part # 110314 

Description - HIPS (high impact polystyrene) .030 48 X 96 white

 

Track, car bodies, station, tunnels, etc.

Various (I highly recommend Laird Plastics,even if you have to have it shipped to you!  Great Customer Service, fair price )

My personal supplier, Laird Plastics has about 50 locations in the US (and a few in Canada), check first to see if one is in your area.  Great customer service!

Laird Plastics Locations

If not then Google "Styrene Plastic (with your zip code)" to find a local seller

Train Truck HO - Walthers HO Arch Bar Rigid Truck # 933-1010

Side friction/up stop wheels on cars of train - you need TWO of these per car - they are sold in pairs

Walthers

Local hobby store or

OR

www.walthers.com

Train Truck HO -Kato Barber s-2 roller bearing trucks# 31-602

Main road wheels on each car of train - you need ONE of these for each car - they are sold in pairs

Kato

Local hobby store

Or

www.katousa.com (link is not working at this time - go to site and you'll find it)

wood dowels (various sizes)

Support structure for track

Various

Local Hardware Store (Lowe's has the best price in my area)

aluminum channel 1/4" with inside width of 3/8"

Lift chain guide

Various

Local hardware store

foam board

Base board tunnels, stations

Various

Local retailer or hobby store

9 gauge aluminum wire

aluminum tubing

 Support under track

Various

aluminum tubing is made by K & S metals
 local hardware store

local hardware or hobby shop

Evergreen Scale Items

Various scale items

Evergreen

www.evergreenscalemodels.com

Woodsies

Footers

Forster

Local hobby, craft, or retail store

grass mats

Grass, landscaping

Woodland Scenics and Likelike

www.woodlandscenics.com

hand rail

Lift and brake run hand rails

Plastruct 

 www.plastruct.com

(You'll have to search for "hand rail", link will not work to my page for these items) 

 

"Truck Tuner aka "The Tool"

To ream out train trucks to make wheels spin freely

Industrial machine and Tool

You can get one by clicking here - scroll down a bit on the page, it's in the left column or at your local hobby model train shop

K'nex chain sprockets

Chain lift

K'nex

Ebay will probably be your best bet, K'nex does not sell this part individually or buy a Micro Coaster set from K'nex that has motor, sprocketsand chain

K'nex micro chain

Chain lift

K'nex

www.knex.com or Ebay

K'nex motors

Chain lift

K'nex

www.knex.com or Ebay

Level

Helps get things level and even

Various

Local hardware store

metal measuring stick

(mine is 72" long) 

A guide for cutting straight track and other items on styrene

Various

Local hardware store

People/Figures O scale

Add perception of scale to your model!

Various

www.modelrollercoasterhq.com

 www.walthers.com

Or "O scale figures" on Ebay

Rocks

Scenery

Various

 

Or your own yard

www.woodlandscenics.com

 

Put small rocks that fit into your dishwasher utensil basket with a load of dishes

Sculptamold

Awesome lightweight strong terrain and tunnel covering

Sculptamold

www.amaco.com

Spot lights

Illumination.  Put some shine under or on your track!

Lemax (though they don't sell direct, see link for a business that does)

www.ehobbytools.com

spray paint (recommend Kyrlon brand)

Paint your track and supports

Various

Walmart or your local retailer

train track

For transfer track

Various

Local train hobby shop

trees

Add realism

Various

Local train or hobby shop

Magic Water

Water, waterfalls

Unreal Details


www.unrealdetails.com

OR you local hobby shop 

Plaster Rolls

Tunnels and terrain

Various

www.woodlandscenics.com

OR

Your local hobby/craft store