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Covered Wagon
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Yes, the wagon is reprised from Etude in Water. I'm breaking it out by itself for inclusion in a western theme group. It was pushing its luck in a medieval scene, where it was tucked away in the back anyway.



I'm also using this as an excuse to mess around with foliage one last time before moving on to other subjects. I know this is not an elaborate diorama, but I've got 2 unrelated projects I'm slobbering after, and I'm getting burned out on this stuff. The
only thing I will allow is that there may be an English Garden MOC in my future.



Strangely, the wagon is my only build to date that I have not taken apart. The home front tells me it reminds them of the Chuck Wagon dog food commercials. Dog food. Well, how could it not earn a special place in my heart.





I would not hazard what most of the foliage is exactly, but the pink thing is a rhododendron. For other examples of great trees, among many other things, you are encouraged to visit Anu Pehrson's MOCs. I would encourage him to add more close ups of the novel trees. It is currently hard to make out what is going on with some of them, and they are worth studying, I'm sure. While all my foliage designs have so far been my own, I realized after the fact that it is not out of the question I got inspiration from Anu. Nor would I be the least distraught if I had. Anu has another, which gives the hint of a weeping willow, which I do later plan on trying to run with in some way.

















Yes, Zane, we both know which part of this MOC has your name on it. I keep trying to get away from playing that card again, and I keep getting sucked back in. I thought the initial idea was groundshaking, but now it seems like hot stuff that keeps on giving. I may have to put my finger back in the dyke though. This theme is becoming intrusive. ;^}



Anyway, I have to go bone up on my Technic skills. I'd like to turn a knob and have some of the flowers go to seed. Good thing I now have a bucket of universal joints. I feel so empowered.




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Rhododendron tutorial added later by request: in a 4x4 stud square, arrange 4 corners (shown in the first sequence below), 4 sides (second sequence), and 1 center. There will be some mildly annoying placing of the parts from inner layer to outer layer, and it should be noted that alternating corners or sides may need to have one of the flower triples omitted, to fit. It should also be noted that the process is scalable. My first shot was one layer smaller radius, which was quite pleasing as well, and while it gets precarious as it gets bigger, I can still see one more layer added. If you add varying spacers vertically, you can also produce a more rounded shape up top. BTW: rhododendrons (or other flowering bushes of this rough shape) come in any conceivable color, so don't feel bound to pink.














