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2012 MocAthalon entry:The Year of Revolution
Team Moctley Crew in Number 26: “Mocing the ‘80s.”
About this creation
2012 MocAthalon
A Moctley Crew

An artistic depiction of two history-changing events that occurred in 1989: the Tiananmen Square Protests and the Fall of the Berlin Wall.


The first module of the build represents the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989, which showed the world how discontent the Chinese populace was under Communist rule:
On June 5th 1989, video footage was flashed around the world of a lone Chinese protestor, armed with nothing but a pair of shopping bags stopping a column of Communist tanks by placing himself directly in front of them. Despite threats and pleas from the tank commander to move, the man steadfastly refused before being hustled away by onlookers. It remains one of the most iconic moments in modern history. Somewhat fittingly, the man’s identity and fate have never been discovered by activists or the Chinese government…



The red walls and weaponry represent Red China’s fortress-like state during the 1980s.


The "tiger-camouflage" T-59 tank was incredibly hard to make, as I am a disgustingly-horrid mini-scale modeler. The sticker is a water-slide decal, a non-purist move that bugged my conscience. Still, I am rather pleased with how it came out, especially the working treads and 360 degree-capable turret.


Angled road technique. An absolute nightmare to design...



The second module of the build represents the collapse of the Berlin Wall in Germany, which was a clear sign of the failure of the Communist system:
On November 9th 1989, the long-hated Berlin Wall was declared open by the Communist government of East Germany after massive protests broke out. Thousands of East Germans and West Germans reacted with jubilation and celebration; improvised holes were quickly smashed in the wall to allow the passage of people between the two former-enemy nations. One of the most defining moments in the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall signaled the beginning of the end of Communism in Europe…



After hearing of the wall’s opening, a Dutch florist company took it upon themselves to donate thousands of flowers to East Germany, a touching gesture considering Holland was ravaged by Germany in both World Wars. The carnations provide a strong contrast to the grey, military uniformity of the base of the MOC.



The wall itself, covered in graffiti and sporting the German word ‘FREI’, which, when translated into English, spells out “FREE”.


A young lad crawls his way to freedom.


Maybe I’m an over-zealous history freak, but whenever I think of the 20th century, I view the decades as color-coded: the ‘50s were red, the ‘60s were orange, the ‘70s were brown, and the 1980s were blue. So, I went with my gut and used blue for the ‘1989 sign’.


The creation is modular, allowing the separate dioramas to be detached from each other for educational and display purposes. Whenever I can, I like to incorporate functional elements into my creations, no matter how simple.


Tank man


The Berliners

Background info:
I thought I’d take the road-less-traveled with this category and make a creation based upon a pair of major historical events from the 1980s. I hate to be “that guy” who ruins everyone’s LSD-filled LEGO fun by putting out a serious MOC, but the way I look at it, my parents didn’t spend big money on me to go out and waste my college-history courses :P Overall, I’m very pleased with the creation and I hope you are too! Well-wishes to my competitors, and as always:

GO MOCTLEY CREW!

Please feel to rate and/or comment!



