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MOColympics R3 - Professor Lentz's Otherworldly Engine Mk II
My last round, against 2009 winner Dave Sterling. Category: Steampunk
About this creation
The Otherworldly Engine is a machine designed to open a rift to other inhabited worlds and make contact with their inhabitants. It's built in an old barn, a few minutes from St. Badmington, UK.


Professor Hieronimous Cornelis Lentz, former physics teacher at the SBU, is pursuing the dream of a lifetime: making contact with other intelligent life forms.


He bought old Fred Jasper's barn, and invested his savings on this project. His previous attempt had failed, almost 10 years before, due to the lack of an appropriate energy source. Coal simply did not cut it.


However, in AD 1877, St Badmington was chosen to test the new gasducts for public illumination and heat. With this new source, his generator would have been able to give a sufficient output.


Now, he's ready for the final tests. Powering up the device and checking all his instruments never seemed so tedious...


After checking the oil pressure, it's time to check the gas.


The pressure seems up to specifications... Time to fire it up!


The water should boil like never before.


All gears seem to be working perfecly.


Prof Lentz's generator. Since it works by attrition and not induction, it can provide huge amounts of electricity, but only in short bursts, due to the intense heat.
You can see St. Badmington's hillside from the barn.


Time to get to the control platform. The foundations of the barn were excavated to make room for the devices, and all the interior was covered in tar, to avoid water infiltrations.


HC Lentz brings the Portal Chamber into position, to make a last check on the inside before starting.


All seems in perfect order. The professor is sure of the outcome!


Now it's time to wear the protective lenses and give it a spin.


Sample video. This is put here just to show how thw gears work.

Notice the coolness of the pumping piston, and the light-up furnace.

RECORD GALLERY

Experiment #1
FZZZZT!

"Are you quite all right Sir?"

This little setback will not hinder progress! Little matters that the device is a potentially lethal alien abducting machine! Science demanded even greater sacrifices than this!


Experiment #2

"Gzoorp nahaan! Lahaha nahaan!" (trans: "Die monster! Die kidnapper!")

"Aaaaaargh!"

Experiment #3

"I'm a teacher, I've seen this happen before..."

"Aaaaaargh!"

Experiment #3

!GRRAAaaAARGH!

"AAAAAARGH!"

...needless to say, these accidents quenched Prof. Lentz's enthusiasm more than a bit.
He never tried to operate the machine again.

But... there's no reason to waste a perfectly good steel hull!
Behold the Steam Tanksuit! Mark one!


No alien or human will scare the good professor into hiding anymore!


Safe into the cockpit of the most improbable among war machines! A real walking Ironclad...


... armed with a humungous flamethrower...


... and a gigantic saw!


Professor Lentz became rich with the Tanksuit series, and mech design will remain the favourite family business for centuries.


This is all for my MOColympics Round 3 entry!
And here is a link to my opponent's page... the amazing Dave Sterling!

NOTE #1: Prof. Lentz's name was inspired by 2 of my favourites visionaries: Hieronimous Bosch and MC Escher.
NOTE #2: alien Price appears after a "cool" from the original.
NOTE #3: No gears were harmed in the making of this MOC.
Note #4: Wow! I made it! And with about 100 brown pieces in all! (plus the tracks)


I know this was a big one to swallow, I hope you took the time :)
Comments are welcome!



