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Phippythreaditus
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Welcome to my new thread. That last one was getting just way too long.

Ok, so as you all know, the world is going to end tomorrow (May 21st) so you'd better get your questions in now before it's too late!

What? You didn't hear the news about the apocolypse? Google it.

Alright, anything Lego related I can help you with? If you've come for a cleansing of your soul you're REALLY in the wrong place.
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| May 20, 2011, 11:53 am
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Quoting Caleb S
Every one tells me that I need better landscaping,got any tips?


Hey Caleb,

I took a look at your stuff (the polar one and the one with cows/cowboys and indians to be specific) and here's what I think...

I know this is going to sound like pandering but at this point it's all about parts count. I know that's not always easy to do but I think with a larger selection of "greenery" you would be able to make things look much better.

My other piece of advice would be to start trying different elevations with your landscapes. Not just two elevations mind you, try to incorporate 3 or 4 or more into a moc. Remeber, Earth isn't flat (even though Lego generally is). I think that if you tried to "sculpt" your landscapes a bit more, they'd pop to life!

Hope that helps and good luck!

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| May 20, 2011, 11:58 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Quoting Caleb S
Every one tells me that I need better landscaping,got any tips?


Hey Caleb,

I took a look at your stuff (the polar one and the one with cows/cowboys and indians to be specific) and here's what I think...

I know this is going to sound like pandering but at this point it's all about parts count. I know that's not always easy to do but I think with a larger selection of "greenery" you would be able to make things look much better.

My other piece of advice would be to start trying different elevations with your landscapes. Not just two elevations mind you, try to incorporate 3 or 4 or more into a moc. Remeber, Earth isn't flat (even though Lego generally is). I think that if you tried to "sculpt" your landscapes a bit more, they'd pop to life!

Hope that helps and good luck!

Thank you Sir, I see why they gave you a fan club. I took your advise and put it into this, what do you think, better?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/270406
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| May 22, 2011, 10:37 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Welcome to my new thread. That last one was getting just way too long.

Ok, so as you all know, the world is going to end tomorrow (May 21st) so you'd better get your questions in now before it's too late!

What? You didn't hear the news about the apocolypse? Google it.

Alright, anything Lego related I can help you with? If you've come for a cleansing of your soul you're REALLY in the wrong place.

I have been waiting to be let into the "CFOL" group for almost a year now! what should I do? I tried getting the admin's atention by telling them I waiting when I comment on there MOC's
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| May 22, 2011, 10:39 pm
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Quoting Caleb S
Thank you Sir. I took your advise and put it into this, what do you think?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/270406


Ok, NOOOW we're getting somewhere. That's a really nice step up from where we were before. Let me just point out a couple little things that can take it even further now.

One. You used green brick to elevate the greenery on your moc. Remember, real grass doesn't grow vertically. What you'll want to do there is either use plates to change the elevation (bricks are just too thick to bring that across) or, use two brown (for dirt or grey for stone... but that's kinda weird to have grass growing on stone but it's an idea) plates with a green plate on top. I think it would be better to have just the green plate but if you use a bit of brown here and there it will come across as dirt under the grass giving a more realistic effect. Short version, green brick is too thick to change elevation.

The waterfall area DOES look really nice. Now, if you want to take it up that extra notch, try adding some bley or grey for rocks sticking out and then using white plates with the clear to show churning water.

That all being said, I really liked that treehouse you did there. The moc really does look good, so don't take this advice the wrong way of course (as always). Gimme a link to your next one please, I'd love to see where you go with this.


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| May 22, 2011, 10:46 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ok, NOOOW we're getting somewhere. That's a really nice step up from where we were before. Let me just point out a couple little things that can take it even further now.

One. You used green brick to elevate the greenery on your moc. Remember, real grass doesn't grow vertically. What you'll want to do there is either use plates to change the elevation (bricks are just too thick to bring that across) or, use two brown (for dirt or grey for stone... but that's kinda weird to have grass growing on stone but it's an idea) plates with a green plate on top. I think it would be better to have just the green plate but if you use a bit of brown here and there it will come across as dirt under the grass giving a more realistic effect. Short version, green brick is too thick to change elevation.

The waterfall area DOES look really nice. Now, if you want to take it up that extra notch, try adding some bley or grey for rocks sticking out and then using white plates with the clear to show churning water.

That all being said, I really liked that treehouse you did there. The moc really does look good, so don't take this advice the wrong way of course (as always). Gimme a link to your next one please, I'd love to see where you go with this.


will do, thanks man!
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| May 22, 2011, 10:49 pm
People always tell me I need more detail in my MOCs. Do you have any tips on how to get good detail in MOCs? Much appreciated
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| May 22, 2011, 10:51 pm
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Quoting commander fix1028
People always tell me I need more detail in my MOCs. Do you have any tips on how to get good detail in MOCs? Much appreciated


Sorry for the delay in my response. I'll try to make up for having you wait by getting a bit more indepth in my response. I took a look at your page and here's what I've got for ya.

Your stuff isn't "bad" but I agree there could be some more detail added. What does this mean you ask? Well, I'm not sure how large your collection is but the main thing I'm seeing is size. Your builds are fairly small at this point. If you have the brick on hand, I'd say try building larger (not a lot, just a bit) and then "enclosing" your builds.

Right now, what we're seeing is the start of an idea that never gets fully fleshed out. Take this one for example:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/271360

The doors and back wall are good, but once you get to an end the "reader" is instantly brought back to reality because we see the desk you're working on in the corner. If you made a second wall there coming down one of the sides to close up the scene, it would come across more as if we were really "in" that world.

Now, for the walls and door themselves. In a scene like this you'd want to put something along that wall to make it not so plain. Maybe every few studs have something that breaks up the wall. Take this image of one of my table scraps as an example of the type of thing I'm talking about:

http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=264845&id=/user_images/10716/1303414810m

See how the hallway is broken up by the slopes on the side? That's the kind of thing we're looking for. Don't get me wrong, flat walls DO serve a purpose but with something this size, you'll want to add just that little bit more "umph" to grab your viewers attention.

My best advice is to look at some of Luggy's stuff. http://mocpages.com/home.php/1375

The man is a genius when it comes to "bringing us in" to the world he's creating.

Next, and probably most important here is to TAKE YOUR TIME. I know we live in a world of instant gratification and your first instinct is to get something built fast and get it out there for the world to see. What you'll want to do is build your moc... then let it sit for a day. Think about where you can make it better, where you can improve. Then the next day, go back and make those changes to bring it up to the next level. Feel free to do this two, three even four or more times. 99% of the time your first version is never your best so take your time and make darn sure there's nothing you can do to improve it. (again, there's a comfortable medium here. Don't let it sit for 6 months and get stale either).

Hope this helped a bit and good luck! I'd love to see what you've got on your next one after taking some of this advice.
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| May 29, 2011, 11:03 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Sorry for the delay in my response. I'll try to make up for having you wait by getting a bit more indepth in my response. I took a look at your page and here's what I've got for ya.

Your stuff isn't "bad" but I agree there could be some more detail added. What does this mean you ask? Well, I'm not sure how large your collection is but the main thing I'm seeing is size. Your builds are fairly small at this point. If you have the brick on hand, I'd say try building larger (not a lot, just a bit) and then "enclosing" your builds.

Right now, what we're seeing is the start of an idea that never gets fully fleshed out. Take this one for example:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/271360

The doors and back wall are good, but once you get to an end the "reader" is instantly brought back to reality because we see the desk you're working on in the corner. If you made a second wall there coming down one of the sides to close up the scene, it would come across more as if we were really "in" that world.

