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5 minutes ago, Imperial79 said:

Yup, and it looks like they added a piece of the 2nd hill sometime early in the morning.   We might see the 2nd hill done in time for Winterfest opening day.

Which piece are you talking about? Maybe it's in plane sight and I just cant see it lol.

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6 minutes ago, Kodistict said:

Which piece are you talking about? Maybe it's in plane sight and I just cant see it lol.

I think this piece is new.   It's kind of hard to see,  since the sun is at a weird angle.

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Yeah that piece was installed late yesterday.  Around 4 if I remember correctly.  They are jamming on the roof of the station and three guys have been walking the main lift hill for the last few hours.

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It's really cool how they built Orion around the maintenance sheds in the area. That's what I'm most impressed about. I figured one of those would've been removed to make way for Orion.

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One more panel and the roof is completed.  Also couldn't imagine standing at the top of the lift hill.  Balls of steel vengeance.  

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That station looks really cool! Also, the webcam is back?

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2 minutes ago, MDMC01 said:

That station looks really cool! Also, the webcam is back?

Yes, they came back on about 5 days ago.

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After seeing the actual webcam pic, I looked at the webcam thread and saw it was closed.

I'm actually happier about the webcams being back then I thought I'd be lol

Also, Winterfest starts in less than a week (though my brain is still in Haunt mode; I had a blast this year!)!

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5 minutes ago, MDMC01 said:

After seeing the actual webcam pic, I looked at the webcam thread and saw it was closed.

I'm actually happier about the webcams being back then I thought I'd be lol

Also, Winterfest starts in less than a week (though my brain is still in Haunt mode; I had a blast this year!)!

Only 6 days until WinterFest!!

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Great pictures as always from Ohio Valley Coasters. It looks like we are about here on the "wave" turn judging by supports and banking:

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I can't wait to ride this! If you look at povs of leviathan and I305 which pretty much go the same speed, are way faster than the simulation. I am also really excited for this first bank seeing how fast I305 goes through it's first airtime hill which is only 20 feet shorter than Orion's first bank.

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I keep forgetting that after the uphill spiral at the end there's a "head chopper" run right under that tiny space at the bottom of the drop!   Looking at the webcam images seems pretty tight right in there!   Super cool.

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With Vortex being removed and Orion's addition, KI's skyline will now mostly have their coaster lifts heading in the same direction, which is south. I have to say IMO, this doesn't look that good. It's almost like they keep designing their coasters so the lifts are easily viewed from 71. I think the skyline would look better if the lifts were facing in different directions. Hopefully with whatever replaces Vortex, the lift will approach a different direction.

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I feel like that is more for noise reasons than a style choice. People live closer to the north side of the park than the south, and people scream on first drops.

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1 hour ago, kirbias1 said:

With Vortex being removed and Orion's addition, KI's skyline will now mostly have their coaster lifts heading in the same direction, which is south. I have to say IMO, this doesn't look that good. It's almost like they keep designing their coasters so the lifts are easily viewed from 71. I think the skyline would look better if the lifts were facing in different directions. Hopefully with whatever replaces Vortex, the lift will approach a different direction.

Yeah but nothing beats staring at a full moon while going up a lift hill at night.   It's great.  

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13 minutes ago, LintemuthStudios said:

I'm not seeing any floater potential here, but you're going to be flying through that turn. Should be some great forces there.


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It won’t be sideways airtime in the vein of an RMC wave turn, where you experience lateral airtime, but rather floating vertically while your body is sideways. 
 

The trailer for the ride does a better job of showing the maneuver than the POV. Go to the 43 second mark.

 

 

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2 hours ago, LintemuthStudios said:

I'm not seeing any floater potential here, but you're going to be flying through that turn. Should be some great forces there.

I still think this'll give solid out of your seat moments

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It looks like they might be adding another piece of track on the 2nd hill right now!  

Edit: Doesn't look like any new pieces was added yet.  

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It looks like Zeus might be getting ready to be moved.  He's folding down.

Someone just took the basket to the top of the lift hill like an elevator, and got off up there.  :lol:

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42 minutes ago, mikejenkins1 said:

So where does the chain run?  Most have a piece of track under the lift hill but not seen here.    So is it put closer to the track?

I believe I read on here earlier that the chain actually runs inside the spine on the newer models.  Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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16 minutes ago, flightoffear1996 said:

The spine on the gigas are a lot thicker so they can run the chain return inside of track. 

Thanks.

Also I did see that Zeus (Clifford) was bent down and wondered if that meant they were done with it.

Do they need to extra large cranes for the turn around in the back?

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