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..."If a duck eats and then goes in the water, does he get the cramps?" Or...

..."Why do they call 'em buildings when they're already done building them? Shouldn't they call 'em builts?" Or...

..."Did Ray Charles ever chip his tooth on the microphone?"


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| November 24, 2010, 10:30 pm
I don't have anything to say... just... Happy Thanksgiving (I won't be on tomorrow) so... yeah.
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| November 24, 2010, 10:48 pm
Hey Kelso. I was trying to figure out a really complicated question to ask you... but I got lazy. Sorry. So instead could you let me know what you think about this?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/238183
Thanks
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| November 24, 2010, 11:11 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yeah, definitely! My wife and I are fans of any kind of sci-fi, and we're both old enough to remember the original Tron, too. We've been on a great run of movies lately, and that should be another good one to add to the list from this fall.

I saw the original (Thank you NetFlix!) and loved it. My brother really wants to see it too, it's will be awesome! Can't wait.


O.K. Now for LEGO related question: What do you think of my micro starship? It's a Merchant Ship. I made it look a little blocky so it seems like it has been in service for a long time. Plus it is a merchant ship. Also, what do you think of my new photo set up, and the lighting on the last few pics? I brightened them with Picnik. Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/237732
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| November 25, 2010, 10:20 am
Today's my birthday! Yep, right on Thanksgiving! Please wish me a good one! And as for questions, which came first, the Turkey or the egg?( that was stupid XD)
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| November 25, 2010, 10:28 am
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Why do they call them "apartments" when they're all stuck together?

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
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| November 25, 2010, 9:21 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Why do they call them "apartments" when they're all stuck together?

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

Philosoraptor.
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| November 25, 2010, 9:22 pm
Why do we drive on Parkways and park on driveways?
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| November 25, 2010, 9:34 pm
Hey Kelsy, I mean Kelso, can i have some advice on this? I don't really have a good way how to do the domed top. Anything you can say would really be appreciated. Also, sorry for the cruddy pics.http://mocpages.com/moc.php/238471
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| November 26, 2010, 4:48 pm
If drinking and driving are illegal, then why do bars have parking lots?
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| November 26, 2010, 5:45 pm
Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Hey Kelsy, I mean Kelso, can i have some advice on this? I don't really have a good way how to do the domed top. Anything you can say would really be appreciated. Also, sorry for the cruddy pics.http://mocpages.com/moc.php/238471
I have an idea for your troopers in the moc from one of my favorite builders hope you like. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/199217
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| November 26, 2010, 6:31 pm
thanks. i was already planning to bricklink some of those helmets, so I will try to use them like that thanks for the advice. Also, I really recommend the book it is based on, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. It is a really good, inspiring book.
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| November 26, 2010, 6:44 pm
Hey Mark, what do you think of http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/238593?
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| November 26, 2010, 7:31 pm
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Quoting Sean Flynn
Hey Kelso. I was trying to figure out a really complicated question to ask you... but I got lazy. Sorry. So instead could you let me know what you think about this?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/238183
Thanks


I left a comment for you yesterday, before seeing this question...so I'll expand on the thought I mentioned on your page.

I said something about additional stickers, and my thought was that the right stickers carefully placed could add just a touch more detail (and very small, fine detail at that) on a couple surface areas where you're looking at just a plain smooth surface.

Usually I don't recommend an excessive amount of greeb work, and this creation of yours already has a beautiful balance between smooth areas, and greebed areas. But with a ship that small, the tiny details that stickers can provide really add a touch of realism.

Other than that, I thought it was a FANTASTIC little MOC - great design, color placement, parts usage, and even presentation!

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| November 26, 2010, 8:25 pm
Hey Mark, just wanted to let you know that I found 2 stolen MOCs and reported them in Brick Busters just in case you wanted to do something about it. Thanks.
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| November 26, 2010, 8:30 pm
Wait... You already deleted them... Okay, never mind.
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| November 26, 2010, 8:33 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I saw the original (Thank you NetFlix!) and loved it. My brother really wants to see it too, it's will be awesome! Can't wait.


