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MocOlympics Round 2: Flare vs Max Pointner
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NOTICE: This build is political, so I will delete any comments which spark any sort of debate or argument. I am not interested in arguing with you about facts. Thank you!

This MOC is not intended to be a humorous build, in fact it is quite serious. Although people in the relatively safe countries of North America or Europe might not realize it, there are times when people literally have to live underground, in bunkers / bomb shelters, in order to keep living. This is a reality here in Israel. Almost every home and building has their own bomb shelter or "safe" room here in Israel. The enemy likes to play dirty, so we have to protect ourselves.

This build depicts an underground bunker, similar to what may be found in many parts of Israel. You might be thinking, "Now seriously, when has anyone had to live in a bomb shelter?" Well, in the 2006 "Second" Lebanon War, the whole northern section of Israel (the Galilee pretty much, for those of you who know a little about Israel) was under constant threat of missile attacks from Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah purposefully fired missiles at civilian areas in order to distract the Israeli army and to cause chaos. (I can imagine you all saying "Oh no Israel does the same thing wah wah wah" - well no, Israel tries to take out the places that are holding dangerous items, terrorist leaders, etc, and does not randomly fire missiles to hurt "innocents". Unfortunately, terrorists LOVE to hide behind "innocents" so a lot of "innocents" DO get hurt, but think... who's fault is it - Israel, who's trying to protect herself from the terrorists? Or maybe the terrorists who are hiding behind the innocent people in the first place? Maybe they should try to protect their own people and there would be less losses of innocent life! /endrant). In the 2006 "Second" Lebanon War, 'only' 44 Israeli civilians were killed by missile attacks, but over 4,000 were injured. An estimated 1,000,000 Israelis were confined to bomb shelters during the conflict.

Now-a-days, Israelis are still in the danger of missile attacks especially in areas near the Gaza Strip. Thankfully, Israel has designed an anti-missile system called the "Iron Dome", which pretty much shoots down the incoming rockets heading towards populated areas. Pretty awesome.

Anyways, on to the build! Sorry for the long talk (I'm writing an awful lot today!). As I said (I think, or at least I hope you understand) I built an underground bomb shelter.


Here is a main shot. Underground is the bunker itself, while on top it is used for the purposes of barbeque/picnic. There is a swing-set, and a path leading to the house. And the incoming rockets. These bomb shelters are built well, so hopefully our family here will be safe and sound.


Side view. You might notice that I transitioned from brown to tan, I did that mainly because I don't have enough brown bricks to do the whole thing, and a lot of the Israeli soil can be sandy, especially in the north closer to the shore.


Back view. You'll notice that there is a lever in the "ground", which turns on the red emergency light in front of the bunker, and the light bulb which is inside of the bunker.


The other side view - sorry guys, no dead canadian. Have to keep things serious.


This is the emergency light (which is on, if you can't tell). I have a power box underneath all the ground and thats what the lever (the one you saw a couple photos up) is connected to.


The rockets/missiles.


Grill, which must've been abandoned when the warning siren was heard. The picnic table is designed by Workfromtheheart. A great design.


Last view before we dive beneath the surface!


Oh wait, first, the stairs. I haven't seen this technique before, I used jumper plates and 2x4 plates, and personally I think that the dimensions of the stairs are actually very accurate to real life stairs!


Swing-set. There is a criss-cross trellis with vines behind the swing-set.


OK, now we've actually made it to the shelter itself. As you see I have a working light bulb built into the ceiling. There are lots of details in here so I took plenty of pictures - don't worry ;)


I took the roof off so that you can see the whole thing better.


OK, so from right to left, we have the thick door for the shelter (uh oh, forgot to close it all the way! :S), crates of food and equipment, teddy bear, a small and secure window so that the occupants can see how the situation is outside, and a radio and scared teen.


OK, I've got a radio here, and the scared teenager son. There is also an Israeli flag, designed by yours truly. Also note the table with maps & cups.


The father is worried about the future of his family, and hopes that the condition of things will become better. His daughter is just scared about the current danger and clings to her father as the sound of the rockets gets louder and more intense.


The youngest child is scared and doesn't understand. His mother tries to comfort him but to no avail. She is confident that they will be safe in the shelter and hopes for a better future. You can't see it very well from this shot, but there is a lamp which is inspired by 2 Much Caffeine.