Comments

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  October 18, 2011
Nice work with the flowers
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  September 25, 2011
I LOVE the pink bush.
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  May 29, 2011
You really are a foliage expert!
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  January 16, 2011
Nice work, the wagon looks great!
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  January 16, 2011
This is really pleasant, a peaceful scene. I'm surprised that you commented on so many of my nature MOCs and yet you didn't comment on the Serpent's Mouth, wich is my best. I know I sound like the biggest kiddie here but it just feels like I should honor the landscape by promoting it in this shameful way.
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  January 10, 2011
I can't believe I haven't commented on this yet either. Dioramas are obviously an area of expertise for you, because this is great.
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  November 23, 2010
Quoting Tee Jay So, the wagon is made up entirely of white pieces? No special pieces?
No special pieces. If I remember, it's 80 curved 1x3 slopes, some tiles, and a few of the 1x1 cheese slopes.
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  November 23, 2010
So, the wagon is made up entirely of white pieces? No special pieces? I'll have to show it to my son. He needs to make a western gold rush scene for a social studies project. Such a great job!
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  November 22, 2010
Quoting Tee Jay How is that built?
There are two sets of backing plates to hold the slightly offset white parts on each side (the offset is 1/2 plate). And there is another set of two angled to hold those at the top, on each side. So the inside of the wagon does not look good or have room for things. Mine, at least, is a rats nest of supports. However, I did not attempt to compress that. You might do better if needed.
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  November 21, 2010
Love the wagon! I've been trying to help my son make one for a school project but haven't had any luck. How is that built?
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  November 19, 2010
Nice chariot. Beautiful flowers too.
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  November 17, 2010
I really like how you have created your tree. Very different than what is usually done. I saw your comment on Thoy's wip and invited you to "Epic build illustrators" my new group http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/14632 I am trying to get a bunch of people who a- like to build these kind of mocs, but also who will be willing to give actual feedback not just awesome and cool. (not that those comments are bad or anything)
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  November 7, 2010
OH wow! That covered wagon is beautiful, as well as the fauna and flora. Excellent!
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  November 7, 2010
wow! love your version of minifig scale...
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  October 28, 2010
awesome!
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  October 18, 2010
Wow, Tom, the greenery here is just amazing! I will definitely be trying some of those techniques. I saw your question to Leda about taking pics and thought I'd offer up some hints if you'd like. My e-mail is on my homepage, just shoot me some questions and I'd be more than happy to help. Hope I'm not being too forward=P~H
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  September 30, 2010
The wagon and the foliage both look absolutely perfect. Very nice job on this.
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  September 29, 2010
Tom, this is a real showcase for your amazing plant building skills. You have really done some cool techniques here to come up with great plant forms. Regards, Eric.
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  September 23, 2010
This is something else! You have some real skills, I'm amazed.
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  September 21, 2010
Quoting Alex Fojtik ... that pink thing that I'm going to call a fossil is well placed.
Thanks Alex. The pink thing below was just meant to be some iron rich rock. The whole base only serves the geolgy puns I served up, especially because Zane is a geologist, as part of his training.
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  September 21, 2010
The pink flower patch is awesome!
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  September 21, 2010
A great exhibition of very cool plants. The wagon is of course very well done. Gotta say, though, I respect the amount of work that went into the thick, layered base; that pink thing that I'm going to call a fossil is well placed.
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  September 20, 2010
I liked how you used the flowers!
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  September 20, 2010
Amazing!
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  September 20, 2010
Very cool scene, that wagon is brilliant!
  September 20, 2010
Cool! Really Cool!! Check out my new creation and write a comment, please!
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  September 20, 2010
So serene!
Tom Simon
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Thomas N
  September 19, 2010
Those plants are beautiful, and I'm still lovin' that wagon. ~T
Tom Simon
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Nicks Bricks
  September 19, 2010
This is amazing, the plant work is beutiful, and the wagon is also quite nice, looks like this took alot of time to build~Nick
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  September 19, 2010
Wow, that's awesome! Mind checking this out when you have the time?http://mocpages.com/moc.php/226797
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  September 19, 2010
That rhododendron is awesome! All the foliage is just really, REALLY impressive. Small sure, but the technique is where it's at! Oh... and where exactly are you going to put your finger again? ~ Chris.
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  September 19, 2010
Quoting Yours Truly Can you show how to make that pink bush?
I've added the info you requested at the end.
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  September 19, 2010
Cool! Can you show how to make that pink bush?
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  September 19, 2010
A ver nice wagon, the brickbuilt cover really looks like real cloth, great job
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  September 19, 2010
Quoting Matty Mason Oh my, what bad geological jokes at the end there!
The jokes just flowed out of the core of me. What can I say, I have a magmanimous heart.
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  September 19, 2010
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Your landscaping would put any lasses heart aflutter. Land ho!!
Dang. I better get booking on that rose bush.
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  September 19, 2010
Oh my, what bad geological jokes at the end there! Tsk tsk tsk... Very good model.
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  September 19, 2010
Arrghhhh this be a splendid build me matey! Your landscaping would put any lasses heart aflutter. Land ho!!
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  September 19, 2010
Another triumph.. and it's good to get a closer look at that superb wagon.
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  September 19, 2010
The covered effect is amazing.
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  September 19, 2010
Love the plant work. Keep it up! -Drew
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  September 19, 2010
Quoting Jake H. ... mind if I borrow some of the techniques?
Feel free.
  September 19, 2010
wow! great job I like the plants
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  September 19, 2010
This is an awesome techniques clinic, so many great plant ideas and that covered wagon looks great!
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  September 19, 2010
Hahaha, i'm not going to lie, that is the first thing i looked for. I do really like the variation in vegetation, i'm looking forward to seeing these things pop up in other MOCs :)
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  September 19, 2010
Wow, good work, the plants are quite impressive!
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  September 19, 2010
I really like the various plants, mind if I borrow some of the techniques? I'll give credit.
 
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