This project represents a long-running tradition of science-fiction base compilations between my brother and I, and consumed several weeks in summer 2007. My brother gets more of a charge out of designing mecha and spacecrafts, so I ended up designing most of this MOC. The E&E Mining Hub represents a movement to create more modular and movable bases, which makes it easy to keep the building area tidy. We've also started including removable roofs and playable insides for bored days. w00t! Before this MOC it had been a long time since we created a non-military base. Typically we create massive walled bases in a style inspired by MOCers like Keith Goldman. Unfortunately, few decent pictures of these early MOCs exist because I was unskilled with the camera. Anyhow, I was once again too lazy to set up a studio environment for the E&E Mining Hub, so some backgrounds were whitewashed in Photoshop.
About this creation
Foreground: the loading bay, with bunkered tunnel that connects it to the command center (background). A raised access road crosses over the bunkered tunnel and includes a security gate designed by my brother. The road terminates abruptly, but we imagine that it extends to some nearby magical highway or some nonsense.
Ah, the first freighter is here with the candy! Cannnnndy.
There's our friends, the disgruntled mining hub employees, unloading the candy now! You heard the boss...careful, caaareful!
"Morning, boss!" "Am I going to have to fire you again? How many times did I tell you I wish to be addressed as Your Highness?"
The elevated catwalk above the loading bay was designed to give superiors the ability to constantly monitor, yell at, and make fun of the fledgling noobs in the workforce. Twist those knobs! Twist those knobs! You! Pull some levers! Pull some levers!
The look of disgust is clear on Disgruntled Bob's face in this shot. Seconds later, he threw his hat on the ground proclaiming "I did NOT take steroids!"
Hope this Hugo is with the good guys!
"Halt! Fricking halt! And where the fricking fudge did the command center go?!" The guards aren't allowed to cuss.
Within the bunkered tunnel, facing the command center entrance. The scanning device helps prevent unwanted NFL mascots from sneaking in like they always do in mining hubs like this.
Bunkered tunnel, facing the elevator to the loading bay. The floorplane and some of the wall features were designed by my brother.
Birds-eye of the operation. Left to right: loading bay, bunkered tunnel with above access road, and command center. Say cheese!
This is the first (and perhaps last) time we designed a modular project that separated and reconnected seamlessly. To this day, no mine workers sued us for tripping over uneven seams, so I think we did a good job.
Birds-eye showing removable roof pieces and guts. Due to the gory nature of this photo, parental discretion is advised.
Finally, a close up of the fastening seam between the tunnel and command center. Thank God we made it out of this project alive and missing no important brain matter.
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Outstanding. Simply fantastic design and execution. I cannot believe you've only received nine comments on this MOC so far. I do hope you are planning a career in architecture or industrial design. It would seem a shame not to share your incredible talent on a larger scale. Can't wait to see what else you create!