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Sentry Outpost of Gliese 876 . A microscale exercise in curves, circles, proportions, and multiples of three. . This creation started with a post from Eggy Pop on cleaning yellowed white bricks . I spent a couple of weeks sorting and cleaning all those bricks from my childhood that I had been avoiding in my current creations. When they were all cleaned, I felt they needed to be used for a cool creation. My initial idea was some sort of cylindrical shaped base on which I planned to add all kinds of details. It quickly became an opportunity to try new and difficult techniques in a free flowing creation. I stocked up on 1x1 translucent red tiles which I felt accented the white nicely. I began with the large circular shaped central section, and went up from there. Once the top section was finished, I added the support struts and finally the red land mass and the vehicles. Here is the creation in it's first public display at Brickworld. These are the only full-body shots I could get because of the height. The rest of the shots were taken in the light box I received in December and haven't put to use until now. These details are of the central section and the three small towers. This tower used lots of fun techniques and I really liked the way it turned out. It is one of the three objects suspended off the base by small round platforms. It turned out to be really heavy, but it still held on. As with most parts of the MOC, it slipped into place on guides (no brick to brick connection). The second suspended element resembles Wolverine's claws to me. I imagined them as smaller living quarters. I really enjoyed experimenting with snot (studs not on top) work in this creation. The communication array was the last of the three suspended elements that I built. It provided a fun challenge to try to include the Carousel fabric pieces. These three towers were intended to rotate, I hid the gear work in the sandwiched section of the large round base. Alas, when the motor was attached, they spun way too fast and I'm not advanced enough yet to be able to gear something like that down. Oh well, maybe next time. The hardest part of the whole build was making these towers three sided. It involved a 2x2 round brick, 2 round single stud plates and a jumper-plate on both the top and bottom of the towers. Almost every time I had to move this thing one of the towers would fall apart. The struts provided a great opportunity to try using the arch pieces a different way. You can also see the undercarriage of the center section which was to hide the motor and battery box. These three sections are merely placed atop each other; no bricks are connected. I've been studying other builders' presentations more, and some sort of land formation seemed important to anchor the build. The space car was one of those little details that I love to see in other MOCs. I love some of the vintage looking rockets I've seen around, and this was a fun one to make. As with the car, I carried the idea of multiples of three into the vehicles. This was a really fun project and as I was working on it I found out that this year's theme for Brickworld was "Bricks in Space". I thought this would be a perfect addition and the title refers to the closest known planet to Earth outside our solar system. Unfortunately, this sat next to the Batcave at BW, and garnered almost no attention (with the exception of Keith Goldman, who seemed to really like it). Overshadowed by my own work, the irony. I did love using the light box to photograph; it made editing the pictures almost minimal. Tune in next time, same bat-time, same bat-channel for an update on the Batcave at Brickworld!


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