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For what it's worth... Phipson's thread.
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Alright boys and girls, time for a new Phippy thread.

Questions, comments, concerns or need advice? Anything at all let me know and we'll do our best to help you out.

Also, on a personal note, allow me to apologize for not really posting anything (mocs) over the last few months. I've been working on our BrickWorld collaborative layout for this year's show and haven't had time to work on any smaller creations.

And while I can't tell you WHAT the project is, I can tell you that my small portion of it measures 144 studs by 144 studs (surface area) and is approximately 4 and a half feet tall... And unlike Minas Tirith from last year's collab, I'm doing this one by myself (God I WISH I had Kelso helping me with this one...). And also, unlike my Isengard build (which was about the same dimensions I just gave for this project), this one doesn't have a whole lot of "just plates" area that's open and unused. Wish me luck!

Be on the lookout for the post mid-June (probably the week after BrickWorld) when you'll for sure be flooded with posts about the collaborative, the mocs and the event itself. If you're interested in BrickWorld and are thinking of coming then I can't recommend it highly enough! Hope to see some of you there!

Now then... I've blabbed on long enough. Whatcha got for me?
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| April 27, 2012, 7:39 am
Hey Chris, if I were thinking of making something similar to what you are building now, how would you suggest I go about this?
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| April 27, 2012, 8:06 am
I asked mark this a while back but I wanna ask you

Why don't you mods have self mocs (Bionicle what else?)
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| April 27, 2012, 8:09 am
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Hey Chris, if I were thinking of making something similar to what you are building now, how would you suggest I go about this?


First, move the cars out of the garage...

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| April 27, 2012, 8:12 am
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Quoting Leaith !
I asked mark this a while back but I wanna ask you

Why don't you mods have self mocs (Bionicle what else?)


Well... I can't build with Bionicle to save my life (Exhibit A: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/191271) and it's really just not my thing. Most of us DO have "sig-figs" that we use (you can see mine all over the place) but as for Bionicle, again, just not my gig.
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| April 27, 2012, 8:15 am
I'm not sure this is what you had in mind when you said "go bigger", but your feedback would be greatly appreciated!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/320813
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| April 27, 2012, 9:37 am
Hi Chris. Do you have any advice on getting lots of likes on my creations? I know for starters, it has to be a good creation, good pictures, and good lighting. In other words, what I'm asking is: how do I get people to add me as a favorite, or basically, how do I get noticed by lots of people? Thanks for your time!
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| April 27, 2012, 9:17 pm
Quoting Nicholas O.
Hi Chris. Do you have any advice on getting lots of likes on my creations? I know for starters, it has to be a good creation, good pictures, and good lighting. In other words, what I'm asking is: how do I get people to add me as a favorite, or basically, how do I get noticed by lots of people? Thanks for your time!

First, what about commenting on other people's mocs? I would suggest commenting on the creations in " Everyone's creations, "The explore page" and "Across mocpages". If you comment on alot of active people's mocs, it's likely that they'll check your homepage
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| April 27, 2012, 9:27 pm
Hello Sir Phipson from whereveryourfrom! I wish of thy to checkith out this Moc! I'm going to start a series. But this is just a beginner so it's gonna be a little slow...

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/320959

Also I made a group for this.

http://mocpages.com/group.php/20486
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| April 27, 2012, 10:39 pm
I haven't used snot much yet but I would like so technique advice like what piece you use to connect it together to the base. It doesn't seem to difficult but I would like advice on how to make it look good.
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| April 28, 2012, 1:18 am
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Quoting Nicholas O.
Hi Chris. Do you have any advice on getting lots of likes on my creations? I know for starters, it has to be a good creation, good pictures, and good lighting. In other words, what I'm asking is: how do I get people to add me as a favorite, or basically, how do I get noticed by lots of people? Thanks for your time!



Bluestar there has the right answer. The best way is to first be nice to others. Comment on creations and get involved in groups. It's not going to happen overnight of course but the more you're involved in the community, the more feedback you'll get from it.

Good luck!
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| April 28, 2012, 9:30 am
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Quoting Arnas Scheel
Hello Sir Phipson from whereveryourfrom! I wish of thy to checkith out this Moc! I'm going to start a series. But this is just a beginner so it's gonna be a little slow...

