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by spin_doctor
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I'm leaving this forum now this is my last post. Thanks for the updates over the past months to those who provided the photos.
by spin_doctor
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Mobile Game Application
Replies: 401
Views: 90282

Re: The Smiler- Mobile Game Application

I just won tickets yayyyyyy
by spin_doctor
Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I understand why they wouldn't knock down the toilet block for the ride, as it's a lot easier for the designer to design supports to fit over it than to knock them down and build on the spot. However, I don't understand those of you who suggest building a toilet block is time consuming and expensive...
by spin_doctor
Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The motor was installed at the bottom a long time ago, it's definately a chain driven hill... I can't see anything more special than that, this is the company's first less than vertical hill, so I prefume that's why it's not a usual sight Yeah, even though the main power motor is at the bottom, coa...
by spin_doctor
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:59 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

The motor was installed at the bottom a long time ago, it's definately a chain driven hill... I can't see anything more special than that, this is the company's first less than vertical hill, so I prefume that's why it's not a usual sight Yeah, even though the main power motor is at the bottom, coa...
by spin_doctor
Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

That may explain why the track is so strange looking! I don't know, there is something fishy about this lift hill, I can't wait to see it completed.
by spin_doctor
Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Since nobody responded to me last post, I will ask again. Why is the support for the highest point on the first lift hill a normal track support? Arnt lift hill supports normally a bit more intricate at the top where the motors etc go? It looks like the track is going to switch from the lift hill tr...
by spin_doctor
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:44 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I noticed something today on the Smiler when I was stood near the X-Sector Sign looking up at the smiler. The support for the top of the vertical lift isnt straight. I mean, the support itself is straight but the plate bit that attached to the track is sligtly diagonal, im sure someone will find a p...
by spin_doctor
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Just on my way back from Alton Towers, will upload a few pics later! Not much seemed to be happening today, the cranes where there but I never saw them move. Work was happening on the lift hill and the Giggler and I also saw a camera man with a huge shoulder mounted camera and huge lens either filmi...
by spin_doctor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

This could be really stupid as I don't know much about the mechanics of rides, but could they just be extra brakes for incase the brakes on the flat section before the vertical lift fail? Not that the train would be going fast enough to reach the top of the vertical lift anyway but maybe they are th...
by spin_doctor
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

It makes no sense to have a random brake fin anti rollback fail safe on this ride and not on every other coaster with a vertical lift. Chain lifts already have an anti rollback system, that is the sound we hear when the ride goes up, the click click click is the locking of the train in steps. I thin...
by spin_doctor
Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion Noise
Replies: 7
Views: 1606

Re: Oblivion Noise

Oh really! Thanks! See, I did think that but I always heard B&M's don't have any gap at all and thats the reason they are so smooth?
by spin_doctor
Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: Oblivion Noise
Replies: 7
Views: 1606

Oblivion Noise

Can anyone tell me what the loud clashing sound is on Oblivion when the train enters the hole. At first I just thought it was an abrupt echo caused from the train entering the tunnel but it seems to happen on all dive machines with or without a tunnel/hole. It can be heard on oblivion at 0:11 second...
by spin_doctor
Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Isn't that something to do with the rails being hollow or not. I heard somewhere once in the past that the rails are filled with sand to make the ride quieter, so im guessing they are hollow to make the ride noisier. No idea how true this is.

Damn sorry, too late aha
by spin_doctor
Sun Apr 14, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

It's not really petty, It's s a good observation, it does kind of undermine the point of having hydraulics to look like the legs might move if there is another piece of scenery inhibiting it, pretty poor design flaw but admittedly, one that I would never have noticed so I guess it hardly matters. :)
by spin_doctor
Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I'm pretty sure the curved section is a track for the maintainance lift to allow it to go up and over as apposed to just up.
by spin_doctor
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Thanks for the photos! And yes that's a hydraulic arm but it just for show and doesn't function to move the legs at all.
by spin_doctor
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I think technology and engineering is advanced enough to have a fail safe system of moving needles out of the way. X:2 at Magic Mountain shoots fire at the train in a seemingly dangerous near miss. They would perhaps have to implement it as a mechanical system as opposed to an electrical one. Maybe ...
by spin_doctor
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Unfortunately, the flasher lights don't seem to be in yet. Edit: also, I think the giggler will just be a cloud of green/yellow mist that the train goes through, as it can't actually 'do' anything, it will just be SFX. think it is suppose to be laughing which is why its the giggler. :D I don't get ...
by spin_doctor
Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: The Smiler
Topic: The Smiler - Construction Discussion
Replies: 13567
Views: 1876358

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

I don't think it looks bad at all, with pipes all over it and smiler logos and other patterns painted on it like in the game, I think it will look pretty cool. I agree, but the danger is if they don't look after it, it could end up like this: Does make the concrete look awfully dirty though! Howeve...
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