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VLUG Brickworld 2013 Wizard of Oz Tornado!
About this creation
Last summer our Virtual Lego Users Group decided upon The Wizard of Oz for this year's collaborative display at Brickworld.
Here's Chris' excellent recap

As you can see, I volunteered for the Tornado portion of the project. Much needed advice was sought along the way from the other group members via email and video conference. Thanks, Gang!







The house was integrated into the structure. Made entirely in grayscale, the build was designed to mimic the scene in the original movie.







The mean old lady on her bike, with Toto hidden in the basket.







The Wicked Witch!







The Path of Destruction.






The tractor and hay wagon that will soon be airborne.







The Build:

I was motivated right from the beginning to get started on this project. One reason was to get the engineering aspects squared away. The other was to give me enough time to scrounge up the parts through Bricklink and Lego Store visits.
The mechanics: Two motors with worm drives. The weight of the tornado was designed to press down to keep the gears from exploding. I learned this the hard way in an earlier version.






Close up of the drive section. The motors were rigged to run in opposite directions so that the gears would run the same way.






And the main bearing/turntable. The pins connected to the first layer of the tornado which would cover all of the black tiles shown.








Top of the Tornado:

Each layer was made of two halves, studs out in both directions from the middle.





Technic pins and axles connected the two sides.





Removing the top layer reveals the guts of the construction.






Other than the top couple of layers, the tornado was built in sections of three levels. Each successive two stud level was offset by just a few degrees to create the illusion of motion even when standing still.





The back of the house was snapped into position.





In spite of its hollow appearance, the weight was still significant.





Colored round plates indicated where the pins were supposed to lock.






As you can see, the internal structure was infuriatingly complicated. I had to connect the opposing halves with this sort of Technic rig. At the same time I had to line up the centers while rotating each level. Finding places to make a pin connection took a fair amount of trial and error. Sliding the center axis along the Technic axles allowed for some maneuverability.






The lower, load bearing levels were more symmetrical, and therefore much simpler to connect.






Here's a shot of the whole collaboration!



Two videos I took at home of the tornado in action.
One
Two

A few other nifty links:
Lee's Interview with Beyond the Brick.
A TV news spot.
Brothers Brick
And a posting on Electronic Engineering Journal, of all places.

Who knew?


I must say, I had no clue what I was getting myself into when starting this project. Lots of trial and error, designs, redesigns, and redesigns of the redesigns. And the huge challenge of building it to be safely shipped to my little buddy Tyler (six foot nine and three quarters). Around November I realized, and my wife and son agreed, that we really needed to go Brickworld in person and see this thing through. Thousands of axle pins on shifters, you can imagine. So we booked it!

What an amazing experience! The scale of the event was way beyond what I had imagined, even after seeing pictures from previous Brickworlds. It was great to finally meet the VLUG gang in person as well as the other builders at the show. The fans were incredibly enthusiastic and curious, full of compliments and questions.

Many thanks to my fellow VLUGers, in particular, Tyler for handling the tornado logistics, and Dave for being the HMFIC getting it all together! Thanks, Heath for donating your Olympic Swim fig to my son's collection, he was really psyched!

It was an honor and a privilege!





The VLUG Flickr Page, for more pics and information.








