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If he's ever in town... ask Kelso!
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Does this guy EVER stay at home? Kelso won't be back till next Saturday but feel free to ask your questions. If you're worthy of his greatness, he MAY answer you. He doesn't answer me... *sniff*
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| June 27, 2010, 12:19 pm
Mr. Kelso, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
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| June 27, 2010, 12:23 pm
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Quoting Nick Shelton
Mr. Kelso, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?


Ask the turtle... if he doesn't know, ask the owl. But I have a feeling the owl will cheat.
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| June 27, 2010, 12:34 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ask the turtle... if he doesn't know, ask the owl. But I have a feeling the owl will cheat.

No more Saturday morning TV for you Mister!
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| July 1, 2010, 9:40 am
Quoting Nick Shelton
Mr. Kelso, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

Oh i know this one! 374 licks(give or take between five to ten licks because Tootsie Roll Pops are not all the same) I'm serious I did a project my sophomore year on your question.
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| July 1, 2010, 10:20 am
Uhh, Kelso, how much greebling is too much greebling?
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| July 1, 2010, 6:44 pm
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Quoting Quantam Paradox
Uhh, Kelso, how much greebling is too much greebling?


There's no such thing! Nice name by the way. Your wouldn't happen to be twins with a guy named Temporal would ya?
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| July 1, 2010, 7:04 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

There's no such thing! Nice name by the way. Your wouldn't happen to be twins with a guy named Temporal would ya?


I think I've met that guy. Bloke has a real talent for giving people headaches.
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| July 1, 2010, 8:07 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

I think I've met that guy. Bloke has a real talent for giving people headaches.

Ahh, nerd humor.
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| July 1, 2010, 8:49 pm
If the number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?
-From http://www.uselessgraphics.com/P-T/questions.htm
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| July 2, 2010, 12:35 pm
Do you have any advice on how I can improve my WWII comic series?
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| July 2, 2010, 10:46 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
No more Saturday morning TV for you Mister!

Colonel sir you have had some terrifying buddy icons but this is scary!
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| July 2, 2010, 10:49 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
But, would I get to meet you? I was even thinking about autographs... *cough, cough*


You'd certainly get to meet me and Phipson, and a slew of others from MOCpages (and we're all glad to sign autographs). Now whether you'd survive the ordeal...that remains to be seen.


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| July 3, 2010, 7:53 pm
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Quoting Joe P.
I have a question if I should do this.

A couple of months ago, I was planning on deleting all of my LDD creations. I thought about it today and I wonder if I should build them in real bricks. I won't be able to build all of them if I do (Parts I don't have.) But I just wan't some advice if I should delete the LDD creations and build them in bricks. But I am still gonna delete the LDD... unless it's not a good idea...


Totally your call. I can say if it were me, I'd save the original designs on my computer, or some external source. It's always good to have a complete record of your work to refer back to, or simply to enjoy looking at from time to time.

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| July 3, 2010, 7:53 pm
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Quoting Aaron The Azure Knight .
Hey Kelso? I am building a futuristic car, and I would like some pointers.


Here ya go... http://www.muddycreekgermanshorthairpointers.com/
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| July 3, 2010, 7:58 pm
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Quoting Aaron The Azure Knight .
Hey Kelso? I am building a futuristic car, and I would like some pointers.


Sorry...couldn't resist. Okay, so futuristic car:

I'd say, for starters, try considering very slick, elongated lines in your design. Nothing too boxy. I'd also consider unique shapes (almost like you might find in a small space fighter or something), and unusual wheel placement. You could even consider some variation on the four wheel design by going with only three, or maybe five or six wheels. If you're hurting for ideas, you can also type in "futuristic concept cars" for a google search. I would imagine you would find several images that might help you out.

Good luck!

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| July 3, 2010, 8:07 pm
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Quoting William Meng
If the number 2 pencil is so popular, why is it still number 2?
-From http://www.uselessgraphics.com/P-T/questions.htm


Because I said so...next question.

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| July 3, 2010, 8:09 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

Here ya go... http://www.muddycreekgermanshorthairpointers.com/


The funniest part of this is that you TOTALLY just made that site up and happened to get lucky!
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| July 3, 2010, 8:10 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Do you have any advice on how I can improve my WWII comic series?


Yes...turn it into a WWE comic series.

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| July 3, 2010, 8:12 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Do you have any advice on how I can improve my WWII comic series?


Okay, seriously now...

I think you've had some good stuff going on with the concepts, but there are a couple of areas with the building techniques that I might recommend working on:

1) Try to eliminate the studs in your creations. They may be necessary to some degree in order to pose the figs, but for the most part, they are textural distractions that can interfere with the scenes you are creating. If you look at the majority of popular creations out there, you'll see that they are done with a no-studs approach, and look much cleaner because of it.

2) The other thing I might suggest is to create some "negative space" in your MOCs. Negative space (a term used in art) is an area of a creation where nothing is going on. It's a crucial element to a successful composition. Think about where you want the viewer's eye to go when they look at one of your creations, and keep most of the action or visual activity in that spot (or spots, if there's more than one important point of interest). In areas where you want less attention, try to keep your action to a minimum, and your color contrasts lower.

Again...if you've got stuff happening EVERYWHERE, then the eye can't focus on anything and it's all just looks too jumbled. This is true even with battle scenes.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. Best of luck with your next additions to the series!

