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Postby Cygnus12 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:14 pm

Oh that's awesome! I remember Gary's pictoral history book; I used to check it out at the library all the time when I was younger!

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Postby odene497 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:25 pm

That was pretty interesting. One thing I noticed though, although not necessarily pertaining to this video, was his classification of Gemini as a wood coaster. I've always thought the same, but I was just thinking, we refer to steel support/wood track coasters as wooden, so why isn't gemini considered steel?

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Postby montezooma » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:34 pm

Whosh...my comment went right over your head... :lmao:

Gemini is a steel coaster.
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Postby odene497 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:50 pm

Haha, yeah it did. I was thinking you were just saying it like gemini isn't good enough to be a top ten coaster.

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Postby larrygator » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:26 am

The more I read from Shane (and others), the more I rue the fact that I never experienced the old KBF.
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Postby montezooma » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:44 am

TOGO

Here is a company that burst onto the North America scene with the introduction of King Cobra at Kings Island, the first stand up coaster in the US. Well the same company pretty much disappeared with the removal of the same ride.

While Togo has some hits is Japan, most of it's North American installations have been misses. Manhattan Express, probably their most successful installation, is a big yawner. Viper at SFGAdv was lackluster and do I even need to mention the disaster that was Knotts' Wind Jammer.

The one innovative ride that I would really like to see one or two more of is the Ultra Twister. It is the best thing that has come out of the Togo factory. Look closely at the Ultra Twister in the catalog and you will see an unusual interpretation of it...A large turn around or "turn over" instead of the switch track.

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Intorducing Togo, coaster builder from Japan....ouch!
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The Bandit in Japan is a Togo winner!
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Here you can see the unique turn around on this one of a kind Ultra Twister.
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Togo also makes an assortment of rip off flat rides.
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there is some Intamin goodnedss behind that one carousel
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more lame flats
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Togo introduces the stand up. Some like it...some not so much.
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a couple different layouts
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model of the Kings Island version and a unique stand up sit down version located in Japan.
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More Togo goodness...or badness???
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I really like Ultra Twisters. It is a shame that we have on here in the states just rotting away.
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"Enjoyment and Pleasure...we produce"...that's what she said.
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I rode this log coaster in Japan and thought it was quite good!
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Postby Loefet » Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:57 am

I have been waiting for this brochure for a while now. Too bad that it didn't include the Wildstorm flat ride though :(

By the way, there is an installation of that Ultra Twister with a twist and dive at Rusutsu Resort on Hokkaido, link with info and pics > http://www.rcdb.com/id1259.htm

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Postby chemical_echo » Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:54 am

Holy crap, look how empty Canada's Wonderland looks in those pictures of SkyRider. There's no Vortex, or no lake under where Vortex will eventually go.

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Postby Olsor » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:28 pm

1. Awesome stuff as always, Shane!
2. The Engrish in the brochure is priceless:

Passenger's facial expression is multifarious. Girls enjoy the momentary space flight with their eyes opened, but boys do it with their eyes closed. The varied dynamic course leads you to the thrilling world.

Not at all dirty.

3. Does that Ultra Twister with the dive loop just send every other car out facing backwards?

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Postby Loefet » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:33 pm

^ On number 3, there is a turntable between the station and the tilt mechanism. so that the car will always face the same way during the ride, but would have been coll to go the whole thing backwards).

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