Comments

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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Loved Wizard of Oz when I was a kid. You really captured the intensity of the tornado. I like the bicycle/broom riders.
Thanks for checking it out!
  June 16, 2014
Loved Wizard of Oz when I was a kid. You really captured the intensity of the tornado. I like the bicycle/broom riders.
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  December 3, 2013
Quoting Tureaglin Naugellon WOW, even though I don't like Wizard of Oz, this is a really nice tornado! it has a really dark feel as well.
Thanks! I was going for that ominous effect.
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  December 3, 2013
WOW, even though I don't like Wizard of Oz, this is a really nice tornado! it has a really dark feel as well.
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  October 21, 2013
Quoting arwenromel hanna wooooow this is unbelieveable ...I am really impressed 0.0
Thanks!
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  October 21, 2013
wooooow this is unbelieveable ...I am really impressed 0.0
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  October 11, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode The thought that must have went into this is staggering. Your skill and talent has left me speechless. Wow.
Thought and a lot of experimenting. Thanks for the great comment!
  October 11, 2013
The thought that must have went into this is staggering. Your skill and talent has left me speechless. Wow.
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  October 4, 2013
Quoting Isaiah Marc Man that would be any kid dream lego creation to own that seriously top class model building I love the fact that the tornado can move I also love this model because its intensely detailed, I may have not seen the wizard of oz but for all I know is it would be insanely cool to see this movie in Lego form.
Thanks for the great comment, Isaiah!
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  October 4, 2013
Man that would be any kid dream lego creation to own that seriously top class model building I love the fact that the tornado can move I also love this model because its intensely detailed, I may have not seen the wizard of oz but for all I know is it would be insanely cool to see this movie in Lego form.
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  October 3, 2013
Quoting Outer Rim Emperor Wow! Incredible build! I'm a sucker for any tornado related! Just love them! Wish I could have been there in person to witness it in action. Great job!
Thanks, Dude! It's quite a show there at Brickworld, and definitely worth the trip!
 I like it 
  October 2, 2013
Wow! Incredible build! I'm a sucker for any tornado related! Just love them! Wish I could have been there in person to witness it in action. Great job!
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  September 24, 2013
Quoting Andrew the Jedi Ninja WOW!!! Sweet tornado!!!!!
Thanks, Andrew!
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  September 24, 2013
WOW!!! Sweet tornado!!!!!
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  September 23, 2013
Quoting Nick Brick ;-D Laudable!!! The pictures are incredible, I cannot imagine to see the whole in real and moving. Speechless.
Thanks, Nick! If you ever get a chance to go to an event like Brickworld, you should!
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  September 23, 2013
Laudable!!! The pictures are incredible, I cannot imagine to see the whole in real and moving. Speechless.
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  September 20, 2013
Quoting E T Unfortunately there are no other rating level over Excellent....YOU RULE MAN...!!!
Thanks, Dude!
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  September 20, 2013
Unfortunately there are no other rating level over Excellent....YOU RULE MAN...!!!
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  September 18, 2013
Quoting The Object of Legend Incredible! The work you put in shows through the perfection of the MOC.
Thanks for the great comment! Glad you liked it!
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  September 18, 2013
Incredible! The work you put in shows through the perfection of the MOC.
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  September 12, 2013
Quoting Thatch Gears SO... COMPLEX!!! Great job!
Thanks, Thatch!
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  September 12, 2013
SO... COMPLEX!!! Great job!
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  August 20, 2013
Quoting Predrag Hrubik Genius!
Thanks, Dude!
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  August 20, 2013
Genius!
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  August 17, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Just wanted to thank you . This tornado is awesome
Thanks for checking it out! I wanted to show how the thing was put together. Probably could have been done differently, but as far as structural integrity for the trip to Chicago, it worked out pretty well.
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  August 16, 2013
Just wanted to thank you . This tornado is awesome
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  August 12, 2013
Quoting Micro dory I know I already told you but I have to say it again! This is beyond awesome! Totally freaking cool! :o)
Thanks, MD!
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  August 12, 2013
I know I already told you but I have to say it again! This is beyond awesome! Totally freaking cool! :o)
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  August 6, 2013
You sir, are something special. I haven't built anything in about a year and a half, but you are making me want to sweep off my desk and sort all my pieces, and just build. This is a magnificent build, all the technic designs are crazy :D I can never use those to their full potential xD but you are amazing man, you reply to almost every comment on your build and I find that amazing. Not many people do that ;) So that you for inspiring me (and probably alot of other people) and being so kind to your fanbase and the LEGO society, thank you :D, and most of all, beautiful, beautiful build sir :D
