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Ask Kelso Episode 2: "Go Ask Your Mother"...
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Which, of course, is what I'd get from Dad. But, I digress. Got any questions - fire away!

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| January 12, 2011, 9:47 pm
Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, if you had enough pieces to build a life-sized replica of yourself, would you do it?

What do you mean "if"?
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| January 12, 2011, 11:48 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Which, of course, is what I'd get from Dad. But, I digress. Got any questions - fire away!

Hey Kelso, or Phipson if hes looking, would you know why my activity bar isn't working? Is it just me? Anyone else notice this?
Thanks.
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| January 13, 2011, 5:55 pm
Quoting A Monkey
Hey Kelso, or Phipson if hes looking, would you know why my activity bar isn't working? Is it just me? Anyone else notice this?
Thanks.

It's happened to everyone's activity bar. Probably just a bug.
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| January 13, 2011, 7:06 pm
Quoting Joshua Christenson
It's happened to everyone's activity bar. Probably just a bug.

Thanks a lot.
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| January 13, 2011, 8:45 pm
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Yeap, it's messed up for everyone. Sean's been notified and he'll get it fixed as soon as he can.

Thanks in advance for your patience.
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| January 13, 2011, 11:49 pm
Hey Mark, I have started making big spaceships, could you give me a little advice on this one??
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245986
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| January 14, 2011, 9:03 pm
Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, if you had enough pieces to build a life-sized replica of yourself, would you do it?

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
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| January 14, 2011, 9:05 pm
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Kelso, if you had enough pieces to build a life-sized replica of yourself, would you do it?


Ha! I can't stand myself - definitely don't want another version. Think I'd build a replica of Erica Durance instead. MUCH better use of the bricks!

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| January 14, 2011, 9:41 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Hey Mark,
What is the name of those fire helmets that look like binoculars when they are turned backwards? They are great for post apocalyptic stuff. Here is a reference pic: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=240538&id=/user_images/15222/1291736148m The guy on top of the bunker is the piece I am looking for in the same color.


Yeah, those are great greeb pieces for ships, too. However, they're not an official Lego product. They're made by Brickforge - not sure what the name is, but you could probably find them fairly easily by perusing the web site.


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| January 14, 2011, 9:45 pm
Quoting Dominick S
Actually, I believe those pieces are official Lego. They were found in the city fire helicopter set.

The version he used appears in many fire sets. Brickforge has a brown version that is only binoculars-not something else as well.
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| January 15, 2011, 7:50 pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40712407@N06/5359259608/

If you would be as kind enough to give some advice on this creation, it'd be much welcomed.
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| January 15, 2011, 11:44 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
The version he used appears in many fire sets. Brickforge has a brown version that is only binoculars-not something else as well.


Interesting. I bought several of those in dark bley from Brickforge last June at Brickworld. Unless we're talking about different parts here. Just to be clear, is this what you guys are refering to:

http://www.brickforge.com/store/home.php?cat=354
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| January 17, 2011, 9:35 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Interesting. I bought several of those in dark bley from Brickforge last June at Brickworld. Unless we're talking about different parts here. Just to be clear, is this what you guys are refering to:

http://www.brickforge.com/store/home.php?cat=354

The piece http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=240538&id=/user_images/15222/1291736148m is the fire helmet, http://www.brickforge.com/store/images/P/goggles_black_front.jpg is the brickforge goggles. I assume we're referring to the fire helmet. http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6158 is the LEGO part, and it's a lot cheaper, in addition to having four colors. The Brickforge part is more expensive, but it doesn't have those tubes.
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| January 17, 2011, 9:40 am
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Quoting Freeling ++
Hey Mark, I have started making big spaceships, could you give me a little advice on this one??
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/245986


Sorry for taking so long to get back with ya. Anyway, here are a few thoughts...

I think, for starters, the general form is pretty good. It might be a tad bit thick, in comparison to the length and width.

The color work is solid. I like the fact that you've utilized both light and dark bleys throughout. I think the greeb work on the main surface area of the ship is a bit much. It's that "sometimes less is more" kind of thing. I think a smoother effect might function better.

