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