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Postby Brogrammer on January 27th, 2012, 2:21 pm
^Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing! :)
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Postby CstrFan512 on January 27th, 2012, 2:42 pm
Theyve added another piece. This one looks like the start of the inversion drop
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Postby Goku1910 on January 27th, 2012, 2:57 pm
Great pictures Rob!!
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Postby ttd rox on January 27th, 2012, 3:01 pm
Yes, great photos Mr. Rob! They have started on the roll that will dive into the inverted drop.
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Postby CoasterZ on January 27th, 2012, 3:02 pm
this may be selfish cause not all six flags put up webcams... but for the love of god i wish they would move it to a different location lol...

and yeah looks like they are going into the inversion dive now. great pics Rob!
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Postby RobSFGAm on January 27th, 2012, 3:49 pm
Photo is now in the X-Flight construction thread (once the my PhotoBucket account is reset)
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Postby Cole on January 27th, 2012, 4:00 pm
^Great pictures. I love the look at that lift hill. Going to be a very intimidating ride.
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Postby ttd rox on January 27th, 2012, 4:00 pm
Wow, it's shaping up excellent. I hope the SFGAm FB page adds some photos as well. The only bad thing about these photos is seeing Eagle with its paint blown off again. Thanks for posting those!
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Postby RobSFGAm on January 27th, 2012, 4:06 pm
Last update

Here is a link to video (4 minutes);
http://youtu.be/DA36Ttv2Vdg

The first 45 seconds from last week (gray sky) and is very shaky.
The last part if the piece going in from the ground up to position (though not bolted in). I think it is pretty cool watching it being built, maybe others will as well.

I noticed how bad the Eagle paint is also when I was looking at the pictures.

One other note:
I was on the sidewalk for all videos and pictures (1 video I was across the street (Washington St)).
The last time GA security was watching me (probably because I was there 3 times today), so I went over to talk to them. I asked if it was a problem that I was taking pictures and they said no as long as I stay on the sidewalk...as soon as you go onto any grass is when they have an issue with it.
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Postby ClubXJeff on January 27th, 2012, 4:35 pm
FANTASTIC pictures and video guys! Thanks much! Those of us living downtown appreciate it! : )
Now, is it just me - or does this section before the drop have a very, slight dip to get some momentum going...Or is it the angle from which the pics were taken?
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Postby DeathbyDinn on January 27th, 2012, 4:39 pm
CoasterZ wrote:this may be selfish cause not all six flags put up webcams... but for the love of god i wish they would move it to a different location lol...

and yeah looks like they are going into the inversion dive now. great pics Rob!


You may be in luck. :)

It's not quite that easy to just move the webcam to a better spot. It's on top of Dare Devil Dive right now with no ability to zoom out further, go higher or be kept at a height from a similar angle. We are looking into an alternative location, but there isn't much to choose from in that area.

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Postby Jackluver18 on January 27th, 2012, 4:54 pm
Great photos. Coming along nicely
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Postby Jerrykoala2112 on January 27th, 2012, 5:06 pm
It looks so weird when it goes straight after the lift hill. Such a shiny roller coaster though.
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Postby FloorHead on January 27th, 2012, 5:47 pm
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Postby stockboy300 on January 27th, 2012, 10:02 pm
This is the reason I love this web page great pictures and video. Man Im excited for this season.
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Postby Ilovthevu' on January 27th, 2012, 11:33 pm
The way it is with the more tilted lift hill, it feels to me sort of dinky.

A question to anyone on here is whether or not you think the tilted lifthill on a B&M is a better idea or just the regular lifthill. If you are the side with a regular lifthill, you can argue that since it takes longer to get up to the top, you can see the scenery better (look at something like Raging Bull), and your anticipation grows longer to start the ride. Also, in regards to that the lifthill because it takes longer to get up to the top, it helps the other train get more time to be unloaded / loaded. Though, to me a ride looks more impressive with a regular lifthill. There is more track to look at with it going up in the air. In regards to mechanics, with more weight being pushed down on a tilted lifthill, I think that type of ride could have more breakdowns compared to a non tilted lifthill.

If you are the side of tilted lifthill, some might say that the tilted lifthill you feel pushed back a little sort of like Deja Vu, and with less steel used in the lifthill track hopefully they would use more track on the rest of the ride (but this isn't always the case). Another great thing would be that if you don't have much space and you want to fit in a roller coaster in that space, you build the lifthill going high up in the air faster.

In my opinion, it's really hard to choose which one I like better because a regular lifthill is much more impressive to look at than a tilted lifthill, but yet a tilted lifthill has sort of the Deja Vu tower 2 feeling. Even the parks themselves have a decision to make because if they want to spend more money on a B&M, I would personally choose the regular lifthill because I would want to showcase off a new coaster, and the lifthill is the way to really do it in my opinion.
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Postby DeathbyDinn on January 27th, 2012, 11:57 pm
Assuming by tilted you mean steep, it makes sense for X Flight to have a steeper lift hill as it doesnt have a huge amount of space, so having a steep lift hill allows the ride to be taller.
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Postby Jerrykoala2112 on January 28th, 2012, 12:00 am
Ilovthevu' wrote:The way it is with the more tilted lift hill, it feels to me sort of dinky.