If you can ever to a point with your parts collection to tile out the surface, or use bricks on their sides, I think you'll be in great shape.

Anyway, a nice job on the whole. Keep up the good work!

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| January 17, 2011, 9:45 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
The piece http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=240538&id=/user_images/15222/1291736148m is the fire helmet, http://www.brickforge.com/store/images/P/goggles_black_front.jpg is the brickforge goggles. I assume we're referring to the fire helmet. http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6158 is the LEGO part, and it's a lot cheaper, in addition to having four colors. The Brickforge part is more expensive, but it doesn't have those tubes.


Gotcha. Never picked up any of those from Bricklink (or in any sets I've purchased). Might have to get a few of those to see how they compare with the BF stuff.

One of the things that I like about the BF element is that it's a flexible material and stretches. I can put it around circular elements, but also bricks and the like.


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| January 17, 2011, 9:50 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Gotcha. Never picked up any of those from Bricklink (or in any sets I've purchased). Might have to get a few of those to see how they compare with teh BF stuff.

One of the things that I like about the BF element is that it's a flexible material and stretches. I can put it around circular elements, but also bricks and the like.


Ah, like Indy's bag. Now also Helena's and Hale's (PQ). The firefighter helmet is not flexible, but it makes for futuristic googles. That's the effect of the tubes.
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| January 17, 2011, 9:52 am
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Quoting Nick Shelton
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40712407@N06/5359259608/

If you would be as kind enough to give some advice on this creation, it'd be much welcomed.


Nice work, Nick.

I think the basic form is quite good. If you feel up to the task of utilizing SNOT techniques (or are familiar with them), you could round out the form of the chopper a bit. While the shape across the top works very nicely, the flat sides create a slightly "blocky" look. That's something to continue to work towards with future creations. I, myself, am always struggling to get the forms in various creations to loose that blocky quality that Lego is synonomous with.

Meanwhile, if you were to incorporate some custom stickers and/or greys of a slightly differrent color, it would add some visual interest. Of course, you have to look at your reference to see what would be applicable, or believeable. But visually speaking, the added variety of value and color would be nice.

Anyway, a very good MOC with some nice work on the proportions and overall look. Well done.

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| January 17, 2011, 10:00 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Ah, like Indy's bag. Now also Helena's and Hale's (PQ). The firefighter helmet is not flexible, but it makes for futuristic googles. That's the effect of the tubes.


They look like they'd be great for greeb work, too.

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| January 17, 2011, 10:03 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Which, of course, is what I'd get from Dad. But, I digress. Got any questions - fire away!

If you could build a life size replica of Phipson, would you do it?

On a different note, can you recommend good builders to learn techniques from? Maybe some builder with good stories?
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| January 17, 2011, 10:51 am
Quoting A Monkey
If you could build a life size replica of Phipson, would you do it?

On a different note, can you recommend good builders to learn techniques from? Maybe some builder with good stories?

Christian Schlitling, Awesome-o-Saurus the Not-so-Great, and Chris Phipson all have awesome stories. Brian Kescenekovitz has amazing technique, as does Mark Kelso and a number of other builders. Probably some of the craziest semi-legal and legal techniques are those of Sir Nadroj.
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| January 17, 2011, 11:06 am
i'm not sure whether i'm posting in the right section or not, but sometimes i have to rate a moc more then once. for example, if i give a moc 5/5,the next day if i look at it again, it shows that i did not rate it. is this a problem just for me, or for everybody else too?
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| January 17, 2011, 9:15 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
If you could build a life size replica of Phipson, would you do it?


I'd like to, but replicating Phipson in any way, shape, or form is recognized as a federal offense and punishable by death.

Quoting A Monkey
On a different note, can you recommend good builders to learn techniques from? Maybe some builder with good stories?


Phipson is excellent with his story telling and building. Shannon Young is also not only an outstanding story-teller, but a very talented builder.

As for techniques alone, Brian Kescenovitz here on MOCpages, and on Flickr try Peter Reid, Cole Blaq, or Fredoichi. (Actually there are so many talented builders out there, that there are just too many to list. Those three from Flickr were just the first ones to come to mind.)

