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Abandoned Log Cabin
About this creation

Ol' Virginny had to clear out right quick when other
prospectors on the mountain found out he had actually found gold,
after 25 years. They became suspicious in town, after he started
giving Miss Alice more business than usual.



I'm just amazed he ever got around to building himself an outhouse.
Pfff..., the snobbery.



(Historical note: In reality, Ol' Virginny would have been lucky
to have a tent, much less any sort of cabin. Further, unless and until
he struck gold, he would not have had the funds to give Miss Alice
any business whatsoever.)





















The cabin is not an empty shell. It is fully furnished with dirt and
a family of raccoons. There are also some interesting mushrooms growing
on the wall beams. Watch out. They might be the rare and tasty
"Chicken of the Cabin". But they could also be the near look alike
"Sweet Merciful Reliever". The budding mycologist cannot be too careful.























The pit under the outhouse still contains some decomposing Megabloks, as
well as a bit of a surprise for those insisting on proper facilities.









Beetles seem to be going to town on these trees.







The broken tree includes unusual technic functionality. It is triggered
by shaking the MOC briefly to simulate an earthquake. The tree then falls
down and one can see the dead branches splinter. A lot of moving parts are
involved. Interestingly, I got through this without using a single
universal joint, which is actually a bit of a bummer because I bought 20
just for this tree. If only I knew ahead of time.









Ol' Virginny didn't just pan for gold in the stream. He actually used it to
wash himself. Several times, in fact, during the warm months. God help
anyone downstream on those occasions.











But Ol' Virginny was not known so much for his good hygiene. His
reputation largely rested on having 3 teeth left. Yes, count them, 3.
Corn on the cob makes good eatin', if mashed into a fine paste.
(Anyone is welcome to identify the source of that joke).



Added later due to TBB confusion: note that at the corners of the cabin and outhouse, the logs are properly notched and interlocked.