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  August 6, 2013
Quoting James Bond You sir, are something special. I haven't built anything in about a year and a half, but you are making me want to sweep off my desk and sort all my pieces, and just build. This is a magnificent build, all the technic designs are crazy :D I can never use those to their full potential xD but you are amazing man, you reply to almost every comment on your build and I find that amazing. Not many people do that ;) So that you for inspiring me (and probably alot of other people) and being so kind to your fanbase and the LEGO society, thank you :D, and most of all, beautiful, beautiful build sir :D
Thank you for the kind words! I always make an effort to reciprocate, so thanks for noticing. Hopefully this will inspire you to get digging in those bins! I hadn't made much use of my technic stuff in a long time, and this was for sure an unconventional application. But it was fun! A year is far too long, so get to it, Chief!
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  August 5, 2013
Quoting Brick Munky Cool! You have so many clear 2x1s :O
Probably about five gallons worth. Hopefully I'll think of something to do with them! Thanks for the comment!
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  August 5, 2013
Cool! You have so many clear 2x1s :O
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  July 26, 2013
Quoting Dan Church This beauty earned the greatest nomination in the history of awards by getting nominated for best airship. So well done, Bart! I really enjoyed seeing this in person.
Not something I was expecting, but it was nice having that little red flag next to it. Thanks, Dan!
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  July 26, 2013
This beauty earned the greatest nomination in the history of awards by getting nominated for best airship. So well done, Bart! I really enjoyed seeing this in person.
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  July 12, 2013
Quoting A Sargent Wow, that's amazing!
Thank you much!
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  July 12, 2013
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu Sorry Im getting this so late. This is seriously great work. Great ideas and techniques, a real talent.
Thanks, Dude! It was a lot of fun!
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  July 12, 2013
Wow, that's amazing!
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  July 11, 2013
Sorry Im getting this so late. This is seriously great work. Great ideas and techniques, a real talent.
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  July 7, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 thanks! any plans for another technics creation?
Who knows what next year will bring?!
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  July 6, 2013
thanks! any plans for another technics creation?
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  July 6, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 ok, so, the piece already was amazing before I knew it turned...but, I never suspected that there where a technics guy in e-barto, you still manage to surprise me, unfortunately, I can t manage to see it in action, I think I need to sign up to flicker or something...and I m registered, but, with another pc...yeah, I m lost a bit with them, I had my password for it somewhere...so much has happened since. still, an amazing piece of technical work el-barto!!!
Thanks, Frank! You should be able to see the short movies on Flickr, even without an account. Still sorting this monstrosity!
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  July 6, 2013
ok, so, the piece already was amazing before I knew it turned...but, I never suspected that there where a technics guy in e-barto, you still manage to surprise me, unfortunately, I can t manage to see it in action, I think I need to sign up to flicker or something...and I m registered, but, with another pc...yeah, I m lost a bit with them, I had my password for it somewhere...so much has happened since. still, an amazing piece of technical work el-barto!!!
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  July 2, 2013
Quoting Elk Guard Amazing!
Thanks!
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  July 2, 2013
Quoting Garry King NOW that was a masterful achievement. I was laughing as I read your blog while the music in my head was playing the tornado scene. HAHA A woof woof as TOTO popped its head out of the basket and the cackle of the witch flying passed. CONGRATULATIONS to you and all who participated in such a wonderful theme.
Thanks, Garry! It was a lot of fun, and almost a year in the making. Too bad you don't live a little closer so we could do a BSG collab...
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  July 2, 2013
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Just spectacular creation and the whole team-collaboration!
Thanks for checking it out! It was amazing how it all came together at the show. Lots of planning!
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  July 2, 2013
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi Ehi dude... this is really incredible... i'm speechless ...Wow ;)
Glad you like it, Riccardo!
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  July 2, 2013
Quoting Clovis Blain It must of took a lot of time and concentration. Very cool !
About eight months, give or take. Thanks, Clovis!
 I like it 
  June 30, 2013
How in Kansas did I not comment on this before? Wow, that is quite the impressive build. The details are great(as if I could expect anything less) and the fact that it's motorized, that's just awesome. Makes me wish I could make it to BW one year, I would love to see this type of thing in person.
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  June 29, 2013
An impressive build, both from the aspect of the design/concept and the engineering. The field of corn must have taken forever to collect on Bricklink. I love the little old tractor in the field: it's quite cute.