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/320959

Also I made a group for this.

http://mocpages.com/group.php/20486


Young Arnas,

Thine tale speaks to me and peaks mine interest. However, maybe thou should include more pics? Ok, enough of that old timey talk... Seriously though, great start! I think there should have been at least one pic of the fight scene with the orcs. When you're telling a tale like this, you need to think of it like a comic book and show the reader what's going on.

Also, there were a few typos. Not a lot mind you but just enough to stand out. My advice on writing is when you're done, go back and read it to yourself out loud. Yes, you'll look silly sitting at the computer reading out loud to yourself but if you take your time and actually read it out loud, you'll pick up on things that the mind's eye sometimes glosses over.

Other than that, good start and I'm looking forward to seeing more!
~Chris.
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| April 28, 2012, 9:36 am
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Quoting Jswish Productions
I haven't used snot much yet but I would like so technique advice like what piece you use to connect it together to the base. It doesn't seem to difficult but I would like advice on how to make it look good.


The trick with any technique is simply practice, practice, practice! Some of the parts you can use to connect a sideways portion of a build to a studs up portion is anything with studs on the side. There's a 1x4 brick with 4 studs on the side that I use regularly to make these attachments.

Also, sometimes friction and "hiding studs" under tiles is a good way to make things like SNOT floors (which I am using in my current HUGE project that you guys will get to see in June).

Also, once you've started on the SNOT floor, try adding headlight type bricks (the ones that are flat where the stud comes out, not the indented kind) to have a place for walls to attach to so the build is a bit sturdier.

Hope these little things can help you on your way. And remember, look at other people's techniques to see how to do something and then practice, practice, PRACTICE!

Good luck!
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| April 28, 2012, 9:43 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Thanks Chris! I was debating to go from artistic shot or overview shot... I chose artistic.

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| April 28, 2012, 9:44 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

The trick with any technique is simply practice, practice, practice! Some of the parts you can use to connect a sideways portion of a build to a studs up portion is anything with studs on the side. There's a 1x4 brick with 4 studs on the side that I use regularly to make these attachments.

Also, sometimes friction and "hiding studs" under tiles is a good way to make things like SNOT floors (which I am using in my current HUGE project that you guys will get to see in June).

Also, once you've started on the SNOT floor, try adding headlight type bricks (the ones that are flat where the stud comes out, not the indented kind) to have a place for walls to attach to so the build is a bit sturdier.

Hope these little things can help you on your way. And remember, look at other people's techniques to see how to do something and then practice, practice, PRACTICE!

Good luck!

Thanks Chris for the advice! I will certainly put into PRACTICE
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| April 28, 2012, 11:05 am
Hey, would you mind looking and commenting on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321139 (it has you in a mini comic!) and maybe some of my other mocs? Thanks!
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| April 28, 2012, 7:55 pm
Is there any specific contests that get you recognized but they aren't filled with extremely good builders? (so what I am saying is, is there any contests that may have a shot in that I could enter?)
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| April 29, 2012, 1:40 am
Quoting SuperSpy X
Hey, would you mind looking and commenting on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321139 (it has you in a mini comic!) and maybe some of my other mocs? Thanks!

This is a thread for getting ADVICE, not advertising.
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| April 29, 2012, 4:56 am
Quoting Legobob ~
This is a thread for getting ADVICE, not advertising.

Sorry, I didn't know where else to find Phipson. :(
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| April 29, 2012, 12:27 pm
What happened to Kelso's thread? It's locked.
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| April 30, 2012, 11:20 pm
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Quoting SuperSpy X
Hey, would you mind looking and commenting on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321139 (it has you in a mini comic!) and maybe some of my other mocs? Thanks!


Not bad at all. I wouldn't worry about the color of the suspension too much, it actually doesn't look that bad. On your next attempt, I'd try to bulk up the chasis a bit. It looks a little "bare bones" to me. But seriously, it's a great starting point and I think you're on you way. As for the short comic... dude I WISH I had the cash to just drop on a new car. Speaking of which, time to go eat my Ramen noodle...
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| May 2, 2012, 10:49 am
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Quoting Jswish Productions
Is there any specific contests that get you recognized but they aren't filled with extremely good builders? (so what I am saying is, is there any contests that may have a shot in that I could enter?)


See... that's the thing about the contests that get you recognized... they usually attract the top builders. I know what you're saying but unfortunately, you kinda answered your own question in there.

