Friday Night Fights [Round 6]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another curb-stomping edition of Friday Night Fights!    This week’s match up featured two veteran engineers on a collision course with destiny.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the wrong side of the tracks, its Monstrophonic and his “DB steamer“.

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And fighting out of the blue corner, by way of Caprica, it’s Omega3108 and his “Steam locomotive type BR23

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As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the MOC that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner before announcing the next bout.

Last Week, on Friday Night Fights….

Evil held sway as two figbarf armies fought until one was left rotting on the battlefield.  Slovenia’s “Murderous” Magma Guy and his “Evil magicians figbarf“scored a 10-3 victory over Philly’s Carter “Bone-Crusher” Baldwin and his “Evildoers“.  Magma records his first win and improves his record to (1-0) while Carter falls to (0-1).

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10 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 6]

  1. Holy shit, you are picking some tough battles. Brilliant show here and completely unexpected to see a pair of trains show up. I do however approve and would like to see more space trains in addition to booooooats.

    The accuracy on both of these is wonderful, and you can’t go wrong with that obnoxiously red undercarriage. I can’t fault either for missing any details.

    Except one.

    Monstrophonic’s DB has a red line at the front that has an aggressive angle that the original doesn’t quite have. I think a better piece choice may have set this one above Omega’s as the proportions are a bit more visually satisfying.

    I vote for Omega3108’s BR23 if by only a minuscule margin and based solely on purity of accuracy. Both are stunning to say the least.

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  2. Gotta hand it to Omega: tidier execution overall; better looking front piston design and cabin; much cleaner looking front. The dark grey binoculars do look slightly out of place though.

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  3. This is a great one! I enjoyed both…but here’s another vote for Omega3108. The black areas are a bit more polished, and I enjoyed the mechanicals more.

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    1. Monstrophonic and the DB Steamer.

      I really liked making this decision. They are both excellent builds. Difficult topics. Impressive. But by choosing two builds that are so similar, you force us past our usual “go to” criteria of personal taste or bias. We really had to compare the MOCs in a deliberate and detailed manner.

      In the end, for me it was the lower half of each MOC. The wheels and the base. Both did excellent work. Both caused me (not for the first time) to wonder at the complexity. Steam engine MOCs with working linkages between the wheels have always floored me. They look so slick when they are moving too! But Monstorphonic had one or two details that my eye just kept coming back to. The red cheese graders… don’t know what they do. Don’t know what they look like (or maybe what they don’t look like) but I think they look cool . As for the bases, I do like Lego snow. Always have. The track in Monstrophonics MOC looks more beat up. More irregular. I did not notice it right away, but it is a great use of space, cramming in just a bit more detailed information.

      Attack!

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  4. I throw my vote to the red corner. Omega may have the better cabin, but the lower half leaves a lot to be desired. Monstrophonic’s is more consistent throughout and the color blocking that extends to the greebles creates a pleasing stripe that leads the eye along the entire length of the train. I also like the additional texture from the CMF stands on the coal car, whereas Omega’s looks a bit too smooth and bland. I say all of this not knowing shit about trains or what these are supposed to look like in real life. But Monstrophonic also gets a ton of extra points for presentation; the brick-built tracks, the dirty snow, and the overhang off the base, which further emphasizes the length of the train, all elevate his model to the next level.

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  5. DB Steamer. My personal preference for trains is long and low, and it fits in. I also enjoy the application of the minifig stands for the hopper. I don’t know how to put my finger on it, but the bottom half of the Steamer is cleaner and less busy for me too. The BR23 has too much going on and the binoculars throw me off.

    Great fight!

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  6. You’re killing us, Keith, there’s no way to choose between these equally excellent models.In the end my vote goes to Monstrophonic’s, just because I like its snowy presentation.

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  7. I don’t know what a train shouldn’t look like, so I get to resort to my favorite test: which one I’d rather have on my “special” shelf. And that choice goes to Monstrophonic. I like the long and low, but I prefer its front end too.

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