O.K. Now for LEGO related question: What do you think of my micro starship? It's a Merchant Ship. I made it look a little blocky so it seems like it has been in service for a long time. Plus it is a merchant ship. Also, what do you think of my new photo set up, and the lighting on the last few pics? I brightened them with Picnik. Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/237732


I feel like the ship's a little too tall for it's length for me personally. But of course, that's only one person's opinion. And maybe you wanted to go with a design that's a bit more unusual - not a bad thing in that regard, as we all seem to have this notion that a space ship is always long and thin. I think the parts usage is pretty good. I often recommend looking at modified plates and so on, to see what they might offer in the way of greeb work. You might be able to push the detail a bit by utilizing those kinds of parts a bit more.

As for the pics, I think your values are excellent on the ship itself. The blacks are showing up nicely, and the light areas aren't too hot. This is a good example of where an application to eliminate the background would help a lot. I think by using a straight white background, you'd take the presentation a step farther. Still pretty good, though, even without the pure white background.

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| November 27, 2010, 6:26 am
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Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
Today's my birthday! Yep, right on Thanksgiving! Please wish me a good one! And as for questions, which came first, the Turkey or the egg?( that was stupid XD)


That's awesome! Well, at least you're pretty much garunteed one heck of a feast on your birthday.

Hope it was a good one! (With Lego in the mix somewhere, too!)

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| November 27, 2010, 6:42 am
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Quoting Cade :D
Wait... You already deleted them... Okay, never mind.


I think Chris got 'em, but thanks for letting us know!

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| November 27, 2010, 6:44 am
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Hey Kelsy, I mean Kelso, can i have some advice on this? I don't really have a good way how to do the domed top. Anything you can say would really be appreciated. Also, sorry for the cruddy pics.http://mocpages.com/moc.php/238471


Well Tylex, I mean Tyler (you knew I had to!), you've done a great job so far. I think I might suggest trying to find a way to hide the joints on the legs, if you can. It's such a beast, and those joints are pretty small by comparison. Or you could try to find a way to just beef 'em up a bit.

As for the dome, that's a really tough one. Your options are basically to either find dome pieces that will function to some degree, or to build a shape that's domed - which translates to using plates or slopes in some combination.

For domed parts, here are a few options (but none come in dark bley so you'd be looking at either customized painting of the parts, or having non-matching color):

http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?itemID=77612&colorID=11

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=bb424

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catID=115

Here's where I can offer some general building advice, by the way. Before I begin ANY build, I always look at the concept sketch (sometimes my own, sometimes a reference pic) and decide whether there are going to be any problem areas. If so, I'll look specifically at that area and decide whether or not I can find a solution. If I can't find a solution, it's a deal-breaker - I won't build the MOC. In your case, I think I would've worked out how to tackle the dome portion first, and then that would determine how large or small to make the rest of the MOC, or tell me what colors I'd need to use (based upon the colors used in the domed section).
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| November 27, 2010, 7:07 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Hey Mark, what do you think of http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/238593?


Love the concept of that world...tons of stuff you can do with that.

As for the MOCs, some nice parts usage here and there. Good presentation, too. What I'd like to see most is just more detail and complexity within each little build. You've obviously got some building skill. See what you can do to push yourself even further with details and realism.

For example, the spiral staircase was well done, but would look even better if you had gone no-studs with it. Can you think of how you might have managed that? That's just an example, of course, but hopefully you'll understand what I mean. I'm always trying to push myself, as well, to see if I can find new ways to achieve more detail or accuracy with forms and shapes.

By the way, I LOVE those Anubis figs. Those things look amazing - I'm SO gonna have to get some!

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| November 27, 2010, 7:19 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Love the concept of that world...tons of stuff you can do with that.

As for the MOCs, some nice parts usage here and there. Good presentation, too. What I'd like to see most is just more detail and complexity within each little build. You've obviously got some building skill. See what you can do to push yourself even further with details and realism.

