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MO R4 Jason Corlett VS. Dave Sterling "Around the world in 40 days"
Just a quick warning before I let you start sifting through the story and photos below. This is a really long page! 87 photos in total. I think I may have gone a wee bit overboard with this one but I'm up against Dave Sterling. There's no kill quite like overkill, as I like to say.
About this creation
This round, I'm paired up with Dave Sterling in the category "Journey to the center of the earth" which means, build something based on a Jules Verne book. I chose the book "Around the world in 80 days" for my entry.

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Now, On with the MOC!


Phineas T. Smogg was an eccentric fellow. Living alone in his large warehouse, he invented steam-powered machines to make everyday life simpler. The only time he left his warehouse was to go to the Inventor Club in downtown London, where he would play poker with his fabulously wealthy friends.


Rupert Smyth earned his fortune with the invention of the steam Locomotive.


While Stuart Wright earned his by creating the steamcar.


The wealthiest of them all was Lawrence Shaw. He was credited with the invention of many revolutionary devices. Shaw was currently in the process of creating a new form of marine travel! He called it the “Diving Bell”, it was supposed to be able to travel great distances under the surface of the water!


Mr. Smogg, looking up from his hand of cards said “I am also working on a new invention.”


“That is wonderful news! You haven’t had a new idea in nearly three months. What is it, if you don’t mind me asking?” Said Smyth


Smogg, looking back down at his cards, responded “A flying machine.”


“A flying machine?!” exclaimed Shaw, nearly choking on his scotch. “Surely you must be jesting.”


“It is no jest, gentlemen. I have already drawn up the plans. I intend to begin constructing the machine tomorrow. once complete, I believe I will pilot the machine around the world to prove its efficiency.” Said Smogg plainly.


“Impossible!” barked Shaw. “Building the contraption is one thing, but piloting it around the world is simply absurd!”


“It IS possible and I shall prove the fact. I wager that I can build my flying machine and fly around the world within the period of forty days.” Said Smogg calmly.


“Ha! You cannot be serious!” Said Shaw, clearly stunned by Smogg’s wager.


“Unless, of course, you agree with me?” Questioned Smogg.


“What are the conditions of the wager?” ask Shaw, hesitantly.


Smogg began listing the conditions of the wager as if he had prepared them in advance. “I am to build my machine and travel around the world in it, collecting proof of my journey along the way. Within the period of forty days I will land back here in London. To the winner, goes twenty thousand Pounds and the full rights to my machine. Fair enough for you, sir?”


“Very well Mr. Smogg, you have a deal. When will you begin?”


“This very instant!” Said Smogg as he threw his hand of cards on the table, a full house no less.


He then walked out of the club, collecting his winnings from the table as he went.


Throughout the night Phineas T. Smogg toiled in his workshop, creating the world’s very first flying machine.


Within seventy two hours, his machine was complete.


He towed it to a nearby field and called upon his friends to witness his departure.


“A fine vessel it is Smogg but do remember that you only have thirty seven days remaining to complete your trip around the world.” Reminded Shaw.


“Not to worry, Mr. Shaw. I am fully confident that this machine is capable of completing the journey within the arranged timeframe. Fair well, gentlemen!” yelled Smogg as he climbed the ladder. And with that, the machine lifted off of its supports and flew westward with great swiftness!


Within twenty four hours he was above denmark and the distinct aroma of ABS plastic could be smelt in the air. Smogg had a sudden flash of Déjà vu, as if he had been there before…


Seven more days of flight had reduced his coal reserve to nearly four days worth. Looking down upon India, Smogg said to himself “I simply cannot refuel there. The odds of me buying an elephant, meeting a guide and a general, and saving a damsel in distress are much too high! I’ve also been told the laws, there, are strict when it comes to religion. I wouldn’t want to get arrested for walking into the Pagoda on Malabar Hill with my shoes on.”


He was instead forced to land in Beijing, China to restock. The whole city seemed to come to an abrupt stop at the sight of the flying machine. Some people stopped and stared in disbelief while others ran in fear. Smogg decided that the best course of action would be to find more coal and get his passport stamped as fast as possible to avoid causing more panic among the population.


