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What? Is that it?! Huh?! IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!!! C'mon! Bring it, people!!!!


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| January 1, 2010, 9:32 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
What? Is that it?! Huh?! IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!!! C'mon! Bring it, people!!!!


How do you make a structural design for ships?
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| January 1, 2010, 9:41 am
Wait.. Kelso DC con? early march is this true? Is it LEGO only or a mismatch of things? Where can i find some more info? (im in PA so DC isnt a hard place for me to get too)
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| January 1, 2010, 10:38 am
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Quoting Erik .
How do you make a structural design for ships?


I can tell you of some things to keep in mind that might help...

Try to visualize your design into geometric forms that work well with Lego. (triangles, cubes, etc.) The Invisible Hand, for example, was an elongated cube with curved elements attatched to the outside.

For larger ships, I'll use technic pieces for the skeleton. Bricks and Plates can then be added to the exterior for more form and detail, while the interior is hollow (thus lighter weight) and strong (due to the technic pieces capacity for clutch strength).

As you think about your design, try to visualize ahead of time where potential stress points will be, and build accordingly. This will help to minimize the potential for larger creations to break as the weight increases.

You could consider doing sections at a time, and then putting each section together at the end with Technic pins. This allows for easier handling during construction, and the ability to move each section of the MOC around, viewing it continually from all sides.

Hope these tips help. Others feel free to jump in here with any thoughts or advice.

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| January 1, 2010, 11:21 am
what are some good tips on taking good pics? and how do you get them noticed?
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| January 1, 2010, 11:23 am
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Quoting Owen Williams
Wait.. Kelso DC con? early march is this true? Is it LEGO only or a mismatch of things? Where can i find some more info? (im in PA so DC isnt a hard place for me to get too)


Well, I just looked up a link to Brickfest in DC, and there are no new events scheduled. However, they did have a link for BrickFair in the summer:

http://www.brickfair.com/

Might be worth looking into.


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| January 1, 2010, 11:25 am
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Quoting Joseph Phillips
what are some good tips on taking good pics? and how do you get them noticed?


Much better tone, thank you.

Okay, then...Pics! These are my top recommendations:

1) Use a tripod, or at the very least, something to brace your hand on, WHENEVER you take a shot. This will eliminate blur, which can be a big problem with a lot of builders here on MOCpages.

2) Proper light: Set up a good light source for your MOC, AND...and this is kind of important...AND, use a white board of some kind (even if it's just a big sheet of paper) to reflect light onto your MOC in the shadow areas. This will even out the light across the surface of the MOC and keep it from coming across too bright in some places and too dark in others. If that's too much to mess with, then I'd say at least try to photograph your MOC outside in an area that gets plenty of reflective light (the shade of a tree, the shadow side of your house, under a porch, etc.)

3.) Use some kind of photo editing tool to eliminate the background, or take pics of your MOC surrounded by white or black boards (like foamcore boards). This will make your presentation SO much nicer, and you'll be amazed at how many more people will notice the creation.

4.) Getting attention. The clean shot and a clean background is your best bet. You can also just try to take some time to participate in groups, leave comments for people, and be fun and polite on a consistent basis. It sounds simple, but that's what works. The creations don't have to be extraordinary to get looks, but they do need to be clean in appearance, and it helps to be seen and heard from consistently.

Hope those thoughts help. Cheers!

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| January 1, 2010, 11:46 am
that did help. thanks. i have a tripod 3 to be exact and i used it on my new creations. my best one with the tripd was the one titled me on the video crew. could you check it out and see where i could improve. i want to get this right and i want a pros advice.
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| January 1, 2010, 11:50 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well, I just looked up a link to Brickfest in DC, and there are no new events scheduled. However, they did have a link for BrickFair in the summer:

http://www.brickfair.com/

Might be worth looking into.


Maybe they renamed? I schedluald for brickfest last year for the summer in (virginia?) I wasnt sure. Anyways I could not attend do to relationship.... So I was excited to hear something about march. Although as you have stated nothing new has been scheduald.... heheh funny typing. Anyways thanks Kelso! Now get off the CPU and go get some Sheep... heheh another sleeping pun... Thanks again.
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| January 1, 2010, 12:02 pm
You, Phipson and SHEEP. I gotta ask, what's up with that? I keep hearing sheep-puns all over the place...
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| January 1, 2010, 1:44 pm
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Quoting brick freak
You, Phipson and SHEEP. I gotta ask, what's up with that? I keep hearing sheep-puns all over the place...