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| July 4, 2010, 8:52 am
kelso whats the key to a great group that peopel wants to join
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| July 4, 2010, 8:56 am
dose brickworld ever come to england lets say london
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| July 4, 2010, 8:57 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Because I said so...next question.

Okay, serious question now. How can I make a big MOC if I don't have any large base-plates or a huge collection of bricks?
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| July 4, 2010, 12:54 pm
Quoting William Meng
Okay, serious question now. How can I make a big MOC if I don't have any large base-plates or a huge collection of bricks?

try use what you have and make the best of it!
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| July 4, 2010, 12:58 pm
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I'll take these for ya Mark...

Quoting Glenn Streeter
dose brickworld ever come to england lets say london


Not "BrickWorld" itself, no. But there may be some other Lego conventions in your area. We have a number of MOCpagers here from that side of the pond so maybe someone from England has some info. Your best bet would be just to try to google "Lego conventions in England" and see what comes up. Good luck!


Quoting Glenn Streeter
kelso whats the key to a great group that peopel wants to join


Originality. Sure, "everyone" loves star wars and things like that, but there's SO many star wars groups out there that when another one pops up, people just shrug it off. What you need to do is come up with an original idea that no one has thought of yet and go with that. Look at the groups that have large amounts of members and you'll see that they had an original idea that appealed to the masses. There will always be copiers and imitators (look at this group (advice), and things like the MocOlympics and MOCie awards for examples), but the original is the one that people remember.

So, be original and don't copy another idea that's been done to death and you should be able to create a successful group. (also, inviting a LOT of people doesn't hurt.) Good luck!
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| July 4, 2010, 4:34 pm
Quoting William Meng
Okay, serious question now. How can I make a big MOC if I don't have any large base-plates or a huge collection of bricks?

I am no one like or near the rank Kelso is, but before he does, I may be able to help you on this particular subject. You see, I used to have this trouble a lot. Before I joined MOCpages, I would always complain to my parents (I need a base plate or blah blah blah...) So I just built a scene with the parts I had with out a baseplate. It had all of the buildings or characters; anything in the scene spread out. Like an old western village type of thing. Now that is for a big scene MOC.

But if you are planning on a big MOC, MOC, as in Kelso-size ships here is what I do. I make the human eye think that something is there, but it really isn't (No, not photoshop). First (this is for a ship) make an 'outer shell' of the ship. Make sure it is nice a sturdy. Now you're thinking "Hey! The inside! You don't have to fill it in with bricks. This is also a way to add an interior. Plus it's much more lightweight. So you could use the parts you were gonna fill the inside in with to finish the rest of the MOC!

Hope this helped and Happy Building!
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| July 4, 2010, 4:41 pm
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Quoting William Meng
Okay, serious question now. How can I make a big MOC if I don't have any large base-plates or a huge collection of bricks?


Ummm... you really can't (Thank you captain obvious! HAHA). Although, there are a couple of "cheats" that I've seen used that if done CORRECTLY (and that's the key word here) can expand the overall size of your creation without the use of a ton of bricks. Kelso is currently using one on his SHIP that he's building. Instead of building the structural interior out of brick, he's using wood. It's a cheat, but it cuts down on brick and it works.

This basic principle can be used on layouts as well and you don't HAVE to use wood. For example, if you wanted to build a mountain, you could use cardboard boxes to give yourself some structure underneath, but you'll still have to use bricks on the outside to make the "actual" walls.

Other than that, there's really not much out there. We ALL want to be able to build things like "Zero hour on highway 44" by Goldman or "Containment" by Nannan, but without the brick, it really can't be done.

I wish there was an easy way to say it but...

Now, that being said... perhaps Master Kelso and his "artists" eyes can bring a different perspective to this problem. He's all about "drawing the eye" to a certain part of the moc and maybe somewhere in there, he's got another solution.

Bottom line, go mow some yards and ask your parent's for more chores so you can get more allowance money to by more bricks! Sounds like a bad plan but trust me... it'll work.

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| July 4, 2010, 4:50 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ummm... you really can't (Thank you captain obvious! HAHA). Although, there are a couple of "cheats" that I've seen used that if done CORRECTLY (and that's the key word here) can expand the overall size of your creation without the use of a ton of bricks. Kelso is currently using one on his SHIP that he's building. Instead of building the structural interior out of brick, he's using wood. It's a cheat, but it cuts down on brick and it works.

This basic principle can be used on layouts as well and you don't HAVE to use wood. For example, if you wanted to build a mountain, you could use cardboard boxes to give yourself some structure underneath, but you'll still have to use bricks on the outside to make the "actual" walls.

Other than that, there's really not much out there. We ALL want to be able to build things like "Zero hour on highway 44" by Goldman or "Containment" by Nannan, but without the brick, it really can't be done.

I wish there was an easy way to say it but...

Now, that being said... perhaps Master Kelso and his "artists" eyes can bring a different perspective to this problem. He's all about "drawing the eye" to a certain part of the moc and maybe somewhere in there, he's got another solution.

Bottom line, go mow some yards and ask your parent's for more chores so you can get more allowance money to by more bricks! Sounds like a bad plan but trust me... it'll work.

