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MXSC-R2-Micro-Kandor
The Bottle City of Kandor.
About this creation
Built for round two of Mr. Xenomurphy's Superhero Contest

Category 2.2 Micro
Okay, now you can create existing superhero buildings from comics, series or movies, in microscale. But make it impressive. For example Wayne Manor, the Batcave, Professor Xavier’s School for gifted Youngsters etc. No size restrictions.


The former capital city of Kal-El's home planet of Krypton was stolen and miniaturized by the calculating Brainiac. Superman keeps the city in his Fortress of Solitude and strives to restore its citizens to normal size.

















The city comes to life...














And special nighttime effects...







My good friend Frank suggested Kandor when I mentioned to him that microscale was the category for the second round. I enjoyed the playfulness of building microscale at life-size.

This creation features LED Brick Light by Artifex as well as lifelights .

Thank you to The Fisherman, Calin, Master Shifu Leo J, Kevin & Mr. Xenomurphy for their time and investment in this contest and particularly in their building of the MOCpages community though this contest. Thank you to my esteemed competitors, and in particular the Fantastic Four; your work has been inspiring.




This build is dedicated to the memory of James Wolfson; a sci-fi fan who would have appreciated the physics of this concept and build.




Comments

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  September 26, 2012
Can I buy this?
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  August 12, 2012
PLEASE MAKE A BATMAN SET
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  August 12, 2012
PLEASE MAKE A BATMAN SET
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  August 12, 2012
PLEASE MAKE A BATMAN SET
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  August 12, 2012
PLEASE MAKE A BATMAN SET
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  August 12, 2012
PLEASE MAKE A BATMAN SET
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  August 4, 2012
Goodness gracious that is awesome. Your first pic is a little misleading. It looked a little fig on a plate for a moment until I took a closer look and realized the editing that went on there. The city in the dome is simply brilliant without the lights. Add the lights, nothing but net. Masterpiece. Well done.
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  August 4, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  August 3, 2012
Fantastic!
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor Brilliantly done Batman! And here I always thought you had a grudge against Superman. :P It's really cool how you built a microscale city AND added lighting! Excellent job!
Just like you're daughters, I like them both. But I do Side with Kairi a BIT more...
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  August 2, 2012
Brilliantly done Batman! And here I always thought you had a grudge against Superman. :P It's really cool how you built a microscale city AND added lighting! Excellent job!
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J It's one thing to build an amazing microcity. But to put it under "glass"? Genius! Nifty parts usage. Great effects with the lights. Impressive idea! 10 points.
Thanks for the compliments AND thank you for all your work in judging!
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Score = 9
I guess I should have used more black ;) Thanks for all your hard work in judging this contest.
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  August 2, 2012
Quoting The Fisherman Brilliant idea and masterful realised. The lighting is icing on the cake. Your score: 10 Pts.
Glad you liked the lighting, the effects on the ground were a wonderful accident. Thanks for all your work judging.
 I made it 
  August 2, 2012
Quoting Tiler . And speaking of which, has anyone tried to imagine Mr. Kaleta HOLDING THIS CREATION IN HIS HAND?
I actually thought about taking that picture, but didn't think I looked enough like Le Luthor to pull it off. Thanks for all your work in the contest Calin.
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  August 2, 2012
Brilliant idea and masterful realised. The lighting is icing on the cake. Your score: 10 Pts.
  August 1, 2012
Score = 9
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  August 1, 2012
I really love this creation!!! Although the area is small,you still can create a beautiful city!I really enjoy it!
  July 31, 2012
I'll begin by saying that I consider we have Four Fantastic Winners in this contest. Every single one has scored a top mark in his/her own particular way. Whether it was ingenuity in using available parts, sensitivity in chromatic choices, cleverness in manipulating ideas or plain (and sometimes subtle) humor, they all managed to really impress through fantastic, skillful MOC's. That being said, please understand that my score will ONLY reflect the sad necessity of having a first and second place in our contest, as I'm determined not to leave Xenomurphy to face this decision all alone. ----- As for your MOC: I won't insist on your mad building skills, or the perfect control in all that crazy shaping and detailing, or the flawless use of parts in creating the shrunken city. I also won't insist on the fantastic atmosphere created through use of lights, which adds so much life to your creation! For me, this is just a Brilliant idea and mind blowing ability to manipulate it! It's large, but it's microcale. It's a city with its own pulsating life, and yet it fits your hand. And speaking of which, has anyone tried to imagine Mr. Kaleta HOLDING THIS CREATION IN HIS HAND? Think about it for a minute... we just might have a Super Hero amongst us. Congratulations, Fantastic One :)! Your score = 9
 I made it 
  July 31, 2012
Just brought this over to my local comic shop (http://firstaidcomics.wordpress.com/) where it will be used to promote an author signing on August 9th by Larry Tye (http://www.larrytye.com/) who wrote a fascinating book on Superman. Be sure to check it out if you're in Hyde Park!
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  July 31, 2012
Awesome Dave, i love this brilliant idea, and the effect that you have done on in the main photo. Really a Master work.
