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Kelso's Holly Jolly, Happy Holiday, QuestionsThread
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Well...what the #*&%! do YOU want!!! Oh, yeah...and merry Christmas.


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| December 10, 2010, 7:47 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Well...what the #*&%! do YOU want!!! Oh, yeah...and merry Christmas.


Is Santa real? And Merry Christmas! :-D
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| December 10, 2010, 7:50 am
Hey Mark, are you getting LEGO for your Eye of Chaos for Christmas?
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| December 10, 2010, 8:52 am
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Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
Is Santa real? And Merry Christmas! :-D


Reality is only based upon one's perception. If he's real to you, then yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. ;-)

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| December 11, 2010, 8:59 pm
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Quoting ODST .
Hey Mark, are you getting LEGO for your Eye of Chaos for Christmas?


*sigh* Probably not. I've got a collaborative to do now, and the Eye is unfortunately going to have to take a back seat. Not what I want, but I agreed to do the collaborative, so there it is. I'll probably be getting Lego for that project instead. Can't complain too much, though...I mean, hey, it's STILL Lego for Christmas, right? ;-)

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| December 11, 2010, 9:03 pm
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Quoting Joe P .
What happened to the Critique Column???


Hmm, dunno. Looks to me like it's still there...what choo talkin' bout, Willis?

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| December 11, 2010, 9:06 pm
Quoting Minifig Maniac
10100110100001011010100

Argh! I H@TE binary codes. Anways, were you ever a baton-twirler? Sorry if it's a strange question, but I might've heard that SOMEWHERE before.
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| December 11, 2010, 9:12 pm
Quoting Joe P .
Okay Minifig obviously you need to stop with the whole spam thing. Chris and Mark don't really like it, and if you keep it up, it could cost your account.

Sorry about that! I don't know what happened. My computer's been acting strange lately.
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| December 11, 2010, 9:13 pm
Quoting Minifig Maniac
Argh! I H@TE binary codes. Anways, were you ever a baton-twirler? Sorry if it's a strange question, but I might've heard that SOMEWHERE before.

I'm not sure where, though.
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| December 11, 2010, 9:14 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

hey, it's STILL Lego for Christmas, right? ;-)

Not unless someone confuses "Lego" for "Megabloks"

Anywho, got any advice for someone (myself) on how to build a VTOL with slanted plates like what you see on that Clonnie Wars AT-TE?
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| December 11, 2010, 9:31 pm
Quoting Minifig Maniac
I'm not sure where, though.

It says on his art site.
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| December 11, 2010, 11:19 pm
Hey Kelso, what do you think of my Pharaoh's Quest Mecha http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241179 ? And I don't know if you or Phipson are trains guys, so what do you think of http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241186 ? It's a Space train, and my second real train project.
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| December 11, 2010, 11:20 pm
Hey Kelso,
I just joined MOCpages. I'm an AFOL that's trying to get acquainted with other AFOL's in the LEGO community. I tried to join "Grown Up's with Plastic" (per Ludgonious's advice), but I need approval. Can you help me out? Thanks.
Loki
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| December 13, 2010, 1:27 am
Are we doing a 'Merry Christmocs' or was that an '09 special?
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| December 13, 2010, 1:31 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Reality is only based upon one's perception. If he's real to you, then yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause. ;-)

Did you say West Virginia? So you're saying if I move to West Virginia, Santa will be real? Sweeeeet! Don't know what my parents would think of this! XD And yes, I really have heard the story of Virginia writing the newspaper. XD
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| December 13, 2010, 8:43 am
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Quoting Joe P .
Yeah how is the Eye doing? Any good progress or dates when we can expect a finish?

PS I wish there was a place whre I could just chat with you (anyone, really)


The Eye is on hiatus right now. The upper portion is completely finished, though. And I've got it hung (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22824835@N05/5204244698/).

The biggest delay has actually been the non-Lego portion of it. I've decided to create a stand for the model, instead of hanging it as initially planned. I hung the top portion to just get it out of the way, but eventually that'll be lowered onto the ventral section of the ship. And the ventral portion will be placed on two steel supports about four feet from the ground - which is what I'm working on now.

