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Merry Christmocs with Phipson!
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Well, it's that time of year again. Everyone's running around trying to figure out how not to kill their relatives this week when they all come together for dinner and gift exchanges (hint: it's gonna happen anyway so just take cover).

I'm sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like to recently, but like I (and Kelso) said in another thread, I've recently been hit with a major dose of "real life" and just haven't had the time I used to to be a part of the pages.

I'm still doing all my behind the scenes moderator stuff that you guys don't see, but I haven't had the time to get in the trenches of the community as much as I'd like and for that, I'm sorry.

With that out of the way, whatcha got? It may take a bit longer than it used to but I will do my best to get to each and every question as soon as I can!

Merry Christmas everyone!
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| December 19, 2010, 4:35 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Well, it's that time of year again. Everyone's running around trying to figure out how not to kill their relatives this week when they all come together for dinner and gift exchanges (hint: it's gonna happen anyway so just take cover).

I'm sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like to recently, but like I (and Kelso) said in another thread, I've recently been hit with a major dose of "real life" and just haven't had the time I used to to be a part of the pages.

I'm still doing all my behind the scenes moderator stuff that you guys don't see, but I haven't had the time to get in the trenches of the community as much as I'd like and for that, I'm sorry.

With that out of the way, whatcha got? It may take a bit longer than it used to but I will do my best to get to each and every question as soon as I can!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Same question I really need help with it
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| December 19, 2010, 4:38 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson :-

With that out of the way, whatcha got? It may take a bit longer than it used to but I will do my best to get to each and every question as soon as I can!

Merry Christmas everyone!

what is the biggest thing I should work on as a moccer
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| December 19, 2010, 4:40 pm
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To Marty Ford from the previous thread:

Man, I wish I could help you out but I'm going to be totally honest, cars are just not my thing. My advice would be to go to Firas' page and check out his stuff. He's THE master of car stuff. If you find something you like and need some help figuring out "how" to do it, let me know and I'll take a look, maybe figure out what parts he used, and try to help you out that way.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Best of luck man!

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| December 19, 2010, 4:40 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
To Marty Ford from the previous thread:

Man, I wish I could help you out but I'm going to be totally honest, cars are just not my thing. My advice would be to go to Firas' page and check out his stuff. He's THE master of car stuff. If you find something you like and need some help figuring out "how" to do it, let me know and I'll take a look, maybe figure out what parts he used, and try to help you out that way.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Best of luck man!

Thanks oh I just had a brain storm time to hit the bricks
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| December 19, 2010, 4:43 pm
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Quoting luke peterson
what is the biggest thing I should work on as a moccer


Go do the dishes! Oh wait, that's what I've got to do... Ok, before I log out for the night then...

I took a look at your page. I see that you've started to work on presentation a bit with the white sheet as your background. This is a good start but might I suggest making sure that your pics don't let background stuff show. Turning the moc during the photo shoot will help avoid showing the underwear hanging from the ceiling fan in the background.

Also, lighting is KEY! This was something that I struggled with at the begining of my moccing and it makes a HUGE difference when you have a well lit moc as opposed to something that is only lit by the flash from the camera and your overhead light in the room.

And finally (for now) remember that not every pic you take HAS to be posted. Take 10 or 15 shots of the same thing then decide which one is the best and use that. Do we think that Kelso takes one shot of the eye of chaos and posts that or does he take 20 and then decide which is best? Exactly.

The builds themselves will come with time. Practice without "having" to post what you build. Take a look at some of the more experienced builders and try to duplicate the techniques they use. Improving doesn't happen overnight, remember that. Just keep at it and study what others have done before you.

Oh, and go do the dishes!
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| December 19, 2010, 5:02 pm
In reply to your over-gracious answer in the other thread, thank you for the tips. I always feel like my creations are missing something, so I'll try to wait out my "bricker's block" more often.

Also, my chores only earn me meals. No cash/presents. But thanks for the suggestion, anyway. :D
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| December 19, 2010, 7:40 pm
Thanks Chris! Yeah, I have enough pieces to make a few more, I will, along with a few other designs.
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| December 19, 2010, 9:20 pm
Quoting luke peterson
what is the biggest thing I should work on as a moccer

Pictures, pictures, PICTURES!!
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| December 22, 2010, 1:17 am
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Well, do you know of any books or websites that give great tips on how to build excellent creations?