Comments

Yuri  Fassio
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Elite Predator Wolf
  October 3, 2010
It is awesome! great Moc. Forte, mi piacciono un sacco gli ingranaggi che fanno girare quella specie di cisterna. complimenti.
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  April 24, 2010
Quoting Alex Mac Hahha! Definitely good work on the gears, one of my favorite parts. If I'm not mistaken, it's quite Alex Eylar-esque, I dunno why, it reminds me a bit of some of his work. Great job, it's a shame that black is a rather hard color to take pictures of...
Hahaha! Eylar-esque? I can't think of a greater compliment!
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  April 23, 2010
Hahha! Definitely good work on the gears, one of my favorite parts. If I'm not mistaken, it's quite Alex Eylar-esque, I dunno why, it reminds me a bit of some of his work. Great job, it's a shame that black is a rather hard color to take pictures of...
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  February 28, 2010
The gear work is excellent. Gotta love that mechanical advantage. -Sam
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  January 29, 2010
HAHAHA, great story. Some really nice lighting effects on this as well.
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  December 14, 2009
Awesome, I love the big gear system!
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  November 16, 2009
SWEET. AWESOME. COOL. NICE. All design are very nice. I like the accident where the monster came.
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  November 4, 2009
This is great and one of my favorite ever MOCs!
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  October 1, 2009
Yuri, theres a matter that requires your attention in MAOX, can u plz take a look?
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  September 27, 2009
Sorry that your journey ends here, I think your build is very unique, fun, clever and functional.
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  September 25, 2009
Awesome and very original build! I really like the steampunk mecha! Can you check out my Transformer? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/154546
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  September 25, 2009
well this is just FANTASTIC!!!
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  September 23, 2009
Late too ! MOColympics has brings us some Steampunk masterpieces, and this is one of it ! The part with the alien is funny and I love the idea of the steampunk mecha. Hope that you aren't sad about the votes and congrats on your fantastic ride in the olympics !
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  September 22, 2009
Really tough luck on not advancing Yuri, that's a great build full of clever ideas.
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  September 21, 2009
Stellar work, Fassio! Major bonus points for the playability factor. Glad I didn't have to judge this one. You guys both knocked it out of the park.
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  September 21, 2009
LOVE that Steam Tanksuit Mr Fassio! Nice creation indeed.
Yuri  Fassio
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Blake B.
  September 20, 2009
I took the time to read this Yuri, And I gotta say, this is the best steampunk creation yet! I loved the "Die Monster! Die Kidnapper!" part! The mechanism is sweet. The minifig even looks like you!
Yuri  Fassio
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Dave Sterling
  September 20, 2009
Quoting Professor Eggplant Very Nice tree over there. I don't know about that fella Dave now... lol.
I can prove my innocence as well! Check here: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=101733&id=/user_images/5468/12357952386. Look at the Star Wars box just to the left of the Coast Guard box (middle shelf). That's a Hailfire Droid right there. :-) Had it since I think last X-mas and just got around to opening it for MOCOlympics.
Yuri  Fassio
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Char Bioshift
  September 20, 2009
wow this is cool! it kind of looks to me like Hephestus's workshop.10/10
  September 20, 2009
I plan to make my first vig based off of this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UbGtjnluyY I need some advice though on how to make good tables. Can you point me to a good one? I don't have much to choose from.
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  September 20, 2009
you made a language? you should put more of this language in other mocs, sounds cool!
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  September 20, 2009
Quoting Blake B. I took the time to read this Yuri, And I gotta say, this is the best steampunk creation yet! I loved the "Die Monster! Die Kidnapper!" part! The mechanism is sweet. The minifig even looks like you!
I actually created a shred of a language to make that phrase, with rules and all :) (and the fig can't be me, it's not wearing sunglasses. Unless the goggles count...)
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  September 20, 2009
fantastic work
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  September 20, 2009
You have always the right pieces for the right idea. Perfect job, maybe the main idea is stolen from a videogame called "Paraworld", but if or if not, original ideas.
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  September 20, 2009
Condolences on the loss, congrats on a great build!
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  September 20, 2009
wow, simply amazing. if I was a judge, I'd have a nervous breakdown! both mocs are really good, while dave's is a little bit cleaner and yours is more in-depth and functional, not to mention funny. that bio-monster was a great touch. best of luck to you in the olympics, yuri!
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  September 20, 2009
How atmospheric, what a set this would make for a film! Really cool, I can just imagine Vincent Price wondering around the corner any moment.
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  September 20, 2009
you impressed my Yuri! once again, despite actual mechanisms you made an awesome MOC! i wouldnt figured out that portal thing could change to a hardsuit, or mech, or even Ork Killa Kan! 8D, good luck!
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  September 20, 2009
This is absolutely amazing - as usual, from you. I guess this is yet another style of MOCing you're brilliant at :D
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  September 20, 2009
nice one man, i like the clever walker and the cogs mixed with tracks
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  September 20, 2009
Awesome! I love the working cogs and the light up furnace, and the experiment part was great. =D
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  September 20, 2009
Great build, man. Love the working cogwheel contraption! And I think the hardsuit is just an added bonus to an already good steampunkish build. I thought Hieronimus and Cornelis sounded more Dutch to me than English, and then you mentioned Escher and Bosch. Those are some fine fellow countrymen.
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  September 20, 2009
Very cool, Yuri! Although it's a little... confusing (even for SteamPunk!). Good day
