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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:54 pm

Well if it  is tested for 200 hours that means the ride will be tested for just over three weeks so still not that long :D
 
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:04 pm

My pictures taken an hour or so ago

Marmaliser hub and first leg:
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On going digging on the vertical lift trench and more footers:
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Station overview:
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Knot overview:
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Another angles of Marmaliser leg:
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:17 pm

chrisa74 wrote:
I think looking at those trains that a launch is not going to happen unless anyone can show me a ride that launches trains that wide.


Vertical Launch with similar to Eurofighter style trains
 
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:32 pm

Just thinking that's not a vertical launch. Yes i know there's no lift, but the launch section in Wicked starts when the train still near the floor, immediately after the station, look at the POV:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCVJaZ1zrT4
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:36 pm

That's for the speculation topic... Back to construction please. :)
 
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:38 pm

Rollercoasters4Life wrote:
My pictures taken an hour or so ago

On going digging on the vertical lift trench and more footers:
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I thought the marmaliser would have been much bigger than this but I think it's only because the ride dwarfs it :/

When you look at the size of the digger in the front of the photo and think of the perspective, the marmaliser sits quite a bit above the digger, so it can't be that small, I just expected more from it I think. I thought it was going to be huge like the ride, but it doesn't look like it :/
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:39 pm

Sam198 wrote:
That's for the speculation topic... Back to construction please. :)

Oh man i gave my opinion, not a intention to start a new discussion.

About the Marmaliser, can't wait to see the full theming
 
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:43 pm

The pullout of the last barrel roll looks so… wrong haha. I love it. <3
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:48 pm

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oh what a shame the banners have torn allowing us better viewing ;)
NEED TO GO AGAIN SOON :D

An alton towers staff member pointed me towards a torn banner when I was taking pictures and said "You'll get a better view through there like everyone else does"!
 
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:04 pm

D-Man wrote:
Rollercoasters4Life wrote:
My pictures taken an hour or so ago

On going digging on the vertical lift trench and more footers:
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I thought the marmaliser would have been much bigger than this but I think it's only because the ride dwarfs it :/

When you look at the size of the digger in the front of the photo and think of the perspective, the marmaliser sits quite a bit above the digger, so it can't be that small, I just expected more from it I think. I thought it was going to be huge like the ride, but it doesn't look like it :/


It's difficult to judge when it's incomplete, once the legs and other theming attachments are in place, I'm sure it'll look a decent size. I can't wait to see how the indoor part of the station plays out, I love Th13teens and Saws stations.
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:50 pm

Spent the day on site today, got a good ride count but an even  better construction photo count, below are just a few of the 146 I took today.

As already reported the first leg of the marmaliser went in today, below is the story of how it was installed.

Plans for fixing the legs in place.

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And a bit closer

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Starting the lift

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Marmaliser LED screens

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Marmaliser in place

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Fixing into place

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Leg on the move

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Putting into position

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Marmaliser leg bracket

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begining the lift of the second part of the leg

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Side view

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Fixing to the body

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Waiting to fit onto the first section

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Fixing the leg into position

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Marmaliser body and first leg in place

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Footer for next leg and possible themeing part?

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No track was installed today but it is installed all the way upto the top end of site (except for the near side airtime hill) as the marmaliser was in the way, unti today. Ground works were in full force with diggers shifting tonnes of earth, footers being placed and concrete was being poured.

Track all the way up to the top end of site

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Concrete was being pumped onsite for most of the day

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Nearly ready for the lift hill

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Other random construction pics

Mainatenance shed and station in the background

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More of the walls are complete and marmailser parts in the foreground

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Close up of the walls

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I counted 20ish track pieces in the car park, only 3 of those were straight pieces and I presumed these to be maintenance building track. There is still no sign of any lift hills. 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:55 pm

Had a look through your Photobucket album, and I like this photo as it shows the true size of The Marmaliser. Hopefully, everyone can now see how massive it is with a person inside it!

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Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:01 pm

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Bottom left of the photo you can see the red cage which they will use to ensure nothing is within the ride area which may be able to be touched by the riders or trains...
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:07 pm

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Bottom left of the photo you can see the red cage which they will use to ensure nothing is within the ride area which may be able to be touched by the riders or trains...


They must be nervous about the clearance tests after messing up the supports over the toilets! Who knows what else may have been miscalculated! Bit of comeuppance for Merlin's Swarm PR stunt last year that involved water dummies losing limbs haha! :P ;)
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:16 pm

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They must be nervous about the clearance tests after messing up the supports over the toilets! Who knows what else may have been miscalculated! Bit of comeuppance for Merlin's Swarm PR stunt last year that involved water dummies losing limbs haha! :P ;)


I wouldn't say they are nervous, just cautious. I think the toilet error was a genuine mistake between the two surveys done on the track/supports Vs toilet block as these would & could have easily been done separate... The Marmiliser Vs the tangled heaped pile of track which is currently the middle section of the ride however would have been created & designed together + this is built on 1 level concrete slab so the margins for error would be far less i'd imagine
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:26 pm

clayj wrote:
temleh wrote:
They must be nervous about the clearance tests after messing up the supports over the toilets! Who knows what else may have been miscalculated! Bit of comeuppance for Merlin's Swarm PR stunt last year that involved water dummies losing limbs haha! :P ;)


I wouldn't say they are nervous, just cautious. I think the toilet error was a genuine mistake between the two surveys done on the track/supports Vs toilet block as these would & could have easily been done separate... The Marmiliser Vs the tangled heaped pile of track which is currently the middle section of the ride however would have been created & designed together + this is built on 1 level concrete slab so the margins for error would be far less i'd imagine


I agree! A lot of my post was /sarc to be honest. ;)
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:43 pm

Crikey, Someone had his Weetabix this morning :roll:

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Awesome pics, again!!
 
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Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:51 pm

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Crikey, Someone had his Weetabix this morning :roll:

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Awesome pics, again!!


I do believe you can see fixings in that pic for the marmaliser effect of whatever leg that is...
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Sat Mar 30, 2013 1:20 am

The marmaliser legs is made from metal?
If an inline twist, tower times team  would not hide ¡¡¡
i want to corrected now ¡
 
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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:57 am

Anyone one site today? Would love to see how the marmaliser grows :D and these frequent updates are much appreciated  :)

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