You could always try this one: http://mocpages.com/group.php/8176

I hear there's a few guys there that love to help out as much as they can.

Jokes aside, you should look into some of Sean's books. Those are a great place to start to begin learning basic building techniques that can help your skills grow. Of course the BEST advice here is to just pick something you like from the pages and then try your best to duplicate it on your own. There's no substitute for good old fashioned practice! Good luck!
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| December 22, 2010, 12:14 pm
Supreme Overlord Commander Phipson, 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, 5:23 pm
Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Phipson? Are you there? I haven't been getting answers, were you hit with another case of "Real Life?"

Be patient. This may be hard to swallow but you are not the center of this site even when he's online.
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| December 27, 2010, 5:27 pm
Quoting Dominick Sinclair
I know, but still, it's been almost a week!

Still be patient. I've had to wait longer than a week but his insight is worth the wait
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| December 27, 2010, 6:20 pm
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I'm going to apologize for the brief answers I'm going to give here but I want to make sure that I get to them all.

Ok, here we go...

Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Hey Chris, I have another question. How should I tackle my problem of pictures? I have a small photography set up thing, but I can't make anything bigger than a 33x33 base plate. What do you suggest?


A nicely ironed sheet or if you have a couple extra bucks, some foam core board makes a nice back drop and reflects light well.

Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Also, I need some help on getting likes. So far, I have gotten very few this week and I uploaded a lot over the past couple of days. What could make me get more ILI's on a creation?


Time mostly. Give it time. But getting yourself known is as easy as leaving nice comments and letting people know who you are. But again, this isn't an overnight thing so be patient.

Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Another thing, what sets do you recommend to build sci-fi stuff? Any set that has good pieces that have excellent usage abilities. What is the best set or sets that have pieces for mechs? I really need tips on that. That's for later.


Simple answer. Atlantis stuff is the best stuff out there right now for sci-fi.

Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Do you have any tips on building mechs? Or do you know anyone that might have some? This is quite a bit to ask for, but I need some serious help.
Merry ChristMOCs!


Kescenovits. The man is a mech GOD! Some of his best techniques you can't see because they're covered in his builds, but study his work and you're on the right track!

Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Alrighty, last question. Can you check out my stuff and tell me what needs to be done to win a MOCie? I really want to win one so I am even more known. Merry ChristMOCs in about 7 hours! EEK!


Winning a MOCie is as easy as having people vote for you. The winners aren't chosen by a panel of judges or anything like that, it's all about votes from the MOCpages community. My advice, look at some of the past winners and try to work towards what they've done. Good luck!
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| December 28, 2010, 12:06 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Supreme Overlord Commander Phipson, 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



Not bad. I like the grass area off to the right side there. Simple as far as build goes for sure but it pulled the look together nicely.

I would try to avoid using "sets" as much as possible though. While using a store bought set can enhance a dio from time to time, using them too often or using too many of them in a build just kinda... I dunno... it's not up to your full potential. I would use the basic design of the set and modify it (greatly) so that you can't even tell it's the set. This way, you learn the techniques used to build that set but now, it's YOUR moc.

Hope that helps and not bad at all John! Keep it up!
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| December 28, 2010, 12:10 am
Dear Chris

1. Thanks for the figs. They will be put to good use.
2. I'm hungry. What should I do about it?
3. I'm also cold. Any suggestions there?
4. Like an idiot, I just committed myself to a new episode of Blockocop by the end of 2011. What can I do to stop myself from doing dumb things like that?
5. I'm afraid of the dark. I'm so afraid that I can't get out of bed to turn on the light. What should I do?

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| December 28, 2010, 7:15 am
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Quoting Dennis Price
Dear Chris

1. Thanks for the figs. They will be put to good use.

You're welcome and I'm sure they will!

Quoting Dennis Price
2. I'm hungry. What should I do about it?


No clue. My wife hasn't cooked a meal since 1997. If you figure it out let me know.

Quoting Dennis Price
3. I'm also cold. Any suggestions there?


Go running through the street naked. Once you finally get back inside the house, it won't feel nearly as cold and you'll have "warmed up" in a sense.

