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Build Journal Entry One: Fortress of Solitude
About this creation
Well, I was going to keep this little project a secret until closer to BrickWorld, but...

May I present, Superman's summer home, the Fortress of Solitude!


Here's an upclose shot of the criss crossing spires at the front entrance. This build is of course just in the begining stages so some changes are expected. This is already the third version of these spires.






Another shot of the front (because basically, that's all I've done so far that's worth showing). I really like how the blue from behind the curved walls bleeds through when the light hits it. Should look pretty cool for the world of lights portion of BrickWorld.






Here's a shot of the interior. Yes there WILL be a full interior on this build. I'm going for a "playset" feel to the build. Also, the two 48 by 48 baseplates that this is set on so far is only HALF of the total imagined set up. I want to add two more to the back... but I'm not saying "yes" to that juuuuuust yet. The only reason I'm even showing the interior at this point is... you see those doors at the center?







Ohhhh, Ahhhh... they open! HAHAHA Like I told ya, "playset" feel.






A final shot of the front exterior. In case some of you were wondering... and I know you were... I've already built one version of the "large" spires that will go on the top of the fortress to give it that "classic" look. Now all I have to do is figure out a way to attach them to the rest of the build and I'll be good...

And that's it for now. The sad part is that I've already pretty much wiped out my white brick reserves... Time to hit PAB!




Fourth Wall Commentary: I decided to let this little secret out of the bag for one reason, and one reason only. Last year, I had a GREAT idea for BrickWorld that never panned out and I never even started the build. This year, not only do I have a cool (pun intended) idea, but I've actually started on it this time! Kelso is always saying that he posts "build journal entries" to basically MAKE him finish the build. That's what I'm doing here. If I show that I've started it, I can't just say "Screw it, no one will ever know if I scrap this thing for parts." Now that you guys all know that I'm doing it, I HAVE to finish it.

I've already shared this with some people behind the scenes and I'd like to quote the almighty Kelso here. (Paraphrased for MOCpages) "Lookin good Chris... could be your best build yet... don't "F" it up!"

Thanks for the words of encouragement Mark. I'll do my best not to let you down!

Till next time true believers!



