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  1. Dude, you'll have to learn that the quality of a work is in no way related to the amount of time you spend on it. You can spend years trying to turn sh*t into gold, it will always be sh*t. Even though you'll have spent years trying, when you'll show it to anyone, they'll recognize it as sh*t and not as gold. My point is no one becomes good at his first shot. The best way to become good is to stop working on a coaster, release it, take the criticism and try to do better the next time. CS works like real life. There's a bunch of people who have been where you are. And if they don't want to be rude, they can't be kindergarten teachers either. So they'll give you criticism according to their standards and not yours. It's on you to hold back your ego, to note down what is said and try to do better next time. CS members can have become snobbish, certainly. But it doesn't mean what they said was rubbish. Grow up, try having a life out of school, and then think about it.
  2. Diamondback will have a capacity of 1620 pph which is only 150 pph less than Silver Star, I don't see how capacity gets cut by half? 1620pph is still a very good capacity by today's standards. Compare it to Intamins like Fahrenheit (850pph), Maverick (1200pph), Piraten (810pph), Gerstlauers (Mystery Mine 1000pph), Maurer Söhne (G Force 1100, Hollywood rip will reach 1850 pph only by the mean of blockzones of 23 seconds, just a tad more than those of a Wild Mouse's. ). Definitely calling the B&M's new trains low capacity is clearly a misconception, it sure ain't the 3000 pph of Olympia Looping or the 2400+ pph of a Disney Coaster, but is more really needed for parks barely reaching 3million visitor each year? BTW for the moment only Cedar Fair has bought those trains, it will be interesting to see if other parks /corporations buy them...
  3. I think the last picture with two chicks in the car and peole queuing for the ride is self-explanatory
  4. The Swiss from ABC Engineering. Reverchon also builds this kind of ride (they were the first to do it), but clearly ABC has mastered this art better than the French...
  5. They don't sell pints, at Oktoberfest, the only beer you can buy is a Maß, that is a glass of 1 liter of beer. (you can have a pint only if you take a bottled white beer). A Maß costs about 8€. It's quite expensive but prices always get up for Oktobefest (hotels, and beer). Normally a Maß costs about 6€ in the city center and much less in more retired parts of Bavaria, but there you certainly don't get the same feeeling as when in the tent singing folkloric songs with 7000 other drunk people! A ride on Olymia Looping must also be in the same price range. I cant' remember exactly, but it was around 6-7€ last year.
  6. Provided it will most likely not be an hydraulic launch (Intamin owning the patent), I would say yes Don't forget also that Mack is one of the most reliable manufacturer around with B&M...
  7. It's official since early July, Euro Star has already departed Germany and has been bought buy Gorky Park in Moscow as stated by coastersandmore: (german) http://www.coastersandmore.de/rides/eurostar/eurostar.shtml This is due to increasing transportation and operating costs. Alpina Bahn (Schwarzkopf nonlooping coaster) takes its place on most of the major fairs such as oktoberfest. The appearance of a new monster is very unlikely due to these costs and the raising debt rates. The Big Three for Oktoberfest is now constituted by Olympia Looping, Höllenblitz and Alpina Bahn. And this, until another one departs...
  8. Thank you, I didn't know all about the structure part, I understood prefab woody as "prefab track woody"!! My point was only about the track construction hence my analysis being incomplete. Another point to add is that this system is incredibly cheaper that the full prefab system as sold by Intamin (though still more expensive than the classic way) For the patent about prefab tracks, they claim it on their website here is what is said: So they only own the rights on the prefabrication of the tracks (which, according to Andreas Wild, I interviewed two months ago, is still a Stengel/Büro Stengel patent, so I guess they only have the commercial rights). However the prefabrication of the structure seems to have nothing to do with Intamin. I'm not sure if it's even patented (maybe by Cordes?), it must be used quite a lot outside of the coaster world... Anyway, as far as tracks are concerned, there are now two patents, the Cordes one and the Stengel/intamin one. Each one offering more comfort and less maintenance than the classic tracks. Sorry Robb for polluting this Trip Report topic in such a way, they're always an interesting read! (@KrautWithAltitude: Servus! I really need to update my profile some day )
  9. Just to let you know, Mammut is not a prefab woody, the prefab patent is originally a Büro Stengel patent and is now exclusively owned by Intamin. Cordes was just a subcontractor for the prefab woodies, they have no right to use the technology without Intamin being involved, which is not the case here. None of the trackwork of Mammut was done in a factory, it was all realised on site a bit like a classical wooden coaster. It's not a classical woody however. This track system was developped by Holzbau Cordes specifically for the park and is patented. For the smoothness, the wheels are poly-coated, unlike traditionnal wooden coasters (which explains the relative shortness of the ride compared to its height) and the rest is due to the patented track system.
