MOColympics R3 - Professor Lentz's Otherworldly Engine Mk II . My last round, against 2009 winner Dave Sterling. Category: Steampunk . The Otherworldly Engine is a machine designed to open a rift to other inhabited worlds and make contact with their inhabitants. It's built in an old barn, a few minutes from St. Badmington, UK.
Professor Hieronimous Cornelis Lentz, former physics teacher at the SBU, is pursuing the dream of a lifetime: making contact with other intelligent life forms.
He bought old Fred Jasper's barn, and invested his savings on this project. His previous attempt had failed, almost 10 years before, due to the lack of an appropriate energy source. Coal simply did not cut it.
However, in AD 1877, St Badmington was chosen to test the new gasducts for public illumination and heat. With this new source, his generator would have been able to give a sufficient output.
Now, he's ready for the final tests. Powering up the device and checking all his instruments never seemed so tedious...
After checking the oil pressure, it's time to check the gas.
The pressure seems up to specifications... Time to fire it up!
The water should boil like never before.
All gears seem to be working perfecly.
Prof Lentz's generator. Since it works by attrition and not induction, it can provide huge amounts of electricity, but only in short bursts, due to the intense heat.
You can see St. Badmington's hillside from the barn.
Time to get to the control platform. The foundations of the barn were excavated to make room for the devices, and all the interior was covered in tar, to avoid water infiltrations.
HC Lentz brings the Portal Chamber into position, to make a last check on the inside before starting.
All seems in perfect order. The professor is sure of the outcome!
Now it's time to wear the protective lenses and give it a spin.
Sample video. This is put here just to show how thw gears work.
Notice the coolness of the pumping piston, and the light-up furnace.
"Are you quite all right Sir?"
This little setback will not hinder progress! Little matters that the device is a potentially lethal alien abducting machine! Science demanded even greater sacrifices than this!
"Gzoorp nahaan! Lahaha nahaan!" (trans: "Die monster! Die kidnapper!")
"I'm a teacher, I've seen this happen before..."
...needless to say, these accidents quenched Prof. Lentz's enthusiasm more than a bit.
He never tried to operate the machine again.
But... there's no reason to waste a perfectly good steel hull!
Behold the Steam Tanksuit! Mark one!
No alien or human will scare the good professor into hiding anymore!
Safe into the cockpit of the most improbable among war machines! A real walking Ironclad...
... armed with a humungous flamethrower...
... and a gigantic saw!
Professor Lentz became rich with the Tanksuit series, and mech design will remain the favourite family business for centuries.
This is all for my MOColympics Round 3 entry!
And here is a link to my opponent's page... the amazing Dave Sterling!
NOTE #1: Prof. Lentz's name was inspired by 2 of my favourites visionaries: Hieronimous Bosch and MC Escher.
NOTE #2: alien Price appears after a "cool" from the original.
NOTE #3: No gears were harmed in the making of this MOC.
Note #4: Wow! I made it! And with about 100 brown pieces in all! (plus the tracks)
I know this was a big one to swallow, I hope you took the time :)
Comments are welcome!