Comments

 I made it 
  January 22, 2013
Quoting Christin Whitehead
Wow! What a story! I fully support the usage of LEGO to teach others about history; I wish I had a teacher like you! Unfortunately, I do not keep a parts list of my creations. However, I can give you some advice on how to remake my creation: make 2 or more brick built boxes, and simply use different colors and different pieces for each box to make each seem unique. As for the scenes themselves, I find great inspiration in looking at famous photos from history. Thank you for the uplifting comment, and I wish you the best!
  January 20, 2013
I LOVE THIS design! I am a high school German teacher that was a junior in college when the wall came down and was able to go to Berlin for the first time 6 months after the wall. I would love to have something like this for my classroom as I teach a mini-unit, every year to my 1st year students. I have just recently gotten into Legos and came across your creation. I have build the Brandenburg Gate from the Architecture collection and am ready to takle something else. Do you happen to have a list of what you used to create this or could you give me some pointers as to what you used. I can pick out some from the awesome photos but can't see all sides. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
Great interpretation and build! :)
 I like it 
  March 24, 2012
Awesome tank design! And the Berlin Wall is immediately what I thought of, looking at the main picture, that means: mission accomplished! You captured everything wonderfully!
  March 17, 2012
Score = 4
 I like it 
  March 15, 2012
Very nice! Tank man rocks!
 I like it 
  March 13, 2012
Great tank. :)
 I made it 
  March 13, 2012
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Score = 4 - and BTW the book was called 1984!
Hehehe! Thanks for the score!
  March 13, 2012
Score = 4 - and BTW the book was called 1984!
 I made it 
  March 12, 2012
Quoting Mister Bones Ah, you disappointed deus…..oh wait, who cares? Good build, Your score = 4
That comment, good sir, just made my day! Thanks for the score!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2012
Ah, you disappointed deus…..oh wait, who cares? Good build, Your score = 4
 I made it 
  March 12, 2012
Quoting Blake Baer I appreciate your approach and your excellent builds. The bright colors are kinda distracting. Score: scraping up a 4
Thanks! I'll be sure to tone down the crazy colors in the future :)
 I made it 
  March 12, 2012
Quoting Chris Phipson At first glance this was a strong four but then all these little techniques just kept popping out at me and yeah... that's a 5er! 5 points! ~ Chris.
If I could, I'd give ya a big sloppy kiss :P
 I made it 
  March 12, 2012
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor I remember that very clearly. Amazingly enough, I also remember American stores capitalizing on the event by packaging the pieces and selling them as souvenirs. JC Penny's and Sears both had them when I was a kid. Excellent builds, and a great representation of the 80's. Score= 4
Really? Wow! I gotta get me a bag of that stuff :) Thanks for the score!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2012
I remember that very clearly. Amazingly enough, I also remember American stores capitalizing on the event by packaging the pieces and selling them as souvenirs. JC Penny's and Sears both had them when I was a kid. Excellent builds, and a great representation of the 80's. Score= 4
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
I appreciate your approach and your excellent builds. The bright colors are kinda distracting. Score: scraping up a 4
  March 11, 2012
Lovely. I love how you made the Tiananmen square scene in microscale. Great little idea to fit the tank in there. ;)
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Nice! Making the road under the tank diagonal was a great touch!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Yes! A 5 from Phipson! Great stuff Paul!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Great entry here, Chief! Good call using the micro fig with the tank, too. Good luck!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Don't take this the wrong way, but the tank has a fantastic whimsical feel to it. ~Dave
 I made it 
  March 11, 2012
Quoting Deus Otiosus When I saw the number, I was excited to see a scene from the book "1989", but I was disapointed...
I'm not surprised you were disapointed...you usually are :D
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
... disapointed in a good way I hope!? Dude, this build is awesome, good work!
  March 11, 2012
When I saw the number, I was excited to see a scene from the book "1989", but I was disapointed...
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
At first glance this was a strong four but then all these little techniques just kept popping out at me and yeah... that's a 5er! 5 points! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Awesome! I really like your take of the category! The tank looks really good!
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
A unique and wonderful approach... and yet fits the category to a tee and the mocs get the message across! Great Job! :)
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Very well done! I'm so glad you went with a more historical facts approach with this category. When most people think of the 80s, they think of music and diners instead of major events! The tank design is very nice but as Ben King said, it would have been better as one color. The Berlin Wall is just fantastic! I absolutely love the graffiti (and the little guy crawling through the hole). A really excellent build. Good luck with the judges :)
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
I like it. Was the reason you made the Chinese guy instead of using a minifig because of the effects it would have had on the scale of the tank.
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Lovely .. I remember those two events as if it was yesterday ! :D
 I like it 
  March 11, 2012
Very nice! A different but great approach.
 
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