Now, for the walls and door themselves. In a scene like this you'd want to put something along that wall to make it not so plain. Maybe every few studs have something that breaks up the wall. Take this image of one of my table scraps as an example of the type of thing I'm talking about:

http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=264845&id=/user_images/10716/1303414810m

See how the hallway is broken up by the slopes on the side? That's the kind of thing we're looking for. Don't get me wrong, flat walls DO serve a purpose but with something this size, you'll want to add just that little bit more "umph" to grab your viewers attention.

My best advice is to look at some of Luggy's stuff. http://mocpages.com/home.php/1375

The man is a genius when it comes to "bringing us in" to the world he's creating.

Next, and probably most important here is to TAKE YOUR TIME. I know we live in a world of instant gratification and your first instinct is to get something built fast and get it out there for the world to see. What you'll want to do is build your moc... then let it sit for a day. Think about where you can make it better, where you can improve. Then the next day, go back and make those changes to bring it up to the next level. Feel free to do this two, three even four or more times. 99% of the time your first version is never your best so take your time and make darn sure there's nothing you can do to improve it. (again, there's a comfortable medium here. Don't let it sit for 6 months and get stale either).

Hope this helped a bit and good luck! I'd love to see what you've got on your next one after taking some of this advice.
Wow! Thanks a lot! This really helps!

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| May 29, 2011, 11:18 am
Hey Chris, can you give me advice on this? Im pretty sure it is going to be my last version, but I want some advice first. Thanks! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271287
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| May 29, 2011, 11:21 am
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Quoting Blitz the Thunder Spartan
Hey Chris, can you give me advice on this? Im pretty sure it is going to be my last version, but I want some advice first. Thanks! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271287


Well, as you know, I'm not a "bionicle guy" but I'll give you my best input.

First the good stuff. I like the posability of this guy. You showed him in a few different poses and that really helps show of what he can do (movement wise).

The pics were a bit blurry in some of the shots (not all and not THAT bad). Just remember that just because you took a picture doesn't mean that you have to use that pic on the post. If a pic doesn't come out right, you've got the whole thing set up already, so just retake the pic until it's where you want it.

lastly, and this is just a personal thing (and has nothing to do with the build). The color choice didn't really gel for me. I dunno, something about the different shades of blue added to the yellow just didn't sit right. Maybe if it was all one shade of blue then the yellow would work with it? Again, that's just a personal asthetics choice and if you like the colors (that's the most important thing here) then they're fine.

Overall though it was a good moc. Of course like we said before I'm not the best judge of Bionicle so don't take my word as law here. The build was nice, just work on that focus a bit for the pics and you should be good to go.
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| May 31, 2011, 12:55 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Sorry for the delay in my response. I'll try to make up for having you wait by getting a bit more indepth in my response. I took a look at your page and here's what I've got for ya.

Your stuff isn't "bad" but I agree there could be some more detail added. What does this mean you ask? Well, I'm not sure how large your collection is but the main thing I'm seeing is size. Your builds are fairly small at this point. If you have the brick on hand, I'd say try building larger (not a lot, just a bit) and then "enclosing" your builds.

Right now, what we're seeing is the start of an idea that never gets fully fleshed out. Take this one for example:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/271360

The doors and back wall are good, but once you get to an end the "reader" is instantly brought back to reality because we see the desk you're working on in the corner. If you made a second wall there coming down one of the sides to close up the scene, it would come across more as if we were really "in" that world.

Now, for the walls and door themselves. In a scene like this you'd want to put something along that wall to make it not so plain. Maybe every few studs have something that breaks up the wall. Take this image of one of my table scraps as an example of the type of thing I'm talking about:

http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=264845&id=/user_images/10716/1303414810m

See how the hallway is broken up by the slopes on the side? That's the kind of thing we're looking for. Don't get me wrong, flat walls DO serve a purpose but with something this size, you'll want to add just that little bit more "umph" to grab your viewers attention.

My best advice is to look at some of Luggy's stuff. http://mocpages.com/home.php/1375

The man is a genius when it comes to "bringing us in" to the world he's creating.

Next, and probably most important here is to TAKE YOUR TIME. I know we live in a world of instant gratification and your first instinct is to get something built fast and get it out there for the world to see. What you'll want to do is build your moc... then let it sit for a day. Think about where you can make it better, where you can improve. Then the next day, go back and make those changes to bring it up to the next level. Feel free to do this two, three even four or more times. 99% of the time your first version is never your best so take your time and make darn sure there's nothing you can do to improve it. (again, there's a comfortable medium here. Don't let it sit for 6 months and get stale either).

Hope this helped a bit and good luck! I'd love to see what you've got on your next one after taking some of this advice.
Hey Chris thanks again for the advice it helped a lot. I used your advice in this moc http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271832 I tried to add more detail into it. So am I getting on the right track when it comes to detail? thanks a lot!

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| May 31, 2011, 6:58 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ok, NOOOW we're getting somewhere. That's a really nice step up from where we were before. Let me just point out a couple little things that can take it even further now.

One. You used green brick to elevate the greenery on your moc. Remember, real grass doesn't grow vertically. What you'll want to do there is either use plates to change the elevation (bricks are just too thick to bring that across) or, use two brown (for dirt or grey for stone... but that's kinda weird to have grass growing on stone but it's an idea) plates with a green plate on top. I think it would be better to have just the green plate but if you use a bit of brown here and there it will come across as dirt under the grass giving a more realistic effect. Short version, green brick is too thick to change elevation.

The waterfall area DOES look really nice. Now, if you want to take it up that extra notch, try adding some bley or grey for rocks sticking out and then using white plates with the clear to show churning water.

That all being said, I really liked that treehouse you did there. The moc really does look good, so don't take this advice the wrong way of course (as always). Gimme a link to your next one please, I'd love to see where you go with this.


Here it is, I put brown under the grass and tried to make the water look foamy by putting tho white under it like you said. I also tried to use some plates put that didn't end so well.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/272117
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| June 1, 2011, 10:47 am
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Quoting commander fix1028
Hey Chris thanks again for the advice it helped a lot. I used your advice in this moc http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271832 I tried to add more detail into it. So am I getting on the right track when it comes to detail? thanks a lot!


Ok, that was only about 150% better! Here's what I liked about this one. You really upped the ante by trying to give it some greenery outside. I do like that you tried to make the water with waves and what not but for something this size it just didn't work.

(annnnd... I just got a call at work so this next bit will have to be brief)

Overall I think you really stepped up your game. There's still some minor things you can do to really bring it all together. Just kind of "polishing off" in certain places but really what you've got here is a real improvement.

Blurry pics... remember my young padawan, just because you take a pic doesn't mean you have to USE that pic. Keep taking them until it comes out right. (and try to get some more directional lighting so you can light up interiors).

Again, sorry for the brief response but I think you're going the right way. Keep me posted! good luck!

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| June 1, 2011, 11:08 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ok, that was only about 150% better! Here's what I liked about this one. You really upped the ante by trying to give it some greenery outside. I do like that you tried to make the water with waves and what not but for something this size it just didn't work.

(annnnd... I just got a call at work so this next bit will have to be brief)

Overall I think you really stepped up your game. There's still some minor things you can do to really bring it all together. Just kind of "polishing off" in certain places but really what you've got here is a real improvement.

Blurry pics... remember my young padawan, just because you take a pic doesn't mean you have to USE that pic. Keep taking them until it comes out right. (and try to get some more directional lighting so you can light up interiors).

Again, sorry for the brief response but I think you're going the right way. Keep me posted! good luck!
WOW Thanks again! It was a brief response yet so helpful! Thank you!

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| June 1, 2011, 4:08 pm
Hey Chris, I have some more stuff for you to give advice on, a couple of W.I.Ps are there. And mosaic technique.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271977
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| June 1, 2011, 4:21 pm
Mister Phipson, how do the elves get the chocolate chips in the cookies?
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| June 6, 2011, 2:16 pm
When is the MOC-olympics? I've already asked you elsewhere but it doesn't hurt to post the question here too to make sure you see it.

