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by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

0 chance. The bents are already in place and have been since long before the theming element first got covered up months ago. It's just a drop through the structure.
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Good to see they're finally preparing the shop foundation! Looks like everything is staying true to plans with this one, unlike another secret weapon we could name :sus:
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

There's a foundation a fairly significant distance PAST where the gradient change is, which based on observations of other GCIs is where the lift motor will be mounted. (It's that big concrete block that looks really out of place so far)
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

It was a bit difficult to pick up any photos of it yesterday but the rails have been laid all the way round the turn off the lift and starting to be taken down the drop underneath. Layers are also being built up on the flat turn near the shop. Something more significant worth noting is the chain ret...
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5016
Views: 513368

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

So GCI wheel sets work similarly to old style Vekoma/Arrow coasters, with the wheels on the INSIDE of the rails as opposed to the outside of course. It still has all three positions, top, side and underneath, but because of the way the rails are made and the positioning, the side and underside wheel...
by Capt. Barnacles
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I feel bad saying it, the rails have been laid for several weeks now, but the steel plating is new as of Thursday :P
by Capt. Barnacles
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5016
Views: 513368

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

They can't mislead the public, if they officialy say that it's from SW8 then it's from SW8 Not necessarily, if they say something and you believe it then it’s on you, and it should be noted that towers have yet to ‘officially’ say anything about this product :P. I’d be personally very surprised if ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5016
Views: 513368

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

The SW8 website has updated today featuring the ride's logo (also seen on some drapes in The Welcoming, this isn't much of a spoiler as they are clearly visible from the Skyride), the runes saying 'Feed the flames' and 'Be Chosen in 2018' at the centre and bottom of the page respectively. The signup...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The whole of the scaffold came down yesterday. Leaving the entire theming element in a black wrap same as the upper half. I've got some other photos as well, showing that the prep for the queueline passing through the structure is finally taking place, and the ground leveling for the queue up in the...
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

So tonight was the staff preview evening for Scarefest, and I was lucky enough to go, and after experiencing The Welcoming I only have one word; WOW.

I'm spoiling absolutely NOTHING, but I can't recommend it enough, if you can, definitely go and experience it!
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

Hearing things to suggest at least one of the mazes has had a soft opening. Staff previews are Thursday so might start seeing a bit more information coming out. As far as I know none of the mazes are doing this, Altonville Mine Tours still needed queue fencing putting in yesterday, Sub Species was ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Well, something interesting did catch my eye at the end of the day yesterday, and it's this. https://i.imgur.com/9gUMtAj.jpg https://i.imgur.com/NivIWqh.jpg These wooden slats were being added directly between the rail boards, creating a sort of antirollback shape, but the stretch of it is entirely ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Rest of the World Parks and Attractions
Topic: Walt Disney World - Epcot
Replies: 101
Views: 4119

Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek confirmed today that EPCOT's replacement for the Universe of Energy pavilion will be not only Guardians of the Galaxy themed, but will also be a roller coaster, making EPCOT, the last Disney park without one, finally join the others in the line ups. The roller coaste...
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I'm not seeing anti rollbacks, however I do believe the steel plating for the running rails have now been installed. Hopefully I'll be able to confirm this myself on park tomorrow.
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

From my prediction, it's a high-speed-low-radius 90 degree turn to the right, then twisting and descending into the wide turn at the far end of the site passing by the bottom of the lift, then into the theming structure and into the tall turnaround.
by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

I have a feeling that this scarefest is going to be one of the best in recent years what with the four mazes, new additions to existing ones and the all round atmosphere seems like it is starting to build. The only problem is that I don't know if we will see four mazes next year what with the court...
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Scarefest
Replies: 2159
Views: 144312

Re: Scarefest

I worked both the days last year. Neither of them were anywhere near as bad as previous years.
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5016
Views: 513368

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

And we know from the past that Merlin like to troll enthusiasts. So yes I entirely believe that whilst I was wrong about the theming element not being a wicker statue, I still doubt the name of the ride itself will be wicker man given that the statue itself doesn't resemble the human shaped effigy u...
by Capt. Barnacles
Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Regarding those posts, the tall ones you can see in the image are presumably for a fence that will just divide the area slightly. They're about 2m tall. Shorter 1.2m fence posts have been put in all the way along the existing path just behind the fence, and further down towards the flume turnaround ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 872
Views: 112568

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The majority of the rock taken off that sheer cliff face in the loop pit is actually the stone pillars dotted around upper Forbidden Valley. You can see the drilling marks from where the blasting charges went.
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