how to build a 420' coaster?

Monday, August 19, 2002 7:35 PM
assuming the cp rumors are true, how big of a crane is this thing gonna need. or do they use helicopters to place pieces? an L-shaped construction crane would need its own seperate area to be erected. maybe the walled off area will contain the crane and not the ride.
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Monday, August 19, 2002 7:57 PM
Here's how to build a 420ft coaster...put a 20ft tall superman statue standing vertical instead of horizontal, on Superman: The Escape at SFMM. I highly doubt they use helicopters.
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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:02 PM
I don't think they're referring to a "coaster" like Superman: The Escape. I think they're referring to a real coaster where you go ALL THE WAY UP THE HILL, and drop down the hill, not propelled by magnets, but by the true way, gravity.
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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:03 PM
Actually, if memory serves me right, Miller Park, Milwaukee's baseball stadium is at it's highest 330 feet and they used cranes for the whole thing that were a much taller than the actual structure. They were also built for carrying much heavier loads than a track section so they would have no problem in that respect.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:09 PM

LMAO, helicopters! Now *that's* comedy! :)

We should wait for Monty Jaspers construction diary to see how they'll build whatever it is they're building. He'll give us the lowdown I'm sure.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:10 PM

Yeah, and the stadium construction was delayed because they can't use the crane in even moderate winds, AND the crane collapsed causing even more delays, AND it's one of only a few that tall in the whole world, meaning you have to plan far ahead and it's mucho-expensive. This is gonna be one hell of a project if it's true !

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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:30 PM

Millennium Force Maniac- didn't you notice the sarcasm in that statement?

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Monday, August 19, 2002 8:55 PM
Well, we've got a lot of structures that are well over 1,000 feet in the air, so I wouldn't worry about assembling a coaster too much.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 9:47 PM

General Public....are you the MisterX from SFoG....we had a few similar names for awhile there? Just wondering...

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Monday, August 19, 2002 10:22 PM
Dreamworld's 400ft 'Dreamworld Tower', home to two different great Intamin rides, was built "using one of the tallest cranes in Australia, brought in from Melbourne for the job". I assure you, if they've got a 400ft+ crane down here, they've got at least the same up there, so don't worry. :)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 3:25 AM
In order to build something 420' you have to be really high.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:24 AM
How did they build S:TE? Did they Superman himself to build it? Heck, why doesn't he offer flights while holding your hand like he did with Lois Lane in the movie for say, $20 a pop?
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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 4:43 AM

Millenium Force Maniac said:
I don't think they're referring to a "coaster" like Superman: The Escape. I think they're referring to a real coaster where you go ALL THE WAY UP THE HILL, and drop down the hill, not propelled by magnets, but by the true way, gravity.


I know, I was just joking with him, but it would be a 420ft tall roller coaster. And I believe the rumoured coaster he is talking about at CP is supposed to be launched.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 5:00 AM

Legendary said:

LMAO, helicopters! Now *that's* comedy!

We should wait for Monty Jaspers construction diary to see how they'll build whatever it is they're building. He'll give us the lowdown I'm sure.

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Why is that so funny? Haven't you seen how they get those massive air conditioning units on top of tall buildings? They use 'copters.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 8:06 AM
Dude, just imagining a helicopter lifting a piece of Intamin track that high...I dunno, funny visual. :)

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 8:16 AM
For construction as delicate as a coaster, a helicopter would be extremely impractical. A/C units aren't a big deal because they just go on top...hard to knock over the structure when you're just setting it down. On a coaster, one mild breeze could swing the copter away, causing the track to fly into the structure, likely destroying the existing track, and killing several workers.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 8:27 AM
Actually, I saw just that thing happen when a copter was lifting an A/C unit onto a mall building. A gust of wind came up just after the copter lifted the unit off the ground and the unit slammed into the side of a store. Major damage to the store, A/C unit and the surrounding landscaping when the debris fell. Not a pretty site.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 8:34 AM

this thread is best viewed at about 4:30

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 9:59 AM

Miller Park was indeed build all by cranes. If I remember correctly, they had a crane inside the stadium too, and when they were finished, just dismantled it and took it out the front door.

Basically, if they are going to build this giant 420 foot coaster, they are just going to have to build a giant crane. How did they build MF, with cranes of course. This is just another 110 ft. more.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2002 10:09 AM

CP? 420 feet?!? I don't think they would. There is that 412 foot coaster at Heide Park that they've proposed, maybe (for some reason) people switched up the names and sorta got this rumor started. Well here's the link to that thing, it's old news though. 412 foot coasters are cool

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