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Alternate history_

November 1937: Adolf Hitler is assassinated to pre-empt possible war in Europe. A costly second world war is avoided however Russia and America both start to kidnap top German scientists, sparking an technological arms race between the two superpowers.

May 1943: ICBMs are developed and deployed across western and eastern Europe.

December 1948: Russia launches first space probe, the Sputnik, catching the Americans off guard. It is soon realised than space is the ultimate "high ground" with the moon becoming the new goal for both powers. Whoever controls the moon will have access to vast resources and will be able to strike virtually anywhere in the world.

June 1949: A manned Russian ship lands on the moon, marking the unoffical start of the Battle for the Moon. While complex treaties exist on Earth to carefully maintain the balance of power between the two rival superpowers, there are no such treaties governing the moon, and an all-out war ensures in the cold, unforgiving lunar battleground.

Map of Lunar terriotories, circa 1953:


Lunar military technology, although advanced for it's time, consisted of tail-sitting rocketships, giant robots and mecha, running on large and primitive vacuum tube style technology. Simple computers take up as much space as a large house, so robots are multi-story giants which, thanks to the moon's low gravity, move around relativily easily. Another design feature common to lunar war machines was their severe lines, giving them a bulky, rectangular look. Little effort was made in streamlining for an airless environment.



American Securitron robot. I was going for a very clunky, 1950's scifi movie look and started taking photos in black and white to try to add to the retro atmosphere. This was the first moc I did in this theme, which ended up setting the tone for everything that followed. Of all the BFTM mocs that came after, this is still my favourite.



Soviet one-man Battlemech. The Russians took the lead early in the robot and mecha designs, which were often smaller and faster than their Western counterparts:







Russian laser tank.







Soviet Katyusha rocket launcher. The Russians seemed to be having problems with wheeled vehicles so the Katyusha was an idea to utilise a large number of piston-like feet to move the craft forward. Despite some inital success, the design proved too cumbersome.






A blurry image of a massive Russian Mobile Command Centre. There were many such MCCs like this one, constantly on the move to avoid American attacks from space. Most command centres even had their own shuttles. (This moc is of course microscale; I'd've loved to have made a minifig scale version!)


To assist it's tank and robot units, the Russians added their elite troops, the Spetsnaz Rangers. Although fast and with a small rocket jet-pack, this early design suffered from a lack of adequete armour protection.






Later Spetsnaz version with upgraded armour and rocket packs. Spetsnaz were highly effective in sabotage attacks behind enemy lines:







American Type 2 Battlebot. An example of early US robotic technology. Even with many panels removed to aid cooling the banks of vacuum tubes and gearing, the Type 2s were outmatched by Soviet robots. This led to Type 2s being used in waves as a diversion to real US attacks.







Down but not out! An American Lunar marine waits in ambush behind the cockpit of his destroyed "Battleman" mech for a Soviet "Attackbot". Not the size deference between the Russian bot and the American mech.







USSR "Gvardeyets" robot. Automated sentry to guard important Russian lunar installations. Sensitive ruby-coated optical sensors give a 360 degree field of vision and earmuff-looking heatsinks to help cool the large computer brain.









What the Americans lacked in their robot technology, they more than compensated for in their spaceship design. Shown here is the famous S-5 which, in 1957 acheived total lunarspace dominance, forcing many Russian installations underground...







The Russian's tried to transfer their microsized robot technology to their space battlecraft but the result was thier spaceships lacked power, range and armour and were hopelessly outmatched by their American enemies in the space around the moon. Seen here is a typical Soviet ship, the "Butterfly":



An example of Western lunar architecture during the Battle for the Moon (in microscale). Note the size of the guardbot next to the stuttle. (I would've liked to do more buildings for this theme but it really wasn't possible with the bricks I have. I could've done more microscale structures though...oh well)




Improvements in the late 1950's in American technology led to their most successful mech, the R-300:




And the battle for supremacy continues: Russian recon mech:






EDIT: Nearly forgot this one: light laser tank:



Soviet propaganda poster:


And so it on this day, March 15, 1961, the Battle for the Moon continues with neither side gaining a decisive upper hand. Who will win?

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Dead ends that didn't make it:







I had tons of fun with this retro styled theme; I remember as a kid being very interested in an alternate history of the 50's where man did indeed live and work on the moon, before my Dark Ages hit, so it's been great to actually explore some builds that I always wanted to but couldn't when I was younger.

Thanks for looking guys! Keep it bricky!