So if I had a lot of megablocks, I could do what Kelso did for his Invisible Hand. (Just kidding.) The main problem is that even though I have money to spend, I don't know a good place to get random bricks, and I don't like to rip apart sets for their pieces (except when I was 5, and I've used most of those pieces).
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| July 4, 2010, 4:58 pm
Quoting William Meng
So if I had a lot of megablocks, I could do what Kelso did for his Invisible Hand. (Just kidding.) The main problem is that even though I have money to spend, I don't know a good place to get random bricks, and I don't like to rip apart sets for their pieces (except when I was 5, and I've used most of those pieces).

you can buy bricks on bricklink or pab!
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| July 4, 2010, 5:04 pm
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Quoting William Meng
So if I had a lot of megablocks, I could do what Kelso did for his Invisible Hand. (Just kidding.) The main problem is that even though I have money to spend, I don't know a good place to get random bricks, and I don't like to rip apart sets for their pieces (except when I was 5, and I've used most of those pieces).


See now, that's where most people get hung up at the begining (I know I did). Not wanting to tear apart their sets to build something new. But that, my friend, is the beauty of Lego! I know it's hard because those sets just look SO DARN COOL but once you tear down the first one and see just how many bricks (generic term that includes ALL Lego pieces) you actually have to work with, tearing the rest down for the parts won't be so hard. And remember, you still have the instructions so you can ALWAYS build the sets again later if you must...

Also, if you DO have the money... Bricklink.com is a great source for random and bulk brick.


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| July 4, 2010, 5:09 pm
I have two questions. One, do you have any advice regarding the writing and vig-making involved in making running story thing? Two, I have an enormous surplus of gray 4-by-2 megablocks bricks, and I really need those pieces. Would using all those megablocks be, like, for example, a crime against LEGO-kind?
Or is using megablocks that are not exclusive to megablocks, such as gray 4-by-2s, perfectly fine?
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| July 4, 2010, 8:09 pm
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Quoting Quantam Paradox
I have two questions. One, do you have any advice regarding the writing and vig-making involved in making running story thing? Two, I have an enormous surplus of gray 4-by-2 megablocks bricks, and I really need those pieces. Would using all those megablocks be, like, for example, a crime against LEGO-kind?
Or is using megablocks that are not exclusive to megablocks, such as gray 4-by-2s, perfectly fine?


In the immortal words of Gollum...

"It burns! It burns us!"
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| July 4, 2010, 8:26 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

See now, that's where most people get hung up at the begining (I know I did). Not wanting to tear apart their sets to build something new. But that, my friend, is the beauty of Lego! I know it's hard because those sets just look SO DARN COOL but once you tear down the first one and see just how many bricks (generic term that includes ALL Lego pieces) you actually have to work with, tearing the rest down for the parts won't be so hard. And remember, you still have the instructions so you can ALWAYS build the sets again later if you must...

Also, if you DO have the money... Bricklink.com is a great source for random and bulk brick.


That's how it was for me. I had so many cool Star Wars sets and wanted to never take them apart, but after I used one for parts, I decimated the others soon after.
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| July 4, 2010, 9:01 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

In the immortal words of Gollum...

"It burns! It burns us!"

Agreed.

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| July 4, 2010, 9:01 pm
Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
Agreed.

*Regards megablocks with a sort of wistful dissapointment* Perhaps it is for the best.
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| July 4, 2010, 9:12 pm
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Quoting Quantam Paradox
*Regards megablocks with a sort of wistful dissapointment* Perhaps it is for the best.


There was a scene in the show "Family Guy" that explains it perfectly. It went a little something like this...

Peter: "Oh sweet, you have Lego! Lois only buys me Megablocks."

Lois: "They're the same thing Peter."

Peter: "No they're not Lois and the sooner you realize that the sooner we can get this so called marriage back on track."


I still show that scene to my wife from time to time just to remind her.
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| July 4, 2010, 9:15 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

There was a scene in the show "Family Guy" that explains it perfectly. It went a little something like this...

Peter: "Oh sweet, you have Lego! Lois only buys me Megablocks."

Lois: "They're the same thing Peter."

Peter: "No they're not Lois and the sooner you realize that the sooner we can get this so called marriage back on track."


I still show that scene to my wife from time to time just to remind her.

I just have all these stupid megablocks, and nothing to do with them!
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| July 4, 2010, 9:21 pm
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Quoting Quantam Paradox
I just have all these megablocks, and nothing to do with them!


Here's a list of acceptable uses for Megablocks:

Sell em at a garage sale to unsuspecting moms and feel gloriously evil knowing that they'll be given to an equally unknowing kid.

Burn them.

Donate them to charity.

Burn them.

Being as it's the fourth of July, strap them to a mortor and blow them up.

Burn them.

Throw them at your mom one by one each time screaming "NO MORE MEGABLOCKS!" During the bombbardment, sneak in a few "real" (meaning Lego) bricks here and there and ask if she can tell the difference between good and poor quality building bricks. Of course, you'll get in BIG trouble for this, but hopefully, she'll understand the difference between them.

Burn them.

Give them as a gift to that one kid that you hate. He'll think it's a gift but you can giggle quietly to yourself knowing that you've burdened him with poison.

Burn them... (are you starting to sense a pattern here?)

Or, if you're REALLY stuck with what to do, you could always just throw them away... I mean burn them.
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| July 4, 2010, 9:53 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Here's a list of acceptable uses for Megablocks:

Sell em at a garage sale to unsuspecting moms and feel gloriously evil knowing that they'll be given to an equally unknowing kid.

