7036 Dwarves' Mine Revamp . . For my Moc-off against TX-008 .
This MOC was one of my most difficult ones yet, and I probably spent longer on it than on any other MOC before. One point of difficulty was the size. It's larger than the set, which was already fairly big, so my revamp is about 60x40 studs, which is my largest MOC yet. Even not including the track bit that sticks out from both ends, it's still about 30x40 studs, which, compared to my other creations, is far from small.
The original set.
The mining tower, which, aside from the track, was the first part I built. The wheel was the trickiest part, as I didn't just want to use a one-piece wheel like in the set. My wheel is made from this, this, and this. The robot hands are clipped together to create a 3 stud long Lightsaber blade (they come in this color, but I do not have any). I tried using the 4 stud long Lightsaber blades, but they were too long and the string got caught on them.
Stonework on the side of the mine. Getting it to attach to the plates at the top and bottom was tricky; my eventual design revolved around the use of this and this.
Inside the mine. The set just used a BURP for the rocks here, which made the inside detail very limited. With my brick-built rocks, I tried to improve the interior of the mine.
The blacksmith's shop in front of the mine and some rockwork.
The middle building, with the doors and throne room.
The throne room from behind. Like the mine interior, the original set had very little detail in here. I made up for that lack of detail with a tiled floor and more interesting rockwork on the walls.
The side tower with catapult and chute.
Inside the bottom part. This part is basically a living area, and, like in the set, features a barrel and a stool.
Playability features! My revamp has all of the playability from the original set. When you spin the wheel on the top of the mine...
The bucket raises and lowers.
This bucket can be loaded here.
Move it along the tube to the chutes...
Where it can be dumped into the bucket below! The original set only has one chute, but I had to add a second one since the tube was not long enough to reach the lower chute, as my revamp is larger than the original set (in length and width it's about 10 studs larger, but in height it's the same size). It still works as well as the one in the original set, though, and the extra chute makes it much more fun!
The catapult is similar to the one in the original set, but the colors are more organized. Of course, it can fire.
The trolls attacking the mine. Rather than just have them loosely standing like in the set, I connected them on a base. Due to the irregular base shaping in my revamp, the base is attached to the end of the mine cart track with a plate hinge.
Thanks for viewing!