Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:09 AM | Contributed by Dane186
Construction workers are working at a feverish pace to get Kings Island's FireHawk up and ready in time for a Memorial Day opening. Kings Island Central was there to show the progress no only from the ground, but a "hawk's" eye view as well. The update also includes some interesting photos of Son of Beast getting ready to make its comeback sometime in the 2007 season.
Is the real color scheme on there yet, I thought it was going to be a brighter red track and black supports. Looks like chipping primer on thre now, how come it's like that on the running rails when it hasn't been run yet?
I just had the strangest case of Deja Vu. Looks like the same thing I saw six years ago...only it was at a different park. Wonder if KI will be able to make the dueling station work on a daily basis whether SFWoA/GL couldn't.
If that is the loop which it looks like it is, it was one of the last things remaing on the ride, when they took it from Geauga Lake. It seems like the coaster might be almost ready before its expected. The support paint still looks like it needs to be done, because it was in the same condition when it left Geauga Lake.
Way to go on hustling through it, and to respond to the dual stations, they did do loading on both sides last year, at least opening day they did, and to the last weekend, because i was on the opposite side, waiting in the shorter lines those days.
Yes, that is not the final paint scheme. Maureen said that they have been applying the brown primer by hand (rollers) in the parking lot. As can be seen in the pictures, they haven`t touched every portion of every piece of track. They will repaint the track the bright red color that they did a test patch on, once the ride is completely assembled. They also plan on repainting the supports, and several of the adjacent maintenance buildings.
Maureen also said that the park is committed to using both sides of the station for loading. With a park that draws 3 million plus visitors a year, they will need to have the ride operating at optimal capacity.
That would be interesting to see, since no one has been able to make that model run at full capacity yet. I wonder if they can actually use three trains? I seem to recall Six Flags cannibalizing the third one back in the day for parts.
I wonder if CF is worried about the issue of KI sinking into the massive roaring Little Miami!
No, honestly, I wonder how this is going to impact that area of the midway. On really busy days getting through the path under Racer/recaR was tough with the games, exit to the swings ect. They will need to get the dual station working semi efficient for this to pay off otherwise it will be a continuation of a SF issue.