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| January 18, 2011, 7:26 am
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Quoting Bartosz k
i'm not sure whether i'm posting in the right section or not, but sometimes i have to rate a moc more then once. for example, if i give a moc 5/5,the next day if i look at it again, it shows that i did not rate it. is this a problem just for me, or for everybody else too?


That's a new one on me, but I'll keep my eyes and ears open for others who encounter the same problem. Keep us posted on this...

When did it start? And let us know if it seems to be continuing.



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| January 18, 2011, 7:32 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

That's a new one on me, but I'll keep my eyes and ears open for others who encounter the same problem. Keep us posted on this...

When did it start? And let us know if it seems to be continuing.


it started happening about a week or two ago and it seems to be continuing. louis k's at-at is a real problem. i can rate it 5/5 for all of eternity and it stiil won't count as a vote. it says that i voted, but when i go back to the moc, my vote hasn't been counted

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| January 18, 2011, 5:18 pm
Quoting Connor McGinnis
Are there ranks of builders here? If so are you guys a rank 2 or something

No.

Quoting Connor McGinnis
I'd really love and appreciate being able to do more for this great website than just be another regular builder.

I'm not Phipson or Kelso, but putting you into a position of power would be a monumentally bad idea.
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| January 19, 2011, 1:53 am
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Quoting Connor McGinnis
Mark Kelso and Chris Phipson:
You two are great builders and all, and i've noticed that you seem to be almost in charge of MOCpages. Are there ranks of builders here? If so are you guys a rank 2 or something? I'm on here EVERY DAY! I'm not kidding. I tend to try and keep a really close eye out for neat things happening around MOCpages. Is that enough for you to take me under your wing? I'd really love and appreciate being able to do more for this great website than just be another regular builder.


Areetsa summed it up in a single word. There's no real hierarchy to MOCpages. Chris and I became mods at a time when Sean was making some considerable changes to the site, and he found us to be useful (well...Chris is useful, anyway) due to our close friendship and consistent contact with one another (constant communication and reaching agreements are essential in what we do). But, Sean is the only one "in charge," and any authority/status we appear to have is really just us acting as an extension of Sean, and his desire for the site to function a certain way. People call us tools all the time...little do they know how right they are! ;-)

So bottom line is that the only real person in charge is Sean Kenney. As for the rest of us, it's a level playing field. We all help out in the same way as any community, each of us doing what we can, when we can, to keep our neighboorhood a nice place to live, so to speak. But there aren't any "levels" of builders.

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| January 19, 2011, 7:58 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Areetsa summed it up in a single word. There's no real hierarchy to MOCpages.

Except of course for the percieved one of Site Staff > Senior Afol > Afol > Senior Tfol > Tfol > Junior Tfol > Kfol.

People don't seem to understand that more building skill =/= better person.

So yes, there are tiers, no, only Kfols and junior Tfols tend to pay any attention to them
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| January 19, 2011, 6:03 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

(well...Chris is useful, anyway)


That's a matter of opinion and the jury's still out...

Quoting Mark Kelso
People call us tools all the time...



Guilty.

And as for the rest of it... yeah, what Mark said.
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| January 20, 2011, 12:12 am
Hey, Mark, how do you build your LEGO? Do you have a plan before you start or do you make it up as you go?
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| January 20, 2011, 11:16 pm
Quoting Dominick S
Mark, can I have some advice on building hard suits? Don't you DARE send me to Brian because he pretty much does nothing these days. Like some tips on legs and body's and arms. Pretty much the whole shebang.

Kelso hasn't built one of those in his entire life. I don't really know what you expect him to tell you.
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| January 20, 2011, 11:33 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Mark, can I have some advice on building hard suits? Don't you DARE send me to Brian because he pretty much does nothing these days. Like some tips on legs and body's and arms. Pretty much the whole shebang.


There are so many potential parts combos to the various body sections that to try to give you advice on each would be impossible...but, I can offer some more general advice that should help with the process as a whole...

When you get down to hard suits, you're looking at a scale that's very challenging, and often, in certain places, a single part not only has to look good, but also function properly. Those are usually the joint areas, and so that's where I recommend putting a lot of your thought and energy.

