Follow the construction of Project Stealth, the Intamin Accelerator coaster, as it launched into Thorpe Park for the 2006 season.

22nd March 2005

Initial construction consisted of land clearing, with the removal of Model World and Flying Fish.

18th May 2005

The site had now been cleared, flattened and prepared with gravel, ready for the installation of ride foundations and footers.

6th July 2005

The majority of the ride foundations had now been set in place. Work continued on the footers and the large hydraulic launch machinery building situated at the end of the launch track.

27th July 2005

Pace had picked up with the erection of the station – an identical setup to Rita (which opened at Alton Towers for the 2005 season), including a similar control booth design and framework for the countdown launch lights. The station platform had been designed slightly larger to accommodate multiple batches of guests, and a baggage room.

17th August 2005

Work continued on the ride foundations and hydraulic launch machinery building. Also shown is the Time Lapse camera Thorpe Park installed for marketing purposes.

5th September 2005

The first two photos show the station and maintenance building from Tidal Wave. In the other photos, the first piece of track to be placed can be seen, followed by the majority of the launch section in the same day.

9th September 2005

Within a few days, the airtime hill was also fully erected. Supports for the top hat element could be seen laying on the floor, featuring a fading colour scheme, from navy to white.

12th September 2005

Magnetic brake fins were installed on the launch track and airtime hill, while the top hat supports were erected.

21st September 2005

The top hat was now about halfway complete. Work continued on the maintenance area, with the transfer tracks installed. The hydraulic launch machinery was lifted in, while the retracting magnetic brakes were complete along the launch. One photo shows the supports being pumped internally with sand, which quietens down the ride when in operation.

26th September 2005

The crest of the top hat was first constructed on the ground, and then lifted in its entirety to be bolted in to place. It was topped off in front of a crowd of onlookers.

25th October 2005

Work continued on the electrical components and launch system. The station was coming along well with the first hints of theming. For the first time, the ride was lit up for Fright Nights. Landscaping and construction of the queue line commenced, all in good time for its opening at the beginning of the 2006 season.