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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:46 pm

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I agree the Nash needs a full refurb however its worth noting some work is being done!  I was at PBB on saturday and went on the Nash, it was the roughest coaster on park but also the most fun, but when i went on the monorail and whilst in the queue for Nickolodeon Streak it was easy to see the scaffolding currently worked into the supports of Nash and you can see they are replacing the wooden supports in the main lift hill.  I would guess that once they have finished the current replacement scheme it will recieve a much needed paint job as it looks terrible at the moment, particularly when seen next to the newly painted and refurbished Nickolodeon Streak.

I live in the Blackpool area and the scaffolding supports that you have described have been attached to the top of the ride for well over a year.
I got the impression that it was holding the top of the lift hills together (like a brace).
The Nash looks really dire when you stand and look at it from Bond Street.
The ride looks like a shanti- esque pile of dirty wood, It amazes me the coaster has been so overlooked as it is the parks jewel in the crown coaster.
I think the only reason it has been left to fall into such poor condition is that Valhalla hides the ride from visitors view and this has allowed the park to get away with neglecting it (Valhalla hides a multitude of sins) :evil:
The ride needs a total overhaul, proper nuts, bolts and new timber followed by a repaint in a colour that will be long lasting and make it look like new -a lovely chestnut brown stain would be perfect!
The white paint on the coasters does not last and turns dirty and develops rust patches very quickly with the heavy salt air.
I truly hope it does get the attention it is crying out for next season, I do worry it is being left far too long! :(
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:05 pm

Anything is better than the horrific orange and blue colour scheme its had going on since 1997.

I actually think it'll look good and I think people are being unreasonable to judge it before it has even had the new paint job started!
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:15 pm

I must confess I never really took issue with the blue and orange.

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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:01 am

I actually love the Blue and Orange colour scheme, it looks bright and really catches your attention.

Take a look on Vortex at Kings Island (which has the same colour scheme)

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It looks gorgeous in my opinion

now here's the colour scheme on Irn Bru Revolution.

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I think the Blue and Orange really stand out on that. :)
 
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:03 am

That colour scheme only works if it's frequently repainted and constantly looking good.
 
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Re: Valhalla Frontage Refurbishment

Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:53 am

Perhaps for the re-opening, the previous editor of The Daily Star could pop back up again. 12 years on, and his boat might not sink around the first corner this time.

Valhalla is a tremendous load of nonsense, and always has been, really. It's good, fun nonsense, though... Or at least when it's sunny. When it began construction, the park hadn't even settled on a theme, which aligns it with spectacular sequels to action movies that are filmed quickly with a few spectacular bits already in motion, whilst the writers struggle to have the whole shebang make sense. The writers on Valhalla must have quit after a week.
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:30 am

That grey makes it look as if there is some connection to the Revolution chain of vodka bars... :P
 
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:36 pm

AstwoDan wrote:
It looks like the forth rail bridge.

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Except the Forth Bridge is red...!

I never really had a problem with the blue and orange colour scheme, but if Irn-Bru theming is to be removed then fair enough. Although I agree with Dormiens - I think it'd look nice with a contrasting track colour.
 
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Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:53 pm

It looks alright, I fully expected it to be red, white and blue - BPBBPPBBBPBPWTFBBSBBBBXYZ seem to love the union flag almost as much as fountains.

Its just nice to see more continued maintenance and care in the park, they do seem to be putting quite alot of time and effort into it recently - its just a shame others dont follow suit.
 
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:29 pm

I think the nicest thing about the old colour scheme was not only the brilliant contrast of colours, but also the fact that the support structure didn't stand out massivly against the backdrop, yet not so subtle that it couldn't be admired in all it's beauty :P

It's a wonderful structure, but as others have said the grey scheme just makes it look like some metal bridge :( The supports look lovely in blue, and in my opinion should have stayed. Maybe blue supports with a white track or something?
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Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:34 pm

It looks less a ride, more something made by Brunel. As big a fan of him as I am, this is an amusement park, it should be bright, happy, vibrant.
 
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Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:49 pm

As much as I appreciated the orange and blue for being iconic on Revolution, I can't help but like the shiny silver/grey purely because it keeps in with the sophisticated 'theme' Mandy wants to gradually roll out in the park. Sure it may not stand out as much as it used to but, as Astro says, at least the park has decided to maintain one of the most well known rollercoasters than let it rust.
 
