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Hurricane Irene
Built for the 2011 MOCOlympics Round 1. The category for my build is "wind".
About this creation
2011 MOCOlympics Round 1
Category="wind"


The Build

I chose the category wind in the free-for-all round of the MOColympics because of its overall obscureness and I sort of expected that it would be a smaller category. I chose to depict the recent hurricane "Irene" which whirled its way up the east coast not too long ago.
I am choosing to explain the build in one paragraph this time instead of annotating each picture separately. I think this will be a bit less tedious and a bit easier in the long run. Anyhow, This took approx 6 hours to build and is on a 48x48 baseplate. One thing I really tried to do in this creation was work on my angle-ing. I tried to fit as many obscure angles into the creation as possible. It wasn't quite as tough as Fort McHenry but it was still a challenge filling the gaps. I have always had a sort-of-fascination for ApocaLEGO and so I tried to translate some of my interests and techniques that I have seen into this creation in effort to make it look really storm-struck. Some more new details that I have included are some puddles using trans clear, an overturned garbage can, and a bent stop-sign. Try to find them all!



The water was definitely the most difficult part due to its rather obscure idea as well as painstaking placement of plates. I tried to design this creation so that it would be easy and pain free to take down, and I think I did a pretty good job. Still, The water isn't the best I've seen but it fits the scene very well in my opinion.









The broken roof was partly out of technique, but mostly out of necessity. I was running out of black slopes and I had to *ahem* minimize things a bit. All things considered, it turned out pretty well.








I took this picture just so you can see some of the angles that I was working with.







The tree design is one of my favorite parts of this creation. This is also perhaps the first time I've had a use for those ugly palm leaves!













This shot is a really good one of the blowing trees.






A back patio, with a grill and an overturned chair.

Once again here is the link to the MOColympics for convenience for the judges.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Blake

