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The Exodus . . Okay. So four months have passed since I posted something that wasn’t a WIP teaser pic. Finally, though, I have finished my most recent project and I couldn’t be happier to show it off. As I normally do, I would like to share the inspiration behind the build. And, as it normally is, it will be lengthy. So sit back and relax. Follow me here… So if you’ve ever sat around a campfire with a hippie, then you know that after you get past the staring at the stars wondering what it’s all about, the short little, made-up-on-the-spot folk songs accompanied by an endlessly repeated tune on a guitar, and the postulations of Goofy’s parentage, you get to the philosophizing about life. “When you’re born, you’re only given one promise, man.” Sound familiar? Well, in this case, it helped inspire this work, because it’s true, isn’t it? We’re only given one promise, one guarantee. It’s an easy concept: That which begins, must have an end. That is not only true with our lives, but with everything around us. The plants, the animals, even our planet. There are actually many possibilities that could lead to the end of life on this planet. The most obvious is the end of the sun. Even the AGING of the sun will eventually make this planet so hot it will be unlivable. Maybe we’ll destroy Earth. We pollute it constantly, (don’t get me wrong, I am no environmentalist), we are constantly digging and mining and drilling, which, there are some that say, is throwing the tectonics of the planet into a frenzy, and there are some that say that if all the nuclear devices that exist on Earth were detonated at once, it would throw the planet off its orbit. Think about that for a moment…OFF ITS ORBIT. Yikes. Furthermore, there are factors existing outside the atmospheric borders of this planet that may play a role. Impact events, for instance. A large enough celestial object smacking into the side of our planet could end life that very instant. Scientists are now tracking an enormous space rock that will, apparently, in about sixteen years, pass by Earth at a distance less than that of the distance to the moon. I know, sounds far away, right? Unless you think about trajectory and point of origin, and maybe even factor in the effect of Jupiter’s gravity. Thinking about all that, the difference in trajectory from the point of origin, (assuming, of course, that we are talking millions upon millions of miles away, which we are), between a near miss and a devastating impact event is infinitesimal. In the most far-fetched, (but undeniably possible), scenario, we encounter an alien species that is less than friendly, and in the kindest gesture they’re capable of, wipes human life right off the surface of this planet. Yeesh. That’s about as doomsday as I’ve ever been. Here’s the point. Humans can’t live here forever. We can’t dispute it. There are many astronomers and astrophysicists that are trying to figure out a way to put a colony on Mars. They already know that the chances of failure are just as good, (if not better), than success. So why do it? Simple discovery? No. It’s because they know it, too. We are eventually going to need a new home. “Where is this going, Tim?” Wait. I’m getting there. The other inspiration came from, of all places, the Classic Space Pocket Money Set Contest put on by the Davids. In that contest I built three MOCs that dealt with setting a planet up for habitation by a displaced civilization. If you saw my Undiri MOC, then you know that I went through a period of my life trying to write a book. The Department of Planetary Occupation and Civilization Relocation was a concept in that book. I had already decided to cut it out, considering it had little relevance to the story, but it was there. It included the human race being moved to a new planet, which we dubbed Secondearth. My contest entry featured MOCs that help prepare the planet, but, I asked myself, how to get the people, namely us, to our new home? Here is my answer to that question. This is my largest build to date, measuring in at about 126 studs. May I present, The Exodus, my first SHIP. Let’s have a look, shall we? I had so much fun editing the main pic, that I may have gotten a bit carried away with GIMP. Well, I enjoyed myself anyway. I was especially pleased with how the larger engines turned out on this. I think of them as the hyperboosters. They assist the main propulsion in reaching light speed. I decided to leave the rest of the shots raw, so you can see the rest of the build. Namely, that super ugly stand. Oh well, I wasn't actually considering a visually pleasing stand an objective. I realized after I posted this that I neglected to include my reference photo. In all fairness, it gave me a lot of ideas on the basic shape, but the photo doesn't give much in the way of small details, so I had to take that one on without help. I actually set up the main pic to look a bit like the reference photo in tribute. The Exodus was blogged here: BrickNerd The Brothers Brick Thanks for checking it out. Let me know what you think.

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