Comments

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  May 26, 2013
hi man,this is a really great work!
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  July 4, 2012
nice! but spacecraft of the time were utilitarian, with lots of cylinders, cones, and cubes. plus, although it would make it infinitely harder, almost everything should be gray or white for camouflage. still, great build!
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  October 6, 2011
I like the idea this is very nice and very well done!!! I like it! Can you come see my u-boat?
  March 14, 2011
Yeah, I've got a learning app on my iPod. I completed a few courses. Here is some, it doesn't make particulary any sense! Privet! Kak pozhivaesh? Kak t? Skolkah tebe let? It's just some random stuff!
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  February 26, 2011
Quoting Greg Howe I know what that Vladimir Lenin picture says: Bez pereboda! Na lunu. I don't know what it means exactly. I'm learning Russian. It's something about the moon and space. Lunu, Lunar?
Ah cool man! Yeah, to be honest I can't remember what it means, something like "Comrades (or) Friends! To the Moon!" I think you're right. I have a workmate from Azerbijain whose I get Russian advice from :) I tried to get him to teach me Russian but I found it too hard-I hope you do better than me mate!
  February 25, 2011
I know what that Vladimir Lenin picture says: Bez pereboda! Na lunu. I don't know what it means exactly. I'm learning Russian. It's something about the moon and space. Lunu, Lunar?
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  August 21, 2010
Very nice! I love the whole B-Movie feel.
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  July 11, 2010
love it especially the 1950 like designs!!!!!
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  June 20, 2010
these are all good, but why didn't you include the "dead-ends"? they're awesome!
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  February 16, 2010
Finally, Someone else who likes retro stuff! (Not exactly sure what to call it)And I think you might be interested in my Youtube WORLDS idea (It can work for mocpages too!) It's here on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/js9productions/4358919370/ I'm not trying to advertise or spam, I just thought anyone who happens to read this might find it interesting.
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  November 8, 2009
Know this is pretty cool, must of tajen a great deal of time do finish all of this, makes me wanna make something like this now...
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  September 14, 2009
I'm going to have to come back and check this out when I have more time! There is just too many great retro space moc's for one visit. I particularly like the mech's.
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  September 2, 2009
Quoting Jack Fonchezzz So... ocean have you gotten started yet on your miniscaled creation? I actually managed to conjure up something. Any idea as to when you will post?
Yeah man, it's finished, just need some time to photograph and post. Hopefully soon but at the latest 2 days from now it'll be up. Can't wait to see your entry mate-best of luck! :)
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  August 30, 2009
So... ocean have you gotten started yet on your miniscaled creation? I actually managed to conjure up something. Any idea as to when you will post?
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  August 16, 2009
Hey, saw you were online. did you see the olympics matches were up? good luck this year! ~ Chris.
  July 25, 2009
More Mysterions here http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/139114 (and a small video tribute)
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  July 25, 2009
AWESOME!, P.S. IM FROM PERTH
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  July 23, 2009
Cool!
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  July 23, 2009
cool!, could you look at my stuff?
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  July 17, 2009
I think you really love this retro theme :)
  July 8, 2009
Fantastic retro style Creations you've got there. I absolutely love every single one of them! By the way, that map of the moon with the territories marked out looks like F Y. Strange...
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  July 8, 2009
I'm happy that you goes on with this kind of "retro" MOCs, especially when there's a cool backstory ! I love the S5 and the Light Laser Tank in particular, but they're all awesome. MOC of the month (at least) IMO !
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  July 7, 2009
Collectively, the whole project and presentation just has so much style…awesome stuff, Shannon.
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  July 7, 2009
These are really good! Wow! Awesome! come check out my creations sometime.
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  July 7, 2009
A well thought out set of creations - love the hyperfighter the best. Lee.
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  July 7, 2009
The classic Soviets versus Westerners plot in a retro fashion, all in Lego! I love it!
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  July 7, 2009
Just wanted to let you know that "Без Перевода - На Луну!" translates into "Without Translation - To The Moon!". I assume that you meant to say something like "Without Delay - To The Moon!" which would roughly translate as "Без Задежки - На Луну!". If it was up to me, however, I would write something akin to "Вперед - На Луну!" ("Forward/Onwards - To The Moon!") which harkens to the olden days of commie propaganda. :D
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  July 6, 2009
This is a great idea. I love the retro 50's and 60's feel to the MOC's. Great work.
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  July 6, 2009
excellent models and an excellent story line to boot! great job! :)
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  July 6, 2009
My mouth is literally open right now. Amazing. Reminds me of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_on_the_Moon
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  July 6, 2009
Very nice to see it all in one place. Very fun. Lot of work, glad it was you doing it. I just made a one wide car and now I need a nap. see ya. garth