Honestly, you're better off not knowing. It's a ba-a-a-a-d joke that's actually about to be retired.
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| January 1, 2010, 4:10 pm
Quoting brick freak
You, Phipson and SHEEP. I gotta ask, what's up with that? I keep hearing sheep-puns all over the place...



Let me put it this way: the Aussies say we do it, and we say the Aussies do it, and in times of war we both say The Enemy do it.
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| January 1, 2010, 5:21 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Honestly, you're better off not knowing. It's a ba-a-a-a-d joke that's actually about to be retired.

Oh and your stopping right there eh phipson..? hahahahah... Thats ba-a-a-a-a-d lol (;
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| January 1, 2010, 10:14 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
4.) Getting attention. The clean shot and a clean background... and it helps to be seen and heard from consistently.

Those are some interesting (And true) points, but I would include (And I hope I'm not intruding on Kelso's game) but, I've found that if you use an 'overall shot' type of picture as the main image, the creation usually gets more attention, because viewers can see right away, what they're lookin' at. Whenever I try putting an artistic picture of the creation as the 'thumbnail image' the creation doesn't get half attention one that has an 'overall shot' does...
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| January 2, 2010, 4:54 am
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Those are some interesting (And true) points, but I would include (And I hope I'm not intruding on Kelso's game) but, I've found that if you use an 'overall shot' type of picture as the main image, the creation usually gets more attention, because viewers can see right away, what they're lookin' at. Whenever I try putting an artistic picture of the creation as the 'thumbnail image' the creation doesn't get half attention one that has an 'overall shot' does...


Definitely a good point!

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| January 2, 2010, 8:28 am
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Quoting Joseph Phillips
that did help. thanks. i have a tripod 3 to be exact and i used it on my new creations. my best one with the tripd was the one titled me on the video crew. could you check it out and see where i could improve. i want to get this right and i want a pros advice.


I left a quick comment for you on the page. Hope it helps, as well. If you want to ask more about it, just fire away here on the thread.
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| January 2, 2010, 8:34 am
thanks you know you are cooler than i thought. that's a comment. i will add you as a fav. thanks for the advice.
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| January 2, 2010, 9:56 am
When taking pictures of a MOC that is black, there is always a glare. How do you fix this? Also, (this question might seam immature) What should my buddy icon be?
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| January 2, 2010, 11:39 am
Quoting Jordan Lee
When taking pictures of a MOC that is black, there is always a glare. How do you fix this? Also, (this question might seam immature) What should my buddy icon be?

Your current one is awesome hahah.
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| January 2, 2010, 1:03 pm
Hey kelso. Your not so good at this! But you can help me out anyways. I'm having trouble thinking of a new varient design. I know your a fan of the soviet varients i did but what should i work on next? Varients are so much fun because im makign something that is actually real just made how i would liek to see it haha. Help me out man! Thanks~ Owen
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| January 2, 2010, 1:05 pm
Quoting Jordan Lee
When taking pictures of a MOC that is black, there is always a glare. How do you fix this? Also, (this question might seam immature) What should my buddy icon be?


I'm no expert at pictures, but I suggest you take the pictures outside in a shady area. that way you get natural light without the glare.

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| January 2, 2010, 1:37 pm
The main pic looks pretty good, but something to consider for future shots is lighting continuity. The light hitting the MOC, and the light on the mountains in the background appear very different. If you want to give the illusion of your creation actually feeling like it's in the environment surrounding it, try to use the same DIRECTION of light, and the same COLOR of light (yellow? white? blue? red?...that sort of thing).

By the way, great light with the pics of the interior of the MOC

Thanks Mark, great advice. I went and looked it over and see what you mean, back to the drawing board!
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| January 2, 2010, 2:29 pm
Quoting Jordan Lee
When taking pictures of a MOC that is black, there is always a glare. How do you fix this? Also, (this question might seam immature) What should my buddy icon be?

you should make it a close up shot of the nerds face. also i am trying the umbrella technique like you said they do for your team pics. i am going to attemp ATTEMPT making one with desk lamps. we will see what happens.
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| January 2, 2010, 3:05 pm
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Quoting Jordan Lee
When taking pictures of a MOC that is black, there is always a glare. How do you fix this? Also, (this question might seam immature) What should my buddy icon be?


