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Isla Guadalupe
Operacion Dragon Bloqueo. Esta Noche en Telemundo!
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Fecha: 04 de Julio de 2045. Ubicacion: Oeste del Oceano Pacifico. Isla De Guadalupe. Los Estados unidos Mexicanos . Hace 36 horas Soldados del Ejercito Mexicano fueron desplegados para este sitio remoto como parte de la Operacion Dragon Bloqueo . El secretario de defensa Mexicana afirmo en una Conferencia de prensa esta manana que Dragon Bloqueo es un ejercicio de despliegue rapido, disenado para probar la capacida del Ejercito Mexicano sobre reaccion rapida y decididamente a las amenazas militares en sitios remotos de regiones del pais. Dijo que el ejercicio no es en lo absoluto relacionado al aumento del numero de buques de Guerra de combinacion Asiatica Central que fueron avistados frente a la Costa Oeste de Baja California a principios de este mes. Nuestro Equipo de Noticias Accion permanecera reportando en vivo desde la isla de Guadalupe, el sitio de la Operacion Dragon Bloqueo.


Our Telemundo Action News team brings us the story now, live from Isla
Guadalupe:


Good morning Maria, we are standing on a bluff, overlooking a small bay on the western cost of Isla Guadalupe. The mood here is a mix of excitement and joviality. Mexican soldiers have been unloading equipment and vehicles onto this tiny island for 36 hours now, and their arrival here has been a complete surprise to the inhabitants of this quiet community. I am talking to the commander of this operation, Colonel Escobar of the Mexican National defense Army. He is accompanied by his senior ranking Non-commissioned Officer, Command Sergeant Major Tiburon. Colonel Escobar, what can you tell us about Operation Dragon Blockade?


Let me start Mrs. DelaCruz by saying how glad I am that the Telemundo Action News team has taken the time to join us here on Isla Guadalupe, and that you are going to bring the great work of these soldiers to the attention of the Mexican people! Dragon Blockade is a is a multifaceted operation, and it represents a story that we in the Defense Forces really want the people of our nation to know about, so again, Thank you!


Dragon Blockade is a rapid deployment exercise. Our goal is to test the Army's ability to transport a significant force, quickly, to a remote region of the country and then to test that forces ability to respond to any one of a number of contingencies. Emphasis has been placed on speed, security, economy, and the public welfare.


The Commercial Hybrid freighter "Santa Fe" was commissioned to transport the force from a remote beach on the west coast of the mainland. This decision was a radical departure from our normal use of Navel transports. It did however re-enforce all the mission imperatives of Dragon Blockade. Speed: The transport was selected because it was listed as "available" by the shipping company and required no preparation time. Security: Enemy intelligence efforts have previously been focused on our military transports. But with this operation we have demonstrated to him, the need to divide his attention between all vessels, commercial and military operating in Mexican waters. Economy: The vessel was selected based on competitive commercial rates, not fixed government contract rates. Furthermore, the Santa Fe hybrid diesel-sail or "Disail" configuration is one of the cheapest ways to move cargo on the seas today. The decision was in the best interest of the public welfare because all the cost associated with the movement went directly back into an innovative and rapidly growing Mexican owned company. It has proven to be an all around win!


The Santa Fe was able to conduct the crossing under sail, and enter the bay under internal power. We then deployed the modular causeway and began what we call "Roll On Roll Off" Cargo Download Operations. All of our vehicles were shipped in a mission ready configuration, leaving the vessel under their own power, across the causeway. This can't be done with a massive force, but for a small force like ours it is possible.


Dragon Blockade has provided us the perfect opportunity to test two of our newest systems. The Burro Light Utility Vehicle, and our new modular support buildings. The Burro is a produced by Volkswagen right here in Mexico. The modular buildings are the result of a recent joint venture between Pemex and Soren Aerospace in the United States. Both systems are performing well beyond expectations! And both systems represent the successful investment of the Mexican peoples tax dollars in both the national economy and the national
defense. You see, Dragon Blockade is more than a simple military exercise. This operation displays our nations capabilities in every relevant arena.


