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Ask Kelso Episode 1: "Go Ask Your Father"...
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Okay, actually I'll be glad to answer your questions, but that's always what Mom told me!


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| December 28, 2010, 7:58 am
Go ask my dad, eh? I guess there's no use for me in this topic. Good day, Mr. Kelso.....
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| December 28, 2010, 7:59 am
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But, I thought you were my father?
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| December 28, 2010, 3:23 pm
Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Hey Kelso. Is the Hero Factory series alright? Cause LEGO just started 2.0 already. (maybe people wanted more pieces in their heroes) even though HF is a knock-off of Bionicle. Cause I need more silver parts to finnish Dry Bowser, and Bricklink is something that I may not do.

I see nothing wrong with it. The Bionicle story was kinda running dry, they needed something new to do. If you don't want to use Bricklink, I would recommend it.
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| December 28, 2010, 7:32 pm
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Hey Kelso. Is the Hero Factory series alright? Cause LEGO just started 2.0 already. (maybe people wanted more pieces in their heroes) even though HF is a knock-off of Bionicle. Cause I need more silver parts to finnish Dry Bowser, and Bricklink is something that I may not do.


Time will tell if the series is successful or not, but I trust the parts quality is identicle to the Bionicle products and should be just fine if you don't want to mess with BL (not to mention you'd be supporting the Lego company directly with your purchase).

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| December 28, 2010, 7:59 pm
I know you're fond of Cylons, so I figured you'd like having this brought to your attention: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/244281
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| December 29, 2010, 6:54 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
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Quoting Dominick Sinclair
Can I get your opinion on this?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241785


Nice! Clean work with the rocks, and the trans blues with the clears work well. Take this concept and expand in scale, and you've got a great landscape technique.

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| December 30, 2010, 7:45 pm
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Quoting Tr3v0r W.
I've been meaning to ask, besides Amazon, what other site could I get the new S3 Mini-figures?

I want to know, and if not is there any stores? that are like a mile or two away that have them?


Well, I've not hit the web for the S3's, but have you tried Lego.com?

As for local stores, it varies from location to location. We were fortunate enough to have them available at our local Meijer stores (for $1.99 no less!) in the stocking-stuffer section. Of course, you can try TRU, but you'll probably pay a bit more. Our local TRU is charging $5.00 a pop. I've heard others have found them at Targets and Walmarts, but not in our area. You might call around before running to the stores to look for 'em, though.

Good luck!

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| December 30, 2010, 7:53 pm
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Quoting Michael Sloper
Quoting Mark Kelso
Okay, actually I'll be glad to answer your questions, but that's always what Mom told me!

Could you give your opinion on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/243036 I haven't been getting a lot of criticism on it, so I thought you could give me some cons and pros.


Wow, LOVE the design! The circular form of the central section is terrific.

I think the wing elements might work a bit better with a different approach to the coloration. My inclination would be to go almost entirely black with them, or perhaps dark bley, to give them a "solor panel" feel or something - maybe something similar to what you see in the Tie fighters. Just a thought.

I don't think there's anything that immediately comes to mind to help with this, but...The view of the back is very inconsistent with the view from the front - which has a wonderfully clean look to it. I might have tried coming up with an approach for the wing elements that have a smoother look, or perhaps the tiled effect, on both sides. Not sure HOW I'd manage that, but it's what I'd be shooting for.

Anyway, a very solid build, and a terrific design in particular. Hope this input helped in some way.



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| December 30, 2010, 8:34 pm
Is there a way to arrange lego creations into a certain order?
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| December 31, 2010, 1:04 pm
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Quoting Michael Sloper
When your using SNOT for flooring, and you have walls around it, what technique do you use to connect the walls to the SNOT?


Well that didn't work... I linked you to the bricklink page but for some reason it linked to the first page of the search, not the part I was looking for...

Ok, I use 1x4 bricks with the studs on the side. Either that or just place the wall on the SNOT base. Both work just as well (depending on if you need to move the moc or not)
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| December 31, 2010, 2:25 pm
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Think I got the link now...

http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?q=Modified+1+x+4+with+4+Studs+on+One+Side+
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| December 31, 2010, 2:26 pm
Hey Mister Kelso, I have a "suspicious character" I would like to tell you about. http://mocpages.com/home.php/15637 This guy has a snowflake that was apparently rated by all his friends and family, so it has 86 smiles(only 5 or 6 real members actually commented) and is the most popular of the week. But that's not why I'm really annoyed. This guy also has a big moc of his whole collection, which somehow only recently got around 1800 smiles(making it the most popular moc on the pages). Do you think this guy really has 1800 friends who have helped him get to the top, or does he have/is he having someone spamming his mocs?
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| January 1, 2011, 8:20 am
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Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
Hey Mister Kelso, I have a "suspicious character" I would like to tell you about. http://mocpages.com/home.php/15637 This guy has a snowflake that was apparently rated by all his friends and family, so it has 86 smiles(only 5 or 6 real members actually commented) and is the most popular of the week. But that's not why I'm really annoyed. This guy also has a big moc of his whole collection, which somehow only recently got around 1800 smiles(making it the most popular moc on the pages). Do you think this guy really has 1800 friends who have helped him get to the top, or does he have/is he having someone spamming his mocs?


