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#1 mcfarlandman

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:29 AM

Sometimes its not what goes over a bridge that is troublesome - its what comes from under it. In the more remote reaches of Mitgardia bridge trolls can be more than just a nuisance - they can block entire trade routes or even collapse the bridge itself. This led to the construction of the Hanging Towers along the underside of strategic bridges. Manned by just a few men, these towers are quite effective in preventing the nesting of bridge trolls if only due to the angle of their watch.

It was my hope to convey a small section of a larger bridge, while I feel I failed somewhat in that respect (the MOC seems fairly self contained) - I'm still happy with the overall look.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:42 AM

Hah, what a neat idea, does that slider on the right raise the troll up the wall? (if it is a slider and not a really long window lol)

It's a solid display as is, but if it ever bothers you enough I think simply extending the bridge a little more would get the point across better that it's a bridge not a stone treehouse.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:51 PM

A great idea and well done to bring it to bricks!  :classic:

does the hanging tower have any trans clear pillars that I can´t see or is it really hanging?! *oh2*

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 01:17 PM

I love the idea, as well as the human and Dwarf working together..!

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:15 PM

I love the hanging piece - does that part weigh a lot?  Structurally, I'm curious how much stress is on that main joint location!  Very cool creation!

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 02:45 PM

Wonderful creation! This may be the most original idea I've seen in the contest so far!  :wub: The design itself is really great, and the architectural detailing on the top parts of the tower has a very good fantasy feeling to it.  :thumbup: :thumbup:  

I too am curious what kind of counterweight you used to keep this beauty from falling over.
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Posted 14 December 2011 - 07:06 PM

Neat idea, well made, good details, very nice.  It is indeed original and has some very unique features.

I agree with your concern that it is may be a little too self contained as I am not sure without the back story I would have known this was a section of mountain bridge.  I may have understood that better had at least one side been mountain or something.  I think this is more an issue with the 32 x 32 restriction than with your building skills though.  I also think it is too narrow to be a major trade bridge.  I suppose in the mountains everyone is on foot so it might not need to be large enough for a cart or something, but I would hate to squeeze through this bridge with a large pack or a pack animal of some sort... especially with all the trolls and dwarves about!

I do love the shapes and details though, it is just so unique.  I think you are right that the look is so eye-catching the other stuff is far less important.  Great MOC overall and sure to be a challenge contender!

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#8 mcfarlandman

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 04:53 AM

Thanks everyone!

The tower is actually hanging - no trans-clear or other trickery. I built this piece into the tower on the right http://www.bricklink...em.asp?P=73090b and made it as solid as possible. The hanging tower is as hollow as possible, with only a single technic axle inside the round section. The actual bridge between the two sections is full of long overlapping plates. Even still the right side of the baseplate rises about a millimeter off the table from the weight of the tower.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 08:52 PM

Really original idea. The troll story adds something extra tot this MOC.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:08 PM

Very original and impressive! This instantly jumps out, thanks to the interesting design, something I have often thought about trying myself. There must be a lot of stress on the tower that's holding it up? Great work
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:30 AM

Love the idea of a hanging tower, it looks so striking and original.  :thumbup: Although i feel for the poor troll though, all he wanted to do was practise his bouldering skills! :laugh: Great work, i really want to see a complete bridge version now!
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:19 AM

This is a great idea.  I really like the circular barrel, and the spiked pendulum at the bottom.  Great concept though, way to think outside the bridge!

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 12:51 AM

This is a really impressive build, it's not only a really neat original idea, but it has nice techniques too.  Great spikes.  Well done!
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 05:27 PM

That's a fantastic tower, great idea too.  The RR Rock monster looks good against the grey stone tower, all I want though is some foliage, just a little bit here and there.  I like the round bit on the tower, will have to give that a go  :thumbup:
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:15 PM

nice, I love it ;)
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Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:22 PM

That is a unconventional concept.
Great Work! I don't know this Tower before.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:39 PM

Same with me, I had not seen this until today in the index.  I love this tower, it is really original!

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:07 AM

That's just awesome!
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