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by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Theme Park Gaming
Topic: Dan C's NL2 creations
Replies: 15
Views: 3067

Re: Dan C's NL2 creations

Helix Unleashed

Finally released a coaster I've been working on for a long time. Helix Unleashed is inspired by its namesake at Liseberg, and features an environment rife with foliage and an 80m drop tower, named Drop Zone. Enjoy!
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by Capt. Barnacles
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Well it's been leaked now, so I may as well say, some of my former coworkers at Towers had their returners inductions yesterday and a few said it could be heard running from Magic HQ (the big green building behind Sharkbait Reef).
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Rollercoaster Restaurant
Replies: 196
Views: 35192

Re: Rollercoaster Restaurant

On another subject, how did people about the food in the restaurant towards the back end of the season? I over heard plenty of customers commenting the food was poor quality or not cooked correctly or often didn’t live up to expectations. Perhaps a upgrade in food quality for next season? Change in...
by Capt. Barnacles
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

No but I do now own a drone capable of 4k video recording, which I'm hoping to take for a flight soon, see what I can see without necessarily going over the park :P
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

"Opening Spring 2018" hmm There's a reason they're not giving an exact month, ever since the fiasco that was getting The Smiler open, promising a March opening and missing it, then saying May and ONLY JUST getting it open on the last day of the month. They don't want to make any promises ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

I've got my theory, and I'm well aware I could be horribly wrong. But perhaps a theming centrepiece for the shop? Since none of the structure for that had even started to go up or been brought on site at the end of the season. Of course that could have changed by now but then who knows how much the ...
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Alton Towers - General Discussion
Replies: 1889
Views: 201389

Re: Alton Towers - General Discussion

I'm not sure exactly where this belongs but TowersStreet have spotted what look like new boats for Congo River Rapids! With doors, headrests and grab bars :) https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/23456511_1671957889541315_4099423994898730769_o.jpg?oh=0b2747a6d1d3f4626061805fe50bc234&oe=...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Managed to find a photo, you can see it really clearly here whilst Timbers was being built. But POVs from previews/post opening show they were later removed.
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by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 874
Views: 107060

Re: Towers Loving Care

Oh don't get me wrong, by all means I agree the ride is in an awful state, it's just sad to think that there are reasons for believing that Merlin won't make it a priority this time round :(
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Towers Loving Care
Replies: 874
Views: 107060

Re: Towers Loving Care

The bins were removed from The Smiler's queue line earlier this season, unofficially to do with the heightened threat of attack on the country at the time. They were never completely put back but a few were placed back in towards the end of the season. The queue is cleaned at the beginning and end o...
by Capt. Barnacles
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Unfortunately this isn't the case. I had a similar theory but that sawtooth style thing between the two rails is actually something that RCS use for reference when rail laying. Not sure exactly how, but a similar thing was done with Mystic Timbers which was then removed when the rails were finished.
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Nov 09, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Theme Park Gaming
Topic: Capt. Barnacles SW8 Recreation
Replies: 10
Views: 1014

Re: Capt. Barnacles SW8 Recreation

Figured we all deserve an update on how I'm faring with this since the season is now over, so I recorded a POV! A keen eye will notice I've restarted the supports now, after not being happy with the beam dimensions before. But anyway, here's your POV and keep in mind, it's heavy work in progress sti...
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: End of Season Review 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1200

Re: End of Season Review 2017

I can echo Justin's words here. This season I've spent more time on resort than any other and at times it's been nice to just leave the theme park be and enjoy some time elsewhere. Had a couple evenings where I've not even got on resort until around 5-6pm, and just enjoyed myself. That being said, t...
by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Coffee Shack
Topic: A Picture A Day
Replies: 128
Views: 7830

Re: A Picture A Day

Reeeeeeally old photo here, but still one of my favourite ones I've ever taken. Throwback to March 2015!
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by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

Well from interpreting the plans and putting together the recreation I have, it's looking like around a 22m difference from top to bottom. By comparison, that's 4m taller than Th13teen's drop.
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Fireworks
Replies: 170
Views: 20799

Re: Fireworks

I personally loved this year's show, decided now it is by far the best one I've seen in the three years I've been going to the shows, and of course same as last year, Dave from Virtual Towers Online took a high quality (4K 60FPS) recording of the entire show, which just uploaded to his channel, so f...
by Capt. Barnacles
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Construction Discussion
Replies: 1035
Views: 145493

Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

That looks to me like the tech services warehouse next to the Skyride garage. Which would make sense for them to have been put there.
by Capt. Barnacles
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5240
Views: 568824

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Yes I really really think this is being delved into WAY too far. I doubt any such named theming structures exist and the theming inside The Welcoming probably hasn't got that elaborate of a story behind it, because let's face it, the GP simply won't care for it.
by Capt. Barnacles
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5240
Views: 568824

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

Where are these names even coming from may I ask?
by Capt. Barnacles
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Secret Weapon 8
Topic: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion
Replies: 5240
Views: 568824

Re: SW8 Speculation and General Discussion

A run through of how the project evolved.
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