Definitely spamming of some kind. Unfortunately all of the spamming has pretty much nulified the "most popular" section of MOCpages. Not a big deal in my book, though. We all know a great creation when we see one, and we all recognize when someone has just jacked their own ratings.

If I can find time, though, I'll pass the info along to Sean. He can delete the spam (if he's got time). Thanks for letting us know!

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| January 1, 2011, 9:29 am
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Quoting Dominick S
So, I saw on the news today that it's going to snow in a place called KELSO! I'm in Oregon so you probably didn't know that huh?


Actually, I did. I used to get out to the Pacific Northwest about once a year for art shows. We'd always make jokes about stopping by my town while we were out there...never got around to seeing it, though. ;-)

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| January 1, 2011, 9:32 am
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Quoting Michael Sloper
Quoting Mark Kelso
Okay, actually I'll be glad to answer your questions, but that's always what Mom told me!

When your using SNOT for flooring, and you have walls around it, what technique do you use to connect the walls to the SNOT?


The part in the link Chris provided works nicely. You can also use technic bricks with half pins (1 x 1, or 1 x 2 w/ two holes). They're smaller than the 1 x 4 w/ studs on the side, and can work nicely for smaller builds like vigs.

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| January 1, 2011, 9:35 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Is there a way to arrange lego creations into a certain order?


Honestly, I've not tried that, but here's what I might do...and by all means, if someone else has a better idea, please chime in...

You can alter your folders. If you would like your creations in a vey specific order, you could create a new folder for each MOC, and thus control the order in which they're viewed. Not an ideal solution by any means, but it might function for what you're looking to do.

In general MOCs are ordered by the date of their creation, so I'm not sure what other solutions might be available. Anyone?...Anyone?...Bueler?...Bueler?

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| January 1, 2011, 9:43 am
Happy New Years Mark! By the way, what is your opinion on http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244925 ?
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| January 1, 2011, 10:07 am
You kinda skipped over me...
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| January 1, 2011, 9:34 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
You kinda skipped over me...


Whoops...sure did! Sorry about that. Let's try this again...

Quoting Matthew Novosad
... Sopwith Camel?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244536


Okay, not bad. I particularly like the wing elements when viewed from overhead. I think the darker grey was a good choice as well, given the color limitations Lego suffers from.

I'd have liked to have seen the main section of the fuselage a bit larger. The vertical distance between the wings feels a bit short, and a wider circumference with the body of the plane would help to broaden the distance between the wings. As it stands the aft section of the fuselage feels a bit large, too. Without getting into the complexity of tapering it with hinges and SNOT work (which would be the ideal), you could at least drop the width down to two studs towards the back, and stair-step some plates on the underside to give the illusion of a tapering tail section. I think that might help proportions on the plane's body a bit.

Body length to wings seems fairly good from what I can see, though. So nice job on the proportions there. Ya know, I love doing the larger builds, but these make me wish I sometimes didn't have the large projects going, and could take the time to do smaller stuff. This looks like it would have been a fun one to put together.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on it. Hope this helps a bit.

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| January 3, 2011, 7:19 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Happy New Years Mark! By the way, what is your opinion on http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244925 ?


Nice. I like the design on this one. It's not the most "swooshable" design, but it's still got a fun quality about it.

I also think you did a solid job with the color selections and placement. My favorite aspect, though, is the parts usage in back section - the use and placement of the steering wheels and the 3 x 2's w/ holes is some simple but effective detailing.

All in all, very nicely done.
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| January 3, 2011, 7:24 am
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Quoting Dominick S
Don't know if your a custom fig guy, but here is my favorite that I want some advice on: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241697
and here's another: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/241786


I like both figs, and the customized head of the robot/driod is a nice touch.

The fire in the first page is pretty cool, but I think the smoke needs some refining to come across with more believability. A combination of bricks and plates might function better for the smoke, or round plates for the billowing is a technique I've seen that works reasonably well.

I might mention that if you have access to a photo-editing application, it might be a good idea to bring up the darks (lighten them, in other words) in your images. The whites seems pretty good, but your darker values are getting lost a bit against the whites.


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| January 3, 2011, 7:32 am
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Quoting Tr3v0r W.
Can anyone take a look of my moc?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/245234


Nice, Trevor. I didn't offer a review, because you didn't specifically ask for one, and I didn't want to just assume that you did. But if you'd like a critique let me know, and I'll be glad to give you my thoughts. Meanwhile, nice job!

