Kings Island Central adds Firehawk construction photos

Posted Monday, March 5, 2007 9:11 AM | Contributed by BoddaH1994

Kings Island Central has posted Firehawk construction photos. Geauga Lake's former X-Flight will rise next to Flight of Fear.

Link: Kings Island Central

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Monday, March 5, 2007 11:21 AM
Will they paint the coaster while its in pieces, or wait until it's fully assembled??
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Monday, March 5, 2007 11:38 AM
One of the older photos I'd seen shown track painting being done on the ground a while back.
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Monday, March 5, 2007 12:09 PM
They will paint the ride once it is built. At least that is what Maureen said at Winter Soar on Saturday. Vertical construction is expected to commence in a few weeks.
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Monday, March 5, 2007 3:35 PM
^ They might be doing that for time constraints, or some other reason I am not aware of, but to me, it seems like it would be easier, cheaper, and safer to paint each piece while it's on the ground level.
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Monday, March 5, 2007 4:24 PM
And how do you do that when pieces of it have to be touching the ground? I've seen how those crews work, and I'm convinced it's easier to paint the assembled ride.
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Monday, March 5, 2007 5:48 PM
I would think it would be easier to paint it when its together, rather than sitting on the ground.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2007 12:28 PM
^Didn't Carowinds repaint Borg prior to vertical construction?

I believe it was on extremepki that I'd seen the photo of painting being done on at least one track segment a few weeks ago.They appeared to be using a rather dark orange that looked pretty bad to me.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007 1:40 PM
^ Were you thinking of this? http://www.kicentral.com/photos/displayimage.php?pos=-4224
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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 3:51 AM
Parts of the pieces are already painted, but if you take notice it's only the parts that will be touching other parts (i.e. where the support meets the track). That much is precision work, which is why it's done. The rest is by far easier to paint the assembled ride. Especially given the fact that by nature of construction, there are bound to be scratches and chips in the paint anyway, so rather than paint-build-touchup, it's more cost effective to build-paint-lookgreat. :)
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Wednesday, March 7, 2007 9:50 AM
The problem with paint is that it will wear off down to the original powder coat on the rails. Top Gun was a excellent example of this.
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Monday, March 26, 2007 11:25 PM
I hope it runs better here than at Geauga lake Which it was Previosly X Flight there until they moved it here
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