Quoting Mister Bones
Mister Phipson, how do the elves get the chocolate chips in the cookies?


Good question, I was planning on asking that too.
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| June 7, 2011, 4:31 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
Mister Phipson, how do the elves get the chocolate chips in the cookies?


Pagan black magic of course. How else? Be sure to have plenty of sacrificial "innocents" on hand just in case you'd like to try it yourself someday.
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| June 8, 2011, 9:40 am
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Quoting Ben (Flare) .
When is the MOC-olympics? I've already asked you elsewhere but it doesn't hurt to post the question here too to make sure you see it.


Got your message in the other place and answered of course. But it's also good to let people here know as well so...

We'll be starting sign ups, give or take, end of August/begining of September time. Again, this isn't a firm date but more of a ball park. I'll be making announcements here (as well as other places across MOCpages) when the sign ups start.
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| June 8, 2011, 10:12 am
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Hey Chris, I have some more stuff for you to give advice on, a couple of W.I.Ps are there. And mosaic technique.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271977


Because they're linked through Flickr I can't see the pics on my work computer. Sorry for the delay but it'll have to wait till I can get some time at home. I'll get to it as quick as I can. Sorry again.
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| June 9, 2011, 6:51 am
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Quoting Col. Dwight G. Biscuit .
Hi ho Phipsino! *ahem* Here is a moc that is about lighting. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/272175
Im gonna do something with your siggy of a figgy soon.


Well you said that the moc was about lighting technique and I gotta say you nailed it! The mood lighting you used on that really helped set the scene for the moc. As for the build itself, that was really looking up as well. Sure you COULD have gone bigger (next time) or maybe tiled some stuff out or added just a few more details (really liked that crossbar stuff in the background BTW.) but those are just small things and not really worthy of putting into the "improve me" pile. Just more food for thought for future projects.

Overall a nice build with REALLY nice presentation.
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| June 9, 2011, 6:57 am
Hi, Mr. Phipson. I was wondering if I could get some advice on this:

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/264075

In my opinion, it's one of the best MOC's I've made yet. But do you think I should improve/change the main pic? And what could I do to the bike itself? Since it DOES say prototype, after all... Thanks. =)

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| June 9, 2011, 7:37 am
Supreme overlord Phipson!

My new post... Should I add the parental guidance, or is it fine as is?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/273811
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| June 9, 2011, 3:49 pm
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Quoting Andrew Somers
Supreme overlord Phipson!

My new post... Should I add the parental guidance, or is it fine as is?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/273811


It was actually pretty close to the line so just to be safe I went ahead and put the warning on there. Now, it's been there for a while already (your moc) so I think everyone who's gonna see it already has but again, just to be safe. Nice build by the way and it gave me a good chuckle!

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| June 10, 2011, 1:20 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

It was actually pretty close to the line so just to be safe I went ahead and put the warning on there. Now, it's been there for a while already (your moc) so I think everyone who's gonna see it already has but again, just to be safe. Nice build by the way and it gave me a good chuckle!
That's understandable.
Glad you liked it though. Perhaps I should bring it to BW...
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| June 10, 2011, 2:36 pm
Hey Phipson, I'm having trouble using parts that are small and un-commonly used.

I have thought about using them on a Mech or Ship or something like that, but I don't have the pieces to build that sort of thing on a large scale...

Any Tips? I am a Bionicle biulder aswell if that helps.

Thanks
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| June 11, 2011, 12:33 pm
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Quoting AA (Noname)
Hey, Chris! Flare and I are re-organizing and re-arranging the short-lived Israeli LUG (that we originally created), and we are now exapding, so I got some questions about LUGs for the renewed Israeli LUG:

-Are you going to a LUG? If not, why?
-Do the LUGs in your country allow TFOLs to participate?
-Do you know any good ideas for LUG activities?
-What is your favourite activity?
-What do you like in your LUG?
-What are talking about with your LUG-mates?
-What activity is the best for a new LUG that hasn't made even one meeting yet?
-Have you got any general advice for new LUGs?

I'd appreciate it if others will answer too.


Hey there,

First off, I think LUGs are a wonderfull idea! To be able to get together with your friends and share your hobby more than just on line is a great experience. I used to have more time (in my youth) and played role playing games with a bunch of buddies and it was some of the best times that I ever had.

As for LUGs, I'm sadly not a member of one here in the Chicago area. I do know lots of people that are (the main LUG here is the NILTC) and I wish I could be a part of it. Sadly, I just don't have enough free time to devote to going to a LUG anymore. Heck, I'm lucky that I get a few days a year for Brickworld and that's only because it's held about 15 minutes from my house. If there was any traveling involved I'd bet dollars to donughts that I wouldn't have time to go.

I'm sorry that I don't have more information for you but being as I've never been to a LUG meeting and most likely won't in the future... well, you see where this is going.

Perhaps someone else who is part of this group would have more information on LUGs. I know Heath Flor was a member of the Arizona LUG (not sure if he still is) but maybe you could ask him for some advice?

In any event, good luck with your LUG! I think it's a great idea and hope yours works out well!
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| June 12, 2011, 12:39 pm
Quoting AA (Noname)

-Are you going to a LUG? If not, why?
-Do the LUGs in your country allow TFOLs to participate?
-Do you know any good ideas for LUG activities?
-What is your favourite activity?
-What do you like in your LUG?
-What are talking about with your LUG-mates?
-What activity is the best for a new LUG that hasn't made even one meeting yet?
-Have you got any general advice for new LUGs?

I'd appreciate it if others will answer too.

I can speak on behalf of everyone because I'm in a lug.

TFOLS are allowed to participate in LUGS. The usual stipulation is that you must have an adult with you, but in the lug I'm in, my parents just drop me off, say hello, then leave.

The best thing to do in a lug involves the buying of sets to part, sort, and take home.
Basically, each member of the LUG goes out and buys a predetermined set (usually $10 and below) What then happens is that the LUG sorts out the parts into piles, then each person takes a turn to pick one pile of parts they want, up until the point at which there are no parts left.
What I like about my LUG is all of the really great MOCs that people display. LUGS consist mainly of AFOLs, so to be a TFOL in that pool of talent is quite a privilege (I've even met Daniel Jassim, the SHIP guy).
Conversation is usually always Lego-centered; new techniques, what's new on the market, etc.
I'd recommend a regular meet-and-greet in which you all bring MOCs. You may also want to do that activity I described earlier.
Finally, find FOLs around your area that are interested! As it's said, the more the merrier.
Hope that helps!
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| June 12, 2011, 5:31 pm
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Quoting Mark E
If you could check it out it would be great! :D And please critique it (I love it when that happens). http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/271201


Hey Mark,

Not bad at all there. Looks like you've got the beginnings of a story teller going for ya. Here's what I saw that could make things a bit better on your next one.

First, the dialog. What you have IS getting across the points you're trying to make however I think that if you said the lines OUTLOUD (that's the trick, just reading them doesn't do it, read it out loud) you'd be able to find a better flow to it. Also with the dialog it was a bit tricky to figure out if the words were above or below the pic they were meant to be with. I'd suggest putting some more spaces in between so that your reader can easily tell which words go with which pics.

Your builds have a good start to them as well but perhaps a bit more detail in the background stuff would really make the whole scene pop. I did like the little ship that came in at the end. Nice touch there.

The lighting and focus on your pics is really nice so just keep doing what you're doing and improve where you can naturally with time. I would try to tighten up the pics within the frame a bit though. There were a few shots where we could see what I call "background noise." Not sure if it was a desk or carpet or something else but the less we get of that the easier it is to be brought into the world you're creating for us.

Overall a really nice little story and some good presentation. Hopefully my advice will help make a good thing even better!
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| June 13, 2011, 10:55 am
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Quoting AA (Noname)
Message blatantly copied from Mark's thread:
Hey Chris!
I'd like to get some advice and critique about my latest MOC (and about the idea itself).