I also promised a major contribution to a colaborative project for Brickworld 2011. That could mean no progress on the Eye until after Brickworld in June. I'm pulling out what little hair I have left because of that, but I just can't work on more than one large project at once, and I already made the commitment.

Best case scenario, though, would see me back to building on it in January, with an update in Feb. or March. The earliest I forsee it being done is the Fall of 2011, and no later than June of 2012...as I have plans for it being featured that year at Brickworld.

Time will tell! ;-)

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| December 13, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Quoting Joe P .
I mean *clears throat*, why won't Chris answer our calls?


Chris has gotten ransacked by life lately...i.e. he's just gotten busy. Hopefully we'll see him back on track here pretty soon. If I can find some time, I'll try to hop over there later this week and at least critique a few MOCs. I can't dedicate as much time each day as Chris, so I haven't done the Critique thread, but I'll see what I can do.

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| December 13, 2010, 1:35 pm
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Quoting Minifig Maniac
Argh! I H@TE binary codes. Anways, were you ever a baton-twirler? Sorry if it's a strange question, but I might've heard that SOMEWHERE before.


Yep. I was HUGE into the hobby as a kid and teen. Bragging rights include over forty world championship titles, and more than seven-hundred trophies. I thought it was pretty cool at the time. Now it's just pain to dust all of those *$@%! things!


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| December 13, 2010, 1:38 pm
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Quoting Manqué (Cade)
...got any advice for someone (myself) on how to build a VTOL with slanted plates like what you see on that Clonnie Wars AT-TE?


I'll do my best...can ya give me a link to a good reference pic? I'll see what I can offer up.



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| December 13, 2010, 1:40 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Hey Kelso, what do you think of my Pharaoh's Quest Mecha http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241179 ? And I don't know if you or Phipson are trains guys, so what do you think of http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241186 ? It's a Space train, and my second real train project.


Wow, both of those are really good concepts - just fun, unique ideas. I think your technique on the mech piece is a bit stronger than the train. That mech has some really nice color balance, and solid parts usage all the way through.

For the train idea, I think it would be fun to have it floating instead of on wheels (lending a bit more to the whole futuristic feel of the build). You could make it levitate via a magnetic field, for example. The train-thing kind of a cool idea, though, from the standpoint of playability. You could do a whole series of cars for the train, each with different forms and functions.

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| December 13, 2010, 2:06 pm
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Quoting Loki ?
Hey Kelso,
I just joined MOCpages. I'm an AFOL that's trying to get acquainted with other AFOL's in the LEGO community. I tried to join "Grown Up's with Plastic" (per Ludgonious's advice), but I need approval. Can you help me out? Thanks.
Loki


Hola, Loki! Yeah, absolutely. I'll hop over there now and get ya in. Not a lot of conversation there lately (many of us have taken to chatting outside of MOCpages), but that's a good starting point.

Meanwhile, welcome to MOCpages. We'll look forward to seeing your work!

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| December 13, 2010, 2:09 pm
Hey Kelso, hows life? Feel free to drop on by my page and snoop around, Wink Wink. OMG For christmas I want a pony and a tree and a castle and a wand *ahem* and a motorcycle. I saw someone in the lego store yesterday that looked EXACTLY like you! see ya!
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| December 13, 2010, 8:32 pm
Quoting luke peterson
Hey Kelso, hows life? Feel free to drop on by my page and snoop around, Wink Wink. OMG For christmas I want a pony and a tree and a castle and a wand *ahem* and a motorcycle. I saw someone in the lego store yesterday that looked EXACTLY like you! see ya!

Eh?
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| December 13, 2010, 8:36 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Manqué (Cade)
...got any advice for someone (myself) on how to build a VTOL with slanted plates like what you see on that Clonnie Wars AT-TE?


I'll do my best...can ya give me a link to a good reference pic? I'll see what I can offer up.



Never mind. I think I got the hang of it. It looks pretty good...
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| December 13, 2010, 8:45 pm
Hey Kelso! Thank you soooo much for the advice on the pics! They look soooo much better! Here's a link if you want to see how they turned out

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241500



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| December 14, 2010, 3:02 pm
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Can I call it a SHIP yet?


Heck yeah, and THEN some!