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  July 6, 2009
i can't believe you didn't win a mocie for it
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  July 6, 2009
Hey your Soviet saucer the "Butterfly" almost looks like the "Spiff" from Calvin and Hobbes! Good work!
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  July 6, 2009
The Spetsnaz's feet are to die for! The sense of cohesion you've managed to achieve throughout your MOCs of this theme is impressive.
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  July 6, 2009
Hallo Shannon, this was really great. I am from Germany and I had lots of fun your "alternate history". You capture the spirit, the retro design very, very well. I really enjoyed your pictures. Best regards, Alex
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  July 6, 2009
nice photos and great mec's go USA go USA
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  July 5, 2009
I like the black and white photos of all your crazy retro-bots. And "who will win?" Pfft. Like there was any doubt. USA! USA! USA! USA!
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  July 5, 2009
You are the man of the wierd MOCs, and here you are again... very well done!
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  July 5, 2009
Nice to see these all in one spot! You handled this interesting theme very awesomely Shannon.
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  July 5, 2009
Where do you come up with this stuff? I thought that aliens only landed in america?
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  July 5, 2009
Brilliant from start to finish. I love that the "present" is 1961.
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  July 5, 2009
Awesome! You've got quite the Imagination there, not to mention Mad Photoshop skills.
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  July 5, 2009
You've been watching WAY too many old movies, and it's paying off in spades! I love it! And I gotta say, that last ship on the bottom, you should really go back and finish it. The concept is GREAT! And then let's not forget the work you put in to the backstory here! Wow, everything is just... wow. Your creativity never fails my friend. ~ Chris.
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  July 5, 2009
Shannon Young does Blockheads.
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  July 5, 2009
Dude, Im really impressed. This is relatively original, for MOC pages. The 1950's theme of design was really well executed with these creations. Bravo, Im really digging this one!
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  July 5, 2009
Interesting bots! I dig all of them!
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  July 5, 2009
How do you find the time between Producing, Directing, and Writing the Blockheads?! Great work on a retro theme!!
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  July 5, 2009
Nice work! Last robots that are round, are my favourite!
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  July 5, 2009
I've really enjoyed looking at these on Flickr, and I'm glad that I can comment now. That last failed one I actually like. I think it could have worked out. Very well done, Shanno!
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  July 5, 2009
This is one of the rare absolutely excellent mocs that we come accros on mocpages. The theme style is superbly executed. the retro pictures are a fantastic touch.the models look like covers from "amazing stories" or some of those early sci fi magazines. Honestly this is just incredible... SUCH STYLE!!! congratz and keep it up! please :)
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  July 5, 2009
Some of the mechs and ships I loved. Great work on the retro theme shannon and great story telling.
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  July 5, 2009
very nice, also very retro, i love that micro scaled building
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  July 5, 2009
Too cool for school. Keep it up, sir ;)
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  July 5, 2009
I see a lot of potential in the last fighter (last pic), too bad you didn't finish it :( your story is great, and your builds really look retro...well done ^^
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  July 5, 2009
cool the tech reminds me of the old war of the worlds by H.G. Wells
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  July 5, 2009
Very cool. The backstory is as good as the builds. The mechs and robots have a very "Forbidden Planet" feel to them and are definitely of the period. I love how you distinguish between each side's strengths. I really like this theme -- it's fun to imagine "What if?" Yes, black and white film would be appropriate for the time period for the most part. Let's look at actual history -- most news photos of the time were B&W, and most news film as well. It was probably cheaper to process than color, which would be a factor, and few newspapers printed color photographs at the time.
  July 5, 2009
Very Cool 5/5.
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  July 5, 2009
Quoting Topsy Cret Battle for the Moon starts in the late 1940s and you're telling me black-and-white cameras are still in use? Wouldn't China join forces with USSR and send troops to the Moon as well?
Good point about the B/W camera thing :) In retrospect, I should've faded the colour out of the shots to give an old colour photograph or retouched feel...oh well. I considered adding some Japanese giant robots into the fray but no, in my history, China stays a nice quite agricultural country :)
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  July 5, 2009
I am loving the design of that spaceship!
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  July 5, 2009
Battle for the Moon starts in the late 1940s and you're telling me black-and-white cameras are still in use? Being a lover of all history, I just can't help but come in here and inquire: Wouldn't China join forces with USSR and send troops to the Moon as well? Also, if you gave a Russian a mech, they wouldn't be able to tell the shooting button from the steering mechanism. Good day
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  July 5, 2009
This I always dreamed of, space battle, RETRO-fied. You amaze me again Shanno.
 
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