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/273804


Well let's see here. Build: Good. Presentation: Good. Concept: Brilliant! As long as you keep getting good questions I don't see why this shouldn't be a great little series. The trick is getting good questions. I'll have to jump over there and check things out from time to time. Let me know when you post another of these. I'd like to check it out.
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| June 13, 2011, 11:02 am
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Quoting LegoBob 123
Hey Phipson, I'm having trouble using parts that are small and un-commonly used.

I have thought about using them on a Mech or Ship or something like that, but I don't have the pieces to build that sort of thing on a large scale...

Any Tips? I am a Bionicle biulder aswell if that helps.

Thanks


That's really an open question and is pretty difficult to answer but I'll see if I can at least steer you in the right direction.

A lot of those smaller parts are, as you stated, generally used as greebles on larger mocs like SHIPs and Mechs and what not. Now, the nice thing about Mechs is that they can be just about any size you'd like. You don't have to build a Kescenovitz maasterpiece to be able to use greebles. (of course, I'm not exactly the one you should be asking about greebles since I'm not exactly a greeble master, but I digress).

Another fun use for those smaller parts is to try to do something abstract with them. Take a look at Shannon Ocean's stuff for what I'm talking about. The wonderful thing about Lego is that every part DOES connect to another in some way. The trick now is to find out how those parts all come together to form shapes and designs.

If you'd like some inspiration from a TFOL on using those smaller parts, go check out Ribbit M's stuff. That kid can make some hardsuits and small mechs that'll knock your socks off AND he uses a good amount of greebles on them to boot.

After you've checked out the names I gave ya here, simply do a search for hardsuits and see what pops up. A lot of those kinds of concepts can be combined with your bionicle stuff as well, it's just a matter of finding the right part for the right connection.

Don'thca love this huge explaination for "figure it out" hahaha

Seriously though, to find what those parts are "good for" you have to study the part itself and figure out what kinds of different things it "kinda" looks like and then let your imagination take you from there. After all, that's what this hobby is all about!
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| June 13, 2011, 11:12 am
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Quoting Athanasios Lazarou
Hi, Mr. Phipson. I was wondering if I could get some advice on this:

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/264075

In my opinion, it's one of the best MOC's I've made yet. But do you think I should improve/change the main pic? And what could I do to the bike itself? Since it DOES say prototype, after all... Thanks. =)


The main pic is about the ONLY thing I can give advice on here. I think it REALLY takes away from just how cool the moc itself is! With something that good you should really showcase that, not some computer graphic. People aren't going to know how good the moc is by what the main pic is now.

When I clicked on it I saw the main pic and was like "meh..." but then when I saw the moc it was like "wow!" That is one BAD bike you got there, I'd show that off and forget the computer graphic stuff.

Good luck!
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| June 13, 2011, 11:31 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

That's really an open question and is pretty difficult to answer but I'll see if I can at least steer you in the right direction.

A lot of those smaller parts are, as you stated, generally used as greebles on larger mocs like SHIPs and Mechs and what not. Now, the nice thing about Mechs is that they can be just about any size you'd like. You don't have to build a Kescenovitz maasterpiece to be able to use greebles. (of course, I'm not exactly the one you should be asking about greebles since I'm not exactly a greeble master, but I digress).

Another fun use for those smaller parts is to try to do something abstract with them. Take a look at Shannon Ocean's stuff for what I'm talking about. The wonderful thing about Lego is that every part DOES connect to another in some way. The trick now is to find out how those parts all come together to form shapes and designs.

If you'd like some inspiration from a TFOL on using those smaller parts, go check out Ribbit M's stuff. That kid can make some hardsuits and small mechs that'll knock your socks off AND he uses a good amount of greebles on them to boot.

After you've checked out the names I gave ya here, simply do a search for hardsuits and see what pops up. A lot of those kinds of concepts can be combined with your bionicle stuff as well, it's just a matter of finding the right part for the right connection.

Don'thca love this huge explaination for "figure it out" hahaha

Seriously though, to find what those parts are "good for" you have to study the part itself and figure out what kinds of different things it "kinda" looks like and then let your imagination take you from there. After all, that's what this hobby is all about!

Great, thanks a bunch Chris! I'll search up Mechs just after. Again thanks for the advice. I was thinking about doing small bots with them, just today actually after seeing what awesome Pokemon you can make.

Thanks!

~LegoBob
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| June 13, 2011, 11:37 am
Already posted this in the Critique Column, but I had no idea Chris was giving out advice in this thread.

In an advice group...

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/274386
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| June 13, 2011, 1:12 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

The main pic is about the ONLY thing I can give advice on here. I think it REALLY takes away from just how cool the moc itself is! With something that good you should really showcase that, not some computer graphic. People aren't going to know how good the moc is by what the main pic is now.

When I clicked on it I saw the main pic and was like "meh..." but then when I saw the moc it was like "wow!" That is one BAD bike you got there, I'd show that off and forget the computer graphic stuff.

Good luck!


Thanks. =)

But what do you think? Should it be from the back of the bike, (my fav. view) or from the front?

The back looks really nice, but the front actually shows how the bike really looks...


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| June 14, 2011, 4:05 am
Quoting Chris Phipson


Is this better?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/264075

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| June 14, 2011, 4:54 am
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Just to let everyone know, I'll be at brickworld for the next few days and won't have a lot of time to check in here (I'll still have time to do my moderation stuff but you won't "see me" around for a few days).

Have a good weekend everyone and I'll get Brickworld pics posted as soon as I can next week!
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| June 17, 2011, 10:34 am
Hello Chris "phipsonator" Phipson,
im starting work on my largest Moc to date and realy want to exsperiment with topography, the study of different heights in nature. Im wondering what advice you can give to adding the topographic feature to my Moc, i know "plates ontop of plates" but is there a trick of hint to a more natural look and feel(hint hint, its a desert)
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| June 27, 2011, 1:42 am
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Quoting Mr. Black's Market >.>
Hello Chris "phipsonator" Phipson,
im starting work on my largest Moc to date and realy want to exsperiment with topography, the study of different heights in nature. Im wondering what advice you can give to adding the topographic feature to my Moc, i know "plates ontop of plates" but is there a trick of hint to a more natural look and feel(hint hint, its a desert)


A desert huh? Ok, since you're already familiar with the plate on plate approach let's talk about shaping those plates. Deserts are very barren of course and the winds create dunes (duh, this is 2nd grade stuff right?) What you're going to want to do is figure out which way your wind has been blowing recently.

Say your wind has been blowing from west to east, you'll want to have a more gradual slope on the dune from west to east with a more dramatic drop on the east side. Now, I'm not saying "cliff face" here, but you should be able to tell the difference between the two sides by simply glancing at it. If all your dunes are "slanted" in the same direction it's going to give a more believeable feel to the whole moc.

Now, I'm not sure what your funding situation is but if you have the money (and not many do so don't worry if you don't) tiling a desert would look REALLY cool. But remember, if you don't have enough tiles to tile the ENTIRE thing, then don't mix it (tiled with studded). It just doesn't look right.

Hope this advice helps and I'd love to see the finished product when you're done!

~Chris.

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| June 28, 2011, 12:04 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson


Thankyou so much Chris, the idea of wind hadnt crossed my mint until you mentioned it, thankyou. I've started designing the "main" building, well.... the "tower" atleast. Thankyou for the help, I hope youll take a look at the WIP Moc's, about three major ones in total.
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| June 29, 2011, 12:27 am
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Quoting Mr. Black's Market >.>

Thankyou so much Chris, the idea of wind hadnt crossed my mint until you mentioned it, thankyou. I've started designing the "main" building, well.... the "tower" atleast. Thankyou for the help, I hope youll take a look at the WIP Moc's, about three major ones in total.