The entire down load has been conducted on time under the watchful eyes of the Santa Fe Load Master and our own Beach Master. Safety has been a major concern here. Both union regulations, and our own exacting military standards have been applied every step of the way. I am happy to report that we have suffered no serious injury to any personnel military or civilian up to this point in the operation.


The entire entry phase of the operation has gone flawlessly. We anticipate completing the download in the next two hours, 5 hours ahead of our operational time line.



I see. Well Colonel, Dragon Blockade is a military success...but you mentioned that one of the mission imperatives was the public welfare. What about that Colonel? Not the public of ship owners and car manufactures. I mean the public of Isla Guadalupe? How have they reacted to your arrival in their back yard? What have you done to safeguard their welfare?


Ahh Mrs. DelaCruz! It's questions like that, which keep my wife and I tuned to Telemundo! You see right to the real heart of this whole effort. The heart of everything we in the Army are doing! And of course at the heart of it, we find the Mexican people! They are the reason for defending any part of the nation, and the reason we find ourselves here today.


There is no denying it. Dragon Blockade is a huge effort, and of course, it has proven highly disruptive to the tranquility of this independent island community. Not to mention that it may have negative impact on the tourist trade of this sport fishing destination. We can't change that. But we can mitigate that impact in other ways.


For example, all of the food and water used to support this exercise are being purchased locally, from this small community. It represents a huge boost to their economy in what is normally the slow season for tourists. This forces us to improvise a bit in our field kitchen, but that is exactly what we would have to do in a real conflict, so the training value is actually quite high for us! We share the benefit with the citizens of this town.



And of course there is the Medical Clinique. This is a remote island, and while the Mexican government is already providing our citizens with outstanding medical care, in these remote villages, even those resources can be stretched thin. We are providing the citizens of Isla Guadalupe with free medical treatment for the duration of the exercise.


And again, by providing our fellow citizens with this state of the art medical care, we are also enhancing our own medical staffs abilities to provide that same care to our troops in the event of a real world conflict. So you see Mrs. DelaCruz, I am not just throwing you a sound bite when I say that the Public Welfare is at the very heart of Dragon Blockade!


It all sounds very well planned Colonel. And the people of Isla Guadalupe? What do they say to all of this?


The people of Guadalupe have beenincredible! They have welcomes us on so many
levels...



As friends...


As customers...Ah...those two are crewmen from the Santa Fe...



And as guests in their quiet corner of the nation.


Colonel, you said it yourself: Dragon Blockade is a massive effort. All these troops, all this hardware. After all the public relations, and window dressing, this remains a military operation, with military goals. Presumably those goals include the protection of the Mexican people and their lands form foreign aggression. What equipment has the Army brought to this island to support these goals?


Well, in a modern military, skills and techniques are as important as specific weapons, but of course, you are right again. Recall that this is a rapid deployment exercise, so our ability to deploy heavy weapons has been extremely limited. We have opted instead of a force structure that favors speed, survivability, and limited heavy fire power.



The main protective force is of course our excellent infantry. Easy to move, matchless in close quarter fighting, and difficult to eliminate from the sea or the air. But they are also the last line of defense. First the enemy must reach the shore. And to do that, he must get past our squadron of Light Attack Craft. Light, fast, easy to transport, easy to fuel, and equally effective over sea and land. Excellent for the mission of coastal defense and small vessel interdiction. They are connected to one another and to our headquarters by secure COMSAT links. They form a highly mobile swarm of sensors around the entire island, and if necessary, they can mass for torpedo attacks against substantially larger vessels. The ability of this force to picket the island with mobile sensors and to retreat onto the island itself to continue fighting in direct support of the infantry is their greatest strength.



