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New year, new Phippy!
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My new year's resolution is to not make one... always end up breaking them anyway.

Have at me!
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| January 8, 2011, 1:58 pm
What do you think of the mountain work here? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246159

How would I cap something like that off?
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| January 8, 2011, 2:00 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
My new year's resolution is to not make one... always end up breaking them anyway.

Have at me!

Great to talk to you Mr. Chris! I notice that you(like my brother and I) are a fan of Chris Roach's work, so I was wanting some advice on a transformer my brother made. Here's the link if you have the time. :D http://mocpages.com/moc.php/245557
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| January 8, 2011, 2:28 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
What do you think of the mountain work here? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246159

How would I cap something like that off?


You've got a really nice start. Some of the things that would make it better are trying to keep your colors more organized. Of course in the real world there are different shades of color in landscaping, but if you're going to go that way, it has to have flow, form and function. Or you could just go with a single color and not worry about trying to match it naturally.

For topping it off, since all the slopes and sides are "smooth" you'll want to do that with the top as well. Tiles work best there (with a couple cheese slopes and other slopes as well to add texture).

You have a good start there, keep it up!
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| January 8, 2011, 2:56 pm
Chris, would you mind reading this?

<<<<

I sat up suddenly in bed early Sunday morning; I thought I’d heard something downstairs. Something terrible.

“Did you hear that?” I asked my husband.

“What?”

“Legos. Legos falling …”

Legos make a very distinct noise when they fall on a wood floor — something between a thud and a clatter. It’s the sound of time dying. Of hours eating themselves.

I got up out of bed and found my 6-year-old standing over a massive shipwreck on the stairs. I’m pretty sure he would have been using every bad word he knew, if he knew any. “Oh, man,” he kept saying. “Man.”

“Don’t worry,” I promised, “we’ll rebuild it.”

I should have said, “Don’t worry, we’ll spend the next two days rebuilding it. And every time we rebuild it, we’ll have a few extra pieces left. Pretty soon, you’ll have enough extra pieces to build a whole new ship!”

An obscene number of Legos arrived at our house Saturday morning. (Under mysterious circumstances, there being no chimney). It’s not just my house, right? Every little boy I know is obsessed with Legos.

My son thinks Legos make everything better. He doesn’t want to dress up like Batman; he wants to dress up like Lego Batman. He doesn’t want a Star Wars party. He wants a Lego Star Wars party.

For a long time, my husband and I just ignored all this want. We were like, “You can pretend to be Lego Batman, that’s fine. But real Legos are time-consuming choking hazards, and also they’re phenomenally expensive. And? They don’t look like that much fun.”

I was never much of a Lego kid. (I was no Zach/Zach/Lego maniac.) Maybe because I was a girl, maybe because Legos were totally different back then.

You didn’t see many Lego kits (Like today’s Lego Hogwarts or Lego Millennium Falcon). People usually had Lego assortments, boxes full of loose Lego pieces in various sizes and colors.

I would play with Legos if there was nothing else around, but I could never build anything cool and I didn’t get anything out of the creative process. I’d rather play with a car than build one. (This same personality trait keeps me from enjoying Mongolian grills. Yes, I’d like chicken curry. No, I don’t want to make it.)

Today’s Legos have more in common with models than building blocks. You buy specific kits — castles, spaceships, etc. — and they come with thick construction manuals.

I actually like the building phase. My son and I both love puzzles and, oddly, following instructions.

But once the Lego sets are built, he wants to play with them. Like they’re action figures.

I applaud his imagination, obviously. I’d hate to watch a $60 Lego set gather dust on his bedroom shelf. (Sixty dollars only buys you a medium-sized set, by the way. The ventis go for $100 and up.)

But Legos are not action figures. They’re allergic to action. Enthusiastic looking makes Lego sets fall apart. If you think about them from a distance, they start to shed pieces.

And if you play with them — if you swing the spaceships around the room like … like spaceships — just forget about it. They’ll fall apart in ways that defy explanation.

Which is why I made a Target run on the day after Christmas specifically to buy glue.

