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St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:08 pm

Ok, now I've been working on the tacky park project which some of you may know, if you haven't you can check it out for the hell of it I guess. Anyway, here is my first attempt of creating a park, yes, I haven't done a large park like this, i've only just worked on theming up rides for my Youtube vids, still, pretty happy to go back-to-basics with this first attempt to see if i qualify as a TTF RCT3 member, so without anything else, let's begin with the story of this park...

1989
At a time when many national landmarks are being pulled down, one such place escaped from demolition. This place was called 'St. Adams Castle'. The castle is located directly right in the heartland of Fife and has remained disused since 1971 when the then owner of the castle, Lord Edwards, was killed when the second floor he was on collapsed, From then on, nobody decided to help out the troubled building.

The building itself was first built round about in the 1300's as a watch tower for incoming English by St. William Adams, the building itself grew overtime in a rather impressive castle overlooking the Fife countryside. Then in 1986, a family business man named Brian Morrison, who had been a long time fan of the then young Alton Towers, decided to create the Scottish answer to the Towers by buying the land at SAC (As it became it's popular nickname by coaster enthusiasts) and turning it into a rather large, yet smaller park, like Alton Towers. The Council themselves were up in arms about the idea of a large park being built in the area, but after a long battle, the park was Brian's.

The first thing was create a stylish entrance plaza as the photo's below show.


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The large track piece here is from a Vekoma SLC type, this piece of track however is to symbolise the beginning of a long friendship between SAC and Vekoma.

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The entrance to the park, with the fact that Vekoma being a dutch coaster company, ironically, the building design for this section of the park were in fact from Dutch construction type!

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Inside of the plaza, the attention to detail is very well shown with the large rock face of the castle in the background.

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And a final shot from the castle ramparts, the castle itself will unfortunately not open for the public as it is a dangerous structure, maybe one day in the not too distance future it'll open up to the public...

And to finish off this, I'll put up a non-topic RCT3 pic which you may see more from me, if you want more that is. :wink:
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Cue the WOTW theme!
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:01 pm

Looking good so far, can't wait to see more of the park!

And War of the Worlds FTW!

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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:42 am

Love the park especially the SLC. :D

The War of The Worlds is my favourite album of all time, can't wait to see more of the park and the WOTW project. :)
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:13 am

"And slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us."
:mrgreen:

Bring it on.
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:10 am

Thanks for replying guys. :)

Now that WOTW pic was actually a failed project that proved to be too difficult for me. :oops:
Think about it, the album is about 96 mins long and heat rays (using the firework tool would work) and to try and pull it off would be more than a challenge no doubt. I would of used the lazar tool for the heat rays, but I'm no good with the firework tool, unless someone wants to help be my guest.
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:23 pm

I have often thought how epic it would be to do a full length fireworks / laser show to WotW. But realistically, it is just way too much effort. :(
I'm pretty good with creating custom lasers, but the fireworks editor confuses and scares me.
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:05 pm

I'm back again! :wave:

On with the story now!

Spring 1990
Since the grounds of the castle were bough, the park itself has change even more with more and more rides taking their place. In a year which Alton Towers celebrate their 10th anniversary with the installation of 'Thunder Looper', Scotland's answer to AT is soon to be opened in the Summer. The current ride list is small to start of with, but will grow overtime eventually.

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This here is the park's first and flagship roller coaster, 'Tornado'. Built by Vekoma and designed by Arrow, this ride contains a loop and a double corkscrew which no doubt will be far superior to AT's 'Corkscrew' ride.

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From the top of the lift hill, the area seen below is themed to a military camp with the park's most thrilling rides within it, will our guests stand some of the challenges thrown at them?

Just down from 'Thrill Sector' lies another themed area for Pirates, 'Fort Strike'. The fort wall itself cost half the budget of the area on a rather amusing note.
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Below shows that this area will mostly be were the stalls will be.
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The area, like the others, have still some work to be done before opening, but one such ride in this area is all ready for it's go ahead...