For example, the spiral staircase was well done, but would look even better if you had gone no-studs with it. Can you think of how you might have managed that? That's just an example, of course, but hopefully you'll understand what I mean. I'm always trying to push myself, as well, to see if I can find new ways to achieve more detail or accuracy with forms and shapes.

By the way, I LOVE those Anubis figs. Those things look amazing - I'm SO gonna have to get some!

I plan to improve on it, I love those figs as well. By some do you mean normal AFOL some or Lee Jones some?
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| November 27, 2010, 7:51 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well Tylex, I mean Tyler (you knew I had to!), you've done a great job so far. I think I might suggest trying to find a way to hide the joints on the legs, if you can. It's such a beast, and those joints are pretty small by comparison. Or you could try to find a way to just beef 'em up a bit.

As for the dome, that's a really tough one. Your options are basically to either find dome pieces that will function to some degree, or to build a shape that's domed - which translates to using plates or slopes in some combination.

For domed parts, here are a few options (but none come in dark bley so you'd be looking at either customized painting of the parts, or having non-matching color):

http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?itemID=77612&colorID=11

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemPic.asp?P=bb424

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catID=115

Here's where I can offer some general building advice, by the way. Before I begin ANY build, I always look at the concept sketch (sometimes my own, sometimes a reference pic) and decide whether there are going to be any problem areas. If so, I'll look specifically at that area and decide whether or not I can find a solution. If I can't find a solution, it's a deal-breaker - I won't build the MOC. In your case, I think I would've worked out how to tackle the dome portion first, and then that would determine how large or small to make the rest of the MOC, or tell me what colors I'd need to use (based upon the colors used in the domed section).

Thanks a bunch. I probably should have made the dome first, as you said, but I really wanted to make balancing legs first. When I was done with those, and made some of the body, I realized how huge it was going to be. I am probably going to curve it in a bit with some of these: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=58846. I have 2 in dark bley, I am going to bricklink 2 more. After that, I will probably use plates to make a sphere. thanks for the advice. Next time I will definitely make the trouble areas first.
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| November 27, 2010, 8:57 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
By some do you mean normal AFOL some or Lee Jones some?


HAHAHAHA! Uhm...no, NORMAL some. Lee Jones some would eat up my life savings!

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| November 27, 2010, 8:13 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
I am probably going to curve it in a bit with some of these: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=58846.


Yeah, I was wondering if it was large enough for those. Love that part...used it several times.

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| November 27, 2010, 8:14 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I feel like the ship's a little too tall for it's length for me personally. But of course, that's only one person's opinion. And maybe you wanted to go with a design that's a bit more unusual - not a bad thing in that regard, as we all seem to have this notion that a space ship is always long and thin. I think the parts usage is pretty good. I often recommend looking at modified plates and so on, to see what they might offer in the way of greeb work. You might be able to push the detail a bit by utilizing those kinds of parts a bit more.

As for the pics, I think your values are excellent on the ship itself. The blacks are showing up nicely, and the light areas aren't too hot. This is a good example of where an application to eliminate the background would help a lot. I think by using a straight white background, you'd take the presentation a step farther. Still pretty good, though, even without the pure white background.

When I started this, I really didn't have a particular design in mind, I just kind of went with what my hands were picking up, and I like how this one turned out. I had just watched Star Wars: A New Hope for the umpteenth time, so ships from that were probably in my subconscious influencing me. I see what you are saying with the height and length, it just seems to fit for me some reason. And on the photos, I actually used a few pieces of computer paper, just my lighting isn't always the best so they came out so-so. I then used Picnik to brighten a few of them, adjusted the contrast to match and they looked great. I also did the same thing here, except I tried using GIMP to make the entire background totally white, didn't get the entire thing but it looks kinda grungy, it fits for a WWI thing: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=238302&id=/user_images/29218/1290710863m

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=238302&id=/user_images/29218/1290710834m_DISPLAY.jpg

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=238302&id=/user_images/29218/1290710882m

