Flying Coaster

The design is based on a Pollard built Coaster. The full size ride (Coaster FC19) was measured up by Vic King when it was owned by Billy Irvin and only a few years old. The design is a combination of work by Vic and myself.

Whilst the Coaster first came to the UK in the 1960’s it was not until the 1970’s that it became popular on the travelling fairground and some examples continue to travel forty years later. In 1/24th scale the model is 650mm (26″) diameter x 190mm (8″) high.
Despite being highly detailed, close to the prototype and fully demountable, if required, the model is straightforward to build and uses a minimum of special parts. Those who like fairground transport will be pleased to find a well detailed centre truck and paybox, both of which can be used as display pieces in their own right. The drive in the model uses a high quality European made motor/gearbox unit driving through UK made steel bevel gears.

Full details of lighting; static or controlled; using filament bulbs or Light Emitting Diodes is given. I supply any machined parts required as well as any items which are not easy to buy in small quantities. Jigs can be hired to speed the building of the model.

The drawings and instructions consist of 33 A4 pages of instructions and 8 A4 and 29 A3 drawings. All of these are bound into a ‘Building Handbook’.

FLYING COASTER – MFD15 full set of plans and instructions – £64

Individual Parts


Motor/gearbox unit fitted with leads and fuse – £64.
Bevel gears – currently around £100 a set from suppliers – price charged will be that at the time of ordering.
Machining supplied gears to suit model – £160.
Truck bush- £52.
Thrust bearing – £7.
Inner and outer tubes – £15 and £35.
Aluminium box section from which to make the motor mount – £10.

I usually have the following in stock –
Aluminium box section from which to make the arms, springs for the car safety bar and car supports, Tufnol sheet, slip rings machined to size, packs of cable and electrical fittings for either LEDs or filament bulbs.  LEDs and filament bulbs, programmed controllers and power supplies etc.

A list of mail order suppliers is included with each set of plans and instructions and they will be able to help with any parts I do not have.

I have produced four jigs to use when making the model. These are detailed in the instructions. Please only ask for a jig when you are ready and able to use it and return it within seven days. There are two charges for the jigs – the first is a returnable deposit the second a charge to cover hire (postage and admin). Please send one cheque to cover the deposit on the jig – I will return this cheque when the jig has been safely received back here. Please send a separate payment in second class stamps for the hire.
JIG1 – Baseboard marking out jig – deposit – £50. Hire charge – £15.
JIG2 – Lighting boss – drum base drilling jig – deposit – £20. Hire charge – £8.
JIG3 – LED hole jigs for use on the arms and paybox – deposit – £20. Hire charge – £10.
JIG4 – LED hole jig for use on the lighting drum – deposit £20. Hire charge – £9.