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February 25th, 2009 (05:09 pm)

To summarize the background ruthlessly: yesterday at lunch, the topic lurched momentarily to L's new hairdo. J said that it was interestingly swoopy. He compared it to a Frank Gehry building; L didn't like that. I said that a better comparison might be a roller coaster.

And then the idea struck: you could build a tiny roller coaster, probably smaller than N-gauge, and wear it as a hat. Everybody liked this idea. I had been envisioning an electric version, but they liked the idea better if you had to swing your head around to keep the roller coaster moving. Frankly, I think the electric version is more practical.

Hmm...how big is N-gauge, anyway...

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
lolcat medieval hat

They would need a way to not fall off the tracks, more like a real roller coaster.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)

Well, yes, that would be a problem.

Maybe something in a tube instead of on tracks.

Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
crazy

N's too big, probably. You want Z. Or ZZ. :)


...hmm, or evidently T, which was invented since I stopped being a train geek.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)

Blink.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)

OK, it looks like ZZ and T are new enough that the selection will be low and the prices high. Z, meanwhile, apparently can't go over about a 4% grade.

So I guess there's just no practical way to wear a roller coaster on my head.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
lolcat medieval hat

Not without original engineering, at any rate.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)

Yeah, there's a reason I'm a software engineer. ;-)

Posted by: JT (learnteach)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
ONLY

if you use the engine, as provided! Roller coasters normally run by using a motor under the tracks to chain lift the cars to the top of the first drop; you could easily rig a small electric motor to do that.

It's the BENDYNESS of the track that's the problem. I'd recommend using coathanger wire, and wheels that latched onto the wire, or a full cage.

That would be fun!

Or you could just recreate this guys hat:

http://www.thethemeparkguy.com/idea.html

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
Re: ONLY

Roller coasters normally run by using a motor under the tracks to chain lift the cars to the top of the first drop; you could easily rig a small electric motor to do that.

Hmm. A simplified approach would be to pull the cars up a spiral, then let go, so that they roll backwards. Less impressive than something with loop-the-loops, though.

Posted by: alessandro_bard (alessandro_bard)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Do it!

It can be done!

The smallest N gauge locos and trolleys can turn a 7" radius, maybe tighter. To keep them on the track is relatively easy: Superstrong button magnets under each car and a steel strip just under the track. Since you will have no turnouts, the magnets can be mounted low enough to hang between the rails.

You'll want to mount a miniature bubble level (or globe type) somewhere you can see it so that you keep your head more or less straight.

I've built platforms for trains _in_ Christmas trees. This might be a little trickier, but give it a shot!

I want pictures.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Do it!

I'll think about it. It's not necessarily something I want to spend a lot of money on, though.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Do it!

...but it's tempting. Sort of like a propeller beanie, but more assertive. "Ha. Yeah, I've got a propeller beanie somewhere, but it wasn't geeky enough."

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: February 26th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Do it!

That's why the real geeks wear turbo-prop beanies.

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