As far as I know, the differnece is the manufacturer...they name them as they please...hence, the "giga-coaster"... ----------------- the buzzer formerly known as gatorwoodie Son of Drop Zone - PKI CoasterCamp I Champions!!!
Liz, I believe that's what is generally called a "heartline", but I could easily be mistaken... ----------------- the buzzer formerly known as gatorwoodie Son of Drop Zone - PKI CoasterCamp I Champions!!!
ah, yes.....I've heard that term too. I guess I always thought that something with the word "roll" in it, would be an element like that, not like the Batwing/Boomerang/Butterfly/Cobra. heh, learn something new everyday! thanks.....
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Liz, the "cobra roll" is so named because, well, it looks like a cobra rearing up flaring its hood. ----------------- --Greg "Beat the rush, sign up for your post-Mean Streak MRI now..." My pageMy other pageAnd my coaster page
B&M calls it a zero-g roll. on B&M inverteds, a corkscrew is called a wingover while on all other B&M coasters its called a flat spin. the difference between anything like that is the manufacture's preference. ----------------- Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
I actually looked into this quite a bit and here's what I found.
The names of the elements differ by manufacturer.
B&M's "cobra roll", Vekoma's "boomerang" and Arrow's "batwing" are all the same thing.
Arrow's "boomerang" and B&M's "batwing" are the same element.
B&M refers to corkscrews as "wingovers" on inverteds and as "flat spins" on sit downs.
"Inline Twists" or "Zero-G Rolls" are the same and used quite liberally. In general I find that most people consider it an "Inline Twist" on an inverted and a "Zero-G Roll" on a sit down. Ironically I often see the twist shown in that raptor photo referred to as a "camelback" on B&M sit downs (such as Kumba) which is weird because I always knew camelbacks as airtime hills or "bunny hops" as in the end parts of Magnum or Steel Force.
There is no industry standard in naming these elements.
Any further questions?
*** This post was edited by Lord Gonchar on 11/26/2001. ***
Gonchar: they call the zero-g roll on Kumba a camel back because that's what it is in effect. when it debueted, it was the world's first camel back inversion or something. BGT asked for a camel back only they also wanted an inversion, I think, and B&M gave them a zero-g roll. ----------------- Knott's Berry Farm Cuba ~South Park
Lord Gonchar said: "Look at that Raptor pic again. The twist in that photo is at the top of a large hill. I wonder why it's referred to as a Zero-G Roll instead of a camelback inversion?
I dont *know*, but it has always been my opinion that the "inline twists" on inverted coasters are NOT "zero-G" in any way shape or form. In fact, they seem to me to provide more positive Gs than anything (especially on the Batman inverteds). On the other hand, the "inline twists" on the sitdowns (e.g. Kumba) *do* give a 'weightless' feeling. But once again, that is simply my opinion and should only be taken as such. ciao, moi
2Hostyl said: I dont *know*, but it has always been my opinion that the "inline twists" on inverted coasters are NOT "zero-G" in any way shape or form. In fact, they seem to me to provide more positive Gs than anything (especially on the Batman inverteds). On the other hand, the "inline twists" on the sitdowns (e.g. Kumba) *do* give a 'weightless' feeling.
I agree with you that most of the B&M inverted "zero-G rolls" have positive G's, but Volcano has the ultimate Zero-G rolls. Intamin figured out that if you slow down the rate of rotation through the roll, the rider just hangs in the harness for a true weightless feeling. I think the slow roll is much better, although being whipped into your seat by a B&M is fun too.
Also, the way I understand things there are 3 types of rolls, although I don't know all of the aliases. 1) Inline twist: a straight piece of track twisted like a Twizzler (no horizontal or vetical movement). Designed to keep your feet close to the axis of rotation (on a sit-down). 2) Corkscrew: very curved track twisted like a corkscrew (duh) with lots of horizontal and vertical movement. Designed to keep your head closest to the axis of rotation (on a sit-down). 3) Heartline twist (aka barrel roll?): a small diameter corkscrew designed to keep your heart (or center of gravity) closest to the axis of rotation.
I know the heartline twist has been talked about for years, but I can't think of any existing coasters that actually have one. Anyone know of any?