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2015 MOCathalon Team Plastic Surgeons: LEGOrrery
6) Astronomical: Since the dawn of time, humans have been fascinated with the universe and what it might hold. For this category, build something relating to the study of astronomy. For example, Galileo's telescope, a model of the solar system, or even a brick-built planet. There is room for a lot of creativity here, but make sure you don't build anything Sci-fi, futuristic, or non-scientific related.
About this creation
Plastic Surgeons
2015 MOCathalon

Alrighty folks, it's an orrery. Weird to pronounce but fun to play with. Essentially it is a working model of the solar system showing celestial mechanics and the relationship of one planet to the other. An ancient device, although not correct until Copernicus decided he'd make a big ol' stink with empirical data and facts and stuff, used as a visual learning tool to imagine a whole lotta big out there.

None of the orreries ever made have been correct or accurate as the effects of gravity and other theoretical forces can never all be accounted for.

Mine is no exception.

I'll explain along the way.

Enjoy?






Here we have left to right Mars, Saturn, Venus, Neptune (barely), and Mercury. The big yellow thing in the middle is the sun, but I figured that you worked that one out for yourself.





Here we see Mercury, Neptune, Earth and her moon, and Jupiter.





Earth and the moon. Dull kinda place, but there are water slides.





Oh beauty, eh? Earth, moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars(behind the black arm next to the sun. Still Life with Woodpecker only it's a big red planet for all you Tom Robbins fans out there.), Neptune, Jupiter, and Uranus (teehee.) And yes, that is indeed a CS radar on top.





Here's a shot showing the twins, Neptune and Uranus (teehee), and Jupiter.





Thanks Obama!





The whole Enchilada!

What better place for a classic astronomical device than in Classic Space? I know, right?!?





TOWAH O' POWAH!!!

Okay kids, now we can begin the lesson. First of all, in order to build an orrery, you will need a structural column. Inside that column, you will need a shaft to power Mercury as that is where all the torque will start. Think of it like trying to turn over your car engine by pushing it in fifth gear. Uphill. With a headwind. Ain't gonna happen. So you'll have to power it from the top down.





Transference of energy. Said torque from above turns the dark bley differentials since they are the only Lego element that can have the support shaft/axle run through the center while still turning at different rates per planet. Ya still with me? The black arms clamp against the diff to extend out and support the planets from the central shaft.





Here. This will show you what I had to do. The whole thing works by turning the sun. That then turns the fixed gears which then turn the diff. Now here's where it gets tricky. The reduction must be built into the next step and so on and so on. This is at approximately a 3:1 ratio. For every three revolutions of Mercury around the sun, Venus makes one.

Brace yourself, here comes the math.

That means that Mercury makes nine revolutions for Earth to make one. Exponents. Neat! So if you extrapolate this out to the end, that means that Mercury must make two thousand one hundred and eighty seven revolutions for Neptune to make a single revolution. Whew!





Here's the detail of the gearing and arm with Mercury.





Looks pretty simple, doesn't it? THAT'S 'CAUSE I MADE IT SIMPLE!!!

You're welcome!

Lego only has three gears that can work in tandem with each other in the holes of a technic brick/arm. The dark bley differential can only use two sizes and only with each other. No help there. But the ratio achieved outweighs the other headaches created. I now see Lego gears in my sleep, or lack thereof. Thanks Obama!





And the arm with the counterbalance (That lesson is next. yippee.) Mercury here is very light weight, not too much of a hassle; Neptune on the other hand, as well as all the other gas giants, required the Lego boat weights inside the balancers. Heavy duty. (teehee)





Now disregard all that as it means absolutely nothing.

Practicality now steps up to the plate. How do you make this evil monkey work? As you can see, the geometry is fairly straight forward. What isn't so apparent is that by the time you get to Jupiter, you are now travelling the support arm at thirty two studs. All on a single Lego axle!

Enter the counterweights. Those big black masses out the other side of the arms are weighted to balance the extension of the arm plus the axles extending up to hold the planets at the right height and the planets themselves. Even a little element that far out need a lot to counter it. And unfortunately the outer planets happen to be the biggest ones. Thanks Obama!





Now take all that info and throw it away as well because you cannot account for the natural flex of Lego as it is just plastic (Probably why orreries are usually made of metal. That's my theory anyways.)

But in spite of there being VERY close tolerances and a heavy reliance upon a weak material as well as a pounding headache, it actually works. All the planets revolve around the sun. Happily.

Thankfully I have neither the time nor the patience to rotate Mercury over two thousand times to see what happens when all the planets line up. Just know that it has always been a bad omen, I now have a specific reason as to why.