A question to anyone on here is whether or not you think the tilted lifthill on a B&M is a better idea or just the regular lifthill. If you are the side with a regular lifthill, you can argue that since it takes longer to get up to the top, you can see the scenery better (look at something like Raging Bull), and your anticipation grows longer to start the ride. Also, in regards to that the lifthill because it takes longer to get up to the top, it helps the other train get more time to be unloaded / loaded. Though, to me a ride looks more impressive with a regular lifthill. There is more track to look at with it going up in the air. In regards to mechanics, with more weight being pushed down on a tilted lifthill, I think that type of ride could have more breakdowns compared to a non tilted lifthill.

If you are the side of tilted lifthill, some might say that the tilted lifthill you feel pushed back a little sort of like Deja Vu, and with less steel used in the lifthill track hopefully they would use more track on the rest of the ride (but this isn't always the case). Another great thing would be that if you don't have much space and you want to fit in a roller coaster in that space, you build the lifthill going high up in the air faster.

In my opinion, it's really hard to choose which one I like better because a regular lifthill is much more impressive to look at than a tilted lifthill, but yet a tilted lifthill has sort of the Deja Vu tower 2 feeling. Even the parks themselves have a decision to make because if they want to spend more money on a B&M, I would personally choose the regular lifthill because I would want to showcase off a new coaster, and the lifthill is the way to really do it in my opinion.


Keep in mind of the area constraints this ride is going in. The drop goes right against the midway, and if they had a more gradual lift hill, it would have taken up space that is just not available.
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Postby gottastrata33 on January 28th, 2012, 1:21 am
Rob, as stated, thank you so much for the construction updates. Great photos!!

& a congratulations to our beautiful park, Six Flags Great America on its new skyline!
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Postby rct2wizard360 on January 28th, 2012, 1:16 pm
Ilovthevu' wrote:The way it is with the more tilted lift hill, it feels to me sort of dinky.

A question to anyone on here is whether or not you think the tilted lifthill on a B&M is a better idea or just the regular lifthill. If you are the side with a regular lifthill, you can argue that since it takes longer to get up to the top, you can see the scenery better (look at something like Raging Bull), and your anticipation grows longer to start the ride. Also, in regards to that the lifthill because it takes longer to get up to the top, it helps the other train get more time to be unloaded / loaded. Though, to me a ride looks more impressive with a regular lifthill. There is more track to look at with it going up in the air. In regards to mechanics, with more weight being pushed down on a tilted lifthill, I think that type of ride could have more breakdowns compared to a non tilted lifthill.

If you are the side of tilted lifthill, some might say that the tilted lifthill you feel pushed back a little sort of like Deja Vu, and with less steel used in the lifthill track hopefully they would use more track on the rest of the ride (but this isn't always the case). Another great thing would be that if you don't have much space and you want to fit in a roller coaster in that space, you build the lifthill going high up in the air faster.

In my opinion, it's really hard to choose which one I like better because a regular lifthill is much more impressive to look at than a tilted lifthill, but yet a tilted lifthill has sort of the Deja Vu tower 2 feeling. Even the parks themselves have a decision to make because if they want to spend more money on a B&M, I would personally choose the regular lifthill because I would want to showcase off a new coaster, and the lifthill is the way to really do it in my opinion.


Have you ever been on one of the B&M's with a steeper lift? or even Millennium Force? Personally, Diamondback's steep lift is great and I think that if anything, it builds up the anticipation more being your more on your back and you can't really tell what's coming. You're just staring up into the sky.

Plus, this coaster style is restrictive view wise anyways. It's not like you could look in both directions and see everything. You're going to have a huge car to your left (or right) along with bright red track. Not to mention you're just building up anticipation to get to a level position at the top to enter an inversion.
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Postby icantwaittilxflight on January 28th, 2012, 1:37 pm
has anyone seen the skyline from I-94 yet? If so or if you're planning on driving north or if you live in the area can you take a picture? That'd be pretty exciting the see how it looks so far
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Postby Ilovthevu' on January 28th, 2012, 2:06 pm
^^Yes, I have been on Diamondback, Sheikra, and Goliath (at SFOG) which all have the (more angled) steeper lifthills.
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Postby gottastrata33 on January 28th, 2012, 4:11 pm
Yeah, Id love to see a skyline pic!! :) Will this beautiful B&M be added to our silhouette at the top? :) I think weve talked about changing it before cause of DejaVu but I dont remember, sorry.
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Postby CstrFan512 on January 28th, 2012, 4:34 pm
The steeper lift hill is a great thing in my mind. On I305 you start going up that lift right away and 10 seconds later your plumeting down 300 feet. I think it will make the ride seem intimidating and fast-paced.
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Postby RobSFGAm on January 28th, 2012, 4:35 pm
Photo is now in the X-Flight construction thread (once the my PhotoBucket account is reset)
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