This might seem like a strange photo. Well, what this is supposed to be, is a sort of vent that filters the air and allows fresh air to come in, so that the occupants of the shelter will not be without fresh air to breathe. It can get quite stuffy down there!


Clock, canned food, ladder to the top bunk of the bunkbed.


A last shot reminding us of the impending danger... lets hope for no more war and peace, although with Hezbollah threatening to turn Israelis' lives "into hell", I doubt this will happen in the near future.

Thanks for viewing, and keep safe! ;)



Comments

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  March 14, 2013
Keep safe!
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  January 5, 2013
Quoting Jake Shef Awesome, man. I am Jmoney, from flickr. I love the stairs. I went to Isreal a couple of years ago for my cousin's wedding. We think her husband works for Hassad, because he works for the military and van tell no one of his job. Their apartment building also has a saferoom built into it. Pretty scary.
Hassad? Do you mean Mossad?
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  January 4, 2013
Awesome, man. I am Jmoney, from flickr. I love the stairs. I went to Isreal a couple of years ago for my cousin's wedding. We think her husband works for Hassad, because he works for the military and van tell no one of his job. Their apartment building also has a saferoom built into it. Pretty scary.
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  December 13, 2012
quebec has nt seen times like that for a long time, rockets did nt exist then, as a man of peace, I love you and your enemy as my brothers in dispute, I do not dare say that I truly understand this, but, I can t wait until key people with a heart settle this! your piece is magnificent without anything else but art, the mix of city-military, really hits with me, as it s a little what I m doing with ALTA-5, the light mechanism is a very nice touch!
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  November 9, 2012
I know you feared political/aggressive comments, but there's a reason for that: people like them a good underdog story. In your case, Lebanon and Palestine are the underdog, so they're bound to generally gather more sympathy. Many people I know, additionally, genuinely see Israel as the bad guys, what with all the matter of the occupied territories and the way the people who were there first are treated (or allegedly). Of course I have no first hand experience nor a striking curiosity about the subject, what I mean is you can see how many people might see what's happening down there as a reenactment of what happened between colonists and Native Americans. In the end, you just can't expect everybody to like you, it's just that. I really wish for you to grow up to a time when seeking shelter is no longer an issue. Oh, and a very good MOC, by the way :)
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  October 10, 2012
I knew about the missile bit already, but you've done an excellent job creating this with LEGO. Sad to see you don't move on, but such is life. How about the MOCoff now? :P
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  October 10, 2012
Wow, I knew Israel was in danger, but not THIS badly :( It's a very moving MOC, Great Designs, I love the bed design, the Israeli flag is quite clever as well. Stay safe Flare, hopefully there will be an end to this war soon :'(
Flare .
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Space Gypsy .
  October 9, 2012
A very moving entry and excellently built. It's always good to create awarness of issues on this site.
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  October 9, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Excellent entry, and it was good to read the description. I can only hope that bomb shelters are no longer necessary in the near future, it's terrible when whole countries have to live in fear. Anyway, best of luck!
We do not live in fear - we live in safety! ;) We've got a great army protecting us, and God of course is doing his part too! Haha maybe God is the army's commander-in-chief, because the Israeli Army has made some quite incredible victories... ;)
 I made it 
  October 9, 2012
Quoting Chris Phipson First, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and ALL innocent civilians who are ever trapped in any kind of conflict. On to the moc. A really nice build here with good details (I did especially like the stair technique). I'm gonna have to go with Max on this one though. His build just had that little more "umph" to push it over the top. Thanks for the great entry and please, stay safe. ~ Chris.
Thank you Chris. Good luck to Max in Round 3!
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  October 9, 2012
Very neat work, and a worrying reminder of the horrors of war. Top notch build dude...
  October 8, 2012
A clean entry, I like the many details you managed to stuff into this vignette. While I do have a weakness for functions in a MOC I ultimately decided that your opponent's entry was the better one, my vote goes to Max Pointner. You did a great job though.
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
Interesting and serious build. I'm sure it's frustrating dealing with those situations. If only everyone would learn to respect everyone else's opinions/beliefs/way of life. Maybe one day....though most likely not in my lifetime. Shame you didn't make it to the next round.
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  October 8, 2012
Wonderful MOC and a sobering subject. Great job and stay safe.
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  October 8, 2012
I can't imagine what it must be like to live in a quasi-war zone, with the fear of mortar attacks hanging over everyone's head. Thankfully, you have Someone watching over and protecting your nation ;) Excellent job!
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  October 8, 2012
First, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and ALL innocent civilians who are ever trapped in any kind of conflict. On to the moc. A really nice build here with good details (I did especially like the stair technique). I'm gonna have to go with Max on this one though. His build just had that little more "umph" to push it over the top. Thanks for the great entry and please, stay safe. ~ Chris.
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  October 8, 2012
An emotive, quality build. Good luck.
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  October 8, 2012
just one question... how does anyone use the swing without crashing through the trellis?
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  October 8, 2012
Very impressive work! Every little detail is nicely done and the MOC is very interesting.
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  October 8, 2012
Awesome build, the stairs and swing-chair are very well done
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  October 8, 2012
Good build, good luck. God bless Israel!
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  October 8, 2012
When I was in the Golan Heights in Israel in 2008, the family we were staying with took us inside their bomb shelter - it's not a nice reality, having to hide from missiles. Great detailed build Flare, good luck with Chris & Shannon.
 I made it 
  October 8, 2012
Thank you everyone for your comments!
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Although you did strike an emotional chord with me here Flare, and I can only pray for the peace of Jerusalem, I'll have to judge based on pure build quality. That said, your MOC is solidly built, with many nice details in the landscaping, the light functions, and inside the bunker. But I'm unfortunately going to have to go with Max on this one. His creation was just a bit more compositionally solid, and his techniques really put it over the top. Even so, you put up a real fight (no pun intended), and good luck with the rest of the judges!
Thanks Paul, I do agree that Max's entry is more solid than mine, thanks though!
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
great little details, I appreciate the seriousness of this build.
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  October 7, 2012
An excellent MOC of a terrible thing. I like the thorough detailing of the bunker, and that white fence outside is pretty nifty.
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  October 7, 2012
Excellent entry, and it was good to read the description. I can only hope that bomb shelters are no longer necessary in the near future, it's terrible when whole countries have to live in fear. Anyway, best of luck!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Nice build Flare! The details are REALLY nice, such as the bunk bed, the grill, and especially the Israeli flag. Also, the power functions added a nice touch. Good luck! I know that God has a plan for His people, and I pray that peace will come in the near future.
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  October 7, 2012
Very nice!
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  October 7, 2012
Although you did strike an emotional chord with me here Flare, and I can only pray for the peace of Jerusalem, I'll have to judge based on pure build quality. That said, your MOC is solidly built, with many nice details in the landscaping, the light functions, and inside the bunker. But I'm unfortunately going to have to go with Max on this one. His creation was just a bit more compositionally solid, and his techniques really put it over the top. Even so, you put up a real fight (no pun intended), and good luck with the rest of the judges!
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  October 7, 2012
Well done and good luck. =)
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  October 7, 2012
Quite sad, but masterfully depicted. Good luck to you, Flare!
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  October 7, 2012
This less than desireable situation is depicted well in your MOC. Good luck in the contest :)
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  October 7, 2012
Most thought provoking. I hope this is the right context in which to say this... Shalom! Very, Very Best of Luck! :)
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  October 7, 2012
A very unfortunate situation to be in.... I hope one day there is some sort of resolution reached. Excellent build, and best of luck!
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  October 7, 2012
Fantastic build!!
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  October 7, 2012
This is a nice build, even if the topic is saddening.
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  October 7, 2012
Powerful stuff, nice build
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  October 7, 2012
A sobering MOC, but all the more effective for that. (And - for once - a Lego building with a realistic amount of interior detail!) Good luck in the contest, and peace in the Middle East will continue to be in our prayers.
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  October 7, 2012
Nice work Flare! As Max is one of my best friends (irl), I'm rooting for him, but that does not detract from the excellence of this build. Well done. Israel is in my prayers.
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  October 7, 2012
Prepare for the worst, hope fore the best. Nice entry, and good luck with the judges!
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  October 7, 2012
Awesome entry! And yes, I realize the seriousness of your situation down there. I hope you will all be safe.
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  October 7, 2012
Very emotional, but very well built at the same time :) Good luck!
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  October 7, 2012
I've changed my mind about living in Israel. I suddenly think we have cool animals in North America lol. Anyway nice work!
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  October 7, 2012
Excellent work. :D Good luck!
 
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