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Chris Phipson Oh so THIS is what you had in mind for my fortress of solitude all that time ago... Now that I have enough white I may revisit that idea in the future. In the mean time, this is AWESOME! Love the play on size thing you have going! And the life lites really bring it to... well... life! Good luck! ~ Chris.
Ha! I was wondering if you'd remember that; you still need to build it as I gave you that canopy to use :)
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  July 31, 2012
Oh so THIS is what you had in mind for my fortress of solitude all that time ago... Now that I have enough white I may revisit that idea in the future. In the mean time, this is AWESOME! Love the play on size thing you have going! And the life lites really bring it to... well... life! Good luck! ~ Chris.
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Stacy Sterling Love the colors and all the detail you packed into the city, and the lighting is the icing on the cake.
We'll have to credit Davey on the lighting, as he's the one who got me to purchase those lifelights. But I learned a good deal about mircoscale from watching you!
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD It wouldn't be a genuine Kaleta if it didn't stretch the boundaries of category and brick. I did see your WIP of this on Flickr and knew the finale would involve lighting; you did not disappoint. Well played, Detective, well played indeed!~H
Yeah, sorry I didn't get to share more WIPs, I was a tad busy. The first version had more white below the jar and the letters of Kandor were much larger and more stylized; then I realized you wouldn't be able to read them without turning the jar - fail. And yes, I do like to test the limits from time to time :)
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  July 31, 2012
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Excellent job. Many original ideas perfectly executed! Is the top made of "golden" pieces¿?
No, just tan :)
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  July 31, 2012
Hehe, nice image editing ;)
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  July 31, 2012
Love the colors and all the detail you packed into the city, and the lighting is the icing on the cake.
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  July 31, 2012
Great Job! Thank you for adding me as a favorite builder, but I wanted to ask you if you had done it because you think I am a good builder, or if it is because I added you as a favorite. If it is the second, I would ask that you remove me from your favorite builders until I earn it.
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  July 31, 2012
Great idea, and well executed too! Love the added lighting.
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  July 31, 2012
Excellent job. Many original ideas perfectly executed! Is the top made of "golden" pieces¿?
 I like it 
  July 31, 2012
It's one thing to build an amazing microcity. But to put it under "glass"? Genius! Nifty parts usage. Great effects with the lights. Impressive idea! 10 points.
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  July 31, 2012
The main pic is a hit!! Excellent!! I love the concept and the light effects bring a great value. Brilliant idea!
Dave Kaleta
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White Knight
  July 30, 2012
Brilliant ! Such a great effect in the dark, and the city its self is so immaculately done, magic stuff !>.....well done
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  July 30, 2012
Great build Dave! I expected to see Bruce Wayne of course, but this was a great surprise. Thanks for the tips on the lighting, I checked out the site and placed an order for some LED's!
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  July 30, 2012
It wouldn't be a genuine Kaleta if it didn't stretch the boundaries of category and brick. I did see your WIP of this on Flickr and knew the finale would involve lighting; you did not disappoint. Well played, Detective, well played indeed!~H
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  July 30, 2012
You got me scratching my head with that first pic, outstanding effects! The take on the subject is very creative and the execution of the plan is masterful, great job Dave!
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  July 30, 2012
THis is just excellent !!!
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy The big blue boy scout, really? Hahaha, this is a neat take on the category, detective. The city is as brilliant as the display with the word Kandor inbuilt. The filigree lightning is a perfect addition to the whole creation, as is the old comic cover. ----- Technically, it counts as micro, since the city itself is a) smaller than in "real life", in this case, smaller than Kandor in the comics and b) the citizens of Kandor in this MOC are smaller than minifigs.
Whether it gets DQed or not, I enjoyed the dual nature of it being a microscale city built life-size. That's what drew me to the subject and made it fun!
 I like it 
  July 30, 2012
The big blue boy scout, really? Hahaha, this is a neat take on the category, detective. The city is as brilliant as the display with the word Kandor inbuilt. The filigree lightning is a perfect addition to the whole creation, as is the old comic cover. ----- Technically, it counts as micro, since the city itself is a) smaller than in "real life", in this case, smaller than Kandor in the comics and b) the citizens of Kandor in this MOC are smaller than minifigs.
  July 30, 2012
Interesting how this is both microscale and life size at the same time, which brings up a question: is it technically microscale? technically, it's more macro, since it should be smaller than say a superman minifig. on the other hand...AARGH, i dont know, it's too confusing. I'd say it counts though. nice job! :)
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  July 30, 2012
Pretty crafty there, Bats! Good luck!
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  July 30, 2012
Very well done! Fantastic work Dave, beautiful. When I was looking at the pain picture it took me a moment to work out what scale I was looking at! The globe is stunning and the city inside gorgeously made. Fantastic stuff. Good luck in the competition! --Blast--
 I like it 
  July 30, 2012
Wow indeed! Love the main photo. Good luck :D
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  July 30, 2012