For joints, look for ANY part combo that can swivel, rotate, twist, or even join together at unique angles. Quite often Minifig Utensils of various kinds are great choices, because they not only function in that capacity, but are also very small.

I would also recommend staying fairly conservative with your color varieties, making most of the suit a single color, and only adding very small bits of additional color (if you add any at all) in strategic places. Again, with suits being so small, you don't want a lot of color going on - it will overwhelm the form.

Finally, experiment a LOT with different options for any one area. In larger builds you can easily get away with just picking a parts combo that does the trick, and moving on. But due to the small scale, economy of parts is a must. So, don't just settle for the first solution you come up with. Take some time to ask yourself what other part combos might function as well...or better...for your particular need within any section of the MOC. This is how you grow and improve as a builder, so it's actually good advice in general, but particularly applicable to building hard suit MOCs.

Okay, that's enough rambling for now. Hope these tips help you a bit. Good Luck!

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| January 21, 2011, 8:52 am
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Quoting Leon Powalski
Hey, Mark, how do you build your LEGO? Do you have a plan before you start or do you make it up as you go?


It's a bit of a mix, and it depends on whether I'm building out of my imagination, or if I'm building a replica of something.

For my own designs, I tend to just dive right in, with only a very general vision for the end result. That's a fun way to build, tackling challenges as they pop up, and finding solutions. Sometimes it changes the direction or vision I have for a creation and takes it in a whole new direction (which is really what's a joy about creativity!).

When building a replica, I can't do that, though. I have to stay with the design given to me. It's much more challenging as a result, and demands a bit more planning and preparation. Under those circumstances I'll take time, before I begin building, to visualize the process; looking for places where difficulties may arise. I'll also spend a good bit of time getting a 3-D image in my head for the sake of proportions.

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| January 21, 2011, 9:01 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I need a bit of advice on building. I'm trying to build a small hill, with a small amount of bricks, to be the height of half a lego horse, and not look like a bunch of bricks slapped on top of each other. Any suggestions?
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| January 26, 2011, 6:32 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
I need a bit of advice on building. I'm trying to build a small hill, with a small amount of bricks, to be the height of half a lego horse, and not look like a bunch of bricks slapped on top of each other. Any suggestions?


It's a bit tough to know how many bricks you're talking about being limited to when you say a "small amount of bricks". The immediate methods that come to mind for a hill would be using stair-stepped plates, a combo of bricks and plates stair-stepped, or slopes.

But you could try being a bit more creative and go with plates set at angles. Personally, I might try using bricks that are tiled, and turn them studs out (something I used a lot here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/57317).


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| January 26, 2011, 7:50 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

It's a bit tough to know how many bricks you're talking about being limited to when you say a "small amount of bricks". The immediate methods that come to mind for a hill would be using stair-stepped plates, a combo of bricks and plates stair-stepped, or slopes.

But you could try being a bit more creative and go with plates set at angles. Personally, I might try using bricks that are tiled, and turn them studs out (something I used a lot here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/57317).


I'm not doing mountains, more of a grassy hill. I think I don't have enough of anything to do it on a large scale. I used the technique many builders use with building spheres; putting one plate on top of another to make a pyramid shape. Unfortunately, this method takes up too much space and is too short.
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| January 26, 2011, 8:18 pm
I've done a few large dioramas on the computer. Actually, all LEGO I build is on the computer. Well, here is the diorama I'm most proud of. I hope it helps. Since you are worried about hills, take notice of how I built them. One of them uses a contour-style construction, whereas the other uses lots of flats and is more random.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/242202
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| January 26, 2011, 8:38 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
I used the technique many builders use with building spheres; putting one plate on top of another to make a pyramid shape. Unfortunately, this method takes up too much space


too much space in depth or width? Or both?


Quoting A Monkey ...and is too short.


Not tall enough? Could you use a combo of bricks and plates, then? I'm assuming you're using all greens for the hill?

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| January 27, 2011, 7:39 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

too much space in depth or width? Or both?


Quoting A Monkey ...and is too short.


Not tall enough? Could you use a combo of bricks and plates, then? I'm assuming you're using all greens for the hill?