I know it’s gauche to glue Legos together, and that Lego purists might mock my son someday for cheating. “If you glue them, you can’t play with them again,” they say.

But if I don’t glue them, he won’t be able to play with them now. We’re a few “Oh man”s away from a box full of random Legos.

And nobody wants to play with that.


It's a article from my local newspaper from around Christmas time.
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| January 9, 2011, 5:20 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
What should I build for BrickCon? I am starting to build a landscape for it, but what would really appeal?


You know, that's the wonderful thing about cons. Pretty much ANYTHING you build is going to appeal to someone, somewhere. Really, what you should do is build for yourself. Don't build to impress others, build to impress yourself. If you're happy with something, then that's truly all that matters.

Now, if you're stuck and don't know what to build, try looking into what the theme of the con will be and build something in that genre. But again, the specifics should be what makes you happy.

Good luck!
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| January 11, 2011, 12:09 am
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Quoting Clay G.
Chris, would you mind reading this?
...blah blah blah...

It's a article from my local newspaper from around Christmas time.


yeah well, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. It's wrong of course, like people who still think the Earth is flat (yes, there ARE still people out there who believe it. Look up "Flat Earth Society") but she's still entitled to it... wrong as it may be. Makes me sad really. Oh well, we know better! keep on brickin!
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| January 11, 2011, 12:21 am
I know you're busy, but I got skipped..... Oh well. :)
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| January 11, 2011, 8:25 am
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Quoting Callan Lord of Fire
I know you're busy, but I got skipped..... Oh well. :)


Sorry bout that... transformer right? Ok, I checked it out and I've gotta say... NICE! The build itself isn't all that advanced (compared with someone like Roach I mean) and the pics and lighting could use some work but he made it a triple changer! Nice work! Now, take that basic frame and up the detail work a bit, have a grown up help you with lighting and picture taking and he'll be holding up the matrix of leadership in no time! Till all are one!
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| January 14, 2011, 11:49 pm
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Quoting Espen Stålder
So Chris...


What's your most embarrasing childhood tale?


It would have to be the time I... no... can't tell that one.

Oh, maybe the time I got my... no, don't want to give you guys any ideas on where to stick things.

Hey, how bout the time I was caught... no, that would give you BAAAD ideas.

You know what? How bout we skip this one and move on to embarrasing moments of my adult hood... like this one: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=130182&id=/user_images/15849/12458104518
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| January 14, 2011, 11:54 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

It would have to be the time I... no... can't tell that one.

Oh, maybe the time I got my... no, don't want to give you guys any ideas on where to stick things.

Hey, how bout the time I was caught... no, that would give you BAAAD ideas.

You know what? How bout we skip this one and move on to embarrasing moments of my adult hood... like this one: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=130182&id=/user_images/15849/12458104518


A blimp named Hindenburg...

A ship named Titanic...

A child named Chris Phipson!


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| January 19, 2011, 7:44 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso

A blimp named Hindenburg...

A ship named Titanic...

A child named Chris Phipson!



A story called "Apocalypsis"...
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| January 20, 2011, 12:08 am
I noticed a spelling mistake on this page:
http://www.mocpages.com/folder_mocs_FORM.php?

I believe it is spelled "Arrange".

Arrage is what my parents go into when they discover I built with legos instead of doing homework :P

I figured I might as well pass it along ;P
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| January 21, 2011, 7:53 am
Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
Quoting Flare .
Arrage is what my parents go into when they discover I built with legos instead of doing homework :P

No it isn't. There's no such word.


"a rage"

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| January 21, 2011, 9:42 am
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Quoting Flare .
I noticed a spelling mistake on this page:
http://www.mocpages.com/folder_mocs_FORM.php?

I believe it is spelled "Arrange".