Wow, amazing work! I love the cool details and the lighting is brilliant!
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  July 30, 2012
Absolutely amazing build. Great parts usage all around and the lights really bring the city to life. Superb job.
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  July 30, 2012
Many MOCs are awesome, some are stunning, almost none is perfect. This is perfect. It looks like a 30s illustration of a futuristic city, which is the way Kandor's supposed to look.
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= This is beautiful, like the most enchanting snow globe. It is made so delicate and full of lots of little bits to give the city life that I can't even recognise most of them. They have just become a mini city.
You're probably looking at the large technic scuba flippers which were used as engine details in the last Space Police theme. http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=32008
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting Stuart Delahay "Sure I play with them every now and again (Every night to be honest)...." Love it mate. The lights are great but the highlight is the tiny Kryptonian architecture. When said you were doing Kandor i wondered if the 'bottled' part was going to restrict the overall size but I love the shapes you've achieved at the tiny scale. That first picture/ cover is class too. Well done mate, good luck!
I was definitely constrained by the windscreen size (this was the largest I could get in clear), but if you approve, then it must have worked out okay :)
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  July 30, 2012
Quoting Nick Durrant Again, fantastic superhero build, and that whole superman holding the city on the comic book, just awesome. Just wondering though is the city really white in the comics or is it your awesome interpretation?
Nick, Different comic artists have different interpretations, so there is no one universal standard for Kandor. This is how I chose to interpret it. ~Dave
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  July 30, 2012
Very nice, I really like the light up shots. The intricacy of the creation is inspiring, well done.
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  July 30, 2012
awesome! 5/5
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  July 30, 2012
Again, fantastic superhero build, and that whole superman holding the city on the comic book, just awesome. Just wondering though is the city really white in the comics or is it your awesome interpretation?
 I like it 
  July 30, 2012
Again, fantastic superhero build, and that whole superman holding the city on the comic book, just awesome. Just wondering though is the city really white in the comics or is it your awesome interpretation?
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  July 30, 2012
That's a beautiful little city. The comic cover is fantastic too.
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  July 30, 2012
Wow! Strange, original & looks great. Impressive photo editing on the cover photo as well. Brilliant!
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  July 30, 2012
"Sure I play with them every now and again (Every night to be honest)...." Love it mate. The lights are great but the highlight is the tiny Kryptonian architecture. When said you were doing Kandor i wondered if the 'bottled' part was going to restrict the overall size but I love the shapes you've achieved at the tiny scale. That first picture/ cover is class too. Well done mate, good luck!
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  July 30, 2012
Wonderful build. I almost thought you had created something of minifig scale (as in something that fit in Superman's hand) when I saw the first image. 'Shop me in disbelief! Love all the intricate details you put into the snowglobe city ^_^
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  July 30, 2012
I'm speechless! :)
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  July 30, 2012
Absolutely beautiful, man! The lighting effects really work here.
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  July 30, 2012
Great idea, well built.
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  July 30, 2012
Awesome! Dave, you got it made. (Literally)
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  July 30, 2012
Incredible. It looks fantastic, and the way you made it light up is even better. Great work.
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  July 29, 2012
Dave you never cease to amaze. I love all the little details and with the lights on it truly comes to life. Outstanding!!
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  July 29, 2012
Clever.
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  July 29, 2012
Great job on this one and cool that microscale was apropos for the story line.
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  July 29, 2012
Dude! Haha, what a take on the category, and the cover of Superman holding it is just gold dude. Hmmm, tough to beat this...
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  July 29, 2012
Wow that really cool good work.
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  July 29, 2012
This is beautiful, like the most enchanting snow globe. It is made so delicate and full of lots of little bits to give the city life that I can't even recognise most of them. They have just become a mini city.
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  July 29, 2012
Awesome! but how did you get superman to hold it?
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  July 29, 2012
Wow, great job with Kandor!
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  July 29, 2012
Kal-El would approve and so do I! Now to get KANDOR back to normal size!
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  July 29, 2012
great microscaling! love the interior- great PU there! the ring around the edge is fantastic, and the word 'Kandor' around the edge is incredible! best of luck!
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  July 29, 2012
Very cool Dave! I love the lighting effects! The idea is great! I love this micro city! Good luck in the contest!
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  July 29, 2012
Fantastic lighting! Excellent build in micro scale! Good luck :)
 
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