Burn them.

Donate them to charity.

Burn them.

Being as it's the fourth of July, strap them to a mortor and blow them up.

Burn them.

Throw them at your mom one by one each time screaming "NO MORE MEGABLOCKS!" During the bombbardment, sneak in a few "real" (meaning Lego) bricks here and there and ask if she can tell the difference between good and poor quality building bricks. Of course, you'll get in BIG trouble for this, but hopefully, she'll understand the difference between them.

Burn them.

Give them as a gift to that one kid that you hate. He'll think it's a gift but you can giggle quietly to yourself knowing that you've burdened him with poison.

Burn them... (are you starting to sense a pattern here?)

Or, if you're REALLY stuck with what to do, you could always just throw them away... I mean burn them.

You know, have you ever thought about burning them? Just an idea...
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| July 4, 2010, 10:13 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
You know, have you ever thought about burning them? Just an idea...


You know, that just might work... wonder why I didn't think of it? hehehe
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| July 4, 2010, 10:38 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

You know, that just might work... wonder why I didn't think of it? hehehe


Well, you'd better be careful if you do; the fumes could easily chop a few decades off your life expectancy.
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| July 4, 2010, 10:40 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

Well, you'd better be careful if you do; the fumes could easily chop a few decades off your life expectancy.
Well, as I have an idiot 10-year old brother, who has mixed all of the megablocks in with the legos. You have NO idea how long it takes to find individual pieces in the messy heck it has been made.

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| July 4, 2010, 10:46 pm
I just saw a jaw-dropping fireworks display near where I live. Happy fourth to you all!
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| July 4, 2010, 10:46 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ummm... you really can't (Thank you captain obvious! HAHA). Although, there are a couple of "cheats" that I've seen used that if done CORRECTLY (and that's the key word here) can expand the overall size of your creation without the use of a ton of bricks. Kelso is currently using one on his SHIP that he's building. Instead of building the structural interior out of brick, he's using wood. It's a cheat, but it cuts down on brick and it works.

This basic principle can be used on layouts as well and you don't HAVE to use wood. For example, if you wanted to build a mountain, you could use cardboard boxes to give yourself some structure underneath, but you'll still have to use bricks on the outside to make the "actual" walls.

Other than that, there's really not much out there. We ALL want to be able to build things like "Zero hour on highway 44" by Goldman or "Containment" by Nannan, but without the brick, it really can't be done.

I wish there was an easy way to say it but...

Now, that being said... perhaps Master Kelso and his "artists" eyes can bring a different perspective to this problem. He's all about "drawing the eye" to a certain part of the moc and maybe somewhere in there, he's got another solution.

Bottom line, go mow some yards and ask your parent's for more chores so you can get more allowance money to by more bricks! Sounds like a bad plan but trust me... it'll work.

You need glasses :) Read mine (PlEaSe) and see if it would work... hehe
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| July 4, 2010, 10:49 pm
Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
You know, have you ever thought about burning them? Just an idea...

I threw mine out. Though my dogs "helped" me by tearing them up as well.
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| July 4, 2010, 10:51 pm
Quoting Joe P.
I just saw a jaw-dropping fireworks display near where I live. Happy fourth to you all!

God, we just had the craziest snafu with fireworks, a lakehouse we're renting, a bunch of idiot relatives who know nothing about how to use fireworks, and a buch of PO'd neighbors.
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| July 4, 2010, 10:52 pm
Quoting Nick Shelton
Mr. Kelso, how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

One hundred and twenty.


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| July 4, 2010, 11:03 pm
Quoting Quantam Paradox
I just have all these stupid megablocks, and nothing to do with them!

I have some to add:

Burn them. (Suprised nobody mentioned that yet.)
Drop them out of an airplane (if possible, take out some Mega Block enthusiasts while you're at it.)
Add them to our planet's section of space junk.

I could go on, but I think that these steps would be enough.
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| July 4, 2010, 11:08 pm
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Quoting Brady G
Blasphemy! I suggest a riot! Light up them Megablok torches!

...Who knows where he lives?


Iiii dooooo...
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| July 4, 2010, 11:18 pm
Hey Kelso, Im building a post-war/apocalypse moc and it just needs something more...
Any advice on post war/apoc?
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| July 5, 2010, 3:04 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
kelso whats the key to a great group that peopel want to join


Originality and relatability, put simply. So if you're looking to create a group, ask yourself what ISN'T out there right now, and among the answers you come up with, apply the second question of "can many builders relate to it?"

It won't do you much good to create a group about Space, or Star Wars, or Mechs, or Phipson's sister (that's a joke, people) because everybody's already been there and done that. It also won't do you much good to create groups like "Fans of The Triplets of Belleville" or "Oatmeal Eaters Against Pregnant Armadillos," because no one will be interested.

So once again...something unique, and something unique that most builders will be able to relate to. I'm not saying that's an easy task, but that's what will have a shot at some popularity and longevity.

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| July 5, 2010, 7:31 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Originality and relatability, put simply. So if you're looking to create a group, ask yourself what ISN'T out there right now, and among the answers you come up with, apply the second question of "can many builders relate to it?"