Just a few pics for sampling.
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| November 28, 2010, 6:00 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
When I started this, I really didn't have a particular design in mind, I just kind of went with what my hands were picking up, and I like how this one turned out. I had just watched Star Wars: A New Hope for the umpteenth time, so ships from that were probably in my subconscious influencing me. I see what you are saying with the height and length, it just seems to fit for me some reason. And on the photos, I actually used a few pieces of computer paper, just my lighting isn't always the best so they came out so-so. I then used Picnik to brighten a few of them, adjusted the contrast to match and they looked great. I also did the same thing here, except I tried using GIMP to make the entire background totally white, didn't get the entire thing but it looks kinda grungy, it fits for a WWI thing: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=238302&id=/user_images/29218/1290710863m

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=238302&id=/user_images/29218/1290710834m_DISPLAY.jpg

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=238302&id=/user_images/29218/1290710882m

Just a few pics for sampling.


Wow, I actually really like that incomplete white-out technique. You're right, it has a gritty kind of feel to it that works great with the war theme. Love those shots.

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| November 29, 2010, 8:08 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Wow, I actually really like that incomplete white-out technique. You're right, it has a gritty kind of feel to it that works great with the war theme. Love those shots.

Yeah, it's funny, I can never get it to fully cover the background, but it looked good on those. My favorite has to be the main picture (WWI You Ready?). Also, thanks!

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| November 29, 2010, 3:08 pm
This is something you really need to look at, No Refuge, if you dont know, is the best comic series I have ever seen! And I have read my share of webcomics.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/178724
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| November 30, 2010, 9:16 pm
I advocate for this guys removal. This site should be friendly for kids. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/239445
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| December 1, 2010, 12:53 am
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Quoting Mudskipper 4
I advocate for this guys removal. This site should be friendly for kids. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/239445


Yeah, I stumbled upon that earlier this morning. The content doesn't bother me so much as the blatent disregard for the Parental Guidance flag that we now provide.

If you're going to post something like that, at least have the courtesy to self-moderate. Several of us AFOL's (myself included) have posted content we wouldn't recommend for the younger set, but we flag it out of consideration.

I'll keep an eye on this guy, and thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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| December 1, 2010, 8:10 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
This is something you really need to look at, No Refuge, if you dont know, is the best comic series I have ever seen! And I have read my share of webcomics.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/178724


Hey, not bad. I'll watch for more of these. Thanks for the link.

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| December 1, 2010, 8:15 am
Hello Mr. Kelso, I have something that is probably my best(and most popular) moc. It's a bio-moc, and I was just wondering if you had any constructive criticism for it. Here's a link, and thanks if you get back to this! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/215520
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| December 1, 2010, 3:00 pm
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Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
Hello Mr. Kelso, I have something that is probably my best(and most popular) moc. It's a bio-moc, and I was just wondering if you had any constructive criticism for it. Here's a link, and thanks if you get back to this! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/215520


I left a comment for you, but I'll elaborate here a bit:

Bionicle parts are so complex that unless used VERY sparingly with regular system parts, the builds quickly become too visually busy for my tastes...it's like "over-greeb" just EVERYWHERE. The pieces also are chock full of holes, and result in the MOCs frequently appearing insubstantial.

With your creation, you've done an excellent job of getting around the usual Bionicle weaknesses. The figure, while still a bit too busy for me, at least feels very substantial. I also think you did a great job with color placement, and mobility. Wouldn't mind seeing a bit more work with presentation (as I say in just about EVERYONE'S critiques!). If you switched to a photo-edited white background, and adjusted the contrast and balance a bit, your presentation would take a step forward.

So anyway, not much to critisize. I think it's a great piece, despite my personal biases towards Bionicle.

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| December 2, 2010, 8:02 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
..."If a duck eats and then goes in the water, does he get the cramps?" Or...

..."Why do they call 'em buildings when they're already done building them? Shouldn't they call 'em builts?" Or...

..."Did Ray Charles ever chip his tooth on the microphone?"


Hey Mark, I've taken some time away from the bricks, and I now have some ideas on builds.

Anyways, here's my latest. Can you give me some constructive critisism on it, please?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/240024
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| December 4, 2010, 5:51 pm
Hey kelso! what happens when people play with legos all of their life??
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| December 4, 2010, 5:53 pm
Quoting Freeling ++
Hey kelso! what happens when people play with legos all of their life??

