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Zero-G Classic Spaceball
About this creation
The 2013 MOCathalon
Team MAD (MOCing All Day)
Category : No Gravity

A note to the judges; the category calls for 'a scene', so please take the main picture above as the scene for the purposes of judging. The rest is just a little fun :)




After a hard day of exploring, there's nothing quite like getting your hands on tickets for the Zero-G Classic Spaceball Match. Since the creation of artificial gravity and antigravity technology, Zero-G sports have been highly popular, and specially designed arenas have been created on many bases and space stations, with players using compressed-air backpacks to manoeuvre around the arena.


Excitement builds in the crowd - today's game promises to be a cracker, and features 'Team MAD' in red, and 'The Maersk Blues' who will be playing in blue.


The arena doors open, and our teams emerge.


Lining up for the obligatory pre-match team photos.


Ever professional, team MAD forms a huddle to go over the team tactics one last time.


Meanwhile, The Maersk Blues don't appear to be so focused on the game. Bruce is trying to recreate the gameball using Duplo, and Bart seems to be having problems with some sort of dark horror which is trying to pass through a rift which has opened up next to him.


The rest of the team is trying to impress the seriously hot MAD cheerleader, who is obviously way out of their league...


Umpire Phipson disengages the gravity field in the arena, and the players manoeuvre into their starting positions. The ball dispenser rises from the floor of the arena.

Some match highlights...

An attack on the MAD goal proves fruitless, as once again the MAD cheerleader provides too much of a distraction for the Blues striker - he shoots hopelessly wide!


Another successful attack on the Maersk Blues goal.

Onto the MOC itself...


The arena from above.


The arena complete with roof. This was built in sections to make photography and lighting easier.


The whole build.


A random arena shot.

And finally, some un 'shopped pictures, showing how the players were positioned.







I hope you all enjoyed your introduction to Zero-G Classic Spaceball, it was seriously fun to build :) Inspired somewhat by Speedball : Brutal Deluxe of course (for those of a certain age...)




