Moonsault Scramble

Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:12 PM
I can't find much detailed info on this coaster, particularly on why it wasn't acknowledged as the first hyper...perhaps because it was in Japan and they use metrics?
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:20 PM
Well, according to http://rcdb.com/quicksearch.htm?quicksearch=moonsault+scramble
the coaster is a shuttle with inversions. This would place the ride in a gray area between hyper genre and not.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:22 PM
Without getting into a nasty debate, I believe the reason why the coaster was never really considered to be the first hyper was because it was a shuttle coaster. Only a couple (if that) cars on the train went as high as 200ft if that is what you consider "hyper height".

To be honest, I am not sold yet on the idea of any cars going 200ft up as a few people I have talked with that rode it mentioned the stats seemed to be way off but they weren't for sure.

-Sean

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:26 PM
Why wasn't that steel coaster that was build before Matterhorn in Japan considered the first steel coaster? We will never know!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:31 PM
Hmmmm....well that figures, just like how TTD is the first 400 footer (not technically).
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:35 PM
I just think the debate rages because you didn't get to ride it.

Jealousy. Plain and simple.

;)

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 8:48 PM

Why wasn't that steel coaster that was build before Matterhorn in Japan considered the first steel coaster? We will never know!


Actually, steel coasters have been around for eons. Matterhorn was the first steel tubular track coaster, which we all know where this breakthrough technology lead to, which makes it so significant.

Interesting about MS, because PGA's Tidal Wave was considered the tallest coaster in the world until The Beast opened. Was even acknowledged by Guinness.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 10:24 PM
I wish it was still there when I was there......you're a bastard Rob :)
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 10:28 PM
C'est moi.

Oh yeah, and according to a certain unnamed peruser of this site, I am now known as Crazy Rob. ...or should that be Crazee Robb?

Naw, don't like the potential comparison.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 10:45 PM
For anyone who doesnt know what this coaster looks like heres a video
http://www.asovini.com/screamer/e/

scroll down a bit and click Moonsault Scramble MOV for best quality

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004 11:14 PM

jomo said:
Interesting about MS, because PGA's Tidal Wave was considered the tallest coaster in the world until The Beast opened. Was even acknowledged by Guinness.

And Moonsault was likewise acknowledged by Guinness for several years. Guinness always seemed to cover all their bases, though. In the 1983 edition, they included The Beast as the longest (and sort of de facto tallest), American Eagle as the tallest dropping, and Moonsault Scramble as the tallest in the world.

I think I still have some newspaper clippings from SFGAm's Tidal Wave construction touting it as the tallest coaster, too.

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