Sorry if there is already a recent thread on Kingda Ka construction, I did a search and couldn't find any. Anyways, SFGAdv's website has a nice new picture of track going up the main tower. The picture was taken on Nov. 10th and by the way it looks, I'd say the tower is about 150' tall right now (the construction log states that each tier is 50' tall, but it looks like the first tier is about half the height of the rest). Progress is looking good and now that the base is nearing completion, we should see the tower portion rise quickly. Here's the link, enjoy!
My guess is because if you stand and watch TTD at that section, it shakes like a bee-otch when the train passes over. The whole launch track wobbles back and forth for that matter. I know someone will say that the swaying is by design, but the fact that they added supports to Wicked Twister would seem to indicate that sometimes things don't work quite as designed.
the last support placed (away from the tower) in that picture looks like the supports right before storm runner's hydraulics building.. its not possible that the launch will go that long and actually up the incline is it?
Does anyone think it Kingda Ka and the whole Golden Kingdom section will be completed on time for season opening??? *** Edited 11/15/2004 12:11:16 AM UTC by coastertraveler*** *** Edited 11/15/2004 12:11:47 AM UTC by coastertraveler***
Well DaCoasterMan, if all the facts are correct, each tier is 50' tall. Top Thrill Dragster has 7 of these tiers plus a pyramid shaped support on the top. Knowing that, the top pyramid shaped tier is about 70' tall. At the moment (well as of the 12th) the tower has two full tiers, a nearly completed third full tier as well as that "half tier" on the bottom and the total current height is 179'. So, that's 100' for the middle two fully completed tiers, about another 45 feet or so to the top of the uncompleted third tier and that would make the bottom "half tier" about 35'....which would make sense because Kingda Ka is 36' taller than TTD...so it seems your suggestion is correct...
i don't think that the virticle drop is the same because you still have 36 more feet. it is possible that the pull out would be longer and start earlier to reduce g's. but what you are saying is that they are just throwing 36 feet out the window. it looks like so far that the incline and decline tracks are parrellel so that means unless the incline starts higher then ttd then the decent has to be longer.
what you are saying would imply that the towers are sitting on a decline ing the elivation of the landscape as compared to the loading station this would be the only way that it could be the same drop. as posted in a tread a long time ago.
I have a hard time looking at the construction because I'm distracted by how awesome Nitro looks. I've never been to SFGAdv before! :( For those of you who have experienced them all, how does Nitro measure up to the other two "Mega Beemers" in the U.S.?