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So this is technically RMC's first all steel coaster?

technically indeed. I feel, with the way RMC is excelling in the market, it won't be long until they are manufacturing their own giant steel supports. ( RMC giga ) " The future of coasters! ". ( hopefully! )

The Storm Chaser sub-webpage stated that there was a small amount of wood touching the track somewhere... Which, I'll admit, I can't see in any of the photos posted. It's still technically a hybrid, but the line between wood/steel or steel/wood is so blurred at this point. (Not to bring up old arguments, I'm settling on simply calling it a "hybrid.")

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So this is technically RMC's first all steel coaster?

technically indeed. I feel, with the way RMC is excelling in the market, it won't be long until they are manufacturing their own giant steel supports. ( RMC giga ) " The future of coasters! ". ( hopefully! )

The Storm Chaser sub-webpage stated that there was a small amount of wood touching the track somewhere... Which, I'll admit, I can't see in any of the photos posted. It's still technically a hybrid, but the line between wood/steel or steel/wood is so blurred at this point. (Not to bring up old arguments, I'm settling on simply calling it a "hybrid.")

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Technically.

 

Stupid work internet doesn't show the FB pictures. I'll have to wait till I get home.

 

I totally get this. I check the site at the office - not from home, so I have to just wait until someone actually posts pictures to TPR. It can get frustrating

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Wait, I looked a little closer and I think I see the wood in question. It almost looks like it's the two wooden stumps in between the two horizontal bars on each section. I circled them below. (Photos shot by Mark Brunner.)

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Top of the lift hill

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Wooden parts circled in red. I believe the track sits on these.

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Bottom of the lift hill where track exists.

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What looks to be the wood that the track sits on (circled in blue so it could be visible).

I might get to hit the park on its last operating day Sunday, so I'll then get to see it for myself and maybe nab a few progress pics to share.

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Wait, I looked a little closer and I think I see the wood in question. It almost looks like it's the two wooden stumps in between the two horizontal bars on each section. I circled them below. (Photos shot by Mark Brunner.)

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I might get to hit the park on its last operating day Sunday, so I'll then get to see it for myself and maybe nab a few progress pics to share.

 

I'm almost positive that you are wrong about those track connectors being wood. I'd be willing to guess that they are closer to (if not identical to) the steel "feet" connectors found on the other IBox coasters that attach the steel ledger to the steel track (No wood at all). Here's a close-up image of Twisted Colossus. These feet are hinged to fit the track at the perfect angle. There's no logical way that wood could be used as a sufficient connector at this high stress area. This connector is the primary point that keeps the track on the structure.

 

ps- I don't think what you circled in the last picture is anything at all, maybe surface from further back?

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From http://www.kentuckykingdom.com/comingsoon/storm-chaser/:

 

"Storm Chaser will be built with RMCs’ patented iBox track, which is featured on only five other coasters in the world. In the case of Storm Chaser, the iBox track will rest on wood, creating the “feel” of a wooden coaster, but will be supported by a steel superstructure."

 

I don't really understand why it would (pun intended), but that's the quote.

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From http://www.kentuckykingdom.com/comingsoon/storm-chaser/:

 

"Storm Chaser will be built with RMCs’ patented iBox track, which is featured on only five other coasters in the world. In the case of Storm Chaser, the iBox track will rest on wood, creating the “feel” of a wooden coaster, but will be supported by a steel superstructure."

 

I don't really understand why it would (pun intended), but that's the quote.

 

Okay, well if they are still doing this, I HIGHLY doubt it be will where the track is connected to the ledgers, as Midgetman82 posted. In fact, in his pictures I can see where the steel feet like I said. After looking at these current construction pictures, I have a feeling that the only place where wood will be used is the catwalks and possible hand rails.

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^That makes sense.

It's awesome how nearly every RMC brings discussion like this.

This. Pardon me for even bringing it up. It just leaves me more stumped than the past debates on Outlaw Run and other coasters being called what they are. I guess we'll just have to see up-close and further out on progress before calling it anything.

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Seems like good progress so far. I might be able to get back to Kentucky Kingdom next year if I can get myself to the Indy 500 again, and if so, fingers crossed it'll be opened in good time. There isn't a bad RMC out there, so I can't wait to try this one out.

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This is unarguably a steel coaster in my book. Its not even one bit a hybrid.

 

Unless you want to call it a CCI/RMC hybrid.

 

Want to, yes. But its steel on steel so thats by definition.

 

But it's steel with a wood block between the structure and the track. Hybrid!

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Not going to lie... I love the look of red RMC track.

 

This coaster is going up surprisingly fast! Can't wait to see it in action!

 

If they started this a few months sooner, you wonder if it would be running this weekend.

 

Not sure if this was meant to be a joke... But if it wasn't then.... No, not even close. There would still be so much testing, computer work, wiring, electrical work... ect... that had to be done that there is no way it would be ready this weekend. Or even by the end of this season.

 

Also... Why would a park want to open a coaster for just a few weeks before the end of their season? It'd be better just to wait till the start of a new season to open it.

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