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A tribute to our fallen American Presidents, for the 2012 MocAthalon...
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My first contribution to the 2012 MocAthalon!!

Team: "A MOCtley Crew"
The 2012 MocAthalon

Category #13: The Ides of March
Great men, falls by treason and conspiracy! Tell us a story of assassination, treason and crime...

For this category, I wanted to color outside the lines a bit. I built a story tower of 16x16 vignettes, depicting the three greatest presidential assassinations in American History. The bottom level is Ford Theatre, and Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The second level is the Buffalo Temple of Music, where William McKinley was shot. The third is the Dallas street-side where John F. Kennedy was murdered by a sharpshooter in a library window.

For all you non-Americans, the top element of the tower is an American flag flying at half-mast. The lowering of the American flag signifies the remorse and reverence American feels as a nation whenever a national hero is lost. All three of these presidents were honored with the lowering of the American flag.
As a last note, President James A. Garfield was also shot, but his death occurred months later from sickness and infection. The attempt on his life was only one factor in his death, so he was omitted from the tower of American assassinations. However, the lowered flag still honors him as the fourth American president to be killed while in office.
Please (especially the judges) enjoy my tribute to our fallen leaders!


Here is the bottom half of the tower, the assassinations appearing in chronological order from bottom-to-top.

The full tower, with the half-mast flag on top.

Here is the Ford Theatre level, and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

Here is the Buffalo Temple of Music, and the Assassination of William McKinley in 1901.

And finally the Dallas motorcade where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

The bottom two levels, which include the most details.

Lincoln was our 16th president, holding together our nation through the Civil War. As a chief advocate against the horrors of slavery , he saw the Civil War as God’s terrible judgment on a nation which had turned from mercy and God-fearing holiness into a destitute land of evil. With this mindset, his goal was to revert from the nation’s evils, turn them back to God and seek his mercy in repentance. After the South was conquered, a southern extremist named John Wilkes Booth, an actor, walked into the Ford Theatre with the attempt to kill Lincoln – the man who had brought on the fall of the Confederacy. Being well known as an actor, the man was let right in. Lincoln’s bodyguard had walked away for a moment, and just as the crowd roared with laughter, Booth fired a shot into Lincoln’s head.
Roaring with anger, he jumped up onto the ledge. Major Harry Rathbone tried to stop Booth, but the assassin stabbed the would-be avenger. He jumped down onto the stage and yelled “SIC SEMPER TYRRANIS!”, meaning, “Thus always to tyrants”. He then screamed “The South is Avenged!” and ran from the building.
Ironically, Lincoln had been bothered by a dream the night before in which he saw himself in a coffin and the people were crying: “The President is dead.”


Here is President Lincoln. Just behind him you can see the face of John Wilkes Booth peeking through the door. He was shot right below the ear before falling out of his chair.

Major Rathbone runs towards Lincoln.

Mary Todd, Lincoln’s wife, gasps in terror as Lincoln falls into her lap.

Here is the work I did on the ledge. The original ledge had American flag buntings, so I took some artistic liberty and added my own “American” color-schemed decorations.



The entire Presidential box, with brick-built curtains on either side.

Some artistic photos showing Booth’s secret entrance into the box, preparing for the fatal shot to the president.





Here is the box without figs.



To create some additional elements, I added an elevated seat platform so the minifigures could be seen over the railing. Although these might not have been used in Ford Theatre, more artistic liscence…:D

Box without platform or figs.

Now McKinley’s level. This story is interesting.

McKinley was a strong president who was leading American through the turn of the 1800’s into the 1900’s. He was encouraging the development of America, and was well loved. However, he was being stalked by a Polish anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. He followed the president, searching for a chance to kill the spokesperson and ruler of a civilized country. No such opportunity presented itself however, until the President attended the city of Buffalo, in New York. While he was there, he was entering the music house known as the Temple of Music when the Czolgosz approached the President. He had one hand bandaged, and seemed as though he wanted to shake the president’s hand. However, when McKinley extended his arm, the Polish assassin revealed a hidden pistol inside his arm bandages, and fired bullets into the president’s abdomen.
Several days later, McKinley’s died from the terrible wounds as well as infection and gangrene.

