i agree, vekoma and arrow corkscrew coasters are very alike with track style, wheel assembly etc. the only way i can tell them apart just by looking at them is that the track ties are ever so slightly different. the vekoma ones tend to look slightly more square than arrow ones.
The only coaster at SFoG I have no desire to ride again....:(. Relocated from Dinosaur Beach, where it ran as Kamikaze...made me fell like I was the one on a suicide mission...ouch!
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I was under the impression that the differences between standard Arrow track and standard Vekoma track (not including Arrow's X and Vekoma's double-spined stuff) is limited to the sections where the track pieces join together? As far as I know, they both feature squared-off, right-angle track ties.
The trains on Ninja are Arrow trains, they say Arrow all over them and I must be crazy but I loved this coaster, craziest headchoppers ever and I thought it was just as smooth as your average Megalooper. The spaghetti bowl layout is very cool I must say.
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Arrow's brackets slant out and then go p to the rails but on Venkoma's brackets tend to go straight up to the rail.
I usually don't compare the track, but the layouts. Arrow tends to be straight to the point with the not all the complax transitions. Vekoma "tries" to be insanely twisted which in terms can bring their rides to a downfall because they're not al that good with transitions. Vekoma needs to also stop manufactering American coasters out of Japan, their designing the trains to fit their standards and the ride is terrible on us. Kamikaze, though sold and constructed by Vekoma, was actually made by Meisho(I believe they did the designing as well), that Kamikaze is now your Ninja. There are some wonderful Vekoma loopers though like the Kumodo Dragon and French Revolution.
I really enjoyed French Revolution. Lotte World is a nice little park, half indoors and half out, complete with a castle and if you got bored at the park there was always 10 floors of shopping!! I still miss the crab cakes from grocery store in the basement.
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