SW5 Online releases new 3D renderings

Posted Thursday, May 3, 2001 8:24 PM | Contributed by CoasterGod

The UK is in for a treat with the new "SW5" ("Secret Weapon 5") at Alton Towers.

Check out the unofficial SW5 Online for renderings and other info.

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Thursday, May 3, 2001 8:32 PM
Wow...this looks cool, I hope they bring one to the states soon after...It still does not compare to X. I hope an X makes to the east coast next year. Who do you think will be the first to build a SW5 clone? It won't be SFMM casue they will have X.
Thursday, May 3, 2001 8:35 PM
Definatelly Six Flags Great America as they usually get the first of the B&M creations (well, this will be a second...but first in the U.S.).

BTW, great job on the 3D pics MPD!

Who was at BGW on April 28th.
Thursday, May 3, 2001 8:45 PM
Man, why does Europe get all the cool coasters?

This is coming from a man that lives 10min from SFWoA:)

I would love to be able to go on this and I can't wait for to come to the states. Come on Cedar Point build one of these next year.
Thursday, May 3, 2001 9:05 PM
It looks terribly short. I seriously hope this trend of building short rides that dont live up to their potential is short lived.

Ghostrider = good
Thursday, May 3, 2001 9:54 PM
I hope PKI gets one and call it the Bat. Are there any inversions on SW5?

Bill Yost a.k.a. THE BEASTmaster

Can you take me higher? (CREED)
Friday, May 4, 2001 12:29 AM
I'd say the reason it's so dang short is cause of all the ridgid restrictions that Alton has by the local authorities and the fact that it is a totally new design.

They're testing the waters to see how it goes.

There are some inversions. One that is sorta like an Immelman. I think there was an inline twist and a corkscrew or 2 also.

Overall, bland, but remember it's a stepping stone.


Flying over metal is a beautiful thing!
Friday, May 4, 2001 3:35 AM
Man! I would do anything to ride this sucker in 2002!
Friday, May 4, 2001 4:44 AM
I agree, it looks mighty short. I know, length does not always dictate a good ride, but there doesn't look like there is much to this ride. Hopefully everyone will love it, and we will start seeing Raptor/Montu-sized versions over here.
Friday, May 4, 2001 6:43 AM
I think you guys are forgetting where this thing is. This won't be a Stealth clone, designed to fit on any flat land. This thing is built for the terrain at Alton Towers. I suspect it will be fabulous.

Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
Friday, May 4, 2001 7:00 AM
But this isn't official, right? Alton hasn't really released any real specs of SW5, have they?

Great 3D, btw.
Friday, May 4, 2001 7:34 AM
I agree with Jeff, it looks awesome. And it's B&M, I don't think they know how to make a bad coaster. I surely hope one of these comes to America. Long live B&M! Peace. :)
Friday, May 4, 2001 7:35 AM
Man, I hope Cedar Point gets one soon. The design is much better than Stealth and all the clones. Cedar Point would make it longer. Looks like a fabulous ride. Thumbs up again for B&M.

*** This post was edited by Martling on 5/4/2001. ***
Friday, May 4, 2001 7:46 AM
Unlike Stealth and X-Flight, this one focuses on acual flight instead of inversions. I don't understand how a ride's length affects it's potential, it's not a hypercoaster, this thing looks sensational!

Charles M Schulz(1922-2000) You were the best!
Friday, May 4, 2001 10:45 AM
Well, so much for this thing being a launched ride.

Remember, Nemisis is one of the the smallest B&M Invert, but considered by many folks to be the best. I can't wait to see how they theme this! SW5 will be great, looks like a lot of "flying" time by the renderings.

"X" marks the spot in 2001!
*** This post was edited by Soggy on 5/4/2001. ***
Friday, May 4, 2001 11:29 AM
I agree with Beastmaster. That would be so cool if PKI did get one and called it the bat. They could put a really good theme behind it to, a risen from the dead thing.

But anyway, those trains and seats look awsome. I think i like that design a little better than the vekoma design. I like the restraints alot better two.

One question. Does this coaster have any sections where you ride on your back. It didnt look like it when i was looking at the 3d renderings.

CP in 2002, get to the point
Friday, May 4, 2001 12:23 PM
Wait... is that the actual ride layout, and the actual train design, or is it just an educated guess by that website of what they will look like?
Friday, May 4, 2001 12:47 PM
The one thing I don't like about stealth is that you are on your back so much. I want more of the flying feeling. This looks like it will interact more with the land and give you that flying feeling.

These seats, if they are accurate, look more comfortable in the foot area. Stealth tends to rub on my ankels. The stealth harnes is comfortable where this looks like a standard harnes. I hope that changes.

No Lapbar, No Seatbelt, No Problem!
Friday, May 4, 2001 1:06 PM
Some may call Nemisis small and short, but from what I hear it is an amazing experience. John Wardley has an article on SW5 at his website, http://www.john-wardley.demon.co.uk/

"I traded my soul for a ride on Millennium Force"
Friday, May 4, 2001 1:32 PM
The trains are just educated guesses done by the SW5 Online staff. The plans (layout) are from a construction planning office near AT. Thanks for the compliments. I'll be animating it soon (hopefully)

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