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Tuesday 17th October Construction Update

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Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

Rockwork looks good.
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Good to see they're finally preparing the shop foundation! Looks like everything is staying true to plans with this one, unlike another secret weapon we could name :sus:
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This is looking like a really fun coaster now, I just hope they maintain it well. Merlin and maintain don't always see eye to eye.
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second picture photo bomb! lol
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simononestop wrote:second picture photo bomb! lol
Do you know what at that point in time he saw I was taking pictures, stopped & moved out of view while I finished taking a few pics. Incredibly polite as they had a job to do and there was like 6-7 of them along that footpath behind him. Seeing as he was so kind I featured him.
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Sorry for the double post but looking back again at a picture before they installed the head this below was snapped. After seeing the completed piece under the sheets it is most definitely as others have suggested & illustrated a face facing towards the sky ride while the back of the head has the ram horns.

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Great pictures Aidan! This is already looking amazing nearly six months before next season! I can't wait to ride this ride when it opens, the themeing alone just looks incredible! 
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Aidan Lowe wrote:Tuesday 17th October Construction Update

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Over the past few weeks there is a couple of things that I've notice about the structure.  It has a service ladder inside which indicates that there will be more to the structure than meets the eye.  Maybe to service some form of special effects?  The other thing I've also notice that is strange, and maybe I'm looking too much into it.  The track entering the structure has not been built and comes to a sudden stop?  Is there something that we don't know like a gimmick (worlds first) or have they just delayed adding the joining track at the moment?  From a construction point of view, to join a new section without staggering the wood (if you get what I mean) is not the strongest way to do it, unless there is something that we don't know?
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There's definitely a washing machine element inside it! :P

In all seriousness, there's no reason why they have not constructed the track inside other than the structure has been heavily under construction up until now, blocking access through it. You can now see where the track is being built inside it, shown in the above photo.
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 Worlds first coaster to jump from track to track  ](*,)
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Has anyone got a pic of the "unfinished" track through the themeing element from the station side? Does anyone know what length of track is missing?

Could we see a potential anti-clockwise barrel roll through the themeing element here? Is there enough room? It would make sense for Alton to complete this after the gates shut for winter break.

Remember that AT hid a number of inversions from the Smiler so plans may not be 100% accurate. 
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0 chance. The bents are already in place and have been since long before the theming element first got covered up months ago. It's just a drop through the structure.
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Few more pics from yesterday:

Roofing is being added now to the games unit in the first pic, second pic you can see rockwork & nice paving near the operations unit? for the theming structure as well as some large black things. Also, the elevated part is now looking like part of the queue line at the bottom of the picture. Third pic another view of the shop foundation, those black things, the rockwork & station.

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The black things look like piles of that rubber/plastic floor tile square things that join together? I wonder if it could be that and what that would be for if so
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yeah looks like a black landscaping/ membrane for a path or something? like a stabilisation material
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It's interesting all that stuff is there NOW, considering there's been LOADS of black plastic 'crates' and pipes just sitting near the old flume entrance for several months now. Be interesting to see if it's those if the stuff isn't there anymore.
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Capt. Barnacles wrote:0 chance. The bents are already in place and have been since long before the theming element first got covered up months ago. It's just a drop through the structure.
Was on park today and can confirm that the bents for the track have now been completed entering the "chest" of the wickerman. They have placed two steel beams with bents on top so that the apparent gap shown on Aidens photos isn't there anymore. Looks like there is a small airtime hill as you enter the wickerman and a drop through him so will give a great headchopper moment.
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Thanks.

Would have been a cool effect to go in-through the themeing element upside down and heading into that helix turn - but knew it was a next to zero chance. 

It was quite a gap though! 
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This is already such a picturesque ride already! Loving the rockwork and the buildings, but when are they going to unveil this wickerman?! :P
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