Comments

 I like it 
  September 15, 2010
just checking on your progress, i hope you don t mind another post,this looks very promising! any superman figure? i sometimes keep a fig next to my builds, for inspiration, would that work for you? from what we can see now,very impressive work! and good luck!
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  August 23, 2010
Unique to say the least!
Chris Phipson
General Brickbuilder
  July 29, 2010
Why don't you build a throne for Superman ;)
Chris Phipson
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Dave and John Xandegar
  July 29, 2010
Psssst...hey Buddy...got any Lego? Nice to see a Phipson MOTD! BTW...got that "Artists" page started for Octobrickfest...http://octobrickfest.webs.com/theartists.htm Waiting on Bios from George and yourself (and we're also going to have Jeffery Viens at the show...awesome! Waiting for his Bio, too). Cool (pun intended again?) MOC!
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  July 29, 2010
A very well-deserved MOTD! I'd still love to see this finished some day (I know you got it in you, kid).
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  July 29, 2010
I'm glad this got MOTD, since the chances of completion seem astronomical!
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  July 29, 2010
Quoting Sci-fi-guy Timberson ooops sorry I'm new here I will look closer tilll making conclusions next time
Don't sweat it kid. But at least you learned quick. A lot of kids NEVER learn. HAHAHA welcome to the pages! ~ Chris.
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  July 29, 2010
ooops sorry I'm new here I will look closer tilll making conclusions next time
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  July 29, 2010
Quoting Sci-fi-guy Timberson It's great! But next time, add the control pannel, screen, and the suit.
Umm... you didn't bother reading it did you?
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  July 29, 2010
It's great! But next time, add the control pannel, screen, and the suit.
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  July 29, 2010
Quoting Bryan Bonahoom I don't remember seeing this at Brickworld... did you mean BW 2011? :)
Cute. HAHAHA It was a project that got scrapped shortly after this post... probably should have taken it down BUT, it reminds me that I need to go back and redo the dang thing someday.
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  July 29, 2010
I swore I've left a comment before ... anyway, cool, ice-cold MOC! That's a lot of clear 1x1 rounds and 1x1 plates and clear slopes and ... you must have cleaned out the PAB wall ...
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  July 29, 2010
I don't remember seeing this at Brickworld... did you mean BW 2011? :)
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  July 29, 2010
Congrats on MOCOTD
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  July 29, 2010
Congrats on MOCOTD
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  July 29, 2010
I'm giving you a very good b/c it's not finished yet, but this truly will deserve a 5/5 when it's done. This thing is beautiful! I can't wait to see the inside. Good job so far.
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  July 29, 2010
I love all the clear blocks :D where did you get them? Everytime i try to build somthin big i either get the picture in my mind to come out or i cant get the right pieces. Well ill try to bulid somthin big again.
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  July 29, 2010
I love all the clear blocks :D where did you get them? Everytime i try to build somthin big i either get the picture in my mind to come out or i cant get the right pieces. Well ill try to bulid somthin big again.
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  July 29, 2010
thats good I like the use of all af the clear pieces! check out my mocs!
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  July 29, 2010
Ironic.
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  July 29, 2010
it s original! i can t even remember what it looked like! are you trying to reproduce the one of the movie or the comics? love the sliding doors i use this technique often! good luck on your project! too bad you did nt include a superman minifig in your pictures,it would have gave us a better idea of what it will look like when finished,and a feeling of scale!
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  July 29, 2010
Wow - that looks like its gonna be pretty awesome...
  July 29, 2010
Quoting Chris Phipson If I had had anything to do with it, I wouldn't have chosen this post... I'm just sayin. hahaha
Yeah, you'de probably choose Mi awsum HALO page!!!!! right? Actually, that'd be funny. You see these MOTDs all the time, which probably make your eyes hurt. And that one is horrid on purpose.
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  July 29, 2010
Quoting Zylo Chris, I find it funny the MODERATOR of the Pages got MOTD. You didn't have anything to do with this, did you? XD jk
If I had had anything to do with it, I wouldn't have chosen this post... I'm just sayin. hahaha
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  July 29, 2010
Chris, I find it funny the MODERATOR of the Pages got MOTD. You didn't have anything to do with this, did you? XD jk
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  July 29, 2010
Quoting John Dawn Congrats on Moc of the Day! Hope you haven't scrapped this yet, now you'll have a lot of people wanting to see the finished product.
I was just thinking that... might have to dust off the plans for this and finish it (at least for a post). Thanks! (grrr)
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  July 29, 2010
Congrats on Moc of the Day! Hope you haven't scrapped this yet, now you'll have a lot of people wanting to see the finished product.
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  March 12, 2010
I completely missed this. Awesome Chris, I can't wait for the finished thing. One of these days I'll drag my butt to brickworld.
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  February 19, 2010
SO INCREDIBLE!!!!! It's so amazing and huge!!!!!
Chris Phipson
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Daniel Brokamp
  February 18, 2010
Now all we need are official Lego Superman sets!. That'd be so sweet to have minifigs of Superman, Lex Luthor and Lois Lane. They can leave out Jimmy Olsen. hehe. http://www.chicagobrickartist.com
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  February 14, 2010
Wow.. Beautiful. Good luck with it.
Chris Phipson
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Michael Sloper
  February 13, 2010
This already looks insane! The ice pillars crossing each other was a genius idea! Can't wait until your next entry! Oh, and could you comment on my Executor when you get the time? Thanks. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/185676
 I like it 
  February 13, 2010
Nice! I like that creative entrance a lot. Cody G. commented on this creation of mine and suggested I showed you it: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/184688 He said you might get some ideas from it. Hope it might be some help. Thanks!
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  February 12, 2010
OK, that's just crazy.
 I made it 
  February 11, 2010
Quoting Lee Jones I would have expected a fortress of sin, but this works too. Lee.
No, the fortress of sin is my next build for the Sterling's layout. And you should have gotten the updates on the interior of this build in your email. NEED MORE WHITE 2X4 BRICK!
 I like it 
  February 11, 2010
I would have expected a fortress of sin, but this works too. Lee.
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  February 11, 2010
This is Epic, keep building!
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  February 11, 2010
the entrance is so impressive ... the light effects are really cool, keep it up ... when it is finished this fortress will be a super fantastic moc
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  February 10, 2010
I'm not going to lie, I have no idea what the Fortress of Solitude is, but I do think that entrance way looks pretty sweet.
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  February 10, 2010
You've done ole Superman proud here, its pure 1970s art built with great talent and incredible patience. I can't even begin to describe how jealous I am of your building skills and the shear volume of your brick collection. Keep all that white out of the sun and whatever you do don't drop it...
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  February 9, 2010
awesome to see soembody make a version this good. I made one...but let's just say it's not exactly the whole thing. :) the outside looks great, especially the spires by the entrance. what I'd really love is lots of detailed rooms in the interior, like the armory or Superman's weird zoo for aliens. I can't believe this is only the first stage, it looks almost perfect already!!!
