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How to make apple sauce.
About this creation


Note, this is not a reproduction of the iconic photograph. Both the apple's coloring and orientation have been changed. I tried capturing the essence.







The coloring on the second half of the apple is unrelated. I wanted to try out different schemes, and I'm not making any other apple projects.





The third half of the apple is just a mystery to me. It does show the shape of the apple sans kablooey.





Please excuse the picture quality, if it is lacking. I obviously had to use a very fast shutter speed to capture the action. And since I did not also reproduce the professor's stroboscopic apparatus (I don't quite have enough universal joints), you can imagine I had to go through a lot of apples before getting the timing just right, manually. I'm not showing the gun used to fire the bullet because it contains non-Lego elements. ;^}



Unfortunately, I did a lot of work shaping the apple, most of which is lost, at this scale, to the shape of the bricks. I started with a sphere with plate and 1/2 stud features, elongated the bottom, and bulged or depressed it subtly here and there. I think that subtlety got washed out. I don't see how to avoid the disappointment without having a much bigger one (wipe the grin Phipson, you get nothing for spiking a perfect set). The same granularity issues apply to the coloring.





Aren't you glad you're not an apple? Except possibly the apple of your mother's eye.





Comments

 I like it 
  December 19, 2013
simply beautiful. it should be done again.
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  December 11, 2013
I was lucky enough to meet Doc Edgerton in person and take his course on high-speed photography while I was at MIT. Re-creating this iconic photograph was one of the things we got to do as part of the course (I'm still amazed that they let us fire a rifle inside the lab!). Your take on this subject is just fantastic -- a great idea coupled with flawless execution.
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  October 8, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Congrats, Chief!
Thanks man.
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  October 8, 2013
Congrats, Chief! Saw this in that book. I prefer your tanks, but this is still pretty cool!
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  December 3, 2012
This is really wonderful! I'm creating a book with NoStarch Press on great Mocs and would love to include this in the book. Could you email me at mike@michaeldoyle.com to discuss? This is a very unique piece. regards, mike
 I like it 
  May 20, 2012
I love your I icon picture! The squirrel is cute. Anyways, cool build! It looks similar to the actual pic, except a bit more lego-ized.
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  March 1, 2012
Quoting Nate B DANG IT! i made almost the exact same thng on ldd and now i dont think ill be able to post it.....cause i bout it....but great work looks better that mine! ps, If i do upload it ill give you credit okay?
Thanks Nate. I see no reason you should not also post yours. I would enjoy seeing it.
 I like it 
  March 1, 2012
DANG IT! i made almost the exact same thng on ldd and now i dont think ill be able to post it.....cause i bout it....but great work looks better that mine! ps, If i do upload it ill give you credit okay?
 I like it 
  September 18, 2011
Nice!
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  August 2, 2011
Love that high speed camera action! New episode, Chief: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/282548#reviews
 I like it 
  July 25, 2011
ROFL!! HA HA HA! The perfect way to make it! XD
 I like it 
  May 24, 2011
Amazing!
Tom Simon
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space guy
  April 15, 2011
wow!
  April 11, 2011
Awesome! Great detail!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2011
Very cool, I love how it is built.
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  January 10, 2011
...And we now begin to comment on each other's creations... twice. As to the homepage trick, there's no need to feel foolish, as it's a fairly rare trick. You've also now got a labelled, 'fixed' link. As I said before, the apple here is excellent, and I don't think the blocky nature of LEGOs is really enough to detract from a sphere at this scale.
 I like it 
  December 20, 2010
Well....it's not bad. I mean it looks like you caught, like, the general essence of the photo or something. But, I mean, the apple's coloring and its entire orientation is off.
 I like it 
  December 8, 2010
BEAUTIFUL rendition of a classic photo! I love the shape of the apple and the exploding effect. Now let's see the apple IMPLODE!
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  November 16, 2010
Very impressive! The apple is great, but the explosion is even more impressive!
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  November 11, 2010
Outstanding level of detail. You should do a knife slicing an pineapple that would be epic!
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  November 3, 2010
Nice work, this is very well done!
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  November 3, 2010
Upon visiting your page and seeing this thumbnail, the first thing that popped into my head was "Oh, now I remember this guy, he did the exploding apple!" I really love this creation, and it's always great to see someone take an interesting object or an idea and build it in Lego.
 I like it 
  October 28, 2010
Hmmm, Apple = roughly spherical, Debris = irregular, Bullet = cylindrical/ conical, and you choose to model in a medium based around square and cubic pieces. Brave man, but the results are fantastic.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2010
O_O
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  October 23, 2010
Like I just said in my other comment: It's how you use the parts that matters - and you've proven that twenty-fold here. A masters work, nice job.
  October 19, 2010
Phooey. :D You didn't ACTUALLY think I was going to do that? HA! You'd have to call the police...