You're always going to get some glare with black. That's just the way it is when working with plastic. BUT...

If you photograph outside, pick an area that is in the shade; no direct light. If you're photographing with non-natural light (overhead lights, desk lamps, etc.), keep them at a fair distance, and try using a white board or two just outside of the camera frame, to reflect light onto the shadowed areas. This will help to even out the values and cause your highlighted areas to appear less extreme.

And if you own an SLR camera, you can also purchase (pretty inexpensively) what's called a polarizer. It fits on to the end of your lens and as you rotate it, the glare from reflective surfaces changes. This is a great tool the photographers use constantly to reduce glare.

And buddy icon, okay, let's see...hmmm...how about...HOW THE --- SHOULD I KNOW!!!! I mean, it's YOUR icon, for cryin' out loud...right?...RIGHT? Pick what you like.

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| January 2, 2010, 9:42 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

You're always going to get some glare with black. That's just the way it is when working with plastic. BUT...

If you photograph outside, pick an area that is in the shade; no direct light. If you're photographing with non-natural light (overhead lights, desk lamps, etc.), keep them at a fair distance, and try using a white board or two just outside of the camera frame, to reflect light onto the shadowed areas. This will help to even out the values and cause your highlighted areas to appear less extreme.

And if you own an SLR camera, you can also purchase (pretty inexpensively) what's called a polarizer. It fits on to the end of your lens and as you rotate it, the glare from reflective surfaces changes. This is a great tool the photographers use constantly to reduce glare.

Hey Kelso what does Permalink mean? I always see it at the bottom of comments.
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| January 2, 2010, 9:44 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Hey Kelso what does Permalink mean? I always see it at the bottom of comments.


It's a kind of hair weave that has lots of curls in it for women with perms. Next question...


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| January 2, 2010, 9:46 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

It's a kind of hair weave that has lots of curls in it for women with perms. Next question...


I'm serious though it is on the bottom of every comment after the actual comment it says as a link permalink.
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| January 2, 2010, 9:51 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
I don't have all of the parts for a big ship, but I want to make a detailed one. Any advice? (I also have found an ABUNDANT...big word... amount of gray pieces.)


Try using lots of detail. Next question...

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| January 2, 2010, 9:51 pm
Kelso I figured it out myself it gives you the permanent link.
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| January 2, 2010, 9:53 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I'm serious though it is on the bottom of every comment after the actual comment it says as a link permalink.


Sorry...I'm in one of THOSE moods. A permalink functions as a direct link to a page (used most of the time in blogs to get you directly to a specific page or location). I've not used the permalink feature here, but I assume it's for that same purpose. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

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| January 2, 2010, 9:59 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
I don't have all of the parts for a big ship, but I want to make a detailed one. Any advice? (I also have found an ABUNDANT...big word... amount of gray pieces.)


Okay, seriously...Detail is cool, for sure. Your best bet is to just play with connections or unusual ways to link the smallest of your pieces (fig utensils are often great parts for detail work). Whatever you do, though, try not to go overboard with detail. IMO, any good MOC has areas of high detail mixed with other areas that are relatively plain. That way the eye doesn't get overwhelmed, and a balance is created.

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| January 2, 2010, 10:02 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
What? Is that it?! Huh?! IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!!! C'mon! Bring it, people!!!!



Hey Mark I have a few questions...

I've heard of BrickWorld, BrickCon, BrickFest, and BrickFair... are there any more? what are the differences? Where do they meet? Also,
do you know what the procedure is for getting a spot in one of them to show your stuff?
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| January 3, 2010, 12:43 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Sorry...I'm in one of THOSE moods.


Your time of the month? Anyway, whenever I go to create a page, there's a yellow bar across the top that says something analogous to 'create a group or else this page will be deleted' Can the head cheese do something to get rid of that?
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| January 3, 2010, 3:02 pm
Quoting Brick Freak

Your time of the month? Anyway, whenever I go to create a page, there's a yellow bar across the top that says something analogous to 'create a group or else this page will be deleted' Can the head cheese do something to get rid of that?


Thats weird.
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| January 3, 2010, 3:37 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
Okay. Thanks?


