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M.O. Round 6: Nick Barrett vs Blake Baer: We'll See Who Rusts First
The word 'yellow' floated through Arthur's brain. The bulldozer outside was quite a big one...
About this creation

2013 MOC Olympics

Opponent: Blake Baer

'Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy' : Arthur has just realized what that yellow thing outside is and why it's there. It's Thursday. He never did get the hang of Thursdays.

I've used the early '80s BBC TV series as the visual reference, in case you're wondering why everything looks almost entirely unlike the film...



'Come off it Mr. Dent. You can't win you know. You can't lie in front of the bulldozer indefinitely.
'I'm game. We'll see who rusts first.'



Arthur's house, not quite precisely as it is in the TV series. Mostly. And nothing like it's described in the book, which the film got closer to. It's about 400 years older, for a start... Still, a more interesting build as a consequence. It still manages to more or less exactly fail to please the eye...





Arthur Dent and Mr Prosser, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan, although he wasn't aware of this; he was a nervous man who's job today is to supervise the destruction of Arthur's house. It's in the way, you see, and by-passes simply must be built.



A road, a hedge, some mud...



This odd cemetery-like gate is just begging to be knocked over.



Here's the machine to do it. Looking nearly but not quite exactly like a 1970s Caterpillar D4, it's just the sort of classic technic machine I most like doing. The blade has working pneumatic controls to raise/lower and tilt it. There's an engine in there as well.



Sliding doors to the cab, the switches to control the blade action are either side of the driver. The hand-pump is concealed behind him.





The '80s Technic set feel is intentional. It's pretty robust, right up to the point where the blade falls off...



'Yeah ? It'll still rust before I do!'





