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2012 MO Round 2: Paul Romano vs. LegoLord
About this creation
2012 MocOlympics
My esteemed opponent's entry
Category: Life Size Object

For this category, I decided to make an entomology display, featuring an insect display box, miniature spider display, bottle of ether, preservation container, tools, and more! Enjoy!






















The insect display box, featuring six different insects.




Only 2nd Place at the local Entomologist contest...curses!



The front of the box is removable, allowing access inside; the "glass" is really plastic wrap.

















The stuff nightmares are made of: a Giant Asian Hornet, an insect with enough venom in its sting to cause serious pain and even death.




Male Emperor Dragonfly , one of the fastest flyers in the insect world. Males are blue, while females are usually green in color.




An Okaworm Moth, a serious menace to oak trees in its larval stage.




The Cicada: little size, big noise. They are known for their incredibly long larval stages (up to 17 years).




One of the biggest and fiercest ants in the world: Australia’s Bulldog Ant . Its bite and sting cause massive pain.




The Rhinoceros Beetle looks fierce, but is in fact quite harmless: it cannot bite or sting. It is a serious crop-pest in some locations, however.



Belostomatida aka the Giant Water Beetle is king of the underwater insect-realm, preying on anything that moves with its vicious feet. And yes, folks, this brute is actual size…yikes!




In Asia, Giant Water Bugs are considered a delicacy. Yum!





A Preservation jar. The jar has two sections: the bottom one contains ether mixed with cotton balls, while the top section is where the insect is placed. Put the insect in, close it up, and watch as your specimen is perfectly preserved…ready for display!








An as-yet-unknown beetle grub larva, discovered by yours truly. I’m thinking of naming it Paulius Romanius …no sense in being modest if I discovered it, after all :P




Spider display, containing tiny jumping spiders. Spiders, while not insects, are my favorite creepy-crawlies. Whenever I see one, I am reassured that the local mosquito and fly population will not increase unchecked.




Display pins, tweezers, prying-tool, Xacto knife, and a pencil…all essential tools for examining and displaying bugs.




Finally, the required scale shot. Sorry, folks: I can't show my ravishingly handsome face, as I hear PETA has a large hit out on me :D


All my life I've had a fascination for the insect and bug realm. I used to spend hours in my backyard looking for creepy-crawlies to examine; even in my adult life, I have no shame in stooping down to look at an ant battle or relocate a spider that is terrifying my coworkers. So, when I saw the category for this round, I decided to make an insect display set-up. It was a challenging and fun build for me, as I really don't have any experience in making life-size objects out of LEGO. The hardest part was fitting as many details as possible into the insects. While building, I also managed to glean some cool bug facts that I didn't know before. Fun build + educational experience = a win-win for me!

By the way, I have never made an actual insect display and I don't intend to; I never try to kill a bug unless I know it's a pest or if it is dangerous...and I would encourage you to follow my lead. Get some bug knowledge in your brain; they're not all out to bite, stab, and sting you, people :P

Best of luck to LegoLord (check out his beastly sword!) and as always, may the best MOC win!



Comments

 I like it 
  October 17, 2012
Loved the stag beetle especially but it was all great!
 I made it 
  October 14, 2012
Quoting Tom Remy That is a beautiful set! Can you tell me where does the jar come from? GL in R3!
It comes from a Creator Pod set. Thanks for the comment!
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  October 14, 2012
That is a beautiful set! Can you tell me where does the jar come from? GL in R3!
 I like it 
  October 10, 2012
Just to seal things in stone here, I loved your attention to detail Paul, and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us in round 3! You have my vote as well.
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  October 10, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  October 9, 2012
I've had a bad week at work, so this victory means a lot to me. Thank you everyone for your support!
  October 9, 2012
Very original, I like those insects, I don't think I've seen anything like this before in Lego, great job, you have my vote, good luck in round three!
 I like it 
  October 9, 2012
Excellent set, i love that you carried the theme though not one or two but a whole collection of items. The bugs allowed you to introduce colour and variety into the build and it's really well done throughout. Well done and good luck!
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  October 9, 2012
Those tools are pretty perfect!
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  October 9, 2012
I love that you actually built the real life size bugs and beetles. I would have built some mythical creature with a tiny bit of resemblance. This requires more skill. The case and tools were an excellent touch. Great entry, Paul!
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  October 8, 2012
Very very nice. Especially I like to like the tool and the butterflies. Good idea.
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  October 8, 2012
Creepy!!! Excellent job man, everything looks great!! Good luck with the judges!
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  October 8, 2012
All sorts of fun creepy crawlies! Good luck, Dude!
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  October 8, 2012
wonderful entry!
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  October 8, 2012
Fantastic work Paul...Best good luck!
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  October 8, 2012
Very nice work! I love the bugs! Great work! -Jake
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  October 8, 2012
Fantastic work!
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  October 8, 2012
Fascinating and beautiful. Good luck!
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  October 8, 2012
Wow Paul! This is totally awesome! Well done!
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  October 8, 2012
Ugh, spiders... ;) Awesome work on this, I especially like the waterbug. Best of luck!
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  October 8, 2012
Wow Paul! You took this category to a whole new level with this! The amount of detail you added here with all the bugs and the tools just... wow. You have my vote! ~ Chris.
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  October 8, 2012
This is a fantastic moc! Best of luck in the MO!
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  October 8, 2012
Wow!I do'nt rely look at MocOlympics stuff but this.....this is awesome!
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  October 8, 2012
Very well done!
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  October 8, 2012
Second only...? Well, better luck next year. Great entry!
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  October 8, 2012
Lots of nice details on the insects, I cant believe this only won second prize.. :D Great entry! All the best!
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  October 8, 2012
Really, really good idea for this category and every item is nicely built. I agree with you about spiders, they're great! Good luck with the judges!
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  October 8, 2012
This is remarkable! Each little bug has so much detail for so small a thing. Perfect parts usages for all their little legs and nippers. Awesome work Paul, and good luck.
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  October 8, 2012
This is a very nice clean build and a great take on the category. Its nice to see someone do a whole set of equipment rather than a single item. I'm pretty sure Batman would love to use this kit with his Frog from 2010 MO. Great stuff! ~Thoy
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  October 8, 2012
Bugs FTW!
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  October 8, 2012
Great take on the category!
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  October 8, 2012
Well, good luck in round three. Dang, I should have done more. Oh well, it was fun.
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  October 7, 2012
This is magic! Very best of luck to you! :)
 
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