Despite the strengths of the Infantry and the LACs, neither has the range or
fire power to contend with the main weapons of a potential adversary. In order to fight and win in the modern fight, any force needs balance. Well, that balance is exactly what our heavy tracked missile launcher brings to the fight. These are the keystones of our land based defenses. Big Juan as we call her is equipped with a mixture of long range anti-aircraft missiles, and surface skimming anti-ship missiles. This mix is present on each individual launcher, and we have several such launchers on this island, so no single attack can disable our capabilities entirely.


Big Juan is a long range fighter, and he is not meant to operate like a main
battle tank. That is why he is kept here near a series of camouflaged bunkers, surrounded by our infantry at all times. It's not a force large enough to stop a Normandy style assault, but it is large enough to force any enemy to consider the cost and the gain to be had in attacking this sharp little corner of Mexico.




Maria, as you know, it has been 96 days since the Coronado incident, in which the United States Super Carrier Perry, out of San Diego collided with and sank the Central Asian Combine Submersible Oil Transport Jade Flame which was heading home at the time, her tanks full of Brazilian crude. Since that incident, tensions have remained high, and there has been an increase in the number of military vessels from both of these superpowers operating in the waters off of Mexico's western coast. At a press conference this morning, the Mexican Secretary of defense flatly denied that Operation Dragon Blockade is in any way related to the Coronado Incident.


Until 36 hours ago, Brazil, The Central Asian Combine, and even San Diego seem far away and unimportant to this quiet tourist diving town on remote Isla Guadalupe. Now it seems like half of the angry, fuel starved, war ready world has crowded into their quiet lagoons and filled their roads and beaches with metal and missiles. But they are a hardy people, and they watch all this spectacle with an almost bemused and dismissive air.




That is the story from Isla Guadalupe on this 4th day of July, 2045. Life goes on.

Isla Guadalupe was a joint build by Keith Goldman and myself. It was assembled in three locations over a period of approximately 4 Months. Components were built in Las Vegas Nevada, Fort Leavenworth Kansas, and Fort Hood Texas. The components were collected in Fort Hood before transport to a public venue where it was displayed for 5 days and then permanently dismantled (After Action Report on public display to follow).

For you trivia fans:
Keith did all of the terrain (rocks, inlet, the bay, the mangroves...all of it baby!) He also did the pueblo. He also did the Telemundo Action News Team (which I totally dig). He and I worked together on the Burros and we both tinkered with Soren Roberts excellent container design.

I did the missile launcher, the LAC, the infantry, the Santa Fe, the Causeway (such as it is) and I jacked up the water. which Keith and Ryan Rubino had to fix (yes, I poured the water poorly).

Now the parts are all mixed up, and sorting will be complete...in about...a year...or so...