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:01 pm

As me and John Drake discussed at the weekend, the unique cantilevered structure is really absolutely gorgeous, especially compared to the horrible 'coaster on stilts' look of the other ones. :)

Pevsner's quote on Hillsborough's cantilevered north stand can be perfectly adapted for Revolution: "There is not a misplaced line in this remarkable coaster. From any angle (it) is quite breathtaking. It is like an architect’s model of the dream rollercoaster of the future, a space age coaster." :)
 
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Re: Valhalla Frontage Refurbishment

Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:01 am

Sam"][quote="mrbrightside wrote:
I thought that the boats were flooded on purpose? Or was your post sarcasm? xD


Why would they be flooded on purpose?  :?

No it wasn't sarcasm, they are refurbishing the boats to try and stop water collecting at the bottom and soaking your feet.
[/quote]Why would they? It's a good question! However, when I rode - the boats were flooded when you got in, emptied through the back as you went up the lift hill(s) and then flooded again as soon as you went level. Must be a pretty poor boat to have that big a hole in it...
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Re: Former Irn Bru Revolutiion Getting A Facelift for 2012!

Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:47 am

I agree, although as I'm studying Engineering I tend to like structures like this anyway. It's also a great asset for Blackpool. They have a good coaster which does exactly what it sets out to do and has a tiny footprint so that other rides can fit around it.
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Re: Valhalla Frontage Refurbishment

Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:01 pm

Has anyone got any recent photos of this work? I'd be quite interested to see how it's getting on... :)
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Re: Valhalla Frontage Refurbishment

Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:22 pm

http://forum.towerstimes.co.uk/http://1 ... ic.php?t=8
Valhalla refurb

Here's the original topic with photos.

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Re: Valhalla Frontage Refurbishment

Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:32 pm

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Has anyone got any recent photos of this work? I'd be quite interested to see how it's getting on... :)


http://www.pleasurebeachexperience.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1404&start=600 :)
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PB River Caves, due refurbishment.

Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:39 pm

Well, after riding river caves each time I go to PB, I have noticed what a wonderful ride it is! I think its highlt underated, & deserves more attention!

Parts of the ride, the egypt section inparticular, are amazing! The huge egyptian statues, & also the last section are amazing! I just feel the rest of the ride needs a spruce up, & a little attention.
  Also the boats could do with replacing, maybe with some more decore & even some onboard audio instead of the announcments made in each section which kind of disrupts the atmosphere.
  The tunnel of love is something that desperately needs removing, as I here many people joking about how sad youd have to be to go on what they call "The tunnel of love" which is infact river caves.

Also maybe re-build the facade & station area to stand out more & show what the ride has to offer, maybe even have a shark ore something that jumps out at you at the end of the final (and only) drop.

Is there anyone else here who also really loves the ride? As in my oppinion it is a fantastic attraction!

For those who haven ridden it, or would like to see it again, here is an HD pov on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqqRcTbqxnU

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Re: PB River Caves, due refurbishment.

Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:45 pm

I've always been a big fan of River Caves, it's such an understated ride and has a real sense of going on a journey  that most big-budget dark rides can't pull off.  That's not to say it couldn't do with some work though, some areas are looking very tired at the moment.  The facade was modified a few years ago, and is currently in a pretty good condition, but a few animatronics have seen better days.

There have been a few changes over closed season - there are now coloured bubble tubes in the underwater scene (which I'm not really a fan of as it doesn't look very ocean-y).  Construction work in the old Magnolia Cafe/blue grotto (where Gold Mine passes overhead) has seen the ride boxed in, at first this doesn't look too bad, but as you begin to turn around for the return leg it takes on the feel of a subway and is rather unpleasant.  Credit where it's due for keeping the ride open while work goes on overhead, but hopefully they won't leave it looking such a mess for too long.

As for the boats, despite appearances the current ones are a relatively recent set - the photo of the ride on the PBB website shows it running a rather stylish 4 seater boat, presumably they moved over to the current ones for capacity reasons.  I can't see them adding on board audio, mainly for cost reasons.  An audio upgrade would be welcome though, the current speakers are fairly terrible.

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