S&S Free Fly

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 3:55 PM

Looks pretty cool.

http://www.thinkercreative.com/finalsite/coasters/freefly/freefly.php

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:29 PM

It looks interesting, but I bet it rattles the crap out of you -- or if it doesn't, it will within a year.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:34 PM

Pretty interesting. Hopefully is has fewer problems than the 4-D coasters.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:35 PM

Whats it do that any suspended coaster didn't do before? I don't say that lightly but I could see aplications for it with a fourth rail type thing, Have it do barrel rolls oposite of a corkscrew or something. IM sure this is a prototype but the only thing I see this thing doing by keeping everybody upright and swinging is the possibility of switching sides of the track.You could barrel roll it and loop it at the same time. Kinda different than the backflip of the fourth dimention.Chuck

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:51 PM

I'll tell you what it can do that no other coaster system can (except possibly for X)--

It can give you a very sudden acceleration along the Z axis, that is to say, directly up and down, a motion which coasters are normally not very good at. Think Norman Bartlett's Flying Coaster (Kennywood Kangaroo, or to a lesser degree, the Majestic Catch'N Air).

That could make for a very interesting ride. Imagine getting the sensation of significant, sustained airtime when the train isn't even dropping!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:57 PM

RideMan said:
Imagine getting the sensation of significant, sustained airtime when the train isn't even dropping!

I'll take it.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:58 PM

All I see are heavy trains that will rip that track apart in a matter of a couple years...

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 5:27 PM

I can't be the only one who finds it hilarious that the prototype is built from pieces of torn down Absolutely Insane rides.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 5:40 PM

Well, you gotta use parts you have. You just need to think of the parts in a new or different way.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 5:43 PM

Interesting points Dave and pretty neat. I still think the idea of suspending cars outside the track is a big stress issue. Just take a five gallon bucket. fill it with water and hold it out to your side. Even Hercules couldn't hold it for long.I think if you suspended the cars and had the seats work on a pivot axis deal. Kinda like a power surge car on a coaster you could do more. Chuck

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 10:09 PM

Yeah, that was kind of my thinking . . .

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008 11:58 PM

I envisioned a ride vehicle exactly like this when I was a coaster fanatical teenager. I probably have some drawings of it in a box somewhere in storage.

It looks like a really fun ride! I love the spinning track around the turn!

The people in the video seem overly excited if you ask me. Ready...set...aaaaand ACTION!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:26 AM

That's...awfully unattractive looking. But I bet it would be a lot of fun.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:35 AM

Carrie M. said:
That's...awfully unattractive looking. But I bet it would be a lot of fun.

I know that girl! ;)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:45 AM

Wish there was one of these in Logan last year....looks like fun to me. Dave mentioned Catch-n-Air and Kangaroo, but I saw no love for my Hexentanz, hehe. It is pure S&S. Fugly as all get-out, but fun, with the mountains in the background. Wonder if they could retrofit that with cars that spun the rider carriage (think Loop-O-Planes).... :)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 12:53 AM

Lord Gonchar said:

Carrie M. said:
That's...awfully unattractive looking. But I bet it would be a lot of fun.

I know that girl! ;)

Yep, my editor told me those weren't the right words to use. But I did it anyway. :)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 4:01 PM

Jeff said:
I can't be the only one who finds it hilarious that the prototype is built from pieces of torn down Absolutely Insane rides.

I thought those columns looked a bit odd, but I couldn't figure out where I'd seen them before.

Last edited by CoasterKrazy, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 4:01 PM
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 4:47 PM

Carrie M. said:
Yep, my editor told me those weren't the right words to use. But I did it anyway. :)

I admire your ability to throw caution to the wind.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 7:23 PM

Too bad for S&S that Paramount got out of the business. This looks right up their alley - "We really like high maintenance rides, now could you find a way to lower the capacity?" :)

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008 8:11 PM

Charles Nungester said:
Even Hercules couldn't hold it for long.

Yeah, I'm totally with you on this. If Hercules couldn't hold buckets of water for long, this coaster will surely fail.

[/sardonicism ]

Last edited by Vater, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 8:11 PM
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