Discussion in 'Roller Coaster Construction' started by GuyWithAStick, Jun 8, 2016.
are you going to cp on the 11th of june??
Yep. Looks like there might be quite a few CFers there that day.
That flying debris is a real hazard at 25 MPH.
An update from Tony. As we suspected, they're doing a lot of the supporting works at the moment - sadly the "not-very-exciting-phase" of coaster construction!
Give it a month and we'll be testing. So many feels.
I can't stop looking at photos and videos. If this is ANYTHING like Storm Chaser, I'm gonna cry.
Now I've never ridden any RMCs, but the level of hype implies that this will probably be better than Storm Chaser!
Considering Storm Chaser was the least hyped RMC to date, not the best measurement. Where this thing is will throw off how good it really is, see Millennium Force. That said, it has everything an RMC has done to date and more. As great as the pre MCBR section is, the interior of the structure will determine if this is best RMC to date.
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That doesn't really stand? Hype has nothing to do with the actual ride experience (see Thirteen).
Storm Chaser is a massive underdog as one of the best RMCs. It's one of the least talks about but provides a great experience. Wildfire at Kolmarden is on a somewhat similar scale to this (I'd say the closest out of all the other RMC's) with its elements etc., and it's really graceful and elegant during the ride - it does not pack as much of a punch as Storm Chaser does, or even Goliath for that matter, far from it. Steel Vengeance looks to be split between the two types of rider experience that Wildfire and Storm Chaser give - the first half is these long, large, stretched out hills and overbanks with a few smaller hills in (Wildfire) and then you have the second half which looks fast-paced, relentless and full of airtime (Storm Chaser).
So yeah, it's really up in the air as to which of these it's going to be more like - if it's a combination of both, it'll be one of the best coasters on earth.
The one thing RMCs need to be is ferocious. Any of the RMCs that fizzle out simply don't hold their own compared to the ones that almost "stop short".
Iron Rattler has that dead section in the middle, Twisted Colossus has the second lift hill, Wildfire drags on a bit, etc.
Storm Chaser is so small that it can't spend it's final portion meandering around - it simply doesn't have the height. Lightning Rod hits the brakes going flat out, as do Outlaw Run and Goliath.
There's no doubt that the first half of this coaster is going to be insane. What's going to make or break it, however, is whether the second half makes it feel like it's dragging. Granted it will be underneath the structure, which should help up the excitement, but if it ends up feeling like Iron Rattler's middle portion at the end, then it could taint the overall ride experience.
... And Storm Chaser has gotten all the more unforgiving with the faster wheels that were installed last year. Agreed on Steel Vengeance - unlike it's other Dinn Corp.-converted-kin (lulz for alliteration) - it must keep the pace in the second half of the ride. NTG lags, Iron Rattler has the dead middle section, Twisted Cyclone (the Georgia Cyclone conversion at SFOG) has totally eliminated a lap of the previous layout - Steel Vengeance must buck the trend.
Also worth giving a shout out to the construction photos at the bottom of the Steel Vengeance page. Fun to click through as refresher for how long a process this conversion has been.
I'm hopeful that the ride won't die until the last few hills before the brakes. There might be a dead section just after the MCBR if those few hills and the overbank over the final brake run aren't quite up to snuff, but the rest of the final lap looks unique and intense enough (with the wave turn, barrel roll, and last overbanked turn) to at least keep things interesting.
Another perspective (notice no chain lift installation yet)
We want testing! We want testing!
Lost patience now, want to see this bad boy running
The lift gearbox has arrived:-
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