Im not Kelso, but...


They loose half of their basic math skills and they grow beards twice the size of Hagrid's beard.
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| December 4, 2010, 6:40 pm
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Quoting Freeling ++
Hey kelso! what happens when people play with legos all of their life??


They live well.


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| December 4, 2010, 8:57 pm
Mark, I'm leaving MOCpages, and I didn't know if I should delete my account or not. Your thoughts?
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| December 4, 2010, 8:59 pm
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Quoting Fox .
Hey Mark, I've taken some time away from the bricks, and I now have some ideas on builds.

Anyways, here's my latest. Can you give me some constructive critisism on it, please?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/240024


Well, give me some time for my ears to stop bleeding and to clean up the vomit.

Sorry - I can't STAND country music, so I couldn't resist the jab. :-) Okay, seriously...

I thought the idea was actually pretty cool. But I might recommend a few things to improve the quality of the video. And keep in mind these are based on the idea of stills for the video, not actual moving images.

1) I might suggest working on camera focus a bit. There were images where the lead guy was out of focus and the other members behind him were in focus. It made for an awkward visual. I think if you have to make some members of the group out of focus, it's better not to lose the person right in front and in the middle.

2) You could try more unique camera angles. Did you consider overhead shots? Shots where the camera was titled? Extreme close-ups? More variety would help to add interest, I think.

3) Lighting - Given that this was outside, you didn't have a lot of options. But if you had arranged an interior setting for the video, you could have controlled the lighting more. Strong light with interesting colors can really effect the mood of the imagery, and you can use that to your advantage to emphasize the theme of your creation.

So anyway, a good first try. It'd be fun to see a series of these. But for crying out loud, no more country music!!! Rap, metal, punk, indie, classical, polka, two cats fighting, a dying buffalo...anything but more country!

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| December 6, 2010, 8:26 am
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Quoting Clay G.
Mark, I'm leaving MOCpages, and I didn't know if I should delete my account or not. Your thoughts?


Sorry to see ya go!

No, I wouldn't delete my account, personally. That way others can still check it out, and if you ever decide to come back, you can always access it again.


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| December 6, 2010, 8:29 am
Hey Mark,
what do you think of my first VV?!
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/237946
( Never mind the last picture - It was only for Captain Heath )
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| December 6, 2010, 8:37 am
What do you think of my first pirate ship? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/239826. I've never made a real pirate ship before. What could I improve?
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| December 6, 2010, 9:31 am
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Hey Mark. I don't know where to put this, so I put it here. There is this guy named Justin L, who recently commented on my best custom fig I ever made. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/240200 I replied to his insulting comment, then deleated the comment of his. He said that custom figs are not allowed on MOCpages. It made me upset. Of course a clone-on-a-plate is getting out of hand, but this is completely different. A fig I made, that I worked so hard on for 8 hours, gets commented on by a purist.

It just made me upset.


Comments like that you really shouldn't let get to you. Everyone has their own opinion about what's allowed and what's not but really, we (Sean, Mark and I) are the ones who decide and I say that your creation is fine for mocpages.

As for the comment itself, it really wasn't that insulting in the grand scheme of things. Not nice, sure, but this is the internet...

My advice would be to just let this one go knowing that you did a nice job on your fig and knowing that you didn't do anything wrong (rules wise).

Good luck!
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| December 6, 2010, 2:12 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
...polka...

Ukrainian?
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| December 6, 2010, 10:50 pm
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Quoting Kevin J. Walter
Hey Mark,
what do you think of my first VV?!
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/237946
( Never mind the last picture - It was only for Captain Heath )


By now you've probably seen my comment, but can I just say...pure gold.

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| December 7, 2010, 7:27 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
What do you think of my first pirate ship? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/239826. I've never made a real pirate ship before. What could I improve?


Hey, not bad. As I mentioned in my comment, I love the characters in there.

As for the ship, some solid hull work, and the fact that you went with an interior was a nice touch.

