'Standby for Action': Marineville diorama from Gerry Anderson's Stingray by Andrew Danieli
Several exhibitors will be displaying models based on Gerry Anderson's TV series from the 1960s. Andrew Danieli is constructing Marineville from Stingray.
"The buildings of Marineville, the headquarters of the 'World Aquanaut Security Patrol', have always fascinated me ever since I watched Stingray on TV as a child", says Andrew.
The idea for building the base in LEGO started towards the end of 2011 when he discovered a technique on the Internet for building round columns/towers. He was able to adapt the technique to build the iconic operations building with its red and white chequered control tower. He dabbled with a couple of scales, but settled on micro scale (which generally means smaller than minifig-scale) as he thought it would be easier.
With a bit of prodding by Gary Davis, a fellow AFOL and Gerry Anderson fan, he pushed on with the accommodation buildings, thinking that if he could get those looking right the concept of doing a portion of the base might not seem too far fetched. The project has been growing ever since, and the finished model wil be about 2m x 1m in size.
"I decided that the MOC wouldn't be complete without Stingray itself, so I added an underwater adventure, and other scenes from the show."
"With less than 20 days before the show, I'm still working on the roads, landscaping, and vehicles which will bring life to the display, but feel that the effort has been worth it. I might even try micro scale modelling again in the future..."
You can find more photos on Andrew's flickr page, including instructions for several of the micro-scale vehicles that will feature in the model.