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by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4739
Views: 458318

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

What has to be remembered when being picky about names is that these videos and marketing strategies are aimed at a much wider audience than enthusiasts. People who most likely don't care for small mistakes like that.
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

So these images are NOT GREAT, I kinda realised just now I never got anything from the pathway and only had a few taken from the Skyride. But just a small update on where things stand as of yesterday. Track laying going on the lower half of the lift, finally starting to look a bit more complete in t...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Can clearly see there, they're definitely mounted to a couple of those flanges. There's loads of them over that structure so I'm interested to see what's going to get mounted to the rest of them.
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Tbh, I can't fault anything you've said. GCIs really do pack quite the punch, and as for schedule, the last I heard they were about 2 weeks ahead, but I heard that like a month ago so i have no idea where they stand now.
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Definitely, I've edited an image of the plan to show just what's gone up now and what's left, with the areas left for foundations marked in yellow.

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by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Thought I'd post my photos from yesterday, showing what Jordan and I observed whilst on park. About 12-14 bents went up down in the pit, forming the last turn before it jumps up and drifts into the brake run, the airtime hill before the third theming element pass through is just about complete with ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I just had a look at the same panorama, I can see what you're referring to, what I also noticed was the smaller wooden beams that go under the rails starting to be mounted to the top of the lift, so I'm thinking track laying could be happening soon!
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Considering those black parts are see through, they're not wooden planks... most likely wire mesh wrapped ready for rendering, so at this point, could still be anything.
by Capt. Barnacles
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

As much as I want to say that isn't likely, this IS Towers we're talking about here. We'll have to wait and see, hopefully I can get back on in the next couple weeks and get another update as things progress, and maybe catch whatever goes on these screens :)
by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

There's usually approaching a couple dozen people visible on site each day (except Sundays of course, nothing gets done Sundays)
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Yeah I noticed the windows earlier. One by the flume turnaround as TPW showed, and another one near the old flume entrance looking towards the theming element. There's only two set up for it.
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Few photos from me again :) Topsoil being laid all over the place, foundations working backwards from the last turn towards the theming element, lots and lots of bents being built around the flume turnaround , but none went up today. The most noteworthy things happening today was the tiles being lai...
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

The drainage report does indicate that trench and it leads to a small plaza in the middle of three concentric turns, the small area that still needs foundations making.  If there's one thing that surprises me more than anything, it's how much height clearance they've allowed for with the support str...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4739
Views: 458318

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Wouldn't want to ruin the fun of finding it ;)  The chain theory is now coming from two pieces of evidence we have before us, the platform at the top of the lift utilised for a chain return gear on other GCIs, and the concrete structure halfway down the lift, which again, is present on other GCIs an...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4739
Views: 458318

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Haha! Wondering when someone would post it! Found that weeks ago, it's cleverly hidden, away from all the viewing windows so not somewhere people are inclined to look. I haven't scanned it yet, probably going to next time I'm there with Towers recently stating they're 'anticipating to have Galactica...
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4739
Views: 458318

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Someone I spoke to had the idea that the German company involved are in fact not a coaster manufacturing company at all. The three countries' companies I'm expecting to be involved from it are  USA: Great Coasters International (ride manufacturer) Germany:  This company right here , which have the e...
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and Discussion
Replies: 4739
Views: 458318

Re: SW8 Speculation and Discussion

Regarding the discussion on the lift system, upon further investigation I've noticed Gold Striker has an identical platform at the top of its lift, which IS for the chain return. TheCodeMaster (who lives in California not far from CGA) also confirmed that Striker has an identical concre...
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Looking at those pictures Hursty, I may have found potential debunking for the 'LSM propelled lift' theory of SW8's lift. InvadR, the GCI family woodie at Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened this year, had a near identical concrete shape poured for what I've read was the lift motor housing. If this is...
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

looks like some extra smaller metal parts have been added to the structure at the top? I just can under stand why there is so many metal parts to the top of the structure. it seems really over engineered at the moment for what it is. must be more to come   Those metal attachments to the top structu...
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 644
Views: 76886

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

15th July update Just a few extra images from me from yesterday drawing attention to something else, these were taken 10 minutes before ride close (and I still got over to X-Sector to have another round on Smiler in in that time ;) ). Just to point out something that nowhere else has, several new b...
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