  10. I've tried it @ Deutsches Museum, fun ride, really disorienting. However they reused their standard OSTR for it and considering you are thrown around a lot and get considerable amounts of hangtime, they weren't adapted. The fact that you hold the wings with your hands prevents you from bracing for the throwing around. Somebody tall like me (6'2"-187cm) will have his right shoulder destroyed... I actually found blood on the shirt I was wearing in the shoulder zone! It's a fun ride, but smooth harnesses like the new Vekoma ones, or the possibility to control the wings with the feet to let the hands free for bracing would make it actually rideable...
  11. Lynet doesn't stop for the launch either, it just drops out of the station into the launch. Chances are great Plopsaland's coaster will behave similarly. For the short train coasters that multily like bunnies, most of them are launch coasters. Sshort train is lighter, and thus requires less power to be launched, so the park doesn't have to have a very high capacity power supply to implement the ride.
  12. Nothing was mentioned, except the theming of the station being all about the "upside down"thing (it's the first looping coaster to the park, so they are sure exploiting this element). That's why I wouldn't expect anything extensive except for the station (see concept art). The ride will most likely be surrounded with trees, so extensive theming throughout the whole ride is IMHO not really necessary. Anyway I find the station hilariously confusing and that's enough for me !
  13. Parques Reunidos would be the best operator if Busch parks were to be sold, since they let the management in place and already own some nicely themed parks like Parque Warner Madrid or Mirabilandia who didn't lose any ounce of their identity in the process. I'm afraid this would be too much of a big fish for them though... I'm also intrigued about what would happen of all the über-patriotic stuff the parks have and do...
  14. Le Jardin d'Acclimatation is located on the side of the Bois de Boulogne nearly outside of the legal bounds of Paris. It is however beyond the Boulevard Périphérique (Paris' ring that more or less defines the "official" Paris) . It's accessible by the most touristic subway line of Paris: Line 1. This means you have direct access to the park from touristically popular locations such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre Museum, or Chatelet and Notre Dame Cathedral. The Station is "Les Sablons" and you have to walk about 150m through a classy surburbian neighbourhood to get to the park. If you want to do the whole touristic thing (and want to be sure not to get lost ), get down at Porte Maillot and take the small train that will take you through the woods of Bois de Boulogne to the entrance of the park. According to the website of Paris public transportations, it take less than half an hour with the subway from the Louvre which is located in what could be called 'Central Paris'. Thanks for your Trip Reports, Chuck, they are always an immense pleasure to read!
  15. European rumours talk about a magnetic launch followed by a top hat, a loop, a double corkscrew and a final heartline roll. Nothing original exept the fact that it would be from Mack. As far as advertising is concerned, this kind of ads has already been done (and in a better way), particularily the one with the sling shot: (more on this link: http://parcorama.blogspot.com/2008/01/advertising_23.html ) Compared to This kind of reminds me of the spirit of this video : Edit: ^ Mack considered doing the hypercoaster thmeselves, but they realised they weren't technically advanced enough to carry the project out, thus they gave it to B&M. Some people here have very good reasons to believe it's a Mack. If you want it to be a B&M or an Intamin, that's your choice, but you might end up disappointed...
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