I did try a spring contest a couple years back called "Phipson's Spring Fling" but it didn't really take off... hey, there's a pun there... since they had to build things that launched Lego...

Anyway, the year is pretty full with the three "biggies" so I'm not sure what kind of timeframe I'd be looking at to start another contest. At least you have a few more months "practice time" before the Olympics in the fall. Hope to see you there!
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| May 2, 2012, 10:54 am
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Quoting Luke, Builder of the Awesome
What happened to Kelso's thread? It's locked.


Kelso's having to step back a bit from being interactive on the Lego front for a bit (work related). He's still "here" and doing his moderator duties but won't be as active in the community as he once was... for a little while at least.

But be sure to check under your bed because he has a habit of lurking in the shadows and stricking when you least expect it... like that creepy clown doll your sister has sitting in the corner on the rocking chair. You know the one. The one where the chair will start rocking for no reason when no one's touching it and it just has that creepy smile and stares at you with those dead, cold eyes...

Me? Clown issues? No, of course not... why do you ask?
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| May 2, 2012, 10:57 am
Quoting Chris Phipson



But be sure to check under your bed because he has a habit of lurking in the shadows and stricking when you least expect it... like that creepy clown doll your sister has sitting in the corner on the rocking chair. You know the one. The one where the chair will start rocking for no reason when no one's touching it and it just has that creepy smile and stares at you with those dead, cold eyes...


Um, okay?
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| May 2, 2012, 11:56 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Kelso's having to step back a bit from being interactive on the Lego front for a bit (work related). He's still "here" and doing his moderator duties but won't be as active in the community as he once was... for a little while at least.

But be sure to check under your bed because he has a habit of lurking in the shadows and stricking when you least expect it... like that creepy clown doll your sister has sitting in the corner on the rocking chair. You know the one. The one where the chair will start rocking for no reason when no one's touching it and it just has that creepy smile and stares at you with those dead, cold eyes...

Me? Clown issues? No, of course not... why do you ask?

Ahh!!!!! It's alive! Nice story
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| May 2, 2012, 12:03 pm
Could you provide me with feedback on my first mech?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321722
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| May 2, 2012, 7:56 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

See... that's the thing about the contests that get you recognized... they usually attract the top builders. I know what you're saying but unfortunately, you kinda answered your own question in there.

I did try a spring contest a couple years back called "Phipson's Spring Fling" but it didn't really take off... hey, there's a pun there... since they had to build things that launched Lego...

Anyway, the year is pretty full with the three "biggies" so I'm not sure what kind of timeframe I'd be looking at to start another contest. At least you have a few more months "practice time" before the Olympics in the fall. Hope to see you there!

I was thinking of joining the moc-olympics competion this year but I don't know if have what it takes. But hey, why not! I definitely learn something
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| May 3, 2012, 12:25 am
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Quoting Dawn of Greatness
Could you provide me with feedback on my first mech?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321722


Wow, that was really cool! Big fan of the chain ammo technique (yes, I know you didn't come up with it... still cool). The legs were really well done as well. Great flexibility and smooth lines throughout! Reminded me of a little bit of the Mad Dog mech from Battletech (only without the arm cannons). I would have liked to have seen a cockpit but really, that's about the ONLY thing I can find here as far as the build goes. Also, that first pic you have that was photoshopped... I like the idea you were going for but the darkness of the background kinda hid the mech a bit. Again, great idea but just didn't come together just right. But hey, this is about the Lego right?

Great work and I'd love to see, now that you have the technique down, a much LARGER one! Good luck!
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| May 3, 2012, 6:52 am
Hey guys, can anyone tell me the pieces used to make the flexible smoke, like people use for steampunk mocs? And uh maybe where I can score some? Thanks!
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| May 3, 2012, 3:51 pm
Hey Chris, do you like Back to the future? If ya do or if anyone who reads this is a fan, this should make you smile.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321893

If not, you have no "soul"

Thanks!
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| May 4, 2012, 12:56 am
Quoting Scott Allen
Hey guys, can anyone tell me the pieces used to make the flexible smoke, like people use for steampunk mocs? And uh maybe where I can score some? Thanks!


Just sticking my nose in here, but do you mean these?

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6254

I think they are on PAB online from Lego.com as well as through bricklink and others.

