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“The Next Big Thing” Audio show with a Maker who built his own roller coaster – “Over the tool shed, under the elm tree, and around the rose bushes – all in 30 seconds. It’s the “Blue Flash,” a homemade roller coaster John Ivers constructed in his backyard.” – Thanks Chris! Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. candygirl says:

    I hope/wish your website has games so that we could play them. Some could be building roller coasters.

  2. candygirl says:

    I hope/wish your website has games so that we could play them. Some could be building roller coasters.

  3. KaYeIgH says:

    that is so kool i wont 1 :Plol how does it like move sorta thing

  4. KaYeIgH says:

    i would love to be able to make my own roller coaster how does it work i mean how could you build somthing so good and be realy successfull

  5. matt says:

    yoyoyoyoyoyoyoyoyooyoyoyoyoyqqqqq matt nd joe r well kl

  6. joe says:

    dude thats friggn awsome ma like totaly

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  8. Rocky Rhodes says:

    He probably couldn’t build the shed without submitting drawings and getting inspections from the county building authority, but he’s allowed to build a death machine in his backyard. Did he get a stamped approval drawing or stress load calculations from a licensed engineer? Does he have a detailed maintenance plan, operating procedures, third party inspections? Where’s the containment fence to keep stray animals and wondering humans from walking into the danger zone? What parts of this contraption comply with industry standards? And most important, does his homeowners insurance company know about this?

    I have certain libertarian values, so I do think he should be able to build this if he wants, but it definitely could be an “attractive nuissance” that could seriously hurt someone trying to ride it. Even the best run amusement parks with highly trained and educated engineers, managers, and technicians still occaissionally have catastrophic failures that lead to serious injury and sometimes death. I’d hate to think what the mean time between failure (and death) is for this monstrosity.

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