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February 7, 2013

Museum displaying "Great K'nexposition"

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Woodward, Okla. — USES HIS OWN DESIGNS

Nuse said he particularly enjoys K'nex because the toys "seemed more able to adapt to this purpose (building rides); they're easy to motorize and very versatile."

In addition, he said K'nex are fun because he can build bigger rides with it.

"I love the scale of it, how big the models turn out.  To build something this big with Legos would take millions of pieces," Nuse said.

Even with K'nex, he says his model amusement park uses "easily 75,000" different pieces from more than 40 kits.

And while he first learned how to build K'nex roller coasters using the designs from instruction booklets, Nuse said, "I don't use the books anymore, they're my own designs."

His favorite design that will be on display at the exhibit is known as "The Zipper," which he said he likes because "it's unique."

"I've never seen anyone else make one," he said.  "And it's the most complex design I've ever succeeded in making."

It is also the only model in the exhibit that uses 2 motors to operate, "just because it's such a heavy model," he said.

However, if you ask which model took him the longest to build, Nuse will tell you it is his "Venom" roller coaster.

"I spent probably at least 30 hours building it from scratch," he said.  "With the roller coasters a lot of it is trial and error.  You build an element and see if the train will go through it.  If it does you move on to the next element.  But if it doesn't you have to go back and rework it."

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