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| December 15, 2010, 3:21 pm
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
I think it's unfair that you've answered others' questions and skipped mine, so I'm making sure you didn't do it by accident before putting a sad smiley. (just kidding, but I wanted to pointed out that you've skipped my question)


Yeah, sorry. Nothing intentional. Sometimes comments here and there get missed.

A nice job to be sure! I mentioned in the comment that I left, that you had some cool camera work with the presentation...that's what I'm talking about people! Break it up a little. Try close-ups, overhead shots, etc. There were a few shots that could've had some focal adjustment, but for the most part very nice. Good color and lighting throughout your shots, too.

As for the build, very solid. It would have been fun to see some more details added here and there - the sets seemed a little spartan (no not the spartan minifig...I mean empty ;-). Good use of color, though, and the sets were all very clean, which is nice. Some fun humor in there as well.

Anyway, nicely done, sir. Sorry about missing your comment above, but we got there in the end (shut it Phipson!).


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| December 16, 2010, 9:46 am
What do you think of this?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/242232
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| December 18, 2010, 8:04 pm
Hello everyone,
This question can probably be answered by the MOC moderators (aka. Mr. Kelso). My friend told me that if three people like a lego creation within 24 hours of it being posted, it will move to the home page. I have never made the homepage (as my stuff isn't very good) but according to my friend, there have been several instances where my creations should have popped up. Is the three smily face thing true?

Thanks for your time,
Max
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| December 20, 2010, 10:21 am
Quoting Max Pointner
Hello everyone,
This question can probably be answered by the MOC moderators (aka. Mr. Kelso). My friend told me that if three people like a lego creation within 24 hours of it being posted, it will move to the home page. I have never made the homepage (as my stuff isn't very good) but according to my friend, there have been several instances where my creations should have popped up. Is the three smily face thing true?

Thanks for your time,
Max

Well, l get mocs on the front page quite a lot(not bragging or anything), but things can be different. Sometimes it mysteriously doesn't show, and sometimes if you get more smiles, the same result occurs! Not sure if I got it completely right, so maybe Mr. Kelso will help you out a little more. :D
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| December 20, 2010, 10:51 am
Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
Well, l get mocs on the front page quite a lot(not bragging or anything), but things can be different. Sometimes it mysteriously doesn't show, and sometimes if you get more smiles, the same result occurs! Not sure if I got it completely right, so maybe Mr. Kelso will help you out a little more. :D

Oh. I feel better that even talented people have these difficulties.
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| December 20, 2010, 11:15 am
Quoting Max Pointner
Hello everyone,
This question can probably be answered by the MOC moderators (aka. Mr. Kelso). My friend told me that if three people like a lego creation within 24 hours of it being posted, it will move to the home page. I have never made the homepage (as my stuff isn't very good) but according to my friend, there have been several instances where my creations should have popped up. Is the three smily face thing true?

Thanks for your time,
Max
I don't believe that getting on the front page has to do with a specific number of "I Like It's". It just shows recent creations that people like. So while getting 3 in an hour may be enough to get you on the home page, I don't think that's always the case.
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| December 20, 2010, 1:04 pm
Quoting Max Pointner
Hello everyone,
This question can probably be answered by the MOC moderators (aka. Mr. Kelso). My friend told me that if three people like a lego creation within 24 hours of it being posted, it will move to the home page. I have never made the homepage (as my stuff isn't very good) but according to my friend, there have been several instances where my creations should have popped up. Is the three smily face thing true?

Thanks for your time,
Max

It's more or less random-if your creation gets even one like within a few minutes of it's posting, it will end up there until it is moved by other creations.
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| December 20, 2010, 5:09 pm
Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, I am in DIRE need of your help. I now have a SEVERE case of builders-block. Nothing to build, no ideas, no way of making a suspension system for my Landmaster (the tank from Starfox), and it's tearing me apart! Please Dr. Kelso. Cure the BB disease within me. (Lee's treatments involve 10 ft. long needles and almost complete nakedness.) So help me Kelso, give me something that will bring the artist from within me back.

Well, leaving out the fact that you never were an artist in the first place, they always say "do what you're good at".
What you're good at is writing execrable fanfiction about your imaginary canid girlfriend. So, off you go.
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| December 21, 2010, 12:26 am
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
What do you think of this?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/242232


Wow! Great job on the photo-editing. Very nice presentation.

