Jeffrey Scott’s Amazing Theme Park and Roller Coaster Models
Jeffrey Scott started building roller coaster models when he was only nine years old. And 23 years later, he’s still building them — bigger and more complex than ever.
“Raptor at Cedar Point inspired me when it first came out. I was infatuated with the track design and layout of the coaster.”
Cedar Point is a frequent subject in Jeffrey’s work, as seen in the below model of the park’s Corkscrew and Power Tower:
I assumed that given the complexity of his models, computer-aided design (CAD) was an integral part of his process. But I was wrong:
“I do not use any type of CAD programming softwares! I’ve been doing this for well over 20 years, so I’ve developed a good eye. I’m able to build identical replicas based off pictures and videos.”
What materials does he use to make these stunning roller coaster models?
Jeffrey’s roller coaster models are created with plastics, wood, high-gloss paints and finishes, hot glue, bonding glue and 1/8 flex wires.
He uses LED lights to illuminate his models at night:
Above: Cedar Point and Millennium Force at night
All of his models are hand-painted with either a spray can, airbrush or hand brush.
His favorite model?
Jeffrey’s favorite model that he’s ever created was a replica of Millennium Force at Cedar Point:
“It’s a fully functional model made from Coaster Dynamix track and coaster cars mixed with Cedar Point’s Coaster Dynamix realistic trains. The structure itself was handmade and took over six months to build from start to finish and cost almost $4,500.”
His work has even been featured by roller coaster manufacturers.
Above: Thunderbolt at Luna Park
He worked closely with Zamperla president Valerio Ferrari to build a model of Thunderbolt, the Zamperla coaster that opened at New York’s Luna Park in 2014.
“I was sent over blueprints and was instructed accordingly. The process of this model from start to finish was just under three months. The model was then created and shipped to their headquarters.”
The Thunderbolt model then traveled around the world to various trade shows.
While Jeffrey’s crafted countless replicas of existing coasters, he’s also built his own prototype designs, like this Vekoma Giant Boomerang-inspired model:
These prototypes demonstrate his ability as not only a replicator and craftsman but also as a designer.
More Than Coaster Models
Jeffrey’s portfolio extends beyond roller coasters — he’s crafted incredibly detailed theme park attractions, like this river rapids water ride:
Recently, he’s dipped his toes in the world of live entertainment:
“Just within the last two years, I started building fully functional miniature entertainment venues — nightclubs, lounges, outdoor venues.”
So what coaster does he plan to recreate next? The recently announced Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point:
That’s a tall order. But given his record, I think he’s more than ready for the challenge.
What advice does Jeffrey offer amateur model makers?
He admits that giving advice for something he taught himself how to do is challenging:
“I’m self taught and have made a ton of mistakes over the years. Those mistakes got me where I am today in my model-building career.”
“Technique and accuracy is everything, which has taken me years to perfect. It will come over time.”
What advice does Jeffrey give those interested in this type of detailed model making?
“Have a sense of scale and perspective.”
Costs are another factor:
“Model building is a very expensive hobby. Do your research before you purchase materials as they can be quite expensive.”
“Be prepared to spend lots of time investigating and searching materials. It may take weeks or even a month or so before i break ground on a new project.”
Quality is key…:
“Find quality material. Supplies are found at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Ebay, Amazon. The higher the quality of material that is used, the better your model will turn out.”
…as is patience:
“You must learn to be patient. It may take a few months from start to finish! For example, the Raptor took me three months.”
His last piece of advice? Never give up.
To see more of Jeffrey’s incredible work, visit his Facebook page.