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TRON Race (1982)
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Microscale diorama of the lightcycles race in Tron (1982).
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This model was my participation for the Mi-Fi contest on Flickr. Finding the subject took some time, and after some basic checking that it wasn't déjà vu at this scale, I've started to build. There are four distinct elements in this build: the tiled floor, patterned walls, bikes and light trails.

All elements proved more difficult than I'd anticipated. First the lightcycles, after many attempts, I'm happy with the result, even (or maybe because) it involves two tricks: the front and the back are not connected, and you need a 1/3 height plate to level the front and the back. Such a brick doesn't exist, that's why I use a Wall Element / Panel 1x2x1 rotated 90° around its long axis and inserted into the floor. OK, look at the "in progress" picture, you'll understand. For the tiled floor, it's just a question of finding the right numbers (as usual) and get enough bricks with the same hue and age... which proved to be quite difficult. The color is of course wrong: in the movie, the race floor is purple; yes, you can check. Also, I didn't remember before, but there are patterns on the wall. The deadline was approaching, and I had no idea about how to do it, and really not enough black tiles to do it "mosaic like". So I ended up with this two layered wall... it looks OK, but it could be better. The light trails are upward tiles, simply laid out vertically, not connected to anything.

So basically, given the absence of connexions in the lightcycles and the light trails, the scene is very sensitive to the air movements, and of course everything falls apart if you knock it off inadvertently.

Regarding the pictures, I'm not happy with it: the focal is too short, the colors are off, wrong lighting, no lightbox, and the black is way too hard to capture correctly. I really have to try to do retakes before reclaiming the parts.

The choosen picture for the contest is there on Flickr, it didn't garner much attention and I quite understand why: the purple background was really a bad idea, and there's a screaming lack of depth of field on the front. Too bad.

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