The MOC, however - and just being completely honest here - left me wanting more. It's cool to see really small creations some times, but when you go that small, you really need to step up your game with parts usage.

I will say I really like the lines created by the slopes. That's quite nice. But, I think you need some other more unique parts or parts combinations to get it looking like a ship in other portions of the build. A lot of the times, Bionicle elements can be good for that, or Minifig utensils. Also, the use of stickers can be extremely helpful, as they add miniscule detailing that no part can match.

By the way, we're getting close here, so Merry Christmas, Matthew!!!
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| December 21, 2010, 11:19 am
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Quoting Max Pointner
Hello everyone,
This question can probably be answered by the MOC moderators (aka. Mr. Kelso). My friend told me that if three people like a lego creation within 24 hours of it being posted, it will move to the home page. I have never made the homepage (as my stuff isn't very good) but according to my friend, there have been several instances where my creations should have popped up. Is the three smily face thing true?

Thanks for your time,
Max


Not to my knowledge. The way I understand it, getting on the home page depends on who else currently has new work being commented on. The home page picks the more popular ones. There's only room for so many MOCs, though, and even if you've got twenty ILI's...if fifteen other builders have more, they'll be on there first.

Try not to put too much stock into collecting ILI's though. Yeah, it's fun to get comments, but build for the sake of building first, and hopefully you'll find the comments as icing on the cake. Meanwhile, keep building and you'll get better...we'll be seeing you on the home page in no time.

Merry Christmas!!!
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| December 21, 2010, 11:25 am
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, I am in DIRE need of your help. I now have a SEVERE case of builders-block. Nothing to build, no ideas, no way of making a suspension system for my Landmaster (the tank from Starfox), and it's tearing me apart! Please Dr. Kelso. Cure the BB disease within me. (Lee's treatments involve 10 ft. long needles and almost complete nakedness.) So help me Kelso, give me something that will bring the artist from within me back.


BB can be addressed in different ways. Some prefer to just walk away for a while - take a break.

If you're not willing to do that (and I'm usually not), then you could try turning to your favorite movies, books, or music for inspiration. Look for something within these that gives you a vision of a creation.

If that doesn't do it, there's one other way you might consider. That's to simply sit down and pick a color and some parts, and start playing around with abstract designs. Throw parts together in new ways, or try to come up with a shape. You may find that it suggests something to you that gets the ball rolling again.

I go through BB all of the time, and it's no fun, but hopefully these tips will help a little.

Good luck, and Merry Christmas!!!
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| December 21, 2010, 11:32 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
It's more or less random-if your creation gets even one like within a few minutes of it's posting, it will end up there until it is moved by other creations.


There's the key phrase..."moved by other creations." It's all relative to what else is coming into the pages at that time.

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| December 21, 2010, 11:34 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Not to my knowledge. The way I understand it, getting on the home page depends on who else currently has new work being commented on. The home page picks the more popular ones. There's only room for so many MOCs, though, and even if you've got twenty ILI's...if fifteen other builders have more, they'll be on there first.

Try not to put too much stock into collecting ILI's though. Yeah, it's fun to get comments, but build for the sake of building first, and hopefully you'll find the comments as icing on the cake. Meanwhile, keep building and you'll get better...we'll be seeing you on the home page in no time.

Merry Christmas!!!

Oh, don't worry. I was just curious. I don't care about comments.
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| December 21, 2010, 11:36 am
Uhh.. Can you give me advice on my building????
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| December 21, 2010, 2:51 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Wow! Great job on the photo-editing. Very nice presentation.

The MOC, however - and just being completely honest here - left me wanting more. It's cool to see really small creations some times, but when you go that small, you really need to step up your game with parts usage.

I will say I really like the lines created by the slopes. That's quite nice. But, I think you need some other more unique parts or parts combinations to get it looking like a ship in other portions of the build. A lot of the times, Bionicle elements can be good for that, or Minifig utensils. Also, the use of stickers can be extremely helpful, as they add miniscule detailing that no part can match.

By the way, we're getting close here, so Merry Christmas, Matthew!!!

Yeah, I see what you are saying. Thanks for the tips!
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| December 21, 2010, 3:25 pm
Quoting Dominick Sinclair
I have another question: is there some sort of trick to getting likes on a creation? I upload stuff and it only gets like 1 or 2 likes in 2 days. Please help out, thanks!