Comments

 I like it 
  December 13, 2013
It reminds me a lot of those old animated short movies called LEGO SPORT that were on TV in the 80's. Great work. I thought at first that you actually made it according to those films :D
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  December 8, 2013
Quoting sam the first well done on advancing (hardly a surprise, admittedly), good luck with matt. i don't use the word often, but it will be one epic final. as i said to matt, bricks shall be thrown.... ;D
Thanks a lot Sam. I'm throwing everything at my entry! :-)
  December 8, 2013
well done on advancing (hardly a surprise, admittedly), good luck with matt. i don't use the word often, but it will be one epic final. as i said to matt, bricks shall be thrown.... ;D
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  December 3, 2013
Awesome! Instantly recognizable!
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  December 1, 2013
Yes! I was hoping you would pass, and you did! Now go avenge the european mocers! BTW, I couldn't think of a better final matchup, nor a better category! Good luck, mate...
  November 30, 2013
Great looking bulldozer. The figures are a hoot.
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  November 29, 2013
Thanks a lot Nils, Tom and Joost. And everybody else for their kind good wishes :-) Now if you'll excuse me, I have a little something I must build...
 I like it 
  November 29, 2013
Yeah, great stuff, Nick! Especially the bulldozer is awesome! Now grab your towel and go for the title! :-))
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  November 29, 2013
GO NB!!! Congratulations on reaching the final. Can't wait to see what you make :-)
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  November 29, 2013
Congratulations Nick, now go for it, and win the whole contest!!!!
Nick Barrett
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Emerald Knight
  November 28, 2013
A great Lego scene, and I rather like the lego figures !>.....well done
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  November 28, 2013
Quoting Mark Kelso Sorry for the delay - I just checked emails to find Chris asking if I could jump in for a tie-breaker. Gotta say, this is EXTREMELY tough! You guys both did some killer work. After quite a bit of deliberation it fell down to basics for me, and while I feel like the build skill between you guys is flat out neck and neck, I also feel like the scale of this one is a bit more ambitious. Bottom line (I know...I'm rambling) - you've got my vote. Congrats to both you and Blake for some fantastic work!
Thank you very much Mark :-)
 I like it 
  November 28, 2013
Sorry for the delay - I just checked emails to find Chris asking if I could jump in for a tie-breaker. Gotta say, this is EXTREMELY tough! You guys both did some killer work. After quite a bit of deliberation it fell down to basics for me, and while I feel like the build skill between you guys is flat out neck and neck, I also feel like the scale of this one is a bit more ambitious. Bottom line (I know...I'm rambling) - you've got my vote. Congrats to both you and Blake for some fantastic work!
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  November 27, 2013
This is by far the toughest matchup of the games so far. This was one of my categories so I was very pleased to see such wonderful creations come out of it. you both did an incredible job, there are things I like better about each build making it almost impossible to pick a favorite. That being said, I think Blake's was cleaner and really had the feel down, therefore he gets my vote. I think this ties it up, so it could easily go either way. Best of luck!
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  November 27, 2013
Nice work, congrats on the rd win!
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  November 26, 2013
Ooh, round 7 here you come!! Best of luck!! Win it all!
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  November 26, 2013
Dude rnd6!
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  November 26, 2013
I'm sorry for the short comment, but I'm a bit in a hurry and buried in work. Nick, you nailed it - a bit retro, but it fits the theme. You get my vote.
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  November 25, 2013
How fun that you both got to build to a D. Adams theme! About a month ago I finished reading his 2 Dirk Gently's books. After seeing both you and Blake’s entries, I am certainly going to have to read the Hitchhikers series too! It appears Adam’s Hitchhiker series are just as wacky as his D. Gently’s books, allowing you both to take your own unique routes in following the theme! Best of luck with the other judges. :)
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  November 25, 2013
This is one of my favorite films and you captured the scene very well. Great built! Good luck with this awesome entry :)
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  November 25, 2013
Do I detect a touch of glee in the fact you managed to work a (very nice) 1970's Cat dozer into a sci-fi themed category ;) In fact, for a sci-fi source of inspiration it's charming to see that you picked a most un-science-fiction moment from it, but I love THHGTTG for that, balancing Arthur's mundane human existence against the whole universe of strangeness out there and then showing that even aliens have burocracy and paperwork to deal with. I love the sheer scale of the build here Nick, and the details and style all work extremely well. I barely remember the TV version of this but may have to do some digging now. With the scores at 2-2 it's set up nicely but I admit I am hoping you go on to the final now. Good luck to you sir!
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  November 25, 2013
2 votes each? This is a tense contest! Another excellent build in your signature maxifig scale. The bulldozer is of course top-notch but the way the house captures the suburban ordinariness of Arthur's life actually takes a lot of care an attention. I'm biting my nails for the final judges' votes, good luck!
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  November 25, 2013
I woke up this morning to some superb builds. Thanks for giving me such a tough job all round. Your build captures the true spirit of the book for me and the original TV show. The scope of the build, characters, architecture and vehicles tipped my vote your way against exceptional competition.
Nick Barrett
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Dr. Monster
  November 24, 2013
Excellent MOC! A great collection of models. Nice choice on using the TV series, it has a certain charm to it. Good luck, and remember DON'T PANIC
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  November 24, 2013
This probably sounds trite by now, but you semi-finalists have blown my mind! Utterly brilliant performances all around! Having played in the MOs before, I know how tedious Round after Round can begin to feel. The fact that you chaps are going stronger than ever—I’d go so far as to say that this Round has produced the best in show thus far—is a testament to each of your masterful abilities with the brick. Bravo! But as you're well aware, I unfortunately have to pick between you and your opponent. When all is said and done, my vote goes to your opponent. Topnotch effort nonetheless Nick, and good luck with your remaining judges!
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
A great build against a great opponent! I think what won me over was the bulldozer. You got my vote! Good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