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  September 20, 2009
Very nice and cool affects
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  September 20, 2009
Very Nice tree over there. I don't know about that fella Dave now... lol.
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  September 20, 2009
Quoting Professor Eggplant Great build here, personally I would've voted for this one. By the way, is it a big coincidence or did everyone just happen to buy that star wars set with the brown treds? I smell some AFOL Cheaters here.
I can prove my innocence http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/142760 :)
Yuri  Fassio
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Dave Sterling
  September 19, 2009
Very cool Yuri! I love the gear mechanisms and the story is awesome. Fantastic work here. Should be interesting for the judges. Good luck!
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  September 19, 2009
I didn't! Oh yeah, the build is really nice too.
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  September 19, 2009
Great build here, personally I would've voted for this one. By the way, is it a big coincidence or did everyone just happen to buy that star wars set with the brown treds? I smell some AFOL Cheaters here.
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  September 19, 2009
Quoting Chris Phipson Yuri. As you know I've been agonizing over this decision for the past couple hours since you posted. Let me just say WOW! I thought the Eggy vs Chas match was tough to call but MAN! You guys don't make this easy do ya? I LOVED the working gears and the concept was top notch. In the end, I had to go with Dave. His build was just a little bit cleaner overall. I know these matches are only going to get harder and harder to judge, but you made this one THE hardest. Man... THAT was hard to type. You made one HECK of an entry my friend and sending you packing is the hardest decision I had to make so far. Everyone... standing ovation for Yuri please! Great job Yuri, great job. ~ Chris.
lol! and to think I went with an exaggerated garbled look to cover the "punk" part of SP ;) Thanks Chris.
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  September 19, 2009
Quoting Chris Phipson Yuri. As you know I've been agonizing over this decision for the past couple hours since you posted. Let me just say WOW! I thought the Eggy vs Chas match was tough to call but MAN! You guys don't make this easy do ya? I LOVED the working gears and the concept was top notch. In the end, I had to go with Dave. His build was just a little bit cleaner overall. I know these matches are only going to get harder and harder to judge, but you made this one THE hardest. Man... THAT was hard to type. You made one HECK of an entry my friend and sending you packing is the hardest decision I had to make so far. Everyone... standing ovation for Yuri please! Great job Yuri, great job. ~ Chris.
lol! and to think I went with an exaggerated garbled look to cover the "punk" part of SP ;) Thanks Chris.
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  September 19, 2009
Aw, it's a shame you didn't get through man. This was an incredible MOC. The fact that you had working gears blew me away!
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  September 19, 2009
Yuri. As you know I've been agonizing over this decision for the past couple hours since you posted. Let me just say WOW! I thought the Eggy vs Chas match was tough to call but MAN! You guys don't make this easy do ya? I LOVED the working gears and the concept was top notch. In the end, I had to go with Dave. His build was just a little bit cleaner overall. I know these matches are only going to get harder and harder to judge, but you made this one THE hardest. Man... THAT was hard to type. You made one HECK of an entry my friend and sending you packing is the hardest decision I had to make so far. Everyone... standing ovation for Yuri please! Great job Yuri, great job. ~ Chris.
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  September 19, 2009
Awww... after all the effort I put to add that detail, nobody noticed the micro town seen in the distance... it was one of the hardest things, taking the pic from the right angle... :(
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  September 19, 2009
Very cool creation! Actual moving parts!
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  September 19, 2009
Hey, Yuri, while you were looking at my entry, I was looking at yours! I thought that was funny, and now I'm back to make a comment. I am impressed by how creatively you spun a story. With limited pieces, you have shown your imagination has no such limits. I love how everything works, too - from the door on the furnace to all the gears. Great story, great build, great MOC.
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  September 19, 2009
It is beautiful and certainly clever. I actually thought about tossing a coin and allowing fate to choose for me, but in the end I gave my vote to Dave. Excellent job and thanks for sharing. Best of luck with Brian and Chris. Lee.
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  September 19, 2009
A great build and fantastic story (plus a handsome guest star . . .). I like the boiler, and the tanksuit was a nice surprise!
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  September 19, 2009
Let that be a lesson to you kiddies. Don't mess with the space time continium. Nice one. Great gear work. Silly mech. see ya. garth
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  September 19, 2009
Look out, Dave, you're in for a tough time! I love how the Prof. keeps getting different stuff each time. As soon as you had me thinking that the Bionicle monster would be the end of him, the giant chamber got turned into a washing-machine on legs. You call that a hardsuit!? This one gave some good laughs.
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  September 19, 2009
Very cool, Yuri, I definitely approve. Speaking of approval, do you think this creation is Archeogenis worthy?http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/153602 Anyways, nice gear system, I had something like this, but it broke almost half of my gears :(.
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  September 19, 2009
Great Yuri,love this!You did an amazing work with few brown pieces,im stuned!Really like this,i think you have good chances to win.Check out my newest mocs,if you can.
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  September 19, 2009
I really enjoyed the story. The build was well done. I was pleasently surprised by the ironclad mech. Great build!
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  September 19, 2009
Awsome, and LOL!
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  September 19, 2009
Hahaha! Awesome entry, Yuri. I started thinking to myself "Where's the Bionicle?", but it was in there eventually. Like the moving features (by which, I mean the cogs and chains etc) and the surprise transformation of purpose of the tank at the end. There were other things I wanted to comment on, but can't remember, now. My fave between the two. Good luck with the judges!
 
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