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Skoobhop's Folly
This creation is built for a MOCoff with Stuart Lucas in the “Out of Your Comfort Zone” contest; my assignment was to make a creation combining Steampunk and City. Enjoy!
About this creation
People said it couldn’t be done…and that’s exactly why he did it…

Skoobhop is an aging gentleman dissatisfied with his life in the decaying city of Arcadia. Everywhere he looks, he sees despair and melancholy. But Skoobhop has a plan: saving all his coppers, he has re-built his house into a flying vessel of wonder. Coining his contraption “Skoobhop’s Folly in honor of his detractors, the daring pilot is ready to take to the skies and seek a new place to call home. So, hoist the anchor and start the engines! After all…adventure is out there!


Skoobhop contentedly smoking his pipe as he takes to the sky.


The Konkpressor 2000 engine and four-bladed propeller is the primary mode of lift for the structure; it is powered by a charcoal-pellet fueled furnace, providing excellent fuel economy and incredible power.


Twin Rolls Royce variable engines are used to provide directional control.


Hoist away the anchor!


A pair of vicious Black Hand officers cease their beating of a delirious Drunk to stare at the miracle of man-made flight.


Calm down, madame! It’s just a flying house, for heaven’s sake!


A steam-fitter on his way home from work can hardly believe his eyes.


Parker Pyne seems to approve of the enterprising chap’s flight…


One of Arcadia’s flame-lamps, powered by hot gasses from pipes deep within the ground.


Ruins and a skeleton are a grim reminder of the recent Havoc War, which destroyed much of Arcadia.


A seemingly abandoned house sits next to Skoobhop’s property.


Empty cups, jugs, and bottles reveal the Drunk’s favorite spot to forget the cares of this wretched world…


Beware falling debris!


The interior of Skoobhop’s house.


The helm, complete with comfy chair and instrument gauges.


The kitchen, with a small table, barreled provisions, and plenty of explorer gear.


The main engine removed form the house. My, is it big!


The Man of the Hour himself: Skoobhop!

Background info:
When I got my assignment for this MOCoff, I decided to resist the urge to go the “easy” route and make a Steampunk City, which was the first thing that popped into my head. Instead, I decided to make something a little different; while the Floating Rock sub-category is definitely a mainstream theme amongst LEGO Steampunk builders, I wanted to try my hand at a relatively unknown sub-theme: Floating Houses. I drew heavy inspiration from Disney/Pixar’s movie “Up” , which I am a massive fan of. Overall, I am very pleased with the creation, although I do wish I had more pieces/time to make it a true masterpiece; work has been absolutely crazy lately (I'm a sales associate for the U.S. market chain Dollar General), and I barely had any time to build this creation. Still, I’m very pleased with it and I hope you are to. Best of luck to Mr. Lucas (who is a fabulous builder in his own right) and as always, may the best MOC win!

EDIT: After three grueling arounds of facing off against some really talented builders, this creation was declared the overall winner by the judges :D

Please feel free to rate and/or comment!




Comments

 I like it 
  July 20, 2012
Very nice build!
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  April 25, 2012
:O I can't believe my EYES!!!!! this is amazing 1000/5 Id put more '0' but that would a little over board i take that back 100000/5 AMAZING!!
 I like it 
  April 22, 2012
This is quite amazing!
 I like it 
  February 28, 2012
is the colour d/orange or red, nice build.
 I like it 
  February 27, 2012
Congratulations Paul!
  February 25, 2012
Well done Paul! A clean sweep of the judges and it's a fair result if you ask me... congrats and thanks for the contest!
Paul Romano
Christian Hansen
  February 24, 2012
Votes: 3/5
 I like it 
  February 22, 2012
Wow, I love it!
Paul Romano
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Vladimir R.
  February 17, 2012
Paul, this is sooooo amazing MOC. I really liked idea of flying house from Up movie (that movie was fantastic...) and I enjoy how you turned it into steampunk. I give you 3 votes. I would give you more, but Stuarts entry is really cool and I had to give him some points too. P.S.: I really would love to see this done in larger size (maybe more buildings) but I know it is hard to get so many bricks. :D
 I like it 
  February 17, 2012
Excellent build!
Paul Romano
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Christian Hansen
  February 16, 2012
A genius combination of City and Steampunk! I love all the detail in the town, but the main event is amazing. I definitely resembles Up!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
The thing I like about it is that I can get much of the experience of watching "Up" without weeping like a frickin' five-year-old at the heartbreaking montage scene…
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
I really loved the UP tie-in and the fact that you showed the interior of the house, Oh and really cool pathway technique. So I am giving you 3 of my votes. Good luck. :)
 I made it 
  February 16, 2012
Thanks for all the comments, everyone! Looking at the creation now, I'm pretty sad that I didn't have more pieces to to take it to the next level of quality. Oh well :)
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Oh, that's awesome. :)
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Kind of reminds me of "Up", great build! You did an excellent job combining the categories. I can't speak for everyone else, but I think you've got a good shot at winning this contest! Good luck to the both of you!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
That is huge! I love the write-up and all the details. Great concept, and good luck!
 I made it 
  February 16, 2012
Quoting Hayden . Great Idea and reminds me of Up! What really makes me like this is how you make the "Miracle of man-made flight" Red in the grey, desolate ruins left over from the war, this is a really effective way to symbolise the main element as well as the hope for humanity!
Spot on with your analysis!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
That is really awesome! I love the concept.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
What an idea! Love that engine and the helm! :)
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Great Idea and reminds me of Up! What really makes me like this is how you make the "Miracle of man-made flight" Red in the grey, desolate ruins left over from the war, this is a really effective way to symbolise the main element as well as the hope for humanity!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Nice Job! I like the imagination you applied to this MOC!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Nice similarity to 'UP'. Great job. 5/5
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  February 16, 2012
Ha, that's pretty awesome. Nice work!
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  February 16, 2012
Excellent build, Dude! Great job integrating it into your story line, too. All sorts of nifty details, the engines especially. Awesome!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Cool! Very whimsical and classy!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Fantastic work!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Now this is great stuff! The flying house on its own would be excellent but the scene you've built around it puts it over the top. I really like the helm and controls in the bay window too. Great idea and thanks for putting in so much effort!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2012
Woah! The first picture floored me. I love the composition of the central floating house and the ruins all around. I could immediately see what is happening and feel the weight of the house lifting off its foundation. The textured street and bemused bystanders are icing on the cake. Definitely an entry worthy of the final round!
 
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