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Pillar of Autumn® (POA) - Redux
Version two of the POA - first one was a mathematical bust.
About this creation
November 2, 2009
At about 0330 I realize that I have made a mistake in my calculations. I have made the Pillar about 30-studs too wide, and then spend the next two hours trying to decide if I should leave it and plow forward, or if I should correct it. I already know what I am going to do, but am desperately looking for a reason to not rebuild it.

The first attempt at this section (section 4, starting from the front I have parsed it out into five sections). POA V.1

November 3, 2009
Have an online chat with Kelso – he suggest what I already know: if you can live with it and the error is small, then leave it. If you can’t live with it or the error is too large, then change it – I go back, do the math again, and start to make the changes.

November 4, 2009
Phipson tells me in an online chat that he thought it was too wide, but didn’t want to say anything because of his lack of experience in building ships.

November 5, 2009
After pondering this for 24-hours, I give Phipson crap and tell him to let me know when he thinks something is wrong. We kiss and make up, and he promises I can sleep with his wife – all is good.

Figure out more of the angles, and get the spacing between the top and bottom half correct. Still can’t get the indented side piece attached correctly.



November 6, 2009
Manage to get the indented side panel to lock in securely. Several more orders to Bricklink to get the extra/different parts I now need to account for the change in design.

Flirt with Stacy, Heather, Mark, Chris, Dave1, Dave2, Dave3, Dennis, and Alex online (mostly just with Heather and Stacy).

Goal date for completion: May 2010 to be ready for Brickworld 2010, which was completely missed due to lack of time to build. Decided to work and go on vacations instead. Niggled a bit with it, made the changes necessary; however, I mostly focused on the army build – 6,200 figs this year.

June 28, 2010
Back from BW 2010. House getting back in order from builds that were constructed for same. Start to clean out the garage to actually make it a useful space. About $10k in orders placed for my BW 2011 build – already being designed.

July and early August 2010
Finds me working both at work and in the garage. My Lego room is currently filled to capacity with orders and sets that have not been put away. Plan is to move the Pillar on to my reloading bench in the garage – shooting will have to be set aside for now.

August 20, 2010
I notice that my Christmas Mocathon is back up. The world seems to be good again.

August 22 – 28, 2010
Move the section (section four) into the garage, and while listening to audio books, work my bottom off. Coming up a year later and my SHIP is back to where I started. But now I can move on.

Please forgive the less than ideal photos. Done in my garage with some old towels as backdrop.

A special thanks goes out to Stephen Loftus from Maritime Science Fiction Modelers. His screen shots and 3D images have been invaluable in this endeavour.