Hope that's what you were after!
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| May 4, 2012, 6:49 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Me? Clown issues? No, of course not... why do you ask?


Did somebody say clown issues? I can help!
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| May 4, 2012, 6:50 am
Quoting Stuart Delahay

Just sticking my nose in here, but do you mean these?

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6254

I think they are on PAB online from Lego.com as well as through bricklink and others.

Hope that's what you were after!


*** Thanks, this is just what I wanted, and you threw in the link too. ***

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| May 4, 2012, 1:46 pm
I sort of threw this together without using my time to the fullest, and I'm sure I could have done better, but I'm not sure what to do to make it better.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/322005
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| May 5, 2012, 3:51 pm
Hi Chris. I recently put up a steampunk story. I experimented with lighting. The story is a little long, but if you have time, I'd love to get your opinion. Thanks.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321197
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| May 5, 2012, 9:04 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Alright boys and girls, time for a new Phippy thread.

Questions, comments, concerns or need advice? Anything at all let me know and we'll do our best to help you out.

Also, on a personal note, allow me to apologize for not really posting anything (mocs) over the last few months. I've been working on our BrickWorld collaborative layout for this year's show and haven't had time to work on any smaller creations.

And while I can't tell you WHAT the project is, I can tell you that my small portion of it measures 144 studs by 144 studs (surface area) and is approximately 4 and a half feet tall... And unlike Minas Tirith from last year's collab, I'm doing this one by myself (God I WISH I had Kelso helping me with this one...). And also, unlike my Isengard build (which was about the same dimensions I just gave for this project), this one doesn't have a whole lot of "just plates" area that's open and unused. Wish me luck!

Be on the lookout for the post mid-June (probably the week after BrickWorld) when you'll for sure be flooded with posts about the collaborative, the mocs and the event itself. If you're interested in BrickWorld and are thinking of coming then I can't recommend it highly enough! Hope to see some of you there!

Now then... I've blabbed on long enough. Whatcha got for me?

I'm wondering how the best way to get good lighting. I've looked every where on the internet. But I have no luck on trying what they say. Do you have any ideas on how I can? I always get dark pictures when I put five REALLY bright lamps over my homemade light box. Can you help me please?
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| May 5, 2012, 9:10 pm
Quoting General Grayfox5
I'm wondering how the best way to get good lighting. I've looked every where on the internet. But I have no luck on trying what they say. Do you have any ideas on how I can? I always get dark pictures when I put five REALLY bright lamps over my homemade light box. Can you help me please?

There many ways. I use natural light. My setup is under the window so my lighting is always pretty bright. But I still edit my pictures in lightning and contrast.

but the probably best way is this: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=272714&id=/user_images/54098/1307198592m

But this isn't possible for the most.

Use 2 or 3 small lamps like this: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=305824&id=/user_images/80762/1327218643m

I hope this was helpful!
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| May 6, 2012, 3:00 pm
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Quoting General Grayfox5
I'm wondering how the best way to get good lighting. I've looked every where on the internet. But I have no luck on trying what they say. Do you have any ideas on how I can? I always get dark pictures when I put five REALLY bright lamps over my homemade light box. Can you help me please?


I was going to give you a long, drawn out reply for this but Deff pretty much covered it in a few short words.

Natural lighting IS the best but if that's not available then what I use is one (or two) of these:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100664506/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=clamp+light&storeId=10051

I find "clamp lights" are great because you can put them whereever you wish (to a point) and are easily directable AND they have that nice, reflective surface for "aiming" your light.

Hope mine and Deff's advice helped and good luck!

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| May 7, 2012, 7:15 am
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Quoting Seth .
I sort of threw this together without using my time to the fullest, and I'm sure I could have done better, but I'm not sure what to do to make it better.

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/322005


Really, the techniques and designs you used were pretty decent. Really the only major thing would be the size. Unless you live in Tokyo an apartment would never be that small ;)

And while parts quantity might be an issue, I'd also suggest tiling the interior. It kinda gave the vibe of "meh, it's only the inside... no one will see it." Overall not a bad little moc though. Again, just work on the size (doesn't need to be MONSTEROUS but a bit larger) and those "finishing" touches.

