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Give it to me baby! Uh-huh! Uh-huh!
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| December 16, 2009, 9:06 am
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Quoting brick freak
can we get an icon for the group? It looks a little sad without one.


Done.

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| December 16, 2009, 9:07 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Give it to me baby! Uh-huh! Uh-huh!

"And all the girlies say i'm pretty fly for a white guy!" That's a good song. How big does a SHIP have to be?

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| December 16, 2009, 9:37 am
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Quoting brick freak
How big does a SHIP have to be?


A SHIP (Super Huge Investment In Parts) is recognized as being over 100 studs in length.


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| December 16, 2009, 12:55 pm
Kelso, what do you think about this idea: Pocket Cars! It's a Theme I made. It isn't in a group yet, but it will be. It's for cars exactaly 4 Studs Wide by 8 studs long. They are usually race cars. Do you like that idea?
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| December 16, 2009, 2:24 pm
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Quoting Blade-Hawk ™
Kelso, what do you think about this idea: Pocket Cars! It's a Theme I made. It isn't in a group yet, but it will be. It's for cars exactaly 4 Studs Wide by 8 studs long. They are usually race cars. Do you like that idea?


Sure! It's got tons of possible designs, doesn't require a lot of time or pieces, and there's a playability factor, which is always cool. Sounds like a fun theme to mess around with.

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| December 16, 2009, 4:25 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Sure! It's got tons of possible designs, doesn't require a lot of time or pieces, and there's a playability factor, which is always cool. Sounds like a fun theme to mess around with.

Thanks for your input! I'll post the two I made and the racetrack as soon as I can.
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| December 16, 2009, 4:29 pm
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Quoting Blade-Hawk ™
Thanks for your input! I'll post the two I made and the racetrack as soon as I can.


Right on!

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| December 16, 2009, 4:30 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Right on!

Do you want for me to tell you when I post them so you can check them out?
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| December 16, 2009, 4:32 pm
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761 (46th ODST platoon)

Mr. Kelso, should i bid on this?


Totally your call. Looks like a nice bit of swag and the seller's rating is decent.

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| December 16, 2009, 4:35 pm
what on earth shall i do with all my faded grey parts? They kinda irritate me because i can't really use them in a moc. Should I: Make
a faded moc? separate them from my non-faded? or should I burn them?
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| December 16, 2009, 5:46 pm
Quoting brick freak
what on earth shall i do with all my faded grey parts? They kinda irritate me because i can't really use them in a moc. Should I make:
a faded moc? separate them from my non-faded? or should I burn them?

*Gasp* Burn LEGOs?!? What are you SMOKING?!? No, just use them in the the most imaginative way you can.
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| December 16, 2009, 5:49 pm
Quoting Blade-Hawk ™
What are you SMOKING?!?

You really wanna know?


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| December 16, 2009, 5:56 pm
Quoting brick freak
Quoting Blade-Hawk ™
What are you SMOKING?!?

You really wanna know?


Hhhhmmm..... let me think of my answers... I don't know, let me go ask your Mom what you were smoking.
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| December 16, 2009, 6:00 pm
Quoting Blade-Hawk ™
Hhhhmmm..... let me think of my answers... I don't know, let me go ask your Mom what you were smoking.

you interested in some? ANYWAY... (Before a Mod boots me out) Faded mocs just don't look too good because the colors aren't as vibrant.
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| December 16, 2009, 6:06 pm
Quoting brick freak
you interested in some? ANYWAY... (Before a Mod boots me out) Faded mocs just don't look too good because the colors aren't as vibrant.

Eh. Either or. What color did they fade to? Maybe you can still use them if they are close to a certain color.
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| December 16, 2009, 6:09 pm
Quoting Blade-Hawk ™
Eh. Either or. What color did they fade to? Maybe you can still use them if they are close to a certain color.

Alot of my light grey is kinda Yellowish, and my Dark grey is a bit Yellowish too. It's hard to describe, but alot of my older parts are not as vibrant as my newer ones. look in your collection of greys, and you may find what im describing.