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  June 29, 2013
Amazing!
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  June 29, 2013
NOW that was a masterful achievement. I was laughing as I read your blog while the music in my head was playing the tornado scene. HAHA A woof woof as TOTO popped its head out of the basket and the cackle of the witch flying passed. CONGRATULATIONS to you and all who participated in such a wonderful theme.
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  June 29, 2013
Just spectacular creation and the whole team-collaboration!
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  June 28, 2013
Ehi dude... this is really incredible... i'm speechless ...Wow ;)
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  June 28, 2013
It must of took a lot of time and concentration. Very cool !
El Barto !
Emerald Knight
  June 26, 2013
Fabulous presentation right down to the tractor and great B&W photos !>.....very cleverly done
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  June 26, 2013
Quoting James Prins Awesome! Now build a Lego vacuum to make the tornado suck up the field!
Thanks! I may need a vacuum when the box of pieces gets back to me.
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  June 26, 2013
Quoting Emerald Knight Fabulous presentation right down to the tractor and great B&W photos !>.....very cleverly done
Thank you, Sir Knight!
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  June 26, 2013
Quoting LukeSC Overlord That is sweet! I love the fact that it spins, it's just icing on the cake!
Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 25, 2013
Awesome! Now build a Lego vacuum to make the tornado suck up the field!
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  June 25, 2013
That is sweet! I love the fact that it spins, it's just icing on the cake!
El Barto !
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Dr. Monster
  June 24, 2013
When you crank that monster up do lesser MOCs crumble into pieces and get thrown across the room?
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  June 24, 2013
Quoting Dr. Monster When you crank that monster up do lesser MOCs crumble into pieces and get thrown across the room?
Good one! But no, it doesn't spin that fast. Thanks for the comment!
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  June 24, 2013
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Absolutely phenomenal build - I'm still expecting to see Strummer looking out a window or something though. ;) I like how you worked in greyscale to replicate the film, though it plays tricks on my mind seeing all those grey technic pieces which I'm used to in tan. The tornado design is, to put it simply, awesome. Brilliant use of trans-black, and very impressive engineering. Man, you could build anything with talent like that! Think motorized hangar bays... ;)
Thanks for the awesome comment, Dude! I considered putting a Cylon in Dorothy's house, but figured someone might see it. Wouldn't want to spoil the collab.
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  June 24, 2013
Absolutely phenomenal build - I'm still expecting to see Strummer looking out a window or something though. ;) I like how you worked in greyscale to replicate the film, though it plays tricks on my mind seeing all those grey technic pieces which I'm used to in tan. The tornado design is, to put it simply, awesome. Brilliant use of trans-black, and very impressive engineering. Man, you could build anything with talent like that! Think motorized hangar bays... ;)
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  June 24, 2013
Quoting Peter Mowry It was awesome to see this in Person Bud! Im just sad I wasn't able to meet you in person. Congrats on the TV spot as well, you guys deserved it! Thanks for showing all the engineering behind the twister as well. Great job Barto!!! Until next year and lets make sure we can meet each other as well, LOL. All the best.
Thanks, Dude! Congrats on your award, by the way, some serious competition!
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  June 24, 2013
It was awesome to see this in Person Bud! Im just sad I wasn't able to meet you in person. Congrats on the TV spot as well, you guys deserved it! Thanks for showing all the engineering behind the twister as well. Great job Barto!!! Until next year and lets make sure we can meet each other as well, LOL. All the best.
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  June 22, 2013
Quoting LEGO Master One word comes to mind...MASTERPIECE! Everyone loves moving parts, it catches the eye. I am curious, do you have an estimate on how many bricks it took to make this most awesomest creation? I know one could lose track of all the bricks used during the building process...trust me. The Academy Award for Best Creation has been bestowed on you. Well done, sir, well done.
Thanks for the thoughtful comment! I'd have to guess close to 10K, give or take. Just the trans blacks, axle pins and shifters must be close to 8k. Glad you liked it!
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  June 22, 2013
One word comes to mind...MASTERPIECE! Everyone loves moving parts, it catches the eye. I am curious, do you have an estimate on how many bricks it took to make this most awesomest creation? I know one could lose track of all the bricks used during the building process...trust me. The Academy Award for Best Creation has been bestowed on you. Well done, sir, well done.
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  June 22, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith The interior shots of the tornado are a testament to your building skill. It looks spectacular.
Now, when I look inside it, I start to get a headache ;) Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 22, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Seriously... wow! Masterful building, and Technic is always the best solution. This is truly awesome work.