But here's a link to the video that shows it in motion as even explaining it makes my head hurt again. YAHTZEE!












So on that note, I'll just walk away.





I think I'll ignore my red buddy over there as he yells to me asking where the pipe wrench is.

Don't say Uranus, don't say Uranus.





Maybe there's still some hot coffee on the Explorer. Yeah, coffee sounds nice. Turn on a little Creedence and drink some hot coffee.

Yeah. Coffee and Creedence.




Fourth wall (I'm certain of this fact as I keep hitting my head against it.):

MY BRAIN HURTS!!!

Allow me a moment to pass on a bit of advice to any of you out there with the slightest inkling of doing one of these: DON'T!!! Seriously! Go find another project to do as this one will drive you insane. The math, the geometry, the fact that Lego only comes in three basic gears that work with each other on a technic arm, and the pure frustration of taking all those calcumalations and throwing them out the window as no one can factor in the natural bend of ABS when stretched over 64 studs! jeeesh.

And why did humans develop WITHOUT a prehensile tail?!? Building this with only two hands is beyond the laws of sanity. Thanks Obama!

And yet in spite of my mad ramblings, I'm still pretty jacked that it worked and looked as good as it did. Additionally, this was my first foray into editing out the background. Anyways, I want to thank the judges for another awesome category, I just wish I would have done something less complicated. I want to again thank my teammates, although I'm way too burned out on this thing to take any input at all. Sorry guys.

And by the way, I did attempt to motorize this in case anyone was wondering. The results were a bit on the catastrophic side. Entertaining for a brief moment though, but still disastrous. ;)

GO PLASTIC SURGEONS!!!


I need some ibuprofen.