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Comments

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  May 9, 2014
As said below, the landscaping is incredible! This is a build to truly be proud of, I really like the way you made the rocks, great usage of parts there! Adding you to my favourite builders, this is awesome!
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  April 15, 2014
Nice! Those vehicles are really cool and the landscaping is ace!
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  April 2, 2014
Wow, that is really cool! The detail is incredible!
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  November 22, 2013
Wow! Amazing creation, I couldn't build as good as you did here, also it was brilliant making the mud tire marks behind the jeep, great job.
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  October 30, 2013
Super awesome! So many rich details to discover! Excellent work!
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  August 17, 2013
Every detail is amazing, I like it.
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  August 8, 2013
Quoting Jak TheMad That use of the crane spars for the top of the missile tank is inspiring - I may have to borrow it, if that's all right. :P
Jak. Glad you like the MOC, and I’m faltered that you would consider using any of these ideas. Not only is it all right, I think it's one of the best parts of “on line Lego”. Everything we publish on MOCpages is public property, so if you see it, and like it... then snatch it up, tweak it, make it better, and use it again. The overall quality of MOCs every ware has improved over the last decade largely due to this process of constant assessment, re-use, development, extension, and improvement. Make it even better. Attack!
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  August 2, 2013
That use of the crane spars for the top of the missile tank is inspiring - I may have to borrow it, if that's all right. :P
Michael Rutherford
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CY-EV .
  June 5, 2013
Humongous and magnificent! I think my favorite is the Big Juan missile rack that folds down into the vehicle. Gotta love the jaunty little news story you had accompanying it! BTW, I noticed the decal on the "sail" of your transport looks like a nuclear symbol from a distance. Oh, and the Colonel ought to consider that "spreading the enemy's focus to all vessels" makes it more likely for their foes to target civilian ships on sight (like they did in WWI), regardless of the Laws and Customs of War.
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  June 5, 2013
Quoting CY-EV .
Cy-EV, glad you got a kick out of it. It was a real beast to build, but Goldman and I were quite pleased with the result. In regard to tracking and targeting, it's a dynamic that is never stable. But there are some assumptions the I think validate the idea. The first is that China is not SHOOTING yet. So endangering civilian ships prematurely is not a diplomatically realistic defense concern. Second, as long as an aggressor knows that your movements are restricted to this road, or that type of ship, or that you only move military forces by rail on a certain day of the week, then it is that much easier to observe your efforts, and form a detailed composite image of your force structure and your capabilities. But if you force an enemy, even a powerful enemy to watch 20 sources of data instead of just one or two, he becomes more likely to miss important clues (like when they distract the eye from Frodo in the third book) Finally, the unspoken assumption is that if you get in a shooting war with an oil starved Asian super-power in the future... any vessel that could possibly be used by your military is going to be turned into fish habitat ASAP. I think the most unrealistic part of the concept is that there is no way a colonel is going to say something like that out loud on Telemundo! Again, glad you liked it!
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  December 26, 2012
so...you re back? I now have internet at home, I m happy to see this here! just wanted to wish you a merry christmas, and to keith, but, I saw thison flikr, left a message, but, it never compared to the intensity of your narration, lol, you make it real! you never cease to amaze me with your writting michael, as for the piece, it s incredible! if I had nt seen the omicron, and both yours and keith pieces before, I d just drop on my has, lol, the design, scale, detail, how did you shape the rocket launcher like that? I looked carefully, and it s still a mistery, the bunkers, and what a scheme! incredible, I see you have other stuff, I have to see that!
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  November 6, 2012
Quoting Lieutenant Colonel Chavez HOLY COW! how long did this masterpiece take to build?
" It was assembled in three locations over a period of approximately 4 Months." I have always felt that nothing goes better whith a MOC, than a little write up. Packed with info. Glad you like the MOC. Attack!
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  November 6, 2012
HOLY COW! how long did this masterpiece take to build?
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  October 24, 2012
I didnt see this one until now. Quite a long-winded presentation, but funny nevertheless. I am not sold on the idea of using civilian vessels without proper preparation and signalling; This puts civilians at risk, as the enemy will have no option other than to sink ALL vessels in sight. At the least it is certainly a two-edged sword. The TV-style presentation is totally convincing, and it is very fortunante that I speak spanish! lol. I didnt really catch the important detail of this being prepared for an exhibition, so I was kind of sitting and waiting for an all-out Attack(!) from the enemy forces, leaving the idyllic place in flames and ruins; Didn´t happen :-/ Best part is the futuristic di-sail ship. Fully convincing and well done. I also like the containers. -And a tractor called "burro" Ha! -Good one! -There probably exist one in real life with that name. It´s so obvious! Thanks for sharing!
