My entry for the MocOlympics: Round 1 in the Steampunk category. I call it the Steampunk Garage.
About this creation
MocOlympics Round 1: Steampunk.
My young but indomitable opponent: C.Q. Finn
Dear Man Journal,
It is I, Stanley Steinpuck, writing to you once again. I am nearing the end of my three-year journey around the globe. Now, in the year 1874, I am almost ready to write my memoirs, humbly titled, “The Impressive Works of Man in the Field of Steam-Powered Inventions, as described by the Superb World Traveler, Stanley Steinpuck.” I have seen great wonders, from steam-powered tractors, to airships, to even robots and pipe-organs. But here, in the heartland of America, steam power has taken a new twist: racing.
Stanley: “Ah, here’s my benevolent host, Michael Ulysses.”
Michael: “Greeting, Stanley. Shall we get started?”
Stanley: “I noticed this forge when I came in. I guess you could say you’re ‘forging a new path forward.’ Maybe I could even add, ‘you’re burning with desire to race.’ Or how about-“
Michael: “Can we be done with bad puns for now?”
Stanley: “Ok. Show me some steam power.”
Michael: “This here’s the lift operator. I pull the lever, and the lift raises.”
Stanley: “Great. Does ‘lever’ rhyme with ‘beaver’ or ‘never’?”
Michael: “I never know. Keep moving.”
Michael: “Here’s the heart of the beast. Coal is burning in the furnace, creating steam in the tank above it. The steam is stored in the barrel, and can be used to push the piston.”
Stanley: “Coal, huh? That’s pretty dirty.”
Michael: “Coal’s the future. My brother thinks we should invest in oil, but I keep having to tell him, ‘Coal’s the future.’ He’s kind of a bonehead like that. Oh, here he comes now, with the cars.”
Stanley: “These cars fill me with awe! What’s this piece here do? Does it somehow radiate heat away from the furnace?”
Michael: “No, that’s just an old window. We stuck it on there because it looks good.”
Stanley: “This car looks a lot different from the other ones.”
Michael: “No kidding. This beast here’s a four-cylinder. That means it has four cylindrical barrels, compared to two on the other cars. It’s also got a bigger piston, for greater displacement, thus greater power.”
Stanley: “Say, how fast do these horses go?”
Michael: “Well, technically they’re horseless, but we’ve clocked them around 25 miles per hour. Some folks get sick to their stomachs at such speeds, but we’re pretty extreme around here.
Stanley: “Is a demonstration in order?”
Michael: “No. But we’ll pose them for you outside.”
Stanley: “Just one more question for you. Why is your garage such a…how to put this delicately…such a dilapidated disheveled disaster?”
Michael: “Simple. We go where no one wants to be, so no one will bother us.”
Stanley: “Who are you avoiding?”
Michael: “Oh, just the usuals. Family, mainly. A few maniacal fans, I guess, too.”
Stanley: “Well, thanks for your time, gentlemen.”
Michael: “My pleasure, Stanley.”
Dear Man Journal,
My time with the steam-powered race cars is over, but I will never forget them. Nor will I ever get rid of the coal dust that has wormed its way into my utmost creases. Now I will depart, and begin my lifelong goal of documenting this world-changing revolution: harnessing the power of steam in new and creative ways!
Compiler’s Note: Stanley Steinpuck was sadly never to publish his “Man Journal.” His life tragically ended in a vat of steam during a midnight experiment in steam-powered flashlights. His named lived on, however. It became corrupted to “Steampunk,” a descriptive term for the era of steam-powered contraptions, most of which have faded from history to fiction. Additionally, his name was the inspiration for a brand of powerful yet lightweight vacuum cleaners, the Stanley Steamer brand. But you knew that, of course.
Wes’ notes: This creation was inspired by Sir Nadroj’s “Steampunk Swamp Raid,” which took an Agents set and turned it into Steampunk Agents. I was thinking of the Custom Car Garage when I made this scene, although the similarities are fewer here than with Sir Nadroj’s work.
As always, I owe photo credit to my dear wife, Nichole. This time, the kids were dumping soil out of a pot and coating their legs with it, while the baby was crying. I’m not kidding. She managed to keep herself together, finish the photo shoot (to an admirable quality), and then got herself all the way to her pillow before she totally started screaming.
Unbelievably awesome! I like every single detail at this great MOC, just a high quality work again from you, congrats.
I like it
August 23, 2009
Excellent work! An new and different twist on the Steampunk genre. I love the detail of the garage interior and the vehicles are really fantastic little builds themselves. The backstory ties it all together into a fantastic MOC. Good luck!
I like it
August 23, 2009
If I was I judge, you'd be going onto round 2 the minute I saw the pics.Love the detail you put into it.It looks very steampunk-ish.
(didn't look at it yet, waiting till judging) Just so you know, Reek is dropping out. I found you a new opponent, Finn C-Q (you can read the whole "issue" in the drop out thread of the group). You don't have to change your post information if you don't want to. Finn has until the deadline to post. Good luck Wes and I'll come back and comment for judging. ~ Chris.