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Orders for models are build from sratch on a first come, first served basis. The sooner you place your order, the sooner you will received your finished model.

All models are custom built. There are no kits of the models I build.

Because every model is custom built to order, if you purchase a model of one of the items seen on this website, please be aware that your model may appear slightly different from the one seen in the photos. I am continually developing new techniques that will be incorporated into your custom-built model. Your model will be the best in its class at the time of its construction. No two models are ever exactly the same.

Models are very close to HO scale. Special orders for O scale and N scale sized models are accepted.

To order a model a 50-percent non-refundable deposit is required. The balance is due before the completed model can be shipped.

Payment is in US funds only via Paypal, check or money order.

All of the models are very light in weight because they are constructed out of balsa wood, model building supplies and the base they are built on is made of lightweight material.

Models are shipped extremely well-packed in a strong large carton via FedEX Ground.

If you place an order for a model, once I begin construction I will email updates to you showing photos of the model as it is being built.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q - How long does it take to build a roller coaster model?
A - It really depends on the particular model. An average model will take at least three months to complete.

Q - If I order a model, when will I get it?
A - In general, once conrtuction begins, it can take between 2 and 4 months to build your model. Please be aware that this is an estimate and the time frame can be longer if I have other models under construction that are ahead of yours. All models are built on a first-come, first served basis. The sooner you place your order, the sooner you will recieve your finished model.

Q - Do you build operating models?
A - No. The models I build are for display only. They are not working models.

Q - What materials do you use?
A - Some of the materials I use include bass/balsa wood, cardboard and plastic.

Q - At what scale do you build your models?
A - In general, most models are constructed to match the HO scale used for train enthusiasts. Special orders for O scale and N scale sized models are accepted.

Q - Do you have any plans to build working models?
A - No.

Q - Do you build steel roller coaster models?
A - Yes. I have built several steel coaster models, but it's rare that I build them. I am more into wooden coasters than steel ones.

Q - How many roller coaster models have you built?
A - I have built so many roller coaster models! I do not know the total.

Q - Where do you store all of your models?
A - I don't store any of them because nearly every model I build is for a client.

Q - Do you sell models?
A - Yes, I build models for clients who purchase models from me.

Q - How much do you charge to build a model?
A - The price depends on the model that is being built. The bigger or more complex a roller coaster model is, the more expensive it will cost.


Q - Do you accept Paypal?
A - Yes, deposits and payments for roller coaster model orders may be made using Paypal. I also accept money orders and checks.

Q - Do you only build replicas of roller coasters?
A - No. I also construct models of custom designs that I create.

Q - How did you get involved in building roller coaster models?
A - When I was a child, my love for amusement parks and roller coasters inspired me to start building models of my favorite rides.

Q - Did you go to school to learn how to build models?
A - No. I learned on my own.

Q - Do you know of any schools that teach model building?
A - No.

Q - Do you build other amusement rides?
A - Yes. You will see a few models of amusement park rides on this website.

Q - Do you have any models on display?
A - Yes. A model of the Blue Streak is on display at the Town Hall museum at Cedar Point - and there are several others. You can see photos in the "Gallery" by clicking the link above.

Q - Will you add new models to your website?
A - Yes. My goal is to keep this website updated with new roller coaster models soon after I build new ones.

Q - Can roller coaster models be safely shipped?
A - Yes. I ship models to just about all of my clients. Models have been safely shipped as far away as Europe. For more information about shipping models, please refer to the "Order a Model" link above.

Q - How long have you been constructing scale models?
A - For many, many years!

Q - What if I need help building my own roller coaster model?
A - If you need some helpful hints on how to build your own roller coaster model, just look at some of the photos on this website. Many photos are included that show various stages of model construction. Most of all, be creative and use your own imagination.

Q - Where can I purchase supplies and materials to build a model?
A - Arts and craft shops, hobby shops, train and railroad hobby centers.

Q - Can you build other types of models other than amusement park rides?
A - Yes.

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John Hunt with his model of the Great White roller coaster at Wildwood, NJ

John Hunt with his model across from the Blue Streak at Cedar Point

Top Eliminator Dragsters model constructed for Thrilltime Entertainment

John Hunt's custom roller coaster design: the Gateway Coaster

Close-up side view of the Cyclone Racer which once operated at The Pike at Long Beach, CA
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