Hurricane Irene



Comments

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  May 16, 2014
This is some brilliant work here - with amazing wind features. The palm trees alone look like a little work of art...
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  August 17, 2013
Water looks as real. Beautiful creation.
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  February 21, 2013
SWEET WATER!!
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  January 21, 2013
I am glad that's not my house. Nice water and trees.
  November 6, 2012
I LIKE THE WAVES. I LIKE THE TELEPHONE POLE. Its GREAT!!!
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  September 19, 2012
Indeed the palm trees are outstanding.
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  August 16, 2012
wow I really like your water technique!!!!
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  June 12, 2012
This moc is great because of the trees. It really does look as though the wind is blowing hard. Nice work!
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  May 26, 2012
I think I commented on this already, but about the palm trees how did you get those tam bushes upside down? .....mind checking out my newest creation?
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  March 8, 2012
EPIC FANTASTIC! So realistic...
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  January 10, 2012
Quite incredible, you've really captured the storm with this build! The trees are inspired... as is the water... well, all of it really ;)
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  December 8, 2011
Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!:)
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  November 26, 2011
incredible and realistic
Blake Baer
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White Knight
  November 10, 2011
Very realistic !>...well done....
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  October 6, 2011
There's no place like home! Looks like you've already got this category nailed. I'd better get cogitating!
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  September 24, 2011
Nice build. really like the water. I`m new to mocpages and am trying to get my stuff around, so feel free to check this out! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/288097
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  September 24, 2011
Whoa, i was blown away by this! Literally! Great work, the trees are just fantastic.
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  September 23, 2011
congratulations! excellent job!
Blake Baer
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Commander Nexu (Formerly Jango Fett) :-)
  September 21, 2011
Oh My Gosh! WOW! For this I'm adding you to my favorite builders list! 6/5!!!
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  September 21, 2011
Wow,I nearly went through that cause I live in P.R.Very nice,and very considerate.
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  September 21, 2011
That's a plain awesome! especially the trees!
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  September 20, 2011
Brilliant work! The realism is just astounding. Congrats!
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  September 20, 2011
Amazing! I can SEE the wind blowing!
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  September 20, 2011
This is the best creation ever period!!!!!
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  September 20, 2011
This is the best creation ever period!!!!!
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  September 20, 2011
Just amazing! The best MOColympics entry so far. You found so many great uses for those clear bricks you bought for Amon Hen - from the puddles in the street and on the patio to the crashing waves on the shore. the uses for those palm leaves were SO creative and I love those palm trunks. Where did you get those? The power lines are awesome and the tree crashing into the house looks so natural I never would have guessed it was spawned from piece deficiency. the broken glass techniques are great and the feeling of motion is just amazing. Great photographs, writeup, and good luck in round two. Nothing to criticize here. Just fantastic! Just as a question, are the water-trans-clears in the 'ocean' actually fixed down or just 1/2 fixed 1/2 placed? I think this is one of your best creatoins. 5 stars!
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  September 20, 2011
IMHO, the best one in the whole darn batch from round one! Fantastic work, Blake!
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  September 20, 2011
Oops, sorry. The first time I looked I thought it said air. My mistake.
Blake Baer
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Armon Russ
  September 19, 2011
The whole thing looks very realistic! :) Especially the water! :D
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  September 19, 2011
Holy crap this is nice. I think you did a nice job on the gaps.
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  September 19, 2011
Absolutely fantastic! The detail on the palm trees is stunning.
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  September 19, 2011
I am overwhelmed (in a good way) by the detail and creative techniques in this MOC, it is absolutely brilliant! The feeling of movement through the large palm trees and the waves crashing are so realistic.
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  September 19, 2011
nice tree and road also i like the water detail
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  September 19, 2011
nice tree and road also i like the water detail
Blake Baer
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Jake .
  September 18, 2011
Wow!!! Love the house, water, broken house, and fallen tree.
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  September 18, 2011
THIS IS AMAZING!
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  September 18, 2011
Whoa! I'd mention everything I liked about it, but then my comment would be longer than the page itself! In my opinion, best M.O. entry of them all!
  September 17, 2011
Congrats again on yr high ranking after round 1 Blake, i look forward to seeing what you come up with in the coming rounds! :)
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  September 17, 2011
Now THIS is how you do an ApocaLEGO MOC, Blake! Awesome job by the way. Oh, and my brother went through Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Andrew, so he knows a few things about surviving hurricanes.
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  September 17, 2011
Congratulations, Blake, on this beauty. The realism is astonishing, just like the dynamic. It's hard to point out my favourite part of this MOC, but it's probably the elimination of many right angles. Nothing to critise here, excellent work.
Blake Baer
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Thoy Bradley
  September 16, 2011
