Building the Faller Power Tower (pictures & video)

Do you like funfairs? Would you like to own your own ride? Do you have ridiculous amounts of patience? Then the Faller Power Tower model kit could be just for you!

This 1/87th scale model kit is based on the Maurer Sohne Freefall tower that was travelled by German showman Schneider between 1998 and 2001. The kit includes 427 plastic parts, as well as all of the equipment you need to get it motorised and moving.


How much does it cost? 

Depending on where you look, prices for this kit tend to vary between £100 to £160. We recommend searching for “Faller 140325” on Ebay and Amazon, but can also recommend – who will ship to the UK.

What additional materials/tools do I need? 

Whilst the kit contains all of the plastic parts, there are a few essentials that you will need to build it – these are:

  • Side cutters & Pliers – For removing the plastic parts from the sprues that they come attached to.
  • Sharp craft knife – For cleaning up parts after removing them from the sprues.
  • Tweezers – Essential for positioning some of the smallest parts. Don’t get too bogged down trying to find specific modelling tweezers – we used an old pair of eyebrow tweezers with no issues.
  • Modelling glue – we used Humbrol Poly Cement. This fuses the parts together, and allows a minute or two of “play” before it really starts to set.
  • Superglue – For a couple of steps you need an instant-drying adhesive.

Depending on your personal preference or experience, you may find a set of small files useful for cleaning up parts after removing them from the sprues. We started off using files and wet&dry paper, but soon found them to be causing too much visible abrasion on the parts so ended up using a craft knife from there-on in.

You will also need a 12 – 16v AC or DC power supply, as well as a vague understanding of electronics, to wire it all up. It’s fairly simple but you’ll get best results if you know how to solder and buy your own plugs as opposed to using the plastic ones that come with the kit.


This is important!! Pictures make this model appear bigger than it actually is. If you don’t have a steady hand then this kit might not be for you. The ride car is one of the first things that you make (pictured above). Pretty much everything you see in the car is made up of individual pieces. Take your time with the instructions and you’ll be pleased with the results.

This was the first Faller kit we’ve ever built, so it’s certainly possible to go into this without any prior experience and come out with a great working model! Apparently this is one of the more fiddly kits in the Faller range, and we did experience a bit of frustration in getting the model to run at first. Be prepared to go back to the first few steps and file down plastic pulleys and add extra grease to the drive gearing to get the ride functioning.


Easiest parts? 

Probably assembling the tower itself, as it is made up of fairly large pieces.

Hardest parts? 

Threading the string. This was one of the most stressful things I have ever done. After about 12 hours of trying I ended up screwing up the first two attempts and had to buy some extra thread – which I found in HobbyCraft. Funnily enough, the third attempt only took me 10 minutes and worked perfectly – I guess practice makes perfect.

It’s also quite easy to loose focus after building the tower and just play with it. There are still quite a lot of parts to add around the platform after this, some of which seem rather monotonous, but in the end make a great difference to the appearance of the whole model.


Step by step (ish) photos of the build can be found in the gallery below.

Once you’ve got it all built, it’s a fantastic model to sit back and watch. The tower is fitted with read switches at the top and bottom, allowing the provided control box to know where the car is and run an automatic ride cycle. You can easily add a push-to-start button, something that we plan to do shortly.

Make sure you check out the video of the ride running, as well as the photo gallery showing the build.

Tags: Family Rides, Flat Ride, Gallery, Models, Photos, Thrill Rides, Videos.
Category: Funfairs

4 responses to “Building the Faller Power Tower (pictures & video)”

  1. Becky says:

    A further issue is that video games usually are serious anyway with the key focus on finding out rather than fun. Although, there is an enrnitatement factor to keep your children engaged, every game is frequently designed to work on a specific set of skills or area, such as mathematics or scientific discipline. Thanks for your write-up.

  2. Jaime says:

    Hi. Love your videos. I am brand new to faller products. I am about to purchase one and have no idea what transformer or adaptor I actually need. I’ve asked several sellers on eBay with no luck as they only give me a general response. Like they will tell me get a Lionel transformer but won’t tell me which specific one. Can you please give me any info on what exact power adaptor or transformer I would need to power one the the faller rides? Any info would help. I’ve seen adaptors that say 120v and more but don’t say if they can run 12v etc. Thanks.

  3. Roy Haylett says:

    Hi there I’ve just recently built the power tower and altho it does look good I have had and stil am having a lot of trouble with the control module. I have been in contact with faller and even they are baffled as to what is wrong. I am now on my third control module and that is now not working and I’ve only had it a few days so please if anybody can help me then please pass comment. The short story so far is that I bought the kit and made it up and connected the module, it ran the programme a couple of times and then nothing, all I got was a slight intermittent humming noise from the motor, I contacted faller and they told me to go thru some checks which I did but stil nothing so I contacted them again and they told me to send them the module and they wil sort it which they did and sent a new module. I wired it up it did the routine a couple of times again and then nothing except for the intermittent humming noise from the motor again. Once again I contacted faller telling them of the same problem but they couldn’t shed any more light so I ordered another module off my own back which wasn’t cheap, I received it a few days ago and wired it up and once again it went thru the programme a couple of times then just stopped again and the intermittent humming noise. I’ve been in touch with faller again and they have asked me to send them both modules cos they are as mystified as I am. I have 3 motors and they all work, the reed sensors are working cos I checked those using a circuit tester. It really is baffling, one module being defective I can understand but 3 just can’t be a coincidence, so please if anybody can shed any light I would be very grateful. Many thanks in advance.

  4. Richard van Raay says:

    How frustrating Roy. Did you ever get a solution?

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