Quoting Dennis Price
4. Like an idiot, I just committed myself to a new episode of Blockocop by the end of 2011.
What can I do to stop myself from doing dumb things like that?


Ask Mitzi. I'm sure she has a list of answers for that question.

Quoting Dennis Price
5. I'm afraid of the dark. I'm so afraid that I can't get out of bed to turn on the light. What should I do?


Don't ask me! I'm hiding under the covers myself! If you figure it out, let me know!
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| December 28, 2010, 11:07 pm
I recently took the time to read the "Content Warning" thing about what goes under self-censorship thing and I noticed that "depictions of violence" is a category that requires censorship. Does that mean that "Screaming Eagles" requires to be blocked? I have never thought of it as graphic or disturbing in any way, I try to refrain from using curse words, and my main audience is over 12, etc. so am I good or do I stand to lose my account due to being irresponsible with my postings
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| December 30, 2010, 12:36 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
I recently took the time to read the "Content Warning" thing about what goes under self-censorship thing and I noticed that "depictions of violence" is a category that requires censorship. Does that mean that "Screaming Eagles" requires to be blocked? I have never thought of it as graphic or disturbing in any way, I try to refrain from using curse words, and my main audience is over 12, etc. so am I good or do I stand to lose my account due to being irresponsible with my postings


We actually talked back and forth for a REALLY long time about what's acceptable on mocpages in general and then deciding the levels of what should need the PG setting. Let me tell you, it was a LOT of back and forth.

The one thing we decided on was to use an "American" style of censorship as our basis for the rating system as MOCpages is based in America. (trust me, I'd have rather gone with the European version but hey, what can ya do?)

Basically, if your moc show EXTREME violence, then you'll need the PG rating on it. What does that mean exactly? Well, being as it's not an exact science, let's just say that if you depict really, REALLY explicit blood, gore or violence (like stuff from say, the Saw movies or old school Nightmare on Elm Street) then you'd need the PG rating. If it's "normal" violence with a bit of blood, then you'd be fine posting it as normal.

Blame the American rating system on this one. The beauty of the human body is a big no no, but show us bloody violence and dismemberment and we're fine... (can ya tell I was really pushing for the European version?)

Hope that helps clear it up for ya! Good luck!
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| December 30, 2010, 12:55 am
What do you think of my Greyscale Sopwith Camel?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244536
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| December 30, 2010, 1:43 pm
Could you give this a review?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245295
I like to think I did a pretty good job in this comic can you give me your opinion?
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| January 3, 2011, 11:23 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
What do you think of my Greyscale Sopwith Camel?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244536


Hey, that was pretty darn cool! Couple of things I would have made a little different. Maybe make the wingspan a bit larger and the tail a bit taller. They just look a little out of proportion to the body of the plane. Other than that, excellent work!
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| January 5, 2011, 2:01 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Could you give this a review?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245295
I like to think I did a pretty good job in this comic can you give me your opinion?


Not bad. The Germans actually speaking German was a nice touch (maybe add a translation next time so we know what they're saying?). I would have also like to have seen a bit more scenery. I know it's a "barren landscape" and all that, but a bit more would have spiced it up a bit. Overall not bad at all!
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| January 5, 2011, 2:21 pm
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Quoting Phazezorz .
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245685

This, if you would be so kind.


Let's put it this way. When I just clicked on it and saw it my first reaction was my eyebrows going up and thinking to myself "Hey, that's pretty cool." I really liked the use of the wheels for the wing... turbines(would that be the right word?).

Cool little idea there. Like the last time I saw some micro ships, I'd like to see what a fleet of these would look like attacking a moon base or something.

Nice one!
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| January 8, 2011, 12:00 am
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Quoting Dominick S
Can I have your opinion? It seems as if you skipped me...
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241785


That's a good start there. You said that you've got a full cup of those? Time to put em to use! Get a larger plate and use the same technique and lets see what you can do! Like I said, good start, now it's time to kick it up!
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| January 8, 2011, 1:47 pm
If two guys riding donkeys are going in the opposite direction, one going at 2 miles per hour, the other eating a sandwich, how many fat guys can the donkeys pull together?
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| January 8, 2011, 1:51 pm
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