Sorry, dude...couldn't help myself. Did you catch my ACTUAL response above?

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| January 3, 2010, 8:43 pm
Quoting Rustiiko B-16

Thats weird.

What? Part one or part two of my comment?

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| January 3, 2010, 8:53 pm
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Quoting Brick Freak

Your time of the month? Anyway, whenever I go to create a page, there's a yellow bar across the top that says something analogous to 'create a group or else this page will be deleted' Can the head cheese do something to get rid of that?


Well now, THAT's a new one. Let me try creating a new page first to see what happens on my end (I'll have to do this in the morning). After that I'll either get back with you, or at least let you know that I've set word to the Godfather if I can't figure it out (which is more than likely!).

I'll let ya know.

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| January 3, 2010, 8:58 pm
It's because some people* used to have an irritating habit of posting 'alliance pages' and 'contest' pages instead of mocs.

Now it's stickerspam.

*protoclonetards.
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| January 3, 2010, 9:03 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well now, THAT's a new one. Let me try creating a new page first to see what happens on my end (I'll have to do this in the morning). After that I'll either get back with you, or at least let you know that I've set word to the Godfather if I can't figure it out (which is more than likely!).

I'll let ya know.

It's not hindering the process of making the page in any way though. It just bugs me because I keep thinking that my page will get deleted. I'm sure it has some new mocpages users confused.

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| January 3, 2010, 9:04 pm
Maybe it's just my perception of the words. It says:
Starting a contest, alliance, group, or club? Create a group instead of using this page.
(Otherwise this page will be deleted. )

Is it?

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| January 3, 2010, 9:10 pm
Quoting Areetsa C


*protoclonetards.

meaning?
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| January 3, 2010, 9:14 pm
Are you sure you're reading it right?
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| January 3, 2010, 9:16 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
meaning?


Don't bother asking Areetsa a question. He's too stubborn to answer to people of a lower social-class.
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| January 3, 2010, 9:23 pm
Quoting Daniel Smith (Previously The501stLego )

Don't bother asking Areetsa a question. He's too stubborn to answer to people of a lower social-class.

I see.
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| January 3, 2010, 9:24 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
meaning?


Early versions of the clonetards.

Favoured the EP-III clones.
Fed was the most famous one.


You don't see them much anymore, now the groups exist. They really loved their alliances they did.

Of course, with the shortages of clones to paint, a lot of them moved on to the new EP-II ones.
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| January 3, 2010, 9:37 pm
Quoting Daniel Smith (Previously The501stLego )

Don't bother asking Areetsa a question. He's too stubborn to answer to people of a lower social-class.


Oh, I answer questions just fine.

People don't always get the answers they want, but they do usually get one.

As for social classes...
Who knows.

I know I don't plan to get a college/university education, anyway. Guess that makes me more clever than all the educated kids with student loans...




Anyway, if all goes well, the answer should be through moderation soon.
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| January 3, 2010, 9:39 pm
While you're in that mood... Kelso, Have you ever kissed a frog? Besides Phipson (Oh - but wait, he would be considered a toad, wouldn't he?)
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| January 3, 2010, 11:44 pm
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
(Oh - but wait, he would be considered a toad, wouldn't he?)


Horny toad to be exact actually... and that's MR. Horny toad to you boy!
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| January 3, 2010, 11:54 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Horny toad to be exact actually... and that's MR. Horny toad to you boy!


I thought you were a Cane Toad...
Strange.

Invasive species and all that, from what I've heard, you're a VERY invasive person.


Nudge nudge, wink wink and all that.
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| January 4, 2010, 12:22 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Horny toad to be exact actually... and that's MR. Horny toad to you boy!

Oh - 'scuse me, Sir! I'll remember that from now on, Mr. Horny Toad Sir! Shall I get it embroidered on your undergarments too, Sir?
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| January 4, 2010, 12:39 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
What? Is that it?! Huh?! IS THAT ALL YOU GOT!!! C'mon! Bring it, people!!!!


Have you ever been televised for example on the news because of one of your models?
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| January 4, 2010, 5:59 am
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
While you're in that mood... Kelso, Have you ever kissed a frog? Besides Phipson (Oh - but wait, he would be considered a toad, wouldn't he?)


No, but I frequently lick Poison Dart Frogs. (Dendrobates Azureus is my favorite!) That would explain a lot, huh?