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| May 7, 2012, 7:23 am
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Quoting Sir Balamorgineas
Hi Chris. I recently put up a steampunk story. I experimented with lighting. The story is a little long, but if you have time, I'd love to get your opinion. Thanks.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/321197


I really like what you did with that airship! The rounds were a nice idea for the ballon part. The build itself was well done (wish you had the tile to smooth out the deck but... meh, still really nice).

Your story telling keeps the reader interested (and no typos or spelling mistakes to speak of, so good one there... lots of people miss that part) and makes us want to know what happens to these characters.

My ONLY suggestion here would relate to the storytelling aspect of the moc. And really, it's so nitpicky but it's a pet peeve of mine...

When the pics and words are stuck together like that, it's not alway obvious to the reader if the words go with the pic on top of them, or on the bottom. My advice is to seperate them with at least 5 or 6 lines of "blank space" on the upload page. That way, the words that are "stuck" to one pic are clearly with THAT pic and not the one below it (or above, depending on your writing style).

Other than that, it's looking great! Nicely done!
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| May 7, 2012, 7:32 am
Thanks Chris. I am glad you liked it.
Quoting Chris Phipson
My ONLY suggestion here would relate to the storytelling aspect of the moc. And really, it's so nitpicky but it's a pet peeve of mine...

When the pics and words are stuck together like that, it's not alway obvious to the reader if the words go with the pic on top of them, or on the bottom. My advice is to seperate them with at least 5 or 6 lines of "blank space" on the upload page. That way, the words that are "stuck" to one pic are clearly with THAT pic and not the one below it (or above, depending on your writing style).

Other than that, it's looking great! Nicely done!

That's a great observation. Since I know which words go with which picture, I never thought of it.

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| May 7, 2012, 10:48 am
Hey MR. Phipson, would you mind checking this out? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322631
I know in my last MOC you advised against cut-a-ways, but there's really no other way to show layers of a planet here. Anyway, whatever advice you have is welcome, thanks!
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| May 8, 2012, 12:48 pm
Hey Phippy!

I would really appreciate your thoughts, criticism, pointers, +s, -s...you get the point, on this MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322759

If you're too busy with your BrickWorld Collab, I understand totally!

~Fritz
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| May 10, 2012, 4:22 am
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Hey MR. Phipson, would you mind checking this out? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322631
I know in my last MOC you advised against cut-a-ways, but there's really no other way to show layers of a planet here. Anyway, whatever advice you have is welcome, thanks!


My first thought when I looked at this was "Ok wow, that's cool!" I know you guys come here looking for ways to improve but really, there's nothing glaringly "wrong" with this moc at all!

The attention to detail was great, the moc had a smooth, clean feel to it, and really, the whole thing just came together nicely!

The only thing I could POSSIBLY say would be that now that you have the skills to do stuff like this, (if you have the brick) go bigger! Really a great little scene and you're well on your way! Keep up the good work!
~Chris.

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| May 11, 2012, 6:41 am
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Quoting Fritz K
Hey Phippy!

I would really appreciate your thoughts, criticism, pointers, +s, -s...you get the point, on this MOC: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322759

If you're too busy with your BrickWorld Collab, I understand totally!

~Fritz


I read through the comments and I'd have to agree with Nate B. The moc was FUNNY, no doubt there. It gave me a good giggle. The build, while there was nothing "wrong" with it by any stretch, was a bit on the sparse side. Of course with something like this (humor vig) there's really no "need" to go overboard with the build. HOWEVER... since you were building this for a contest, I'd say taking some more time and adding more details would have given you a better score. Take a look back at some of the vigs from the MocAthalon. A lot of them were on the same size base as what you had and were just chocked FULL of amazing little details.

So again, nothing wrong with what you did but just remember, there's ALWAYS room for more detail. ;)

~ Chris.

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| May 11, 2012, 7:00 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
The only thing I could POSSIBLY say would be that now that you have the skills to do stuff like this, (if you have the brick) go bigger! Really a great little scene and you're well on your way! Keep up the good work!
~Chris.

I'll see what I can do, with a little help from Bricklink, of course. ;) Thanks!
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| May 11, 2012, 10:21 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I read through the comments and I'd have to agree with Nate B. The moc was FUNNY, no doubt there. It gave me a good giggle. The build, while there was nothing "wrong" with it by any stretch, was a bit on the sparse side. Of course with something like this (humor vig) there's really no "need" to go overboard with the build. HOWEVER... since you were building this for a contest, I'd say taking some more time and adding more details would have given you a better score. Take a look back at some of the vigs from the MocAthalon. A lot of them were on the same size base as what you had and were just chocked FULL of amazing little details.

