Saturday, April 7, 2001 6:29 AM
Word is Tennessee Tornado at Dollywood is very smooth due to Arrow utilizing compound curves for the first time ever. TT has four inversions, including a giant Twisted Loop.
I know the company's future is riding on X. I'm not saying that X will flop, you never know. Let's hope X is a success as would any of you like to see New Generation Megaloopers built??
It would be great if Arrow built ultra-smooth 7 or 8 inverters which could be better than the standard B&M 7-Inverter (Loop, Dive Loop, Zero-G Roll, Cobra Roll/Sea Serpent, 2 Flat Spins/Loop & FS.) With X having Barrel Rolls, I'm pretty sure there could be an Arrow Sit-Down Zero-G Roll! Needs articulated trains like X & B&M, as normal trains are unsuitable.
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Saturday, April 7, 2001 8:12 AM
To see Shockwave at SFGAm run like Tornado would be a dream come true (I can ride it in my mind and it's just beautiful!). Makes me wonder why they made some layouts they way they did. Widening of a curve here or there would have made a world of difference. They seem to go from one segment to another too abruptly. 500 more feet of track is worth it if it makes the coaster re-ridable for years. After all, Shockwave wasn't constricted by its surroundings if you know what I mean (grumble*parking lot bad place for ride*grumble
Sure Arrow has been out of the spotlight for awhile. But part of being successful is building upon your trials and errors and paying attention to other companies and their approaches (which I'm sure they all do). And I have seen Arrow come a long way....after all, how long have they been around? Quite awhile! I really think they can give us more "Tornados", but maybe it's a matter of parks "wanting" them. They are also among the lesser expensive builders. I would love to see their approach to the inverteds.......most notably the ArrowBatic that I haven't heard anything on lately. I'm sure it won't hold a candle to a B&M, but then again it's a MAD MOUSE!!
As for the barrel roll, a forum a couple weeks ago touched on that idea, and how Arrow developed their own a decade ago. It had everything necessary to work, I even saw the prototype test in a documentary. But there were some "demolished bridges" in their railroad of progress, and it got set aside.
BTW, how is that glorious inverted model coming along?? I am moving soon so all "construction" on mine is on hold!
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Saturday, April 7, 2001 8:20 AM
FYI: Tornado has 3 inversions.
I would love to see Arrow get business from parks to build an enormous mega looper with its current track-bending technology. And with the way Arrow markets themselves in terms of cost, they could build a large 7-inversion coaster for around $9 or $10 million, much less than a $15 mill. B&M at half the size.
*** This post was edited by john peck on 4/7/2001. ***
Saturday, April 7, 2001 10:03 AM
I really hope that a park in the Northeast builds an Arrow looper soon, because I am not likely to get to Tennessee anytime soon. I have always liked the idea behind Arrow coasters (Steel Phantom, Drachen Fire, even the Corkscrews) but the fact that they were rough really killed the ride in the end. Personally, I hope Arrow makes a huge comeback with a new generation of megaloopers.
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