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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby KDCOASTERFAN » Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:11 am

I've got a couple shots of Mind Eraser's panel at SFA from a few years back,I'll have to dig them up,then snap shots with my cell & upload them.

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby Anac0nda » Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:18 am

Here are the "big" rides I got to operate while working at Linnanmäki (during two summers). Sorry for the low quality, these were taken with my cell phone.
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Pikajuna (MACK Powered). Very easy to learn, but difficult to master. The manual speed control (the big black one) makes this one fun to operate :)
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Hurjakuru (Intamin rapids). The first one of its kind and the only one not to have a rotating disk -station. Operates actually from the platform and not from the booth when the ride is open. Most of the buttons control water features, only the ones on the lower right control the conveyers.
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Kirnu (Intamin ZacSpin). My favourite :) I studied how to operate this beast manually, although only mechanics are allowed to do that :P
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:20 am

^I never thought that a powered roller coaster would be manually controlled -- awesome! In what way is it hard to master? You can't just keep it on full speed the whole circuit?

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby Anac0nda » Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:06 pm

sfmman2000 wrote:In what way is it hard to master? You can't just keep it on full speed the whole circuit?

Well, the accelerating is easy: just throw the knob to 100 (percent) and just leave it there. The train will go on endlessly, but I've been told it faults after ten laps or so. The recommended is 3 laps, though. The tricky part is the braking: you have to start gradually slowing the train down during the last lap and slowly make it crawl the last parts to the station. When you finally want to stop the train, you have to be careful about the position: there are markings in the first car and in the platform. If they don't align within 1 meter, the lapbars won't open.

It's the braking that makes this fun to operate and it can't be learned any other way than just through trial and error. It took me a few hours to finally be able to breathe and brake at the same time. ;)
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby kunpc1 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:54 pm

I mentioned this thread to the folks at Canada's Wonderland and they reminded me that this picture of Leviathan's control panel had been posted on Facebook:

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:44 pm

I really like the color-coded layout of the B&M control boards. Great idea.

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:59 pm

Would very old school controls count? Because I spent alot of time with those and Im sure I have some photos.

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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby Jew » Sat Mar 17, 2012 2:17 am

I'm partial to this one. Mummy @ USH.
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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby sfmman2000 » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:53 pm

kidcoaster 2 wrote:Would very old school controls count? Because I spent alot of time with those and Im sure I have some photos.


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Re: The Control Panel Enthusiast Thread

Postby natatomic » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:15 pm

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I'm surprised that the names of the buttons are in English!

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