Arrage is what my parents go into when they discover I built with legos instead of doing homework :P

I figured I might as well pass it along ;P


More of a typo, but I'll pass it along to Sean. Thanks.
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| January 22, 2011, 11:01 pm
Can something be done about those talking ads its anoying when your listening to music and viewing mocs then have some random ad start talking
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| January 25, 2011, 12:48 pm
Quoting Marty Ford
Can something be done about those talking ads its anoying when your listening to music and viewing mocs then have some random ad start talking

My laptop's sound turns on at random times...it gets annoying when I hear those ads.
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| January 25, 2011, 1:04 pm
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Quoting Marty Ford
Can something be done about those talking ads its anoying when your listening to music and viewing mocs then have some random ad start talking


Quoting BobaFett 2
My laptop's sound turns on at random times...it gets annoying when I hear those ads.


Actually, those ads aren't supposed to be allowed on MOCpages. If you see (hear) one please get ALL the info you can on it quickly (it may vanish without warning. Happened to me) and get it to us so we can forward it to Sean.

We'll need the advertisers name for sure, but if you can get anything else (what page you were on, time of day, the link (if possible), stuff like that) it would really help us out.

Thanks for helping guys!

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| January 25, 2011, 11:01 pm
I have been having the same issue. It's been driving me crazy. There is an ad space right underneath the grey, center search bar on the homepage. This ad space is to the right of the "New From your Favorite Builders" and the "New in your groups." The "interactive" annoying ads usually come up in this space. The three most common "noisy" ads that I have seen, are from Mucinex, Activia, and LimeAway They are usually precursors to ridiculous "news" stories on celebrities -- the point at which I desperately try to navigate away. The particular kind of ad seems to require you to click on something half-way through the ad to continue in a seemingly ten to fifteen second window. A small bar a the top of the ads says, "Get ready to interact!" As far as time of day, I'm not on often enough to notice a pattern, but each time I visit the homepage, I find myself rushing to hit the mute button on my keyboard. Thanks for your concern.
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| January 26, 2011, 7:32 am
I was wondering, would you mind if I used you in a story that involves you (as an Urban Commando), Parrington Levens, and a SHIP? It's going to be a W.I.P. comic. You pay Parrington to make it. That's all I revealing for now. Would you mind being an Urban Commando Ninja dude? I don't have any cop bodies...
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| January 29, 2011, 1:18 pm
Hi Chris - I came out of my Dark Ages a few months ago after I saw Chris Roach's videos on youtube. I loved your recent Spidey MOC. I have a short Spidey story in the Police Headquarters MOC I did with my kids over xmas. I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246250
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| January 29, 2011, 6:51 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I was wondering, would you mind if I used you in a story that involves you (as an Urban Commando), Parrington Levens, and a SHIP? It's going to be a W.I.P. comic. You pay Parrington to make it. That's all I revealing for now. Would you mind being an Urban Commando Ninja dude? I don't have any cop bodies...



Feel free to use me and abuse me as you will... as long as it's all done in fun (which from you, I know it is). You have my blessing haha
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| January 30, 2011, 1:33 am
Just out of curiosity, what would you say about LEGO Digital Designer?
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| January 30, 2011, 1:38 am
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Quoting Leon Powalski
Just out of curiosity, what would you say about LEGO Digital Designer?


I think it's a great tool for helping to visualize a project. I'm not a huge fan of using it as a "finished product" though. I feel that Lego should be made out of Lego, not a drawing on a computer. I don't have anything against people who use it of course, some people don't have access to a lot of brick, it's just not something that intrests me personally.

If that's your thing though, have at it and have fun! That's the MOST important part. As long as you're having fun that's all that matters.

Now... go have fun!
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| January 30, 2011, 11:55 pm
Also, I think I meant to say this earlier, but do you make a plan before building or do you just build as you go?
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| January 30, 2011, 11:59 pm
Chris,
I was making my first mech and I ended up with this, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/248169 ,but, I was really mad with how the arms and legs looked. Do you have any ideas? Thanks!
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| February 1, 2011, 8:24 am
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Quoting Leon Powalski
Also, I think I meant to say this earlier, but do you make a plan before building or do you just build as you go?