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| January 4, 2010, 7:44 am
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Quoting Ed Petrie AKA General Warren
Have you ever been televised for example on the news because of one of your models?


Nope. I've been on television regularly for my art, both nationally and locally (which is pretty cool to be able to say), but not for my Lego.

My face is also plastered all over the post office, but maybe we shouldn't get into that.

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| January 4, 2010, 7:46 am
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Quoting Brick Freak
Maybe it's just my perception of the words. It says:
Starting a contest, alliance, group, or club? Create a group instead of using this page.
(Otherwise this page will be deleted. )


Ah, that's a different matter. Yeah, that's standard, nothing wrong there. It's just to let you know that there are seperate pages for starting groups or contests, and that the page you are on is for MOCs, that's all.


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| January 4, 2010, 7:50 am
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Quoting Joe P.
What would be the best color to build my ship in?


Ask yourself a few questions first...

How big is the ship going to be? And What colors do you feel you have enough of for the size you decide on?

If you feel you have enough parts in several colors, then think about the following things...

Do you want the ship to be more realistic or fantastic in its appearance? Greys as the primary color choices seem the most believable (just because that's what we see in military vessels around the world today). Is the ship going to be military? Civilian? Research or medical? Stealth? Each of those possibilities brings to mind a different color scheme to me.

I can't tell you what to go with, but those are some things you might think about. Good luck!

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| January 4, 2010, 8:50 am
how do you get a good backround for a creation? I dont have photoshop or anything. I looked at my black frigate and realized the contrast was really bad. could you tell me how to take a good pic? plus, the ship is black so Im worried about what would happen next time if i made another black creation and i used flash...
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| January 4, 2010, 10:53 am
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761 (46th ODST platoon)
how do you get a good backround for a creation? I dont have photoshop or anything. I looked at my black frigate and realized the contrast was really bad. could you tell me how to take a good pic? plus, the ship is black so Im worried about what would happen next time if i made another black creation and i used flash...


In my opinion white or black foam core board is your next best bet to a photo editing application when it comes to backgrounds. A white batch of boards will most certainly help with black MOCs in particular. Not only will the MOC show up better, but the light will bounce off of the boards and on to your MOC, giving it better over-all light.

To avoid using a flash, try setting up your MOC in an area with a lot of light. Natural light is always best because it will give you the purest colors and is usually strong enough where you won't need a flash. You can set up in a room with several windows, or take your MOC outside to a shaded area (avoiding direct sunlight).

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| January 4, 2010, 3:37 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting ODST serial 142-761 (46th ODST platoon)
how do you get a good backround for a creation? I dont have photoshop or anything. I looked at my black frigate and realized the contrast was really bad. could you tell me how to take a good pic? plus, the ship is black so Im worried about what would happen next time if i made another black creation and i used flash...


In my opinion white or black foam core board is your next best bet to a photo editing application when it comes to backgrounds. A white batch of boards will most certainly help with black MOCs in particular. Not only will the MOC show up better, but the light will bounce off of the boards and on to your MOC, giving it better over-all light.

To avoid using a flash, try setting up your MOC in an area with a lot of light. Natural light is always best because it will give you the purest colors and is usually strong enough where you won't need a flash. You can set up in a room with several windows, or take your MOC outside to a shaded area (avoiding direct sunlight).

True very well put. However if you are not so much a novice photographer I recomend using colors that suit your mood. But remember you need to have correct lighting. As a photographer for occupation I tend to stay away from photoshops except to place my name in the corners of my work. you must also (if you are not novice) pay attention to your ISO your aperture effects your shot too. Pay attention to "f" stops. I also do not reccomend 10mm cameras try moving up to a SLR if you can. As far as lights fluorescent works best for me (:
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| January 4, 2010, 4:08 pm
Some great advice there Owen, maybe Mark and Chris should add an "Ask Owen" thread for photography questions. I for one am having fits with my new camera, I am not good with all the settings.
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| January 4, 2010, 4:12 pm
I use a Kodak... (Which I have had several 'moments' with...)
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| January 4, 2010, 8:37 pm
Quoting Brick Freak
Which I have had several 'moments' with...