Comments

 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
what amazing work man... thank u because i am really enjoyed with this awesome job.. keep up the proficiency
 I like it 
  August 15, 2013
Like (once again).
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  April 2, 2013
Hehe, uhm, wow have you stepped into a new dimension this competition. Mate, just gorgeous cs action here, thankyou for sharing this with us :)
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  March 31, 2013
It's been killing me to not comment on this, but I last I have time! Incredible build! The size is jaw-dropping, and I'm amazed that you built a ceiling as well. Love the humour as well, great to see our illustrious team immortalized in Classic Space. I'll take staring at a cheerleader to winning a game any day. ;) Awesome work, well-deserving of your perfect score.
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  March 30, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Seriously fantastic! I thought I spotted a semblance to Speedball - Brutal Deluxe in both style and comic tone. Hugely impressive build and brilliantly posed action scenes, your photoshopping was flawless.
Cheers Stuart, I planned to build a zero-g medic team and scoreboard too, but spent so long making this I had to draw the line somewhere :/ Ice Cream!
 I like it 
  March 29, 2013
This is just brilliant in every way... There is no pin-pointing on an area it is all so well executed. WELL DONE.
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  March 28, 2013
Very nice! That is really impressive!
 I like it 
  March 28, 2013
"The Enemy's Goal is DOWN." Someone here is bound to get it XD.
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  March 28, 2013
Reminds me of Ender's Game. A very unique and clever idea coupled with some great techniques and PU. Nice!
 I like it 
  March 27, 2013
Seriously fantastic! I thought I spotted a semblance to Speedball - Brutal Deluxe in both style and comic tone. Hugely impressive build and brilliantly posed action scenes, your photoshopping was flawless.
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  March 25, 2013
Thanks for all the great comments :)
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  March 25, 2013
Quoting Thoy Bradley I saw this the other day and was like "WOW!" A very well deserved perfect score. 5 points does not seem like enough! ~Thoy
Cheers Thoy!
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  March 25, 2013
Quoting Chris Phipson Just sorry I can only give five... 5 points ~ Chris.
Thanks Chris, glad you liked it :)
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  March 25, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Wow this is amazing. 6 points
I wish hehe, cheers!
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  March 25, 2013
Quoting Nick Brick Way too cool. 5 points
Cheers Nick!
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  March 25, 2013
Quoting Wes Pitter Dude! This - for the MocAthalon? Are you serious? I sincerely hope all of your builds are this caliber. This was a treat the likes of which I have not enjoyed for a while. Thanks. 5 points.
Thanks Wes, got a bit carried away ;)
 I like it 
  March 25, 2013
I saw this the other day and was like "WOW!" A very well deserved perfect score. 5 points does not seem like enough! ~Thoy
 I like it 
  March 24, 2013
Everything about it is great!! Definitely 5 points!!!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2013
The best idea I have seen in a long time. Totally great build and the hovering minifigs is a good touch
 I like it 
  March 22, 2013
Incredible! 10 out of 5! Thats awesome!
  March 22, 2013
you got this from that one phineas and ferb episode with the football x-7
 I like it 
  March 22, 2013
ravishingly beautiful!
 I like it 
  March 22, 2013
That is very impressive!! I love the concept and the main idea. All those little details added bring a great value: a stunning work!!
 I like it 
  March 19, 2013
Very polished and classic-spacey. I like how you got the floor and ceiling so smooth without using a lot of tiles. It looks like the battle room in the book Ender's Game.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2013
Clever, creative and very funny coupled to building on an epic scale. I love rift opening in the floor. Classic CS!
 I like it 
  March 19, 2013
Jon congrats on a perfect score you are a treasure to the team.
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
Just sorry I can only give five... 5 points ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
Wow this is amazing. 6 points
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
Way too cool. 5 points
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
Fantastic idea!!!
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
This is great!
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
Wow. This moc is about a game and not the usual hangar or base.
 I like it 
  March 18, 2013
Dude! This - for the MocAthalon? Are you serious? I sincerely hope all of your builds are this caliber. This was a treat the likes of which I have not enjoyed for a while. Thanks. 5 points.
Jon Blackford
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Crystal Knight
  March 17, 2013
this is absolutely brilliant !>.....well done
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  March 17, 2013
Thank you all for the wonderful comments, really appreciated :)
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  March 17, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder Yes! I was hoping someone would do something like this! 5 points.
Thanks Ru - there simply wasn't anything else I could do with that category :)
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  March 17, 2013
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Score = 5 (I'd give you 50 if I could - I give usually rare comments on creations I judge, but this is mindblowing!)
Cheers Kevin, appreciated :)
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  March 17, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith Absolutely 100% blown away by this. Not only is it a great build - the spectator gallery for me being stand out, it looks like a really fun game. Lego marketing, should adapt this as a video game now!
Hmm, I'd probably have to break out the PS3 if they did :)
 I made it 
  March 17, 2013
Quoting Tim C Wow, Jon. What to say, what to say. Spectacular? No, that doesn't quite do it. Magnificent? Getting there, but certainly there is a better word to describe this. Persuspecmagamadiferous? No, that's just silly. I guess there is no single word to describe your work here. The arena is perfect. I love all the official-looking blue and red lines on the floor and ceiling of the arena. It was a real nice touch adding the spectators' chamber and a special place for the cheerleaders. No wonder the players can't keep their minds on the game;) Perfect choice for the windows. I like how you set up for the photos. It has the feel of real sports coverage. It's hard to believe that this is a MOCathalon entry. It is, by far and away, THE best entry I have ever seen. One has to wonder, though, if this is the bar that you have set for yourself, where do you go from here? Man, I can't wait to see.
*blushes* Thanks Tim, glad you like it. Spent a lot of time on this, so may have to 'tone it down' a bit for the rest of my builds ;)
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  March 17, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree Way too cool!!! When are season tix available? Spectacular concept expertly executed. AND a cheerleader, HUZZAH!!! I actually thought of Card's "Ender's Game" when I saw the first pic, almost military in feel. I can easily imagine the future of sports going in this direction. Now that I think of it, it also reminds me of the original BSG game, without the speedos. Top notch!!!
