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Can somebody explain how the first turnaround is a barrel roll again? It looks more like an overbank to me. Oh and does it count as an inversion?

 

I think I might've missed the memo on that.

 

I don't know why they are calling it that either. Perhaps they just wanted to change it up a little from the title of "overbank", make it sound a little more intense? *shrugs*.

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I guess it really doesn't matter what they call it. It's just another way to bend a coat hanger.

 

It probably only confuses enthusiasts. I imagine the GP just accept "that is a barrel roll" and are done with it.

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http://leviathan.canadaswonderland.com/public/latest/blog/2011/12/12/Continuing_the_Track_to_New_Heights.cfm

 

New Blog entry as well. It's amazing that they have 50% of the track installed and we're only half way through December. It's great knowing they got a great start prior to the winter months to ensure this beast opens on time.

 

http://leviathan.canadaswonderland.com/public/latest/

 

And they've updated the latest pictures along with putting them up on Facebook.

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Does anyone know the angle of the lift hill? It looks odd since it isn't nowhere as steep as Intimidator 305 and Millennium Force's 45 degree lifts. Looks somewhere about 30+ degrees to me?

 

When Intamin built Millennium Force they went with the cable lift because if they wanted a chain then the lifthill could only be around 30 degrees steep.

 

I would imagine that it's 45* like all their new hypers, including Behemoth. Maybe it's just the angle of the picture?

 

No, they are not. Somewhere around 35-38 degrees I would say.

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^That point is irrelevant. I'm assuming that by asking how high it is, you're saying that the chain wouldn't be that long. If the lift for a giga were 30* versus 45*, then the chain would be even longer. A cable is more efficient and is less heavy (a big reason why Steel Dragon 2000 has two chains). So I very, very highly doubt that what you're saying is true as to why they went for a cable. Unless you can cite it.

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Fahrenheit also has 8 or so more years of engineering evolution in it than MF. I'm all good with the chain lift, you don't have to worry about catastrophic mechanical failures like you do with the cables. Pretty much any model involving a cable with Intamin has had some sort of instance of catastrophic mechanical failure that could have possibly risked the safety of the guests. Examples, cable driven launched coasters, TTD, Kingdaka, Xcellerator (I am sure some incidents are missing here). Cable lifts, MF's cable has broken twice, possibly risking the safety of the riders. Drop towers with the the Kentucky Kingdom incident. In addition to the safety factor, the issue regarding reliability with Intamin coasters comes up as well.

 

I am challenged to think of a mechanical failure on a B&M coaster that has resulted in major injury or death, any ideas?

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^That point is irrelevant. I'm assuming that by asking how high it is, you're saying that the chain wouldn't be that long. If the lift for a giga were 30* versus 45*, then the chain would be even longer. A cable is more efficient and is less heavy (a big reason why Steel Dragon 2000 has two chains). So I very, very highly doubt that what you're saying is true as to why they went for a cable. Unless you can cite it.

 

It was said by Sandor Kernacs during an Q&A session, but you knows best..

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Fahrenheit also has 8 or so more years of engineering evolution in it than MF. I'm all good with the chain lift, you don't have to worry about catastrophic mechanical failures like you do with the cables. Pretty much any model involving a cable with Intamin has had some sort of instance of catastrophic mechanical failure that could have possibly risked the safety of the guests. Examples, cable driven launched coasters, TTD, Kingdaka, Xcellerator (I am sure some incidents are missing here). Cable lifts, MF's cable has broken twice, possibly risking the safety of the riders. Drop towers with the the Kentucky Kingdom incident. In addition to the safety factor, the issue regarding reliability with Intamin coasters comes up as well.

 

I am challenged to think of a mechanical failure on a B&M coaster that has resulted in major injury or death, any ideas?

Since when did getting stuck on a lift hill = safety risk?

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