Wednesday, September 6, 2006 4:01 PM
I hope Idlewild is one of them. Fright Zone would be such a great addition to a family park that lacks a darkride.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 4:05 PM
I am all for the rides being in a park. Just hope the scooters end up somewhere close to me and are ran for snapping. The nearest set of "permissibly snappable" scooters is about 500 miles away. :(
Do they take Mastercard? ;)
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 4:11 PM
I remember Norton having a fee to be in the bidding and a 10% mark up on the selling price as thier fee from the CCI auction.
So take that into consideration before bidding what up to what you have to spend.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 4:16 PM
Yeah, it's like a carousel- all pieces are auctioned as separate items, added together and 10% is put on top of that to keep the unit intact. I'm hoping someone wants the entire darkride enough to keep it together, although I'm wondering if someone can strike a deal with the park beforehand to keep the ride off the block?
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 4:47 PM
I hope that that darkride isn't split up. It deserves to find a home in another park.
What about the Lusse Auto Skooters? Where will they end up? Will they sell as a unit or will they be sold individually?
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 4:56 PM
I would guess the Lusse's would stay together just because individual cars wouldn't exactly blend in with the typical weak, plastic cars found at most parks.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 6:43 PM
From the CCI auction they tended to take everything and sold it as lots.
Like the guys who wanted to buy the Zippin Pippin cars had to buy the whole coaster to get em.
So i'd say rides will be sold whole. Maintence stuff and tools ect will be sold in lots or all at the highest bid separately.
(If they have ten power drills and the highest bid is 15 dollars for one. 9 others can buy the other 9 for that price.
Like any auction, Get there early and shop, Decide what its worth to you and dont bid above that and if someone really really wants something, Your not gonna keep up.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 10:14 PM
The Lusse scooters
weak plastic cars. They are not the cool vintage models like those found at Knoebels. They are in pretty horrible condition too. I've only seen about 4 cars operating. Another 4 or 5 sat off to the side in various states of disrepair.
Do any parks use fiberglass Lusses? Camden had some until a few years ago.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 12:36 AM
Oh, I thought all the Lusses were like the ones at Knoebels. My bad. :) I forget if it was mentioned elsewhere, but how good are the flying scooters at ErieView? *** Edited 9/7/2006 5:25:18 AM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***
Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:08 AM
^ Let's just say that I remember someone (maybe John F?) who mentioned that Knoebels' replaced the engine on their flyers and went with a gasoline-powered one? Yeah..... ;)
Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:27 AM
Sorry Bill, I didn't mean Knoebels. :)
Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:32 AM
^ LOL. I guess the "yeah" wasn't as *direct* as I intended....
I think Erieview's Scooters need a new engine...or at least a major refurb. Powerless. ;)
Thursday, September 7, 2006 11:18 AM
I'm sure backyard mechanic could devise a cheap and simple way to get those things to spin faster. Anyone know what the standard horsepower rating on a set of scooters is?
Thursday, September 7, 2006 11:24 AM
The electrical requirements for the Larson scooters = 25KW or about 33.5hp
The one at IB is fast. *** Edited 9/7/2006 3:25:38 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***
Thursday, September 7, 2006 11:26 AM
That's no good because they don't spin very fast on that 33.5 HP motor. I was wondering if an old John Deere lawn tractor motor would work but I guess it'd have to be a pretty big lawn tractor motor.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 12:30 PM
It has nothing to do with what size motor you have but the gearing used.
I could take a 5hp lawnmower engine and gear it to run a scooter 10 rpm.
It might take it a while to get it there but I could do it.
I kinda like how Seabreeze did theirs. Weld a ring around it and use a tire drive. The only problem I seen was the wings were so small they had little effect.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:22 PM
I'm not sure if Seabreeze did that or if it was built that way because the Lake Compounce scooters are also rim-driven. I'm sure a small motor would work fine if given enough time to get up to speed but wouldn't the motion of the tubs moving up and down have an effect on the speed of the ride? I'm sure that a larger motor would solve that kind of problem.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 5:01 PM
Well the Larson stats say max speed = 10rpm.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 5:05 PM
And I bet Hersheys did that.
I bet Knoebels and Fun spots is near that.
and Seabreazes musta run 15 rpm LOL
Chuck, who could barely get them to move up and down a foot.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 5:45 PM
So faster than 10rpm is bad then? I wonder what Holiday World's run at. 4 more weeks 'til phlyer time!