It won't do you much good to create a group about Space, or Star Wars, or Mechs, or Phipson's sister (that's a joke, people) because everybody's already been there and done that. It also won't do you much good to create groups like "Fans of The Triplets of Belleville" or "Oatmeal Eaters Against Pregnant Armadillos," because no one will be interested.

So once again...something unique, and something unique that most builders will be able to relate to. I'm not saying that's an easy task, but that's what will have a shot at some popularity and longevity.
thanks kelso

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| July 5, 2010, 7:35 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
dose brickworld ever come to england lets say london


Chris already covered this one for me, and I would've said pretty much the same. I can add that there is a well known Lego group called the Brickish Association somewhere in the UK. They may have an annual con, but if not, they will most likely have other annual (smaller) events that you could possibly get involved with. Where they're located, I can't say. And I also don't know what their age restrictions might be for members, but you could do a search on line for them and probably find out more.

Good luck.

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| July 5, 2010, 7:37 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Chris already covered this one for me, and I would've said pretty much the same. I can add that there is a well known Lego group called the Brickish Association somewhere in the UK. They may have an annual con, but if not, they will most likely have other annual (smaller) events that you could possibly get involved with. Where they're located, I can't say. And I also don't know what their age restrictions might be for members, but you could do a search on line for them and probably find out more.

Good luck.
thanks and to good bricking

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| July 5, 2010, 7:40 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Originality and relatability, put simply. So if you're looking to create a group, ask yourself what ISN'T out there right now, and among the answers you come up with, apply the second question of "can many builders relate to it?"

It won't do you much good to create a group about Space, or Star Wars, or Mechs, or Phipson's sister (that's a joke, people) because everybody's already been there and done that. It also won't do you much good to create groups like "Fans of The Triplets of Belleville" or "Oatmeal Eaters Against Pregnant Armadillos," because no one will be interested.

So once again...something unique, and something unique that most builders will be able to relate to. I'm not saying that's an easy task, but that's what will have a shot at some popularity and longevity.


Or something completely new. Sometimes it flops, but sometimes it takes the lego world by storm. Vignettes, Pre-Classic Space, MOCoffs, MOCtag; all the current themes and fads were once a new, risky endeavour.
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| July 5, 2010, 7:48 am
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Quoting William Meng
Okay, serious question now. How can I make a big MOC if I don't have any large base-plates or a huge collection of bricks?


Negative space is about all that I can say. If you create a dio, for example, that incorporates a lot of grid-like elements (in other words horizontal and vertical beams) you can cover more ground than making a wall. Same with buildings, ships, etc. By creating only a frame, rather than the whole thing, you can suggest the form without investing a lot of parts.

My question in return, however, would be would you want to do this? I would much rather see a smaller, well-done MOC than something larger that looks poorly done, or shows obvious signs that the builder was just going for scale.

Big MOCs are great, but they require a ton of parts, and there's basically no getting around it. But if you do solid small works, they'll get plenty of attention as well...just look at Brian Kescenovitz's work, or Shannon Young (I'll never forget Galactic Pimptastic!).

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| July 5, 2010, 7:53 am
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Quoting Quantam Paradox
I have two questions. One, do you have any advice regarding the writing and vig-making involved in making running story thing? Two, I have an enormous surplus of gray 4-by-2 megablocks bricks, and I really need those pieces. Would using all those megablocks be, like, for example, a crime against LEGO-kind?
Or is using megablocks that are not exclusive to megablocks, such as gray 4-by-2s, perfectly fine?


Personally speaking, if you've already got them, use them. Just do the Lego Group a favor and don't buy any more.

Lego is in it for the money, just like any other business. Megabloks is their biggest competitor (at least here in the US), and by purchasing Megas, you're taking profit away from Lego...that's why most of us get so bent out of shape about using Megabloks. They're a rip-off company with poorer parts (in both quality and design). We want Lego to be around for a long time, and THAT's why we use only Lego in our creations whenever possible.

That said, you can't go back in time, so if you've already got Megas in your collection, you might as well use them...but for God's sake, put 'em on the INSIDE of your MOCs if you do! ;-)


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| July 5, 2010, 8:04 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Personally speaking, if you've already got them, use them. Just do the Lego Group a favor and don't buy any more.

Lego is in it for the money, just like any other business. Megabloks is their biggest competitor (at least here in the US), and by purchasing Megas, you're taking profit away from Lego...that's why most of us get so bent out of shape about using Megabloks. They're a rip-off company with poorer parts (in both quality and design). We want Lego to be around for a long time, and THAT's why we use only Lego in our creations whenever possible.

That said, you can't go back in time, so if you've already got Megas in your collection, you might as well use them...but for God's sake, put 'em on the INSIDE of your MOCs if you do! ;-)


Good idea, thanks.

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| July 5, 2010, 8:12 am
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Quoting Will Jarman
Hey Kelso, Im building a post-war/apocalypse moc and it just needs something more...
Any advice on post war/apoc?


Got a link to some pics? Or were you just asking for some general advice? Let me know either way, and I'll be glad to give ya my two cents worth on it.

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| July 5, 2010, 8:16 am
kelso can you tell me what steampunks is
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| July 5, 2010, 8:38 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

There was a scene in the show "Family Guy" that explains it perfectly. It went a little something like this...

Peter: "Oh sweet, you have Lego! Lois only buys me Megablocks."

Lois: "They're the same thing Peter."