Now that's just unnatural!
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| January 4, 2010, 9:15 pm
hey. Im new, and was trying to figure out a good way to get the "plain white" kinda back ground effect. I gave it a try, with some white sheets, and wanted to see if that looked good to you guys. So please check it out. heres the link http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/177028
and p.s sorry for the blurry pics. im new to this.
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| January 4, 2010, 9:16 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

Now that's just unnatural!


I don't know what you're talking about, and that's probably for the best, but I mean moments as in Fits of rage...

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| January 4, 2010, 9:44 pm
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Quoting Owen Williams
True very well put. However if you are not so much a novice photographer I recomend using colors that suit your mood. But remember you need to have correct lighting. As a photographer for occupation I tend to stay away from photoshops except to place my name in the corners of my work. you must also (if you are not novice) pay attention to your ISO your aperture effects your shot too. Pay attention to "f" stops. I also do not reccomend 10mm cameras try moving up to a SLR if you can. As far as lights fluorescent works best for me (:


Absolutely. If you're even a reasonably accomplished photographer, then you can start playing with things like light sources, reflective light, color changes (by source or by time of day), focal lengths, etc. I think it's actually fun to see what one can come up with, without the use of editors. Before those applications came along, it was just the camera and the developing process.

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| January 5, 2010, 7:57 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Some great advice there Owen, maybe Mark and Chris should add an "Ask Owen" thread for photography questions. I for one am having fits with my new camera, I am not good with all the settings.


I'm assuming you have an SLR (you may have even mentioned that at some point). If you have access to a local library, go check out some introductory books on photography. They'll get you going on the fundementals (focal length, exposure time, composition, etc.) That's how I got started ages ago, and it was a good first step in feeling more comfortable with the camera, and taking good basic shots.

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| January 5, 2010, 8:01 am
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Quoting Sean Flynn
hey. Im new, and was trying to figure out a good way to get the "plain white" kinda back ground effect. I gave it a try, with some white sheets, and wanted to see if that looked good to you guys. So please check it out. heres the link http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/177028
and p.s sorry for the blurry pics. im new to this.


Yeah, looks pretty good, Sean. If you want to mess with it, you can try adjusting your light source so the background is even all the way across. Also if you have room, a sheet is pretty large, and you can get the vertical portion fairly far away from the MOC itself. In doing that, and by adjusting your focal length to a very shallow focal setting, you can cause the background to go out of focus. This will also help to even out the background in your pic and keep the eyes of the viewer focused on your creation.


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| January 5, 2010, 8:04 am
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Quoting Joe P.
Do you have pet of any kind, like maybe one to help you build? (Yes, like a dog species... or not really)


Well they only "help" by getting dog hair in everything I put together! But yeah, actually...I've got an Alaskan Malemute (named Elessar) and a Rough Collie (named Brenna).

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| January 5, 2010, 8:06 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'm assuming you have an SLR (you may have even mentioned that at some point). If you have access to a local library, go check out some introductory books on photography. They'll get you going on the fundementals (focal length, exposure time, composition, etc.) That's how I got started ages ago, and it was a good first step in feeling more comfortable with the camera, and taking good basic shots.

More good advice, thank you. I just bought an O'Riely book on PSE 8 that has been a big help so far with the photoshop, a camera book would aid me greatly.
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| January 5, 2010, 9:50 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Absolutely. If you're even a reasonably accomplished photographer, then you can start playing with things like light sources, reflective light, color changes (by source or by time of day), focal lengths, etc. I think it's actually fun to see what one can come up with, without the use of editors. Before those applications came along, it was just the camera and the developing process.

I can still remember my first dark room adventure... "its scary in here!!!" lol
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| January 5, 2010, 3:48 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well they only "help" by getting dog hair in everything I put together! But yeah, actually...I've got an Alaskan Malemute (named Elessar) and a Rough Collie (named Brenna).

You named your dog after Aragorn?
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| January 5, 2010, 5:12 pm
Quoting Rusty S.
You named your dog after Aragorn?


No, Tolkein named the characters after people's pets.
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| January 5, 2010, 5:14 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C

No, Tolkein named the characters after people's pets.


LOL!

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| January 5, 2010, 5:44 pm
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Quoting Rusty S.
You named your dog after Aragorn?