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| December 16, 2009, 6:22 pm
Quoting brick freak
Alot of my light grey is kinda Yellowish, and my Dark grey is a bit Yellowish too. It's hard to describe, but alot of my older parts are not as vibrant as my newer ones. look in your collection of greys, and you may find what im describing.

I don't have that many greys. The onews I do are mostly new. BUT, I do have some greys slightly like that. So I know what you mean.
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| December 16, 2009, 6:25 pm
Quoting brick freak
Alot of my light grey is kinda Yellowish, and my Dark grey is a bit Yellowish too. It's hard to describe, but alot of my older parts are not as vibrant as my newer ones. look in your collection of greys, and you may find what im describing.


Yeah, that's normal.

"Old Grey" is a 'warm' grey; it has elements of yellow in it.

"New Grey" is a 'cold' grey; it has hints of blue.

Which, incidentally, is why it's also called "Bley".
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| December 16, 2009, 6:41 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

Yeah, that's normal.

"Old Grey" is a 'warm' grey; it has elements of yellow in it.

"New Grey" is a 'cold' grey; it has hints of blue.

Which, incidentally, is why it's also called "Bley".


Huh. That's rather interesting. wish i had alot more 'Bley' then.

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| December 16, 2009, 6:48 pm
Hey Mark, i've ALWAYS wanted to know where you go your sense of humor... Could you tell me?
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| December 16, 2009, 6:59 pm
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Quoting brick freak
what on earth shall i do with all my faded grey parts? They kinda irritate me because i can't really use them in a moc. Should I: Make
a faded moc? separate them from my non-faded? or should I burn them?


Are you kidding!!!! That's the good stuff!!! Faded and yellowed parts, especially bricks, are great for use in things that need to look older or weathered...old buildings, castles, rock facades. I've got some old greys that are yellowed and I wouldn't part with them for anything. (well maybe another night with Phipson's sister...but other than that!)

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| December 16, 2009, 7:08 pm
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Quoting J.C. Stewart [5700]
Hey Mark, i've ALWAYS wanted to know where you got your sense of humor... Could you tell me?


Came as a promotional gift when I ordered my Sham-wow.

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| December 16, 2009, 7:11 pm
Quoting J.C. Stewart [5700]
Hey Mark, i've ALWAYS wanted to know where you go your sense of humor... Could you tell me?


Well, I'm not Kelso, but I do know that for some people (namely me, me, and myself) humour comes naturally.

Example, filched from a project of mine: "You have the right to be killed attempting to escape. You have the right to shut the <expletive> up. You also have the right to trip on the stairs and injure yourself. As I was saying, you have the right to discover the phone doesn't work, you have the right to a fair and unbiased beating, You have the right to spill the beans about anything and everything incriminating you've done, you have the right to consult and instruct a lawyer in your funeral arrangements at the first opportunity, everything you say can and will be recorded and used in security division comedy videos, you have the right to confess guilt about whatever you're going in detention for, you have the right to dob in your mates in exchange for a reduced beating session, you have the rights to a full and unrestricted bodily cavity search by an unlicenced dentist, as do you have the rights to a complete dental health examination by an amateur proctologist and the right to inform your family about the sizing for a casket."

It's... considerably more fragmented in-comic, but you get the idea.

I'd wager Phipson's wanted to say something like that at least once.
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| December 16, 2009, 7:12 pm
Quoting brick freak

Huh. That's rather interesting. wish i had alot more 'Bley' then.


Yeah.

You could say "New Grey" AKA "Bley" gives a clinical air to a scene, whereas "Old Grey" AKA "my legos are faded someone help" is 'warmer', more 'friendly' and 'inviting'.
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| December 16, 2009, 7:13 pm
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Quoting J.C. Stewart [5700]
Hey Mark, i've ALWAYS wanted to know where you go your sense of humor... Could you tell me?


Okay, seriously. A lot of the MOC's I come up with are influenced by the old school Bugs Bunny cartoons; a lot of slap-stick humor and bad puns. Take that, and mix it with the unabashedly raunchy stuff ya get from Family Guy, and that pretty much covers my main sources. I'm also a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes and the Far Side, both of which I consider to be pretty amazing work. So any of the MOCs you see from me that are humor based, they probably have a lot of similarities to those influences mentioned here.