Hadn't worked in the Technic arena for quite a while, but it came right back to me. Thanks, Nick!
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  June 22, 2013
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J Most impressive!
Congrats to you as well! Wish you could have been there, too, Chief, an awesome event to be sure. Now, on to the next!
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  June 22, 2013
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy An excellent addition to the whole collab, both in design and functionality.
People seemed to really like the whole spinning thing. Thanks, Thor!
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  June 22, 2013
The interior shots of the tornado are a testament to your building skill. It looks spectacular.
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  June 22, 2013
Seriously... wow! Masterful building, and Technic is always the best solution. This is truly awesome work.
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  June 22, 2013
Most impressive!
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  June 22, 2013
An excellent addition to the whole collab, both in design and functionality.
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  June 21, 2013
Quoting Topher Adams Amazing work. Quite complicated.
Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 21, 2013
Amazing work. Quite complicated.
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  June 21, 2013
Quoting Mastermind ? Oh! Wow! No wonder I thought it was so similar :) Fantastic work!
Light bulb! Thanks, Dude!
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  June 21, 2013
Oh! Wow! No wonder I thought it was so similar :) Fantastic work!
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  June 21, 2013
Quoting Suboken Project An epic LEGO scene, to be sure. However, that tractor is an awesome build by itself, and a perfect addition to the whole display. Wish I could have seen the whole set in person.
The tractor was a fun little side project. My dad has a few antique Farmall tractors that I used for inspiration. Thanks for the comment!
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  June 21, 2013
An epic LEGO scene, to be sure. However, that tractor is an awesome build by itself, and a perfect addition to the whole display. Wish I could have seen the whole set in person.
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  June 20, 2013
Quoting Sam Wright This is fantastic!
Glad you liked it, Sam!
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  June 20, 2013
Quoting Commander Spencer, Ultimate Bionicle Fan Okay... That's amazing.
Thanks, Dude!
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  June 20, 2013
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD Genius? Brilliant? Really? There's an awful lot of hyperbole 'flying' around here... =P Well deserved accolades, my friend, it's every bit as impressive as everyone makes it out to be. It was a joy to watch it's progression and behold it's final glory, unfortunately not in person; someday! If I'm not mistaken, this was the first portion of the collab to get finished...by a lot! It definitely helped motivate the crew to put their best feet forward and knock this baby out of the stratosphere! Kudos!~H
Thanks, Hans! Wish you were there, too, to partake in the festivities. I thought, since this was my first big project in a colab, I needed get myself in gear, pronto!
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  June 20, 2013
This is fantastic!
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  June 20, 2013
Okay... That's amazing.
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  June 20, 2013
Genius? Brilliant? Really? There's an awful lot of hyperbole 'flying' around here... =P Well deserved accolades, my friend, it's every bit as impressive as everyone makes it out to be. It was a joy to watch it's progression and behold it's final glory, unfortunately not in person; someday! If I'm not mistaken, this was the first portion of the collab to get finished...by a lot! It definitely helped motivate the crew to put their best feet forward and knock this baby out of the stratosphere! Kudos!~H
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  June 19, 2013
Hey Bart! Nice work on the build. And the tornado. I'd love to talk to you about it. Email me at dkuriakose@mashable,com. Thanks!
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  June 19, 2013
Quoting Yuri Fassio Best thing I saw today. In general.
Thanks, Yuri! I think?
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  June 19, 2013
Best thing I saw today. In general.
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  June 19, 2013
Quoting Si MOCs YOU WERE AT BW?!?! OMG!!! I can't believe i missed you... I was asking Chris how the Tornado worked and he was like "oh just ask Bart" ... but he didn't look around or anything so I assumed that you shipped it and I'd ask online (thanks for the pics though!) Seriously I'm so bummed I missed you, I totally would have built like a micro BSG to get you to sign lol. I saw a couple of new faces at VirtualLUG table, but I was running around with my head chopped off during the day, and typically hang out with VirtualLUG after hours (and boy are they fun to hang with). ... oh yeah the build was awesome. I totally wanted it to win Best Airship.
Thanks for the enthusiastic comment! Might not have been there at the time, went to the mall, went for a swim, wandered around a lot. I let Lee and Chris do all the talking ;) But actually, these pictures really show how the thing works. Glad you liked it!
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  June 19, 2013
YOU WERE AT BW?!?! OMG!!! I can't believe i missed you... I was asking Chris how the Tornado worked and he was like "oh just ask Bart" ... but he didn't look around or anything so I assumed that you shipped it and I'd ask online (thanks for the pics though!) Seriously I'm so bummed I missed you, I totally would have built like a micro BSG to get you to sign lol. I saw a couple of new faces at VirtualLUG table, but I was running around with my head chopped off during the day, and typically hang out with VirtualLUG after hours (and boy are they fun to hang with). ... oh yeah the build was awesome. I totally wanted it to win Best Airship.