Thanks Matt :) Main inspiration was from Speedball 2, but there's a little BSG in there too :)
 I made it 
  March 17, 2013
Quoting Michael Rutherford Hey, that is slick! The design of the court is cool, but the execution of the idea realy takes the show. I am really taken with your use of the clear rods to "Float" the players. The shadows of the support rods betray you once or twice in the photos, but the overall effect is quite striking. Your athletes really seem to be flying, and without photo-shop, that is really a neat trick. Again, well done. Go-go-go-go-goooooal!
Thanks Michael, I'm really pleased how well it worked out. The 'presentation' pics all have the stands, shadows and reflections 'shopped out (I hope I didn't miss any!), and the last three are the unedited shots. I tried to hide all the stands, but with multiple lightsources, there was always a shadow or reflection visible :/
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  March 17, 2013
Quoting Paul Romano Definitely one of the best MA entries I've ever seen! Everything from the colors, cleverly designed stadium, and story just works out beautifuly! I almost died at Maersk Blues smack-talk...only someone with your rep could pull that off! Awesome job!
Hehe, thanks Paul - all good fun ;)
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  March 17, 2013
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Seriously Jon! This is one of the best things I've see for a while! This must have taken you ages to build! The attention to detail is amazing. I absolutely love the concept and if you don't get 5* from all the judges I'd be very surprised. The cheerleader is my favourite part ;-)
Cheers Tom! Yes, a few late nights on this one. Also took 2 days off work last week and MOCed all day :)
 I like it 
  March 17, 2013
Yes! I was hoping someone would do something like this! 5 points.
  March 17, 2013
Score = 5 (I'd give you 50 if I could - I give usually rare comments on creations I judge, but this is mindblowing!)
 I like it 
  March 16, 2013
Wow! Amazing idea, brilliant execution. Looks like great fun :-)
 I like it 
  March 16, 2013
Wow!! SO very cool :-O
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Pardon me while I pick up my jaw off of the floor! Is there anythinig you can't with lego?
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
that is a MOC of beauty!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Super awesome work! :D
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Fantastic unique build!
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  March 15, 2013
This is absolutely AWESOME! Go commies!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Awesome! That's so cool! Really well done!
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  March 15, 2013
Can I play!! Its like Quiditch!
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  March 15, 2013
:O Genius idea! I can't even tell they're photo shopped. I'd wish you good luck, but you probably don't need it ;)
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Really awesome! I like it!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Oh man, this is awesome! Great idea, nice build, and an entertaining read, too :)
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Wow, incredible job. This one really takes the cake.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Woah! Nice work, its so huge!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Hahaha! I love how you did the teams. Go Team MAD!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
This one knocks my socks off! Love the space, and the main pic is terrific! Great work.
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  March 15, 2013
Holy cow, YES!!! This is brilliant, GO TEAM MAD! Seriously though, this is definitely one of the best entries so far, and the biggest, as far as I can tell. I loved the trash talk, the Maersk Blues don't stand a chance. :)
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Absolutely 100% blown away by this. Not only is it a great build - the spectator gallery for me being stand out, it looks like a really fun game. Lego marketing, should adapt this as a video game now!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
That is so cool! I love how you named the blue team after another MOCAthon team!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Wow...
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  March 15, 2013
ok, I love cs, but, even if I did nt, I d still wonder about this piece, it s genius! the colors, concept, theme, details, design, candy perfect! it s been months since I ve seen something so exciting, bravo! loved the cheerleader idea!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Wow, Jon. What to say, what to say. Spectacular? No, that doesn't quite do it. Magnificent? Getting there, but certainly there is a better word to describe this. Persuspecmagamadiferous? No, that's just silly. I guess there is no single word to describe your work here. The arena is perfect. I love all the official-looking blue and red lines on the floor and ceiling of the arena. It was a real nice touch adding the spectators' chamber and a special place for the cheerleaders. No wonder the players can't keep their minds on the game;) Perfect choice for the windows. I like how you set up for the photos. It has the feel of real sports coverage. It's hard to believe that this is a MOCathalon entry. It is, by far and away, THE best entry I have ever seen. One has to wonder, though, if this is the bar that you have set for yourself, where do you go from here? Man, I can't wait to see.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Way too cool!!! When are season tix available? Spectacular concept expertly executed. AND a cheerleader, HUZZAH!!! I actually thought of Card's "Ender's Game" when I saw the first pic, almost military in feel. I can easily imagine the future of sports going in this direction. Now that I think of it, it also reminds me of the original BSG game, without the speedos. Top notch!!!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Great fun!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Jon this is absolutely brilliant!! I absolutely love the Team MAD concept. What a great build and addition to the team.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Hey, that is slick! The design of the court is cool, but the execution of the idea realy takes the show. I am really taken with your use of the clear rods to "Float" the players. The shadows of the support rods betray you once or twice in the photos, but the overall effect is quite striking. Your athletes really seem to be flying, and without photo-shop, that is really a neat trick. Again, well done. Go-go-go-go-goooooal!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Awesome! Great idea and execution!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Definitely one of the best MA entries I've ever seen! Everything from the colors, cleverly designed stadium, and story just works out beautifuly! I almost died at Maersk Blues smack-talk...only someone with your rep could pull that off! Awesome job!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Seriously Jon! This is one of the best things I've see for a while! This must have taken you ages to build! The attention to detail is amazing. I absolutely love the concept and if you don't get 5* from all the judges I'd be very surprised. The cheerleader is my favourite part ;-)
 I like it 
  March 15, 2013
Great work!!!
 
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