Comments

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  April 14, 2015
Quoting Stuart Lucas I saw this when you originally posted it but decided to wait until I had time to comment at leisure.... which I now do. Like, wow! This is another one of those occasions when you take an idea to its logical extreme, and the result is truly jaw-dropping (6 layers of forced perspective, Rube Goldberg machine, etc.) Being an armchair astronomy fan I loved that you decided to build this in the timescale of the MOCathalon, and even more that you managed to make it work! A very impressive feat of Lego engineering. Now, if you could just fit lights inside all the planets and film it going in the dark.... Just kidding :-) Hats off to you for this and well done to the Plastic Surgeons fro a very strong showing ın the MA!
Thank you Stuart! I love being an armchair astronomer as well. It's especially nice without the light pollution of a big city at an elevation of 6000 feet. I have a wicked cool telescope waiting for me to extend our deck beyond the roof line, can't wait to see if my digital camera can do nighttime time lapses. As far as your assessment of a "logical" extreme, I would be more inclined to classify it more as an "insane" extreme. And I'm not sure exactly why I choose the short timeframe of the MAs in which to do them. More concrete proof of insanity I guess. ;) I actually love the idea of the lights, perhaps when the contraption is motorized. God help me, I'm actually considering redoing this monster. More proof! Thanks again, Stuart.
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  April 14, 2015
I saw this when you originally posted it but decided to wait until I had time to comment at leisure.... which I now do. Like, wow! This is another one of those occasions when you take an idea to its logical extreme, and the result is truly jaw-dropping (6 layers of forced perspective, Rube Goldberg machine, etc.) Being an armchair astronomy fan I loved that you decided to build this in the timescale of the MOCathalon, and even more that you managed to make it work! A very impressive feat of Lego engineering. Now, if you could just fit lights inside all the planets and film it going in the dark.... Just kidding :-) Hats off to you for this and well done to the Plastic Surgeons fro a very strong showing ın the MA!
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  April 12, 2015
Quoting Tim C Holy science project, Matt! It was my understanding there would be no math. You never cease to amaze me. Not only can you build cool things out of LEGO...not only do you have the patience to do all the complicated math it takes to create something like this...but you can also impart enough information to bore us all to death while peppering it with terms like Uranus and shaft to make us giggle like children. About halfway through reading, I was silently criticizing you for not throwing a single token "duty" at your readers...BUT WAIT! It's in there, too. Not a detail missed. I even watched your video on Flickr and you had CCR rockin in the background. Nice touch. It's good compensation for making my tongue fall out trying to say orrery. All that said, this is quite a feat. I'm amazed you had the time to work it all out for a contest, and found the time left over to build the CS features and Pluto gravesite, which, by the by, gave me a good chuckle. Really nice work, man.
Thank you Tim, that was definitely worth the wait! :D I only wish that I could completely impart the frustration I went through building this monkey. This was the final product, the previous models proved even more complex than this. And more frustrating. The gearing and transfer were not meant for Lego. I am, however, god knows why, considering improving on this design. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. It will also allow me to use the terms "shaft", "duty", and of course "Uranus" once more. Win, win! XD Hopefully I won't have to fire through those rusty neurons regarding that whole math thing I gave up way back in high school. There ain't enough whisky to venture back to those calculus days. Although, with this one as late as it was when I was posting, the whisky was helping quite a bit. ;) Thanks again, Tim. Always love to bore you. XD
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  April 12, 2015
Quoting Graham Gidman Just. Wow.
Thank you Graham!
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  April 11, 2015
Just. Wow.
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  April 11, 2015
Quoting Tim C Welp, my comment is stuck in moderation, so while you wait, I just want to say "heliocentricity," which is a word I know. XD
Witchcraft! Somebody git a torch and call P. Andrei to see if he can spare a pitchfork or two. :D I'll wait, but I refuse to enjoy it! Even with your heretical proclamations. ;)
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  April 11, 2015
Welp, my comment is stuck in moderation, so while you wait, I just want to say "heliocentricity," which is a word I know. XD
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  April 10, 2015
Holy science project, Matt! It was my understanding there would be no math. You never cease to amaze me. Not only can you build cool things out of LEGO...not only do you have the patience to do all the complicated math it takes to create something like this...but you can also impart enough information to bore us all to death while peppering it with terms like Uranus and shaft to make us giggle like children. About halfway through reading, I was silently criticizing you for not throwing a single token "duty" at your readers...BUT WAIT! It's in there, too. Not a detail missed. I even watched your video on Flickr and you had CCR rockin in the background. Nice touch. It's good compensation for making my tongue fall out trying to say orrery. All that said, this is quite a feat. I'm amazed you had the time to work it all out for a contest, and found the time left over to build the CS features and Pluto gravesite, which, by the by, gave me a good chuckle. Really nice work, man.
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  April 3, 2015
Quoting Max Pointner The moon is supposed to spin around the earth. 5 points.
I'll get right on that. ;) Brilliant! Thank you Max!
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  April 3, 2015
The moon is supposed to spin around the earth. 5 points.
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  April 2, 2015