No problem. Don't forget to add the same wind swept look to the structure as well. Give me a link when you get it posted!
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| June 29, 2011, 7:18 am
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Quoting AA (Noname)
Hey, Chris!
When you build a not-so-big diorama (32x32), how do you start? Are there any stages?
I blatantly copied my question from Mark's thread.


Honestly, I don't start with a size in mind. I usually get a basic idea in my head about what I want the final product to look like and then I just let the bricks guide what the finished product will looks like.

As for the logistics of building on a large scale one of the main things you're going to want to pay attention to is base structure. Nothing's more frustrating than getting halfway done with a build and you're on the "top level" and you find out that you didn't make the base structure strong enough. You go to push in that 1x2 and BOOM, the whole thing comes crashing down and all of a sudden you've got your hand down inside what used to be a building.

The best piece of advice I can give is to start at ground level and work your way up, keeping well in mind how tall your structures are going to be and planning accordingly with a solid interior.

Hope that helps and good luck!
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| June 29, 2011, 7:24 am
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Quoting AA (Noname)
Hey, Chris!
When you build a not-so-big diorama (32x32), how do you start? Are there any stages?
I blatantly copied my question from Mark's thread.


Oh, another thing I wanted to mention...

If you're building more "landscape" and not buildings...

When doing water. Number ONE rule. Make SURE the water is the lowest elevation of the build! Nothing looks worse than having a shoreline with water above it. Pay close attention to how nature works here. I've seen so many good ideas go bad because nature wasn't taken into account (or ignored).

Hope these tips helped!
~Chris.
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| June 29, 2011, 7:27 am
I was wondering if you have any suggestions for this tree. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/277224
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| June 29, 2011, 2:48 pm
Supreme Overlord Commander, sir, do you know if you'll be going to brickcon this year? Or is one convention enough for now?
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| July 2, 2011, 12:00 pm
Quoting Caleb S
I have been waiting to be let into the "CFOL" group for almost a year now! what should I do? I tried getting the admin's atention by telling them I waiting when I comment on there MOC's

That's my fault, it is my responsibility to oversee any entries into the group I'll let you in at once
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| July 2, 2011, 12:32 pm
I'm making a 2nd version of my "Minibots" and I'm having a lot of trouble with the legs just like last time. I keep on making good legs, their not skinny enough. I took a picture of what I have so far so you can get an idea of the size:
http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/16731/13098117421_SPLASH.jpg
I also want to make the knees bendable just like a human joint.
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| July 4, 2011, 5:14 pm
Chris, I've recently rekindled my love affair with Lego, and have only made a few moc's thus far, but I was interested in some feedback and what I can do to improve.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/273494

That's my newest. I am also working on better lighting and better Photoshop color and contrast to give a better presentation. Any feedback is welcome!
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| July 4, 2011, 11:59 pm
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Quoting Jag .
I'm making a 2nd version of my "Minibots" and I'm having a lot of trouble with the legs just like last time. I keep on making good legs, their not skinny enough. I took a picture of what I have so far so you can get an idea of the size: also want to make the knees bendable just like a human joint.


Sorry for the delay... been saying that a lot recently I've noticed. Anyway, that top looks really nice! As for how to make legs that work at that scale there's a few options. You can either go the "bionicle" type route (which of course I know very little about but have seen it done with great effect).

Your other option is something along the lines of what I did in my Epsilon Zeta post:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/246986

(See link in next comment for closeup of what I'm talking about. Adding link here makes the text run over)


Now granted I didn't have knee joints in those but using the same concept you should be able to come up with something that would work.

Please give me a link when you're done so I can check it out!
~C.

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| July 8, 2011, 9:48 am
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Quoting Kayne _
Chris, I've recently rekindled my love affair with Lego, and have only made a few moc's thus far, but I was interested in some feedback and what I can do to improve.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/273494

That's my newest. I am also working on better lighting and better Photoshop color and contrast to give a better presentation. Any feedback is welcome!


Wow man, you don't need my help at all! That's looking really good! You already talked about trying to improve your photography (which really isn't that bad to begin with) and presentation so... all that's left I guess... is to add you to my fav builders list.

Welcome out of your darkage and can't wait to see more outta you as your skill develops!
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| July 8, 2011, 9:55 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Mmkay, this'll probably get misunderstood as advertising, but anyway: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/243531
Legs.
And arms, torsos, turrets and assorted implements for the spreading of murder, arson and jaywalking, not to mention the alarm and despondency.
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| July 8, 2011, 10:02 am
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Quoting Areetsa C
Mmkay, this'll probably get misunderstood as advertising, but anyway: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/243531
Legs.
And arms, torsos, turrets and assorted implements for the spreading of murder, arson and jaywalking, not to mention the alarm and despondency.


Hey, those are great! My favorite was the Wraith.

And it's not advertising, it's helping which is what this group's all about!
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| July 10, 2011, 1:26 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Wow man, you don't need my help at all! That's looking really good! You already talked about trying to improve your photography (which really isn't that bad to begin with) and presentation so... all that's left I guess... is to add you to my fav builders list.

Welcome out of your darkage and can't wait to see more outta you as your skill develops!


Well thank you sir! That means a lot to me. I'm trying to incorporate some more details into the builds, rather than just boring walls, or unblemished lines. The great builds that I see are usually from the builders that know how to add enough to be realistic and too much to be overly busy
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| July 10, 2011, 3:42 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Alright thanks! I don't really have bionicle but i'll make sure I get you that link when it's done!
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| July 12, 2011, 11:16 pm
How could I make this, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/280210 Apartment Corner better?
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| July 15, 2011, 12:48 pm
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Quoting Jag .
How could I make this, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/280210 Apartment Corner better?


You're really starting to show some improvement man! Nice stuff. You've already got a good eye for detail so I won't be focusing on that (things like the cheese slopes were a nice touch).

My only piece of advice here would be maybe to add a couple more windows to the top floor? I say that 'cause it's an apartment building and people generally like to see out of them.

And that's about as nit picky as I can get here. You're work is really coming along and you are learning with each build!

~Chris.
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| July 15, 2011, 6:16 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

You're really starting to show some improvement man! Nice stuff. You've already got a good eye for detail so I won't be focusing on that (things like the cheese slopes were a nice touch).

My only piece of advice here would be maybe to add a couple more windows to the top floor? I say that 'cause it's an apartment building and people generally like to see out of them.

And that's about as nit picky as I can get here. You're work is really coming along and you are learning with each build!

~Chris.

Thanks! I try to get more windows.
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| July 17, 2011, 1:17 pm
A few years ago a friend an I had custom "buddy icons" with the red 1x1 brick and blue bar with our names in them. A few days after I began using it you told me to remove it as it was a privilege reserved for the admins and I did, but lately I've been seeing more and more people using them, can I dust off mine and bring it back then?
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| August 22, 2011, 8:34 pm
My newest creation got Across MOCpages, so I thought I'd ask what could make it better.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/282823
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| August 29, 2011, 9:07 pm
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Quoting Jag .
My newest creation got Across MOCpages, so I thought I'd ask what could make it better.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/282823


Like I said in the chat room when we were in there. The only thing I can think of in the grand scheme of things would be to extend the video game area back a bit so that when you look at it from the "living room" you get a forced perspective and it looks like you're looking at a real game within the moc.

Other than that it's a great concept and I look forward to seeing where you go from here.
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| August 30, 2011, 4:07 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
A few years ago a friend an I had custom "buddy icons" with the red 1x1 brick and blue bar with our names in them. A few days after I began using it you told me to remove it as it was a privilege reserved for the admins and I did, but lately I've been seeing more and more people using them, can I dust off mine and bring it back then?