I'll keep this answer brief (as opposed to my normal 4 paragraph ramblings). What I do is get a basic idea in my head of what I want a moc to look like when I'm done. After I've visualized it, I allow the brick to guide me. Having a hard and fast plan is never good for a creative medium (unless you're building the "Eye of Chaos" or something similar that has to look like something already tangible or something HUGE that NEEDS a plan) so let the Lego flow through you young padawan.
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| February 1, 2011, 11:21 pm
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Quoting Sir Killsalot Stick Knight of the Stick Table
Chris,
I was making my first mech and I ended up with this, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/248169 ,but, I was really mad with how the arms and legs looked. Do you have any ideas? Thanks!


Oh... kay... Let's tackle the BIG problem first here. Your pictures. You really need to clean up that background. Even taking the pics on a table with a plain wall behind it would add a lot to this.

Second, lighting. Take the pics under a direted light source. You can use a desk lamp with the shade off for this, it doesn't have to be fancy.

Next, you've gotta get those pics in focus. The first thing I tell young builders just starting out is that, in this age of digital photography (us old timers can remember a time when we had to GO to a place to get our film developed and we didn't know till then if the pic was any good) you don't HAVE to use every pic you take. Take your pic and look at it. If it's not in focus... take it again! There's no law that says you have to use every pic you take. When I'm taking pics of my stuff, for every one that gets posted I'd say there's at least 4 or 5 that don't, and a lot of times more than that.

The build isn't THAT bad so don't get discouraged. EVERY great builder started off just learning how bricks fit together and that's what you're doing at this point. Just keep working on it and work on those pics and soon everything will start falling into place.

Good luck!
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| February 1, 2011, 11:28 pm
Phipson: as an American police officer, you presumably have some experience with personal body armour, likely Level IIA.

Would you say that you'd be able to chase someone across a parking lot approximately as fast with the vest as without?

The reason I ask is because I'm currently working on an RPG style combat system, and I'm not sure how much various types of body armour restrict movement. I'd expect anything thick enough to stop a rifle round to be pretty heavy, though.
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| February 2, 2011, 4:34 am
What is your verdict?http://mocpages.com/moc.php/250766
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| February 2, 2011, 5:40 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C
Phipson: as an American police officer, you presumably have some experience with personal body armour, likely Level IIA.

Would you say that you'd be able to chase someone across a parking lot approximately as fast with the vest as without?

The reason I ask is because I'm currently working on an RPG style combat system, and I'm not sure how much various types of body armour restrict movement. I'd expect anything thick enough to stop a rifle round to be pretty heavy, though.


Actually, you'd be surprised just how light today's body armor is. And after wearing it for a while, you actually get quite used to it. After you've been wearing it for a while you don't even really notice it. My verdict would be no movement penalty for it.
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| February 2, 2011, 11:02 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Actually, you'd be surprised just how light today's body armor is. And after wearing it for a while, you actually get quite used to it. After you've been wearing it for a while you don't even really notice it. My verdict would be no movement penalty for it.

But you'd agree the thicker vests that're rated to stop such things as .40 S&W and 9mm would have an effect on endurance?
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| February 2, 2011, 11:27 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C
But you'd agree the thicker vests that're rated to stop such things as .40 S&W and 9mm would have an effect on endurance?


Meh... If you want to say that for the game mechanics then sure, but really... not so much. Now if we're talking the massive vests that the soldiers in Iraq wear, that's a different story all together, but the stuff that cops wear... not much of a hinderance at all.
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| February 2, 2011, 11:31 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C
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(Although the above doesn't include the tiring effects of running about without a break.)


Looks like you have a good system there. Have fun!
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| February 3, 2011, 11:32 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Do you have any advice on building hard suit legs?


Never built a hardsuit myself before... My only advice would be to look at the smaller, lesser used parts to try to "trick em out" a bit. And don't forget to look at "clip plates," those things are invaluable in creating small, working joints. Wish I could give ya more but that's all I've got on those. Maybe take a look at George Kemper's stuff. He's REALLY good at hardsuits.
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| February 3, 2011, 11:35 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Looks like you have a good system there. Have fun!