I think the MOC itself might be more visually appealing if you had added additional cabins above the main deck. Masts and sails, of course would also kick it up a notch. Also, if you could manage to tile out the studed areas, it would really clean up the creation and give it an additional aesthetic "boost."

Still, I like the black with the blue, some of your design elements, and the interior work. All in all, a good solid MOC!

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| December 7, 2010, 7:35 pm
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Hey Mark. I don't know where to put this, so I put it here. There is this guy named Justin L, who recently commented on my best custom fig I ever made. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/240200 I replied to his insulting comment, then deleated the comment of his. He said that custom figs are not allowed on MOCpages. It made me upset. Of course a clone-on-a-plate is getting out of hand, but this is completely different. A fig I made, that I worked so hard on for 8 hours, gets commented on by a purist.

It just made me upset.


Yeah, I can see why it would bug you. But it's like Chris said, you shouldn't let negative comments get to you, if you can help it.

Personally, I think you did a really nice job on the custom work. And OF COURSE custom figs are allowed!

I'll get negative comments from time to time. The best advice I can give is to type out a response - save it, and DON'T send it (it's just helps ya to deal with the negativity a bit) - and then give yourself some time to chill. I often find that after a while, I've cooled off a bit, and common sense tells me to just delete it and move on (which is much easier to do after I've given myself some time).

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| December 7, 2010, 7:41 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

By now you've probably seen my comment, but can I just say...pure gold.


Yes, I have seen it and replied, but there is no comment... strange!
To ask your question: Yes there exist a genre called "Epic Choral" and this track was only a little part of the whole genre - simply GREAT!!!

Oh and if you want, you can check out my WIP on my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41823416@N08/
(Pictures "WIP 4-6" and lower "WIP 1-3")
And add me as contact if you found your way to my flickr :-P
Thanks!

- Kevin
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| December 8, 2010, 8:54 am
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Quoting Areetsa C
Ukrainian?


LOL. Yeah, even Goldman's Greatest Ukranian Polkas is better!

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| December 8, 2010, 11:23 am
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Guess what Kelso, time for another WIP! Yay...

Well, here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/republic_of_brendonia/5232395707/

So, whaddya' think about it? Improved at all?


Yep, yep. Some nice additions. The forms are looking good. You know me, I'd like to see it all no-studs if possible. But meanwhile everything's solid.

So, this thing's looking pretty massive. How long will this be when complete?

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| December 8, 2010, 11:35 am
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
Hey Mark, do you have an estimate of the number of LEGO bricks you've got?


NOT...A...CLUE! 100k? 250k? Half a million? I mean, seriously. I don't even know how to BEGIN to estimate what I've got. Usually when we take a guess, we think we have WAY more than we actually do. So, I wouldn't really even hazzard a guess.

That's one of the things that's been on my mind a lot lately. I really should have the collection insured, but that would require some kind of reasonable estimate on my part, and so far, I haven't taken the time to mess with it.
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| December 8, 2010, 11:44 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

NOT...A...CLUE! 100k? 250k? Half a million? I mean, seriously. I don't even know how to BEGIN to estimate what I've got. Usually when we take a guess, we think we have WAY more than we actually do. So, I wouldn't really even hazzard a guess.

That's one of the things that's been on my mind a lot lately. I really should have the collection insured, but that would require some kind of reasonable estimate on my part, and so far, I haven't taken the time to mess with it.

I'd guess that you have more than 2 million, considering the size of your ships.
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| December 8, 2010, 12:43 pm
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)

How do you store and organize it?


I have somewhere around 800 drawers and bins. Overflow is currently in boxes, but I'm looking at investing in some tubs. If you check out this image, you can see part of the arrangement:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22824835@N05/3240655591/

It's expanded now, as this was shot a while back, but hopefully that gives you the general idea. ;-)

As for organizing, I basically use labels with various forms of groupings based upon the Bricklink terminology for parts. Parts that I use most get drawers, parts that I rarely use get stored in a large bin/box labeled by color.