With his coal chest full to capacity and passport stamped, he set off for the beautiful island of Hawaii. Before long however, the wind began to gust and menacing clouds set in. The machine was rocked by the wind and Mr. Smogg was nearly thrown from the helm! The storm raged for three solid days. Another four days past and Smogg began to think he was going round in circles.


Exhausted, Smogg fixed himself a hardy lunch.


When he was about to take a bite of the sandwich he had created, a sea gull swooped in and stole the food from his hands!


Enraged, Smogg pulled out his revolver and shot the bird down, laughing maniacally! As he stood over the railing of his craft, he witnessed a truly happy site! He had finally found Hawaii!


He immediately landed on the island, filling both his stomach and coal box to the bursting point and adding another stamp to his passport.


Setting off on his journey once again, Smogg directed his machine in a north-easterly direction. He was on his way to Calgary, Alberta. Smogg had heard of a terrible train attack that occurred in the US a year or so before. A clan of Sioux Indians (native Americans) kidnapped the servant of the famous Phileas Fogg. Fogg was then forced to rescue his servant. Mr. Smogg certainly didn’t want them to kidnap him, so decided to avoid the states at all costs.


Five more days had past before he landed in Calgary. A very happy fellow by the name of Tim Horton approached Mr. Smogg and asked if he would like to partake in a cup of his new coffee.


The man said that if he could get enough supporters, he would like to open a coffee shop on every corner of every street. “Highly unlikely!” thought Smogg as he sipped the coffee. When his coal chest was once again full, he started up his contraption and flew off.


He was now headed for St. Johns, Newfoundland, The last chance to resupply before crossing the North Atlantic. After five days the frozen ocean was in sight. While getting ready for his trip across the North Atlantic, He overheard a group of experienced lobster fishermen talking about a bad snow storm heading into St. Johns that very night.


Concerned for his safety, Smogg checked into a colourful hotel and waited out the storm.


. When morning came, approximately four feet of snow had fallen. His machine was completely buried! For hours he dug to release the machine from its Icy prison.


By noon the contraption was freed. Smogg then quickly lit the furnace and loaded his supplies.

Mr. Smogg now had but six and a half days to reach London.


The trip across the North Atlantic was a cold one. Smogg’s left hand had serious frost bite and his drinking water was frozen solid. For five days, Mr. Smogg endured below freezing temperatures and howling winds. On the sixth day, the weather turned warmer and the wind died down. On the horizon Smogg could see a familiar sight.


It was London! He had but twelve hours to get to the Inventor Club downtown.


The machine soared with astonishing speed through the streets of London. Smogg could see the club at the end of the street.


Suddenly one of the four chains securing the hull of the machine to the balloon snapped and the contraption began rotating. The machine was still headed directly for the club but was facing sideways!


Meanwhile, inside the club, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Wright stood staring at the door awaiting Smogg’s arrival. They paced up and down the hall nervously.


Shaw was about to say something when an enormous crash shook the building and Phineas T. Smogg come smashing through the window at exactly one minute to midnight!


Smogg picked himself up, sweeping the glass shards from his shoulders and straightening his pilot jacket. He then handed his passport to Mr. Shaw and said “Here is my passport, sir. As you can see, I am here and everything is in order.”


Just then...


the machine fell from the roof of the club.


Smogg Continued with a look of embarrassment “Everything except my machine, which will obviously require much repair after its stupendous crash with the club building… which will also require repair.”


In the years that followed, Phineas T. Smogg became the wealthiest man in England and the Steam-powered Airship became a very popular method of travel and shipping of goods all around the world!


Northern Notes:
The first thing I did this round was buy a copy of the book "Around the world in 80 days". I've NEVER read it before. Glad that I did though, it's a great book.

Next came the building. I thought my last entry was a nightmare. This one was ten times worse! While building the ten sets that make up this moc, I was constantly struggling to find shelf space for the new sets. I was also struggling to find the parts to build the next set. Despite all that, I'm pretty happy with the end result. I think it turned out really well. Win or lose, I'm proud of what I have here.

Anyway,are you still with me? Good! Now I have some quick detail shots of all the sets without any minifigures.


The Inventors Club.


Smogg's warehouse. Very bare bones on the exterior since all the action was happening inside.










The warehouse was lit with these three light bricks. Just FYI.