"Not begging and whining like a little clonie" is a pretty big one.
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| December 21, 2010, 10:20 pm
gee wiz Kelso how do you build the way you do?
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| December 21, 2010, 10:47 pm
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
I am working on a base in the jungle and I would like to know what best fits inside a base. I am using the BURPS.


What fits inside a base? Uhm...Anything that fits inside a base.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Okay, okay...So, it depends on how big you want to go with your structure. It could just be computer elements, or if it's of a medium size, you could include vehicles, planes (or small one man fighter ships if you're going futuristic). If it's a massive base, then you could have vehicles, planes or ships, Mechs, bunks, officer's quarters, mess halls, meeting rooms, and on, and on, and on.

Just depends on what you want to do. ;-)

Merry Christmas!!!

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| December 22, 2010, 7:35 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Oh, just wondering, what's with you guys and locking topics?


We'll lock a topic when the thread gets too long, or if we need to end a conversation.

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| December 22, 2010, 7:37 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
I have another question: is there some sort of trick to getting likes on a creation? I upload stuff and it only gets like 1 or 2 likes in 2 days. Please help out, thanks!


There really aren't any tricks to getting more ILI's, unless you want to count spamming your own pages (which will not only be frowned upon by MOCpages, but will get you a lot of disrespect among other members).

However, I can offer the following tips that will lead to more ILI's...

1) Comment on others works in a positve way each and every day. Others will get to know you, and eventually leave comments for you as well.

2) Build and post consistently. Show us some new work once a week, or a couple times a month, and builders will start to remember your work, and look forward to new creations.

3) Create clean MOCs, with good presentations - I can't stress this enough. Avoid creations that have stuff going on EVERYWHERE. Better to keep it simple and clean. And when presenting, edit your photos in a photoshop-like application for proper light, color, and to eliminate your backgrounds. Look at all the good builders (like Goldman, Kescenovitz, Nannan, Firas etc.). They all have great presentations, and it makes a world of difference.

Follow these steps to the best of your ability, and you'll not only find yourself getting more ILI's, but you'll also make more friends and improve your skills all at the same time!

Good luck, and Merry Christmas!

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| December 22, 2010, 7:50 am
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Quoting Freeling ++
Uhh.. Can you give me advice on my building????


I don't even have to go to your page...your building skill is already exceptional, and the usual advice that I offer would be a moot point for you. But here are a few things I can think of to help you take it to the next level...

1) Start thinking about composition a bit more in your vigs and your dios. What part of the build do you want the viewer to look at most? That's where your detail and most powerful color work needs to be. Texture will also lead the viewer's eye. Areas witht lots of texture will pull the eye to it, while smoother areas won't - you can use that to yor advantage some times. Even with the Sci-fi ships you do, you can create areas with a lot of greeb work, combined with other areas that have minimal detailing/texture. It will not only be more visually interesting, but also often lend believability.

2) Parts Usage - Time to really start pushing various parts usage, and looking for unique and surprising combinations here and there. doesn't have to be everywhere or all of the time. But just start looking for the possiblities now and again.

3) Scale - Have you thought about tackling something larger than you've ever gone before? I think, if you have any interest in that, that you'd be terrific at it. And whether people like to admit it or not (that's right...talking to you, Phipson!)...size matters! The creations that builders really remember are not only well done, but more often than not, HUGE. That's not say vigs and the like don't get remembered, I'm just saying the epic builds are the most challenging (fun, too!), and memorable MOCs, and you are TOTALLY capable of doing larger work.

Hope that helps a little. Meanwhile, your current work is excellent, and though I may not have time to comment often (the down side of being a Mod), I've enjoyed seeing your work and look forward to more!

Merry Christmas!!!
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| December 22, 2010, 8:04 am
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Quoting Areetsa C
"Not begging and whining like a little clonie" is a pretty big one.


Amen, brother!!!

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| December 22, 2010, 8:07 am
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Quoting Marty Ford
gee wiz Kelso how do you build the way you do?


Hopefully that's a good thing. ;-)

If you're refering to my level of detail and the scale I like to work in, it just boils down to personal preference, a LOT of patience, and some artistic training (that helps with the aesthetic aspect of my building).