Michael Rutherford
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Evan Constantine
  October 16, 2012
Wow, Michael, I'm not sure where to begin with this model, it is almost too much to take in at once! The boat really draws my eye, I've never seen such a radical sail design. Really top drawer work, I'm going back for more!
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  September 17, 2012
That is quite the colab! Great details and workmanship all over! Along with a excellent read to accompany the build, which really took the presentation to the next level. I'll be sure to check back soon for whatever you come up with next!
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  September 14, 2012
One word: Stunning.
Michael Rutherford
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Chris Melby
  September 6, 2012
I know we've had our differences in the past, and honestly, I'd still probably throw you in front of a moving bus ;) but I would like to say thanks for the water technique inspiration here, I just used it in a moc, and I am pleased to say, it kicks arse! Z
  August 4, 2012
What an excellent, giant boat (sorry, couldn't resist). As to simple to transport water techniques: using trans-blue makes it a bit more realistic, though also expensive...
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  July 23, 2012
Excellent collaboration! You guys have managed to build a really great scene. Lots of cool ideas and seriously well done details in both landscape, vehicles and buildings. I actually had to check if that rad-sticker on the building was a sticker or brick-built :-) And those tracks left by the mobile launcher - brilliant idea!
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  July 23, 2012
awesome stuff, I bet this was a huge hit at Fiesta!
Michael Rutherford
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Chris Melby
  July 18, 2012
There are certain people who, without even knowing it, make this world a little brighter and a little nicer... Did you know you're one of those... Thanks Mike..... Chris
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  July 18, 2012
Quoting Halhi 141 Oops, it seems I did not look closely enough... I must have not seen the tiles on the water; I thought it was some sort of blue sheet or paper...
The photos are not the best possible. Again, it was photographed "in the field" so I had limited ability (more like limited skill) to manipulate the lighting and frankly, the focus in some of the shots is slightly off as well. But these are the only photos I have so, it is what it is.
  July 18, 2012
Oops, it seems I did not look closely enough... I must have not seen the tiles on the water; I thought it was some sort of blue sheet or paper...
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  July 18, 2012
However, the water seems very drab. And part of it is not Lego. It would be better if it was all Lego... Halhi, Now THAT is a vigorous, specific and focused critique. We really don't see a lot of that here, and I appreciate it. Thank you! In regard to the rough edges in the pueblo, that was the result of my failure to "Anchor" the shed correctly. Keith left two studs under each shed for that exact purpose, and I assembled it incorrectly. As for the drive sprockets on the launcher... I don't know how to tell one form gear mod the other, so I am inclined to defer to your judgment in this issue. But the water? Themes fight'n words my friend! This thing is Lego form stem to stern. Our collection is old, and many of the parts have been affected by sun and exposure to cigarette smoke, so the hues are off (way off in some cases) but it's all Lego I assure you. I totally agree with you about the water technique. I would really like to try this lose brick technique I have seen, where the bricks are placed randomly but on their side. In a large enough area, it creates a wonderfully natural look. And if I had the time to vary the hue in relation to the imagined depth...that would be epic! But I had to go with ease of transport, and speed of assembly. When evaluated in light of these criteria, the old "Sheet water" option won out. Again, thanks for the objective assessment. It absolutely helps! Attack!
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  July 18, 2012
Mike, The work is lovely, but the story really helps me appreciate the work a bit more. Thank you for sharing. ~Dave
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  July 18, 2012
First off, the tracks left in the mud behind the tracked missile launcher look great. Some great parts use, I like the use of the mudguard elements. And the use of two different colors for each roof adds some texture. However, the water seems very drab. And part of it is not Lego. It would be better if it was all Lego and if some clear and white pieces were put in to bring texture. No water is that smooth. Also, the rock shaping looks a bit strange. I'm not an expert when it comes to making rocks, so I can't place exactly what's wrong, but something seems off. A few studs and bottoms of plates are showing on man-made structures, so that should be tiled or hidden in some way. I don't have these wheels, so I don't know, but could thicker tires or thinner wheels be used? It seems that the current wheels are too thick for the tire. Just a small thing about the tracked missile launcher: I feel that the newer 16t gears would have looked better than the old 16t gears. And finally, the text. One typo: beenincredible instead of been incredible. Altogether this is a fantastic diaroma.
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  July 18, 2012