Yeah, see...when I decided to get this puppy, I spared no expense. I was put on a two year waiting list from one of the top Malamute breeders in the nation. His line contains multiple breed champions, including national award winners, and his parents are absolutely stunning. So I wanted a name fitting of the pride, elegance, and dignity of his lineage, and one reflecting the regal majesty of the breed...

Of course, he turned out to be as dumb as box of rocks, a complete klutz, and has no social graces whatsoever! And we usually call him Helessar instead.

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| January 5, 2010, 5:51 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

No, Tolkein named the characters after people's pets.

pwned!
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| January 5, 2010, 5:53 pm
I have a question for you kelso... what was your hardest to build moc... and WHY?
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| January 5, 2010, 5:55 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, see...when I decided to get this puppy, I spared no expense. I was put on a two year waiting list from one of the top Malamute breeders in the nation. His line contains multiple breed champions, including national award winners, and his parents are absolutely stunning. So I wanted a name fitting of the pride, elegance, and dignity of his lineage, and one reflecting the regal majesty of the breed...

Of course, he turned out to be as dumb as box of rocks, a complete klutz, and has no social graces whatsoever! And we usually call him Helessar instead.

Hahahahaha! What a let down... I'm allergic to dogs...
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| January 5, 2010, 6:05 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Of course, he turned out to be as dumb as box of rocks, a complete klutz, and has no social graces whatsoever! And we usually call him Helessar instead.

Yep - sounds like a normal life-time experience. It Wouldn't be life without ironic happenings like that. My Pug *eats* my LEGO... I tell him to take the MegaBloks... but he still chomps on my LEGO. I usually try to build on a high surface - yet if any part falls he'll usually perk his ears and sniff out the dropped ABS. It all boils down to the fact that he's simply jealous that I'm building with LEGO and not playing with him... but if he knew he was endangering his own life, as well as destroying what holds one of my hobbies together - he would probably find another way.
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| January 5, 2010, 6:21 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

No, but I frequently lick Poison Dart Frogs. (Dendrobates Azureus is my favorite!) That would explain a lot, huh?

And those actions are not followed by your acquiring of a purple rash?
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| January 5, 2010, 6:26 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
I agree with the dog hair thing... I have a Bugg (Boston Terrier/Pug mix) and Beagle/Black Lag mix. The Bugg (Ralphie) loves to take my pieces ;) And The Beagle/Lab mix (Dunes) always walks into me and kisses me while I build. Well, thanks for answering my question!


That's hilarious. Dogs can be SUCH a royal pain sometimes...like having kids. But also like having kids, life just wouldn't be as good without 'em. To me, they're worth every hair, indoor "accident," barf, and overturned trash can!

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| January 6, 2010, 7:54 am
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
And those actions are not followed by your acquiring of a purple rash?


Oh, so THAT's what that is!

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| January 6, 2010, 7:55 am
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Quoting Ryan T. M.
I have a question for you kelso... what was your hardest to build moc... and WHY?


So far, the Invisible Hand. The problems I encountered with a hanging MOC where surprisingly difficult in comparison to one that sits on a base of some kind. Under those conditions, the stress points completely change, and gravity quickly becomes your mortal adversary. Figuring out how to keep such a large MOC together WITHOUT a support of some kind (table, the ground, etc.) below it was daunting, to say the least.

I'm working with another SHIP build right now that may prove to be more difficult, but I've learned a lot since the Hand, and I've already approached this new one in a very different fashion. Time will tell if it's going to be as much of a --- as the Hand was.

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| January 6, 2010, 8:02 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Oh, so THAT's what that is!

Well, I'm no expert, but - yeah. That's what I would bet it was... There are only two known cures, you know.
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| January 6, 2010, 10:02 am
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
...There are only two known cures, you know.


Hmmm...dare I ask? Okay...I ask!

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| January 6, 2010, 10:37 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Hmmm...dare I ask? Okay...I ask!

Well - The first and MOST well know way is to get a Zebu to lick the enflamed area. You can rub a Zebu's tongue on it too, that would most likely be easiest.

But the second way includes some work... Just eat the entire frog. You die, but then the rash goes away as your body rots.
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| January 6, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Well - The first and MOST well know way is to get a Zebu to lick the enflamed area. You can rub a Zebu's tongue on it too, that would most likely be easiest.

But the second way includes some work... Just eat the entire frog. You die, but then the rash goes away as your body rots.


Yep, shouldn't have asked! ;)


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