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MocOlympics Round 3: Delatron 3000 vs Deus "Big D." Otiosus
Alien Automata
About this creation
Category: Automata. Build a moving creation. Deploy those cogs and cranks to bring your moc to life with just the turn of a wheel or press of a button. You do not HAVE to have a video of your creation in action but it would really help if you did.

My competition Here

Group link Here

Video link Here In case I don’t work out how to embed video before I fall asleep……

David Alexander Smith wrote “Movement is the key” when my opponent asked about the category, so I concentrated on getting this to work first, and look good later. Given that, I would have loved a few more evenings to get this looking polished. That is what you get for reaching a bit too far in a time limit but something had to give so I ask you to check out the video of the movement but ignore some of the gaps and hasty dressing up with technic bricks. Please ;)



Still, I’m very pleased with it.







The linkage arm drives a couple of cranked shafts. These in turn make the toothed steps rotate on an offset, lifting the eggs up and forward. They catch on the outer step and sit in place. The cycle is repeated and they climb to the top, before being pushed off the top of a tiled ramp.

They slide back down into a sloped hopper where gravity and the motion of the steps load them up at the bottom and start all over again. The repeat of the cycle is helpful if any eggs that stall on a corner need a nudge, but generally it works nicely all on it’s own.







The same motion powers a chain drive on each side from the cranked shafts. One goes through a gearing to turn the rotation for the alien’s spinning tentacles.







The second chain drive rotates a fixed arm connected with a sliding linkage to our little UFO roadster, allowing it to pop up and down on an arc. The fixed arm also presses a bumper connected to two light bricks, giving a flash on the UFO’s upswing







There is more motion with this hidden, spinning space wheel/ shield/ vortex thing. I admit it, I had ideas for something here but time beat me. Likewise, fully dressing all the underside to mask gaps, do something with the lava pool, do proper rockwork, add another chain drive for a second alien….. Maybe if I had a few more nights.



Round the back, you can see how the early rainbow warrior construction had to colour into greys as it went up. This has swallowed most of my basic brick. I’ve treated the whole thing as a theatre set or fairground ride and tried to keep the front tidy while leaving the back ugly. It was useful to leave as much of the mechanism exposed for as long as possible but I had to bury it pretty quickly so I could get it working properly.





I had one breakdown only. Today, at about 6pm. Cursed thing slipped a lever off a shaft and jammed. Was it the shaft that was easily exposed and quick to adjust OR was it the one buried deep in the depths of the brickwork? Oh you know it.



I owe some thanks on this one. Thanks to the guys and girls of VirtuaLUG, especially Stacy Sterling. If my LUGBulk order and the excellent bag of freebies hadn’t arrived then this would only have been half a build, so thank you so much for getting the whole thing organised so well.

Thanks to my lovely wife for her patience and kids for their ideas. This round was inspired by a bag of 20-year old technic I recently inherited, a game my daughter used to have and the letters ‘S, T and U’


I hope to see you in R4.


Yours,

The Delatron



Comments

 I like it 
  October 17, 2013
Awesome work, mate, this is great! That poor alien is in the rodeo of his life! Definitely an effort worth a trip to the next round, even if it came with the standard MP drama! Good luck!~H
 I like it 
  October 17, 2013
Wow, I just kept looking, scroling up and down and up and down! I like the sound of the device too! :)
 I like it 
  October 16, 2013
Very cool.
 I like it 
  October 16, 2013
I wondered what you would come up with for a category that was simultaneously vauge and yet specific...now I am left wondering how you got all that movement and functionality into such a spectacular looking build. Great job, simply amazing!
 I like it 
  October 15, 2013
Great stuff as usual
 I made it 
  October 15, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee FANTASTIC! The movement of the guy in the middle had me rolling. Love the steps up, absolutely clever. Everything seems to work smoothly with the differing angles as well as the chains (Lego gears are abominably finicky.) The sounds it made while "processing" were the icing on the cake. Bravo!
I didn't realise it was recording sound Matt, which might explain my "Stop. Stop!" order to Caroline right at the end! Oh well, glad you liked it mate.
 I made it 
  October 15, 2013
Quoting Dave Kaleta Stu, You rock my world. I have a mancrush on you for this build. ~DK
Steady on Bats, you're a married man now!
 I made it 
  October 15, 2013
Quoting Chris Phipson A great entry and although you don't need it (Deus said that even if we allowed his late entry in he'd concede) you got my vote! Welcome to round 4! ~Chris.
Thanks Chris! It's disappointing to hear that Deus won't compete even though he got offered the chance to do so, despite his apparent anger at missing the deadline - I can only speculate as to his reasons for a strange decision like that, and why he would build for 10 days, stay up through the night on Sunday photographing and then miss the deadline by a few minutes. It's a shame, but it's done and dusted so on to the next round.
 I like it 
  October 15, 2013
What Chris said! :)
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
I like all of the rockwork on this build and how it provides slots for the mechanisms and balls to move in. The eggs make me think that this could be part of a pinball machine, with a UFO theme. A fascinating build.
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
A great entry and although you don't need it (Deus said that even if we allowed his late entry in he'd concede) you got my vote! Welcome to round 4! ~Chris.
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Such a classic! The details are all superb! Amazing functions man! Amazing!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Never mind the details, this is excellent in every way! Good luck Stu.
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Awesome! Nice contraption!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Impressive contraption there, Chief! On to the next round!!!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
An stylish, inventive build that's got something of the Rube Goldberg about it. Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Nice! I like the roller coaster/theme park look to it! The rocks are superb and all the functions are awesome!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Excellent job dude! Movement in LEGO can be so finicky! But you pulled it off splendidly! Good luck in the next round! ;)
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Brilliant! Great function and movement, and nice rocks and alien flourishes too. Too bad your opponent missed the deadline - this was one of the big clashes this round. Still I think your entry would have topped his anyway - good luck in R4!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Wow, even though we use a comon element, the difference between our MOCs is unbelievable.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2013
Wow. This is amazing! Brilliant work and the best of luck to you!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2013
FANTASTIC! The movement of the guy in the middle had me rolling. Love the steps up, absolutely clever. Everything seems to work smoothly with the differing angles as well as the chains (Lego gears are abominably finicky.) The sounds it made while "processing" were the icing on the cake. Bravo!
  October 13, 2013
Stu, You rock my world. I have a mancrush on you for this build. ~DK
 
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