Thanks to everybody for the feedback! This MOC required a lot of planning and coordination with my colleagues. But, the whole time I have been posting, these challenges have been par for the course. After all my belly aching, it turns out that the uploader was NOT the problem. The system that I am operaating from blocks certain functions in the upload process. So, the disconnect is on MY END. Again, thanks all for the comments, critiques, and kudos. I won’t lie... I live for that stuff! You guys totally motivate me to stay in the fight. ATTACK!
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  July 18, 2012
So... is this HALO? I didn't read the moc card. (ok, so only a few of you will get that joke but to those that do... it's HILARIOUS). Great work Mike! Looking forward to the After Action Report! ~ Chris.
Michael Rutherford
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Mark E
  July 17, 2012
Great post Michael. I wish I could have seen it in person to get all of the details.
Michael Rutherford
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Kurt Barlow
  July 17, 2012
Michael, it would seem that you don't often build, but when you do, it is a real showstopper. There are simply too many fascinating details to comment on, but the Santa Fe is particularly inspiring, and unlike any ocean going vessle I've seen. It is as if one of those wonderful Popular Mechanics magazine covers has come to life. I shall return to this model again to soak up both the wide variety of skilled technique, and the depth of minifig scale detail. Bravo Mr. Rutherford this is quite a remarkable achievement with the brick!
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  July 17, 2012
Great stuff here! I like the terrain and the vehicles (like the Burro) especially. However, the water could stand some improvement (I'm sure you have the bricks for that!). It just looks too flat and, well, monochromatic.
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  July 17, 2012
The size of this is incredible, as well as the detail. >Eric
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  July 17, 2012
Astounding diorama, with excellent vehicles and a good story to match! Glad your uploader is working.
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  July 17, 2012
Awesome creation! Lots of sweet details everywhere... its great to see a build from you! :)
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  July 17, 2012
Woah...
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  July 17, 2012
You've got some great builds here, and I love the political, 'diplomatic', and military twists to the story. Guess you and your building mates might have had a bit of your own deployment/communication/strategic planning going on to pull this off! I salute you! :)
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  July 17, 2012
Such a cool concept! Everything is so deliciously built; Really love the vehicles!
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  July 17, 2012
A incredible build, stunning in both size and detail. The ship is a very unique looking design, it almost looks like some form of sensor bunker. The colouration of all the vehicles works well in conjunction with the landscape, which Mr. Goldman did a phenomenal job on. But those vehicles are what really make this diorama stand out, they give that special texture that makes something look good. Well done, this is a fantastic collaboration that must have been quite a challenge to complete.
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  July 17, 2012
I love the Santa Fe, Mike! I wish she was available to do the Virginia-Bermuda run, the cost of diesel fuel is killing our grocery prices. The ship itself really sets the tone for the near-future tech level that appears throughout the dio. I note general thematic similarities to Traders of the Rift, which is a good thing because I loved that dio as well.
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  July 17, 2012
Love this MOC
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  July 17, 2012
I'm glad you were able to get the upload this time! This is worth the wait. Another stunning build on par with Traders of the Rift, but with a more detailed story to boot! Keep it up, your builds are a huge inspiration
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  July 17, 2012
Wow! it's huge! Great job, the whole thing looks brilliant! --Blast--
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  July 17, 2012
I agree with Mark, having seen Keith's photos on Flickr I was intrigued (and impressed) and i'm glad to read the backstory here which adds another rich level to the presentation. So many cool details to check out. Great job!
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  July 17, 2012
Wow, man, very impressive!
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  July 17, 2012
Superb! Amazing!
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  July 17, 2012
Nice to see some of the detail work in this. While MOCpages has it's flaws, it's still an excellent venue for the story-telling, which I also really enjoyed with this post. Great work, guys!
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  July 17, 2012
Glad to see that you finally got the pics uploaded! Wow. Lots to see and a great story with homage to several other MOCpages builders thrown in -- NICE!
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  July 17, 2012
excellent build, loads of detail to take in. but the ship's my favorite.
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  July 17, 2012
Beautiful ship and rock work. I see you got the uploader working, then?
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  July 17, 2012
Not only it is an impressive build (and nice to see you build again), but the story is exactly as interesting, if not even more. Good work, man!
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  July 17, 2012
Awesome! Theres so much stuff going on, and there is so much detail. great build
 
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