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MocOlympics Round 6: Stuart Delahay Vs Tom Remy . Oh the weather outside is frightful…… . Compliance to rules Here’s Tom! Category: Storm of the Century: Build us a moc showing nature at her worst! Is it a hurricane, a blizzard, a tornado? Any natural disaster you wish. It MUST be an actual type of disaster. No “acid rain” melting the buildings or anything like that (that was a different category). Well we were supposed to build a single MOC, but how to get lots of natural disaster in there? Of course! It’s the Grim Reaper with his wheel of misfortune! Who knows what will affect your day? Let’s spin the wheel. The Reaper cares not who, where or what disaster befalls them. Merely that he is there as always to bring in the harvest….. The wheel is operated by a 1 Stu-power motor, fuelled by chocolate hob-nobs and tea. Sorry for no video, I ran out of time to do a lot of stuff I wanted to because of work commitments. While not having the immediacy of a tornado or a blizzard, drought can cause as much lasting harm to large regions simply through a deficiency in water supply. Crops fail, livestock die, people slip into famine conditions or flee in mass migrations. The economy will suffer, along with healthcare and agriculture and education. An unrelenting drought can scour a developing region clean. A Tornado, a violently rotating column of air connecting the ground to the clouds. Forming from thunderstorms and with wind speeds up to 300 mph, these towering formations cut swathes through the landscapes on which they touch down, tearing apart all but the strongest structures and leaving shredded debris in their wake. As seen in Japan a couple of years ago and the Indian Ocean in 2004 the damage caused by tidal waves usually goes hand-in-hand with seismic activity which causes further damage and disruption alongside the wave impact and flooding. The displacement of water required to cause Tsunami can also be from underwater explosions, glacier slippage or even a meteor strike. A Volcano, because it’s not just the weather that can ruin your day. Formed where magma, gas and ash escape the planet’s crust, the effects of even a single eruption can be far-ranging and devastating. Lava will scour the landscape, volcanic gases and ash can poison what has not been burnt. Erupting debris, geysers, earthquakes, lightning and other effects can continue the destruction and large or consistent eruptions could even bring about a volcanic winter, lowering the temperature of the whole planet. Lightning. A massive electrostatic discharge caused by imbalances in the atmosphere. Lightning is the sniper of deadly natural conditions, picking off individuals rather than thousands at a time. But it strikes 40-50 times per second globally and results in an average of 24,000 worldwide fatalities every year and ten times as many injuries. A blizzard is not just a snowstorm. Characterised by high winds and low temperatures, a blizzard can shut whole regions down. Reduced visibility and drifting make transport and infrastructure suffer for days and accidents, exposure and hypothermia add to the death toll. 4th Wall/ Notes No long story this time - It was a relief to not have to set up 30 different photos! I lost a lot of the last week to work, which was unavoidable but really frustrating. Most of what is built here was done in the first few nights then I didn't get back to the bricks until I had a few hours tonight! I know Tom is in the same situation and I just wish i had time to fully finish this to do justice to a semi final and to him - the mechanism at the back for spinning the wheel has a linkage at the other side which was meant to connect to a larger, moving Grim Reaper. Unfortunately this is one of several ideas that got trimmed away in an effort to post anything. I'm proud to have got to this point, would love to get into the final but suspect real life has cost me the chance to put up a decent fight against Tom. Good luck to Tom, a really good builder and excellent competitor who I wasn’t aware of prior to this year’s contest but who has shown great imagination, skill and humour throughout. Thanks again to Chris, Chris Roach, Sebeus, Cody, Paul, Shannon, Mark and MOODswim for their judging. Thanks also to Bryan and the Brickworld Team, Dave Kaleta and Yuri Fassio for their prize sponsorship this year. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and this couldn’t happen without all of you. Thanks for looking.


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