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Sentry Outpost of Gliese 876
A microscale exercise in curves, circles, proportions, and multiples of three.
About this creation
This creation started with a post from Eggy Pop on cleaning yellowed white bricks . I spent a couple of weeks sorting and cleaning all those bricks from my childhood that I had been avoiding in my current creations. When they were all cleaned, I felt they needed to be used for a cool creation. My initial idea was some sort of cylindrical shaped base on which I planned to add all kinds of details. It quickly became an opportunity to try new and difficult techniques in a free flowing creation.

I stocked up on 1x1 translucent red tiles which I felt accented the white nicely. I began with the large circular shaped central section, and went up from there. Once the top section was finished, I added the support struts and finally the red land mass and the vehicles.

Here is the creation in it's first public display at Brickworld. These are the only full-body shots I could get because of the height.














The rest of the shots were taken in the light box I received in December and haven't put to use until now. These details are of the central section and the three small towers.










This tower used lots of fun techniques and I really liked the way it turned out. It is one of the three objects suspended off the base by small round platforms. It turned out to be really heavy, but it still held on. As with most parts of the MOC, it slipped into place on guides (no brick to brick connection).












The second suspended element resembles Wolverine's claws to me. I imagined them as smaller living quarters. I really enjoyed experimenting with snot (studs not on top) work in this creation.















The communication array was the last of the three suspended elements that I built. It provided a fun challenge to try to include the Carousel fabric pieces.







These three towers were intended to rotate, I hid the gear work in the sandwiched section of the large round base. Alas, when the motor was attached, they spun way too fast and I'm not advanced enough yet to be able to gear something like that down. Oh well, maybe next time. The hardest part of the whole build was making these towers three sided. It involved a 2x2 round brick, 2 round single stud plates and a jumper-plate on both the top and bottom of the towers. Almost every time I had to move this thing one of the towers would fall apart.









The struts provided a great opportunity to try using the arch pieces a different way. You can also see the undercarriage of the center section which was to hide the motor and battery box. These three sections are merely placed atop each other; no bricks are connected.












I've been studying other builders' presentations more, and some sort of land formation seemed important to anchor the build. The space car was one of those little details that I love to see in other MOCs.










I love some of the vintage looking rockets I've seen around, and this was a fun one to make. As with the car, I carried the idea of multiples of three into the vehicles.














This was a really fun project and as I was working on it I found out that this year's theme for Brickworld was "Bricks in Space". I thought this would be a perfect addition and the title refers to the closest known planet to Earth outside our solar system. Unfortunately, this sat next to the Batcave at BW, and garnered almost no attention (with the exception of Keith Goldman, who seemed to really like it). Overshadowed by my own work, the irony. I did love using the light box to photograph; it made editing the pictures almost minimal.

Tune in next time, same bat-time, same bat-channel for an update on the Batcave at Brickworld!



Comments

 I like it 
  June 13, 2012
An excellent use of color and form. Beautiful.
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  July 19, 2010
Now this is what I don't just call great MOC-ing. It's great designing as well! The usage of colors, shapes and parts... keep it up!
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  July 15, 2010
Very impressive free-styling! Novel use of the canvas. Well done.
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  July 15, 2010
This MOC Dave, give me a great emotion !! It is just and simply beautiful. Everything has a different shape and just match together... The colors are wonderful (I know just white and red but still) and the support is from a genius... YOU ARE A GENIUS !!!!!
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  July 11, 2010
Fantastic work!
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  July 9, 2010
wow so much detail nice colors too could you check out my new mocs?
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  July 8, 2010
Too cool. Lee.
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  July 5, 2010
Someone is on to something there, I could definitely see this on the cover of a sci-fi novel. Speaking of novel, this thing NEEDS a story!! Who lives there? Why? Ect. Inspiring build.
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  July 5, 2010
Someone is on to something there, I could definitely see this on the cover of a sci-fi novel. Speaking of novel, this thing NEEDS a story!! Who lives there? Why? Ect. Inspiring build.
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  June 28, 2010
I can imagine myself seeing this building on the cover of a great sci-fi novell.
 I made it 
  June 25, 2010
Quoting Lucas Filtenborg Wow Super cool and well done creation you really done it this time, five stars ***** ;p PS. You apparently click post on this Moc so that I got 30 E-mails for your subsription <:( please don't do that again, please have patience with Mocpages I know its slow but you don't have to spam ;p
Actually, those are posts from the Lego class I'm teaching this summer. I know it's annoying to receive so many emails, but I need to have the students posting through my account to make everything safe. I hope you understand that I'm just trying to help the next generation of builders. Please feel free to remove me from you list of favorites over the next five weeks I'm teaching the class.
 I like it 
  June 25, 2010
Wow Super cool and well done creation you really done it this time, five stars ***** ;p PS. You apparently click post on this Moc so that I got 30 E-mails for your subsription <:( please don't do that again, please have patience with Mocpages I know its slow but you don't have to spam ;p
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  June 25, 2010
I love it!
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  June 25, 2010
you have a serious addiction to trans-red! nice work
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  June 24, 2010
I love it and I also loved taking it apart!
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  June 24, 2010
I gotta agree that this was over shadowed by your Batcave at the convention (but hey, at least is was your creation that was doing the shadowing). I really liked this piece and wish I could have spent more time studying it. Thanks for posting it here. I'll take some time to look through the post and see how you did all that cool stuff! Great work man! ~ Chris.
Dave Kaleta
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Mark Legorski
  June 23, 2010
There are no words for how awesome this creation is. Made my Exam filled day that much better! XD
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  June 23, 2010
I think you must've bought a lot of spare parts for building something big as this creation.
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  June 23, 2010
This is a excellent build. I really like the use of bricks in it. It Brings me back to those old sci-fi movie base and rocket ships.
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  June 23, 2010
Great work, some simple but very effective ideas, I love the arches on their sides.
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  June 23, 2010
Great stuff here. Color coordination, techniques, as well as presentation make this one heck of a MOC! Good day
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  June 23, 2010
Amazing!
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  June 23, 2010
awesome
Dave Kaleta
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Pony Lord7
  June 22, 2010
Awsome work here this was so cool at BW glad I got a Chance to meet you and I will be sure to check out TDKR and since were on the subject any other Batman comics I should look into (other than year one and Killing joke)?
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  June 22, 2010
Fantastic! This is just full of amazing little details. I love it.
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  June 22, 2010
Holy smokes! I can just tell you right now I'll be visiting this page several times to check out your techniques. Inspiring work, Dave.
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  June 22, 2010
Simply amazing!~H
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  June 22, 2010
I too thought this was very cool and that not enough attention was given to it because of the Batcave. I didn't realize the lack of brick-to-brick connections you had here, which seems to have given you a sense of freedom to do as you wished in the build. I also didn't notice the small space vehicle, but that's not unusual. Maybe we should have put Junior's Farm next to the Batcave and this in the buffer zone between me and Sterling's Nintendo. Then it would have gained more attention -- nah, it would have been overshadowed by the Space Bus!
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  June 22, 2010
Are you sure this is not an exercise in making us look incompetent? It's amazing!
 I like it 
  June 22, 2010
this is fantastic! i like the shape
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  June 22, 2010
Simply amazing!
 
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