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  February 9, 2010
I love It !!!!! The color mixte is just greeeeeat !!!!! I love the way of using the transparent brick.....
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  February 9, 2010
Tool! . . . I mean, cool!
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  February 9, 2010
nice :) I like the entrance with the ice spikes, its a good idea to build some moc's with white bricks :P
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  February 9, 2010
Now BrickWorld will get to see the real Fortress of Solitude, not some bizarre sci-fi concoction of a dio by a wacky builder.
Chris Phipson
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George Kemper
  February 8, 2010
Oh so you start on your own little project and forget about the really important one...mine! Its ok I see how it is. Great job Chris I'm still waiting for pics of my project.-George
Chris Phipson
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Timothy Mably
  February 8, 2010
AWESOME JOB! Josh is going to love this one :D
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  February 8, 2010
It'll be interesting to see how it turns out. Not often you see a white fortress!
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  February 8, 2010
Fantastic idea Chris! I really hope that I get to see this ginormous build up close and personal in June! If not, Mister Bones might come after you with a tire iron. Just sayin'.
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  February 8, 2010
It looks great, I just can't wait to see it tiled.
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  February 8, 2010
It looks great, I just can't wait to see it tiled.
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  February 8, 2010
Nice job, Chris!
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  February 8, 2010
Be sure too make a superman too go in it. A custom would be great.
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  February 8, 2010
Sweet! This could certainaly be your best moc ever! please, please, please, don't mess this up. I'm counting on ya, hahaha good luck!
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  February 8, 2010
Ahhhh, every man's true dream, The Fortress of Solitude. Would you believe that is what I named my den when my oldest daughter moved out and her room became my LEGO 'studio'? The acoustics down the hall are great; I can clearly hear my wife when she starts singing 'All By Myself' as I'm playing, er, building. LMAO Love the crystal spires, you trans hoarding MOFO!~H
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  February 8, 2010
Nice. Those towers must have taken ages to put together. Why does Superloser hang out with Santa Claus?
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  February 8, 2010
Ha! You're committed now, pal. (Actually you SHOULD be committed, although not in reference to LEGO, but I digress...) Seriously nice work there Phippy. I'm looking forward to seeing the additional spires on the top portion, and yes...this thing is going to look BAD-AZZ when we hit the lights in Chicago, baby!
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  February 8, 2010
Looking good, be nice to see the finished article (photos only, the chances of me getting to any US convention are roughly those of me winning the Nobel prize for axe-juggling). I'm hoping for a "kneel before Zod" moment to be incorported here, or if not at least some 'kneel before...' themed innuendo.
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  February 8, 2010
Can't wait to see the finish! Oh, I have to stop the ship project. I cant seem to nail the look I wanted. Though, I was making my own weapons for vehicles and I had this little jet I built, put on the weapon, now it looks great, not as great as this, though!
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  February 8, 2010
Can't wait to see the finish! Oh, I have to ship project. i cant seem to nail the look I need. Though, I was making my own wepons for vehicles and I had this little jet I built, put on the weapon, now it looks great, not as great as this, though!
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  February 8, 2010
WOAH. An awesome curve wall. Sweet color too.
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  February 8, 2010
This is amazing, filled with epicness...
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  February 8, 2010
Awesome, love the intrance thing, another piece of awesomeness :D
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  February 8, 2010
Wow, that's pretty impressive; although the sliding doors isn't that impressive to be given its own photo. Good luck! Good day
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  February 8, 2010
A very interesting project, this hasn't been done before, good luck, such big projects can be very tiresome (for the builder himself :p )
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  February 8, 2010
WOW! I don't have the patience or the pieces to even ATTEMPT something this epic! Love the look of the crystal things in front and, of course the sliding doors.
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  February 7, 2010
"*Why* is the most diabolical leader of our time surrounding himself with total nincompoops?"
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  February 7, 2010
Chris, when did you get so good? I have to admit that this is just great, well thought out, and creative. The unique colors, design, and shapes will make this stand out at BW. I can see where all of those trans pieces will make this a stunning piece during the world of lights. Overall your doing a fantastic job here and I hope that you truly don't mess it up. -Dylan
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  February 7, 2010
Lookin' Good,let me know if you want to get rid of some when its done lol. I need more too!
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  February 7, 2010
Wow i really like the design on this. could you rate some of my mocs? There not anywhere near this though.
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  February 7, 2010
Since I'm sleepless,I may as well comment here. But you already know what I think of it. So basically hi, and bye.
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  February 7, 2010
Quoting Sam Ellis I like the two pillars in front, must have used about a million of those little 1x1 clear bricks. -Sam
Quoting Noah Nieman Wow you sure do have alot of clear studs!~NN
Those two curved walls on the front have about 500 clear studs each (1,000 total). I'm not sure how many 1x1 and 1x2 clear plates I've used so far. Let's go conservative and call it 500 of those and about 150 clear cheese slopes so far. Here's the scary thing... I need MORE!
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  February 7, 2010
Wow you sure do have alot of clear studs!~NN
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  February 7, 2010
Wow you sure do have alot of clear studs!~NN
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  February 7, 2010
nice one! it looks great so far!
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  February 7, 2010
Very nice! Can't wait to see this in June.
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  February 7, 2010
nice moc! i love the clear pillars above the main entry. and the clear pieces in the towers give it a really interesting look. can't wait to see it when it's done.
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  February 7, 2010
So it's Playset feel will be kinda like Heather's dollhouse, except more- how do I put this- Built for boys?
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  February 7, 2010
Wow, impressive. Good luck.
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  February 7, 2010
Incredible. This is going to be excellent. I like the two pillars in front, must have used about a million of those little 1x1 clear bricks. -Sam
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  February 7, 2010
Then Chris' wife saw the PaB bill.... And even Superman couldn't help him. Looks good Phip, can't wait ta' see it done.
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  February 7, 2010
Woah. The columns are incredible and the crystals overhanging the, uh, frontwalk, are very nice. Can't wait to see the finished project!
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  February 7, 2010
"Ohhhhh, Ahhhhh"? "Playset feel"? Well... I love the spires, they remind me of your 'docking bay' ship, the red one. I like the opening thing, and can't wait to see, uh, you playing with it?
 
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