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Microscale Floating Island
A microscale floating island with airship!
About this creation
This is my entry for The Contest Group's Two-Week Microscale Contest. It is well within the 16x16 limit. The baseplate minus the airship is 10x10 (with 1 stud of overhang for the roots).

Comments are below their respective pictures.

The cover photo. I was inspired by Castle in the Sky, a 1986 Studio Ghibli anime film depicting Laputa (dubbed into English by Disney with the voice talents of Mark Hamill, Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, and Jim Cummings). I am also reading Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, the inspiration for the aforementioned film, for an AP Lit class, so I have been figuratively surrounded by floating islands for a while. I have been sitting on the idea for a microscale floating island for a while, and when I saw this contest, I knew what I was going to do immediately.

The roots. I got these pieces with 79001-1 Escape From Mirkwood Spiders. They were clamoring to be used. I saw a similar "roots hanging down" technique in the 2012 MOCOlympics used by Max Pointner in his beautiful Round 2 entry.

A side view.

Ah. One of my favorite shots focusing on the airship.

The airship itself. This was one of those afterthoughts that, honestly, makes the entire build a ton better. I saw that I had a trans-clear Trans-Clear Bar 1 x 8 with Brick 1 x 2 Curved Top End (Axle Holder Inside Small End) and I wanted to use it to make a bird or a dragon flying next to the island. I probably went through five or six microscale beasts, but none of them really stood out. While rooting through my minifig accessory box (which holds a lot more than minifig accessories, I can tell you that much. It's more like my "Hey, that's a cool piece" box) I came across the basket of Series 9's Little Red Riding Hood. Perfect. I immediately thought of a hot air balloon. Unfortunately, all the pieces I wanted to use were a wee bit small for the size of the basket. I do believe that black blur is my arm holding up the lamp used to light the scene on my living room floor. My dad was taking the picture.

So I went for something a little unconventional. I couldn't get a good way to attach the balloon to the basket. As you can see, I used a red notched technic axle to connect the two parts of the airship. As a result of the SNOT-y connection, there are still those four holes that usually let studs through that are empty. So I stuck the clips through those holes. Like I said, unconventional. But it certainly worked!

Without the airship.

A simple artistic shot showing the tree and roots.

The stone fixture. This was another last minute addition. At first I just had the tree, but the rest of the surface seemed empty. I went for a simple, enigmatic tomb. It had started as an elaborate Stonehenge-esque design, but I abandoned that for this simple tomb. It works well.

My parting shot. I must say I am very happy with how the grey/bley mixture in the rocks turned out. I tried to space out the bley/grey pretty evenly so there weren't any clumps. It looks more natural this way. You can also see the stand I used. A simple trans-clear antenna with two 3x3 trans-clear radar dishes attached to it.

Thanks for viewing! Good luck to the other contestants! Don't forget to rate it and leave a comment.


 I like it 
  January 19, 2013
Thank you for entering in the contest, your entry is one that stood out. Floating rocks are always a joy. I'll express more of my opinions through out the scores though, so let's get to them. Originality: 4/5 Floating rocks can be found a lot on MOCpages, but this is the first time I saw one in microscale. Also, it's nice that you gave credit to others for some of your designs or ideas. Very honorable. Presentation: 4/5 some of the side-stories are not too needed, but they are still very nice, and all those links can really help someone understand what you are talking about. Build/Quality: 9/10 The build is great to look at, and like you said, had you not added the airship or the tomb, the build would have been dry. Your use of pieces is also wonderful. The airship is a great example of how to use pieces in new ways. I don't see the basket as being to big at all though, to me, it is carrying more than the maximum capacity of a regular baloon. It has more of a blimp design anyway. Also, thanks for staying purist with that tree. While the autum colors have been made by side brands, there is something about it being officially a product of Lego that makes me happier. The rockwork could have been a bit better, but the way you connected the stand makes up for it. Nice entry, a total of 17/20.
 I like it 
  January 16, 2013
Nice! Colorful and interesting tree. Super airship design! :)
  January 15, 2013
Really creative part usage. Excellent airship! -LB Senior
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
That is really good! I like the colors for the tree! Nice job!
 I like it 
  January 15, 2013
That's a very creative MOC! I love the airship!
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