I'm envious of builders that really have a strong grasp of the physics involved with larger creations. Go to a convention some time and you'll see stunning examples of architectural engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.

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| December 22, 2010, 8:13 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Do any of you know books that give tips on how to build great MOCs? Or a website perhaps?


Unfortunately no. There are books out there that teach some basic building techniques, but nothing extraordinary.

Your best bet is to study the MOCs that you find particularly exceptional. I've spent hours analyzing builders like Goldman, Kescenovitz, Peter Reid, Rocko, Erick Varszegi, and countless others. Look for more than just parts combinations, but also look at their color work, textural choices, compositional decisions, and even their presentations. It's on the web sites where you'll find the most stunning work, and only by spending time analyzing and experimenting will you really get the best learning experience for improving your own building.


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| December 22, 2010, 8:21 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Well...what the #*&%! do YOU want!!! Oh, yeah...and merry Christmas.


Id like to expand my lego collection, what sets do you reccomend buying...?
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| December 22, 2010, 8:25 am
Quoting T.K .
Id like to expand my lego collection, what sets do you reccomend buying...?

Well, I would suggest going to yard sales BEFORE you go to the store. Yard sales and flea markets often have big lots, for a great price that you wouldnt get new.
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| December 22, 2010, 9:20 am
Quoting T.K .
Id like to expand my lego collection, what sets do you reccomend buying...?

Right after Christmas the deals out there will be through the roof! Last year, Walmart had a bunch of sets 50% off, like the Agents Mech set and such. When it comes to price per brick, avoid the licensed sets (Star Wars, Toy Story, Indiana Jones, etc) as they are typically higher in cost for the same or less bricks. Prince of Persia sets seem to be on sale everywhere, as they weren't very popular, and you can get some screaming deals on those. LEGO themes (city, police, Pharaoh, Atlantis) and creator sets give you more bang for your buck. The cheapest way to get a lot of LEGO is garage sales and/or Craigslist. This, however, requires patience and diligence as it can be very hit and miss as to what's available and what the quality may be. Winter is not the best time for garage sales, but Craigslist is year round. Lastly, tell everybody you know that you collect LEGO, especially parents who's kids might be growing out of them and might just GIVE them to you. This way, whenever someone gets you a gift, chances are higher that it could be LEGO=P ~H
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| December 22, 2010, 9:30 am
Quoting A Monkey
Well, I would suggest going to yard sales BEFORE you go to the store. Yard sales and flea markets often have big lots, for a great price that you wouldnt get new.

Please, despite the delay, only press the comment button once. Hitting it multiple times not only spams, it slows thing down even more. Thanks~H
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| December 22, 2010, 9:33 am
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Please, despite the delay, only press the comment button once. Hitting it multiple times not only spams, it slows thing down even more. Thanks~H

Hey. I deleted them all. Trust me, I wasnt goin to leave them there. My internet is pretty slow.
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| December 22, 2010, 9:42 am
Whats all this secret santa stuff thats been poping up out of no where?
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| December 22, 2010, 9:49 am
Quoting A Monkey
Hey. I deleted them all. Trust me, I wasnt goin to leave them there. My internet is pretty slow.

Yes, I see that, thank you, it was a friendly reminder. The Pages are getting slow again and the multiple posts by people seem to be happening more often and only compounds the issue.~H
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| December 22, 2010, 9:49 am
Quoting Marty Ford
gee wiz Kelso how do you build the way you do?

Haha, No one knows.. Except his wife maybe.
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| December 22, 2010, 12:05 pm
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Quoting Marty Ford
Whats all this secret santa stuff thats been poping up out of no where?


Long story short, a bunch of us got together and organized a secret Santa gift exchange. The person who received the gift posts it and everyone else gets to guess who built it for them. Fun for all!
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| December 22, 2010, 12:09 pm
Whatever happened to the page of most recent creations??!!? >;(
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| December 22, 2010, 12:17 pm
Hey Kelso.. Here is my latest MOC.. I tried to follow your advice, so I just wanted to know if it's good...

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/243179

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| December 23, 2010, 11:13 am
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Quoting T.K .
Id like to expand my lego collection, what sets do you reccomend buying...?


