And now at my model published 2 months ago: http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=5634749
They are not identical, the details differ and so do some mechanical solutions, apparently. Still, I dare say that the similarity is striking: the whole arm, the wheels, the mudguards, even the stickers are practically identical.
Now, while I don't mind my models being copied, it's a different matter when a copy is slightly altered and submitted to a contest as somebody's original work, as seems to be the case here. As I understand from the photos, this copy was an entry in a LUGSK LEGO Sutaz 2012 contest. I have contacted the organizer about it to see what he'll say. Can anybody identify the person behind this copy?
It can be, of course, that this copy was submitted as a copy, with a proper credit to the original author, but there is such info to be seen anywhere on these photos. I can believe that this was a case of simple ignorance/forgetfulness, but the fact that the copy is altered can indicate a malicious intent. My model happens to be based on a very rare and specific variant of the JCB 456 - most variants have different markings and different color scheme (example: http://static.mascus...ht,8de95665.jpg ). More importantly, most variants have shorter arm painted yellow, and I specifically chose a special variant with a long arm painted black. The fact that this copy has identical color scheme, identical arm and identical stickers in identical places shows - in my opinion - that it was based on my model more heavily than on the original machine.
Please note that I don't want to cause too much stir. It's not a big thing, really, I don't want this contestant to lose his prize or anything. It would just be nice if he was discouraged from this kind of activity in the future, and if the contest's organizer was made aware of this incident.
Edited by Sariel, 10 December 2012 - 12:42 PM.