Thanks. Just wanted to check with someone who knew what he was talking about.
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| February 3, 2011, 11:48 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C
Thanks. Just wanted to check with someone who knew what he was talking about.


While that may still be up for debate, I'll just take the compliment and run with it HAHA Have fun man!
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| February 3, 2011, 11:50 pm
Chris, do you have any experience with building helicopters?


Specifically... a Huey?
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| February 3, 2011, 11:52 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
While that may still be up for debate, I'll just take the compliment and run with it HAHA Have fun man!

Well, in this case anyway. That being that the only body armour I've ever worn was an NZ Police standard issue stab vest, and only for about five minutes, whereas you wander around all day in the stuff on the off chance one of the spamkiddies you bring in is carrying a little something extra in his saggy jeans.
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| February 4, 2011, 12:12 am
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Quoting Manqué (Cade)
Chris, do you have any experience with building helicopters?


Specifically... a Huey?


Here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/126791 is the extent of my attempts at a helicopter. I've never really had to try one before that (or after). Let me see what you have so far and maybe I can steer you in the right direction.
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| February 5, 2011, 4:01 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
My new year's resolution is to not make one... always end up breaking them anyway.

Have at me!

Care to give me tips/feedback on this. Thanks! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251310
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| February 5, 2011, 4:20 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/126791 is the extent of my attempts at a helicopter. I've never really had to try one before that (or after). Let me see what you have so far and maybe I can steer you in the right direction.

Hehe, a ROFLcopter...

Anyway, my friend Christian Collins just put up instructions with his Huey, so I'll use that since Im not very talented when it comes to making those pesky helicopters. Thanks anyway, though.

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| February 5, 2011, 4:26 pm
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Quoting Manqué (Cade)
Hehe, a ROFLcopter...

Anyway, my friend Christian Collins just put up instructions with his Huey, so I'll use that since Im not very talented when it comes to making those pesky helicopters. Thanks anyway, though.


As silly as it sounds for a moccer to use instructions, it's actually one of the best ways to get better! When you follow instructions, you're learning how the pieces go together and by extension, you can take it to the next level on your own next build. That's a great idea... glad I thought of it... huh? what? hehe
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| February 5, 2011, 10:40 pm
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Quoting T.K .
Care to give me tips/feedback on this. Thanks! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251310


The frame of the truck is basic and straight forward. Don't worry, that's a good thing. A lot of people try to hard to go outside the box and get complicated and this isn't always the best option. Keep it simple. Nice one there.

A big stand out for me was the bars at the front where the windshield would go (if it had one). Really nice parts usage there with the levers. I also like the roll bars in the back near the spare tire.

On to the base. Again, simple but effective. Very well done. I like that you went SNOT instead of studs up. Gives it that "never been driven on" sand effect.

I can't really think of any negatives on this moc. If I HAD to pick something I'd say to try to make the base a bit bigger next time. with something like this you want to showcase the moc in a natural setting and the base kinda gets swallowed up by the truck. But this isn't a big issue here and really the whole thing looks good as is!

Over all nicely done and good luck with the contest!
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| February 5, 2011, 10:46 pm
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Quoting R.E.D. Code
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/250861, Could you check this out, I need some feed back.


Being as you pointed out the base I'm guessing the rules were "build on a 6x6 base" or something to that effect, so I won't harp on you too much for size. But if that wasn't part of it, my first bit of advice would be to go bigger.

Next, Ok, so you had to build it on 6x6. That doesn't mean you had to go so short. I would have built that up at least another brick in height. You're building a machine gun bunker and the gunner is basically standing out in the open. Was the bunker designed by the enemy? HAHA ok, that was a joke, sorry.

Your pics could also use some work. I'd suggest a few things. One, make sure that there's a good light source closer to the moc. Overhead regular lighting is just NOT good for taking pics. After you get your light source in place, turn the camera's flash off. Glare KILLS Lego (a lesson I learned the hard way). Next, and I've given this advice about 400 times in the past, FOCUS! Here's a tip, your camera should have a "macro" setting on it. Use that when taking close up shots. And remember, you don't have to use every shot you take. Just cause you took a photo doesn't mean you have to post that. If the first pic isn't in focus, erase it and take another. Ask a parent to help you the first few times to coach you through it. It takes time but you'll soon get the hang of it.