It was a sad day for Americans, to lose their president in such a deceitful manner.

Here is Czolgosz and the president.

The assassin approaching McKinley in the crowd.

The Polish Anarchists bandaged hand, with the gun protruding. McKinley extends his arm, inadvertently exposing his side to the weapon.

Here is the crowd, screaming as the shots ring out.

This man, James Parker, was and unemployed onlooker who punched the assassin in the face and helped to pin down the murderer before help arrived.

The entire level.



Here is the room without figs, and you can see the cobblestone SNOTted street-side.



And here is the final level: President Kennedy’s open convertible in Dallas, Texas.
Here, President John F. Kennedy was driving through the streets of Dallas in an open convertible with his wife Jacqueline and Texas Governor Connally. But a crazed man named Lee Harvey Oswald, a sharpshooter, sent three shots at the vehicle from a nearby library. His pinpoint accuracy sent a bullet straight into Kennedy’s back, which then passed through the president and hit the Governor in front of him. Kennedy tipped into his wife’s arms before another shot took him in the head, killing him instantly. As the shots rang out, Connally, who was a hunter, noticed the sound of a high powered gun and screamed: “Oh, no, no, no. My God. They’re going to kill us all!” After Kennedy was shot, Jacqueline had her husband’s brain in her lap, cried, “They have killed my husband,” and tried to jump out of the vehicle.

It was a sad day in American history, as thousands watched their beloved president so brutally murdered.

Here is the car. It was my third of three prototypes. I am most happy with the wheel carriage.

Here is Kennedy falling into his wife’s lap, hit by two high-powered rifle shots.

Onlookers, both young and old, witnessed the tragic murder of their young president, terrified as the shots interrupted the serene motorcade.

Here is the full scene.

The empty road. Currently, white chalk marks the road in Dallas where Kennedy was hit with the fatal head-shot.

And the crown of the piece – the flag, flying at half-mast to remember the fallen presidents in American history.

The full tower without figs.

The stars of the Ford Theatre level: Front left-to-right – John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Major Rathbone.

My custom Abraham Lincoln, my favorite figure.

The people in the Temple of Music: From left-to-right – Two onlookers, Leon Czolgosz, President McKinley, James Parker, and George Foster, a Secret Service agent who stole the Polish Anarchists gun after the firing.

The people and passengers from the Dallas Motorcade: From left-to-right – John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Governor Connally, the driver, and the pedestrians.

The three presidents, Lincoln, McKinley, and Kennedy. May we pray no more American Presidents are killed while serving this great country.

Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

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  August 9, 2014
This is very very nicely detail. A piece of us hisotry. I have one a Question if that's ok , are you going to at one of James Garfield being shot at the train station ? I was just curious. If anyone could do it , you could ! :)
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  August 23, 2012
Awesome! Nice idea to remember our great presidents.
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  August 10, 2012
Well, I must have forgotten to comment on this even though I've viewed it at 2 or 3 times. Anyway, a wonderful creation. Good historical MOCs, though rare, are always a treat! -LB Senior
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  May 9, 2012
This is great Christopher! I can NOT believe that it has only two likes! It must have malfunctions. Well, keep up the work and I can't wait to see when you post our next creation! I finally have time to start commenting on creation. I took your advice on commenting, by the way. Thanks for it!
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  March 26, 2012
Great build, although some of the minifig faces look a little off - Mrs Lincoln, for example, looks more annoyed than horrified at the death of her husband. :P
  March 17, 2012
Great concept and execution! (pun intended) Score = 5
 I like it 
  March 15, 2012
Very nicely presented! Cool MOC!
  March 13, 2012
Score = 4
Christopher Baldacci
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Mgs Fan455
  March 12, 2012
Quoting christopher bodacci The Kennedy Assassination has been studied many times, and there are many conspiracy theories and "studies" which have "proved" many crazy things. What is most commonly accepted, however is that there were three shots fired, one hit the president in the back. That same bullet passed through and hit the Governor in the back, and then another bullet hit Kennedy in the head, killing him. I tried to stick to this story in my little write-up because it is what is most commonly heard. Thanks for the comment! I am awere of the conspiricy theories and am accually not a conspiricy teorist its just that the thing that makes most sence is that there is more truth to that theory than any other(like the fact that the wood-hardened[witch he realy did do to the bullet], slightly flattened bullet wouldve gone at the second victim(dead on the spot or not) at its side *~<XD880>~*
Christopher Baldacci
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Mgs Fan455
  March 12, 2012
Amaising quick question… did you know that whenthe bullit wizzed threw kenedies upper back and into the fare governers it struck his lower back possibly upper hip and continued still through the governer legg?? the whole thing is called the maggic bullit supposedly he shot the thing into a log of wood and repacked it into a bullit cassing before the assassination went down to harden it and better incline his chances of success but i resently found if that were his intention it wouldntve hit the governer in the back on its side it wouldve beenalmost flat and facing backwards… there was deffenetly something up with that bullit mabey not maggic but… wait… mabey… just mabey…………… im sorry what were we talking about????? *~<XD880>~*
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  March 12, 2012
Wait, I thought it was a grassy knoll? Oh and this was amazing. I heard there was a conspiracy that Oswald was working with the Soviets... Poor Mrs. Kennedy, having JFK's brains in her lap.... Well good built and good luck with the MOCathon!!
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  March 12, 2012
Quoting Max Pointner Sorry about my short (bad) comment, but I now have time to do this. I will start at the top and move down. FLAG: I like that you tried to ornament the base of the flag pole with the ruffled column pieces, but I wish that the whole pole was light gr/blay. Love the technic sphere on the top. KENNEDY: Sorry, but I can't stand the car. Overall, this is my least favorite level. Even the road, I think, could be better. Oh well. At least the figs are good. McKINLEY: Love this level. It makes me want to get some white column parts! The figs too are good. Too bad I never got a black bowler hat to you. LINCOLN: LOVE the color scheme! Lincoln is perfect. I wish lego made a better head for Booth. Overall, great work. You may want to add Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan to your honorable mentions list, as both were shot at and one (TR) was hit. Also, Zachary Taylor was murdered by a cucumber. Great work!
Yes, I know... I hate the Kennedy level too. He was assassinated in such a boring section of town...a semi-deserted road in the middle of Texas. There wasn't much I could do with only a 16x16 place to work. As for the car, it was attempt #3 out of 3. The first car was so detailed, had working doors and a fully sculpted front and back.....however.....it was double minifig size. Then attempt number two was so small I couldn't fit anyone but Kennedy in the vehicle. I am actually quite happy with you the front turned out, but the back/sides I didn't have time to flesh out. Stupid MocAthalon time limits! :D Thanks for the long comment. I always liked when people tell me everything there is to know.
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  March 12, 2012
Very nice! Incredibly well done. I love all the the levels. The details are just fantastic for such a small space. The only thing that could have made this better was if the flag could have been made from Lego. Other than that, this is brilliant. I love it. RIP to the fallen Presidents. Well done. --Blast--
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  March 12, 2012
Really nice work. Your score = 5
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  March 12, 2012
Nice work. I love the Lincoln level. This is probably one of my favorite MOCs for a while.
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  March 12, 2012
Yeah, that is what everybody will be talking about!