Well Blake your hard work paid off, this is the second highest score handed out! Only second to Stormbringer - fantastic effort and the result reflects that! ~Thoy
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  September 16, 2011
You received a score of 55.5. Congratulations, you have made the top 64! Your will receive your opponent and category on Wednesday, September 21st. Good luck!
Blake Baer
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White Knight
  September 15, 2011
clever stuff !!.....
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  September 14, 2011
Really good stuff, loving the effects achieved with the layered trans clear for water and those palm leaves look just right. Challenging angles too. Well done and good luck!
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  September 14, 2011
The effects are great! I wish I could give it a 6/5!
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  September 13, 2011
Brilliant water, wind and destruction effects!
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  September 13, 2011
I'm just commenting again so you can have 100 likes on this MOC. GREAT JOB!!!!!
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  September 13, 2011
Brilliant work with tons of nice features such as for sure the trees, the water and the brocken roof, but as well as the brocken windows
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  September 13, 2011
I love how you've captured the violence of the wind being unleashed. Nice build.
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  September 13, 2011
I can hear the wind roaring from here!
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  September 13, 2011
This is beyond "great work!" this is magnificent! So much detail I could look at some of those photos 10 times a day and notice something new every time.
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  September 12, 2011
Those trees are something special
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  September 12, 2011
Really graphic entry... The blowing trees are awesome and make a great effect and the water is cool too.
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  September 12, 2011
This truly takes you there. Its depth and life is stunning. It looks somehow appropriately bleak as well.
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  September 12, 2011
Wow, You HAVE to make it past round one. 5/5
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  September 12, 2011
Excellent portrayal. The water and trees are STUNNING. O_O
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  September 12, 2011
Excellent work here mate! Congrats!
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  September 12, 2011
Nice work, very cool!
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  September 12, 2011
Dude that is sweet, great build.
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  September 12, 2011
VERY GOOD! You did a awesome job on the wind effect! There is so much to look at!
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  September 12, 2011
Cool I LOVE it!
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  September 12, 2011
Excellent effect of wind on trees and damage on house.
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  September 12, 2011
If there was a betting pool for who would win the Olympics, I'd probably put money on you. Brilliant start to the games!
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  September 12, 2011
Wow! Great stuff! I love all the details! The broken roof is fantastic with the pylon through it and the waves are brilliant! And I think that the blowing trees are pure genius! Fantastic job! --Blast--
  September 12, 2011
love the waves. And You can see that you have put al lot of time and effort in this MOC, hope that you will go on to round 2 (not that you won't). And would you also check out my entry? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/287140
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  September 12, 2011
love the waves. And You can see that you have put al lot of time and effort in this MOC, hope that you will go on to round 2 (not that you won't). And would you also check out my entry?
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  September 12, 2011
Blake, if this is your R1 entry, I can't wait to see what you have in store for later!
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  September 12, 2011
very good techniques all around and the blowing trees are great! 5/5
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  September 12, 2011
And we have a winner!! Oh wait... these aren't the finals yet... What an amazing build! The best one yet! The wind is clearly visible... If you don't get to R2 I eat a LEGOŽ brick! Good luck!~Jelle
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  September 12, 2011
Wow! You can really see the wind! :D
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  September 12, 2011
Are you trying to win this in the first round by demoralizing everyone else into quitting? ;) Those trees and the water are brilliant! I look forward to seeing what you do in the head to head matchups.
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  September 12, 2011
Excellent job! The water is my favorite part, but the tree is awesome as well! I live in NJ, so we got quite a bit of rain, wind, and flooding in my area, but I was not directly affected by any of it. I hope you do well in the contest!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2011
Best entry so far, brilliant work. Now the only question is how far you can go. Good luck!~H
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  September 12, 2011
We have the tail end of Irene here in the UK, very gusty so no climbing trees for me today lol I would not want to experience the full force, pretty scary stuff, but this moc is beautiful in a destructive way :)
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  September 12, 2011
I love those trees!
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  September 12, 2011
What an amazing design! It really looks very stormy, and those waves and the crash at the house... excellent!
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  September 12, 2011
Just brilliant! From the excellent wave design, the wind battered trees and the destroyed house. All of it is right on the money, very, very nice.
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  September 12, 2011
Wow very Impressive!!
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  September 12, 2011
sweet i love the waver and the trees it really feels like we are in the hurricane!!! the house has great detail to mind looking at this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/286584#reviews
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  September 12, 2011
Excellent and a straight bye into the next round. Only 6 hours, you shame us all with that creation!
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  September 12, 2011