Yeah, too short. I've tried both, the bricks look out of place, I would say. IT takes up too much space on the board, so I would say in width. I know it's relativly simple to do, just standard lego blocks, but what I have so far just isn't cutting it. I think I'm going to try something else...
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| January 27, 2011, 8:01 am
Kelso, you are an artsy-fartsy guy. So, what do you think about these?http://mocpages.com/moc.php/250766
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| February 2, 2011, 5:46 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Kelso, you are an artsy-fartsy guy. So, what do you think about these?http://mocpages.com/moc.php/250766


So a few thoughts on the various creations...

As I mentioned, I think my favorite might be the Scorpion. Love the look of that, and some of your parts usage was nice. I agree whole-heartedly with Chris, though, regarding the substantiality of the legs. While the Scorpion doesn't have the bulk of the Stormwalker, I think it still has some sense of weight, and the VERY thin legs lack a little bit of believability.

If I hadn't seen ref pics of the Stormwalker, I might have said it's a bit too bulky. But actually you're right on target. I think, in general, you did a really good job of capurting the form. In the legs, and a few areas of the body, some greeb work might be nice. It would help to break up the surface texture a bit, as well as to (once again) lend believability.

While I like the overall look of the dark bleys - which is a part of the whole series identity - I think it might be nice to see another color worked in just a bit more, preferably more blacks, or a hint of light bley. The Telsa coil has that variety, which I think is nice.

By the way, some excellent parts usage in places throughout the series! Looking forward to seeing these together at BW!

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| February 3, 2011, 7:45 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

So a few thoughts on the various creations...

As I mentioned, I think my favorite might be the Scorpion. Love the look of that, and some of your parts usage was nice. I agree whole-heartedly with Chris, though, regarding the substantiality of the legs. While the Scorpion doesn't have the bulk of the Stormwalker, I think it still has some sense of weight, and the VERY thin legs lack a little bit of believability.

If I hadn't seen ref pics of the Stormwalker, I might have said it's a bit too bulky. But actually you're right on target. I think, in general, you did a really good job of capurting the form. In the legs, and a few areas of the body, some greeb work might be nice. It would help to break up the surface texture a bit, as well as to (once again) lend believability.

While I like the overall look of the dark bleys - which is a part of the whole series identity - I think it might be nice to see another color worked in just a bit more, preferably more blacks, or a hint of light bley. The Telsa coil has that variety, which I think is nice.

By the way, some excellent parts usage in places throughout the series! Looking forward to seeing these together at BW!

Thanks! I will work on some greebliness, and beef up the scorpions legs. i was already planning on making the scorpion more smooth, so I can beef it up while I do that. Thanks a lot for giving me this advice, and I hope that I can show you the finished products at Brickworld.
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| February 3, 2011, 7:51 am
Kelso, how long is the Eye of Chaos so far? to me, it seems like this SHIP will make the IH look puny.
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| February 3, 2011, 8:46 am
Quoting A Monkey
I'm not doing mountains, more of a grassy hill. I think I don't have enough of anything to do it on a large scale. I used the technique many builders use with building spheres; putting one plate on top of another to make a pyramid shape. Unfortunately, this method takes up too much space and is too short.


Use 2x2, 2x3, 2x4,and 2x6 green plates and use an odd number of studs to layer (9, 25, etc). I'd advise you have a lot of 1 x 1 green plates handy. Then simply stack them into a natural formation and use tiles and grass pieces to top it off.
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| February 3, 2011, 8:54 am
Hey Mark, are you glad that there is a Lego store opening up near Indy? I believe that it is in Castleton and opens sometime around April.
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| February 3, 2011, 9:07 am
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Quoting ODST .
Kelso, how long is the Eye of Chaos so far? to me, it seems like this SHIP will make the IH look puny.


It's a bit longer than the IH, coming in at just over 7 feet. That could change just a bit as I continue to work, but not by a lot. The big issue with this one is the difficulty of the build. It's IMMENSELY more complex and already using up more parts than the Hand did, and I'm not quite to the half-way point.