This is a mini model of the LEGO headquarters in Billund, Denmark. I'm quite proud of this one.


The Taj Mahal.




This little oriental-style house is based on a building in the Forbidden City in china.


Wagon.


Chinese lantern.


Gold detailing on the side of the house.


Aloha! Welcome to Hawaii!


Little beach shack.


Calgary, Alberta.


A snowy cliff.


St. John's, Newfoundland


Bad dog!


A brightly coloured hotel.


Frozen pond, bench, and winterized tree (leaf-free)


The field.


Mini downtown London.


Micro horse and carriage.


The inventors club.


Left side of the street.


Right side of the street.


And the micro Flying Machine.


The full sized Flying Machine.


Steam-powered engine.


Enough supplies to sink a ship.


The balloons.


This is the rig I used to make the Machine "fly". An old broken lamp and a few clamps and fishing line. Even more makeshift than my lighting rig for my round one entry! Works like a charm though.


And now for the cast! Here we have Smogg in his suit and pilot uniform. Along with Rupert Smyth,Stuart Wright, and Lawrence Shaw.


The chinese crew.


Hawaiian crew.


And the canucks! Hopefully I'm not going to get in trouble for that sticker on Tim Horton. It is an official LEGO sticker that I cut a piece off of and drew a quick maple leaf on it. Hopefully I'm not breaking any rules with that.

Well, that's all folks! Thanks for stopping by!