I hope this advice helped and good luck!
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| February 5, 2011, 10:54 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Do you think the new Ninjago straw hats would look good as a Viet Cong or North Vietnamese Army soldier? I need to know before I start my Vietnam war diorama


Oh yeah they would! I think they may match better if they were in black but since we've only got one color (so far) they'll work just fine.
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| February 6, 2011, 11:22 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Hey, could you give me some pros and cons about this one? I've been getting mainly praise and not really any places I could work on. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251526 Thanks!


Since you asked for places to improve I'll go there with this one. You already know what you did right so let's focus on where you can improve. I think Kelso already touched on this but I'm going to reiterate here...

FOCUS THOSE PICS! The lighting is good but the blurryness is KILLING it. I said this about 5 times above in this thread, just because you take a pic doesn't mean you have to use it! Take the pic, and if it's blurry, DELETE IT and start over. That's the beauty of digital pics in this day and age, you don't HAVE to use the one shot you took.

I'd suggest bracing the camera on something hard. A book or something that will hold it in place and use the timer. That way your finger hitting the button won't bump the camera. Pushing the button down only a small bit will focus the camera, then push the button the rest of the way and stand back and let the camera do the work. You've got some nice budding skills in the building area, but that camera work needs... well, work.

Hope this helped out and let me know when you post your next one. I'd like to see the difference.
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| February 7, 2011, 11:50 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
When is the next MOCatholan?


I've already got the judges in place and we're working on finalizing all the details now...

The group will open VERY soon and the game will start the first of March!
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| February 8, 2011, 12:07 am
I got the free trial of Photoshop Elements and voila, my pics became beautiful http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/247408

However, they became a bit/lower quality. Why is is this? Can someone help me with that?

Also, does it have an glaring faults or things that could use a lot of improvement?
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| February 8, 2011, 8:50 am
I found one of those anoying talking ads for you http://www.mocpages.com/ for Mucinex time 10:46PM mocpages time on February 10th 2011
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| February 10, 2011, 10:46 pm
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Quoting Marty Ford
I found one of those anoying talking ads for you http://www.mocpages.com/ for Mucinex time 10:46PM mocpages time on February 10th 2011


Thanks, I'll pass it on to Sean!
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| February 10, 2011, 11:17 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I got the free trial of Photoshop Elements and voila, my pics became beautiful http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/247408

However, they became a bit/lower quality. Why is is this? Can someone help me with that?

Also, does it have an glaring faults or things that could use a lot of improvement?


Wish I could help but I'm one of those "What you see in the frame is what I took with the camera" kinda guys. It actually plays well off of Mark and I in contrast of style so people can see both sides of how pics work. Unfortunately it doesn't help your situation. My advice here would be to ask Mark. He knows about photoshop. Sorry.

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| February 10, 2011, 11:19 pm
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Quoting R.E.D. Code
Hey, um Chris Phipson, Could you check this out, I need to know if you could see any improvements from my last creation I showed you.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251731,

Thanks!



Sorry for the delay. I can see that you're trying to put more effort into details here but there's one glaring problem with this moc. The water is above the shoreline. Now, I understand you don't have a lot of brick but with something like this you really need to have those kinds of things in the right place. Also, think about this... how many rivers go perfectly straight? Exactly.

Now, using that same technique (just for practice's sake here) try stepping the bricks off one stud on each side. Maybe two steps off to one side then three back. Again, this would just be for practice since you don't have enough brick to raise the ground level above the river. Once you get your hands on some more browns, greens and even tans, you'll be able to bring the shoreline at least level with the water. It's not the best but it would work with something like this.

Overall, really try to think about how things look and work in real life. If it wouldn't work in real life it wouldn't work in the fictional lego "real world."