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| February 3, 2011, 8:32 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Hey Mark, are you glad that there is a Lego store opening up near Indy? I believe that it is in Castleton and opens sometime around April.


You are correct, sir!

Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to it. Although, to be honest, I'm more of a Bricklink buyer, but there are still times when the PAB wall will come in handy. Hopefully I can get to know some of the employees there as well, and maybe even do a display or two (if that store provides displays - some do, some don't).

Took 'em long enough to get one in Indy, though. SHEESH!

So, gotta ask...do you use the Lego stores quite a bit for your purchases?

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| February 3, 2011, 8:35 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

You are correct, sir!

Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to it. Although, to be honest, I'm more of a Bricklink buyer, but there are still times when the PAB wall will come in handy. Hopefully I can get to know some of the employees there as well, and maybe even do a display or two (if that store provides displays - some do, some don't).

Took 'em long enough to get one in Indy, though. SHEESH!

So, gotta ask...do you use the Lego stores quite a bit for your purchases?
I have only been twice, once during Brickworld and on the 23rd. I like the novelty of PAB, but no, I don't use it too often. Bricklink is more to my tastes.

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| February 3, 2011, 8:41 pm
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
Can you give me some advices and critique about this one? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251070


Be glad to...

Right off the bat, I think you did a great job with the cleanliness of the build. I love the fact that you detailed out the bottom (not a LOT of detail, but still...) and the back, large air element is nicely handled as well.

Good work on the seat, and I like the slope elements on both sides of the seat - they help out the form a bit.

I'd say the only weak place might be the very blocky section just behind the seat. To me it feels like it could use something to break up the form a bit - perhaps some minor greeb work, or even just a sticker or two for detail.

On the whole, though, a very nice build.

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| February 5, 2011, 7:51 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Hey Kelso,
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.


Yeah, I do. While images I've seen of Vietcong don't always show them wearing the same kinds of hats (or helmets in some cases), I think those new Ninjago hats are good general head pieces for certain Asian figs, and a better alternative to using dishes - which is what we've had to rely on until now.

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| February 6, 2011, 3:45 pm
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Quoting cj cutrone9
Hey kelso after you finished your Eye of Chaos. Will you build something like a diorama? I think you could build some of the best with your skills and piece count.


Thanks for the vote of confidence! Ya know, I'm not sure what I'm going to tackle after the Eye is finished. I've got sketches for the following....

Castle - tall castle with a waterfall running through the middle of it. Inhabited by futuristic military and science personelle

Apocalypsis III - A return to the story I started ages ago. This chapter would be a flashback revealing the young man's purpose for seeking out the cave, and what it means to the rest of the world (and it means a LOT!)

Monster Dio - Had a blast doing the Dracula dio, and would like to do some others from the old black and whites. I've got quick sketches for a couple.

Mech - No sketches, but I'm getting seriously itchy to tackle another chicken walker.

The problem is, I'm starting a new chapter in my life (planning on starting a new degree in the fall for medical science), and the Eye is still a LONG way from completion. But maybe I can work in some smaller stuff in the mean time!



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| February 6, 2011, 10:50 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Thanks, and could you check this out please? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251526


I'd like to add a couple of thoughts to the comment I left for you...

I think the landscaping is nicely done, and just the contrast in texture and color with the grey base is fun to see.

I also like the use of the panels on the interior section. I think that's some of your best parts usage in the MOC.

I'd like to see you challenge yourself a bit more with this kind of a build. Have you thought about a more complex layout to the landscaping, with more trees, a waterfall, or maybe some various levels (instead of it being fairly flat terrain)? Or with the base, you could really go crazy with detailing of walls, floors, ceilings, and equipment.

One other thing that comes to mind is your picture quality. Aside from the blurry shots, many of the images felt a little dark. A quick boost in the brightness would help them out a bit, I think.

Anyway, this is a really nice MOC - clean, nice colors and textures, good composition. I think you're at a point where (if you've got the parts) you could do some larger, more detailed work that would just be kick-azz!

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| February 6, 2011, 11:01 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Thanks for the vote of confidence! Ya know, I'm not sure what I'm going to tackle after the Eye is finished. I've got sketches for the following....

