I don't like yellow per se, but it's hard to think of the tower being any other color right now.
That is a stellar idea. Seriously that sounds so good!
An alternate theme would've been better. If the trains were themed to F-16's and the station was an aircraft carrier, the entire thing would make more sense. Take off, climb, nose-dive and roll, land. Can't say I've seen any real dragsters suddenly go balistic.
Wood - anything else is an imitation
Also, on a technical note, F-16 Fighting Falcons are Air Force craft and are not equipped for carrier launch or landing. The proper planes to theme to would be either the F-14 Tomcat interceptors, or to avoid the "Top Gun" look, you could go with F-18 Hornet fighter/bombers.
Back on topic, to keep with the Dragster theme I would have made the supports either black (asphalt) or grey (concrete).
The Top Guns don't really fit their respective areas, either. I don't really think rides have to fit exactly within a theme. The F-16 Carrier would definitely be a nice theme for the ride, but I don't see any problem with the drag racing theme, either. Sure, top fuel dragsters don't shoot vertially 420 feet, but, to quote myself from another message board one year ago (in response to the rhetorical question, 'Since when did Dragsters race upwards...towards the sky?'):
THe Aircraft carrier f-16 idea fits the ride but not the area.
I really don't feel that theming has to be taken so literally.
Since when did snake venom launch at 70 mph forwards and backwards three times? Since when did Superman fly around in a sitting position? And did he ever fly straight up in the air just to fall backwards? Since when did Batman fly around on his back? Have you ever heard of a bolt of thunder? How is a big apple related to a train traversing a course of hills and curves? When have you ever seen a red, blue, and yellow praying mantis? How often do you hear about comets undulating, rather than moving in a straight line? Since when does molten lava circle around a volcano performing zero-g rolls? Can an Egyptian sun god really execute an Immelman maneuver? Are all jack rabbits made of wood? Has the Loch Ness monster ever interlocked itself with...itself? Can an SLC really erase your mind? Can Anton bend it? Do cabs in Manhattan pull twist-and-dives? Since when do angry bulls buck over 200 feet in the air? How often do runaway trains jump track and never return to the station? Are tornadoes in Tennessee smoother than most others? Since when are tidal waves completely dry and travel forwards and backwards? Do all toboggans look like rockets?
Regarding the color scheme, I predicted even before vertical construction that the red and white track would be alternated (at least during a portion of the ride) to simulate the paint on a racetrack. I think it works nicely. And the supports--well, yellow complements red nicely, so it's fine. I like EV's suggestion of black or grey to simulate asphalt, but I don't think it's necessary.
*** Edited 1/9/2004 4:39:51 PM UTC by Vater***
Love the aircraft carrier idea. Then again, I'd be tickled if just the rear spoilers came back. And the color scheme is right on par with Cedar Point's bright, eye-catching style. Mantis sure is fugly, but you can't stop looking at it. This is opposed to say, SFGAm, with two all-black rides and one all-dark-green ride.
If I remember the dragster theme was talked about all the way in the begining of planning back in 2000. Anybody who went to CP when the ride was running knows that the theme fits the ride. The best part about the themeing is the awesome soundtrack of the revving of the engine. The idea of a drag strip theme was ingenus. Everybody loves the fact that there is a vechicle is going 120mph just a few feet away from you. I remember thinking before the ride opened that a grandstand would be stupid. Who other than an ethusiast would watch a ride. Boy was I wrong. This ride gets more attension than any ride around. Everything about TTD I love so I think it looks great the way it is.
(The logo is what is lining the track. You can also see the blatant logos in the pic directly above the car...)
I think that the two colors stand out well to reflect the speed at which the train is travelling.
Diapo *** Edited 1/9/2004 9:57:43 PM UTC by redman822***
It wasn't my idea... someone at the park, actually, mentioned how much better of an idea it would have been.
Edit: So This is why I missed the Spelling Bee this year.
Just saw Big Fish , and it sucked rightously. *** Edited 1/10/2004 12:09:09 AM UTC by thepinkdoomofmonkeys***
I'd actually try doing it since platelette swapping is actually pretty easy... but I'd like to know what the coaster would look like with possibly white, blue, or even green supports.
If you want "Top Gun" themed - as Andy corrected me (man that was a blonde moment) you'll need to go with a F-14 Tomcat theme.
-never be able to show my face around the airshow circuit again, but then again we own a WWII airplane, not one of these high tech "converters" [converts av-gas to noise ;)] *** Edited 1/11/2004 3:11:27 AM UTC by Swoosh***
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