Overall though, it's much better than that last one and you're on the right track. Don't give up and keep on brickin!
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| February 10, 2011, 11:25 pm
Quoting Dominick S
why is the MOCAthalon a private group?

Mr. Phipson is probably getting everything set up and ready before allowing people to join. (that's my guess.)
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| February 11, 2011, 12:15 am
Im sorry to make some of you cringe... so grit your teeth. Whats a MOCathalon? I've heard of it, but don't know what it actually is.
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| February 11, 2011, 12:35 am
Quoting Sean Flynn
Im sorry to make some of you cringe... so grit your teeth. Whats a MOCathalon? I've heard of it, but don't know what it actually is.

Effectively, a team based contest. You've got X number of teams, the teams then try to out-do one another.
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| February 11, 2011, 3:09 am
Quoting Sean Flynn
Im sorry to make some of you cringe... so grit your teeth. Whats a MOCathalon? I've heard of it, but don't know what it actually is.

5 person teams, with a maximum of 2 AFOLs on a team. There will be approx. 30 categories that the teams can build in. Teams divide up the categories and start building. Only one creation per category, but if all of them get done before the end, you can start again, but cannot do the same one twice. So, if you build in the vignette category the first time around, you may not build in that category the second time through. If the categories are divided evenly, each member will have to build 6 creations to cover them all.

There will be 4 judges that will give each creation a score from 0-5, with 20 being a perfect score. The contest lasts for 30 days, at the end of which all of the points will be totaled and the team with the most wins.

I believe Chris would like to start the contest at the beginning of March, so start getting your teams together! Just remember, your team must have at least 3 YFOL/TFOLs and no more than 2 AFOLs.~H
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| February 11, 2011, 11:11 am
Hans is close! There will be 5 judges though. Contest starts soon, so keep your eyes open!
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| February 11, 2011, 11:16 am
Quoting Mister Bones
Hans is close! There will be 5 judges though. Contest starts soon, so keep your eyes open!

Why was there an additional judge added?~H
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| February 11, 2011, 11:21 am
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Why was there an additional judge added?~H

NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!! I mean, no idea, ask Phippy.
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| February 11, 2011, 11:23 am
Hey iv'e been in sorta a mini dark-age lately and i'm trying to get myself to build something but i'm having a tough time thinking of something. I was wondering if you could take a look at my mocs, and give me some suggestions of what to build.

Thanks
Brian
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| February 11, 2011, 2:53 pm
Thanks Mr.Bones and Hans for the clarification! Sounds fun.
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| February 11, 2011, 3:29 pm
Quoting cj cutrone9


How to we get our teams together? Is there a special group for that?

CJ, Chris will be opening up the group soon and that group will have the answers to ALL of your questions. So keep an eye for it!
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| February 11, 2011, 5:15 pm
Quoting cj cutrone9


How to we get our teams together? Is there a special group for that?

Like Bones said, there will be a thread in that group where people can find teammates, but in the meantime, talk to your friends and see who is interested. The more people that participate, the more fun it will be.~H
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| February 11, 2011, 6:15 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Dominick S
why is the MOCAthalon a private group?


...wait for it...

Quoting Andrew Somers
Mr. Phipson is probably getting everything set up and ready before allowing people to join. (that's my guess.)


Bingo! It'll be open to the public next week! Hopefully no later than Tuesday. Get ready!
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| February 12, 2011, 12:19 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Brian P
Hey iv'e been in sorta a mini dark-age lately and i'm trying to get myself to build something but i'm having a tough time thinking of something. I was wondering if you could take a look at my mocs, and give me some suggestions of what to build.

Thanks
Brian


First off, welcome back Brian! Man, it has been a while since you last posted... last MocAthalon it looks like. Tell ya what, why don't you just get some "ring rust" off your building fingers a bit with some small stuff (not even for posting, just remembering how bricks go together. No, that's not an insult, you've just been out of the game for a while) and get ready for this year's MocAThalon! It's starting in just a couple weeks and the group will be open soon! Loved that castle you did last year and I'd love to see what you do with this year's categories! Hope to see you there!

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| February 12, 2011, 12:25 am
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