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Strange undeveloped coaster concepts

Discussion in 'General Discussions & Opinions' started by Ian, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Ian

    Ian From CoasterForce Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    Whilst browsing patent diagrams filed by coaster manufacturers I found a few interesting ideas.

    A Drag racing launch style coaster.
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    A S&S concept.
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    Any other strange ideas out there?
     
  2. Hyde

    Hyde I Lied About My Age! Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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  3. Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac Well-Known Member

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    This was basically a roller coaster with six tracks (omg a +6!) that overall consist of 3 X-wing + 3 tie-fighters that supposed to simulate the trench run scene in Star Wars.

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    Each guest will have a laser gun which they can shoot at the opposition, either the rebels or the empire. Similar to interactive shooter dark rides, the points from each team will be added to determine which side won, causing wither the death star or the rebel planet to "explode".

    I've only brifely summed it up, but if you are more interested, Disney & More goes more in depth.http://disneyandmore.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/all-about-incredible-star-wars-warring.html

    A ridiculously extensive concept, but I find it really interesting.

    Futhermore, it is brought to you by the same company who proposes the inverted wooden coaster. Kind of shocked this isn't SW8!

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  4. Smithy

    Smithy Well-Known Member

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    That first image in Ian's post makes my shoulders hurt just looking at it.
     
  5. TommyAlex

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    Ok, that Star Wars coaster looks like it could have been one of the coolest rides ever made.

    In the 80s, Intamin had an idea for a pinball ride. Don't know if it was a coaster, but it's in an Intamin brochure from the period.
     
  6. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    I know Arrow had quite a few prototypes in development that (almost) never came to fruition, like their Standup, Pipeline, and Bobsled. I think they also had an idea for a 500 foot shuttle coaster in Las Vegas?
     
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  7. CanobieFan

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    Ah yes, the Arrow Fishhook
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    And also, Arrow's take on an Inverted wild mouse, the Arrow BATtic
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  8. gavin

    gavin Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team CF Award Winner 2016

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    That Star Wars thing: clearly some guy in his mum's spare room and not an actual "concept". Seriously.
     
  9. Shirofukurou

    Shirofukurou Active Member

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    Was the splitting coaster from RCT3 ever a design by an actual company? If so, that would be near the top of the list.
     
  10. GuyWithAStick

    GuyWithAStick Captain Basic Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    ^Well that thing at Skyline Park might be a winged design, so it's probably as close as we'll ever get.
     
  11. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    Indeed. it was proposed by Setpoint and was called the Seizmic. It obviously never happened
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    I have a few of these to share actually.

    The pics below show another coaster I think made it into RCT3 but never got built. It's the Tower Coaster concept from Premier.
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    Japanese company Hoei Sangyo are great for coming up with weird designs. This is a favourite of mine. I have no idea how it gets through the first loop, lift or small launch but i like the symmetry.
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    They also came up with the Sledge Hammer design. This was around way before X and sort of shows an S&S/Intamin ball coaster style design but bigger.
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    They even built a test track for it.
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    You can still see it advertised here http://www.hoei-sangyo.co.jp/products/r ... ammer.html

    Giovanola showed off a Tilt and twist design called the Terror Tilt at IAAPA many years ago Essentially a tilt coaster that twists 90 degrees too,.
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    In the same vein Vekoma wanted to go much bigger with their Tilt coaster designs
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    Stengel once proposed this sort of extreme coaster as a good idea.
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    Arrow tried out suspended coaster inversions
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    Finally. One we can all be thankful never got built
    Togo's proposal for the SFFT Superman Krypton Coaster site.
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    Well that was longer than I planned :p
     
  12. Hixee

    Hixee Moderator Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    That first drop is mad, but I do like the uphill loop thing, that looks brilliant!

    What is that helix... :lol:
     
  13. Pokemaniac

    Pokemaniac Mountain monkey Staff Member Administrator Moderator Social Media Team

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    ^Looking at it closely, it's actually two helixes (helice?) placed right above one another. The top part is traversed first, then the train goes for the out-and-back portion with the loop, then returns to do the bottom part of the helix.

    Really interesting post, roomraider!
     
  14. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    I have a fair few more around haha. I've been desperately trying to find the dueling Ultra Twister concept Togo showed at IAAPA in the 90s which could make turns as well. But I cannot find the picture anywhere.

    A few more anyway

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    Arrow suspended concept with reversed seats.

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    Hyper coaster design with elevator lift which was proposed for California's Great America. Incredibly short layout.

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    More recent Vekoma hyper coaster design proposal which features their new track system and cars + inversions
     
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  15. Hyde

    Hyde I Lied About My Age! Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    I never knew they had built actual test track!

    To add alongside, here is a video of the concept model for the looping suspended coaster.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miERaeQZYZQ[/youtube]
     
  16. CanobieFan

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  17. Hyde

    Hyde I Lied About My Age! Staff Member Moderator Social Media Team

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    Oh dear god.

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    Theres the mysterious Schwarzkopf "flying" coaster. It was basically their take on a suspended coaster. It had a very odd track and support structure. There was one planned for Bush Gardens Williamsburg in 1984 but they were also planned to be transportable. Its believed that most of the roller coaster was built at the Schwarzkopf factory but was later scrapped. The first photo shows a model of the transportable one. The pipe infront is a track piece from the real coaster.


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  19. roomraider

    roomraider Best Topic Starter 2016 CF Award Winner 2016

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    Not to dig up a year old topic (although that is exactly what I'm doing)
    A new article from Kings Island detailing the history of the Bat just popped up and its well worth a read
    https://www.visitkingsisland.com/bl...ratic-flight-of-the-bat#.WfbXV3dfQWc.facebook

    Interestingly for this topic though it has a great picture of that Arrow suspended corkscrew testing track.
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  20. vaugc002

    vaugc002 Well-Known Member

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    This thread is fab!
    I've always been fascinated by the SBF Visa Group Tower Coaster. They built one, but it looks more like a prototype.
    I think the concept could have worked (might have have been competition for Gerst's Eurofighters maybe...).

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