Maybe I'll go ahead and do a post on my storage system next...yeah, been meaning to do that for some time now...

Okay, I'll post a full page next week. But meanwhile, there's a bit of an explanation about my storage system.



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| December 9, 2010, 8:24 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I'd guess that you have more than 2 million, considering the size of your ships.


I'd be really surprised if I hit the million mark. We throw that word around a lot - "million" - but might not realize how much LEGO that really constitutes. If any MOCpages regulars were to cross that magic "million pieces" line, I'd guess it would be Lee Jones or the Sterlings. They have a LOT more than I do, and yes...I am SOOOOO jealous!!!! ;-)

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| December 9, 2010, 8:36 am
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
I am so jealous right now :P
When did you start organizing it?
How long did it take?


I started organizing right when I discovered MOCpages (back in December of 2007). That first year was a whirlwind of BL orders, building, and buying storage units.

I was really fortunate to have discovered links to builders that had already been through the countless stages of sorting and storing. So after seeing what difficulties they had with constant expansion - and knowing that I would EVERNTUALLY have a large collection - I went ahead and invested early in a #*&! load of drawers. That move paid off big time! Most drawers sat empty for a while, but they're filling up nicely now, with still plenty of room for growth.

The other thing that I feel like was a smart move (those are so rare for me!), was to use the Bricklink terms for labeling. That site's organization is brilliant. By duplicating that method, I simultaneously had an immediate working system (didn't have to mess with trial and error), and...AND!!!!...it helped me more quickly learn the names of parts and their uses, as I was constantly referring to BL for labeling info. Kind of like a crash course in LEGO 101.

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| December 9, 2010, 8:46 am
Hey does anyone know how to put a link on a moc? I know it has to do with HTML....
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| December 9, 2010, 11:54 am
Quoting A Monkey
Hey does anyone know how to put a link on a moc? I know it has to do with HTML....

<a href=URL here>text here</a>

Example: <a href=http://www.mocpages.com>Mocpages</a>;
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| December 9, 2010, 11:57 am
Quoting E.K.O .
<a href=URL here>text here</a>

Example: <a href=http://www.mocpages.com>Mocpages</a>;

Well that's how you do it on a moc, when you converse on groups, all you have to do is drag the page link on the conversation. Example: http://mocpages.com/
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| December 9, 2010, 12:07 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Hey does anyone know how to put a link on a moc?


I usually use tongs. And I prefer the small ones you eat for breakfast rather than the Kielbasa type links that come in...

What?

Ohhhhh, THOSE kind of links. Yeah...what they said.

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| December 9, 2010, 2:48 pm
Hey Kelso, I'm big on dioramas and, if I do say so myself, I think I'm pretty good. But the one problem with all my mocs is the pictures, they stink, if you were a thirteen year old TFOL who can't get his hands on anything other than a white sheet, a ceiling fan with a light, and a camera, how would you take your pictures?
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| December 9, 2010, 3:41 pm
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Hey Kelso. Any advice on a future fire truck? Its big, bulky and well, red.


Wait, do you mean a fire truck that you plan to build in the near future, or a futuristic fire truck (like something you'd see in a sci-fi flick)?

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| December 10, 2010, 7:29 am
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Quoting luke peterson
Hey Kelso, I'm big on dioramas and, if I do say so myself, I think I'm pretty good. But the one problem with all my mocs is the pictures, they stink, if you were a thirteen year old TFOL who can't get his hands on anything other than a white sheet, a ceiling fan with a light, and a camera, how would you take your pictures?


Given your limited resources, here are some thoughts:

Take your pictures somewhere either outside in the shade, or inside in a room with a lot of reflective light. Standard bulbs are extremely yellow, and your colors won't come out very good if you can't adjust them in a photoeditor of some kind. But natural light DOES give you proper color. BUT...keep your MOC out of direct sunlight.

Also - and this works really well - try using a large white board (poster board or foam core board) to reflect light onto the shadowed areas of your MOC.