I'd say hold off for now... only because once Sean gets this whole "crash" thing under control and everything's back to normal, he'll start noticing things like that and he'll ask us (Mark and I) to go around and have everyone remove them. Wouldn't want you brought into the crosshairs for the wrong reasons ya know. I'm not telling you "not to," it's just my advice on the situation.
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| August 30, 2011, 4:10 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Like I said in the chat room when we were in there. The only thing I can think of in the grand scheme of things would be to extend the video game area back a bit so that when you look at it from the "living room" you get a forced perspective and it looks like you're looking at a real game within the moc.

Other than that it's a great concept and I look forward to seeing where you go from here.

Alright thanks!
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| August 30, 2011, 7:53 pm
I was thinking that since the main reasons that we get on is the chance to run into somebody " famous" so why not have an advice chat room? Where we could hope like kIda at Christmas to chat with a famous afol. Just a thought, hey by the way I wanted to thank you personally and the whole team for your work recovering all the photos and groups across the pages I know it's long overdue and I'm sorry for that so, thank you for all your hard work over the past month and I hope I won't be the last to say so.
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| August 30, 2011, 10:19 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
I was thinking that since the main reasons that we get on is the chance to run into somebody " famous" so why not have an advice chat room? Where we could hope like kIda at Christmas to chat with a famous afol. Just a thought, hey by the way I wanted to thank you personally and the whole team for your work recovering all the photos and groups across the pages I know it's long overdue and I'm sorry for that so, thank you for all your hard work over the past month and I hope I won't be the last to say so.


There's a chat room for the MocOlympics. I try to get in there as often as I can... which isn't nearly often enough mind you, but I try. If you want to talk "live" with some AFOLs that's the best bet. We all try to get in there as often as we can.
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| September 1, 2011, 11:58 am
Hey Mr. Phipson if you ever have the time I would love for you to see this, and tell me what you think, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/286956. -Paulo R. FDNY 343







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| September 12, 2011, 5:56 pm
Do you know of a good (and cheap) Lego set that comes with a lot of grey "car friendly" parts? When I say "car friendly" I mean parts that would be useful for car builders like Firas Abu-Jaber.

Thank you!
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| September 12, 2011, 9:28 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders
Do you know of a good (and cheap) Lego set that comes with a lot of grey "car friendly" parts? When I say "car friendly" I mean parts that would be useful for car builders like Firas Abu-Jaber.

Thank you!


I wish I did. To be honest, I haven't had NEARLY the kind of time recently that I'd like to have devoted to the brick. Real life has a way of rearing it's ugly head sometimes and I haven't even LOOKED at Lego on the shelf since like... June maybe? What I'm saying is I'm out of the loop when it comes to what's on the shelves right now.

I wish I could help more but I just don't know. Maybe someone else here would have better insight? Anyone feel free to chime in and help him out!


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| September 15, 2011, 9:37 am
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Quoting Paulo Rodriguez
Hey Mr. Phipson if you ever have the time I would love for you to see this, and tell me what you think, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/286956. -Paulo R. FDNY 343


A nice forced perspective shot and a VERY nice tribute. Thank you for sharing.
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| September 15, 2011, 9:38 am
I would appreciate it if you could comment on this MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/286172

Thank you!
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| October 2, 2011, 10:49 am
How could I improve this MOC?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290293
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| October 5, 2011, 11:35 pm
I'm not here to ask for comments or anything, but please can you take a look at this http://mocpages.com/moc.php/290636 and tell me if the links works or not? I got a comment saying that the links don't work, but they work fine for me, and I can't figure out a reason why they wouldn't work.
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| October 8, 2011, 3:27 pm
Quoting 'EMP' Phazonix (Grand council of the BoTC) .

Your link directories will just lead the reader back to their specific spot on the Moc, if not a refresh of the main picture of the Moc itself. The only way to get an 'interactive' Moc like that to work would be to make each scene and it's respective choices an individual moc, because you can't really link an image URL inside of a singular moc, because then you're just getting a picture as opposed to the story background.

...So, in Layman's terms, your links are 'broken' they just have invalid pathways for what you want.

I used the same code as Flare used on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/274458, and he didn't get any comments saying that the links didn't work.


They works fine for me, I think I have found out that the links only works on Internet Explorer. I tried on Firefox, they didn't work at all, but here must be a way to get the links to work on Firefox, too.
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| October 8, 2011, 4:24 pm
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Quoting E.K.O .
I'm not here to ask for comments or anything, but please can you take a look at this http://mocpages.com/moc.php/290636 and tell me if the links works or not? I got a comment saying that the links don't work, but they work fine for me, and I can't figure out a reason why they wouldn't work.


The links work fine for me. And cool concept there!
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| October 10, 2011, 8:49 am
Hey Phipson, would you mind giving some advice on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290831 I would really appreciate it.
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| October 10, 2011, 9:12 am
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Quoting Seth (Jag .)
How could I improve this MOC?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290293


Aside from just going bigger (which is a parts issue, not skill) there's not a whole lot there that needs improving. A couple of nitpiks that I could point out would be in the interior.

The studed floor kinda breaks up the flow from the smooth tiled exterior. Again, this may be a parts issue so I'm not "dinging" you on that but something to think about for the future. Also on the "bookshelf," I would have made the lines go vertical instead of horizontal. I know you didn't have a "bookshelf" in mind when you built it, but even then, the lines would have flowed better vertical. The rest of the furniture looks great so nice work there (and I liked the houseplant).

Think more in terms of smooth lines that are "easy on the eyes" at this scale. Hope that helped and good luck!
~Chris.
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| October 10, 2011, 10:13 am
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Quoting Owen S.
Hey Phipson, would you mind giving some advice on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290831 I would really appreciate it.


I dunno... maybe some tassels on the handles and a little bell? Seriously it looks great! Adding this to a little "town" moc would be a really nice touch. Maybe do some in some different color schemes? Like white and pink and have a little girl next to it? (there's not enough "girls" in Lego so it would add just that little bit extra)

Can we tell I have a 4 year old daughter...?

Seriously, it looks really nice. I know you said you weren't good at motorcycles but this could have passed for one easily. Keep it up!
~Chris.
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| October 10, 2011, 10:19 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I dunno... maybe some tassels on the handles and a little bell? Seriously it looks great! Adding this to a little "town" moc would be a really nice touch. Maybe do some in some different color schemes? Like white and pink and have a little girl next to it? (there's not enough "girls" in Lego so it would add just that little bit extra)

Can we tell I have a 4 year old daughter...?

Seriously, it looks really nice. I know you said you weren't good at motorcycles but this could have passed for one easily. Keep it up!
~Chris.

Thanks for the advice! You're right, it would look nice in a town moc... I think I'll try that!
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| October 10, 2011, 12:43 pm
Can you comment on my Pagani Zonda S Roadster? Thank you!
Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/291333
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| October 15, 2011, 10:41 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Thanks!
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| October 16, 2011, 4:05 pm
Didn't read, too many words are capitalized. You might want to look into fixing that.
You're only supposed to capitalize names and the first word in a sentence.
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| October 21, 2011, 11:38 pm
Quoting Areetsa C
Didn't read, too many words are capitalized. You might want to look into fixing that.
You're only supposed to capitalize names and the first word in a sentence.

Yup, it's like every word is a sentence.
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| October 22, 2011, 1:24 am
Can you comment on this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/293068? Thank you!
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| October 28, 2011, 9:56 pm
Hey! I built one of my entries for MIT and got kicked out, but of course the other entry was great. What could I have done to make a better entry?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/294610
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| November 25, 2011, 8:14 am
Hey Mr. Phipson,
Im from gemany so I hope you can understand me.