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| December 16, 2009, 7:18 pm
Quoting Areetsa C
Well, I'm not Kelso, but I do know that for some people (namely me, me, and myself) humour comes naturally.


Same here! I do tons of funny things!
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| December 16, 2009, 8:08 pm
By the way, Kelso, do you wish you were still a kid? How about a kiddie (not that I think you ever were one, I bet you were born with Legos in hand)?
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| December 16, 2009, 8:10 pm
Quoting brick freak
what on earth shall i do with all my faded grey parts? They kinda irritate me because i can't really use them in a moc. Should I: Make
a faded moc? separate them from my non-faded? or should I burn them?

Faded grey is very good for variation in a lot of applications! I don't know what kind of parts you refer to, but the bricks will look great in a castle!
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| December 16, 2009, 8:24 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

and the Far Side,


Ah, that explains a lot! The Far Side. Let us rejoice for the Far Side!
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| December 16, 2009, 8:28 pm
Don't forget "Get Fuzzy", that is some priceless humor.
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| December 16, 2009, 8:31 pm
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Quoting King Borether
By the way, Kelso, do you wish you were still a kid? How about a kiddie (not that I think you ever were one, I bet you were born with Legos in hand)?


Never stopped being a kid...just ask my poor wife!

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| December 16, 2009, 10:11 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I wouldn't part with them for anything. (well maybe another night with Phipson's sister...but other than that!)

Show me a picture and i may say the same thing... Hehehe... Thanks for the advice! I never woulda thought of the rock facade idea.

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| December 16, 2009, 10:22 pm
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Quoting Tom R.
Mr.Kelso, you were right. The Rebel is perfect! I ended up buying over a Nikon and I'm glad I did. While I was taking some photos pf landscapes, it slid off the bench, and not a scratch on it! That $2,000 was worth it!

Thanks for suggesting it!


Glad to do it. I hope you find it to be a worthwhile investment. I don't actively advocate many products (other than LEGO and my own artwork!), but the Canon line has served me well, and hopefully it will do the same for you.

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| December 16, 2009, 10:27 pm
Should i take apart all of my old Exo force stuff? I'd feel sad doing it because that product line has a special place in my heart. I do need some parts, However. what should i do?
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| December 17, 2009, 2:11 am
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Quoting brick freak
Should i take apart all of my old Exo force stuff? I'd feel sad doing it because that product line has a special place in my heart. I do need some parts, However. what should i do?


Let me ask you this...do you still have all of the instructions? If so, why not? I mean, it's completely your decision, but if you feel you need the parts, and can re-build them if you so desire, then I'd say go for it. If you're really torn about it, then keep just one or two of your favs in tact and take apart the others. Just an option to consider.

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| December 17, 2009, 7:46 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Let me ask you this...do you still have all of the instructions? If so, why not? I mean, it's completely your decision, but if you feel you need the parts, and can re-build them if you so desire, then I'd say go for it. If you're really torn about it, then keep just one or two of your favs in tact and take apart the others. Just an option to consider.

No, the instructions are probably lining a seagull's stomach by now. But they seem pretty easy to build. I guess this means i'll have something to do over the weekend!
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| December 17, 2009, 9:31 am
Mr. Kelso, can you look at this:http://mocpages.com/moc.php/167272
I know i said i was done with halo but i cant get my eyes off it... its soooo small and i really want to make it bigger... after my order of 2000 parts from ebay. you dont have to comment on it, but i need to know what to do with it. should i destroy it??
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| December 17, 2009, 10:48 am
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Quoting Brady G
What is your usual balance between time Painting and building? (BTW my Mom likes to paint, and I'm blown away by your LEGO, she was blown away by your other site.)


That's cool, I'm glad your Mom likes the art work! It varies considerably with whatever my show schedule is like. The art is my career, so it always takes presidence over the Lego when necessary. But, if I've got a Lego project that needs to be done for a show, or commission, or something, and not much on the art front, then I'll actually spend a good bit each day working with the plastic (maybe four to five hours some times). While it's a hobby, like the martial arts I study, or the voice training, it's definitely my most intense interest outside of art, so a lot of time's invested.

