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MocOlympics Round 6: Stuart Delahay Vs Tom Remy
Oh the weather outside is frightful……
About this creation
Compliance to rules Here’s Tom!

Category: Storm of the Century: Build us a moc showing nature at her worst! Is it a hurricane, a blizzard, a tornado? Any natural disaster you wish. It MUST be an actual type of disaster. No “acid rain” melting the buildings or anything like that (that was a different category).

Well we were supposed to build a single MOC, but how to get lots of natural disaster in there?



Of course! It’s the Grim Reaper with his wheel of misfortune!



Who knows what will affect your day? Let’s spin the wheel.



The Reaper cares not who, where or what disaster befalls them. Merely that he is there as always to bring in the harvest…..



The wheel is operated by a 1 Stu-power motor, fuelled by chocolate hob-nobs and tea.

Sorry for no video, I ran out of time to do a lot of stuff I wanted to because of work commitments.



While not having the immediacy of a tornado or a blizzard, drought can cause as much lasting harm to large regions simply through a deficiency in water supply. Crops fail, livestock die, people slip into famine conditions or flee in mass migrations. The economy will suffer, along with healthcare and agriculture and education. An unrelenting drought can scour a developing region clean.



A Tornado, a violently rotating column of air connecting the ground to the clouds. Forming from thunderstorms and with wind speeds up to 300 mph, these towering formations cut swathes through the landscapes on which they touch down, tearing apart all but the strongest structures and leaving shredded debris in their wake.



As seen in Japan a couple of years ago and the Indian Ocean in 2004 the damage caused by tidal waves usually goes hand-in-hand with seismic activity which causes further damage and disruption alongside the wave impact and flooding. The displacement of water required to cause Tsunami can also be from underwater explosions, glacier slippage or even a meteor strike.



A Volcano, because it’s not just the weather that can ruin your day. Formed where magma, gas and ash escape the planet’s crust, the effects of even a single eruption can be far-ranging and devastating. Lava will scour the landscape, volcanic gases and ash can poison what has not been burnt. Erupting debris, geysers, earthquakes, lightning and other effects can continue the destruction and large or consistent eruptions could even bring about a volcanic winter, lowering the temperature of the whole planet.



Lightning. A massive electrostatic discharge caused by imbalances in the atmosphere. Lightning is the sniper of deadly natural conditions, picking off individuals rather than thousands at a time. But it strikes 40-50 times per second globally and results in an average of 24,000 worldwide fatalities every year and ten times as many injuries.



A blizzard is not just a snowstorm. Characterised by high winds and low temperatures, a blizzard can shut whole regions down. Reduced visibility and drifting make transport and infrastructure suffer for days and accidents, exposure and hypothermia add to the death toll.

4th Wall/ Notes

No long story this time - It was a relief to not have to set up 30 different photos!

I lost a lot of the last week to work, which was unavoidable but really frustrating. Most of what is built here was done in the first few nights then I didn't get back to the bricks until I had a few hours tonight! I know Tom is in the same situation and I just wish i had time to fully finish this to do justice to a semi final and to him - the mechanism at the back for spinning the wheel has a linkage at the other side which was meant to connect to a larger, moving Grim Reaper. Unfortunately this is one of several ideas that got trimmed away in an effort to post anything.

I'm proud to have got to this point, would love to get into the final but suspect real life has cost me the chance to put up a decent fight against Tom.

Good luck to Tom, a really good builder and excellent competitor who I wasn’t aware of prior to this year’s contest but who has shown great imagination, skill and humour throughout.

Thanks again to Chris, Chris Roach, Sebeus, Cody, Paul, Shannon, Mark and MOODswim for their judging. Thanks also to Bryan and the Brickworld Team, Dave Kaleta and Yuri Fassio for their prize sponsorship this year. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and this couldn’t happen without all of you.


Thanks for looking.