This is my first try of a kind of landscaping. I did two rocks and a wave but it could be really better. I tried all but I didnt build something cool. So could you give me some advice to the wave and to the rocks? I would feel very honored if you could take the time and help me.
Here's the link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/295915

Thanks
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| November 25, 2011, 8:21 am
Hey this might be a bit irrelevant but I'm planning a contest after new year's and I was wondering if this overlapped any site-wide major contests? thanks!
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| November 27, 2011, 6:49 pm
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Quoting Steve The Squid
Hey this might be a bit irrelevant but I'm planning a contest after new year's and I was wondering if this overlapped any site-wide major contests? thanks!


None that I have planned. Of course there's always other contests going on so I can't say for sure that it won't be running at the same time as ANY contest but, nothing like the Olympics or MocAthalon.

Good luck!

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| November 28, 2011, 7:29 am
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Moved from "Help Group."

Quoting C. Warfare
I recently had a conversation with one of my friends and he said that anyone that MOCs has no life. I obviously objected to his remark but what do you think?


Well sir, there's a lot of debate about things like that. Let's see...

Speaking from personal experience, I have a full time and a part time job (totalling about 60 to 70 hours work a week) and a family that I actually spend quality time with and then I have MOCpages as well (not including building, just moderating). I personally feel my life is fullfilling, but that's also a matter of opinion.

Now, that being said... How many people are constantly looking up football stats and spending endless hours following their favorite players or teams? Are they actually accomplishing anything? The short answer is no, they're not (nothing against football of course but we're looking at the "production value" of hobbies here).

Those of us in the MOC hobby actually produce some sort of product and it happens to be our chosen hobby. I use football as a general example but it can be applied to ANY pasttime. Stamp collecting, needlepoint, jogging... pick one, it doesn't matter. These people who say that moccers have no life (and please don't "reply" to these comments because I'll have to moderate it for that line) I'm SURE have SOME sort of hobby, whatever it happens to be. Does that mean that THEY have "no life" because they have chosen a hobby that happens to be something different that yours?

We all choose to spend out time differently, that's one of the wonderfull things about being human. We all have different likes and dislikes and simply choosing something that you enjoy that some others don't doesn't mean that you have "no life."

This of course isn't a "free pass" to go tell others that they have no life simply because the hobby they choose isn't the same as yours. Trust me, I've had MANY conversations with people about certain hobbies and have had "LEGO nerds" tell me that certain other hobbies mean that that person is a nerd or a geek and I've told them "ummm... you play with plastic blocks dude, you have no room to talk."

The overall concept here is acceptance. The easiest and best way to deal with this person is not to debate them (that's what they want. They think it's funny to get a rise out of you by attacking your chosen hobby). The simple answer is "Hey, that's the hobby I've chosen, what's yours?" When they tell you say "Ok, that's what you choose to do, I'll do mine." (don't use these exact words of course, but more as a guideline).

I've been rambling enough here... hopefully some of this made sense. There's PLENTY of us here in this hobby that have lives outside of the Lego hobby. Doctors, dentists, teachers, chefs, artists, engineers and so many other working professionals that there's no way to list them all. Short answer, we have lives, and choose to spend them doing what we love. If someone can't accept that it's THEIR problem, not yours.

Good luck!
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| November 28, 2011, 7:49 am
^^ Nicely said. I'll remember that next time I get that funny "You play with Legos?" look.
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| November 28, 2011, 6:23 pm
Quoting Ru Corder
I'll remember that next time I get that funny "You play with Legos?" look.

I have no social life outside of MOC Pages. I never get that question...
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| November 28, 2011, 6:31 pm
What was your reaction to the "Adult Hobbyist Of Legos" title? Personally I think its hilarious and will certainly call myself that. Oh! And do you actually use the word "dude" in normal conversation?
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| November 28, 2011, 6:58 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
What was your reaction to the "Adult Hobbyist Of Legos" title? Personally I think its hilarious and will certainly call myself that. Oh! And do you actually use the word "dude" in normal conversation?


Well I certainly am one... just ask my wife.

And to answer your question, occasionally, if the situation calls for it dude.
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| November 29, 2011, 8:59 am
Hey Chris, a neighbor with a 7 year old daughter was told by our local Lego store clerk that Lego was discontinuing the whole Belville line. But I'm thinking he was either wrong, or just talking about the one store. Lego's site has 4 Belville sets for sale. I grant you that's a paltry number, and some are marked out of stock for a couple weeks, but they aren't labeled discontinued or hard to find items. Is anything known about this.
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| December 1, 2011, 4:37 pm
Quoting Tom Simon
Hey Chris, a neighbour with a 7 year old daughter was told by our local Lego store clerk that Lego was discontinuing the whole Belville line. But I'm thinking he was either wrong, or just talking about the one store. Lego's site has 4 Belville sets for sale. I grant you that's a paltry number, and some are marked out of stock for a couple weeks, but they aren't labelled discontinued or hard to find items. Is anything known about this.


hope no one minds but I did some research on this.

There is conflicting information about this line on-line, the most recent products were created as long ago as 2008, which might suggest Lego have simply been using up old stock up to now. Most "for girl" brands have only lasted between 3-6 years and this one has been around since 2005, so I strongly suspect while the Lego website doesn't say the line has been discontinued officially, it may be that new sets aren't being made.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belville_%28Lego%29

the Brickipedia website claims no new sets have been added since 2010, and also assume the line has been discontinued as a result.

http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Belville

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| December 2, 2011, 10:27 am
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Quoting Tom Simon
Hey Chris, a neighbor with a 7 year old daughter was told by our local Lego store clerk that Lego was discontinuing the whole Belville line. But I'm thinking he was either wrong, or just talking about the one store. Lego's site has 4 Belville sets for sale. I grant you that's a paltry number, and some are marked out of stock for a couple weeks, but they aren't labeled discontinued or hard to find items. Is anything known about this.


I'm pretty sure what Andros said is correct. I don't think they're making any more. However... since I work part time at the store (yes kids, Phippy is technically a "Lego Employee" now. Well part time, couple days a week)... I'll look into it and get back to you (alzheimers permitting).

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| December 2, 2011, 10:34 am
Quoting andros tempest

hope no one minds but I did some research on this.


Thanks Andros and Chris. I got confused by the fact that a set on Lego's shopping site says out of stock but expected availability in 2 weeks. So even if they are not designing new sets, does that indicate to you that at least they manufacture more of the old designs when they actually get sold out? Or do you think that, by coincidence, this exact month, or Nov, marked the final demise of any Beliville availability?
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| December 2, 2011, 11:47 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I'm pretty sure what Andros said is correct. I don't think they're making any more. However... since I work part time at the store (yes kids, Phippy is technically a "Lego Employee" now. Well part time, couple days a week)... I'll look into it and get back to you (alzheimers permitting).


Thanks Chris. As above in my reply to Andros. So you are doing part time at the Lego store? You used your status as a cop to fool them into trusting you around all that Lego? Is the self control you need to show exhausting you?

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| December 2, 2011, 11:50 am
Hey chris could you tell me what you think of this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/297708
It's just king of hard for me to get alot of small greebles to make the engine look better do ou have any advice?
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| December 2, 2011, 11:55 am
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Quoting Tom Simon

Is the self control you need to show exhausting you?


You have NO idea...
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| December 2, 2011, 2:06 pm
Chris, I know this might not be the right place to let you know this, but this guy called Oliver King keeps inviting me to this group: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/15204.
I have told him twice to not inviting me, but he keeps inviting me anyway, and I just got my 7th invite.

This is not a big problem but it's getting annoying.
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| December 2, 2011, 5:26 pm
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Ya know, I'm developing a severe nervous twitch whenever a certain name gets mentioned...
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| December 3, 2011, 6:14 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Ya know, I'm developing a severe nervous twitch whenever a certain name gets mentioned...


you are certainly not alone. I know it probably isn't going to do much good, but could someone in authority, give him some pointers on the basic etiquette around here. Stuff like not posting multiple ads for his groups in help threads, not sending out multiple invitations to the same person, that sort of thing. He's obviously either very young, has "issues" or is taking the mickey, which ever it is once he's had enough friendly warnings after that it has to be blatantly a wind up and therefore trolling.