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  March 12, 2012
A wonderful build! :)
 I like it 
  March 12, 2012
Sorry about my short (bad) comment, but I now have time to do this. I will start at the top and move down. FLAG: I like that you tried to ornament the base of the flag pole with the ruffled column pieces, but I wish that the whole pole was light gr/blay. Love the technic sphere on the top. KENNEDY: Sorry, but I can't stand the car. Overall, this is my least favorite level. Even the road, I think, could be better. Oh well. At least the figs are good. McKINLEY: Love this level. It makes me want to get some white column parts! The figs too are good. Too bad I never got a black bowler hat to you. LINCOLN: LOVE the color scheme! Lincoln is perfect. I wish lego made a better head for Booth. Overall, great work. You may want to add Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan to your honorable mentions list, as both were shot at and one (TR) was hit. Also, Zachary Taylor was murdered by a cucumber. Great work!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2012
I love the cobblestone street! Although I'm a huge fan of classic yellow minifigs, I have to admit that your fleshies are perfect! Keep it up!
 I made it 
  March 12, 2012
Quoting Mgs Fan455 Amaising quick question… did you know that whenthe bullit wizzed threw kenedies upper back and into the fare governers it struck his lower back possibly upper hip and continued still through the governer legg?? the whole thing is called the maggic bullit supposedly he shot the thing into a log of wood and repacked it into a bullit cassing before the assassination went down to harden it and better incline his chances of success but i resently found if that were his intention it wouldntve hit the governer in the back on its side it wouldve beenalmost flat and facing backwards… there was deffenetly something up with that bullit mabey not maggic but… wait… mabey… just mabey…………… im sorry what were we talking about????? *~<XD880>~*
The Kennedy Assassination has been studied many times, and there are many conspiracy theories and "studies" which have "proved" many crazy things. What is most commonly accepted, however is that there were three shots fired, one hit the president in the back. That same bullet passed through and hit the Governor in the back, and then another bullet hit Kennedy in the head, killing him. I tried to stick to this story in my little write-up because it is what is most commonly heard. Thanks for the comment!
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  March 12, 2012
Well done on all fronts Chris! I personally love the McKinley level, but the detail on each makes them all very enjoyable. (Even if they are about assassinations...) Great work!
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  March 12, 2012
Quoting E. B. This is awesome! I am jealous of your large collection of light-flesh heads =P.
Yes...good old fleshie heads. I do prefer them when I am dealing with historical/movie MOCs so it looks more realistic.
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  March 12, 2012
Nice tower, Dude!
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  March 12, 2012
Now that's a really nice take on the category! I was also impressed with all the little details throughout and the NPU. But... where's the dude on the grassy knoll? HAHA 5 points. ~ Chris.
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  March 12, 2012
Great concept, with excellent details! Score= 4
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  March 12, 2012
Man, where did you get the hair for Jacklin Kennedy!? It totally makes this MOC!!! Hehe, okay all jokes aside, great build Chris!
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  March 12, 2012
This is awesome! I am jealous of your large collection of light-flesh heads =P.
Christopher Baldacci
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Christian Hansen
  March 11, 2012
Very good.
Christopher Baldacci
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Admiral Varkov
  March 11, 2012
Excellent tribute and moc in general! The multi-leveled build, historical accuracy, and detailing all make a grand creation! Nice job!
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  March 11, 2012
Nice take on the category and well bricked.
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  March 11, 2012
SEMPER-FI Nice moc btw
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  March 11, 2012
Finally! Great work! Love the figs.
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  March 11, 2012
AWESOME!!!! My favorite scene is Lincoln scene.( I love Lincoln's face!)
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  March 11, 2012
Nice job on the details. A few things I think could be better though, making a brick-built flag for instance. And I think the car could be better. Just some thoughts. ;)
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  March 11, 2012
I enjoyed the history lesson. National pride aside, you have a great build also. Score: scraping up a 4
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  March 11, 2012
Amazing job!
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  March 11, 2012
Not only is this historically perfect, but it also is an amazing build! I really like the middle level. This was a very cool take on the category, Chris. Good luck!
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  March 11, 2012
Wow Christopher! This is amazing. I only got a quick look at it when I was over but now I can see the amount of detail that you packed into this. This is definitely your best (and largest) story tower. I can't wait to see your other 'athlon creations.
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  March 11, 2012
Clean but detailed, great style!
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  March 11, 2012
Amazing job, Chris! This looks stupendous! The levels are all well-thought out and incredibly detailed! Go Moctley Team!
 
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