At the time of writing, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is the world's tallest roller coaster, and I have decided to create a LEGO model of this incredible ride, featuring one of the ride's trains and a flat section of track. Featuring 2,884 pieces and measuring 40 inches long, this 1:10 scale model of Kingda Ka's dark blue train would make a great LEGO set for those who want a component of this famous record-breaking amusement park icon to be displayed in their own home.
I built the ride's dark blue train and bright green track in the style of a bookshelf display model rather than building the ride's entire layout. The reason for this is because I wanted to highlight the intricate details on the train and track in LEGO form, and building the entire track layout instead would not showcase these standout features at all. Some details I included in this model are wheel assemblies with dark tan LEGO tires to resemble the polyurethane wheels found on the real ride. Movable, orange over-the-shoulder restraints that raise and lower just like how the real ride functions are also included in this model. In LEGO form, placing the dark blue train on the bright green track would be nearly identical to how Kingda Ka gets serviced in real life, in which the front car gets guided onto the track rails first, followed by the rest of the cars behind it. Reversing this procedure would allow the user to take the LEGO coaster train off the track.
I got inspired to make this model by riding the real ride numerous times in 2022, and by observing the mechanical parts of Kingda Ka each time I was waiting in line to board the attraction. I also possess a strong mechanical engineering aptitude, so translating what I have seen on Kingda Ka from different angles and putting it all into LEGO form has made this model rather challenging to build from scratch. Determining what details to include for realism was the most difficult part of building the model.
This would make a great LEGO set because LEGO has never released a full-scale model of a roller coaster train and roller coaster track with this amount of detail included. I personally think that this Kingda Ka model would complement existing large-scale LEGO sets very well, and I also believe that it would look very impressive to be displayed on a bookshelf or on a coffee table. Since LEGO has released several other roller coaster-related sets in the past, this model would be a great step up from the minifigure scale roller coaster sets and contain much more realism and accuracy overall.