Comments

 I like it 
  December 9, 2012
As I already told George, anglophilic as I am, it saddens me to see that team GB is not in the finals, especially not after such creative entries. The level of detail here is brilliant and each of the 6 parts are imaginative as the MOC on the whole. Fantastic work.
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  December 7, 2012
I like where you went with this. I got six disasters for the price of one. Excellent stuff!
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  December 7, 2012
Hi Stu! Back on the 'Pages, and of course I'm very happy to get to the final round! But I'm also truly sorry for you, as I know how frustrating it is to have too much time constraints... Originality and cleanliness were precisely the weaknesses of my build, so I thought it would be closer. I really like your MOC a lot, and I would have liked to see your reaper automata as well... Anyway it was a fun competition, with fine people all around! There seems to be a cool bunch of AFOLs out there that I would like to get to know better (that includes you), so see you on MocPages! (And possibly in future contests?) Congrats on making it this far, enjoy your prize, and I apologize for being the Joan of Arc of these MOs ;) --Tom--
 I like it 
  December 7, 2012
Fantastic idea and execution, Stu. I think that if you'd had a little more time you could have edged out a victory. However, I guess that's just how it goes. Destroy them all next year!
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  December 7, 2012
very original and stylish!
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  December 6, 2012
interesting take on the category. I like it very much, but, I am going to give my vote to your opponent I think his build was a little more ambitious for this round. Good luck with our other judges!
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  December 6, 2012
Wow Stu, you really went all out with the natural disasters! LOL Each portion of the wheel well represents the disaster it assigns. I especially enjoy the tornado and tsunami bits! It's gonna be a close call for the judges mate, but hang in there.....it ain't over 'till the final vote is in!
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  December 6, 2012
Not often do you see two creations out of four using a circular construction! It really goes to show we've narrowed the games down to some of the very best, and you all are doing your best to prove it. I really loved the broadness of your interpretation, the functionality, and the different styles you used to represent the different disasters, but unfortunately Tom's build has my vote. His dio is well composed and shows an extreme attention to detail and forethought. Again, this was a tough match to judge, and you both built some stellar disasters. Great work.
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  December 6, 2012
Wow, Stu! Fantastic idea, and really well built! Best of luck!
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  December 6, 2012
Incredible! A fantastic concept and brilliant execution, if anything can give Tom a run for his money it's this. Excellent work!
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  December 6, 2012
Great concept and build. See... Einstein WAS right... "God doesn't play dice with the universe"! God uses a wheel of chance! Good Luck with the remaining judges! :)
  December 6, 2012
I like the concept, the wheel of fortune reflects how inpredictable a natural disaster can be, Unfortunatly I'm afraid real life did indeed have a cost. My vote goes to your opponent. Good luck, either way, well-played!
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  December 6, 2012
Hats off, Stu; this is really impressive! Love the detail in the scale you made this, especially those tidal waves. I would have loved to see a pic of the chassis of this construct and how it's made to spin. After all, that's what takes this to the next level. But wait, no zombies? Heh...Good luck with your judges!
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  December 6, 2012
Fantastic take on the category and a beautiful build. I must admit I'm impressed that it actually spins, nice touch!
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  December 6, 2012
Nice build, your ability to work creatively, even with a short time period, earned you my vote.
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  December 6, 2012
UNIQUE and great use of non traditional items like the train tracks! Each section of the "Wheel of Misfortune" is so detail oriented. Like the mini-house in the tornado! If I were a judge I'd give you a 5 out of 5 and as a retired teacher I give you an A+ (100%)!
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  December 6, 2012
Outstanding. I haven't had time to check the MOs regularly, I'm glad I stopped by to see this :)
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  December 6, 2012
Quoting JS Can When I first saw it, I knew it would spin, so my guess was that it was a microscale landscape from an aerial view and by spinning it you would create the view from inside a tornado.
That would have been an awesome idea! I nearly went with a microscale landscape (kept thinking of the intro to Game of Thrones) but wnet with this in the end. Too late to worry now!
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  December 6, 2012
Love the concept on this one, Stuart. Sometimes it sure feels like the Gods are out there with a case of beer and the wheel of misfortune!
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  December 6, 2012
Quoting David Alexander Smith Such a shame that you didn't get the automata reaper up, he could have been a good companion for my mincing devil. Still even without him this is a tight concept, and each of the mini scale disasters are great. Lightening being my favourite.
Thanks David, I must admit your Devil was certainly an influence and inspiration for what I was hoping to acheive. Alas, trips to Aberdeen for work put paid to that....
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Great idea, really well done!
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  December 6, 2012
Such a shame that you didn't get the automata reaper up, he could have been a good companion for my mincing devil. Still even without him this is a tight concept, and each of the mini scale disasters are great. Lightening being my favourite.
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  December 6, 2012
Fantastic idea - really creative
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  December 6, 2012
Great idea, and the whole thing is strikingly beautiful. It's worthy of a semi-final - good luck!
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  December 6, 2012
Stu, this is a great design, concept and excecution! The "wheel of death" idea was an interesting take on the category. Still though, I think Tom juuuust edged you out on this one. My vote went with him. But really, I think this one could go either way. Good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Well done on producing such an imaginative build in spite of work commitments! Great use of the train track pieces and each of the natural disaster conditions is well captured... I like the tsunami in particular. Good luck and here's hoping for an all GB final!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Great concept, very well built! I think Russia must have landed on that blizzard tab a few days ago...
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  December 6, 2012
Looks like we both went for using the train track pieces to create our circular shapes this round ;) Good luck Stu!
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  December 6, 2012
Ha, very nice idea and build!
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  December 6, 2012
Hahaha, wow! Man, you and Heath could be in it for a showdown!
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  December 6, 2012
When I first saw it, I knew it would spin, so my guess was that it was a microscale landscape from an aerial view and by spinning it you would create the view from inside a tornado. If you would have done that, you would have gotten my vote. Of course, I don't have a vote, so it's pretty much a moot point. All that aside, good idea and nice build.
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  December 6, 2012
Definitely love the tidal waves best! Superb.
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  December 5, 2012
Wow that is... AWESOME!!!!! I really like the idea of the "Wheel of Misfortune".
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  December 5, 2012
Such a neat idea, indeed! I loved the 3D elements of each "disaster" scene!
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  December 5, 2012
Clever, clever, clever.
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  December 5, 2012
Crazy awesome. The way you built inside the train tracks is just insane!
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  December 5, 2012
Such an awesome idea Stu. I love the stylised design of each little (big) disaster. Fantastic wheel desin. Good luck with getting to the finals again! You've been here before haven't you...
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  December 5, 2012
Darned clever concept, and excellent execution! Get it? Anyway a definate outf-the box entry building ALL the disasters. Awesome!
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  December 5, 2012
Really great one! I love the take on the category, and the different disasters are all unique and well-done. Fine work, and good luck!
 
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