Note to self -- no more trying to build and photograph large constructions until I have a lighting system that can accommodate them. A build table that can fit the entire thing on it with no overhang would help too.
"All right, 28 millidemisemiquavers. Enter it in the pad." *Sigh...* "Why?"
"What do you mean why? Because it's your job."
"For one, it's always 28, it never changes. For another, if it ever did change, the computer would record it automatically. For yet another, even assuming this was necessary, how in the world is this a two man job?"
I keep thinking of this as a monorail, despite the fact that it clearly has two rails.
"I don't know what it is, but every time I have to go outside, I just get this feeling that something terrible is going to happen to me."
"Oh, that's ridiculous. You're being paranoid, red shirt."
"Quit calling me that! I have a name, you know!"
"I don't want to know it. I can't get too attached, in case --"
"In case WHAT?!"
"Nothing, never mind..."
The near-vacuum outside makes for a perfect natural refrigerator. As Dave prepares to wheel in yet another 50-gallon drum of ranch dressing, he wonders how the boss manages to stay so thin at the rate he consumes the stuff. "He dips his bacon in it, for god's sake!"
Sam, a fierce individualist who prefers to rock the Futuron style, never quite fit in at this pseudo-classic base. Having decided to see how far he can push it before getting fired, he figures parking on the boss's private landing pad is guaranteed to blow his co-workers' weak little buttoned-down conformist minds.
However, his employee access code doesn't work at the boss's door. Sam can only shake his head in rueful admiration. "Bastard! He may be a pompous blowhard, but he's always thinking two moves ahead!"
"Do you think we can get the boss to eat a vegetable every now and then? I mean, we have to pump out the septic system on a weekly basis! The guy's killing us!"
"I'll dance on his grave. He's a heart attack waiting to happen. Over-under in the office pool is two years -- I took the under."
In a rare move of planning ahead, I build the "refrigerator" ceiling with trans-clear bricks, to let in more light for picture-taking. And it was still a bitch getting decent shots in here.
When he gets to really hating his boring desk job, Fred has to remind himself that working outdoors involves wearing a stuffy spacesuit -- and that his embarrassing gastrointestinal disorder makes that a pretty unsavory proposition.
"Uh-oh, looks like we got another native going all Tiananmen Square on us."
"Native? That's a Martian. We're not on Mars."
"Whatever, these aliens all look the same to me."
"Technically on this planet, we're the aliens."
"Oh, for Christ's sake -- I think someone's watched Avatar a few too many times. I'm calling in the Space Police to crack some non-human skull!"
"What's your problem, anyway? We're faux-classic space -- you know, the guys who are into peaceful exploration and living in harmony with the native population."
"Ha! Classic Space never had to deal with a native population! I guess it's pretty easy to live in harmony with hypothetical beings... Serve some time with the Mars Mission like I did, hippie. Then you'd know these things for the filthy animals they are."
"Um, that's a Life on Mars Martians, not a Mars Mission Martian..."
"Quiet, hippie! The Space Police aren't above whomping alien-lovers too!"
May the legend live on forever.
"Hmm, Substation A is registering 27.99989 millidemisemiquavers. Make a note of that."
"Oh you better believe I will! Hot damn! This is the most exciting thing we've seen all week!"
"Knock it off. In this economy, just be glad you still have a job."
The only reason the diorama was built was so I'd have a backdrop for the MGS mk II. Yes, really.
The original MGS lacked a bit in the style department, so the crew got an upgrade.
Gotta have room for a Speedy unit.
Because of course, Speedy needs no upgrade. It was a perfect design from the get-go.
A fourth man was added so that on those long missions away from the base, the crew could at least play a proper game of Hearts.
"There has to be a toilet in one of these cupboards..."
Time to build the rover -- two or three days.
Time to build the diorama -- five or six weeks.
For some reason I started documenting what music I listened to during construction. Eschewing personal mixes, I went with original albums to provide the soundtrack for this build. I'm a persnickety old man who glares with suspicion at you kids and your newfangled gadgets with digital playlist whatsits -- I spent thousands of dollars over the years amassing my CD library, and by gum and by gosh I'm going to play those discs! So as you enjoy some random detail shots, I present, in chronological order, the soundtrack to the creation of Skunk Base N:
The Who - Who's Next
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Yes - The Yes Album
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Beatles - Abbey Road
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.
Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love
AC/DC - High Voltage
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Rush - Caress of Steel
Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Big Brother & the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
Sublime - 40 oz. to Freedom
Santana - Abraxas
Scorpions - Animal Magnetism
Beethoven - 5th and 6th Symphonies
Led Zeppelin - IV
Bob Marley - Rastaman Vibration
Metallica - Master of Puppets
James Brown - JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos 1-6
Nirvana - Unplugged in New York
The Doors - L.A. Woman
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
Beatles - White Album
Van Halen - II
Stevie Ray Vaughan - The Sky is Crying
Depeche Mode - Violator
Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
The Guess Who - American Woman
Steve Miller - Fly Like an Eagle
Heart - Dreamboat Annie
Thoth - Maiden Flight
ZZ Top - Fandango!
Fugees - The Score
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
I really wanted to do a cutaway with some sort of interior hangar scene behind those bay doors. It was not a lack of parts that kept me from doing that, though I'm sure that would eventually have become an issue. No, the reason is because the dio as it is now already takes up my entire build table -- about 2 x 4 feet.
For some reason, red shirt feels no vindication whatsoever when his gut feeling is proven correct...