Castle - tall castle with a waterfall running through the middle of it. Inhabited by futuristic military and science personelle

Apocalypsis III - A return to the story I started ages ago. This chapter would be a flashback revealing the young man's purpose for seeking out the cave, and what it means to the rest of the world (and it means a LOT!)

Monster Dio - Had a blast doing the Dracula dio, and would like to do some others from the old black and whites. I've got quick sketches for a couple.

Mech - No sketches, but I'm getting seriously itchy to tackle another chicken walker.

The problem is, I'm starting a new chapter in my life (planning on starting a new degree in the fall for medical science), and the Eye is still a LONG way from completion. But maybe I can work in some smaller stuff in the mean time!



Go for Apocalypsis. Crazy builds there, REALLY want to see what happens next. In fact, it's been so long I forgot what happened in the first place. Hmmm... off to Apocalypsis I
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| February 6, 2011, 11:05 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
I could easily use Photoshop, but I don't want to spend 80 bucks on a program. Thank you for the feedback!


You could always just go to home Depot and spend $10 on a clamp light. They have a silver dish on them that's perfect for reflecting light where you want it. That's what I use. Never used photoshop to brighten a pic in a single post. Just a thought.
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| February 6, 2011, 11:30 pm
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Quoting Dominick S
Wow, I'm honored to bestow a comment from you! Um, I took all of the thoughts you had into careful consideration, and the lighting can't get much better as I'm taking pictures in a garage. I'm trying to build bigger stuff, it's just the matter of taking pictures of them. I could easily use Photoshop, but I don't want to spend 80 bucks on a program. Thank you for the feedback!


I can certainly understand not wanting to spend the money on the software (especially when there's always more Lego to buy! ;-), however photoshop is only one of numerous photo editing applications. Here's a list of some of the better ones that all well known, safe for download, and FREE!

http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/4488.aspx

Such applications can not only brighten the values, but help you with color, picture size and clarity, even composition!



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| February 7, 2011, 6:50 am
Ok... I'll try to be as specific as possible here... What would be the best way to take a picture of an extremely small lego piece, maybe... a LEGO knife without it becoming too blurry?
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| February 7, 2011, 6:58 pm
Second comment in a matter of hours... Ok, since I know you're skilled with photo editing programs, I'd like to see how you think I did on the last 2 photos of this MOC:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246820
I'm using it as a test for using GIMP as a comic creator. Still trying to work out the kinks in it, but I think I could get it pretty good. Thanks a lot.
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| February 7, 2011, 9:27 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Ok... I'll try to be as specific as possible here... What would be the best way to take a picture of an extremely small lego piece, maybe... a LEGO knife without it becoming too blurry?


I'll jump in one this one. Like Dominic below (above?) said, use the macro setting. Also, when you're ready to take the shot, depress the button only a small bit, this will focus the camera. Once the object you want is in focus, then take the shot and you should be good. Hope that helps!
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| February 7, 2011, 11:53 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Ok... I'll try to be as specific as possible here... What would be the best way to take a picture of an extremely small lego piece, maybe... a LEGO knife without it becoming too blurry?


Most cameras these days have a high enough resolution to enlarge your pictures tremendously without loosing image quality. So, the blur issue comes down to camera stability. The smaller the item you're photographing the more stable you'll need to hold the camera...

1) Use a tripod if possible

2) If a tripod is NOT available, try using any strong stable surface to brace your camera or hand against while snapping the shot - this will improve your stability immensely. Chairs, walls, tables, even things like stacked books are good for doing this.

3) If your camera has a timer, and you can set the camera on something to get the shot, that's the best option of all. This removes your influence on camera shake entirely, and guarantees a crisp shot - which can then be cropped and enlarged to show only the portion of the image you want.

I have a very expensive camera system (Cannon EOS 1N) but have no need of macro settings or advanced system settings to get a close-ups such as this one...

http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=247278&id=/user_images/5708/12950951213

I just used a tripod, the timer, and then zoomed in to crop the excess.

