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M.O. Round 2 P. Voranc vs. James Mckinnon 'Wild West Town Brickmine'
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Wild West: Give us a scene from the old west. It could be a shootout at high noon, a prospector in the woods by the river, a saloon complete with a drunken brawl... your choice, just set it in the old American western style.

Link to my opponent's entry:

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When I first saw the category I was quite pleased, because I knew I had some wooden parts and quite a lot of typical cowboy hats, so I thought to myself: 'Hey, this could be fun!' But then it struck me- the last time I built anything connected to Wild West was some 15 years ago, when the Western sets came out. As you have probably already found out, I build mostly military/historical things, so this was a sort of 'out-of-my-comfort-zone' build. But the moment I finished the locomotive and the stagecoach, I just couldn't stop. I made a plan in my head of how my town should look like, and spent the next few days realizing it. So, after a long and hard work, I can finally say: 'Welcome to the busy Wild West town of Brickmine!'



What would a Western town be without a saloon? It was the last building of my project, so I was afraid that I might run out of properly colored pieces. I printed the 'Saloon' plate and I hope it has turned out fine. Have you noticed that the Saloon has two nice balconies but no access to them? Well, its owner just did. And meeting the architect on the stairs was not a very happy moment. At least for the latter one. 'I used the clown's torso and those crazy red eyes found on the dark knights' minifigures, to portray the odd appearance of this wealthy, but slightly 'special' man.



There is a lively bar in the ground floor and beautiful waitress is surely quite popular



I especially focused on the interior and produced two 'furniture' pieces I like very much. I am sure you have seen many pia(ni)nos by now, so I tried to enhance the build with some little details and most importantly, at least in my opinion, a pleasing crimson-red color. The pool table is surely a place where local folks spend a lot of time.



Here you can see a gold mine that is not really in the best condition anymore, but it still represents hope for a small group of weary miners. A group of Union soldiers is passing by, minding their own business. The wagon is my own design; I only used the original LEGO cover.



Well, a lot of BURPs (‘Big Ugly Rock Pieces’ for those not familiar with this term) you could say… Majority of my grey bricks is still in the Kiev class aircraft carrier, so they were a sort of a savior for me. But I still had to use a lot of other bricks to fill the gaps between them and improve their looks. On the top is a small Indian camp where the legendary Karl May’s Winnetou and Old Shatterhand with his Winchester are standing. I hope I’ve managed to capture the looks of Lex Barker properly… Over 200 million copies of Karl May’s works had been sold worldwide, but Winnetou is still not so well known across the Atlantic. One of the reasons why I have included these two figures here, is the fact that movies were filmed at various locations in Yugoslavia- some attractive settings in Slovenia included. A vulture on top of the ‘mountain’ is a design I’ve seen a few times and I liked it very much, but I don’t really know anymore who deserves credit for it.



Wyatt Earp and his darling Clementine are standing in front of the Sheriff’s office. Henry Fonda surely left his mark when playing this role.



The sheriff’s office is the building that local villains are very much afraid of. And when Will Kane is helping the local sheriff, their fear is even more justified. Gary Cooper played this character in the famous movie ‘High Noon’.



I had quite a lot of fun designing this armchair and Blondie on the right seems quite pleased with it. I am sure you all know the famous movie ‘The Good, Bad and the Ugly’, starring Clint Eastwood.



Money makes the world go round- we won’t discuss this saying, but the bank is without a doubt essential for any larger settlement in the Old West. You can see a soldier standing by the main entrance, guarding the riches hidden in the bank’s treasury, but the guy coming out of the building is even more important. He is Will Lockhart, a ‘Man from Laramie’. I hope that James Stewart would approve his LEGO looks…



To emphasize the bank’s global importance, the interior designers did not forget to include a small globe. On the ground floor you'll see a little guy- I just had to use the original LEGO banker; he is still one of my favorite minifigures found in LEGO sets.



Farmers from the nearby villages are bringing the cattle, hoping to make a good deal in the town. This angle hopefully gives you the feeling of how busy the main street is.



John Wayne, or should I say, Ringo Kid, is standing proudly in front of the ‘Stagecoach’.



Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid as they were portrayed by Robert Redford and Paul Newman, are riding proudly through the town.



Dragon’s lair tunnel (look at the shields on top of it) is not exactly a monumental piece of engineering, but it still helps trains to reach their destination faster.



Here you can see another group of Indians. But these are not Native Americans. The number of Asian Indians living in USA in 19th was not very large, but I still wanted to portray one of the Asian minorities, and I didn’t really feel like building Chinese immigrants...



The General Store is well supplied; you’ll find everything here, from food to books, from weapons to equipment for travelers.



It was very funny to build this totem; I picked more unusual colors and had fun experimenting with different shapes. I hope you like the final result (the shaman seems to be quite happy).





The train station is full of passengers, but they will have to wait for another train, because this one apparently doesn’t have any Pullmans… I am not sure if the gang of Mexicans will be happy to wait; they earned quite a lot playing poker and are afraid of getting robbed.

