Build a Lego minifig (from your country!) competing in any Olympic sport. Be it pole vaulting, bobsledding, or that one sport we're all still wondering about...ah yes, curling!
Curling you say? I'm not much of a sports guy, I really could not care about the Olympics much except for the odd sports you never see anywhere else, like Handball, and specifically for a Floridian like me, just about anything in the Winter, but for me specifically, Curling is fascinating. I think it's because it's, to put it crudely, ice shuffleboard which just sounds hilarious, but there's a lot of strategy involved with a game like it, so I decided to make a Curling Sheet. Also, to make uniforms for 18 minifigs for Handball would have been impossible. This is when you regret not being into LEGO Soccer back in 2000.
So here it is, the Curling Sheet, also known as the build that uses nearly all my white 1x4 bricks and 2x2 blue bricks, including all the miscolored ones.
We have Team USA up against Team Colombia. Why Colombia? Well, Marco's Flickr has a bunch of images tagged as being from Colombia, so I'm guessing he's from Colombia. What's that you say? Colombia doesn't have a curling team? Well if Jamaica can have a Bobsled team for the Winter Olympics, then Colombia is certainly capable of having a curling team if they so desired. Stop nitpicking.
Here are the sweepers making sure the stone goes down the sheet without encountering any small specks of who knows what on the surface that would affect the delivery on its way to the house. Yeah, the terminology is strange, I'm just gonna go out there and say it.
Speaking of the house, here's a closer look of one without anything in the way. Look at all the discolored pieces... :L Okay don't look at those, look at the black cheese. Those things are hacks. They are what the players push themselves off with to release the stone before reaching the hogline (Like, what? This terminology, I'm telling you...), the line where I've broken this section off. Why did I break this part of the model off?
Well it's because the thing is a little over 100 studs. By some definition, this is actually a SHIP. It's not a spaceSHIP, but all ships must bee over 100 studs long, and when any MOC is over 100 studs long, it's impossible to shoot anything when you have not even a two foot deep table. The most editing I've done in the photos is actually blurring the overlap of my two sheets of paper for the background and then cloning it for where there was none. If you didn't notice anything looking odd, thanks for not noticing until now.
Here's a view of the top. It's actually eyeballed off of this layout I found so the minifigs and the stones are a little out of scale, but proportionately with itself, it's not that bad.
And here's a view of the bottom. Aside from the six lines of tiles that go across the top, everything is all connected in some way. The math involved is intense because it's not a nice even number of bricks. The two tiles on the ends that then get surrounded by bricks, and the one line of plates down the center makes life miserable. I'm pretty sure I'm stressing something somewhere.
Here's Team USA. In case you were wondering, yes, that is my regular life siggy that was deliverying the stone. And we have quite the facial hair going on here. If I could get a reasonable minifig head with both glasses and a beard, I'd have one, too, but no such luck. How do you guys like the uniforms? Just some arm switching on these rocket engineer torsos from a city/space subtheme gone by. And to talk about the stones for a second. Each team is supposed to have eight stones, but I was only lucky enough to have eight of the perfect piece for curling stones, not sixteen.
And here's Team Colombia. Yes, it's Colombia, not Columbia. So initially, I was going for German or any other country with Red and Yellow and Black, but then when I figured Marco was from Colombia. It just happened to work out because Colombia is Yellow, Red, and... Blue. *sigh* Well you know what? You get black. Besides, who wouldn't want to be part of the X-Treme Team anyway? And no, they are not sleeveless on the one arm. I felt that even though yellow was on the torso, adding blue would be too many colors and yellow actually is the majority color on the Colombian flag. Marco, if you are not Colombian or at least living there, I'm going to freak out.
And that's all I have to say about that... Dang it! Now I wish I had thought of Table Tennis so I could have built Forrest Gump in the Olympics. It would have been such an easier build. Oh well.
Quoting Lego Hotwirer
I think the Jamaican bobsled team is a reference to cool runnings. That's just a gues though. not even sure if I spelled all of that right. Anyway, the floor looks nice and smooth.
It's sad that you advance by default. I would have liked to see your competition. This is so great, it makes be wonder what Marco could have done (though, to be sure, he is talented as well). I love the idea of a sport you don't get to play (at least you can play it in Lego). And while you complain about your discolored pieces, I don't see that detracts too much from the quality of the build. Good luck in the next rounds.
Nice! You really captured the feel of a curling game well. Nice bit of humor too :-) While i am more into X Games, most danes went ecstatic about the Danish women's curling team some years back. I think we won something.. Or was close to winning.. Or something :-D
Quoting Marco. qm
My Flickr images have location included? Oh well I didn't know that, great MOC BTW!
I always thought it was something you had to put in since I always have that area asking me if I want to add a location. I think it has to do with you using your phone as a camera. My guess is that it's part of the metadata. That's how Flickr knows what camera you use when you post.