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  June 19, 2013
Quoting Mastermind ? Ha, I saw something incredibly similar at the Chicago Brickworld convention on Saturday.
Yep, it's the same one!
  June 19, 2013
Ha, I saw something incredibly similar at the Chicago Brickworld convention on Saturday.
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  June 19, 2013
Quoting Garrett A. Am I a sicko because the only thing going through my mind is amazing and that annoyingly catchy little ditty for the mean old lady? XD Phenomenal, easily my favorite of this layout.
Thanks, Garrett!
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  June 19, 2013
Am I a sicko because the only thing going through my mind is amazing and that annoyingly catchy little ditty for the mean old lady? XD Phenomenal, easily my favorite of this layout.
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Jackson Williams This is awesome looking!
Thanks, Chief!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting JS Can Fantastic build! This was a big eye-catcher during Brickworld, as was the whole VLUG exhibit. Glad I was able to see it in person.
Thanks for the kind words!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera That's awesome! Love the idea and the completed build. You've done a smashing job Barto!
And smashing is how it ended! I'm looking forward to the video of the return packaging. Thanks for the comment!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Did I mention how awesome this is! .....so I did
Thanks, Clayton!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Mihe Stonee Thats a really beautiful part of this hole concept ;-) ! the movement is amazing in fact to the weight to! Even it would be more cooler the upper part would turn a little bit slower, but this would only top this beautiful creation with a point on top of the "i" ;-)
Thought about it, but torque on the gears, center of gravity, friction, all that. That's why I went with the offset levels, to give it that extra bit of action. Thanks, Dude!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Paul Yperman Complicated, but if one guy could handle this ....I think you were the right guy Congratulations
Maybe it was more complicated than it needed to be, but it was fun to put together and see it go! Thanks a lot, Paul!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Medieval Guy This is stunning!
Thanks!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi WOW! Fantastic creation! This is stunning!
Thanks, David!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . Wow what a fantastic build and idea. The functionality is brilliant. Good luck with the show, I wish I could be there to see this in person.
It's an amazing event, and I can't recommend it enough. Or if there's something like it near you, I'd check it out. It's great being able to put faces to names after all these years. Thanks for the great comment!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Parrington Levens Dear Lord! Wow man, this is a monumental piece. So much to it, way to head to the show.
Thanks, Boss! One of these years we'll have to get you over here!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting 2x4 . This is so brilliant, I think this is one of the best MOCs I have ever seen. Fantastic work!!!
Wow, Dude! That means a lot coming from you--Much appreciated!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus Any video of spinning action?
Check the links, Tex!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde I'm sure I won't find the right words to do this creation the deserved justice. The technological features are amazing, as well as the sweet overall design. Love how you created a sense of motion, that is even visible on these static pictures. Cool to see you build something different from your usual stuff!
Big change of pace for me, but it was a fun build! Probably the largest thing since the hangar deck, but I had no intention of shipping that. Somehow it survived the journey, and wasn't that big a deal to reassemble it on site. Thanks, Doc!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Wow, this is an incredible feet of Lego engineering. Beautiful, huge, evocative, amazing. Wish I could've seen it in the flesh!
Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Hrvoje Majetich Great MOC, something new.
New for sure! Thanks, Chief!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting christophe corthay This looks pretty beautiful !!!
Thank you my friend!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek It was you who built this?!?! Good gracious...you were just across the aisle and I never met you (as far as I can recollect). Well, fantastic job. It's not the wizard of Oz without the tornado! :)
Bummer! Where was your build? Maybe next year... Thanks for the comment, Dude!
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  June 18, 2013
This is awesome looking!
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  June 18, 2013
Fantastic build! This was a big eye-catcher during Brickworld, as was the whole VLUG exhibit. Glad I was able to see it in person.
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  June 18, 2013
That's awesome! Love the idea and the completed build. You've done a smashing job Barto!
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  June 18, 2013
Did I mention how awesome this is! .....so I did
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  June 18, 2013
Thats a really beautiful part of this hole concept ;-) ! the movement is amazing in fact to the weight to! Even it would be more cooler the upper part would turn a little bit slower, but this would only top this beautiful creation with a point on top of the "i" ;-)
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  June 18, 2013
Complicated, but if one guy could handle this ....I think you were the right guy Congratulations