And now probably the most important part of the build: 4-4-0 American and the stagecoach. Hopefully, my entire build still fits into category of ‘scene’ despite its size, but just in case, I decided to give the judges something smaller and more compact in order to better compare my MOC and the opponent’s one.





Building the locomotive was definitely the most demanding task I faced in the last couple of days. There are numerous LEGO 4-4-0 locomotives out there, and I wanted to build something original. Instead of using the BigBen drivers I chose those ‘satellite’ pieces and I really liked the way they turned out. Cow catcher is also my design, it could have been better, but I didn’t want to copy from the others and I don’t have the one from the Toy Story sets. I used the golden dishes on top of the boiler, golden cups at front and experimented with the design of drive rods quite a lot.



The tender is filled up with logs; this was also interesting to build.





This is a typical 19th century stagecoach. Notice the rounded shape of the cabin on the sides, a pack of luggage on the top and if you look carefully you’ll see the brake on the right-hand side. The front wheel should be slightly smaller than the rear one, but the proportions of the medium and the small wheels that I have are not suitable for this scale, so I used only the medium ones.



The very last part of my creation is: the fact that there is no tumbleweed. Not a single one is hiding behind any of the corners. The thing is that a few years ago in the senior year of high school, one of my schoolmates suggested to film a scene with tumbleweed rolling across the empty classroom for the final ceremony. I didn’t like the idea back then and I still don’t like it now (even though the actual choice was even worse and less original) :D Tumbleweed represents something deserted, forgotten, but we always want to leave a permanent mark. Not emptiness, but life and our achievements that still enhance it, must stay behind us, always. And this Western town is full of life! (no bison skulls with meat hanging from them, that vulture must be very unhappy...)

Have fun, thank you for your attention!



Comments

 I like it 
  October 14, 2012
I love a big dio as an entry, and this one is full of details! Congrats on making it to R3!
 I like it 
  October 11, 2012
The scope of this is incredible, but the details through out really seal the deal. Congrats on advancing.
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
Well, nicely built, good luck in the next rounds and hopefully we can have a rematch soon.
 I made it 
  October 8, 2012
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor WOW!! There's so many details to take in....I can't believe you got it all done in 10 days! Excellent job, and congrats on your win!
Thank you! And yes, it was a difficult job. I discovered many interesting songs on youtube because I wanted some different background music. Soon, I was sick and tired of constant searching for new melodies, so I ended up listening to about five or six Andre Rieu's concerts. Corny from time to time, but good classical music anyway. Giving my ears a break after a lot of Rolling Stones and AC/DC...
 I made it 
  October 8, 2012
Thank you! I am very happy to proceed to the next round. Congratulations to my opponent too!
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
WOW!! There's so many details to take in....I can't believe you got it all done in 10 days! Excellent job, and congrats on your win!
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
Some wonderful crazy action going on here! Loadsa Luck! :)
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
There's a lot going on here, which typically leads me to think, "messy". However, your build is still better than your opponent's, so you have my vote.
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
Whoah, that is great, you must have been building non-stop!
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
Whoah, that is great, you must have been building non-stop!
  October 8, 2012
you have my vote - yeehaw! a heck of a lot of buildin go on here partner .... and it all looks great! God luck with the rest of the judges! chris
 I like it 
  October 8, 2012
Crazy build!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
...and on to round 3
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
So much detail and loads going on. A real treat. Excellent work!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Whoa, this is just packed with action! Great work and good luck!
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Quoting James Mckinnon Oh and I forgot to mention that you didn't add the link.
When you first checked the creation it really was missing, but now it's already there. Anyway, still thanks for warning me, it is nice to have a fair rival. Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Oh and I forgot to mention that you didn't add the link.
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Thank you, fellow LEGO builders!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Probably the best western MOC I've ever seen. I like how you put plenty of detail in those small buildings. Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Wow, tons of great details! Clint Eastwood rocks! I have also used that "vulture on a rock" technique. Good work and good luck.
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
Loads going on - all good. Best of luck!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
A great build indeed! The piano is what steals the show for me.
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Quoting Chris Phipson I answered your question in the question thread. Great post and good luck with your judges! ~ Chris.
Thanks, it means a lot to me!
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
I answered your question in the question thread. Great post and good luck with your judges! ~ Chris.
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Quoting James Mckinnon I must admit that the wheels for your engine are much better then mine. I like the whole town setup you have built here but it honestly feels a little too busy to me. I agree that this was a tough out-of-my-comfort-zone build. Good luck with the judges, and maybe we could have another moc off sometime.
Thanks! I like your engine too, and those horses are a nice addition, I wish I had one like that...
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
I must admit that the wheels for your engine are much better then mine. I like the whole town setup you have built here but it honestly feels a little too busy to me. I agree that this was a tough out-of-my-comfort-zone build. Good luck with the judges, and maybe we could have another moc off sometime.
 
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