MA's Thunderhawk over water? yellow track! support color?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:12 PM
New construction photos have been posted for 11/27

http://www.miadventure.com/th_con_nov.shtml

I think that thunderhawk is in a wonderfull spot at it's new home!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:14 PM

BATWING FAN SFA said:
Odds are they're just gonna let it sit & rot,otherwise it would've certainly been announced for 08 with the rest of SFI's attractions.

Anyhow I do remember hearing that someone spotted what appeared to be new trains on one of the flatbeds shipping track out to MIA & the original trains were never shipped out from GL at all.


So if you heard that, and ScreamScape heard MIA was getting the new trains and their are pics of the old trains then maybe they really are getting new trains.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:35 PM

Coasterkid200 said:

BATWING FAN SFA said:
Odds are they're just gonna let it sit & rot,otherwise it would've certainly been announced for 08 with the rest of SFI's attractions.

Anyhow I do remember hearing that someone spotted what appeared to be new trains on one of the flatbeds shipping track out to MIA & the original trains were never shipped out from GL at all.


So if you heard that, and ScreamScape heard MIA was getting the new trains and their are pics of the old trains then maybe they really are getting new trains.


yes buti i heard coasters trains are designed to with stand extreme weather.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:18 PM
^True but it would've made sense to ship the existing trains first before first track sections even began arriving,that's what they did with Dominator.

Dominator's trains showed up at KD a couple weeks before the first sections of track were spotted in the parking lot so if CF wanted to keep the old TH trains they would've certainly shipped them by now.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 11:29 AM
Those new restraints look awesome. The video from screamscape really does illustrate it well. They don't even look like restraints, it just looks like you wear it like a vest. They don't go above the chin in height, so headbanging is impossible. I sure hope that rumor is true, and the evidence certainly looks good.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 6:23 PM
Well...i would have to say the on a scale of 1-10 that the chance of them getting new trains...it would be a 6
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:10 PM
If said trains were on their way to the park, they would have arrived by now... yet there are no SLC trains at the park whatsoever.

Using your scale, I'll give it a 1. Why spend money on something that doesn't need to be fixed.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:30 PM

Reality said:

Using your scale, I'll give it a 1. Why spend money on something that doesn't need to be fixed.


Why? Those old Vekoma SLC trains are a horror. The wheels don't touch the track, and the restrains block your view and they hurt like hell.

A rollercoaster should be fun, not hurt. The new trains are supposedly much more of a better fit for the track and the restraints are clearly better.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:35 PM
I agree *** Edited 11/30/2007 3:39:18 PM UTC by Cedar "Counter" Point***
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Sunday, December 2, 2007 11:36 PM
screamscape claims "no new trains for thunderhawk"
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Sunday, December 30, 2007 8:37 PM
I have been to the MA website, and ground construction is underway. the entire ride is still sitting in pieces in the parking lot behind the Adventure falls. But, work is being done.

If you ask me, the first drop will be over the water. But, they have built a wall along the lake where Thunderhawk is being built, and are draining the area where the ride will be built. So, I'm thinking the first drop will be near the water, but, a good portion of the rest of the ride will be over land.

I am hoping they will re-paint the ride before it opens. The park already has several yellow rides, adding one more will make the park seem bland. one of the things I was hoping Cedar fair would avoid.

Heres a list of yellow rides already in the park. Corkscrew, mad mouse, funnel of fear, dodgems, trabant. All these rides are yellow, or, at least a good majority of them are painted yellow.

I think repainting it in it's original colors of red and blue, or even silver like Top Gun at Canadas wonderland, would give the park some much needed color. Silver supports with red track would be cool. anything but yellow.

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Monday, December 31, 2007 7:01 AM

Timber-Rider said:I am hoping they will re-paint the ride before it opens. The park already has several yellow rides, adding one more will make the park seem bland.

Thunderhawk was painted for the 05 season i believe when it was at Geauga Lake. I see no reason for Cedar Fair to spend that kind of money to re-paint a ride that was painted less than 4 years ago. Cedar Fair is cheep plain and simple ;) *** Edited 12/31/2007 12:02:26 PM UTC by rider85*** *** Edited 12/31/2007 5:51:14 PM UTC by rider85***

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Monday, December 31, 2007 5:58 PM
It's not that they're cheap. They just want to conserve money.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008 12:49 AM
^ Thats right. Repainting a coaster can cost upwards of hundreds of thosands of dollars.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008 12:53 AM
When taking a roller coaster apart and then assembling it again, things seem to get scratched up a little. I wouldn't be all that surprised to see it be repainted.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008 10:42 AM
The best time to have repainted it would have been before the vertical construction as is the case when a "New" coaster is manufactured. If they wait until it is erected costs go up because of the complexity of the job with having to use lifts, harnesses...etc. It will most likely be touched up after it is done, but that would be it. I too liked its colors as Serial Thriller better than now.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008 1:35 PM
They dont even have to paint the whole coaster. Just paint the parts that are faded and scratched. Im just hoping that the Grand Rapids midway isnt to crowded with ThunderHawk being right on the midway, and Grand Rapids being right on the midway.
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Friday, January 4, 2008 10:37 AM
Im thinking they will touch-up portions of it. But you guys are right, if they decide to repaint it all together, now is the time.

I just don't think they'll do that considering it got repainted in 2005.

I don't think that part of the midway will get too crowded, but I do think the park will have a problem with too many people trying to ride it in their bathing suits.

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Friday, January 4, 2008 10:39 AM
If they have their suits on I dont see a problem as long as they are dry and have their shoes on.
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Friday, January 4, 2008 12:20 PM
Considering the weather in western Michigan during winter, I doubt very much it will be painted before being built. Kinda hard to paint a ride in snow.
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