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| January 3, 2011, 7:37 am
Can I get a review on this? It's the result of an almost 3 month break of building.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245345
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| January 3, 2011, 7:52 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Matthew Novosad
... Sopwith Camel?: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244536



Thanks! Yeah it was actually really fun to build. It took me about three hours to get the basic design down then about 45 minutes for the rest of the details. All in all I really like it. I will keep what you said in mind!
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| January 3, 2011, 3:05 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, 11:21 pm
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Quoting Malik Primus
Can I get a review on this? It's the result of an almost 3 month break of building.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245345


I like the front trans elements in particular. The scale and interior space is nice, as well. I've seen several vending machines done in variious ways, and often the scale wasn't all that great...but you nailed it.

I think I would have tiled the right side vs. using plates with studs. And it would've been cool to see some elements inside the machine (1 x 1 round plates, perhaps? Anyway, something to indicate various food items.)

This is also another example of the need for a photo editing application if at all possible. The pics are EXTREMELY discolored. We all work with what we've got, so don't take this the wrong way. But, IF you could adjust the lighting and color, it would do so much for the MOC. It's a nice bit of building, and deserves to be shown in the best way possible.


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| January 4, 2011, 8:42 am
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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?


Sorry, John, but I've run out of time this morning. Just FYI - I want to give this the proper attention, so I'm going to wait until this evening to check it out.

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| January 4, 2011, 8:44 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I like the front trans elements in particular. The scale and interior space is nice, as well. I've seen several vending machines done in variious ways, and often the scale wasn't all that great...but you nailed it.

I think I would have tiled the right side vs. using plates with studs. And it would've been cool to see some elements inside the machine (1 x 1 round plates, perhaps? Anyway, something to indicate various food items.)

This is also another example of the need for a photo editing application if at all possible. The pics are EXTREMELY discolored. We all work with what we've got, so don't take this the wrong way. But, IF you could adjust the lighting and color, it would do so much for the MOC. It's a nice bit of building, and deserves to be shown in the best way possible.


It's only coloured like that because it was early in the morning and it was dark, so I had to switch the light on. However, when there is light, the photos look much better.

Example : (Bad lighting) http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=245345&id=/user_images/27598/1294058634m_DISPLAY.jpg

Example : (Good lighting)
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=223383&id=/user_images/27598/1283321808m_DISPLAY.jpg

Notice the difference?
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| January 4, 2011, 8:53 am
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Quoting Malik Primus
It's only coloured like that because it was early in the morning and it was dark, so I had to switch the light on. However, when there is light, the photos look much better.

Example : (Bad lighting) http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=245345&id=/user_images/27598/1294058634m_DISPLAY.jpg

Example : (Good lighting)
http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=223383&id=/user_images/27598/1283321808m_DISPLAY.jpg

Notice the difference?


Yeah, natural lighting is always best. Not that it's any big deal, but I'm curious...why didn't you wait until you had good lighting to photograph it? Were you on a deadline for a contest or something?

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| January 5, 2011, 7:34 am
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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?


You did indeed do a VERY nice job on the comic. Excellent dialog, for starters. The characters lines seemed very natural and believable.

The barren quality of the build actually suits this kind of situation. Usually I'd suggest a bit more detail, but for this, I think what you've got works.

I like some of the focal techniques you've used. I think a couple of the images don't work with the short focal length (only because the focus isn't quite in the optimal area), but for the most part, it's an excellent effect. The angles of the shots are a nice touch, as well. And the flat lighting gives the whole set up an overcast feel, which again, works for the scenario.

Nice one, John!

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| January 5, 2011, 7:41 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, natural lighting is always best. Not that it's any big deal, but I'm curious...why didn't you wait until you had good lighting to photograph it? Were you on a deadline for a contest or something?

I had built the vending machine the night before and I really wanted to get the photos done. I didn't want to wait, though I should have.
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| January 5, 2011, 10:29 am
I heard that LEGO is the secret of eternal life. Does that mean if I drink melted LEGO I'll be immortal?
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| January 5, 2011, 1:49 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I heard that LEGO is the secret of eternal life. Does that mean if I drink melted LEGO I'll be immortal?


Close, but not quite. Actually Lego is the secret to eternal POVERTY, you see. If you drink melted Lego you'll be...and I quote..."poorer than richard's almanac!"

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| January 6, 2011, 11:01 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Okay, actually I'll be glad to answer your questions, but that's always what Mom told me!


Hey Mark, just made a new video...Took your advice (not about changing the music from country) and made more camera angles and more photos. Tell me what you think.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245883
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| January 6, 2011, 10:55 pm
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Quoting Fox .
Hey Mark, just made a new video...Took your advice (not about changing the music from country) and made more camera angles and more photos. Tell me what you think.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245883


Right on! A lot of improvements in this one, to be sure. I like the night time setting, too. Much more visual interest with that kind of lighting.

