Saturday, November 29, 2014

5-way track splitter

I no longer need to stack my track splitters when I have an RBS with multiple tracks. Here is a video of my NEW track splitter system. I cannot take credit for coming up with this design on my own, but it is my own interpretation. The switch shown here today takes one track and splits it into 5 tracks. Tracks 1 through 4 each get a marble, and the 5th marble resets the switch. So without any further explanation, here's the video: If you want to see all of the video, click on it's title so it takes you to a YouTube page. Don't forget to thumbs up!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

3ft tall skinny spiral

Now to add entrance and exit ramps, then install.

This part is now installed and it works like a charm. When I get around to taking other video of the elements on this RBS, I'll update this post and add video.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Frame and lift

This is where it always begins - with a frame and then the motorized lift. In this case, a chain lift. 48" tall x 36" wide x 18" deep, when completed.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Finished, and installed on project.


Spacers added, now for the entrance and exit tracks.


Now that it's bent into shape, next step is to add spacers.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Good ol' track clamps

Here's what my track clamps look like after a few years of hard everyday use. Look lower into my blog for a picture of these same clamps all sparkly and new. They still work like new, though.

Track on, clamps, track on.

Responding to "Tom's" comment. I use the "lift start" or "scratch start" since my foot-pedal is out of commission. Because if this, the arc wanders around and will end up on the clamp as I pull it away, leaving a bit of scorched track clamp behind.

#196 - current progress

Track 3 is half completed. I will b adding two spirals onto this track next.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Marble run #196 - chain lift

Here's the chain installed onto the frame. Now onto getting the ball in and off of the lift. After that, track splitters, then loop d loop.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Chain lift hooks

Here's a couple hooks welded in place. I'd say I have about 15 more sets to add.

Chain lift hooks

Untrimmed pickup hooks and the chain ready to get hooks welded on to pick up the marbles.

Spiral Fail

Bent up this spiral... And it was too shallow to work well. If the ball got stopped, it would not go again by itself. Now it will end up parted out for support rods. It might make a nice campfire cooking grill... Or use the imagination.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Here's a quick video of #195 in motion. 
23" high, 22" wide, 19" deep - Three tracks

Hand-fed desktop #195 - 3 tracks

All finished. 23" high, 22" wide, 19" deep. First time making vertical zig-zag and a jump! Two firsts in one. Ill update post when I get a video up on youtube.

This is one of my favorites already. A nice shape with nice curvy, hilly main track. The collector spiral is better than my usual small "in track" spiral.

Finger operated! Choose to let one go or all of them.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Zig-Zag rbs-#195

My first time making this element. I really like it. This is in place of a tall skinny spiral.