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"Brown Bear Heavy Tank" disscussion
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Quoting Thomas N
When I read your review and saw what you had to say, I at first thought you were just pointing out every bad part you could find with my creation.

Sorry, I know I was pretty rough on your entry. That review was actually one of the harder ones to write, for just that reason. You got the questionable benefit of my tough love because I felt that not only could you do better, but you were mature enough to handle it -- not become defensive or think I had a personal vendetta against you. I am glad to say you have proven me right in that assumption.

Quoting Thomas N
Much of the points you brought up yourself about the tank, were already brought to my attention by my friends in the military group it was built for.

It seems you're already in good hands, then. As I said in the review, there are a ton of awesome tanks out there. If it is your aim to produce awesome tanks of your own, those builders are the ones to be studying and listening to and learning from, not me.

Quoting Thomas N
One thing you brought up concerned my destroyed buildings, I thought they looked pretty good myself, so I'm curious as to what you had in mind when you suggested giving them architectural details.

The trouble with your ruins, and most ruins I see done in Lego, is that they don't look like a building that has come down. It's just low blank walls of bricks for the most part. When a house burns or an explosive goes off in a building, parts of walls and other floors and the roof are generally left standing. The following picture gives some idea of what I'm talking about -- http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=158871&id=/user_images/4925/12555037951 -- particularly the tan building in the background and the gray one in the near right.

Obviously those examples are more parts-intensive than you could go for your dio, but what I'm getting at in yours is the lack of any doorframes left standing, part of a wall with a windowframe, that sort of thing. And within your ruined walls, any sort of broken furniture to really bring it home that this was a house that was destroyed, or a shop, or whatever.

Lego is brightly colored plastic, a medium that does not lend itself well to scenes of devastation. It's just hard to do.

Quoting Thomas N
Another item of interest, a brick street instead of the baseplate I used.

As with all my suggestions throughout all the reviews, the unspoken caveat applies -- parts permitting. If you ain't got the bricks, you just ain't got the bricks. You made do with what you had, but I don't think you can deny that the baseplate simply looked off compared with the ruins all around it.

Myself, I would have cheated. The tank takes up so much roadspace that you could use any color bricks for the road directly underneath it (or leave a big hole), and no one would know. There's all sorts of little tricks you can use to extend your collection.

Sorry for the delay responding to you here, but MOCpages has been slow the last several days. When that happens I usually just click away from the site and try again later rather than sit there waiting, yelling at the computer.
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