Peter: "No they're not Lois and the sooner you realize that the sooner we can get this so called marriage back on track."


I still show that scene to my wife from time to time just to remind her.

I LOVE that episode!
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| July 5, 2010, 5:21 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Got a link to some pics? Or were you just asking for some general advice? Let me know either way, and I'll be glad to give ya my two cents worth on it.

I was just looking for some PostApoc advice! =D
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| July 5, 2010, 6:31 pm
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Quoting Will Jarman
I was just looking for some PostApoc advice! =D


Okay then...

Generally speaking, I think PostApocalyptic subjects could use a bit of originality. Try to come up with scenarios that haven't been overdone. Try visualizing what that kind of world would be like. (Where would you sleep? How would you protect yourself? How would you get food, water, and shelter? Would tribes of survivers form out of the chaos? Would there be trading of goods, etc.?) From the details of that visualization, I would think a lot of original ideas for MOCs might come about.

Meanwhile, keep in mind that such environments will often be burned, delapidated, and abandoned. That means thowing in cracks in walls, rubble, exposed frameworks in buildings and streets. Colors will be subdued, and spaces should be mostly empty of human activity.

I don't know it that's what you were asking or not, but it's the kind of starting point that I'd go with when considering a postapoc MOC (in fact, it makes me want to do one).

Good luck with it.

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| July 6, 2010, 8:28 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
kelso can you tell me what steampunks is


Brady pretty much covered it. I'd go so far as to say that it's a strange combo of future and past (coming out of the H.G. Wells types of literature).

Imagine you're an inventor with the technology of the late 1800's (steam engines, iron and steel, primitive electricity, etc.) but you're trying to invent futuristic weapons, transportation, robots, and so on with that limited technology...that's what I envision Steampunk to be.
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| July 6, 2010, 8:37 am
Quoting Glenn Streeter
kelso can you tell me what steampunks is

Imagine all of the Star Wars vehicles back in the 1800's. Propellers, steam engines (hence the name), wood and steel. That's steampunk.
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| July 6, 2010, 1:14 pm
Quoting William Meng
Imagine all of the Star Wars vehicles back in the 1800's. Propellers, steam engines (hence the name), wood and steel. That's steampunk.

steampunk is not only starwars!
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| July 6, 2010, 1:38 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Okay then...

Generally speaking, I think PostApocalyptic subjects could use a bit of originality. Try to come up with scenarios that haven't been overdone. Try visualizing what that kind of world would be like. (Where would you sleep? How would you protect yourself? How would you get food, water, and shelter? Would tribes of survivers form out of the chaos? Would there be trading of goods, etc.?) From the details of that visualization, I would think a lot of original ideas for MOCs might come about.

Meanwhile, keep in mind that such environments will often be burned, delapidated, and abandoned. That means thowing in cracks in walls, rubble, exposed frameworks in buildings and streets. Colors will be subdued, and spaces should be mostly empty of human activity.

I don't know it that's what you were asking or not, but it's the kind of starting point that I'd go with when considering a postapoc MOC (in fact, it makes me want to do one).

Good luck with it.


Thanks Kelso! It's a really big help!
=D
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| July 6, 2010, 6:06 pm
I really don't want to sound like the "plz chk out my stuf" type. But I just wanted to hear some opinions of builders I look up to. Here's the link:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212276
It's called "The Forgotten." It shows how all of us deep inside want to be remembered after we die. I really think it's my best moc yet. So if you have the chance, could you guys please check it out? I really appreciate it.
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| July 6, 2010, 11:25 pm
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Quoting Drew the Sk8er
I really don't want to sound like the "plz chk out my stuf" type. But I just wanted to hear some opinions of builders I look up to. Here's the link:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212276
It's called "The Forgotten." It shows how all of us deep inside want to be remembered after we die. I really think it's my best moc yet. So if you have the chance, could you guys please check it out? I really appreciate it.


Glad to take a look when a builder asks as nicely as that...thank you! I left a quick comment, but I'll go into a little more depth here:

For starters, as mentioned, I love the concept of this MOC. It's always great to see work that goes a bit deeper than just the visual aspect, and the issue of a person's death is something we all relate to...so nice job there.

I also thought the angles that you managed to pull off with the structure were well done. More interesting than the simple four-walled approach.

I would've liked seeing a more expansive structure, if...IF, mind you...you had the parts for it. It would've emphasized the emptiness (both literally and figuratively). Also, if you're up for it, take a look at Alex Eylar's work some time. His approach to lighting (with dark surroundings and isolated light) would really have taken this post to a whole new level.

Anyway, on the whole, a terrific post. Keep up the great work!

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| July 7, 2010, 8:08 am
Relating to Drew the Sk8er, I would like the almighty Kelso to look at this :
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/210114
And whatever you think will be in that comment. Heh.
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| July 8, 2010, 10:41 am
Mark when you are making a large proyect do you ever get lazy? Or just get tired of it and leave it gathering dust?

If not then what do you do to keep focused on your current proyect?
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| July 8, 2010, 5:33 pm
Quoting Juan .
Mark when you are making a large proyect do you ever get lazy? Or just get tired of it and leave it gathering dust?

If not then what do you do to keep focused on your current proyect?

I always tell myself "This could make the front page! It might get 100 I like its!" Of course, it never does, but I always manage to fool myself. Every time.

