Paint job, or no paint job?

Thursday, December 5, 2002 10:19 AM

http://rcdb.com/installationgallery534.htm?Picture=4

Are the supports and track on Tennessee Tornado painted, or not painted?

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 10:21 AM
That color doesn't look much different from Iron Wolf at SFGAm. Ugly. Then again, I'm a child of the 60's and I prefer brighter colors

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 10:43 AM
It seems no more than logical to me they where at some point in time painted. :) I don't know the ride, but my guess is that the track originally was brown, and the paint underneath it was black. Add bad maintenance to this, and you get the result you see in the picture.. :)

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 10:54 AM
Am I the only one who actually likes this color scheme? It looks nice and rustic.

I'm more interested in the track itself. Those don't look like regular Arrow ties.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 11:09 AM
It has been painted and might even be painted like this for theming. If it hadn't been painted then it would be a much uglier color, a mix of silver and red rust from not being protected from the elements plus you would see where it was sanded with a grinder around the welds.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 11:14 AM
That is an Arrow?!?!? Holy crap that thing looks awsome, out in the woods and all. I have never seen an arrow that twisted. Looks like an awsome ride though.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 11:59 AM
I've never seen that large of a loop on an Arrow. Has anyone ridden it? Is it headbanging like Arrow is famous for? (I know not all Arrow's are headbangers, it just seems like I've ridden all of the ones that do.)

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:02 PM
This was the latest Arrow looper and it had modified trains to eliminate most of the headbanging. I've heard the ride is very smooth.
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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:04 PM
I believe it was painted somewhat like Nemesis was, to give it that rusty feeling, but I am not sure.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:09 PM
Olov, the trains are not modified believe it or not! They're identical to the old Phantom trains. The difference is in the elements, transitions, and track.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:14 PM
I heard that TT is so smooth, it rivals most B&Ms!

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:24 PM
Smooth, yes, but I wouldn't go that far.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:26 PM
Hmmm i thought they were using spring wheels but i guess I'm wrong about that.
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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:30 PM
Well, I have ridden TT, and it is cool, but very short. I don't mean like short in height, but it's short in length. Also, the loop isn't a regular loop, it is....well, it's weird. haha It's like the track turns a little on the top of the loop, but....hmm....how do you explain it? lol Maybe someone else could explain it better. haha But, it is a very nice coaster, complete with tunnel and stuff. Also, there is an interesting little turnaround right after the lift hill which is kind of surprising. Anyways, it's a cool ride! haha

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 12:36 PM

Is it any simular to the black loop on Olympia Looping http://schwarzkopf.coaster.net/pictures/ES/ESolym04.JPG and the 4th loop on Thriller/Texas Tornado?http://www.joyrides.com/sfaw/full/texas_tornado10.htm

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 2:15 PM

Those trains are in no way the same as those that were on DF,they appear to be the same standard rolling stock that Arrow has used on most if not all of their looping coasters.

The ties certainly do look different though,instead of the straight vertical sections they are curved in a similar fashion as Morgan track & maybe that contributes to the smoothness of the ride.

*** This post was edited by BATWING FAN SFA on 12/5/2002. ***

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 2:49 PM
I meant Steel Phantom. They're the same as the old Phantom trains with the bigger wheels and no springs. I'll fix that...

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 3:21 PM

These Are its Theming Colors, it was painted to look like it has been through a tornado.

It is definatly smooth, and can match up to any B&M any day.

Its just a little short.

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 3:25 PM
whats the difference. if i told you it wasn't painted nothing would change except the fact that you can go to sleep knowing that it isn't painted. Since the fate of the world depends on wether the supports of a rollercoaster hidden in the woods are painted or not, i'll tell you. They are. Because rusting metal is weak. To make the metal look rusted is much safer than actually rusting the wood. It makes sense, does it not?

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Thursday, December 5, 2002 4:03 PM

Yes it was painted. And if it wasn't I would be worried since I'm a corrosion engineer. I'm not sure if the color was chosen so much to make it look rusted as to just make it blend in with the landscape. There's an old saying among architects, "Paint it brown, and make it disappear." I used just about the same color on the clean out for my septic system to make it unobtrusive.

As for the blotchiness, that is common when people do a bad job of matching the paint used for touch up. Always make sure you know the exact color code and buy you touch up paint from same supplier as the origninal. Or even better, have the steel fabricator send paint from the original lot for touch up. Of course, if you go back after a couple years of weathering nothing is going to match.

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