I confess, though, that MORE of my free time is actually spent on line with MOCpages (my main site), as well as places like Flickr, TBB, Builder's Lounge, etc. I probably spend a minimum of two hours a day just keeping up to speed with the Lego community. And that's every day.

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| December 17, 2009, 1:43 pm
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Quoting Architect of Vonthako

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Keep this up, and you're getting a sledgehammer and a watermelon for Christmas! (only a Gallagher fan's gonna get that one)

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| December 18, 2009, 8:54 am
Mark, I've got a question. Do you pay your bills by selling paintings and by being hired to paint stuff, or do you have any other occupations to keep you and your wife off the street?
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| December 18, 2009, 9:55 am
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Mark, I've got a question. Do you pay your bills by selling paintings and by being hired to paint stuff, or do you have any other occupations to keep you and your wife off the street?


Who says I keep my wife off the streets?

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| December 18, 2009, 12:18 pm
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Mark, I've got a question. Do you pay your bills by selling paintings and by being hired to paint stuff, or do you have any other occupations to keep you and your wife off the street?



Okay, okay...sorry, but you know that was too good to pass up.

No I don't do anything else for a living. I work full time as an artist, painting for galleries, displaying in museums, and doing private commissions. I've also worked for years with a licensing agent who will use my paintings in a more commercial capacity, providing images to corporate clients for anything they'd like my work on...coffee mugs, t-shirts, calendars, puzzles, you name it.

I could only think of one other thing I'd rather do for a living...work with LEGO!!! So I consider myself VERY lucky.

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| December 18, 2009, 12:30 pm
Mark, while I was in Arizona, I showed my Mom my page here, she now thinks she went horribly wrong in my upbringing, oh well. While we were on the pages I showed her your Invisible Hand, she was stunned someone could do that with Lego. Then we linked to your art website and she was even more amazed with your wildlife paintings. So here's to you, cheers.
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| December 18, 2009, 12:39 pm
mark, ive always wondered what your day schedule is like. do you wake up and just build, build, build? and then build more?
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| December 18, 2009, 12:51 pm
Oh thanks, and in your opinion, is it better to buy legos from pick a brick or from the store direct, and have you heard of their holiday boxes?
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| December 18, 2009, 1:32 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Mark, while I was in Arizona, I showed my Mom my page here, she now thinks she went horribly wrong in my upbringing, oh well. While we were on the pages I showed her your Invisible Hand, she was stunned someone could do that with Lego. Then we linked to your art website and she was even more amazed with your wildlife paintings. So here's to you, cheers.


Cheers! And about that whole "went horribly wrong" thing...yeah...I confess some suspicions as well!


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| December 18, 2009, 3:01 pm
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761 (46th ODST platoon)
mark, ive always wondered what your day schedule is like. do you wake up and just build, build, build? and then build more?


I usually build in the evenings after my wife has gone to bed. She's not interested in the hobby, so that's kind of the "me time" sort of thing. Now and again I'll build in the day as well, but that's usually only if the work schedule isn't real hectic. (and lately it HAS been!) So I get about maybe one to two hours to build each day. Often, though, I'll end up on line with some of the AFOLS during those opportunities, so I don't build as much as I'd like. But it's worth it to hang with my friends!

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| December 18, 2009, 3:07 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Okay, okay...sorry, but you know that was too good to pass up.

Yeah - I knew I went in too deep right after I posted that...

Quoting Mark Kelso
No I don't do anything else for a living. I work full time as an artist, painting for galleries, displaying in museums, and doing private commissions. I've also worked for years with a licensing agent who will use my paintings in a more commercial capacity, providing images to corporate clients for anything they'd like my work on...coffee mugs, t-shirts, calendars, puzzles, you name it.
That's way-cool, eventually I hope to use art as my ocupation, but I have quite a way to go for that. On the subject of art, your painting of the Ringwraiths (from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) was very well done - and seeing it really encouraged me to continue building my weathertop.