Now, I have to go work on my next billion I Like It project that even Kelso or Kenney will be amazed with.
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| July 8, 2010, 5:42 pm
Quoting Doctor Sushi
I always tell myself "This could make the front page! It might get 100 I like its!" Of course, it never does, but I always manage to fool myself. Every time.

Now, I have to go work on my next billion I Like It project that even Kelso or Kenney will be amazed with.

That's the way to go! The power of positive thinking! I also somehow manage to delude myself in the same way. It's nice to know I'm not alone!
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| July 8, 2010, 8:32 pm
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Quoting Juan .
Mark when you are making a large proyect do you ever get lazy? Or just get tired of it and leave it gathering dust?

If not then what do you do to keep focused on your current proyect?


Wow...great question. That's something that probably plagues a lot of us even if we're only building small.

In short...no, I don't get bored with large projects. I get frustrated due to structural difficulties, or due to interruptions with work, or collaborative projects, and so on - but never bored.

The reason why is that each and every section of a large project is like a MOC in and of itself. So when I was doing the Invisible Hand, Apocalypsis II, or the Rusty Ferret...or now when I'm working on this latest monstrosity, The Eye of Chaos...I'm actually building MOC, after MOC, after MOC. They just happen to be parts of a larger concept that will eventually be joined together to look like a single massive construction.

If you find you are getting bored with a large project, though. Walk away from it for a while, or just set it aside. Don't tear it down, though. In a day or two, or even a week or two, force yourself to come back to it for at least one hour. Give yourself that break, and then try again. I often find that I don't feel like building for the first few minutes, but after a half an hour or so, I'm completely into it and then don't want to stop for anything.

Hope that helps a little. Good luck.

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| July 9, 2010, 11:06 am
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Quoting Doctor Sushi
I always tell myself "This could make the front page! It might get 100 I like its!" Of course, it never does, but I always manage to fool myself. Every time.

Now, I have to go work on my next billion I Like It project that even Kelso or Kenney will be amazed with.


Quoting Drew the Sk8er
That's the way to go! The power of positive thinking! I also somehow manage to delude myself in the same way. It's nice to know I'm not alone!


I like to think the perseverance pays off. The more you post, the more recognition you'll get.

Of course, we shouldn't discount the simple joy of building. We all talk a good bit about the number of "I like its" and how well a MOC is received, and it's easy to forget that the real reason we work with Lego (or at least the reason I do) is for the fun of the building itself.

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| July 9, 2010, 11:13 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I like to think the perseverance pays off. The more you post, the more recognition you'll get.

Of course, we shouldn't discount the simple joy of building. We all talk a good bit about the number of "I like its" and how well a MOC is received, and it's easy to forget that the real reason we work with Lego (or at least the reason I do) is for the fun of the building itself.

The almighty Lord Kelso makes an excellent point.
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| July 9, 2010, 11:25 am
Quoting Drew the Sk8er
The almighty Lord Kelso makes an excellent point.

Again.
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| July 9, 2010, 11:34 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso
...and it's easy to forget that the real reason we work with Lego (or at least the reason I do) is for the fun of the building itself.


Awww, and I thought is was to be closer to my glowing personality. Shucks.

Quoting Mark Kelso
...I get frustrated due to... or collaborative projects, and so on - but never bored.


Oh now, you know you love it.
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| July 9, 2010, 4:33 pm
Would you mind giving some constructive criticism on this?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212853
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| July 9, 2010, 5:27 pm
Asking Mark Kelso

So, how do I get about becoming popular around these pages? I mean I'd be nice if my most popular MOC had more then 10 'I like its'. Or am I just being ungrateful?
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| July 9, 2010, 6:32 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Would you mind giving some constructive criticism on this?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/212853


As I mentioned in my comment, I thought this was a nice, clean little MOC. Not too busy, with some decent visual balance (refering to the main pic with all of the figs in their places). I few tips...

Studs - Particularly with a MOC this small, shoot for no studs. You could've made the base section out of sideways bricks, and tiled off the vertical wall elements. It would've cleaned up the look that much more. Sometimes studs are needed to suggest texture, but for the most part, especially with small, vig-type MOCs, they're a distraction against the other textures and surfaces you're trying to make.

Pics - While you provided a white drop cloth (which is definitely a plus) you could take your presentation a step further by using a posterboard backdrop (or foamcore). The wrinkles of the sheet were another distraction from the MOC itself. Also, if you have the capacity, try looking into a photo-editing software on your computer. Even the simplest will allow you to adjust color and light balance in your pictures (which were a bit dark), and you could even learn to place your MOC onto a white or black background, which is REALLY a way to make your MOCs look great.

Anyway, some very nice work there. Hope the tips help you some! Cheers!

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| July 10, 2010, 8:12 am
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Quoting Green Man
Asking Mark Kelso

So, how do I get about becoming popular around these pages? I mean I'd be nice if my most popular MOC had more then 10 'I like its'. Or am I just being ungrateful?


I wouldn't say you're being ungrateful...we all want more recognition for our work. Nothin' wrong with that!

I've said it before, in my opinion, it boils down to a few simple things...

1) Consistently solid work - doesn't have to be huge MOCs...just good, clean work, and on a regular basis.
2) Pristine presentation - good color, tight resolution, proper light, and most of all, a clean background (which basically translates to photoedited backgrounds)
3) Fun comments - comment a lot, don't be afraid to joke around a bit, and always be positive with your comments.

