Skoobhop's Folly . This creation is built for a MOCoff with Stuart Lucas in the “Out of Your Comfort Zone” contest; my assignment was to make a creation combining Steampunk and City. Enjoy! . People said it couldn’t be done…and that’s exactly why he did it…
Skoobhop is an aging gentleman dissatisfied with his life in the decaying city of Arcadia. Everywhere he looks, he sees despair and melancholy. But Skoobhop has a plan: saving all his coppers, he has re-built his house into a flying vessel of wonder. Coining his contraption “Skoobhop’s Folly in honor of his detractors, the daring pilot is ready to take to the skies and seek a new place to call home. So, hoist the anchor and start the engines! After all…adventure is out there!
Skoobhop contentedly smoking his pipe as he takes to the sky.
The Konkpressor 2000 engine and four-bladed propeller is the primary mode of lift for the structure; it is powered by a charcoal-pellet fueled furnace, providing excellent fuel economy and incredible power.
Twin Rolls Royce variable engines are used to provide directional control.
Hoist away the anchor!
A pair of vicious Black Hand officers cease their beating of a delirious Drunk to stare at the miracle of man-made flight.
Calm down, madame! It’s just a flying house, for heaven’s sake!
A steam-fitter on his way home from work can hardly believe his eyes.
Parker Pyne seems to approve of the enterprising chap’s flight…
One of Arcadia’s flame-lamps, powered by hot gasses from pipes deep within the ground.
Ruins and a skeleton are a grim reminder of the recent Havoc War, which destroyed much of Arcadia.
A seemingly abandoned house sits next to Skoobhop’s property.
Empty cups, jugs, and bottles reveal the Drunk’s favorite spot to forget the cares of this wretched world…
Beware falling debris!
The interior of Skoobhop’s house.
The helm, complete with comfy chair and instrument gauges.
The kitchen, with a small table, barreled provisions, and plenty of explorer gear.
The main engine removed form the house. My, is it big!
The Man of the Hour himself: Skoobhop!
When I got my assignment for this MOCoff, I decided to resist the urge to go the “easy” route and make a Steampunk City, which was the first thing that popped into my head. Instead, I decided to make something a little different; while the Floating Rock sub-category is definitely a mainstream theme amongst LEGO Steampunk builders, I wanted to try my hand at a relatively unknown sub-theme: Floating Houses. I drew heavy inspiration from Disney/Pixar’s movie “Up” , which I am a massive fan of. Overall, I am very pleased with the creation, although I do wish I had more pieces/time to make it a true masterpiece; work has been absolutely crazy lately (I'm a sales associate for the U.S. market chain Dollar General), and I barely had any time to build this creation. Still, I’m very pleased with it and I hope you are to. Best of luck to Mr. Lucas (who is a fabulous builder in his own right) and as always, may the best MOC win!
EDIT: After three grueling arounds of facing off against some really talented builders, this creation was declared the overall winner by the judges :D
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