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Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
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There must be only few who haven't heard of Chernobyl nuclear disaster. It is widely regarded as the worst accident in history of nuclear power and together with Fukushima nuclear disaster the only one classified as a level 7 even (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The initial death toll directly connected to the explosion was calculated at 31 (according to Soviet authorities), including the workers of the plant and firefighters who succumbed to high levels of radiation exposure in the next few weeks. It is hard to estimate the total number pf victims, but several thousands have been affected by the radiation fallout (60%allegedly landed in Belarus), that rendered soil in vast areas useless, and increased the number of cancer cases.



I built the plant with the old sarcophagus in place and the famous red-white cooling tower still standing. The latter was required to be demolished during the building of the enormous new safe confinement, designed to contain the damaged reactor for the next 100 years.



The accident occurred during the night of 26 April 1986 in 'Vladimir I. Lenin nuclear power station' near the city of Pripyat, some 15 km away from the city of Chernobyl in Ukraine. Reactor four, only recently completed, suffered a catastrophic power increase during a poorly led experiment, leading to explosions in its core. Radioactive fuel and core materials were freely dispersed into the atmosphere, because the reactor had not been encased in any kind of hard containment vessel. The older two units (two large black buildings) had even weaker structural integrity and design features, so had the explosion taken place there, the consequences could have been even worse.



Bird's eye view of the powerplant area- I built all the structures in vicinity of the main turbine hall and reactors, you can compare it with the google maps photos that helped me a lot during the building process.



The water canals should be at the ground level or slightly lower, but due to the desired SNOT effect, this option was not possible for me (lack of blue tiles forced me to use normal bricks).



Reactor no. 1 and no.2. The last reactor was shut down in 2000, but the whole plant is still in the process of decommissioning.








The view of the turbine hall from the other side, with numerous transmission towers.



The hastily built original sarcophagus was a heroic work done by men from the entire Soviet Union and more than 500.000 people, so called liquidators, helped during the clean-up operations taking place in following years.







There are still eleven RMBK reactors similar to the one in Chernobyl operating in Russia, but all of them have been retrofitted with additional safety updates.







Thanks for viewing and remember the liquidators!



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  March 23, 2014
i don't know much about chernobyl myself, but i extremely enjoyed the video game "STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl" very, very much. good job.
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  March 14, 2014
Wow! Amazing work. I remember when this happened. It's amazing the people that went in afterwards to try and get control of the situation knowing they were getting lethal doses of radiation. Excellent build!
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  March 10, 2014
A very unusual model. I remember that I stayed in my sister's house the day of the accident 26 April 1986. We had turned on the TV news at. 18:00 and we could hardly believe our eyes, a reactor at the Chernobyl power plant was blown up. But unfortunately it was true. It created a lot of anxity here in Scandinavia because of the fallout, but luckily the consequences here were not as bad as for the neighboring countries, and for those who fought to stop the accident.
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  March 7, 2014
Quoting Austin Heath Excellent model, the depth of it is excellent and I simply love the design of those miniature buildings. Very large as well which gives it easier access to better detail. My only complaint, although it does add to the beauty of the model as well, is how busy the colors are. With so many colors and the streets and ground being on the same base level it confuses the eye just a bit. Otherwise a stellar design and one of my favorites of your MOCs!
Thanks for the comment! Yeah, as for the colors- I know, but due to the lack of tiles, I practically had no other chance. Well, I could have used some more grey pieces, but it would be less realistic (the surrounding area of the plant was mostly unpaved), so I tried to group different colors into 'sectors' at least...
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  March 6, 2014
A very good model on an unusual subject. Well done.
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  March 4, 2014
Excellent model, the depth of it is excellent and I simply love the design of those miniature buildings. Very large as well which gives it easier access to better detail. My only complaint, although it does add to the beauty of the model as well, is how busy the colors are. With so many colors and the streets and ground being on the same base level it confuses the eye just a bit. Otherwise a stellar design and one of my favorites of your MOCs!
  March 4, 2014
Izgleda mi prekomerno raznobarvno.
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  March 4, 2014
the site has a dark industrial atmosphere, and you captured it well, sarcophagus is the best name they could ever come up with, playing with radiation with our current technology and philosophy is like me trying to warm up with dynamite, it s a sure thing I d end up in a coffin, we have to find a way to stop the radiation process before using this science, it makes no sense burying the toxic material, it s like opening your water faucet with no way to close it, of course you ll destroy your apartment from water damage in the end, what else can one expect? you did very proper homage to the tragic heroic people who saved thousands with their sacrifice, I have a Russian friend who told me tales of it, and it was horrific!
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  March 4, 2014
Original idea, and brilliantly done! Very recognizable micro-scale scene, and indeed a sad story. I was ten when it happened, and it has given me a life-long deep interest in the whole nuclear-subject ever since :-)
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  March 4, 2014
Great work! A very well worked out memorial for all the the poor souls that have suffered from this disaster. ~Marc
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  March 4, 2014
Fantastic MOC. Great write up too, nice info.
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  March 4, 2014
Yes, interesting subject. I think the whole thing is horribly creepy. Onto the actual build, excellent work in micro scale, love all the little details and features, especially the canal and the little buildings. Great stuff!
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  March 4, 2014
Very Great moc of a very sad place... 5/5 8-)
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  March 4, 2014
Fantastic microbuild of a very unusual subject!
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  March 4, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny Res super! Dobra ideja, Cernobil. nisem se videl takih tukej!
Hvala! Ja, tudi nasploh je lego jedrskih elektrarn zelo malo. Se pa na MOC pages najde zelo lepa Fukushima.
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  March 4, 2014
Great job, P. Voranic! I love all the details! :D Sad story, though. :'( Brick on, man!
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  March 4, 2014
Res super! Dobra ideja, Cernobil. nisem se videl takih tukej!
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  March 4, 2014
Great work, I like your mini-scale building skills! A nice tribute to those affected in the disaster!
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  March 4, 2014
A very unusual moc but great idea and build! Maybe mankind will learn from that but i dont think so.
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  March 4, 2014
I don't know what the real thing looked like, but nice!
 
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