Great MOC! Ironically enough we lost power right after the storm left our area... I guess that pole is to blame. =P
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  September 12, 2011
Wow! Very nice build! I love the angles.
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  September 12, 2011
I'd say good luck (no I wouldn't), but I don't have to. Even at first glance, before noticing the angles, this is epic.
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  September 12, 2011
Amazing
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  September 12, 2011
Thank you all for your very encouraging comments. I spent a ton of time on just the trees, so it means a lot to hear your compliments. Cheers!
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  September 12, 2011
Those trees!
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  September 12, 2011
very well done, sir!
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  September 12, 2011
really cool :D 5/5
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  September 12, 2011
As I like to put it: limits trigger creativity. What a great entry! The trees are amazing and wind effect is perfect. Not to mention the broken windows and the waves! Jawdropping... Good luck with your judges!
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  September 12, 2011
Incredible! This could not be improved on! You've really made it look like there's a fierce wind with the trees and waves. You have an awful lot of trans lol Care to take a look at my entry?
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  September 12, 2011
I felt the hurricane's fury looking at this MOC.
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  September 12, 2011
The word awesome is overused these days, but this... this is the very definition of it! Amazing work! The wave effects and the blowing trees make this MOC perfect! Brilliant work!
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  September 12, 2011
Man that is amazing work. The trees are PERFECT.
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  September 12, 2011
Beautiful. Good luck to you!
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  September 12, 2011
What can i say... we have created both in the wind category, and we had the same idea. I want to congratulate you, Blake, your creation is amazing, a true master work of Lego. Mine is very simple and unsophisticated technically. Yours is much better. I hope that you and I will overcome the Round. Congratulations
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  September 12, 2011
Wow, great creation! That is quite the scene, and truly looks windswept!
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  September 12, 2011
Wow, great creation! That is quite the scene, and truly looks windswept!
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  September 12, 2011
top class! love the trees, windows, and numerour other little (but cool) details!
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  September 12, 2011
Wow! Great work! This is masterful!
Blake Baer
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Paperweight .
  September 11, 2011
Wow. Just wow.
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  September 11, 2011
Quoting Lwc guy Excellent! By the way, the category is air.
Is that a fact now? Hmm. Check again beb, cause the category is "wind". You may want to recheck your entry in case you didn't pay attention with that one too. ;)
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  September 11, 2011
Excellent! By the way, the category is air.
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  September 11, 2011
Looks spectacular! I love the wildness of the water. Very nice work and good luck!
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  September 11, 2011
Very good build.
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  September 11, 2011
Just...so...beautiful! Great waves, and those palm trees look amazing! Good luck!
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  September 11, 2011
The waves & the wind blown trees...SUPERB! :)
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  September 11, 2011
Epic!!! My family was really blessed because we only got the out skirts of the storm. But our power was out for three days :/
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  September 11, 2011
Wonderful! Especially the trees!
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  September 11, 2011
:O
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  September 11, 2011
Wow.....If this doesn't make it to round two, I don't know what will.
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  September 11, 2011
woah! dude that is ace! the broken roof is a nice touch sometimes necessity brings the best of us :) and i love those trees! awesome!
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  September 11, 2011
Nice!
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  September 11, 2011
Great work Blake! This is incredible! I really love the broken windows. Excellent job! :)
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  September 11, 2011
Really nice good job with the water and the house and the trees.
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  September 11, 2011
Stellar!
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  September 11, 2011
This is fantastic! It really captures the feel of a hurricane and I like the SNOT work! The angles you used would not have been easy to work with, amazing that you pulled it off!
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  September 11, 2011
Wow Blake! Excellent job! This MOC really has an intense feeling of motion to it. Well done!
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  September 11, 2011
This is really amazing. There is no part of this that isn't a great build. Very nice job.
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  September 11, 2011
Beautiful yet deadly. Great job Blake!
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  September 11, 2011
I have no doubt you will make it to round 2 for two reasons,1 because this moc is awesome, especially the waves and blowing trees, and 2 because you are one of the few who was brave enough to attempt a wind entry. 5/5
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  September 11, 2011
This is fantastic. The water is amazingly natural-looking, and the angles are great. I've also fiddled around with that palm tree idea, but the windswept look is awesome.
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  September 11, 2011
Awesome Dude! you're in!~Marty
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  September 11, 2011
Just amazing. I love the downed power lines, and the broken glass. You'll get into round two for sure... I especially like the garage door for its simplicity, and the water for its unique shape.
 
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