Several people already chimed in with some solid advice, but I'll throw a few thoughts your way as well...

This is actually MUCH more complicated than just choosing a few sets to pick up. You have to decide what your priorities are, for starters.

Do you tend to build with more bricks, or plates, or an even amount of both? Are you looking for certain modified parts?

What colors do you prefer? What colors are you low on, and which ones do you feel you have a lot of?

These are all things to ask yourself before you start selecting sets - or going to Brinklink, or PAB, or garage sales, etc. Also, keep in mind that Lego will sometimes only produce a color or part in a certain quantity for a short time. So, if there are certain parts or colors you want and they're available right now, those might take priority.

Once you've answered these questions, then start looking at sets and what parts and colors come in them. You might even compare what you get out of a new set to what it would cost you to order from PAB or BL. If you want a diversity of parts and colors, sets might be better. But if you want a large quantity of a certain color or part, then BL is a much better alternative (and PAB is best if you want something new or in "Bulk").

All of these things factor into my own purchases. And just as a side note, here. My favorite sets that are out right now are:

Emporium
Grand Carousel
Fire Brigade
Medievel Market
Imperial Shuttle
Death Star
Tower Bridge

All massive sets with TONS of parts. If you can find any of these marked down, I think they'd be a good investment (and they're all a BLAST to build!)

Good luck and Merry Christmas!


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| December 23, 2010, 1:20 pm
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Quoting Freeling ++
Whatever happened to the page of most recent creations??!!? >;(


A page of most recent creations is a bit redundant, given that the most recent creations appear in general as they are produced. So now to view most recent, just click on the "All" link under "Everyone's Creations" and your there.

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| December 23, 2010, 1:34 pm
Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Question! I need suggestions on what to build. I really don't have anything at mind right now. Please give me some ideas if you can! Thanks!

Well, it's very close to Christmas so you could build something holiday related. Or you could just look to your life for inspiration-look for inspiration in music you like, activities you do, etc. Good luck!
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| December 23, 2010, 2:14 pm
Quoting Minifig Maniac
Argh! I H@TE binary codes. Anways, were you ever a baton-twirler? Sorry if it's a strange question, but I might've heard that SOMEWHERE before.

Did you know there are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't... mark, how did you become o MOD on the 'pages?
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| December 23, 2010, 2:24 pm
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Question! I need suggestions on what to build. I really don't have anything at mind right now. Please give me some ideas if you can! Thanks!


Well, not sure what kind of mood your in, but this is the PERFECT time for a holiday MOC!


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| December 24, 2010, 7:45 am
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Quoting Little Ewok
Did you know there are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don't... mark, how did you become o MOD on the 'pages?


Chris and I, along with some other frequently active MOCpages AFOLs, were contacted by Sean to help with a new version of MOCpages before it went public. In this new version we had certain capabilities similar to our official Mod duties today.

Once the new version went live, we discovered our capabilities were still active, and Bob's your uncle, Fanny's you aunt...we were mods.

Merry Christmas!!!

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| December 24, 2010, 7:49 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Can I get your opinion on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/236136


Not bad for a little micro ship. Kind of has a Pillar of Autumn look to it. You've got a couple of nice parts in there that help to add some sense of detailing to the form. I think it could use a bit more of that. You don't want to go overboard with greebling, of course, but some helps to lend believability to the MOC.

I think I would've made the hanger bay a bit smaller. But the use of the clears is nice, and it's location seems good.

I also think you made a good choice in not getting too carried away with color variations. Larger MOCs can get away with it better (check out work by Pierre Fieschi some time), but the very small ones tend to work better with less colors. I think a sticker or two might help with the detailing, though - just a thought.

Anyway, a nice little MOC overall.

Merry Christmas!!!


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| December 24, 2010, 8:00 am
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Hey Kelso,

Is your Lego collection still expanding?


ALWAYS!!! One can never have enough! ;-).

I hope the next several years will be a series of additions to get the rest of my colors up to the level of my bleys.

I just recently purchased a little over 25,000 white pieces to add to my overall whites collection, which I'm pretty stoked about. I'll usually do one big purchase like that once a year on top of smaller purchases on a regular basis. I'm thinking about going back to school later this year, though, and if I do, I may stop adding to the collection for a while...we'll see.