Ripped apart, and starting the rebuild















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Comments

 I like it 
  October 19, 2012
I can't wait to see the finished product!
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  April 29, 2011
is that like 100 studs alredy
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  March 16, 2011
You seem on a good way, the structure seems really clever and very big. Does that mean it won't have interior at all? Huge work, anyway!
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  October 22, 2010
Is it jigley?
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  October 22, 2010
Oh, so Kelso doesn't have a monopoly on these. I learn something new every day here.
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  September 13, 2010
I'm curious about how will look the textural "skin" of this section. Good luck with this awesome work !
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  September 7, 2010
speechless,... almost textless!
  September 3, 2010
HOLY SCHMIT! Alot of lego bricks
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  September 3, 2010
Very impressive.
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  September 2, 2010
it loks exacly like a halcyon class star ship torn in half coooool!!!!!
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  September 2, 2010
Would like I've seen your technic brick structure before I started with my Seterra project. Seems to offer an elegant approach to built huge space ships with comparable good stability.
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  September 2, 2010
Verry good structuring. It's just a shame it won't be a minifig scale ship. With all the interior and stuff...
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  September 1, 2010
Wow Lee, that is some serious building! Looking forward to seeing more of this!
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  August 31, 2010
Wow. That is a LOT of Lego. Impressive. Most impressive. How do you find the time to do this?
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  August 31, 2010
I think you are about to take Mark Kelso down from his throne of King of the glorious SHIP builders.
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  August 31, 2010
O.O
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  August 31, 2010
Wow thats amazing!
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  August 30, 2010
Wow! I thought the main Pic was LEGO from the thumb, but I wont disappoint, cause I’m sure the final project will be even better than this, just can't wait!
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  August 30, 2010
WOW, this is really great. Nice work with the technic bricks.
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  August 30, 2010
Amazing! Simply amazing.
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  August 30, 2010
wow!
  August 30, 2010
Man, if you manage to finish this off it will be the greatest space ship MOC of all times! :)
Lee Jones
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Espen Stalder
  August 29, 2010
Take a leaf out of Kelso's book and make it studless! The price would be too high to imagine though... I love that framework! It looks so cool!
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  August 29, 2010
Wow, this is truely impressive! Do I have to study archticture when want to build something like that?
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  August 29, 2010
Wow! I love the construction techniques used on that.
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  August 29, 2010
Thanks everyone, and again - it will be studless for the most part. Excepting those studs that I feel will add to the effect.
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  August 29, 2010
$10k spent on legos? FTW! 5/5! ~Stay green my friends
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  August 29, 2010
!!!!! the first one was already very promising but this one !!!!! the continuation !! the continuation !! the continuation !!! pleeeeease !!!!!
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  August 29, 2010
quoting EKO: thats what she said... great build looks awesome!
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  August 29, 2010
WOW!!! THAT'S HUGE! Is it very sturdy?
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  August 29, 2010
wow, you're actually rebuilding it, must be a lot of work, btw, does that really help ? making out with everyone :p
Lee Jones
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Rtas 'Vadum
  August 28, 2010
Halo: combat evolved. What a great game. I can't wait to see this finished. A few questions though: how long do you it will be, how pieces do you think you will use, and how many technic beams are supporting it right now?
Lee Jones
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Captain Connor Patterson
  August 28, 2010
It's going to be huge!!!
Lee Jones
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The Shadow Knight .
  August 28, 2010
0.o (jaw falls off due to extreme awesomeness!) THE DR. IS IN BABY! Mmmmm.... Lee's Pillar of Autumm or Kelso's Eye of Chaos? Mmmmmm.....
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  August 28, 2010
Framework of the gods, it's like staring into the abyss. You are quite the endeavorer endeavoring to take on this endeavor.
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  August 28, 2010
looks like a huge erector set... on steroids... nj so far.
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  August 28, 2010
Whoa! This thing isn't even finished and it's already BEAST! Great work, Lee...
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  August 28, 2010
I rember seeing this a LONG time ago and saving the pictures as ideas, it did look too big then now it looks too skinny but i think it will look better once you add the skinny smaller front sections lol good work.
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  August 28, 2010
Well buddy....Amber says there are much better things to spend 10K on and she can prove it. Her exact words were "Indecent proposal here I cum!". As for your pillar it looks awesome! I'm truly amazed at how you guys can build these monsters!
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  August 28, 2010
Oh...my...gosh.
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  August 28, 2010
Quoting Rtas 'Vadum Halo: combat evolved. What a great game. I can't wait to see this finished. A few questions though: how long do you it will be, how pieces do you think you will use, and how many technic beams are supporting it right now?
250 studs or 1.98m long. Number of pieces - unsure, but a lot. Same for the number of technic parts.
Quoting Jeff Fauble How on earth is this not being crushed under its own weight? I know that the framework is both light and strong, but when building on this scale it seems that the strength of the plastic won't hold up to the enormous strain that will be placed upon it.
I designed it as a series of rings (20 of them for this section). I made sure that each ring was more than strong enough to support it's own weight. Therefore, there is no concern about it collapsing under it's own weight.
Quoting Rye . HOW BIG WILL YOU MAKE THE SHIP?!?!
54 studs at the widest and 70 studs at it's tallest.
 I like it 
  August 28, 2010
WOW!
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  August 28, 2010
HOW BIG WILL YOU MAKE THE SHIP?!?!
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  August 28, 2010
How on earth is this not being crushed under its own weight? I know that the framework is both light and strong, but when building on this scale it seems that the strength of the plastic won't hold up to the enormous strain that will be placed upon it.
 I like it 
  August 28, 2010
Dude! Multiple rebuilds is what it's all about! This is a monster project, very impressive engineering. Awesome!
 I made it 
  August 28, 2010
Quoting Chris Phipson Lee, your pillar is so... you know, I was going to make that joke but I'll wait till I see it in person. Now remember, I said "SLEEP" with her... anything else will cost you extra. ~ Chris.
We'll make it an even swap and call it a day.
Quoting The Shadow Knight . 0.o (jaw falls off due to extreme awesomeness!) THE DR. IS IN BABY! Mmmmm.... Lee's Pillar of Autumm or Kelso's Eye of Chaos? Mmmmmm.....
Why choose - come to BW 2011 and see them displayed together. But - shhhh - it's our secret collaborative build.
Quoting Joe&Will . Wow, the internal framework looks intense, this thing is going to weigh a ton. So is there a small army of Halo fans clustered around your garage window frothing at the mouth yet?
It is very heavy, which is why I am building it in five sections. This will also facilitate transporting it 3,000km to Chicago next year.
 I like it 
  August 28, 2010
Wow, the internal framework looks intense, this thing is going to weigh a ton. So is there a small army of Halo fans clustered around your garage window frothing at the mouth yet?
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  August 28, 2010
WOA, what?! You actually have mad building skillz? This looks to be a beautiful build. UGH, I just s%#* myself.
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  August 28, 2010
Lee, you might as well quit your day job. Wait, what? Nevermind. Your day job is too awesome.
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  August 28, 2010
the first thing i said when i saw this was "HOLY $#!%!!!!!"
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  August 28, 2010
Looking good, keep up the good work!
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  August 28, 2010
Lee, your pillar is so... you know, I was going to make that joke but I'll wait till I see it in person. Now remember, I said "SLEEP" with her... anything else will cost you extra. ~ Chris.
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  August 28, 2010
Quoting Shannon Ocean I love your pillar.
Come to Chicago next year - I will even let you touch it.
Quoting david mason is there going to be an interior on this
Nope - where would I put it with all the support structures?
Quoting iAm4Christ †† This can't be real...
And yet it is.
Quoting Arthur Floren Wow,if the knobs weren´t there thes would be like nothing but this is insane!I´m sooo going to check it out when it´s finished!
It will be studless for the most part when it is done.
 I like it 
  August 28, 2010
This can't be real...
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  August 28, 2010
is there going to be an interior on this
 I like it 
  August 28, 2010
I love your pillar.
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  August 28, 2010
woah thats gona be cool
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  August 28, 2010
Glad to see you back. The corrections look great, and I can't wait to see the finished product in 2045... or maybe 2011.
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  August 28, 2010
Wow,if the knobs weren´t there thes would be like nothing but this is insane!I´m sooo going to check it out when it´s finished!
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  August 28, 2010
So this is what it's like to be on the outside looking in on one of these journal entries...now I see why everyone gets so excited. Got wood to spare for this one, pal! Can't wait for the next show!
 I like it 
  August 28, 2010
So far so good. Shape's much better than v1. Looks like she is going to weigh a ton when finished.
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  August 28, 2010
Excellent progress Lee. I think this will be awesome. You should work on your website some more thought. ;)
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  August 28, 2010
I cannot wait for this to be finished! Keep up the utterly awesome work!!!!!
 
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