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| December 18, 2009, 3:12 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

Who says I keep my wife off the streets?


You'll all notice he answered that before I had a chance to...
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| December 18, 2009, 4:40 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

(only a Gallagher fan's gonna get that one)


It's the handiest and the dandiest kitchen tool you've ever seen, and don'tcha wanna know how it works?

It is... Sledge-O-Matic!

You people haven't lived until you've heard Kelso do this entire sales pitch on the way back from getting coffee for the entire sleep deprived Brickworld gang.

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| December 18, 2009, 4:42 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

You'll all notice he answered that before I had a chance to...

Oh - Mark's faster then most of us, that's why the ladies like him so much...
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| December 18, 2009, 4:55 pm
Quoting King Borether
Quoting Areetsa C
Well, I'm not Kelso, but I do know that for some people (namely me, me, and myself) humour comes naturally.


Same here! I do tons of funny things!

me to...but it usually tuns out in someone getting caught on fire
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| December 18, 2009, 5:20 pm
Mr. Kelso, how do you even go about making anything as big as your Invisible Hand? I wish I could make something that big, but I'm not sure quite how I would do it. Do you have any suggestions?
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| December 18, 2009, 5:43 pm
hey kelso, nice rudolph costume:)...rudolf or rudolph...?
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| December 18, 2009, 9:38 pm
Quoting Jake .
hey kelso, nice rudolph costume:)...rudolf or rudolph...?

what the heck do you mean Jake?
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| December 18, 2009, 9:39 pm
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Quoting Commander Thorn (formerly s1w2i3t4c5h6f7o8o9t0)
Mr. Kelso, how do you even go about making anything as big as your Invisible Hand? I wish I could make something that big, but I'm not sure quite how I would do it. Do you have any suggestions?


Well, if you're like me, you have to be too stupid to know any better! (I'll probably have to moderate THAT comment.)

Okay seriously...I'd recommend just going over a few things in your mind before starting a massive MOC of any kind. Ask yourself a few questions...

Am I interested enough in this to potentially spend months doing it?
Are there any shapes, details, or structural elements that may be problematic in the form of LEGO?
Does Lego make the parts I'll need in the colors I'll need?
How expensive are those parts, and are enough available through sellers (PAB and Bricklink, namely) to do what you want?
And finally, is money going to be an issue?

If you feel you can tackle the project, then try to think through the steps to decide what needs to come first, and what elements will come later. Think about it 3-dimensionally as well, to know that you've got a fair understanding of the form you want from all angles.

After that, it's probably time to dive in and start building. For a ship, I'll work on the skeleton first, and then start building the details after. When doing the detailed work, I'll take it a little bit at a time, working one area until it's completely done, and then moving to the next (like you see in the Journal Entries for the Invisible Hand). There are some things you can plan for, but also a lot of problems will arise that you can't foresee, and those will simply have to be delt with as they come up.

There's probably a lot more that could be said on this (and I'd LOVE to hear from Keith Goldman, Lee Jones, Thomas Benedikt, or anyone else who's tackled the large creations), but hopefully that helps a bit.


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| December 18, 2009, 9:40 pm
Quoting j. v
what the heck do you mean Jake?

look at his buddy icon
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| December 18, 2009, 9:41 pm
Quoting Jake .
look at his buddy icon

okey dokey
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| December 18, 2009, 9:46 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

There's probably a lot more that could be said on this (and I'd LOVE to hear from Keith Goldman, Lee Jones, Thomas Benedikt, or anyone else who's tackled the large creations), but hopefully that helps a bit.



As an addendum, if said large ship/base is to be used as scenery for a comic or something similar, it's quite easy to just build some interchangeable wall and floor panels to give the impression of a significantly larger environment than actually exists.

Of course, it's important to remember the shape of the corridors (floor plans are handy) and I definitely don't suggest doing it to pretend you've made a massive SHIP.

Although doing it WOULD chalk you up on the list of "Greatest Lego Deceptions Of All Time" candidates in the MOCies.
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| December 18, 2009, 10:04 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well, if you're like me, you have to be too stupid to know any better! (I'll probably have to moderate THAT comment.)