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| December 26, 2010, 5:56 am
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
Can you give some critique about this micro-ship?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241076
I'm really proud of it, I was figuratively struck by inspiration when I built it.


Wow, nice. Honestly not much to "critique" as this is a very small MOC that's already done beautifully.

I like the color choices, and their arrangement. And the parts work nicely for the scale (love the Sumo trophy in the front!).

Great job!

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| December 26, 2010, 6:04 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
What is the best way to obtain those 8x8 pieces that have like the grill pattern in dark gray? Bricklink? I asked my friend but he didn't have any of the pieces in the color I needed. Where should I go?


Let me start by saying it depends on what you mean by "dark gray."

Are you refering to the old gray that Lego used to make, which is recognized as "gray"... or are you talking about the newer version of the color, which is commonly referred to as "bluish-gray" (or in many cases "blay")?

If you mean the old dark gray, then BL is your only real option. If you're talking about the newer bluish gray, or blay, then Lego PAB might be an option as well.

I will say that, in general, BL is your best bet for specific parts. When it comes to the old grays, both light and dark, it becomes your only resource (with maybe the exception of ebay or garage sales from time to time).

Every now and then PAB will have the newer blays available, and sometimes...sometimes, mind you...the prices can be very good. But PAB is REALLY limited on what they offer.

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| December 26, 2010, 6:14 am
What do you think of this vignette I made http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/243770 ? What could be improved, what could be changed?
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| December 26, 2010, 3:10 pm
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Hey, what are they officially called? I am trying to find them on BL and I don't know the actual name of them!


Yeah, it gets confusing -

You'd be looking for: plate, modified 8 x 8 w/ grill in either grey (old greys) or bluish grey (newer version of greys).

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| December 27, 2010, 7:10 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
What do you think of this vignette I made http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/243770 ? What could be improved, what could be changed?


I think it's a nice little vig for the most part...love the idea, for starters.

I would've eliminated the fence, however. I think it doesn't quite fit with the idea of a castle setting, and has a more rural quality to it. I think the castle wall might function a bit better if it were simplified just a touch, and perhaps one or two brick-rows higher.

I think the grassy element and the flowers are a nice addition - giving the MOC some added color.

That's my .02 on it. Now let's see an updated MOC with the poet's severed head laying on the ground and grumbling about his body leaving to go purchase a sword! ;-)
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| December 27, 2010, 7:20 am
Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, my builder's block went away, and now, I'm making Dry Bowser out of bionicle. If you don't know who he is: http://www.mariowiki.com/Dry_Bowser

Who wouldn't know who he is?? Especially Mark!
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| December 27, 2010, 2:45 pm
General Kelso I believe I've done it! The culmination of all my experience in dioramas, this is what I believe to be my best and biggest WWII themed work I liked being able to finally do a decently made Urban-ish combat setting. I'd like to hear what you think about it. Could you review the dio whenever you have the time.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/243887
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| December 27, 2010, 5:38 pm
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, my builder's block went away, and now, I'm making Dry Bowser out of bionicle. If you don't know who he is: http://www.mariowiki.com/Dry_Bowser


Ha! That's what we like to hear. I've been going through some serious builder's block as well...hit those bricks for me, too, would ya!



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| December 28, 2010, 7:37 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
I found it on PAB. I am going to buy it soon. Thanks for all your help Kelso!


Glad you managed to find what you needed!



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| December 28, 2010, 7:38 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
General Kelso I believe I've done it! The culmination of all my experience in dioramas, this is what I believe to be my best and biggest WWII themed work I liked being able to finally do a decently made Urban-ish combat setting. I'd like to hear what you think about it. Could you review the dio whenever you have the time.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/243887


I can see why your excited about this one. As I mentioned on the page, great use of the CC sets. They bring a level of detail that I've not seen from your dios before. I'd love to see you do some customizing of those buildings some time to eliminate the look of having "sets" in your creation. But, with the CC style creations, they're such good sets that they tend to look like personal MOCs, and fit beautifully into dios like you've made here.

Nice job on the spacing of the action, as well. Once you to get building on a scale such as this you can see how it becomes addictive. Now your doomed! HAHAHA!

Anyway, great work on this one. I'd love to see you do more on this scale!



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