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MOC freely inspired by the feature film "Lupin III and the Castle of Cagliostro", a masterpiece and first feature film by the well-known director Hayao Miyazaki. In Japan the film was not initially successful, the romantic version of the gentleman thief was not liked even by its creator Monkey Punch. As for the TV series, however, over time, "Lupin III - The Castle of Cagliostro", will be recognized as the first masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki, becoming a cult for entire generations, so much so that it is constantly republished for the home video market. This film will definitely launch Miyazaki's career bringing him ever closer to realizing his goal: the founding of Studio Ghibli. Film released in 1979 in Japan and only in 1984 in Italy, marked my childhood, in fact I was 10 years old, I loved the Lupin III cartoons but this film left me fascinated by that aura of mystery, adventure scenes and fantastic scenary. Today, more than 40 years after his birth, I decided to pay tribute to him by creating a very complex and demanding MOC in various respects. Making the Castle in minifigure scale was practically impossible, but even the micro-scale would have been a risky undertaking but ... once again I decided to test myself and above all ... have fun! The moc rests on two 48x48 stud baseplates, everything is done in microscale based on the images of the film. The Castle reports some fairly faithful sections while others have been invented such as the east side of the castle which is never seen in the entire duration of the film. I wanted to bring back the basics as seen in this image: I have reproduced the most important things for a complete scenario: the castle in its entirety, the section of the village on the back, the iconic aqueduct and the clock tower with the walls of the ancient castle. Studying this whole setting was as difficult as it was rewarding. But I wasn't happy like that ... I also wanted to make moving parts! And that's why I invented a mechanism that moves the following things: 1) the windmill on the front 2) the motorized aircraft that the Count uses to enter the Castle or Lupin to escape 3) an intermittent light that turns on in the rear entrance of the castle 4) the tilting corridor that connects the castle to the prison tower 5) the hands of the clock tower All these functions are connected to each other and therefore with a single lever they are operated simultaneously! In the next few days I will make a video presentation of the moving parts. The castle can be divided into several blocks and the base can also be divided in two, for easy transport. The realization of this work took me more than 5 months of work and has about 8700 pieces. On the base alone, there are almost 1500 tiles 1x2 trans light-blue! I believed it a lot, I hope you like it! Sandro Flickr Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdrnet/albums/72177720299613644 Comments are welcome!