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Alton Towers | Wicker Man | GCI Wood

Discussion in 'Roller Coaster Construction' started by Dar, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Matt N

    Matt N Active Member

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    Ah right. Thanks @Hixee! So you can have sustained ejector and brief floater, then?
     
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    Well... it's kind of up to you how you define it. What did you think of Wicker Man's airtime? Did you gently 'float' up out of the seat, or did it feel as though you were being forcefully 'ejected'?
    That's the thing, Matt, don't let any of us lot tell you what has and what hasn't got airtime, either floater or ejector. I mean, yes you can get an idea from other members, get a general consensus of opinion of what certain coasters might be like, but nobody can tell you what you experienced when you rode it on the day you were there.
    I mean, most of us who've ridden Wicker Dude, myself included, would probably say it doesn't have many moments of strong airtime, and virtually all of them come in short 'pops'. But yeah, if you're sat in the right seat, at the right time of day, in the right weather conditions, with the lap bar just right, then sure, those airtime moments could conceivably be classed as 'ejector'.

    In the grand scheme of things, the short answer is no, Wicker Dude doesn't have any ejector airtime, but if you think it does, if you felt like you were being ejected on this more than any of the other coasters that you've been on, then dammit, yes it does! With bells on! :)
     
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  3. Hixee

    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Absolutely, and everything in between. It's not really very black and white.
     
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    If you are in the middle of train there is zero airtime.
     
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    Thanks guys! I don't know which form of airtime I'd personally define Wicker Man's as, but I personally found Wicker Man's airtime to provide a kind of brief bouncing sensation, if that makes any sense at all!
     
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    It's a GCI so no
     
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    Um.. no. Maybe on some coasters, but definitely not all.
     
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    Thanks guys!
     
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    IMO, Wicker Man is a much stronger coaster at the back.

    Generally I find the airtime moderate (it isn't really the purpose of the ride's layout), but I did experience what could be classed as ejector on the drop after the flat corner, back row at the end of a rainy day when it was absolutely belting round.
     
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    Here is the official POV released today by the park:-
     
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    The angle they've chosen, and camera location, makes it look slow and jolty.
    That's not gonna wow any of the GP is it
     
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    Weird they'd have the maintenance lights on in the brake run while filming this despite everything else being in show mode.

    I also dislike POVs from this angle, it's so unnatural to watch.
     
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    Was this an early morning run or something; it looks slower than usual in this POV. Still fast, but slower than usual.

    I always find that Wicker Man looks and feels much faster in real life than it looks on video. When I rerode the coaster last Saturday, the ride was belting round the track! And I was towards the front!
     
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    Here is a much better quality POV by Coaster Touring:-
     
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    I often find this with wooden coasters in general ; definitely with GCIs. Never been a huge fan of how they look on POVs, but in real-life they can be much more ferocious. It’s all part of that “woodie” feel you just can’t easily replicate with film.
     
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    Yeah, I agree; when I visited Alton on the 18th, Wicker Man was absolutely zipping round the track! It was flying through the unbanked corner in about 2 or 3 seconds! Whereas that corner looks a bit slower on video. It absolutely belted round the rest of the ride, too! On video, Wicker Man looks to peeter out a bit in the final couple of turns, but every time I've ridden it, it's zipped through these at a glorious pace! I find the same to be true of Icon!
     
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    That looks like exactly the same one.
     
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    ^ it is the same one, just in higher quality. (4k vs 720p)
     
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    I'm an idiot, I thought he meant quality in that it was a different pov that was filmed better!
     
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    ^ not to worry, its quite hard to understand what ATI means at the best of times! :)
    I think Coaster Touring was filming the POV on behalf of GCI then once Alton had put it up on youtube, he felt able to release it on his own channel (in better quality).
     
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