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by owenjohn
Fri May 10, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
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http://i44.tinypic.com/1y658n.jpg It's so tacky :( Oh FFS!! This topic is a bunch of complaints! People complaining about: - tacky yellow colors, - dirty footers, - tacky marmaliser, - fencing not being "right", - smiler logo on train being a bad thing, - trains having OTSR, - blabla and ...
by owenjohn
Thu May 09, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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Looking at the trains  there seems to be big gap between each car, could the fins on the lift be used to rotate the seats to face backwards?.

(Sits back and waits for all the abuse for making a stupid comment)
by owenjohn
Wed May 08, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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i have just relaised that the cart could not revolve around the track because look at how the trak is designed there is no way th cart would ever revolve around that unless there is a special sectin of track what does this in the inside section. only time will tell Umm, ok..... This is not just aim...
by owenjohn
Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Was on site today. Basically what was happening was: * More painting on the Maintenance shed (Mr twirly). * Putting feet on more of the legs. * Work up the first lift, there was one bloke up there for a while. * Work on the vertical lift hill. Three blokes were up there for a considerable amount of...
by owenjohn
Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Noticed someone mentioning the wiring for the strobe system. This will almost certainly be set up using DMX lighting. Which consists of a hardware or software controller, mains power and DMX cables which are basically microphone cables with three terminals.  So expect these basic connectors to...
by owenjohn
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

And there we have it.... http://i35.tinypic.com/29utxe1.jpg Theme park worldwide twitter Do they look attached ? :/ They look like they just dont line up correctly ! It's just the quadrail connecting to the trirail track haha, it doesn't transition elegantly, does it? Just zoomed in on the picture ...
by owenjohn
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Kieran141 wrote:
so sad construction has come to an end but still theyve still got a lot do before testing starts and before it opens cant wait to ride it but bring on SW8



it hasn't the ride isn't finished yet!
by owenjohn
Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

RollercoasterGEEK100 wrote:
Im gunna be lost without construction. Nothing to talk about anymore :(




We could talk about FINS!
by owenjohn
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:49 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

We don't know, we've never seen fins on lift hills before Maverick? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPOox6r6eDI They're not "fins", they're LSM/LIM. And also due to the colour and amount they stick out compared to the vertical lift, is say these look like random sized and placed pinch brak...
by owenjohn
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The only thing to make it seem unreliable is the fact it was translated from German, but the numbers are the same in both languages Actually I'm pretty sure someone discredited it as a fake webpage... And really? I thought 15 was german for 14  :roll: ;) No, the numbers are the same so unless ...
by owenjohn
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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[quote="Codmaster"] I know this is probably more speculation than construction, but anyway... How can they really classify the inverted drops as inverted drops, aren't they more of a cork screw/heart line roll/over-g roll going into a drop, as the drop part itself isn't actually inverted, ...
by owenjohn
Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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^^ They can't demolish a quarter of the ride just like that... They'll have to order a new piece of track with a slightly different shape, and it'll be at Alton's expense. In what way will it be at Altons expense, they have commisioned a company to builf them a rollercoaster, Gerstleur will have do...
by owenjohn
Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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The vertical lift joined perfectly, but then again the footers were obviously correct for that piece... The bit that was so low it chopped the toilet block should have been higher all along That really doesn't make sense , if the supports over the toilet where wrong they wouldn't have been able to ...
by owenjohn
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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At the towers and just spotted two guys in a cherry picker scratching their heads... http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u645/jayson2125/image_zps09bf1dc9.jpg That looks seriously off!,, and with regards to the first lift looking odd Intamin use a similer style of lift hill. It's purley so less sup...
by owenjohn
Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

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Drums of power cable are on sight credit to roodle snouters picture on the shoutbox I wonder if the power cables are to power something exiting. Here is said image: http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BISiI5vCYAApa-b.jpg:large Why is the lift on such a chunky metal frame? Never seen that before on a ride. (...
by owenjohn
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Buschgardensfan wrote:
What looks like two black plates along the middle of the track is the think the chain travels along. Can't remember the name.


The chain would be within the channel and not on top of it!
by owenjohn
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

All very good points about the fins, but I think there may be a few misconceptions. Firstly, the trains would not 'slam in to' the friction brakes. They are shaped so the ends are cut out like a V, therefore meaning that he train simply glides into them and stops, rather suddenly. But there is no i...
by owenjohn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:53 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thrillmad wrote:
First lift hill rising out of the building
Image
Credit to towers street


Looks like more fins on the  first lift hill!
by owenjohn
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Also, as this is in the construction phase, the fins are out like that so they can be fitted. When they press the big on button, one of the first things that will happen is they will go in. Not convinced at that statement!, have a look at this link http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=retractable+launc...
by owenjohn
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:40 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1855850

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The best way to achieve the drop would be to us the same method Vekoma use on there boomerang coasters, and that is to  retract the chain away from the track. I think the is the most feasable method due to this coaster having two lifts, and I image the first lift will still require the usual an...
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