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  November 24, 2013
Well I think you have Blake beat. although its very close both entry's are astonishing. but the bulldozer you built is quite stunning.
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  November 24, 2013
Nick, this is really quite fantastic. I like the completeness of your entry, and you demonstrate a mastery of the brick in the bulldozer and characters which surpasses your opponent. However, visually, I don't find as much appeal in your entry as Blake's. I'm all about how good MOCs look, so Blake has my vote - but it was close. I definitely can't speak for fellow judges, this is still anyone's game.
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
Great bulldozer!
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  November 24, 2013
"Its a bypass! You've got to build bypasses!" Great stuff Nick, good luck with the judges! You're an incredible builder, and I just wanted to say that I consider it an honor to even be placed against you.
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
Great looking entry, Nick! You've captured English suburbia quite nicely!
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  November 24, 2013
Fantastic build! All the components are great -- the figures, the house, the gate, but most of all, the dozer, which is simply amazing.
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  November 24, 2013
epic Nick the bulldozer itself is a great build overall very detailed as always carry on building like this and i am sure you will be in the next round good luck
  November 24, 2013
Wow! Incredible work Nick! There's so much to like about this MOC and I doubt I could say enough about it! That awesome dozer has to be my favorite part. Best of luck to you!
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  November 24, 2013
Hahaha! Excellent. Does the MOC contain 42 wheels (showing or hidden)? Everything is lovely.
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  November 24, 2013
Great! Haha, really love "Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy". The movie is a little bit old fashioned I think ;P , but the audio book and of course the book itself is really funny!
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  November 24, 2013
Awesome entry! I like the bulldozer the best!
  November 24, 2013
Wow, that's big!
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  November 24, 2013
Quoting Bill Daniels. Awesome! The people look great. And I also love the hedge. 5/5 How big is the house, and the bulldozer? I ask because the people are big, so the house, and bulldozer would have to be big as well. ~Bill
Thankyou Bill. The figs are around 3x minifig size, so the house is 80 studs long, the bulldozer is 20 wide and it all takes up a lot of room. And bricks.
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
Just... yes.
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  November 24, 2013
Quoting Joost Cumps Absolutely fantastic scene! I don't see a thing I like less! The fences, the buldozer, the figures, the house, even the mud is cool. Nick, are you sure you didn't paint your wall to match the sky? :-)
Haha, thanks Joost. The wall is a happy accident, as is the colour of the worktable. Sometimes things just fall into place :-)
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
Excellent build . I must admit I never saw the tv series I had to go look it up ,and from what I saw this is fantastic. I love the bulldozer and the house. Arthur and his robe look great. Good luck!
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  November 24, 2013
"His wife wanted roses, but he wanted axes" Love this scene! XD. Incredible version! Love the LEGOLAND bulldozer! ;). Nice work, and good luck! :D
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  November 24, 2013
Nick, This build showcases the vast array of your talent - brick built figures, landscape, vehicle, and architectural. Wonderful work. ~Dave
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  November 24, 2013
Great! I really like the books, the series and the film. I recognized it immediately.
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  November 24, 2013
Now this is excellent. One of my favourite comedies of all time and glad you used the original tv show as reference. You've done a superb job in recreating it in lego. Good luck with the moc Olympics, be great to see you win!
 I like it 
  November 24, 2013
Amazing! One of my favourite books, now in Lego! Everything is done perfectly, the house has a nice amount of details and so does everything else - This just may be the only bigger-than-minifig scale MOC that I like, because it just works so well.
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  November 24, 2013
Absolutely fantastic scene! I don't see a thing I like less! The fences, the buldozer, the figures, the house, even the mud is cool. Nick, are you sure you didn't paint your wall to match the sky? :-)
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  November 24, 2013
looking great! a bit like 'up', but without any balloons. good luck, a tricky opponent!
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  November 24, 2013
Awesome! The people look great. And I also love the hedge. 5/5 How big is the house, and the bulldozer? I ask because the people are big, so the house, and bulldozer would have to be big as well. ~Bill
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  November 24, 2013
it looks fab Nick! I saw the movie a long time ago, I can t forget the image of the guy in his pyjama looking at the bulldozers in front of his house, xd, great detailed scene! [I wonder why lego don t make those tall trees no more, they where my favs, and can t be found anywhere now!] well done!
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  November 24, 2013
This is fantastic! Good luck & congratulations on making it this far. -LB Jr.
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  November 24, 2013
Fantastic. That Tudor style house is seriously impressive, great building techniques.
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  November 24, 2013
Awesome work Nick! Loving this! Lots of variety to keep everyone interested, I like the house best, very nicely built, I bet you'll have fun knocking it down with that dozer ;-) best of luck my friend I really hope you progress!!!
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  November 24, 2013
Great fun and coincidently I was listening to the radio series this morning. It's a bit confusing when Ford buys 4 pints, with a £5 note and tells the barman to keep the change! I love the character of Arthur in his dressing gown and the yellow bulldozer. Super work and just like the TV series.
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  November 24, 2013
Bravo Nick! Fantastic showing. Brings back all the memories of the 80s series. The house looks mostly exact. ;) And, of course, the Cat is truly perfect. I love the characters as well, Arthur's red robe is spot on and both of them have great personality. The true test of this is the desire for me to go back to the source material, the books, series, and movie. You have succeeded admirably. Very well done and best of luck!
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  November 24, 2013
Absolutely phenomenal! You are a master with those figures. Good luck! This is going to be interesting!
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  November 24, 2013
looks great! good luck with the judges!
 
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