I'm starting off from the place that "he knows no better" but I'm fast loosing patience.

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| December 3, 2011, 6:59 am
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Quoting andros tempest

you are certainly not alone. I know it probably isn't going to do much good, but could someone in authority, give him some pointers on the basic etiquette around here. Stuff like not posting multiple ads for his groups in help threads, not sending out multiple invitations to the same person, that sort of thing. He'd obviously either very young, has "issues" or is taking the mickey, which ever it is once he's had enough friendly warnings after that it has to be blatantly a wind up and therefore trolling.

I'm starting off from the place that "he knows no better" but I'm fast loosing patience.


I know from conversations with him, that he's currently eight years old. (Or at least was a few weeks back.) There are all kinds of maturity levels at that age, along with social skills. I'm still trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, but we're all loosing patience.

When does someone's behavior reach such a point of disruption for the group that the individual needs to be removed? Don't know if I have a solid answer, but he's on very thin ice.

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| December 4, 2011, 6:14 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso
Don't know if I have a solid answer, but he's on very thin ice.


And the temp is slowly rising...

We ALL agree that this may be getting to the breaking point on the behaviours... I've even gotten emails from members talking about this guy. we'll keep an eye on it and if things keep going down this same path there may need to be an intervention.
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| December 4, 2011, 8:05 am
I feel a bit bad talking about anyone like this, as to be fair it's very likely he will be able to read our comments. But at the same time I'd rather it be public that his behaviour is unacceptable, than pretend there isn't an issue.

I've got serious concerns that an 8 year old should have unsupervised access to the internet. I know there are different levels of maturity, I'm not seeing those in evidence here. I have to question, what do his parents/guardians think of his behaviour? do they think it's acceptable to break the rules and use your age and inexperience as an excuse to avoid punishment?

He seems like a nice kid, just looking for attention. But he's getting it for all the wrong reasons.
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| December 4, 2011, 8:46 am
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Quoting RC 1710 "Deff"
Hey Mr. Phipson,
Im from gemany so I hope you can understand me.

This is my first try of a kind of landscaping. I did two rocks and a wave but it could be really better. I tried all but I didnt build something cool. So could you give me some advice to the wave and to the rocks? I would feel very honored if you could take the time and help me.
Here's the link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/295915

Thanks


Sorry for the time delay here.

As for the moc, I can already see that you are trying "different" approaches to the brick. Having some of the brick attach at different angles (instead of the typical lined up, one on top of the other fashion) is a good start. I think your issue right now is parts quantity which, over time, will work itself out. In the mean time, the way you're approaching things is surely on the right track. I also liked the "special effects" with the lasers from the blasters. Nice start overall and once your collection grows a bit I think you'll be able to get some nice stuff posted!

Good luck!
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| December 4, 2011, 10:28 am
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Quoting Seth (Jag .)
Hey! I built one of my entries for MIT and got kicked out, but of course the other entry was great. What could I have done to make a better entry?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/294610


Hey Seth,

Sorry for the delay,

As for improvements... In my opinion, the moc looks... sparse? Maybe a little unfinished? It's like you had a good concept and then got about half way done with it and decided you didn't want to finish. I know that's not what you REALLY were thinking, but it's kind of how it comes across.

As for how to improve that... maybe some more ships? Not talking a fleet of course but the Norse were well known for their sea faring so adding a few more boats would have helped spruse it up a bit. I also would have added a larger shoreline and had a village in there with some huts (or whatever the Norse called their buildings... too lazy to look it up now). Also, the serpent looks nice but he's a little too... static. Maybe try positioning him more for the attack on one of those ships.

Overall it wasn't a bad entry at all but you did ask where it could have gone better. Hope this advice helped a bit and we hope to see you in the MocAthalon next March! I think you'd be a good addition to any of the teams!

Good luck!


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| December 4, 2011, 10:41 am
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Quoting The Colonel .
Yo Phipsonator! When will the good ole' Doc put up another Christmas Party MOC?


He's busy with other large projects and most likely won't be doing anything like that. As for being scarred... if you see a PG rating on a moc my advice is don't click on it. That my friend, is what the rating system is for.
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| December 8, 2011, 6:59 am
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Quoting Dave '
Hey Chris!

Could u please tell me what I could improve on this? Thanks bro!

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/259703


Not bad overall. I'd suggest maybe making the cab another stud longer so the fig can fit more comfortably. He looks kinda squished in there now.

But overall a nice little moc!

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| December 8, 2011, 7:02 am
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Quoting The Active One .
Yo!
I need some advice on this:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288800

Thanks.

--The Active One--


Well, I can say that you've gotten the "tutorial" part of it down with no problems. Good one there. You show each piece and how and where it goes step by step. My next step where I you, would be to improve and rework the design a bit. There's nothing "wrong" with it now but adding more detail and fleshing it out a bit wouldn't hurt. You've got a good start and I think adding the step by step stuff is pretty cool! Keep em coming and just try to expound on what you've already done.

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| December 8, 2011, 7:06 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Hey Seth,

Sorry for the delay,

As for improvements... In my opinion, the moc looks... sparse? Maybe a little unfinished? It's like you had a good concept and then got about half way done with it and decided you didn't want to finish. I know that's not what you REALLY were thinking, but it's kind of how it comes across.

As for how to improve that... maybe some more ships? Not talking a fleet of course but the Norse were well known for their sea faring so adding a few more boats would have helped spruse it up a bit. I also would have added a larger shoreline and had a village in there with some huts (or whatever the Norse called their buildings... too lazy to look it up now). Also, the serpent looks nice but he's a little too... static. Maybe try positioning him more for the attack on one of those ships.

Overall it wasn't a bad entry at all but you did ask where it could have gone better. Hope this advice helped a bit and we hope to see you in the MocAthalon next March! I think you'd be a good addition to any of the teams!

Good luck!


Thanks!
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| December 11, 2011, 8:02 am
Hi,

Can you please give me some advice/comment on my latest animation? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/301391

Thank you,

Lego Builder Jr.
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| December 24, 2011, 7:23 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders
Hi,

Can you please give me some advice/comment on my latest animation? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/301391

Thank you,

Lego Builder Jr.


Ok, umm... wow! Seems like you've got the animation thing down! Gotta admit though, I half expected the Benny Hill theme song to start playing at different parts in it haha.

This is looking really good and you're only gonna get better the more you practice with it so I'd say you're on the right track.

The only thing I noticed that could be done better (and this is SO minor that it's almost not worth mentioning, but since you asked for areas of improvement...) Try to keep track of your lighting a bit. There was a reflection in the wall throughout the first part and it was very visible that the light (sun) was changing position during the photo shoot. Other than that, you're golden man! Keep up the good work!

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| December 27, 2011, 11:04 am
Is it too late to sign up for this years mocathon? If not, How do I sign up?
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| December 29, 2011, 10:29 pm
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Quoting Ben King
Is it too late to sign up for this years mocathon? If not, How do I sign up?


MocAthalon sign ups won't start until Feb. You've got time still. Mark your calander!
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| December 30, 2011, 8:18 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

MocAthalon sign ups won't start until Feb. You've got time still. Mark your calander!

Alright, Thanks.
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| December 30, 2011, 9:12 am
What advice do you have for this MOC? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/302224

Also, I hope you don't mind, but how about this other hardsuit I recently made?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/302548
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| January 1, 2012, 5:06 pm
Hey could you give me some advice on everything in my WIP The Beauty of Nature? It's on the front page of this group and it has a pic of a small waterfall, Thanks!
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| January 1, 2012, 6:15 pm
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