As an example, say you're shooting pics of a dio. You've got the sheet behind the MOC, and sunlight coming through windows on the left. You'd keep the MOC out of direct sunlight, and then place a white board to the RIGHT of your MOC (beyond the camera frame), so light from the window bounces off of the board and on to the shadowed portion of your creation. You may not see a big difference with the human eye, but a camera will certainly pick up the difference.

A few other things...

Always use a timer and tripod with your camera if at all possible. If you don't have those features, at the very least, rest your camera on some kind of stable surface when taking the pic. It could be anything - stacked books, a stool, whatever. Just use SOMETHING to stabilize the camera.

Also, a word about your backdrop. The best way to use a sheet is to get it as smooth as possible and as far from your MOC as you can. The distance will cause the sheet to go out of focus, loosing more of the wrinkles due to blurriness. This in turn will put more emphasis on your MOC.

Hope these tips help. Good luck!

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| December 10, 2010, 7:41 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Given your limited resources, here are some thoughts:

Take your pictures somewhere either outside in the shade, or inside in a room with a lot of reflective light. Standard bulbs are extremely yellow, and your colors won't come out very good if you can't adjust them in a photoeditor of some kind. But natural light DOES give you proper color.
BUT...keep your MOC out of direct sunlight.

Also - and this works really well - try using a large white board (poster board or foam core board) to reflect light onto the shadowed areas of your MOC.

As an example, say you're shooting pics of a dio. You've got the sheet behind the MOC, and sunlight coming through windows on the left. You'd keep the MOC out of direct sunlight, and then place a white board to the
RIGHT of your MOC (beyond the camera frame), so light from the window bounces off of the board and on to the shadowed portion of your creation. You may not see a big difference with the human eye, but a camera will certainly pick up the difference.

A few other things...

Always use a timer and tripod with your camera if at all possible. If you don't have those features, at the very least, rest your camera on some kind of stable surface when taking the pic. It could be anything - stacked books, a stool, whatever. Just use SOMETHING to stabilize the camera.

Also, a word about your backdrop. The best way to use a sheet is to get it
as smooth as possible and as far from your MOC as you can. The distance will cause the sheet to go out of focus, loosing more of the wrinkles due to blurriness. This in turn will put more emphasis on your MOC.

Hope these tips help. Good luck!

thankyou so much! And, you know if you want *cough cough* to mention me in your next moc then feel
free.

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| December 10, 2010, 2:51 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Given your limited resources, here are some thoughts:

Take your pictures somewhere either outside in the shade, or inside in a room with a lot of reflective light. Standard bulbs are extremely yellow, and your colors won't come out very good if you can't adjust them in a photoeditor of some kind. But natural light DOES give you proper color. BUT...keep your MOC out of direct sunlight.

Also - and this works really well - try using a large white board (poster board or foam core board) to reflect light onto the shadowed areas of your MOC.

As an example, say you're shooting pics of a dio. You've got the sheet behind the MOC, and sunlight coming through windows on the left. You'd keep the MOC out of direct sunlight, and then place a white board to the RIGHT of your MOC (beyond the camera frame), so light from the window bounces off of the board and on to the shadowed portion of your creation. You may not see a big difference with the human eye, but a camera will certainly pick up the difference.

A few other things...

Always use a timer and tripod with your camera if at all possible. If you don't have those features, at the very least, rest your camera on some kind of stable surface when taking the pic. It could be anything - stacked books, a stool, whatever. Just use SOMETHING to stabilize the camera.

Also, a word about your backdrop. The best way to use a sheet is to get it as smooth as possible and as far from your MOC as you can. The distance will cause the sheet to go out of focus, loosing more of the wrinkles due to blurriness. This in turn will put more emphasis on your MOC.

Hope these tips help. Good luck!

Why is a timer important?
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| December 10, 2010, 3:36 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Why is a timer important?


When you squeeze with your finger to press the shutter, it can cause camera shake. By setting the timer, the camera has a few seconds to become completely still before going off. If you combine a tripod (or set the camera on something) along with the timer, you can remove your hands from the camera entirely, and are garunteed a steady shot every time.

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| December 11, 2010, 8:56 pm
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