Comments

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  November 1, 2013
LOVE the evergreen trees!
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  October 18, 2011
Some great ideas for trees here, and the horizontal round 1x1 parts on the cabin work great. Lots of other cools details too, excellent!
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  September 18, 2011
Wow just Wow!!
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  July 3, 2011
This is awesome!
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  March 8, 2011
Oh my days! How have I not seen this before! It's got so many perfect techniques!
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  January 16, 2011
The trees here are unbelivable. The dark tan is incredible for plants, better than for sand even! Beautiful!
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  December 16, 2010
Could have sworn I commented on this...Great organic work, especially those trees. Ever think about a Bigfoot creeping around there?
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  October 22, 2010
Awesome scenery, this is great!
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  October 17, 2010
Beautiful. Those trees are superb and that log cabin and chimney are inspired. Excellent build. Really stunning.
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  October 16, 2010
This is amazing. You are the water master in LEGO world! :D I realy liked all the vegetation too.
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  September 14, 2010
Quoting Daniel Church Dude this is awesome.Where did you get the idea for this?
I did an earlier MOC with a log cabin using vertical logs. I looked back on that as being lazy. Once I decided to do the logs right, I wanted to have a setting to put it in. The broken tree idea was floating around my head for a while.
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  September 14, 2010
Dude this is awesome.Where did you get the idea for this?
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  September 13, 2010
awesome landscape.
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  September 13, 2010
This is great! The landscaping, the trees, the lodge, they're all fantastic!
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  September 13, 2010
Quoting The Pied Pauper $ And could that be a Simpsons quote at the end?
Bingo! And I think it was in reference to the use of "Old Chomper" by whoever the old geezer in the retirement home is.
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  September 13, 2010
Seriously the detail in this is amazing!
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  September 13, 2010
Superb build all around. There isn't a thing I don't like about this. Your hard work shows in all the detail. And could that be a Simpsons quote at the end?
Tom Simon
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Spencer The Soccer Player
  September 12, 2010
I really wish I could rate something higher than excellent. Because this is truely Lego art. The cabin looks amazing. The crumbling chimmey is my favorite part. The trees look as realistic as you can get them. And the river looks fairly real as well. Just a job well done all around.
Tom Simon
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Manthan Dutta
  September 12, 2010
Soooo Awesome
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  September 12, 2010
The fireplace stones missmatched adds to the realism of the rustic look, well done.
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  September 12, 2010
Quoting Alex Sonny That certainly took you a long time. I actually like the horse corpse. It adds to the abandoned look. But what's with that weird round tree? The trunk looks totally unrealistic. And is it made of cement or something (because it's grey)? But I love the cabin and the creek. Totally awesome.
Thanks for the comments Alex. Species like Aspen have that color. While I do not claim this is an Aspen, the color is not unknown in nature. Further, any features there would be pretty much masked by the leaves. I put in a suggestion of roots to make up any deficit at the bottom.
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  September 11, 2010
Wow,amazing, the trees,cabin, horse-cart.. Another great MOC Tom!
Tom Simon
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Thomas N
  September 10, 2010
Wow, the element-beaten cabin, the dead trees, everything just works in perfect, seamless harmony to create a beautiful landscape, extremely well done. ~T
  September 10, 2010
i am ***** speechless O_O
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  September 10, 2010
That certainly took you a long time. I actually like the horse corpse. It adds to the abandoned look. But what's with that weird round tree? The trunk looks totally unrealistic. And is it made of cement or something (because it's grey)? But I love the cabin and the creek. Totally awesome.
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  September 10, 2010
Quoting Milo Krimstein although i love it, the horse corrpse seems unnecessary
The problem is that the horse was the motivating seed for the whole MOC. The rest around it is just mission creep. I challenged myself to pick out my least used, and least attractive, part, and then find a meaningful way to use it. I couldn't very well take it out after all was said and done. It would have been terribly unfair to the horse, which after all, had already died for starters.
Tom Simon
Harrison H.
  September 9, 2010
I like the colors of the stream the most. Not only because they blend well, but becuase it just has that shape.
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  September 9, 2010
although i love it, the horse corrpse seems unnecessary
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  September 9, 2010
I'm almost speechless.
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  September 9, 2010
That is just a rustic piece of awesomeness! Great work! ~ Chris.
  September 9, 2010
ahhhh horse corpse! looks like a death trap:0
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  September 9, 2010
dang love all the detail, i especially like the tree that falls over, very cool
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  September 9, 2010
Cool, amazing detail, and incredible landscaping
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  September 9, 2010
I like the snake under the outhouse.
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting Zane Houston And of course, i like the subtle stratification/foliation at the head of the stream :) Awesome!!
I wasn't going to play that card again, but knowing there is a geologist out there, I couldn't help myself. So you could say I put that in just for you.
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  September 9, 2010
This is spectacular! That falling tree is one of the most realistic trees I've ever seen!
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  September 9, 2010
Very beautiful! the techniques are great.
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  September 9, 2010
There are so many great details and techniques that I can't figure out which I like best! The trees, waterfall, cabin...it's all fantastic!
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  September 9, 2010
WOW this is amazing!! I love the chimney and cabin design.....and the trees too!!! Man this thing is awesome!!
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Did Master Shifu happen to leave his skillet along the stream? XD
Dude, that thing is so rusty, I'm afraid it will fall apart when I try to sort it. ;^}
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting Hans Dendauw Maybe some more raised areas to break up the 'flat' look would add some depth.
You are so right. I did the contouring late one night when I was burned out. I should have left it for morning.
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting Mike Bernd Darn those bark beetles, they are a problem in California.
Colorado looks half dead and I know it's affecting many western states. A real bummer.
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  September 9, 2010
Wonderful scenery! Amazing technique in the chimney + cool trees! Did Master Shifu happen to leave his skillet along the stream? XD
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  September 9, 2010
Wonderful landscape, it looks very realistic.
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  September 9, 2010
Fantastic scene, great details all around, you even built almost all the trees with a normal bricks; not special tree pieces, that shows creativity, well done.
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  September 9, 2010
All-in-all this scene is great, but it's all the little details that make it outstanding. I love the not-so-well-built rather weathered look of the buildings, and then the fir trees! Boy, those really take the cake. I'll probably end up using that idea...
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  September 9, 2010
Wow Tom this is incredible! The trees and cabin really take the cake. But then you throw in all the little details like the broken cart and the strata over by the fall. Beautifully built all around!
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  September 9, 2010
Amazing...
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  September 9, 2010
The details are amazing! Hans is right about using brown on the fir, I am so stealing that idea! I really like how you made the cabin look so ramshackle, even the chimney! Nice work!
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  September 9, 2010
I will give you 6/5 cuz I love dead stuff:P Kidding aside, the use of the dark tan pieces on the dying firs was as ingenious as the broken tree. Maybe some more raised areas to break up the 'flat' look would add some depth. The creek and trees are definitely the stars of the show!~H
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  September 9, 2010
I love the way how you made the trees and the whole environment but the dead horse isn't very appealing and it spoils the environment so I'll give you just a 4 instead of a 5...
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  September 9, 2010
=O GREAT job it's so beautifulI love the little house and the cart =D 5+/5
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  September 9, 2010
Fantastic landscaping, the house with chimny, river, trees,... It's all so perfect, I love it, great job
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  September 9, 2010
exellent build great landscape your conifer trees are fantastic, next time i need some trees i'll be building some of those all credit to you.
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  September 9, 2010
Wow!! Now that's a landscape I would love to have!!! Big, awesome.... I also like the tree, great design! Don't worry, I'm sure you'll find some use for the joints.... Very nice log house, I like the technique used there... And a very nice river. I really like the combination of clear/transparent white and blue pieces. Good job, and keep it up!
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  September 9, 2010
Superb! Beautifully built in what is fast becoming your very distinctive style. It seems that the placing of every piece is carefully considered. Another great creation, bravo!
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  September 9, 2010
I really like this, excellent work. The water is fantastic, you must own more Aqua parts that I do! Great cabins, and the dead tree is great. Darn those bark beetles, they are a problem in California. Anyways awesome scene, the little details like the mucky frog pond and pan by the river make me smile.
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  September 9, 2010
Wow, very impressive. That spherical tree is really cool, as well as the dead tree snapped in half, great use of color. The log cabins really look like log cabins (i would have liked to see the raccoons though ;p). One of my favorite parts was the chimney, I really liked how you left the plates unconnected to give it that realistic feel. And of course, i like the subtle stratification/foliation at the head of the stream :) Awesome!!
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  September 9, 2010
Pretty nice landscaping. Lots of lovely vegetation, too. I like that round one, and the shrub with the claw bits in it is very nicely done.
 
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