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  June 18, 2013
This is stunning!
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  June 18, 2013
WOW! Fantastic creation! This is stunning!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) The many pieces, the movement, the many pieces, the design, the many pieces, the detail, the many pieces, the wonder, the many, many pieces! I'm stuck with awe! :)
Thanks, Topsy! Yes, TONS of trans black 1x2s and axle pins. I was seeing them in my sleep!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting matt rowntree I don't use the word epic on general principle; however, I feel it necessary to make an exception in this case. Truly EPIC! I'm thinking that I don't want to be in the dentistry chair next to you. ;)
Thank you for the kind words!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Justin Knelsen That's one awesome vortex! Love the suspended house and the motor function puts it over the top. Two thumbs up!
Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 18, 2013
Wow what a fantastic build and idea. The functionality is brilliant. Good luck with the show, I wish I could be there to see this in person.
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Mister Lego ~ This is jaw dropping! The motorization is just a huge bonus. Great stuff!
Glad you liked it, Dude!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= Barty you are actually a genius. Why are you bothering with dentistry all this time? You should be using your gifts for good not evil. You better be coming to BW next year, I need to meet you and absorb some of your mad skills.
Hey, it pays the bills! Wish you could have been there, too, Leda, but yes, on to next year--Charge!!!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Tim C Barto...I knew you were an excellent builder, what I didn't know was that you are also a genius. This is nothing shy of brilliant. Some of the best work I have seen in my brief time as a proud member of this community. I love being able to submit works to the community, but equally as much, I love to see that "every once in a while" jaw-dropper. This is certainly one of them. Your work with the vortex is spell binding, but what really grabs my attention is the house atop it, and the debris seemingly suspended around it. Great work with the wheat field as well. Very convincing, and the tractor is just perfect. You honor us all with this MOC, Barto. Very well done. I only wish I could have made BW this year to see it in person.
Wow! Thanks for the great comment there, Tim! Much appreciated!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Nick white very awesome!!
Thanks, Nick!
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  June 18, 2013
Quoting Dave Kaleta Bart, The build: When you started posting pictures of this in the group, I was impressed, but when I saw the final product, I was amazed. You turned this into a beautiful piece of art. The way the wheat shifts, the fence being torn apart... all these details that convey motion make it work. I was inspired by your product to bring my "A game" to the collab as well. This was a great anchor to the front end of the builds. The man: it was so wonderful to meet you, Cettina (sp?) and Alex. You have a very kind family and I enjoyed getting to know you IRL. Let's do this again. Also, next time you're in Chicago, be sure to let me know. Thank you for everything (especially the toothbrush), ~Dave
I'm at a loss for words, Dave! Your comment means a lot, and it was great to meet you and the bride-to-be as well!
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  June 18, 2013
Dear Lord! Wow man, this is a monumental piece. So much to it, way to head to the show.
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  June 18, 2013
This is so brilliant, I think this is one of the best MOCs I have ever seen. Fantastic work!!!
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  June 18, 2013
Any video of spinning action?
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  June 18, 2013
I'm sure I won't find the right words to do this creation the deserved justice. The technological features are amazing, as well as the sweet overall design. Love how you created a sense of motion, that is even visible on these static pictures. Cool to see you build something different from your usual stuff!
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  June 18, 2013
Wow, this is an incredible feet of Lego engineering. Beautiful, huge, evocative, amazing. Wish I could've seen it in the flesh!
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  June 18, 2013
Great MOC, something new.
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  June 18, 2013
This looks pretty beautiful !!!
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  June 18, 2013
It was you who built this?!?! Good gracious...you were just across the aisle and I never met you (as far as I can recollect). Well, fantastic job. It's not the wizard of Oz without the tornado! :)
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  June 17, 2013
The many pieces, the movement, the many pieces, the design, the many pieces, the detail, the many pieces, the wonder, the many, many pieces! I'm stuck with awe! :)
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  June 17, 2013
I don't use the word epic on general principle; however, I feel it necessary to make an exception in this case. Truly EPIC! I'm thinking that I don't want to be in the dentistry chair next to you. ;)
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  June 17, 2013
That's one awesome vortex! Love the suspended house and the motor function puts it over the top. Two thumbs up!
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  June 17, 2013
This is jaw dropping! The motorization is just a huge bonus. Great stuff!
  June 17, 2013
Barty you are actually a genius. Why are you bothering with dentistry all this time? You should be using your gifts for good not evil. You better be coming to BW next year, I need to meet you and absorb some of your mad skills.
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  June 17, 2013