Okay seriously...I'd recommend just going over a few things in your mind before starting a massive MOC of any kind. Ask yourself a few questions...

Am I interested enough in this to potentially spend months doing it?
Are there any shapes, details, or structural elements that may be problematic in the form of LEGO?
Does Lego make the parts I'll need in the colors I'll need?
How expensive are those parts, and are enough available through sellers (PAB and Bricklink, namely) to do what you want?
And finally, is money going to be an issue?

If you feel you can tackle the project, then try to think through the steps to decide what needs to come first, and what elements will come later. Think about it 3-dimensionally as well, to know that you've got a fair understanding of the form you want from all angles.

After that, it's probably time to dive in and start building. For a ship, I'll work on the skeleton first, and then start building the details after. When doing the detailed work, I'll take it a little bit at a time, working one area until it's completely done, and then moving to the next (like you see in the Journal Entries for the Invisible Hand). There are some things you can plan for, but also a lot of problems will arise that you can't foresee, and those will simply have to be delt with as they come up.

There's probably a lot more that could be said on this (and I'd LOVE to hear from Keith Goldman, Lee Jones, Thomas Benedikt, or anyone else who's tackled the large creations), but hopefully that helps a bit.


Thanks, Mr. Kelso. That was very helpful.
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| December 18, 2009, 10:24 pm
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Quoting Commander Thorn (formerly s1w2i3t4c5h6f7o8o9t0)
Thanks, Mr. Kelso. That was very helpful.


Really? Cause I just made all of that up. Kidding!...I'M KIDDING!!!

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| December 19, 2009, 11:55 am
Can you explain to me the website Bricklink? Ive gone on it, and its a really good site, but my parents are not convinced of its trustworthiness.
1) My parents' primary concern is any exchanging of credit card info over the internet to any non US countries. Is there any buyer protection?

2) I didnt see any shipping fees of any sort. Is there any shipping fee?

3) do you have to be a site member to purchase items?
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| December 19, 2009, 4:19 pm
Quoting brick freak
Can you explain to me the website Bricklink? Ive gone on it, and its a really good site, but my parents are not convinced of its trustworthiness.
1) My parents' primary concern is any exchanging of credit card info over the internet to any non US countries. Is there any buyer protection?

2) I didnt see any shipping fees of any sort. Is there any shipping fee?

3) do you have to be a site member to purchase items?


1 Don't know about buyer protection, but a debit card would be a good idea when buying anything online.

2 Shipping costs are chosen by the individual sellers, I believe.

3 Of course you do.
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| December 19, 2009, 5:26 pm
Quoting brick freak
1) My parents' primary concern is any exchanging of credit card info over the internet to any non US countries. Is there any buyer protection?

If you use Pay-Pal, the BrickLink seller will never see your credit/debit card number.
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| December 19, 2009, 6:52 pm
Hey Mark, if I want to make a GOOD ship, and I only have so many smaller parts, so what do I do? Here are my big parts...

- 1x16 fat pieces (x5)
- 2x16 flat plates (x2)
- Other 12, 10, 8, etc.

Thanks if you can help and Happy Holidays to all!
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| December 19, 2009, 6:57 pm
Quoting JD Luse
If you use Pay-Pal, the BrickLink seller will never see your credit/debit card number.

Pay-Pal rocks socks right off... It is not but awesome-sauce.
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| December 19, 2009, 8:34 pm
hey kelso, just out of curiosity. how does it feel to have THE MOST popular moc ever?
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| December 19, 2009, 10:23 pm
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Quoting brick freak
Can you explain to me the website Bricklink? Ive gone on it, and its a really good site, but my parents are not convinced of its trustworthiness.
1) My parents' primary concern is any exchanging of credit card info over the internet to any non US countries. Is there any buyer protection?

2) I didnt see any shipping fees of any sort. Is there any shipping fee?

3) do you have to be a site member to purchase items?


The others basically answered your questions, so I won't repeat what they've said (which is correct, by the way). I can certainly attest to the quality of service from Bricklink in general.