Comments

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  June 8, 2012
Too bad the categories changed this year, I was going to put this in for Best Story. Bummer!
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  November 18, 2011
@the being called j OMG!!! QQQUUUIIINNNTTTUUUPPPLLLEEE PPPOOOSSSTTT!!!
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  November 6, 2011
Wonderful creation Jason! I just love it! I'm terrified of going against you in round 5... I really mean it! Congrats!
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  November 5, 2011
Going up against Sterling meant bringing your all and you did that and then some! The micro sets really put the whole thing over the top, they are fantastic. Congrats on the win and good luck in Round 5!~H
jason corlett
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White Knight
  November 2, 2011
Super Entertaining !>.....very well done.....
jason corlett
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Dave Sterling
  November 2, 2011
So I finally have a couple minutes to comment properly. :-) Well done here, Jason! This is a stellar creation and I love all of the great builds. Though I'm really not a fan of "story MOC's", this is well done and kept my interest. Additionally, I love how you blended Micro and Minifig scale builds to achieve the forced perspective of being up in the air. Sure you took a lot of pictures...but it was worth it. Excellent work all around and best of luck in the next round. I know you will do great!
jason corlett
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The Being Called J
  November 2, 2011
Ha! I just say: "Overkill is underkill." Amd "EXACTLY!"
jason corlett
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The Being Called J
  November 2, 2011
Ha! I just say: "Overkill is underkill." Amd "EXACTLY!"
jason corlett
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The Being Called J
  November 2, 2011
Ha! I just say: "Overkill is underkill." Amd "EXACTLY!"
jason corlett
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The Being Called J
  November 2, 2011
Ha! I just say: "Overkill is underkill." Amd "EXACTLY!"
jason corlett
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The Being Called J
  November 2, 2011
Ha! I just say: "Overkill is underkill." Amd "EXACTLY!"
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  November 2, 2011
That's not how the book went. :P Oh well. Still a brilliant entry!
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  November 2, 2011
you made it! congrats! best of luck for round 5!
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  November 1, 2011
Kachow! Phineas T Smogg earns my vote.
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  November 1, 2011
Wow, couldn't stay to read through the whole thing, but you got some real nice pics in there, especially the perspective pics. Really nice builds!
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  November 1, 2011
What a wonderful MOC to match the story! The different scales add to the ingenuity!
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  November 1, 2011
Well done Jason. I can sympathise with trying to tell a big story with multiple sets in just 10 days and you've done a great job. Love the scale tricks with the microsets and there are some great details throughout. Love a funny story too!
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  November 1, 2011
This was a marathon, both for your protagonist Phineas T. Smogg and for you, Jason, building that many sets and each of it with the same high quality level. You got my vote.
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  October 31, 2011
What a way of keeping your balls in the ai...uhm, I mean... fantastic build, Jason! Love the microscale settings. The Taj Mahal? I want one! Good luck with your judges!
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  October 31, 2011
Jason, The variety of builds and scales and the work you put into the story earned you my vote. ~Dave
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  October 31, 2011
Overkill much? Great builds all around and a great story! Bravo!
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  October 31, 2011
An engrossing story full of creative builds! You've got my vote! And the Tim Horton cameo is a definite bonus. Good luck, Dude!
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  October 31, 2011
Why not Toronto?!?!Pretty good though! (Can I has coffee?)
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  October 31, 2011
Even though Dave is trying to "gracefully bow out" he sure went down swinging huh?! In either case you got my vote (even with the "laying of the sword") ~ Chris.
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  October 31, 2011
Very very cool! A fun story to read and some freaking epic builds! Amazing work ;)
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  October 31, 2011
Outstanding entry!
jason corlett
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Jasper Vinkenvleugel
  October 30, 2011
Awesome!
jason corlett
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Dave Sterling
  October 30, 2011
Well...no question...you got me on this one. Nice work!
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  October 30, 2011
Wow, that's a massive amount of work for such a short space of time. Great work and best of luck!
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  October 30, 2011
Wow, that's a massive amount of work for such a short space of time. Great work and best of luck!
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  October 30, 2011
That's a funny story :D
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  October 30, 2011
Now THAT's how to do a story on MOCpages kids! Amazing work, about 15 superb MOCs on one page. Best thing I've seen here in a while. 10/10 doesn't do it justice.
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  October 30, 2011
Wow... you really went all out on this - brilliant! The micro Taj Mahal is especially fine. Good luck!
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  October 29, 2011
Exceedingly brilliant! Good luck!
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  October 29, 2011
SUPERB! Glad to hear you also took the time to read the book! :)
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  October 29, 2011
just inpressive and incredible,,,,,a lots of beauty.....bravo
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  October 29, 2011
:O...
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  October 29, 2011
Thats super accurate and AAAWEEESOOMEEE!
jason corlett
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Sidewinder The Critic
  October 28, 2011
Wonderful entry my good sir! indubitably well made!
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  October 28, 2011
I just love a good story I can sit back and really sink my teeth into! Each set is fantastic in its own right and actually worthy of a single post. Phenomenal amount of work in this moc. Love the warehouse set and the mini taj mahal. I have never read the story or seen the movies, but I like how you have explored and portrayed the entire story not just focusing on one aspect of it because it was fun reading it all. Really awesome work and good luck!
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  October 28, 2011
My favorite was the taj mahal, and great idea for the horses also!
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  October 28, 2011
5/5 just for all the work you put into it. Something tells me that this round is gonna be pretty hard for the judges. ;)
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  October 28, 2011
Brilliant entry! The micro london is my favorite, although all of the builds are really good. Good luck!
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  October 28, 2011
Wow! You did a fantastic job on taking one of the best books in the world and making it in LEGO! The figs look amazing along with all of the sets! Very good job and good luck :)
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  October 28, 2011
Very nice! That's an impressive amount of sets you built.
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  October 28, 2011
That will be hard to beat. Fantastic build(s)! I love how you switched from mf scale to micro to make things work.
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  October 28, 2011
Great builds! The humor is great as well. I loved Tim Horton and the bad dog....but the micro horse and carriage was very cool!
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  October 28, 2011
Great subject and great work here, Jay! Love the micro stuff, especially the horse and carriage. Good luck!
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  October 28, 2011
Wow! Great work on everything! You may well succeed where Deus and I failed, good luck! I especially liked the Tim Horton's part!
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  October 28, 2011
Sweet job Jason...good luck in the contest;)!!!
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  October 28, 2011
Great stuff Jason. A terrific entry from you and best of luck!
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  October 28, 2011
Make mine a double-double Eh! Great build(s). Fantastic!
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  October 28, 2011
"Less is more" does not apply when you're going up against Dave. More is. I enjoyed this thoroughly, and I wish you good luck.
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  October 28, 2011
Fabulous work here.
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  October 28, 2011
Excellent work, very much like the microscale scenes at the end. Good luck!
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  October 28, 2011
Awesome that is so amazing. I love that book and this is a very good take on it.
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  October 28, 2011
Very nice.
 
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