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    Donkeys are my way of life!
  • Birthday 10/20/1979
  1. A witness said it happened near the end of the ride when the train was turning before the brakes. From close examination of the pictures and videos on the news it looks like all the wheelsets have come off one side of the train but not the other. Maybe a rail on one side getting out of alignment? Pure speculation of course about the rails. I live a few minutes from it and can see it from my window at work but the park and approach roads have all been closed off.
  2. Your models are pretty good. I especially like that you include light. Good lighting can make a good model better. I'm curious about the bases. I assume they are hollow so the LEDs can be mounted from below. What are they made of? It looks like wood (ply or Balsa?) but it could just be brush marks I can see.
  3. For anyone interested in the HSE and what they do in relation to rides in particular, there is a free PDF guide on their site which gives advice, guidance and some legislation for ride operators. Its alot of reading though. You would have to be VERY interested. http://books.hse.gov.uk/hse/public/saleproduct.jsf?catalogueCode=9780717662494 They also describe what enforcement power they have, which might give a hint as to whether there could be a threat of a court ordered closure (I think its really unlikely). http://www.hse.gov.uk/enforce/index.htm A quick skim of that leads me
  4. It looks quite cool so far. Also looks like it will have full freedom of track design rather than be limited to pre-set track pieces. But then I suppose in this day and age there is no reason not to. One thing though, looking at the wording on some of their non-game pre-orders, I kinda get the impression that there will be modern style DLC. I mean like buy a ride, or a new scenery item, rather than an expansion pack. Not sure why, it just feels that way to me. If thats the case then I also imagine that they will make custom scenery and rides deliberately hard to implement. I hope I'm wrong
  5. Some folks here just love to find things to complain about. And if there isn't really anything worth complaining about, then they find something that's not worth complaining about and then complain about it. That family that left when they saw an evac just wasted their kids day because they were grumpy, and of course they think its all someone else's fault. Its just a shame that these are the people that get quotes in papers as the 'public opinion'. Jeremy Kyle syndrome in full effect.
  6. Really tragic, and unfortunate business. Accidents rarely have just one cause, especially when dedicated safety systems are involved. I will be interested in the HSE report (if they have detail in the public release). The report will help decide whether there has been a case of negligence which can be considered criminal (the civil case I think is pretty much taken as read at the moment). It could be that it was such a set of unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances which came together into a perfect storm which allowed it to happen, that it could even be written off as a freak accident wi
  7. I had thought Frontier had already announced they were making their own new rct style game? I guess its possible that they have done a new deal with Atari, but Since they self-published Dangerous I thought it would make more sense to self-publish the new game as well. Unless using the RCT trademark is that important.
  8. Wow, seems this has been a hellish development so far. I'm a software dev and I know things can very rapidly screw up quite quickly and completely in many a project. Maybe starting over is the only alternative to cancelling it. I cant help but wonder if Atari are a bit impatient and are jumping to other developers when they don't see results fast enough? Coders are known for being way too optimistic in their development time estimates.
  9. ^ I think this would be a good approach. Would also allow for selecting an area of the park and hitting one option to theme all rides, restaurants etc in it to one theme. Im settling on the idea that this is shaping up to be more of a fun-toon game, and not at all like a simulation. As long as its really good at being that, it will be fun. RCT3 was never exactly serious, nor was it meant to be, no matter how much the fans of the earlier games wanted it to be. Its not being built for the enthusiast, dont expect enthusiast-friendly things. There are other products for that. Atari just need s
  10. That is a really, really nice concept. Actually rather stylish which could appeal to a wider market than the enthusiasts. If it were to grow into a range, I can see it being kinda collectable. Would also make a good desk ornament for the cube/office/home desk/etc. Almost brings to mind those little buildings (Lilliput lane etc) that folks collect. I completely understand your position Jack. The most vocal folks (enthusiasts mostly I guess) have given the company a rather unjustly hard time.
  11. There are glues out there which will stick silicone to other stuff. But they are usually a bit pricey and involve multi-part epoxy or pre-treating the surfaces. As for the paint, I'm really not sure. I have never tried to paint silicone before. But keep the faith. This is like hitting a wall in long distance running. Have a break from it and another idea might hit you later. Thats why its good to have more than one project on the go at a time.
  12. Looks good. I haven't tried to bend styrene which is that thick, but I understand that it can be made easier to bend by heating it. It seems something of a dark art to get the temperature right though. Too little and it wont bend, too much and it will melt and loose its square cross section. You would need a former to attach it to so it holds its shape as it cools as well. Ive also heard of some folks slicing lateral cuts into the inside surface of the bend, to make it bend a little easier. How about this idea: You could use smaller square beams which are easier to bend, and laminate them
  13. Thats pretty unusual for a first post? Never tried NoLimits, but these look quite nice. I have RCT3 but just dont have the time anymore for computer or real-life modelling.
  14. Looks good so far. Wooden coaster models are a real challenge to do, and getting them to work is even more challenging. Especially at the smaller scales. I recommend building a test track. Just a small valley will do, to give you an idea of train friction, and whether it is likely to make it around the track. The smaller scale the cars are, the easier they loose energy on the way round. Some tips I can give is that if you exaggerate the difference in heights between the lift and subsequent hills, it will have more chance of working. Also, be careful with the track gauge. Keep it just a
  15. ^ I'm pleased to hear they are using a safeword. It sounds like they are running it responsibly. Apart from a few typically sensational tabloid reports I haven't actually seen any complaints about it. If it was really too much for most guests they wouldn't make any money off it and it wouldn't still be running.
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