Schiff, Molina, Herschell...small rides big thrill

Friday, August 9, 2002 12:15 PM

I got my first Molina coaster at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Dept. carnival last weekend....had a HARD time finding out about the ride until I went up to the office....the guy there had a TON of info. on these companies, as well as another comany Great American Coaster Compny (?) in OH....

he also knew Dick Knoebels' and told me about his (DK's)holding the patents on Lusse and Mangels rides....funny how you can get a hold of info. from the strangest places, even the Eastern Shore of Maryland....one coaster I'll never be able to add to the online count...;)....the track seemed secure enough, although the cars left a LOT to be desired....still have no Schiff coasters, but I do now have a Molina and a Herschell.....:)

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Friday, August 9, 2002 12:18 PM
I love the Herscell (at least I think it is Herschell) Mad Mouse at Lakemont. Inch for Inch of track it's the most fun coaster I have ever rode.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

*** This post was edited by MagnumForce on 8/9/2002. ***

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Friday, August 9, 2002 12:31 PM
MagForce - Knoebels doesn't have a Mad Mouse, and according to RCDB they never have. Are you sure you don't mean their "kiddie" coaster, High Speed Thrill Coaster? Its a Herschell ;-)

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Matthew "mamoosh" Sullivan
[aka DaDoosh, thanks to pikfanatic]

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Friday, August 9, 2002 12:39 PM
gatoro - What's a Molina coaster like?

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"When will you stop all your buzzing?" - The Flaming Lips "Oh My Pregnant Head"

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Friday, August 9, 2002 12:52 PM
RGW: That guy lied to you. Werent Mangles around pre-WWII? Patents dont last more than 20 years (most much less than that). After that time period expires, that knowledge is free for the rest of the world to use. So anyone with access to a library or the internet can "hold" those patents and use them with impunity.

For those that dont know, that is the entire premise of the Patent system. Grant an inventor a monopoly on their product for a limited time, and at the end of that period, it becomes public property, which in turn benefits ALL of society.
lata,
jeremy
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"To get inside this head of mine, would take a monkey-wrench, and a lot of wine" Res How I Do

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Friday, August 9, 2002 1:24 PM

I rode one at a fair yeaterday and thought it was pretty nice.

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-Sean

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Friday, August 9, 2002 1:56 PM

Whoops I meant Lakemont Moosh.

I was looking at pictures of Twister and had Knoebel's on the mind.

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The Beast and Night, They go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Friday, August 9, 2002 10:15 PM

chris, I think it was closest, in terms of look and feel of the trackwork, to the kiddie coaster at LL, er Americana.....the cars, however, seemed more like they were wooden frames attached on the top of wheel assemblies....not the most secure feeling....;). I did keep it in mind that it was small enough for me to "bail" if necessary......I'm guessing an area about 30x20, lift, turnaround left, a few (pretty wild) bunnies, turn left, brakes....the guy gave us 5 cycles!

2hostyl, I thought something sounded *amiss*, very possible I misunderstood him....of course, then I'd have to wonder what he might have MEANT....(sure wish more folks had good bumper cars)....BTW, noticed the name on Hershey's Whip, company located in Sarasota...;)

bill, always looking for an "in".....

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