Miles' Rokenbok Exposed

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Designs

We wanted a switch, but since we didn't have one we had to make some ourselves. So we created our own...

Turntable NEW

We made another version of a circular switch. This one allows four tracks to be connected in all possible ways. But unlike the circiular switch described below, this one doesn't lock into place when you turn it. Baving it lock into a point where the train track is aligned is nice, but so is flexibility. You can see the deails here: view Turntable.

Downavator NEW

The downavator was actually the first thing we created. It is a lot of fun. If you get just the right size rubber band, it will snap back perfectly. Miles figured out how to add the railings. You can see the deails here: view Downavator.

Elevator NEW

Now things are getting more interesting. We created an elevator using standard blocks. It turns out that Tinger Toys are a good complement to Rokenbok. They allow things to move and rotate. You can see the deails here: view Elevator.

PowerPlant NEW

To understand how the elevator and powered turntable work it helps to see details on the power plant. This is really a treadmill built using large TinkerToy wheels. We make the Rok trucks do the work of raising and lowering the elevator -- by remote control. You can see the deails here: view Power Plant .

Motorized Turntable NEW

After we had the powerplant, the next obvious thing to do was to power both the elevator and the turntable. We had to completely redesign the turntable to leave room for the strings. A non-traditional use of the red "awning" pieces was essential to the design. view Motorized Turntable .

Older Designs

Linear Monorail Switch

Miles was looking at the catalog and saw the Monoral Switch. He said he wanted one, but we decided to try to make one instead. Miles' dad tried to make using straights and curves but it didn't work very well. Miles came up with an idea: he thought that using one of the monoral track up/down pieces on its side would be a good idea. And it was. You can see the deails here: view linear monoral switch.

Circular Monorail Switch

Now that we had one swtich, the we had a track that was a dead end. To connect it back to the rest of the layout, we had to make another switch. We needed to connect three tracks, so a circle suggested itslef. The result was very attractive: a circular monorail switch.

Miles was looking at the catalog and saw the Monoral Switch. He said he wanted one, but we decided to try to make one instead. Miles' dad tried to make using straights and curves but it didn't work very well. Miles came up with an idea: he thought that using one of the monoral track up/down pieces on its side would be a good idea. And it was. You can see the deails here: view linear monoral switch.

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