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MO Round 5: Stuart Lucas v. Delatron 3000
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Pair Dare: Select two specific kinds of pieces (for example: the 1x2 brick and the jumper-plate) and then create a MOC using ONLY those two specific kinds.
About this creation
This is an entry in the MOC Olympics 2013. My esteemed compatriot, namesake and opponent is Delatron 3000!

The first time I entered the MOC Olympics was back in 2010, when I was pretty new to MOCpages. I made it to the elite eight, where I was beaten fair and square by a certain other British Stuart. Three years on, here we go again!

This was a really unusual category to pick - the two piece restriction is a challenging one, which had me casting around for some time for suitable subject matter, especially as there are relatively few pieces that I have >100 of in my collection. In the end a decided in the lowly 1x4 plate and the 2x2 slope, and a subject dear to my heart as a professional biologist...


The Double Helix, the elegant structure adopted by DNA. Two strands of nucleic acids wound around each other, the sugar-phosphate backbone on either side joined by pairs of complementary bases.


While there's a lot of structural detail you can't achieve at this scale, I tried to work in as many 'fun' facts as possible - there a 10 bases per turn of the helix; the two grooves between the backbones are of different sizes (in this shot the major groove is forwards in the bottom turn of the helix); the four different possible base-pair combinations (A-T, T-A, C-G & G-C) are represented by 4 different colours. Feel free to try and decode the base sequence...


Of course, whenever DNA is being utilised by our cells, the two strands are unwound from each other by a hexagonal enzyme called 'DNA helicase'.


"If I was an enzyme, I'd be DNA helicase - because then I could unzip your genes!" (Howard, The Big Bang Theory)


One of the major clues to the structure of DNA was the fact that crystals of it produced an 'X' shaped diffraction pattern when bombarded with X-rays. As any tame X-ray crystallographer will tell you, that's a dead giveaway that you're looking at a helical structure.


Here's the diffraction pattern with the DNA helix removed for clarity... and below, a photo of the real thing.



Well, thanks again to the judges for this intriguing and imagination-stretching category! Mr. Delahay, I'm fully expecting you to knock this one over the pavilion. If so I'll be rooting for you to claim the top spot this year!




Comments

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  November 18, 2013
Impressive topic to tackle and equally impressive in the use of only 2 elements!
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  November 14, 2013
Boy, I'm glad I did not have to judge this one! You both built in themes that are favorite interests of mine! And, I loved them both equally! :)
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  November 14, 2013
Amazingly good, imo this moc achieved the essence of the category best!
Stuart Lucas
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  November 13, 2013
That's cool, could you check out my moc please? Thanks http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/373755
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  November 13, 2013
Fascinating, rather beautiful and all the more impressive for being made of just two types of brick!
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  November 12, 2013
This is awesome, but my vote goes to your opponent as well. congrats on a great run!
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  November 11, 2013
A GREAT entry to say the least Stuart! But I think Delatron (AKA "Other Stu") got ya here. He got my vote. Thanks for a great game and some amazing mocs! ~ Chris.
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  November 11, 2013
Tough decision, this! While I think your two brick selection is more interesting, I think Stu the Other managed to impress just a tad more. Very close, but my vote goes to him.
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  November 11, 2013
Fantastic you have recreated the DNA of a minifig! :-). This is amazing and with just two different parts! Incredible! Brilliant!
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  November 10, 2013
A great idea very well executed! Awesome work and good luck!
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  November 10, 2013
Stuart, this is just stunningly beautiful! As an artist, I was always fascinated by natural structure and pattern, this is the basis of everything and masterfully shown in Lego. With only two types of pieces no less! I read your category and was truly excited to see what emerged and you have not disappointed. This is the challenge I would most definitely not want to judge. You have blown my mind with the complex simplicity of this. Completely awesome and the best of luck!
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  November 10, 2013
I think I just learned more than I do in school...great job with the shape, good luck! :)
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  November 10, 2013
That's awesome! Very clever!
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  November 10, 2013
You do me far too much credit Stu. An elegantly constructed build explained with professional aplomb - anyone would think you did that kind of thing for a living ;) Well done sir, you and I form an elite club of people who know how tough this challenge is and I was intrigued all week as to what you chose for your two pieces. Good luck to you, go Team GB!
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  November 10, 2013
Great build, and excellent quote! Good luck with the judges!
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  November 10, 2013
It takes a talented builder to rise so magnificently to this difficult challenge - a brilliant piece of work. Good luck!
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  November 10, 2013
Absolutely mind-blowing, what you can do with two bricks. It really brings out your talent in Lego! Well done and good luck!
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  November 10, 2013
beaut-i-ful
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  November 10, 2013
masterfully done
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  November 10, 2013
Groovy, not a snip detected!
 
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