Those three things are what I see consistently helping builders to become recognized here, and elsewhere within the community.
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| July 10, 2010, 8:18 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I wouldn't say you're being ungrateful...we all want more recognition for our work. Nothin' wrong with that!

I've said it before, in my opinion, it boils down to a few simple things...

1) Consistently solid work - doesn't have to be huge MOCs...just good, clean work, and on a regular basis.
2) Pristine presentation - good color, tight resolution, proper light, and most of all, a clean background (which basically translates to photoedited backgrounds)
3) Fun comments - comment a lot, don't be afraid to joke around a bit, and always be positive with your comments.

Those three things are what I see consistently helping builders to become recognized here, and elsewhere within the community.
afternoon from across the pond mr kelso. you have a messege to respond to on your homepage
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| July 10, 2010, 8:24 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

As I mentioned in my comment, I thought this was a nice, clean little MOC. Not too busy, with some decent visual balance (refering to the main pic with all of the figs in their places). I few tips...

Studs - Particularly with a MOC this small, shoot for no studs. You could've made the base section out of sideways bricks, and tiled off the vertical wall elements. It would've cleaned up the look that much more. Sometimes studs are needed to suggest texture, but for the most part, especially with small, vig-type MOCs, they're a distraction against the other textures and surfaces you're trying to make.

Pics - While you provided a white drop cloth (which is definitely a plus) you could take your presentation a step further by using a posterboard backdrop (or foamcore). The wrinkles of the sheet were another distraction from the MOC itself. Also, if you have the capacity, try looking into a photo-editing software on your computer. Even the simplest will allow you to adjust color and light balance in your pictures (which were a bit dark), and you could even learn to place your MOC onto a white or black background, which is REALLY a way to make your MOCs look great.

Anyway, some very nice work there. Hope the tips help you some! Cheers!

Thanks much Mark!I actually have GIMP, I've tried all forms of background making and they have all turned out something like this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/209627
Anyway I have been practicing and getting better. The cool thing is I learned on Photoshop from my music teacher who bought like 3 new Macs with photoshop on them. I used the biggest. Anyway, I also agree with the SNOT idea, of coarse that also would have been my wall...
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| July 10, 2010, 9:42 am
Oh, and what do you think of the writing?
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| July 10, 2010, 10:10 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
afternoon from across the pond mr kelso. you have a messege to respond to on your homepage


Well now, that WOULD be interesting, seeing that messages can't be left on homepages.
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| July 11, 2010, 7:25 am
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Oh, and what do you think of the writing?


Not bad at all. And not that I'm any expert, but it seemed to have solid sentence structure and grammar, which I think is important so viewers can easily read and understand the writing (I usually abandon postings where the writing is poorly done and difficult to get through).

As for the story itself, it's a good introduction. If you want to gain followers to these entries, my recommendation would be to quickly get rolling with either some action, a dangerous scenario, or best of all, set up a mystery...something to capture a viewer's attention, and get them coming back to see more.

Good luck.

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| July 11, 2010, 7:35 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well now, that WOULD be interesting, seeing that messages can't be left on homepages.
no sir i mean an invite to a group

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| July 11, 2010, 7:36 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Not bad at all. And not that I'm any expert, but it seemed to have solid sentence structure and grammar, which I think is important so viewers can easily read and understand the writing (I usually abandon postings where the writing is poorly done and difficult to get through).

As for the story itself, it's a good introduction. If you want to gain followers to these entries, my recommendation would be to quickly get rolling with either some action, a dangerous scenario, or best of all, set up a mystery...something to capture a viewer's attention, and get them coming back to see more.

Good luck.

Thanks Mark!

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| July 11, 2010, 7:45 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well now, that WOULD be interesting, seeing that messages can't be left on homepages.
no sir i mean an invite to a group


I'll have a look, then. And thanks in advance for thinking of me.

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| July 11, 2010, 7:46 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
no sir i mean an invite to a group


Hey, Glenn...I've got 37 invites today. Could you tell me which group is yours so I don't have to go through them all.

In all honesty, I rarely join a new group just because if I did, I'd have litterally HUNDREDS to keep track of. But if it's something where someone could use my help, I'll be glad to jump in there for a bit.

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| July 11, 2010, 7:50 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Hey, Glenn...I've got 37 invites today. Could you tell me which group is yours so I don't have to go through them all.

In all honesty, I rarely join a new group just because if I did, I'd have litterally HUNDREDS to keep track of. But if it's something where someone could use my help, I'll be glad to jump in there for a bit.
HTML help group it has a bench with a red cross

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| July 11, 2010, 7:51 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Hey, Glenn...I've got 37 invites today. Could you tell me which group is yours so I don't have to go through them all.

In all honesty, I rarely join a new group just because if I did, I'd have litterally HUNDREDS to keep track of. But if it's something where someone could use my help, I'll be glad to jump in there for a bit.

do you often get group invites?
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| July 11, 2010, 8:05 am
Quoting E.K.O =D
do you often get group invites?

Presuming by the fact that he said 37, yes, he does.
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| July 11, 2010, 8:06 am
Hey Mark, if you want to keep updated on my writing here are the links to the threads in the group Stories and Comics: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=6599&topicid=53268

and my older story that is on hold: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=6599&topicid=41901
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