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Postby robbalvey » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:32 am

Just got in some construction photos of this new Martin & A. Vleminckx / The Gravity Group woodie going up at Happy Valley Shanghai in China!


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Postby monkeyoverlord71 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:05 am

Awesome, I love seeing coasters getting built. :P
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Postby thrillerman1 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:05 am

<3 I love watching construction of new coasters. Thanks for sharing the pics Robb!

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Postby DenDen » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:50 am

Interesting "footers" on this one, I don't think I've ever seen footer grids like that before. Any other coasters have this?
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Postby Mozart67 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:24 pm

The lift hill support structure still blows me away. Have seen woodies in recent years with that similar geometric design. Just very cool. Thanks for the pictures!

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Postby ebl » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:33 pm

I suspect that there is some consideration for earthquakes in this design, which would explain the amount of wood and that "grid" thing. This looks like it'll be a great ride.

In this picture, I'm guessing that right hand turn in the distance is the final turn into the brake---at least it appears to be. It looks like it will be taken at a relatively high speed, making for a nice finish.

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Postby freddycoasterkid » Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:43 pm

I love watching ride construction and Im certainly keeping my eye on this one, hope to ride this in the future.
The ride plans (on the first page) look's like a winner coaster, it's got everything to make the best (in my opinion) it's just got it all.

Thanks for sharing the pics Robb!!!


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Postby kenshinmac » Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:10 pm

Does anyone know what the relative costs of a hybrid structure vs a full wooden structure at that sort of height are? I've been kinda curious about that for a while.

Also I agree with the other posts that this could be a real disaster if it isn't kept up properly. Hopefully it will go well because I would love to see more wooden coasters around the world.

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Postby MixedDrink » Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:51 pm

That sucker looks marvelous. :airtime:
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Postby gisco » Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:52 pm

I hope I get to ride that someday. Does the park have an opening date?


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