So again, nothing wrong with what you did but just remember, there's ALWAYS room for more detail. ;)

~ Chris.


Thanks for your feedback, Chris! I really appreciate it, and I'll be sure to add that aspect of "packed with details"!

Sincerely,

~Fritz
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| May 11, 2012, 9:34 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Alright boys and girls, time for a new Phippy thread.

Questions, comments, concerns or need advice? Anything at all let me know and we'll do our best to help you out.


I posted 2 creations yesterday and they still haven't come up yet. Why is that?
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| May 12, 2012, 8:32 am
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Quoting Kirbster1717 (bro of awesomeness)
I posted 2 creations yesterday and they still haven't come up yet. Why is that?


They should be up now. I recognize your name from the new accounts I moderated this morning. You have to realize that while we do our best to get things done quickly around here we are still humans with real lives too ;)

I get to the new accounts moderation at least once a day so you most likely posted your new account in the afternoon at some point (my time) when I had already done the new account stuff in the morning...

Long story short, your account has been approved and welcome to MOCpages!
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| May 12, 2012, 9:12 am
Just figured I might a well get an "Expert" opinion on this one, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/323329
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| May 12, 2012, 8:27 pm
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Quoting Austin Durick
Just figured I might a well get an "Expert" opinion on this one, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/323329



Sorry for the major delay Austin... been a rough week. Anyway, nice little moc there! Nothing "hugely special" of course (but we already knew that) but overall, well done young man. The build itself is clean (not just slapped together) and it gives a sense of tranquility and relaxation. Your pics are well lit and in focus and I liked that shot of it from behind as well. Developing these skills now is only going to improve your later work when you start going bigger.

For what it is, (small vig type moc) I'd give it a good, solid 3 (were I scoring like the MocAthalon). Nice piece! Keep em coming!
~Chris.
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| May 17, 2012, 10:00 am
Quoting Chris Phipson


Sorry for the major delay Austin... been a rough week. Anyway, nice little moc there! Nothing "hugely special" of course (but we already knew that) but overall, well done young man. The build itself is clean (not just slapped together) and it gives a sense of tranquility and relaxation. Your pics are well lit and in focus and I liked that shot of it from behind as well. Developing these skills now is only going to improve your later work when you start going bigger.

For what it is, (small vig type moc) I'd give it a good, solid 3 (were I scoring like the MocAthalon). Nice piece! Keep em coming!
~Chris.

If it was for the MocAthalon I would totally take a 3 for it! And I understand about the delay.
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| May 17, 2012, 10:24 am
Hey, I want your advice about my vignettes. My older vignettes, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/320757 and http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/320759, just seem to be missing something. Am I just being hard on myself, or is there something missing? My more recent vigs, like http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322322 and http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/322958 seem to be better. What do you think?
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| May 17, 2012, 11:29 am
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Quoting SuperSpy X
...What do you think?


Well let's go down the list shall we?

Bandit's escape was a nice one! I liked the cactus and the snake's den. At that size and with trying to do a sparse desert scene, there's not a whole lot more you could have done with this one. Short version, I liked it.

Superspy's escape while it wasn't as good as the bandit one was still alright. You're right though it does seem to be missing... something. Can't quite put my finger on it... maybe something to do with the way the street and sidewalk connect... yeah, there's just something there not quite pleasing to the eye... In this rare instance I'd say that maybe you tried to put TOO many things in there and it ended up looking cluttered.

The office one was my favorite. Things like the desk lamp, garbage can and open file drawer were total wins in my book.

Then there's space arrest... I see where you were going with it and the idea for the blasted radio was a nice touch but... the overall scene just didn't gel right. It looked... what's the right word... unfinished. When you think "space" (and especially working at that size) the floor/ground REALLY needs to be smooth (tiled or SNOT). I think on that one, had you given the smooth flooring, it would have been a lot better.

Overall, not bad work man! It's the little things and taking the time on the details (like in the office one... still really liked that one) that make mocs pop!

Keep em coming!
~Chris.

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| May 18, 2012, 7:08 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

...Overall, not bad work man! It's the little things and taking the time on the details (like in the office one... still really liked that one) that make mocs pop!

