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Franklin's Kite
It was a dark and stormy night in Pennsylvania. Benjamin Franklin, and his son, William, were bunkered down on the edge of a field outside Philadelphia, preparing to execute the experiment that would become legendary in American history. For the first time represented in Lego, this dynamic bignette shows Benjamin Franklin flying his kite into the stormy skies while his son cowers beneath a rickety shack. This was a very fun and interesting build. Please enjoy the photographs, and never try at home what Franklin did in the 1750s!
About this creation

Although the bignette's styling differs from the landscape described in the actual experiment, it still includes many artistic details that add to the action of the scene.


I included a tumultuous oceanfront to both add some color, and set the tone of a gale.


The tree was also a last-minute addition. The bignette just looked a little empty without it.






Franklin and his kite.




A bird's nest. Inspired by Max Pointner's Hangman's Tree.


Vines.


Another shot of the surf.


The lower "level" and the stairs leading to the place where Franklin is flying his kite. William is holding a spare key under the shed.


The Jack Sparrow head worked perfectly for a freaked out young apprentice.

The minifigures for this build were very fun to construct. Franklin's hairpiece is a modified version of Luke Skywalker's hair in the early sets. It was sanded into shape and painted gray. His overcoat is cut from an old first place ribbon I won at some track and field day event a few years ago. I knew that ribbon would come in handy someday! The torso and legs are taken from the POTC Jack Sparrow figure, and the ascot is simply a rubber band.

A differently dressed version of Ben Franklin appears in my post, 23 Minifigures.



Comments

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  July 7, 2014
Great job!!
  August 30, 2012
Piccasa-ed
Paul Vermeesch
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Soap M.
  July 27, 2011
Look out Ben, don't get the kite caught up in the tree. :) Excellent work.
Paul Vermeesch
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Mark Eckerson
  July 19, 2011
:) I like this MOC. You did a good job keep it up.
Paul Vermeesch
AA (Noname)
  July 18, 2011
Quoting Ian Spacek Incredible Paul! Now we wait for lightning...
Actually, Franklin theorized that a lightning storm would be too dangerous, so instead he used the kite to collect some electric charge from a storm cloud. He did it to prove that lightning is electric.
 I like it 
  July 18, 2011
Excellent details, and a great scene to recreate!
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  July 18, 2011
Better torso for franklin than you other try, but on review I say the POTC Coach Driver/HP Olivander torso would be better. But I love the feel and the tree was a good addition.
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  July 18, 2011
Incredible Paul! Now we wait for lightning...
Paul Vermeesch
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Lucas .
  July 16, 2011
Fantastic work, the water and stairs look amazing!
Paul Vermeesch
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AA (Noname)
  July 16, 2011
Wikipedia has some interesting facts about that experiment, have you read it?
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  July 16, 2011
very cool, but unfortunately VERY unpurist...
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  July 16, 2011
Nice job on this! I like the use of whips for the vines!
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  July 16, 2011
Cool! I like the waves and the tree, but I still think the kite should be brick built. I love the hair on old Ben.
 
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