Here's the next steps I think you could take...

Try to push your close ups with the faces to get even more diversity of shots. I'll use pics that are so close you only see the face and just a bit of a fig's hair sometimes. When you combine those kinds of close-ups with wide angle shots, you really start to get a nice variety of imagery.

See what else you can do with lighting. While the dark images were great, some of the figs were a little too dark. You could try changing the number of lights you use, the angles, or their location. You could use a flashlight when the shutter goes off to cast additional light in a specific area (a technique I use constantly!). You can even change the color of the lighting with either a different bulb, or sheets of colored plastic in front of the lights (that work like gels used in theater lighting). Play around with different effects.

And finally, you can play a bit with focal lengths. I noticed in one shot, the main subject was out of focus, and the band member behind him was in focus. It was a bit awkward. BUT...if you had reversed that, however, it would have made for a great image. The focus in a pic tells our eyes where to look. And by focusing on one thing very specifically you can get the viewer to look exactly where you want them to.

Some new things to mess with there. Meanwhile, a nice improvement over your first one. Now...

...if we can just do something about your taste in music! (sorry...you knew I couldn't resist! ;-)

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| January 7, 2011, 8:17 am
What is Amhakia?

Also, I'm working on a Neo Time Cruisers Base. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246159 I can't seem to finish it though....do you think it's similar to the set that it's based on?
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| January 8, 2011, 1:58 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Hey Mark,
My parents might let me go to this years Brickcon in Seattle because we live in Oregon. But I am a YFOL. Are we allowed to set up displays or is it only for TFOLs and AFOLs? I also wanted to know that if I can, what should I bring to it? What would appeal to the public?


That's awesome! Well, I've not been to BrickCon so I can't speak for that particular event, but if it's like Brickworld...then, yes, anyone can display their work. In your case, your parents will need to be with you at the show, and they can help you set up.

As for what subjects to build, anything you can dream up is fair game. If you want your work to stand out, then things to consider would be scale (larger works tend to get more attention), a clean build, solid color work, and - this is important - a unique idea. My advice would be to try to come up with something really unusual, or a unique twist on a common subject at the least.

Hope you can make it. The cons are SO much fun, and BrickCon has a great reputation!

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| January 8, 2011, 8:56 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
What is Amhakia?

Also, I'm working on a Neo Time Cruisers Base. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246159 I can't seem to finish it though....do you think it's similar to the set that it's based on?


Amhakia is a name I came up with when I was in my teens, and creating my own fantasy comic novel. In short, there were representatives from various warring races who made a journey together to find a land beyond their known boundaries. That land was called Amhakia, and they found the ancestors to their various races living there in peace. This brought and end to the long wars, and a new age of harmony was begun. I thought it was a nice metaphore for my own notions that despite our differences, humans - and the rest of life on this planet - are all connected, and in essence united.

As for your build, I'm not familiar with that set, so it's tough to make a call. I think what you've got is looking fairly good so far. I would enjoy seeing a bit more detailing in the walls, and perhaps a bit more elements within the various rooms, but so far it's a fun build.

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| January 8, 2011, 9:13 pm
Quoting Tr3v0r W.
Is anyone going to BrickFair?

I hope to be going.
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| January 8, 2011, 9:54 pm
Quoting Dominick S
Where is that one again? I get mixed up a lot.

Ya Where is BrickFair?
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| January 8, 2011, 10:22 pm
I'm going to meet Mack Crawford (mackmoron11) at Brickworlds. I'm flying with my grandparents. Perhaps if your grandparents have money they'd like to take you.
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| January 8, 2011, 10:37 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Hey, what do you think of this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246461


I think the concept works with the use of the tan for the sand coloration, and the bleys for the rock elements. But, for it to read as a landscape, though, you'll definitely need to expand the scale. You could even incorporate a couple of the dark tan bushes that Lego recently released in the POP sets as a part of the landscaping.

By the way, nice job on the lighting in the pics.

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| January 11, 2011, 8:29 am
Have you ever thought about trying a World War II themed MOC? Personally I think they are among the most fun to create. I'm just curious because I think you could make something pretty impressive.
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| January 12, 2011, 8:46 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Have you ever thought about trying a World War II themed MOC? Personally I think they are among the most fun to create. I'm just curious because I think you could make something pretty impressive.


Thanks for the vote of confidence. Actually, that's one subject I've not given much thought to yet. I think it would be a lot of fun to try some of the tanks and ships that came from that time period - maybe one of these days. Seems my favorite subject, though is sci-fi and fantasy stuff, and there's a lot that I want to do in that genre before moving to other subjects.

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| January 12, 2011, 9:42 pm
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