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Well now we need a picture of the panel! I went back and watched a few of the videos and noticed he said he wanted this attraction to be fully automated. How in-depth did you go with the project? Did you do all of the scenery animations, as well? For the ride controls, is it basically "on/ off" or "close/ open" brake? I guess what I mean is, are things triggered automatically or is all timer based? I am sure the budget played a part in a lot of the decisions. I also imagine it's setup only for a single train ops.
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This is from right before I shipped the panel to them. The labels ended up fading real quick in the intense napa sun unfortunately. Everything is controlled by a PLC, just like a large ride, and everything turn on and off as the cart moves around. They had originally planned on one 3 car train, then had some mechanical issues, so it went to a single car train, though I have it programmed to work with 2 trains as needed. They will have to add in one more brake to get that to work though. I did help a little with the animatronics, but two other people were working on it and I was busy with electrical controls for the ride. The animatronic was controlled via Arduinos and the show lights, fog, and sound effects we controlled by a christmas pixel light controller.
 
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The whole project sounds insane, but in a good way.
It was! So many times Sean couldn't believe we built a legit station platform with an automated system. Had a number of guests comment "it sounds just like a real coaster," to which my response is usually, "because it really is just a scaled down version of a big coaster." I watched a video of their first coaster last night and it was quite literally 1/4 the size of Little Thunder.
 
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So they are selling the ride, less lift and launch mechanisms due to liability. I don't know how much, but was told they are asking the equivalent of a "small house" for it as a "kinetic sculpture."
 
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@ControlsEE, if you don't mind me asking: how do you feel about this news? You put a ton of effort into the ride, and surely have an attachment to it in its current form. Is this bittersweet news, or are you just purely amped to have played a major part in the first place (i.e. the journey was the whole point)? Just curious. Personally, I'd probably feel mixed emotions.
 

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@ControlsEE, if you don't mind me asking: how do you feel about this news? You put a ton of effort into the ride, and surely have an attachment to it in its current form. Is this bittersweet news, or are you just purely amped to have played a major part in the first place (i.e. the journey was the whole point)? Just curious. Personally, I'd probably feel mixed emotions.
I dont mind answering, Sean actually called me about a month ago asking if I was OK with it. I told him sure as long as we can't get sued because of someone buying it and hurting themselves. Therefore, it is being sold without the components for the launch and lift, as well as the program being wiped from the controller. You are literally getting a bunch of steel and wood, some wheels, and a bunch of electronic components that would take an extensive amount of work to re-assemble in operable fashion. If I had the money to reimburse for the materials, I would take it in a heartbeat, I certainly have the space for it. That said, they want to use the proceeds for future projects, including potential business ventures. I do feel a bit of mixed emotions, but I'm also excited to work on new projects with them.
 
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