The crew is a little bit rattled, as we were called in from our evening supper. Mister Jenkins, our boss, has a fancy for an evening flight. He seems to have a new misses to entertain.
He does rather enjoy showing off his ship, as he has every right to do. What a beauty she is too. Engineered by Mister Jenkins himself; that she is. The finest steam driven airship this side of London; The Great West.
By placing the helm of the ship below the two passenger decks, the captain is afforded greater visibility and the passengers greater comforts. It does tend to be a lonely post. However, I am paid quite handsomely for my work.
While our home port is farther north from here, runway 36 is Mister Jenkins' private port here at Heathrow. He also donated three gyroplanes, as well as the use of runway 36 to the royal air forces......newly formed. Mister Jenkins is definitely a philanthropist at heart. At least 15% of his heart, I'm so told. HO, HO!!!!
Mister Jenkins built his empire on his most wonderful contribution to society, the ceramic heat cell. The heat cell maintains temperatures for boilers at a near constant, with very little emissions or fuel consumption. In fact The Great West has been fitted with his latest heat cell that recycles emissions, giving us much more fuel efficiency. We can fly up to 500 kilometers on only a few liters of lamp oil. Such a splendid contraption!
By recycling the blow off from the ceramic heat cells, we have the ability to inflate or deflate the balloon just by regulating where the steam will flow. It really helps to maintain a steady altitude, and makes for a smooth sailing ship. The boiler also drives the propeller. This allows for forward propulsion, whilst the flaps can be opened, and the prop to be turned in the direction I so desire.
The best thing about Mister Jenkins' ceramic heat cells is that they can be created to be as large, or small as you'd like. Making for some spectacular uses. Just look at that incredible steam rod he created. Funny how he kept the emission pipes from recycling on this one. Well, I suppose efficiency will never replace vanity. HO, HO!!!!
Even the elevator boiler is powered by a cell.
Runway 36 has by far the most modern platform at Heathrow. It's a good thing those scoundrels at the train station can't see this!
Evening flying can be spectacular, but a pilot still needs his light. Look at those lads go. Light those runway lamps fast boys!
Well Ella, I must go attend to my master. I hope to see you soon, and I hope that you are enjoying your visit to the Americas.
Capt. James T. Henley
Notes: First of all this build has WIPED me out!!! It's been such a tremendously busy ten days for me, I can't even begin to tell you what I've been doing. Let's just say personal life, work, and LEGO clash quite often LOL. Luckily it didn't take me too long to envision a Steampunk airport. The one thing I insisted on was having a cobblestone runway. This is far more tedious than I could have ever imagined. However, it was well worth the effort. I also wanted a more modern look to the landing platform. I toyed around with various ideas until I came up with this design. From that moment forward I knew that this would be a luxury airship. Something that the lower class wouldn't be able to afford.
I also have spent the majority of my life on or around airports. One thing you always see when it comes to private jets is fancy cars. Mister Jenkins HAD to have his steam rod. It was a must......but what of the other passengers? I decided to do away with the bustling landing platform and turn it into an eccentricity for a playboy millionaire.
Another thing I would like to mention is that Ceramic heat cells are a reality. While I took some small liberties for their uses, they really are more efficient, can recycle their own emissions, and can run with nearly any combustible fuel. Many car designers began using them in the 90's to try and create ultra efficient cars, and there has been a resurgence in steam power since the oil shortages in the 1970's for vehicles. It is called Advanced Steam Technology, and actually began in the early 1900's. The problem is that auto designers lose the desire to progress the technology once the crisis is over. However, steam power is still in wide use today....mainly driving steam turbine plants.
Lastly I would like to thank everyone involved in the MOC Olympics. It's a very long, tedious, and frustrating event for all involved, but much more so for the judges and of course Chris. Everyone has their emotions super charged for this event, and there are usually a lot of hard feelings along the way. With that being said I would like to wish my opponent, Spencer the best of luck, as he's here in this competition due to his hard work as well.
Being part of the elite 8 is a very lofty accomplishment, and I am proud for myself and my fellow contestants who have made it this far. Congrats to all of you, and I personally hope to see 3 of you in the next round. :P LMAO
The fully stocked bar.
I wanted a nice side shot of the airship, but didn't have enough background material to make it nice and clean....here's the shot anyway.
Heath, I was hoping that when I returned from my weeks of absence, you'd have actually built something of value. As Vidic says, "You continue to disappoint in every conceivable way, Mr. Flor." And by that, of course, I mean this is awesome.
Lovely work. The Great West came off spectacularly. Nice balloon shaping. Lavishly fitted, as befitting Mister Jenkins. I am tickled by those gyroplanes and fully appreciate the meticulous effort that went into the cobble stones. Definitely worth it. From all that, and the description of ceramic cells, I take it you are a student of history, technology, and/or the history of technology?
Quoting Ludgonious .
I like how the builders in the elite eight can build in any theme like they've been building in that theme for years. Excellent stuff.
Thank you very much, I find this to be a very great compliment. It's definitely a challenge, but well worth it for the exposure to new categories we wouldn't normally think about! Looks like I'm off to the Final Four. Thank you all for your support so far!!!
Just, WOW, Heath! A great entry with some terrific building techniques. But what really got me was how you completely nailed the category, all the way to the dialog. You've got my vote 100% with this one...fantastic job!
Lovely job mate. The runway with the lamp boys, the bar, the gyros, the steam rod, all great, but the great west itself is a superb idea. As Dennis points out, a civilian creation stands out more than a honking great cannon covered tank. Good luck!
A clear vision, beautifully executed. The autogyros stand out, as does the convincing looking balloon, and the whole thing has a great steam-y look and feel. Top marks, especially for producing this on the back of such a busy 10 days!
A great addition to some wonderful steam punk material on MOCpages. :) Your MOC definitely fits into the genre perfectly
I like it
Spencer The Soccer Player
October 17, 2010
You got me. Well done. Its more Steampunk than anything else on the entire site.
I like it
Spencer The Soccer Player
October 17, 2010
I think its safe to say you're going to win. Well done Heath. Your right in saying i was confused with the category of Steampunk. I can tell you i wont be building anything within the category again. Ha. I was also extremely busy this week between homework, soccer, and other things. So congradulations on earning your final four spot. I'll be sure to root for you even though I still think Kaleta will win it all. But I love being proved wrong. So go get em' Heath.
I like it
October 17, 2010
Wow Heath, you have nailed this catergory, the builds were excellent, and just...wow. Good luck with the judges~Nick
Your entry is consistent, unified, and inventive. The ship is very cool, but the small touches (like the bar) are what really sell it. A great MOC presented well. Those gyros are lovely, and concept of a luxury ship rather than something loaded with weapons was a wise choice indeed. You have my vote!
Very inventive build here, Heath. I particularly enjoy the journal-type narrative that accompanies the entry; it really put the build into a setting. Your build reminded me a lot of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the comic), and that's the highest compliment I could make to a steampunk creation.
Well you know how much I love a nice landing strip! Awesome post Heath! I think my favorite touch was the guys lighting the runway lights. It adds that bit of realism that people don't typically think about when building these types of things. Good luck with the judges! ~ Chris.
This is so lovely - build, story and concept! And the air force was a great feature, very nice indeed! The only thing missing is two more figs on the ground putting out the runway lights again to make blinking effects ;)
There is so much to like here. But I think, for me, the cobblestone landing strip pretty perfectly encapsulates the "practicality" (or lack thereof) aspect that largely defines the theme. Good luck to both you and Spencer. Here's to the <insert alliterative adjective> Four.