wrbcltnc wrote:I noticed that the TOP GUN supports were not painted at the factory. New B&M supports appear to be pre-painted. I wonder if that helps the paint too last longer. TG or AB as it's now known could use some touch ups.
I've wondered about that too. Maybe it was a cost saving measure by Paramount to paint it in-house. I'm sure B&M charges a lot extra for them to paint it. But with the price of steel being down now, maybe they view it as one less thing to do if it comes pre-painted.
B&M aren't the people who charge for the painting, the fabrication, steel, or even for the construction (well, maybe a little to a degree. See further down). Other companies do. The steel plant in Batavia charges for the painting, steel, and the fabrication for the parts. Another company is contracted to build the ride. For example, Adena built Diamondback. Another company charges for drilling for the footers and the concrete. Another company charges for the landscaping. Another company charges for the electrical work. The only thing B&M really gets paid for is R&D, designing the ride, doing the computer models, 'engineering' the ride to make sure it would work, and they send a couple foremen or contractors to supervise over the entire project.
BTW, when I say "charges for blah blah blah" I mean that's who does that portion, and therefore gets paid for doing it.