Quoting gid617 (Kai NRG) This is astonishing, so much math to say the very least... ;P Great job on all the little planets and the inclusion of a Pluto gravestone is the icing on the cake!
Thank you Gid! Yes, hooray math. XP XD Yeah, I was extremely pleased with how well the planets actually turned out for their size. Especially Pluto. ;)
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  April 2, 2015
This is astonishing, so much math to say the very least... ;P Great job on all the little planets and the inclusion of a Pluto gravestone is the icing on the cake!
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  March 23, 2015
Quoting Marc dZ That is mostly impressive just for the idea to create an Orrery in Lego. Brilliantly made. Hope your headache has gone since... Love your sense of humor and your bravery. Because you needed some.
Thank you Marc! Yeah, the headache is mostly gone, still have a couple more builds to throw down so we'll see which direction the migraine migrates. ;) Humor + bravery = insanity. I win! XD
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  March 23, 2015
That is mostly impressive just for the idea to create an Orrery in Lego. Brilliantly made. Hope your headache has gone since... Love your sense of humor and your bravery. Because you needed some.
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  March 22, 2015
Quoting Alex Jean Wow I think the idea is awesome but it could be a little more good looking, those are some distracting big black arms, they kinda draw attention away from the planets which are pretty small. Otherwise I love it!
Thank you Alex! I'm afraid that physics trumps aesthetics in this case. If the planets were any larger, then the black arm counter balancers would be even larger to still make the entire mechanism work. This is the most efficient economy of motion for this bit of complexity. Besides, the category called for the focus to be on the instrument rather than any garnishing.
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  March 22, 2015
Wow I think the idea is awesome but it could be a little more good looking, those are some distracting big black arms, they kinda draw attention away from the planets which are pretty small. Otherwise I love it!
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  March 18, 2015
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 genius!
Thank you Frank! :D
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  March 18, 2015
genius!
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  March 16, 2015
Quoting Nick Barrett Properly technical, just the way I like 'em! There are ways to combine the older and newer gear sizes with half stud offsets and funky angles etc. but that would have possibly created more problems than it solved... as for those diffs, surely these would have made life easier: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6542. A little late now, I know. Still, this is the kind of thing I can think about for hours and you've done brilliantly to make it work.
Thank you Nick! I actually use the 16t gears and offset holes as anchor points for the diff and central axle. I tried with that clutch gear to rotate about the axle but the diff allowed me to simplify the gearing while still allowing the smallest arm possible AND transfer of power. The numerous gear combos I tried kept adding height to an already very tall build. So, in the end the simple 3:1 reduction gave me enough variation and still allowed for structure. I've seen other Lego orreries that are single planetary builds that must ride on a wheel for support; and when they aren't one planet, they are only four max. My compulsion insisted on all eight, which compounded the variables of weight, length, height, flex, and support. And primary drive. In sincere honesty, I was indeed thinking, "Now, how would Nick do it?" ;)
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  March 16, 2015
Properly technical, just the way I like 'em! There are ways to combine the older and newer gear sizes with half stud offsets and funky angles etc. but that would have possibly created more problems than it solved... as for those diffs, surely these would have made life easier: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6542. A little late now, I know. Still, this is the kind of thing I can think about for hours and you've done brilliantly to make it work.
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  March 16, 2015
Quoting Tom Remy Ok, I had started drawings to build something like that, but I guess I'll follow your advice and NOT do this! Fantastic creation, and loved to hear Born On The Bayou in the back of the video :D Edit. I don't know what's wrong with this comment, first it goes to the bottom of the page, then my rating disappears... Fixed!
Yeah, Mocpages is on a bender. ;) All my replies are scattered about the section. But they're all there. Now it's an added adventure to find 'em. XD
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  March 16, 2015
Ok, I had started drawings to build something like that, but I guess I'll follow your advice and NOT do this! Fantastic creation, and loved to hear Born On The Bayou in the back of the video :D Edit. I don't know what's wrong with this comment, first it goes to the bottom of the page, then my rating disappears... Fixed!
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Kenji ! HOW do you make these MOC's so quickly?!?! (Great job!)
Thank you Kenji! Minions. ;)
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Mister Hashtag Absolutely mental work!! (That's a good thing :P)
Thank you Hashtag! Mental is right, good and bad. ;)
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  March 15, 2015
HOW do you make these MOC's so quickly?!?! (Great job!)
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  March 15, 2015
Absolutely mental work!! (That's a good thing :P)
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Nate Andrews (in a Brian Regan voice) "THE YELLOW ONE IS THE SUUUUUN!!!" Anybody? No? Okay, nevermind. Superb work on what must've been a very difficult build! You get extra awesomeness points for clever parts usage on all the different planets. I totally lost it when I saw the tombstone for Pluto.
"Yeah, breakin' some new ground there, Copernicus." XD Love Brian! Thank you Nate! I thought about using that in the intro but figured that ABSOLUTELY NO ONE would get it. I was wrong. ;) And "very difficult build" isn't even the half of it. o_O
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  March 15, 2015
Here... just take it... take your 5 points! (Gonna make it RAIN points up in here) ~Chris.