Stunning! Rocks and mountainous terrain is difficult to get right - you've done extremely well there. The vehicles are nicely styled, as are the buildings. The details are fantastic and it looks great!
It's interesting to know what music you were listening to at the time of the build. I can remember what I was listening to during my builds and I immediately think of the build when I hear the song. You have great musical tastes as well as aesthetic Lego tastes!
I'm becoming more of a space fan every day and this creation is certainly having effects! ;-)
this is quite possibly the BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN ONE MOCpages!!!!!
its detailed and looks just like a real classic space,exept yours is not so tacky or rubbish and i find thins one of the funniest and amusing MOCs too!!
i would pay megabucks for this!!
200000 out of 10
i would also be most honured is you would chech out some of my MOCs too please.
well done you have worked your magic again and brought a massive chunk of brick heaven down to our crummy earth
Interesting. Mother nature deplores a void it has been said, and that which was created by KG leaving, just seems to have been filled. As for the fridge idea - it would only work as long as there is no sun shining in that area. Otherwise it would be incredibly hot. Of course that would depend on the distance of said base from the sun to begin with. And for the build? I like it. Lee. PS: smokin' soundtrack!
I have to say, one detail sticks out to me is the sense of movement you get from the redshirt and the yellow guy. In fact, the main pic and the first pic, where you can just see those two in the bottom right, something about them appears the most realistic interaction of legomen movement and their environment I have seen so far. This is an amazing build.
I like it
April 30, 2010
Very...big. Good music. That's what my dad likes, and what he trained me to like.
From one crusty old fart to another, this diorama took me back to the early 70's when I just a little snot and I got my first Lego set. It was a small dump truck that used tiny metal bars as axles for the wheels. Even more amazing is that I still have these pieces despite all the others I've lost or broken over the years. Thanks for making me remember something good from that long ago.
When I see things like this, I want to buy many more 1x2 trans yellow bricks, and old light grey. Finding building hard to get back into after all the animating coursework.
Great job, keep it up, Classic Space need more builders!
AWESOME with Caps Lock on... I like the reference to nnenn. It made me sad, because I only heard of him until after he passed away. Sorry, this is a comment on your creation, not nnenn... I am sorry, but I can't rate it higher than 5...
Superb build. Chock full of very cool details, and nothing but the dio providing the backdrop. Loads of good humour and great presentation, and a man who can go from Hendrix to Dre in just a few CDs - sounds like the mixture of discs in my car. Thanks, this is great.
I don't really want to tell you how I feel about this, because so many hours of work went into it...but then, you don't really care anyway :D I don't like the limited colour palette. Basically there's just grey and blue. How boring. OK, probably my critique could be narrowed down to "Why, just why did you build classic space?" or something...perhaps I'm not old enough to see the awesomeness...
The level of detail, sheer excellence in the overall build, painstaking time this must have taken, and the fact that we have a lot of the same CD’s just wowed me on this build. This has to be one of the greatest base builds I have ever seen. Bravo Sir, bravo.
While my work is frequently more mixed media than just Lego, and rarely purist, I still find something really special about seeing large scale, straight up classic feeling creations like this beauty here. It's a strange analogy, but kind of like being in the city for months, and then waking up one morning to step off of the porch of a cabin on Lake Quinault...crisp, clean, refreshing, and the way the universe intended things to be! Brilliant work, Shannon!
WOW! That is a pretty amazing scene, especially the MGS mk2 and the "monorail". Those music choices are amazing considering you just named the better part of what is on my Ipod right down to the album! 5/5.
Those first two album choices are the best, like EVER! Sorry my love for The Who and Jimi are getting in the way of loving the MOC. You really built all this just to show off a new version of the rover? Genius.
Speedy dinged the total awesomeness of this diorama. So instead, it's "just" almost totally awesome. I keep going back to its picture and it seems it does not belong. Is it the red slope? the studs on top? I can't quite figure it out. Oh well ... And thanks for reminding us once more the legend that is Nnenn. Peace!
See, that wasn't so hard now was it? Seriously cool diorama man. A great idea to have it walled in, providing it's own backdrop and as Goldman says, nothing but bricks in the photo. The upgraded MGS does have style, although the original had a sort of rugged, utilitarian charm.
Am I the only dork who picked out a Red Dwarf reference? Yeah, probably... Really nice dio here ShannY! Only got yourself a 2x4 foot table huh? Yeap, that's about what I've got. Not that I have the talent to fill up that much room to begin with, but at least I HAVE to keep my workspace clear. Thanks for all the giggles! ~ Chris.
Very impressive! It's quite the build for your said tiny building space. I also found your music list quite entertaining...can't say I've ever seen Nirvana and Bach right next to each other though. That's not a common playlist mixture. (Oh, and I might mention that reading that amount of 70's and 80's bands nearly killed me. Just sayin'.)
Well worth the wait! Takes me back, except the black spaceman, never had one of those, yet... My relocation package is coming thru next week, and a bricklinking I shall go! Gotta' get back in the game. Gotta' get access to the bricks too, been living in a hotel for 6 weeks, and have 6 more weeks to go before my new place will be ready. But enough about my tale of woe! The "bus", as my 2 year old calls it, is sweet, beefy looking like an interplanetary equivalent of an H2.
I find it somewhat humorous that the 'MGS' depicted in this diorama looks very little like the original one. Heh. Another thing I found humorous, was the fact that I knew only two music pieces in that whole list… (Beethoven’s symphonies)... Anyway - neat build, Shannon!