M.O Round 3 P.Voranc vs George G Doomsday . . Category:
Macroscale forced perspective: A forced perspective category but with a little twist. Build a forced perspective scene where the foreground is larger than minifig scale. The background may be any size you want (including minifig scale if you wish).
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Upon seeing this I thought to myself: “Well, I’m in trouble…” This was my first (but definitely not the last) try at forced perspective. I knew I had countless possibilities of what to build, but this isn’t always a good thing… Nevertheless I made a choice fairly quickly- I wanted to make a detailed macroscale natural environment, some airplanes again, and put something interesting in the background to create the illusion of the large ‘battlefield’. I didn’t have much time to build it, but I still experimented with different angles and various scale options a little bit. The moment I decided to build a what-if doomsday scene I knew that a large nuclear mushroom cloud was a must for the background. And so were the mushrooms a must for the foreground- to make a comparison between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ (using the word ‘ugly’ is up to you… :D) Well, it’s true that mushrooms can be poisonous and deadly too, but with proper knowledge and caution, you can always find those that will bring satisfaction to you. But we have to prevent people from thinking that the other type of ‘mushrooms’ can be good and useful too…
The whole creation consists of approximately four ‘layers’: The foreground with mushrooms, moss and other plants, then the trees that can be seen further downhill, the two airplanes and finally the mushroom cloud with the city at the coast in the background. That Soviet interceptor is there to enhance the depth illusion and is preparing to attack the British couple...
You’ve probably heard that the only living things that would survive a nuclear war would be cockroaches. Even though that is not true, I decided to add one nice, fat cockroach, which just happened to leave the cellar of a Russian dacha. Stereotypes everywhere… :D Well, what is true is the fact that cockroaches and many types of insects are more resistant to ionizing radiation because their cells don’t divide that much between molting cycles. Cells are most susceptible to damage by ionizing radiation when they are dividing, so the humans suffer more in this case. Cockroaches can also survive higher doses of radiation, but if they were exposed for a longer period of time, the fate of their species would be just as dark as ours.
A Soviet badge from WW 2 era, lost by a fallen soldier, a reminder of conflict, that apparently hasn’t taught us much. The piece of metal is now just a playground for ants. It was quite fun to build it, and I find its symbolic meaning important for this MOC.
The British Aircraft Corporation TSR-2 is one of my favorite warplanes. It was developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s as a strike and reconnaissance aircraft for RAF. Only one prototype flew and test flights revealed that it wouldn’t meet the stringent original design specifications. Nevertheless it was still one (if not the most) advanced aircraft at the time, and would be a great addition to numerous air forces worldwide. It was designed to fly at high altitudes at very high speed, and then penetrate a well-defended forward battle area at low altitudes at speed around Mach 0.95, and then attack high-value targets in the rear with nuclear or conventional weapons. The program was scrapped due to rising costs and political views, in favor of purchasing the F-111- only to end up filling the gap with Bucaneers and Phantoms, and finally building the Panavia Tornado.
Ain’t she a beauty…? TSR-2 is in my opinion one of the most elegant airplanes ever built.
Radar and landing gear bay.
Bomb bay with a single free falling nuclear bomb.
English Electric Lightning still holds the title of the only all-British Mach 2 capable fighter, and was also the first in the world capable of supercruise. It first flew in year 1954, when Cold War was getting hotter and hotter. It was also known for its great climb rate, but was quite soon surpassed by other airplanes with improved avionics and newer technological solutions. Nevertheless, it was still exceptionally fast, and proved to be the only interceptor in a group of carefully selected Western fighter aircraft, capable of overtaking a Concorde in a special test mission. It is depicted here in an attractive color scheme with standard RAF roundels of that era.
Rear view, just for fun...
The nuclear blast and the devastated city.
A shot I made in broad daylight…
I depicted the TSR-2 in the original anti-flash scheme with pale roundels, just flying out of the battlefield area after bombing a Soviet coastal city. In real combat that wouldn’t be very likely to happen, because that was meant to be the role of ballistic submarines, V-bombers and stationary ballistic missiles, but necessity is the mother of invention…
Here you can hopefully feel like being a small observer in the forest... Have you noticed the lazy worm?
Some photos from different angles.
And a quote by Sydney Camm to sum it all up:
“All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics. TSR-2 simply got the first three right.”
Have fun and good luck to my opponent too, may the best MOCer win!