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  March 15, 2015
Genius!
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  March 15, 2015
Poor Obama.
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  March 15, 2015
This is just... insane. The sheer complexity is just mind-boggling. Probably the most complex moc I've seen on MOCpages.
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Tureaglin Naugellon This is just... insane. The sheer complexity is just mind-boggling. Probably the most complex moc I've seen on MOCpages.
Thank you Tureaglin! (wow, is that a family name? XD) Insane is spot on. Complex, mind-boggling are absolutely correct. ;)
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Charles Howley Poor Obama.
Yeah, love saying that for everything; just rolls off the tongue. XD Thank you Charles!
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Elk Guard Genius!
Thank you Elk! Mad genius. ;)
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  March 15, 2015
Quoting Chris Phipson Here... just take it... take your 5 points! (Gonna make it RAIN points up in here) ~Chris.
Well, yeah. ;) Awesomesauceygoodness! Thank you Chris!
  March 14, 2015
(in a Brian Regan voice) "THE YELLOW ONE IS THE SUUUUUN!!!" Anybody? No? Okay, nevermind. Superb work on what must've been a very difficult build! You get extra awesomeness points for clever parts usage on all the different planets. I totally lost it when I saw the tombstone for Pluto.
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Stephan Niehoff Uhhhhh, i love it Matt.
Thank you Stephan! I do too. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Matt Bace Wow, just, wow.... This is the first one of these I've seen in LEGO, and, given the troubles you had, probably the last. You definitely grabbed the bull by both horns with this challenge. Congratulations on another epic and awe-inspiring build.
Thank you Matt! That bull put up a good fight too, I may be scarred for life. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Lando L. Jackson Looks great, Matt! I can imagine the amount of thinking that went into this and I would just like to say: thank you for the sacrifice.
Thank you Lando! The things I do. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting David Alexander Smith Now my desktop image. I learned good too from you.
Thank you David! Better than any awards or accolades. ;) And here endeth the lesson.
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti You built the Solar system in 4 days! Your a Lego God! Ok maybe a lessor deity. Ha ha ha! This is incredible! I love how you made Jupiter, right down to the red eye. Gorgeous. The video is amazing, sorry I haven't commented on it in Flicker but they won't let me log on, some issue with cookies I don't know. All of this mounted on top of a CS station is pure genious! Outstanding work Brother!
Thank you Brother! And actually it was two days, uhthankyouverymuch. Kneel before Zod! XD Jupiter is held together with rubber bands and a prayer, don't think any of it's complexity comes through at all, which is probably a good thing. But not as good as cookies. Mmmmm, cookies.
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Locutus 666 Im a little bit disappointed that your planetary model parts arent in correct scale to each other. And the spaces betwen the planets seem to be to small. Matt matt matt..tz tz tz. :D (think twice if you want to take my comment be serious...)
Thank you Locutus! The party in question has been duly punished and given a raging headache for his celestial atrocities. He will build orreries no more this day. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Amazing work! Love the entire build ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Wait, it's all proportional with the rotations? Holy [CENSORED] dude. That's insane. Also, Pluto may not count as an actual planet anymore, but at least it's still there. In the Ben 10 Universe, they blew it up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LD6brXbI6t4#t=603 The video will immediately start at the 10:03 mark and just watch for about 45 seconds.
Thank you MC! And you have no idea of how insane this truly is. THIS is the simplified form. That alone took a day of thought and trial and error until Lego had to dictate the ratios. Plus, there are no simple explanations of the basic mechanics of how this works, this all sprang from the old noggin'. Which would also fully explain the insanity. Hmmm. Need to check out the Ben10 another time, wouldn't load. But at least we still have Ceres in both universes. At least until Neill Degrasse Tyson gets a hold of it. XD Love that dude!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Kevin Moyer Yeah, that's pretty cool. What I like about this is the little details, like Pluto's grave, Saturn's rings, and OH YEAH IT WORKS! Incredible!
Thank you Kevin! Yeah, I think my favorite detail is that it not only works but also balances itself where it doesn't look like a strand of DNA or something squeezed from a Play-doh factory. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Scott Bourgeois If this doesn't win, there's something wrong in the Legoverse. 10,000/5 on the MOCpages scale. Nice job!
Thank you Scott! And if there was a category for pure unadulterated brain frying insanity, this would definitely win hands down. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting VAkkron (Steve) Whew, this is fabulous. I can almost smell the fried brain cells. Unlike many MOC's I see on this site, yours is just full of nice touches. Practically the entire thing is nice touches. I shall be intrigued to see your scores, and assuming you don't get all fives like you deserve, I will be curious to hear what you did wrong. Because in my opinion, that would be nothing. Than you for the Pluto reference, and I love the satellite on top. Now I want to see you make a Kuiper belt object with its terribly elliptical orbit! Way to go, sir.
Thank you Steve! I actually had an idea for an elliptical orbit by running on a chain with two posts like how you would draw out an oval; but, seeing that I already passed the total insanity mark for complexity, I thought better of it and promptly abandoned the whole notion and instead grabbed another beer. Priorities. ;) The scores will be what they are, I won't argue as the judges are currently being bombarded by tons of mocs. I'll be happy with anything as I am truly happy with this build and everyone's reaction to it. And my own fun in a challenging construct like this is much more important to me. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting John Smith That is pretty sweet! I would go mad trying to get something like that to work. Incredible job!