Barto...I knew you were an excellent builder, what I didn't know was that you are also a genius. This is nothing shy of brilliant. Some of the best work I have seen in my brief time as a proud member of this community. I love being able to submit works to the community, but equally as much, I love to see that "every once in a while" jaw-dropper. This is certainly one of them. Your work with the vortex is spell binding, but what really grabs my attention is the house atop it, and the debris seemingly suspended around it. Great work with the wheat field as well. Very convincing, and the tractor is just perfect. You honor us all with this MOC, Barto. Very well done. I only wish I could have made BW this year to see it in person.
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  June 17, 2013
very awesome!!
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  June 17, 2013
Bart, The build: When you started posting pictures of this in the group, I was impressed, but when I saw the final product, I was amazed. You turned this into a beautiful piece of art. The way the wheat shifts, the fence being torn apart... all these details that convey motion make it work. I was inspired by your product to bring my "A game" to the collab as well. This was a great anchor to the front end of the builds. The man: it was so wonderful to meet you, Cettina (sp?) and Alex. You have a very kind family and I enjoyed getting to know you IRL. Let's do this again. Also, next time you're in Chicago, be sure to let me know. Thank you for everything (especially the toothbrush), ~Dave
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting Matthew Oh Wow El Barto! I love it! The detail is phenomenal! The tornado is a masterpiece, and the destruction tops it all! Great to see your make something besides your comic series! (although those are epic as well. :D)
Thanks for the great comment, Matthew!
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting John Fink Ack! Where's Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt when you need them? Great work.
"Go! Go! Go!" That was half the script right there. Thanks, John!
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting Dennis Price Well done. The intricacies of the build are astounding. Wish I could have seen it in person. My better half wonders if there's video of it in action at BW.
Thanks, Dennis! My wife got some good video of the whole colab on her phone. I'm working on getting it to Flickr.
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  June 17, 2013
Wow El Barto! I love it! The detail is phenomenal! The tornado is a masterpiece, and the destruction tops it all! Great to see your make something besides your comic series! (although those are epic as well. :D)
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti This is just incredible! I can just here the wicked witch saying "I'll get you my pretty! " just awesome
Yes, people were humming the song all weekend! Thanks for the kind words!
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM ! Wow, man, this is truly impressive! Just the amount of mechanics and engineering is breathtaking. Wish I could've seen this and met you guys in person. Maybe next year.
Getting those pins to line up on the higher levels was a real bugger. Moving a brick a stud this way, then the other, then to a different row, But I had two pins in addition to the central axis so it wouldn't shake apart. Start planing for next year, Chief!
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad My goodness! The amount parts and expertise in that tornado is something! Must'va been ironic, building something that destroys. Very nice! 5/5
Thanks, Dude!
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting Mark Kelso This was such a terrific addition to the collab!!! Thanks so much, Bart, for being a part of it this year. Really wish I'd been able to attend, to meet you in person, and see this monster first hand. I'm sure the pics just don't do it justice, either. Anywho...thanks again, amigo. Brilliant work, and I'll look forward to our next adventure!
Thanks, Mark! I know, bummer you couldn't make it. But that rock work you sent was awesome!
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  June 17, 2013
Ack! Where's Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt when you need them? Great work.
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  June 17, 2013
Well done. The intricacies of the build are astounding. Wish I could have seen it in person. My better half wonders if there's video of it in action at BW.
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  June 17, 2013
This is just incredible! I can just here the wicked witch saying "I'll get you my pretty! " just awesome
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  June 17, 2013
Wow, man, this is truly impressive! Just the amount of mechanics and engineering is breathtaking. Wish I could've seen this and met you guys in person. Maybe next year.
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  June 17, 2013
My goodness! The amount parts and expertise in that tornado is something! Must'va been ironic, building something that destroys. Very nice! 5/5
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  June 17, 2013
This was such a terrific addition to the collab!!! Thanks so much, Bart, for being a part of it this year. Really wish I'd been able to attend, to meet you in person, and see this monster first hand. I'm sure the pics just don't do it justice, either. Anywho...thanks again, amigo. Brilliant work, and I'll look forward to our next adventure!
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  June 17, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder I don't understand... Why is Bart posting something that's not BSG? Haha, really amazing job dude!
Thanks, Ru! A little change of pace is good every once in a while!
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  June 17, 2013
I don't understand... Why is Bart posting something that's not BSG? Haha, really amazing job dude!
 
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