I've placed countless orders from sellers in the US as well as overseas. In that time, I've not had a SINGLE order that wasn't delivered in a timely fashion with accurate parts count! That's not to say it doesn't happen, but personally speaking, it's been fantastic. I've always used Paypal, and have (knock on wood!) never had a problem in that regard either.

So for what it's worth, I recommend Bricklink whole-heartedly, and with a great deal of confidence.

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| December 19, 2009, 10:25 pm
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Quoting Jake .
hey kelso, just out of curiosity. how does it feel to have THE MOST popular moc ever?


Pretty awesome! But to put things in perspective, it's only THE MOST popular MOC on MOCpages.

Now that's nothing to sneer at, but there's a great big Lego world out there, and in comparison to countless other creations I've seen, the Invisible Hand is mediocre at best. And at some point something else will come along and knock it off it's throne. But for the time being, I'm honored to have the creation in the spotlight.

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| December 19, 2009, 10:30 pm
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Quoting Jake .
hey kelso, just out of curiosity. how does it feel to have THE MOST popular moc ever?


Oh man he never shuts up about it! That's all I hear about constantly...

"This one time, I had a bowl of ice cream while I was building my most popular moc of all time, the Invisble hand."
and
"I remember thinking of my ex girlfriend while building the most popular moc of all time the Invisible hand."

Oh wait... what? He already responded to this? ummm... never mind.
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| December 19, 2009, 10:50 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

the Invisible Hand is mediocre at best.


(gagging on my own tongue) WHAT?!

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| December 19, 2009, 11:30 pm
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Quoting brick freak

(gagging on my own tongue) WHAT?!


As awesome as it is, Lord Kelso speaks the truth. There's a HUGE lego world out there that a lot of you newer guys just haven't seen. Take (just for a small example) Thomas Benedikt and his AMAZING home one. Kelso and I both agree that this didn't get HALF the recognition it deserved.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/105030

and check out Thomas' other stuff while you're there. It's ALL like that.

Of course, Kelso is still "Lord Kelso" and don't any of you forget it!

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| December 19, 2009, 11:46 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Of course, Kelso is still "Lord Kelso" and don't any of you forget it!


I'm bowing to my shrine of him right now.

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| December 19, 2009, 11:57 pm
Quoting Brady G
MOCpages:Overpopulated, completely overrun with YFOL and the genial spam they bring, but fun and easy if you can find somewhere safe.


Really? I hadn't noticed. This is probably just because I ignore just about all of the mocpages groups, though.
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| December 20, 2009, 12:52 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Give it to me baby! Uh-huh! Uh-huh!

Ok.. I have a question: what does it mean by the "number of visits" that is on you homepage under your recent activity?
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| December 20, 2009, 1:05 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Of course, Kelso is still "Lord Kelso" and don't any of you forget it!

*Gollum's voice* Yes master, we won't be naughty! We'll be good, Master!
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| December 20, 2009, 2:11 am
Can you please explain "Layers" to me. I have been on photoshop more than I have been on MOCpages but still do not have it completely figured out. Another question, when you open up a photo how do you open up more in the same page to like put it in the corner?
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| December 20, 2009, 8:16 am
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Oh man he never shuts up about it! That's all I hear about constantly...

"This one time, I had a bowl of ice cream while I was building my most popular moc of all time, the Invisble hand."
and
"I remember thinking of my ex girlfriend while building the most popular moc of all time the Invisible hand."

Oh wait... what? He already responded to this? ummm... never mind.


Don't forget..."One day at band camp, I was building the Invisible Hand, and..."

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| December 20, 2009, 10:25 am
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Quoting Deviss .
Ok.. I have a question: what does it mean by the "number of visits" that is on you homepage under your recent activity?


Just counts the number of hits your homepage has on MOCpages.
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| December 20, 2009, 10:31 am
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Quoting Jø®dån L.
Can you please explain "Layers" to me. I have been on photoshop more than I have been on MOCpages but still do not have it completely figured out. Another question, when you open up a photo how do you open up more in the same page to like put it in the corner?