Thank you John! I was already mad when I started; therefore, I became more sane. A negative times a negative equals a positive. Right? XD
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  March 14, 2015
Impressive engineering with a stunning visual result, and in only 2 days??? It would take me 2 days just to work up the nerve to tackle that tower of power, much less get it working. Could you elaborate a bit on the "only 3 LEGO gears" part? (No need to dig up the grave of Pluto's status as a regular planet, BTW. Contrary to one of the comments here, its demotion to the rank of dwarf planet is on firmer ground than ever.)
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  March 14, 2015
You are a Lego God. You have proven it once again, and funny thing now with an actual solar system! Absolutely beyond stunning. You are also a very funny man. Many thanks for sharing this incredible build!
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  March 14, 2015
You've heard it all before but this is ridiculously cool. Couldn't help but comment on it.
  March 14, 2015
Tried to edit a typo in my comment and it got reposted at the top for some reason. ._.
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  March 14, 2015
purfect
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting David FNJ Wow, just wow! That is genius!
Thank you David! Genius, insane; all work for me. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Jared . I keep staring at it and I still can't believe it. Amazing work!
Thank you Jared! I keep staring at it and can't believe I was that nuts to try it. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Topsy Creatori Well, matt.... at least you're not 'Stuck in Lodi'! Great stuff! ;)
Thank you Topsy! Thought Midnight Special would have been better. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Josiah Nelson Dude! This is so awesome! I had a similar idea if I was the one on my team doing the Astronomical. : )
Thank you Josiah! STOP NOW!!! Do something other than an orrery. These things are nerve wracking at the very least, galactically frustrating at their best. It was fun but it is completely nuts. As am I. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Alexander Browning Extremely well thought-out (understatement alert!) MOC topped of with top-notch humor. I can't really say much more than that. It's an awesome, inspiring, mathematical ABS masterpiece. (Pluto's grave was a nice touch.)
Thank you Alexander! I try to add a bit of humor as it seems to be my only link to sanity. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting David . Well there's a bundle of 5s for you. :P I'm pretty sure Pluto was dubbed a planet again, though...
Thank you David! Sadly, all 5s are not in the stars (see what I did there?) Also, I think Neill Degrasse Tyson has thrown the last bit of dirt upon Pluto's grave. Exoplanet is the most that Pluto may aspire to. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Ryan Taggart Fantastic!!
Thank you Ryan!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting David Roberts I always wanted to build one of these, when I was a kid. This is a dream come true. I always thought that Lego gears were just way too big but obviously I was thinking at the wrong scale (and didn't own enough bricks when I was 11). The scale of this build makes sense, after all, "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."
Thank you David! CS and Douglas in one, life doesn't get any better. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Mark McPeek Wow. That's incredibly impressive! Dunno what else to say, other than I LOVE it! Score: 5.
Awesome! Thank you Mark! I love it too, in an insane sort of way. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting eric s i know! time lapse! maybe it's similar to time dilation... all you have to do is make one crank every day for two thous..... nevermind. INCREDIBLE MOC!!
Thank you eric! I'll get started on that turning right now. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J You mention "your a noose" 4x and $h@f+ 3x. Just sayin' ...
Thank you Shifu! It is a splendid $h@f+. Wait, what? XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Eric Landreneau Holy canneloni, you should take a nap. I've tackled some brain-breakers in ABS, and suffered the consequences, but this one trumps them all! Bravo! Bravo, you poor, tortured soul! Obama says you're welcome.
Thank you Eric! Yeah, I don't think I'll be doing many more of these in the future. Sleep and all. Thanks Obama. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist The gearing is impressive, but the aesthetic's just not there. Maybe I'm just too young to appreciate CS, but I don't really feel like the baseplates add anything, and I would have preferred to see a more elegant display, such as in a chest, even if some functionality was sacrificed. Still, 4 points for the technical side of things.
Sweeeet! Thank you Luke! Not to get defensive, but the baseplates add just that; a base upon which to build and not have the supports go sliding off to the stars. ;) As far as aesthetics, I respect that. I was aiming for functionality of a device as per the category and felt the monolithic, Kubrick/Clarke like feel of the black mass would translate as such. My fault for not explaining my simplicity of aesthetic choice. Thank you again!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Mate Paton Poor Pluto! Your still a planet in our hearts! Wait, to corny?
Not corny enough! Throw in some tears and we'll be set. ;) Thank you Mate!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting El Barto ! Awesome stuff, Matt! But I thought the Solar System rotates around the Earth? Specifically Obama.
Thank you Bart! And no comment. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Henrik Jensen LukeClarenceVan T. R. is right. The model lacks the aesthetics and the ease seen in models made of metal, but it does not change the fact, that it`s an achievement in itself to get the whole quivering construction to rotate without Technic parts spreading all over. Truly an incomparable structure.
Thank you Henrik! Actually, I hooked up a motor to this so I did indeed have Technic parts spread all over. Yup, if one really wants to destroy a Lego build, just hook up a motor. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Cheryl P Neil Degrasse Tyson should see this.