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  October 19, 2010
Quoting Minifig Maniac I'll keep you highlighted on what happens next.
No, dude, you actually need to stop.
 I like it 
  October 19, 2010
That reminds me, her boyfriend is coming over today. Hehehehehehe...today shall be the day I get revenge for the "soap" incident. Hehhehehehehe...I'll keep you highlighted on what happens next. Whoops! Gotta go...he's parking.Muhahahahaha!
 I like it 
  October 19, 2010
AND she took a clump of her hair out of the hairbrush and threw it at me. Disgusting! AND she let her friends in to my room to hold my other lizard, a uromastyx, without asking my permission. So when I got back from school I found her and her friends squeezing my precious with their grubby paws. Who gave THEM a half-day? Huh?
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  October 19, 2010
And, hey! I...uh...er...um...was little? *Sigh* not really....Oooh! Oooh! And there was one time she gave me soap for christmas! She said I "needed it".
 I like it 
  October 17, 2010
Hey! I only did it because she threw half my LEGO collection into the garbage. Sounds like a fair deal to me! :D
 I made it 
  October 17, 2010
Quoting Minifig Maniac And there was one time I had my gecko defecate all over her boyfriend's car.
Quit your fussin. Sounds like you give as good as you get. Maybe more. ;^}
 I like it 
  October 17, 2010
Oh yes. And there was one time I had my gecko defecate all over her boyfriend's car. That was not pretty. Her voice screaming matched...uh..I'd say the decibel level of a jet. ;D
 I like it 
  October 17, 2010
Uh, uh. Not me. Every time I try to build a vehicle, even a rocket, I go insane. You do it. Yours would turn out so much better. And yes, it's not at ALL smart to get on my sister's bad side. I learned that when I stole her precious purse and spent all the money on Atlantis sets. Bad idea. BAD idea.
 I made it 
  October 17, 2010
Quoting Minifig Maniac Ha! My sister is obsessed with photographs of normal household objets being shot straight through. Weird family. Don't ask. For gosh sakes, her backround is a picture of crayons being torn apart, so I've just decided to show her this. By the way, somebody at TBB thought this was an exploding rocket ship at first. :D
I'll have to remember not to get on your sister's bad side. I can see why it looks like a rocket ship at first. In fact, not a bad idea for a MOC. Are you running with this, or shall I?
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Ha! My sister is obsessed with photographs of normal household objets being shot straight through. Weird family. Don't ask. For gosh sakes, her backround is a picture of crayons being torn apart, so I've just decided to show her this. By the way, somebody at TBB thought this was an exploding rocket ship at first. :D
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
I am so offended by this I just can't see straight! HAHAHA (don't worry everyone else, inside joke). Great work man! Maybe you should build highspeed pic mocs for mythbusters! Oh, there's an idea... mythbuster mocs... Mocbusters! I'll get to work on that. Thanks for sharing! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
That is just too cool!
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  October 16, 2010
Quoting Nick Barrett The only problem I see is the probability of the apple sauce being overcooked :-)
If that comes off as well as the burnt parts of lasagna, I'm still in.
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Brilliant! The only problem I see is the probability of the apple sauce being overcooked :-)
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  October 16, 2010
That is a beautiful piece of Lego art you have there my friend. Quite stunning.
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  October 16, 2010
Wow... Very good sculpting, and a nice feeling to the pictures... it looks quite convincingly like a bullet shot through an apple. Well done, 5 plastic heads (with apples on top) for this MOC
 I made it 
  October 16, 2010
Quoting El Barto ! How about a photo with it on top of your head? Great work!
Somebody has to hold the camera, and I called it first. ;^}
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
I really enjoy the way you've captured the motion.
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
How about a photo with it on top of your head? Great work!
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Wonderful! Perfect shape of the apple!
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  October 16, 2010
Amazing! Really well done... Just love the bullet coming out of it.. And the apple itself is really good too
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Wow, that is incredible! I like how you made the skin start to split. Just fanastic!
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
The same as "mister bones"..... brillant !!!!
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  October 16, 2010
No freak'n way.
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  October 16, 2010
Wow. Congrats on the well deserved TBB hit!~H
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  October 16, 2010
This is wonderful. I was always intrigued by the original photo since I first saw it. You've done a wonderful job reconstructing in static plastic pieces a scene of pure action and destruction...and manage to convey a real feeling of that action into it. Powerful stuff, and a 5/5 rating from me (I certainly don't give this out to anyone)!
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Love!!! Very very nice effect! Gratz on this one!
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  October 16, 2010
yes i'm glad i'm not an apple because i'm an orange :P
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  October 16, 2010
Nice, very nice!!!
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  October 16, 2010
William Tell...TO THE EXTREME!
 I like it 
  October 16, 2010
Brilliant....nothing more to say, simply brilliant.
 
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