Construction on X continues through raven turn

Posted Sunday, July 8, 2001 7:21 AM | Contributed by xbombman

Lots of progress on X has been made. The first raven turn is nearly half-way done. New supports have gone up, which are for the turnaround. Also, work continues on the station. Roofing panels have gone up and construction on the walls has begun.

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Sunday, July 8, 2001 7:25 AM
The drop of that thing is crazy!! I think that it is 88.5 degree? I read that somewhere. Looks really cool. Can't wait to ride!
Sunday, July 8, 2001 7:27 AM
Man, that raven looks intense! How many G's will someone be pulling going through that?

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Sunday, July 8, 2001 10:22 AM
Question....are they digging more of a ditch @ the bottom of the drop? How are the cars positioned @ that point?
Sunday, July 8, 2001 10:34 AM
My guess is that you will be lying on your back looking at the sky. In the video you leave the station backwards, right? Well than the only way you can go head first down the hill is if you rotate backwards. So you should come out of the drop on your back again.
Sunday, July 8, 2001 10:37 AM
The raven turn looks a lot like the inversion on Manhattan Express Roller Coaster, the inversion after the loop.

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Sunday, July 8, 2001 10:55 AM
You are supposed to take the first drop "face down," but I don't know how that is going to work. The Raven turn does look alot like the inversion on the Manhattan Express just on a bigger scale. I like seeing a weekly update of the progress thats going on there. Its looks like a great ride.
Sunday, July 8, 2001 12:01 PM
hey coaster fantom, look at the pov video from twistedrails, you can see which way you'll be facing, and part of the way you are looking straight down

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Sunday, July 8, 2001 12:06 PM
Where will the On-Ride-Photo be taken? It says on the map that there is a place called "X Photos."
Monday, July 9, 2001 6:56 AM
I've got a can someone include X on their ride count when...hmmmm...IT ISN'T EVEN BUILT YET!!! That's just something that was bothering me.
Monday, July 9, 2001 8:13 AM
Jeff's avatar I find it interesting that the "raven turn" is kind of like an immelman, only instead of a twist around the track axis, the seats rotate on the other axis.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2001 4:17 PM
I just want to say something. I don't know where you guys heard this ride had an 88.5 degress down drop. Its true 90 , baby! You better believe it! Straight down and then, woosh! a front flip in free fall that ends up shooting you back up the raven (4 g's) looking back at the track you just went down! Next, before your heads on straight, you go through a back flip with air-time g's on the back end. Youll feel like you just got shot out of a cannon! Then you'll scoot around the upper curve feet first, like in a water-slide, only to drop into a mind-blowing back flip with a half twist that sets you backwards again. Now, you dont see it, but you are about to be shot into the air as you hit the second raven! (Squish!) Then you fall, facing forward again,(-0.7 g's) into a second flip with a twist that ends with a brake run and a turn back into the station.
Arrow is going to put every coaster ever built to shame!
Count on it.
I look forward to riding X this summer!
Tuesday, July 10, 2001 7:08 PM
alright trackfitter, think about it- the upstop wheels on coaster trains are universally smaller than the running wheels above the track, if the drop was 90*, the top wheels would be constantly losing contact with the track, forcing the upstops against the track. By keeping the drop shy of vertical, the top running wheels stay in contact with the track all the time, making the ride smoother, and keeping down the rpm's on the upstops. plus, look at the pic - - if the support is truly vertical, then the horizontal supports should all be equal, but they vary in size
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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 1:57 PM

There are no "top" or "bottom" rails on X. Over half the ride is suspeneded. Actually only about 18 feet or so of X is true vertical, but you are clocked so that you will be looking straight down until it pulls out
X will put every roller coaster ever built to shame!!

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