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

Friday, January 4, 2008 12:49 PM
If they paint it, I am sure they will wait till spring when the weather is warmer. And lets hope they pick something other than orange. *** Edited 1/4/2008 5:50:32 PM UTC by crazy horse***
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Friday, January 4, 2008 2:12 PM
If TH was painted for the 05 season @ GL. It wouild start to fade this season. It will have to be painted IMO.
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Friday, January 4, 2008 3:33 PM
Considering weather, and weathering, and erection costs, and the cost of machinery, labor, and paint....makes NO sense *not* to paint it. Of course, waiting until they're almost ready to put the ride back up means bettre weather in which to apply the paint, and less chance of having something happen TO the paint job in the meantime...
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Saturday, January 5, 2008 2:08 PM
they arent going to need to repaint the coaster till at the least 09. the last paint job when it was the serrial thriller lasted 7 years before they painted it, thats when they need another paint job. the only thing they are going to need to repaint on that roller coaster is the trains. but they already got brand new trains that are silver and another color. the old ones are still in storage at GL. *sigh....*
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Saturday, January 5, 2008 4:10 PM
Yea, did you see the condition of the paint after 7 years? It was bad.

Also, they did not get new trains....they are the same.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008 7:04 PM
I would rather see new buildings and trees come to MIA then having ThunderHawk with a new paint job IMO.
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Monday, January 7, 2008 12:16 PM
Just called MiAdv vertical construction will begin in January and the site willl be updated. Repainting of the ride was still up in the air.
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Monday, January 7, 2008 12:41 PM
^ And there you have it.

Repainting in the winter isn't exactly impossible. You can always put large tents up over the pieces and use heaters. It's been done before.

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Monday, January 7, 2008 3:55 PM
^ That would cost a fortune and would be so much easier to just paint it when it's all done.
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Monday, January 7, 2008 3:56 PM

rollergator said:
Considering weather, and weathering, and erection costs, and the cost of machinery, labor, and paint....makes NO sense *not* to paint it. Of course, waiting until they're almost ready to put the ride back up means bettre weather in which to apply the paint, and less chance of having something happen TO the paint job in the meantime...

So what is the going erection cost nowadays? ;)

Seriously, I think it makes sense to rebuild the ride and then paint it. Surely some welding will have to be done at some point so it's probably best to wait until everything is done to the ride's track and structure.

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Friday, January 11, 2008 2:45 PM
Well, if you looked at how they're painting VooDoo, they are repainting it piece-by-piece. First they are taking a piece indoors to a large enclosed painting area (similar to how they would repaint your car), sandblasting it, applying a primer, and then applying new paint. So it doesn't have to be done outdoors.
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Friday, January 11, 2008 6:01 PM
Never been to the park! Looking to go this year, what airport would be the easiest to fly into or could I fly in to Chicago or South Bend? Don't care what color it is, didn't think it was a great ride at GL so painting it doesn't matter. But if they want to sell it to the non coaster nerds as new.. they better shine it up.
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Friday, January 11, 2008 9:01 PM
You can fly to Muskegon Airport.
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Friday, January 11, 2008 10:35 PM
You could also fly into Gerald R. Ford Intl Airport in Grand Rapids which is about an hour away from Michigan's adventure.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008 9:58 AM
You can't polish a terd.....lol
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Saturday, January 12, 2008 11:36 AM
CoasterMonkey - Chicago's airport (ORD) is about a 3 1/2 hour trip, Detroit's (DTW) about a 3 hour trip, Kalamazoo's (AZO) about a 1 1/2 - 2 hour trip, Grand Rapids' (GRR) is about an hour. All times optimal traffic, without construction.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:53 PM
Thunderhawk Photo Update
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 2:55 PM
it looks like there painting the track red.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 3:28 PM
It looks as though thy're going back to the old color sceme. I would think the reason behind this is the fact that they already have a coaster that color, and aslo the trains go with the colors now. If you look at the bottom right picture it shows one of the supports teal
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008 8:58 AM
I get it now...

They painted Thunderhawk lighter colors so that nobody could see them move the ride to Michigan and then paint it back to its original colors and nobody would notice! I'm onto them now!

~Rob Willi

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