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Currently, the ride is being kept a secret from the Scottish public as it'll be a first for Scotland, by that can be known is that it'll be Pirate themed.

From Pirates, we move on to cowboys, and a true coaster gem for Scotland, a giant Woodie called 'Duststorm'.
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As it's name suggests, 'Duststorm' covers the 'Rugged West' area taking guests into a completely different setting and probably the best themed location in the park.

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Nerd shot!

Moving from a rugged setting, we move over to the park's kiddy area, 'Corral Town'. Image
Once again, the coaster's identity seen here is kept secret until opening...

The entrance plaza has had some little changes done to it since we last saw it, can you see any?
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St. Adams Castle is now ready to compete against Alton, but has Alton took the Scottish public away from the Fife area...?

Well I'm pretty glad how things are going on with the park at the moment, just have to wait and see what comes next. ;)

And now for a Wotw shot! Just because we love those pesky Martians. Disney and Space Mountain fans, you may want to look away...
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Strangely, I associate this image how Merlin think of themselves against Disney, even though it should be the other way round. :roll:
Still, reply and say what could be added. :joy:
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:11 pm

It's all rather epic, but I'm afraid all I can think about is the tripods.
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:13 pm

"DiogoJ42" wrote:
It's all rather epic, but I'm afraid all I can think about is the tripods.


Oh yes, the Tripods are my secret weapon to get more people to look at this topic. :lol:
Maybe the next image will have our Martian friends hitting it out on PBB. :wink:
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:19 pm

Oh hell yes.

Any chance of the collecting machines making off with Mandy? :lol:
 
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:38 pm

"DiogoJ42" wrote:
Oh hell yes.

Any chance of the collecting machines making off with Mandy? :lol:


Handling machines you mean. :wink:
Who knows, maybe Mandy's water attractions may scare them away, Martians can't stand earth water, espically if it's from the Irish sea! :nervious: :lol:
Though I have another idea for a different topic with our Martian friends doing us a favour at Merlin's HQ...
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Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:01 pm

Handling Machines... my bad! It's a while since I read the book. :oops:
But I'm not sure about this not being able to stand water malarky. :? Didn't they wade out to chase the Thunderchild? :?

...Yes, I think you are right. A separate topic is needed for RCT3 meets WotW. :lol: This is taking over the thread of your lovely park!
I also have that scenery pack, so I may be able to come up with my own additions to such a topic. :)
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:53 pm

Back again with another update. :joy:
Here we go again...

Summer 1990
St. Adams Castle is finally opened to the public to a blaze of spectacle fanfare. People from all over Fife, Scotland and beyond have all come together for the grand opening of this charming park. Below photos show guest arriving into the main plaza.

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Here in this photo we see the park's mascot, Sam the Bear. Below we see a brand new addition which was finished just 11 hours from the gates opening.

That was the 'Park Monorail'.
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Park's owner, Brian Morrison, had thought back last winter about the idea of a park monorail. Seeing how useful they would considering how big this park was, he went ahead with idea, though rather late when announced.

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The monorail passes overhead the park guests. No doubt that it'll give riders a wonderful view of the park's woodland surroundings.

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Here it has just departed from 'Thrill Sector'. Let's hope that this method of park transport will be successful for the park.

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Here is 'Rugged West' Station. Along the route, The entrance plaza, 'Fort Strike', 'Thrill Sector' and 'Coral Town' all have themed stations on route, photos of the other stations will be up hopefully soon.

Now remember a ride that we saw but never knew what it was or what it was called? Well now it can be revelled as Scotland's first SLC...
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'The Flying Dutchman' (Not to be confused with the Vekoma flying dutchman's)

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Built by Arrow, Riders experience themselves being thrown to all sides. In this photo, up on the hill in the background lies 'St. Adams Castle' looking over at the change castle grounds.

Things though are not all completed though...
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Nearby 'Coral Town', something is up, but what? As the year goes by, we may find out...