Thank you Cheryl! I think he might appreciate it. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti @El Barto good one! Don't get me started.
-golf clap- XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Ian Spacek A strong 4.
A very strong thank you Ian! :D
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Oran Cruzen Great work of Lego "Technic" creationism!
Thank you Oran! I like that term. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Lord Bacca Wow!, incredible! Tell me again why you don't work at Lego? *bows to the master* BACCA.
Hey! Great to hear from you Bacca, and thank you very much! BTW Lego can't afford me. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting JosephC 123 Rest in peace Pluto... You will always be remembered in our hearts. Amazing work! your hard work and humor is shown very well!
Thank you Joseph! Would telling Pluto not to go gentle into that good night be counterintuitive? o_O ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Lego gears have a stupidly large amount of friction. Color me impressed right now.
Friction, flex, not many, and no hold; I agree and then some. Thank you Thomas! I like that color. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Nerds forprez From one professional to another.... I'll bet you had a difficult time finding the time to do this :) Great job!
Thank you Nerds! I found the time just fine, it's from when I get home from work to 2:30 AM. Plenty! XD
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Deston Fire & Rescue purfect
Thank you Deston!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Tom Remy Ok, I had started drawings to build something like that, but I guess I'll follow your advice and NOT do this! Fantastic creation, and loved to hear Born On The Bayou in the back of the video :D
Thank you Tom! Yup, good choice on that there. Gotta have some Creedence in one's diet. ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Nate Andrews Tried to edit a typo in my comment and it got reposted at the top for some reason. ._.
Yeah, MP is going backwards at the moment. My replies are queuing after the fact. o_O
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Jensen Anderson You've heard it all before but this is ridiculously cool. Couldn't help but comment on it.
Then I ridiculously thank you Jensen! ;)
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Joost Cumps You are a Lego God. You have proven it once again, and funny thing now with an actual solar system! Absolutely beyond stunning. You are also a very funny man. Many thanks for sharing this incredible build!
Don't forget completely insane, I am completely IN-SANE! ;) Thank you Joost! It was my honor to share the crazy with everyone as I have plenty to spare. Oh, the build. right. That's what I meant. XD
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  March 14, 2015
Two days! That's amazing! What did you do work through the night. I can't belive you didn't use Chewie in the chibi Falcon as one of the counterbalance weight. I would have given you top scores for this. I'm genuflecting as I type this. It really is brilliant and belongs in someone's lego book! Best of luck Brother!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Impressive engineering with a stunning visual result, and in only 2 days??? It would take me 2 days just to work up the nerve to tackle that tower of power, much less get it working. Could you elaborate a bit on the "only 3 LEGO gears" part? (No need to dig up the grave of Pluto's status as a regular planet, BTW. Contrary to one of the comments here, its demotion to the rank of dwarf planet is on firmer ground than ever.)
Thank you Jeremy! I'm so pleased that you came by as I consider your engineering of Lego to be above and beyond comparison. The 3 gears are the 8, 24, and 40 tooth that can work in the holes of a technic arm with each other. The 16t only works with another 16t. I could build an arm with offset holes; however, the space in between is too narrow. The newer gears are too tall for the clearance of the flex of the arms and their counterweights. The 16/24 differentials are the only Lego elements that allow a central support axle and the gears to turn while turning consecutive gears for the proceeding arm. In addition, the height of each arm is two bricks. To build it stronger and geared more highly later on, it would be a tower at least twice as tall as it is now. That would add even more weight at the ends of the arms for axles to hold the planets. I wouldn't say that this is most efficient design but for the space allotted, it is the most spatially economical. Whew! Hope that explains it. Thanks again Jeremy!
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Clayton Marchetti Two days! That's amazing! What did you do work through the night. I can't belive you didn't use Chewie in the chibi Falcon as one of the counterbalance weight. I would have given you top scores for this. I'm genuflecting as I type this. It really is brilliant and belongs in someone's lego book! Best of luck Brother!
Thanks again Brother! Yeah, apparently I've been sleeping all this time and there were all these hours through the night to build. Huzzah! XD Yeah, no Chewie Chibi here. Brain was fried enough. ;) Won't garner a perfect score except in my eyes. :D Wouldn't mind seeing it published though.
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  March 14, 2015
Quoting Dark Mercenary Kydan Witress Amazing work! Love the entire build ;)
Thank you Dark! I love it too. ;)
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Matt Bace
  March 13, 2015
Wow, just, wow.... This is the first one of these I've seen in LEGO, and, given the troubles you had, probably the last. You definitely grabbed the bull by both horns with this challenge. Congratulations on another epic and awe-inspiring build.
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John Smith
  March 13, 2015
That is pretty sweet! I would go mad trying to get something like that to work. Incredible job!
  March 13, 2015
From one professional to another.... I'll bet you had a difficult time finding the time to do this :) Great job!
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  March 13, 2015
Lego gears have a stupidly large amount of friction. Color me impressed right now.
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  March 13, 2015
Rest in peace Pluto... You will always be remembered in our hearts. Amazing work! your hard work and humor is shown very well!