Hope this helps.
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| February 8, 2011, 9:41 am
I can't zoom past a certain amount without the camera getting out of focus. Can you help me? Or is this just my camera.
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| February 8, 2011, 9:43 am
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Quoting A Monkey
Second comment in a matter of hours... Ok, since I know you're skilled with photo editing programs, I'd like to see how you think I did on the last 2 photos of this MOC:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246820
I'm using it as a test for using GIMP as a comic creator. Still trying to work out the kinks in it, but I think I could get it pretty good. Thanks a lot.


I hear GIMP is a prett good freeware Photo editing application. I'm not familiar with it myself (using photoshop instead), but I can provide a few thoughts here, and hopefully they'll be things GIMP can tackle...

The thought bubbles look good. I prefer to use a black outline around mine, but that's just a matter of taste.

I think the spacing and placement of your text could use a little refining. Whenever I create thought bubbles with text, I very carefully center the text in each one, make sure it's not cramped on the sides, or top and bottom...always centered with breathing room on all sides.

You might try adding some color to the text boxes, too.

Play around with varying sizes of image boxes, and orientation. Make some tall and thin, others long and shallow. Try overlapping boxes, making circular boxes, bringing the subjects partially outside of an image box box, etc. There's no end to the options, and composing a comic is a fun and creative activity in and of itself.

I'll come out of the closet here, given that we've been inactive for so long...this is actually my comic, under the alias of a comic character. Take a look at all of the examples of various color choices, camera angles, compositions, placement, etc. in these pics, and hopefully they can be a bit of a guide:

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/161806

Good luck with the experimentation and design work!




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| February 8, 2011, 10:00 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I can't zoom past a certain amount without the camera getting out of focus. Can you help me? Or is this just my camera.


My guess is that you're too close to the subject. That's what happens with my camera under certain circumstances. When you're zooming in and something starts to go out of focus, pull back just a bit until it focuses properly. The subject may be a bit smaller, but then you can use whatever you have on your computer to zoom in and crop the pic the way you want it after you get the shot.

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| February 8, 2011, 10:04 am
Mark, looking through pictures for my various creations and I've noticed that my resolution settings on my camera are fine when putting up smaller pictures, but when I select the Large option to post they come out blurry. You've probably answered this many times, but what are the optimal dimensions for a 'large' picture? (With less blurriness)
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| February 8, 2011, 10:17 am
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Almighty Kelso, I am building a space fighter called a Wolfen. I have about half of it done, but, I am stumped on it now. Its a custom design. I am better with replicating then cutsom designs. http://starfox.wikia.com/wiki/Wolfen I need help. :(


It's difficult for me to offer any specific advice without seeing what you've got completed so far. I don't know how large you're working, or which version of the Wolfen you're considering. Nevertheless, here are a couple of thougts...

The design is very unique, with some rather difficult angles. Look for areas within the design that could be the most difficult, and try to find solutions for those before anything else. Once you nail down the problem areas, the rest becomes easier.

When dealing with unusual angles, hinges or bionicle joints will almost always be used. Take a look at your collection to see what you've got in the way of joints and hinges to help in that regard. Also look to see how those parts might connect to wing or tail units, as well as the main body.

See if you can find any other builders who've worked on this design. Look for areas within their creations that fuctioned well. Also look for weak places where you feel you could improve upon the design. All great creations are based upon what came before them, and there's nothing wrong with using another's creation for your own inspiration as long as it's not a direct swipe.

Here's one version that I found: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2591/4150554391_86039a8c1c.jpg

Sorry what I'm offering is so vague, but I'd need to see pics to offer specific guidance for connections, scale, color, texture, etc.

Good luck!


ps. Dude, your name's no big deal, long or short...make it whatever YOU want it to be as long as it not offensive! ;-)
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| February 8, 2011, 10:39 am
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Quoting ODST .
Mark, looking through pictures for my various creations and I've noticed that my resolution settings on my camera are fine when putting up smaller pictures, but when I select the Large option to post they come out blurry. You've probably answered this many times, but what are the optimal dimensions for a 'large' picture? (With less blurriness)


The thread here is getting a bit long. I'm going to start a new one, and my reply will be at the start of that one. Thanks!

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| February 8, 2011, 10:54 am
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