That's yer lot for now! For the building site, can anyway here give a link to the construction site set I've noticed recently, do that and you'll get a nice juicy 'thanks' point. :)
In the meantime, speculate what could go and there, and no, no WOTW pic this time. [-X
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:38 am

Looking good! Would love to see some more of the layouts of Flying Dutchman and the woodie! I love how there are flats within the woodie's layout. Great story too! :D
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:29 pm

Lovely park you've got here! I also would like to see some layout shots of the coasters! :)

Also where did you get the Space Mountain Scenery from?
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:41 pm

Hello again fellow TTF's! :wave:
It's time for another update and a new ride, yay! So here we go...

Spring 1991
The first season for the park was a triumph and visitor numbers were on average in it's first year hitting the 300,000 mark. Although SAC has it's good friendship with Vekoma and HUSS, it has now has another, the legendary Schwarzkopf. The ride that is built up during the winter is a prototype launch ride which will be a sort of answer to Vekoma's already popular Boomerang coasters. The name of this ride comes from a very special resident residing somewhere up North in some deep, dark waters...

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And here is 'The Loch Ness Monster', theming of it's station has yet to be done though the area it's in, 'Myths and Legends', is largely completed.

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From the air in a helicopter, the ride is shown to have a compact footprint with Two large loops and two vertical sections. (Sorry Oblvion fans, this ride was first! :lol: :P )

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Now for some who want to see this Woodie, now heres your chance! The ride's name is 'Duststorm', which is somewhat true to it's name as it acts as 'storm' covering round the themed area.

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And here is a HUSS ride, a thanks point who guesses whats in there. :lol:

Down in 'Corral Town', the park has it's first water ride, though I need help with a name! If you come up with a good name, I'll use it and mention you! :)
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The area around is still a sea of mud, but testing is now ongoing.

That's yer lot for now. I only did this to show I'm still ongoing with this project, I'm running out of ideas to add to this park, help out to plant a seed in my head and keep this lovely little park going, however ever I do have plans later on in the park (If we get to some years later) which we head on to the hotel grounds, other than that, that's all I'm saying.

Tell me what you think. It's always great motivation when someone comments on your work. :D
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:41 pm

The Loch Ness Monster looks crazy! Nice to see Scotland doing well on the coaster front, with Duststorm being potentially the world's largest woodie!
 
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:48 pm

May I take a guess and say that could that ride be an Octopus ride? This park has some great looking coasters. Im loving the woodie. There is something that reminds me of a coaster in the states (sorry cant remember the name) that surround the park only including right hand turns.

Keep up the good work here it looking really good.
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:33 pm

Sorry for the long wait, many things at college holding me up, but here you go my loyal audience!

Summer 1991
The park enters a new season and is doing all it can to create more guest numbers to rival it's larger southern parks down from the border. 'The Loch Ness Monster' now has the rest of it's theming done and looks quite the part in it's location.

From this, the park's owner, Brian, has outlined a new five year plan for the park as seen below:
1992: New area
1993: 3D Cinema in Coral Town
1994: New European first coaster
1995: New Thrill ride in 'Rugged West and possible extension to area
1996: Park Hotel

The park has now started to go from strength to strength, let's hope any of these plans come to fruition. Below photos show new pictures of some of the rides.


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'Flying Dutchman' in action, notice the new Vekoma cars that have been placed on for experimental purposes.

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FD from the air, note the compact nature of the ride.

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In Fort strike, this photo shows the monorail track going through the wall.

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TLNM in action, notice the new theming on it's station. The 'Nessie' cars were built specially for this ride.

For a park only a year old, it looks pretty much ready to attack to bigger parks in the UK.

So that's your lot for the now! As we can see, it has lot's of potential to be a major park, but I need your help. Ok I've gotten the 'plan' list near the top, but I need your help for advice for adding little changes to the park that would make it look nice, has to be some nice fellow on here. :)

I'll be back soon, You may be wondering what will be the '94 coaster, will it be B&M or SAC's old friend Vekoma? Place your bets! :lol:

See you until the next update comes up. :)
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Re: St. Adams Castle - RCT3

Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:11 pm

the park's looking good, have you thought of a name for that water ride yet?
What about Shark Attack.

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