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  March 13, 2015
Wow!, incredible! Tell me again why you don't work at Lego? *bows to the master* BACCA.
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  March 13, 2015
Great work of Lego "Technic" creationism!
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  March 13, 2015
A strong 4.
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  March 13, 2015
@El Barto good one! Don't get me started.
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  March 13, 2015
Neil Degrasse Tyson should see this.
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  March 13, 2015
LukeClarenceVan T. R. is right. The model lacks the aesthetics and the ease seen in models made of metal, but it does not change the fact, that it`s an achievement in itself to get the whole quivering construction to rotate without Technic parts spreading all over. Truly an incomparable structure.
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  March 13, 2015
Awesome stuff, Matt! But I thought the Solar System rotates around the Earth? Specifically Obama.
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  March 13, 2015
Poor Pluto! Your still a planet in our hearts! Wait, to corny?
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  March 13, 2015
The gearing is impressive, but the aesthetic's just not there. Maybe I'm just too young to appreciate CS, but I don't really feel like the baseplates add anything, and I would have preferred to see a more elegant display, such as in a chest, even if some functionality was sacrificed. Still, 4 points for the technical side of things.
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  March 13, 2015
Extremely well thought-out (understatement alert!) MOC topped of with top-notch humor. I can't really say much more than that. It's an awesome, inspiring, mathematical ABS masterpiece. (Pluto's grave was a nice touch.)
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  March 13, 2015
Holy canneloni, you should take a nap. I've tackled some brain-breakers in ABS, and suffered the consequences, but this one trumps them all! Bravo! Bravo, you poor, tortured soul! Obama says you're welcome.
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  March 13, 2015
You mention "your a noose" 4x and $h@f+ 3x. Just sayin' ...
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  March 13, 2015
i know! time lapse! maybe it's similar to time dilation... all you have to do is make one crank every day for two thous..... nevermind. INCREDIBLE MOC!!
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  March 13, 2015
Wow. That's incredibly impressive! Dunno what else to say, other than I LOVE it! Score: 5.
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  March 13, 2015
I always wanted to build one of these, when I was a kid. This is a dream come true. I always thought that Lego gears were just way too big but obviously I was thinking at the wrong scale (and didn't own enough bricks when I was 11). The scale of this build makes sense, after all, "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."
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  March 13, 2015
Fantastic!!
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  March 13, 2015
Well there's a bundle of 5s for you. :P I'm pretty sure Pluto was dubbed a planet again, though...
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  March 13, 2015
Dude! This is so awesome! I had a similar idea if I was the one on my team doing the Astronomical. : )
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  March 13, 2015
Well, matt.... at least you're not 'Stuck in Lodi'! Great stuff! ;)
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  March 13, 2015
I keep staring at it and I still can't believe it. Amazing work!
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  March 13, 2015
Wow, just wow! That is genius!
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  March 13, 2015
Whew, this is fabulous. I can almost smell the fried brain cells. Unlike many MOC's I see on this site, yours is just full of nice touches. Practically the entire thing is nice touches. I shall be intrigued to see your scores, and assuming you don't get all fives like you deserve, I will be curious to hear what you did wrong. Because in my opinion, that would be nothing. Than you for the Pluto reference, and I love the satellite on top. Now I want to see you make a Kuiper belt object with its terribly elliptical orbit! Way to go, sir.
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  March 13, 2015
If this doesn't win, there's something wrong in the Legoverse. 10,000/5 on the MOCpages scale. Nice job!
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  March 13, 2015
Yeah, that's pretty cool. What I like about this is the little details, like Pluto's grave, Saturn's rings, and OH YEAH IT WORKS! Incredible!
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  March 13, 2015
Wait, it's all proportional with the rotations? Holy [CENSORED] dude. That's insane. Also, Pluto may not count as an actual planet anymore, but at least it's still there. In the Ben 10 Universe, they blew it up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=LD6brXbI6t4#t=603 The video will immediately start at the 10:03 mark and just watch for about 45 seconds.
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  March 13, 2015
Im a little bit disappointed that your planetary model parts arent in correct scale to each other. And the spaces betwen the planets seem to be to small. Matt matt matt..tz tz tz. :D (think twice if you want to take my comment be serious...)
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  March 13, 2015
You built the Solar system in 4 days! Your a Lego God! Ok maybe a lessor deity. Ha ha ha! This is incredible! I love how you made Jupiter, right down to the red eye. Gorgeous. The video is amazing, sorry I haven't commented on it in Flicker but they won't let me log on, some issue with cookies I don't know. All of this mounted on top of a CS station is pure genious! Outstanding work Brother!
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  March 13, 2015
Now my desktop image. I learned good too from you.
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  March 13, 2015
Looks great, Matt! I can imagine the amount of thinking that went into this and I would just like to say: thank you for the sacrifice.
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  March 13, 2015
Uhhhhh, i love it Matt.
 
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