Layers: LAYERS in photoshop allows you to break up an image into countless ways so you can adjust one portion of the image without effecting the rest of it. Say you've got a minifig and a background in a single pic. You can turn the fig and the background into two seperate layers, which can then be manipulated seperately however you see fit.

Here are a couple of threads that include some step by step tutorials that I posted a while back. If you've got the time, try going through them, and that might help you to better understand how layers functions.

http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=35437

http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=35881



Opening up a second image:

1) Just do the same thing you did with the first image...go to FILE, OPEN, select the image you want.
2) You can then go to SELECT, click ALL, go to EDIT, click CUT or COPY.
3) Close out the window that you copied (or cut) the image from (DO NOT SAVE CHANGES!).
4) Finally, go to EDIT, and click PASTE. Your new image should appear on the screen and be ready to adjust.

Hope this helped!


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| December 20, 2009, 10:48 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Jø®dån L.
Can you please explain "Layers" to me. I have been on photoshop more than I have been on MOCpages but still do not have it completely figured out. Another question, when you open up a photo how do you open up more in the same page to like put it in the corner?


Layers: LAYERS in photoshop allows you to break up an image into countless ways so you can adjust one portion of the image without effecting the rest of it. Say you've got a minifig and a background in a single pic. You can turn the fig and the background into two seperate layers, which can then be manipulated seperately however you see fit.

Here are a couple of threads that include some step by step tutorials that I posted a while back. If you've got the time, try going through them, and that might help you to better understand how layers functions.

http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=35437

http://mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=35881



Opening up a second image:

1) Just do the same thing you did with the first image...go to FILE, OPEN, select the image you want.
2) You can then go to SELECT, click ALL, go to EDIT, click CUT or COPY.
3) Close out the window that you copied (or cut) the image from (DO NOT SAVE CHANGES!).
4) Finally, go to EDIT, and click PASTE. Your new image should appear on the screen and be ready to adjust.

Hope this helped!


Thank you very much for the help. My "skills" have improved a LOT.
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| December 20, 2009, 3:14 pm
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Quoting Deviss .
Ok.. I have a question: what does it mean by the "number of visits" that is on you homepage under your recent activity?


Kelso's right BUT... it hasn't actually worked for over a year. That's another issue that Sean is aware of and will be fixing when he can. My counter has read about 15,000 for as long as I can remember.
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| December 20, 2009, 5:07 pm
WOO! 2000th comment! photo shop is too complex for me.
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| December 20, 2009, 6:54 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Pretty awesome! But to put things in perspective, it's only THE MOST popular MOC on MOCpages.

Now that's nothing to sneer at, but there's a great big Lego world out there, and in comparison to countless other creations I've seen, the Invisible Hand is mediocre at best. And at some point something else will come along and knock it off it's throne. But for the time being, I'm honored to have the creation in the spotlight.

is the invisible hand still together or did you scrap it at use the 10,000 pieces for something else?
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| December 20, 2009, 7:04 pm
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Quoting Jake .
is the invisible hand still together or did you scrap it at use the 10,000 pieces for something else?


I can answer that one for ya. He tore it down and (I think he's done) sorted the parts out. We held a candle light vigil with a moment of silence when he first started...
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| December 20, 2009, 7:06 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Kelso's right BUT... it hasn't actually worked for over a year. That's another issue that Sean is aware of and will be fixing when he can. My counter has read about 15,000 for as long as I can remember.


I noticed that... i went to your homepage the other day and it was the same as last time ( weeks ago)
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| December 20, 2009, 8:23 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Jake .
is the invisible hand still together or did you scrap it at use the 10,000 pieces for something else?


It got scrapped pretty quickly after it's completion. Bits of it went into the making of the Rusty Ferret last year (which is also now deconstructed) and now a lot of the same parts are going into the Eye of Chaos SHIP I'm working on. Lego was into recycling before it was fashionable!


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| December 20, 2009, 9:02 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

Lego was into recycling before it was fashionable!


Too bad you don't have a lot of green bricks to go along with that.
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| December 20, 2009, 9:16 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Too bad you don't have a lot of green bricks to go along with that.


...said the owner of the world's largest collection of green TILES!

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