Keep em coming!
~Chris.

Thanks for the advice! ~Spy

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| May 18, 2012, 9:33 am
Mr. Phipson, when you get a chance, I would love to hear your opinion on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324129 Any advice on how to improve it?
Thanks a bunch,
LB Senior
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| May 18, 2012, 2:06 pm
If you're not too busy, I could use some pointers/tips/tutorials. I'm trying to create a motorized tank, similar to this one:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/210779

I noticed that an alternate power source was used for this tank, and I would like to try my hand at customizing my power functions. However, after an intense search on the web I couldn't find any tutorial detailing the process of creating a custom power source. I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction.

I would also appreciate any in-general comments on creating my own motorized tank. My first attempt is here:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324437

This attempt went disastrously, but I'm thankful that it did so. Now I think I know what I need to do, I just don't know how to go about doing it.

So, in summarization:

* any electrical engineering tutorials for customizing power functions would be great
* tread tips--I think the "good" tank I linked to had some sort of rubber customization on the treads. I could be mistaken though...
* gearing--I have little experience in gearing that works in real life but I know the theory.
* generic tank tips

Thanks for all you're help in advance.
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| May 21, 2012, 9:24 am
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Quoting Lego Builders
Mr. Phipson, when you get a chance, I would love to hear your opinion on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324129 Any advice on how to improve it?
Thanks a bunch,
LB Senior


Nice, clean build. First impression when I clicked on it was "Hey, that's nice." Overall it was a good little build. But since you come here for advice to take things further...

From what I know (which to be honest, isn't much) wasn't the city built more like a roman city rather than a spread out village? Yeah, I know this is TOTALLY nitpicking but I know you guys come to me on ways to improve and really... that's about it. What I'm saying is, there's not a whole lot more you could have done with this without simply going larger. I mean, if you could make this on the scale of Shannonia with the volcano in the background... maybe with some lava flowing down to it, covering part of the city...

Again, without going bigger, that's about all I have at this point. A nice little build so well done!

~Chris.

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| May 21, 2012, 10:55 am
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Quoting Caleb Perkins
If you're not too busy, I could use some pointers/tips/tutorials. I'm trying to create a motorized tank...


Dude, Caleb... I wish I could help you but really, I've never built anything with powerfunctions before (unless you include the carousel set).

As my moc stuff is built specifically for posting to MOCpages, I've never had the need, nor desire to do any power functions. Man, I'm really sorry that I'm not able to be more helpfull here.

What I can do is point you in the direction of this guy:
Sebeus
http://mocpages.com/home.php/12746

I know he does mostly ships, but he's done some stuff with power functions on those ships and he may be able to give you some pointers on how things work.

Also, if anyone else reading this knows about PF please chime in and help Caleb out.

Good luck man... and let me know when you get your tank done, I'd love to check it out!

~Chris.
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| May 21, 2012, 11:00 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Nice, clean build. First impression when I clicked on it was "Hey, that's nice." Overall it was a good little build. But since you come here for advice to take things further...

From what I know (which to be honest, isn't much) wasn't the city built more like a roman city rather than a spread out village? Yeah, I know this is TOTALLY nitpicking but I know you guys come to me on ways to improve and really... that's about it. What I'm saying is, there's not a whole lot more you could have done with this without simply going larger. I mean, if you could make this on the scale of Shannonia with the volcano in the background... maybe with some lava flowing down to it, covering part of the city...

Again, without going bigger, that's about all I have at this point. A nice little build so well done!

~Chris.


Okay, thanks for looking!
-LB Senior

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| May 21, 2012, 11:05 am
Ok thanks anyway. I'll keep looking around--I'm sure there's got to be an expert on power functions somewhere.

Thanks again,
Caleb
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| May 21, 2012, 11:17 am
Quoting Caleb Perkins
Ok thanks anyway. I'll keep looking around--I'm sure there's got to be an expert on power functions somewhere.

Thanks again,
Caleb

Look up George Staples, Sariel., or Zachariah Macaset. Those are the best of the best.
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| May 21, 2012, 11:27 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Quoting Caleb Perkins
If you're not too busy, I could use some pointers/tips/tutorials. I'm trying to create a motorized tank...


Dude, Caleb... I wish I could help you but really, I've never built anything with powerfunctions before (unless you include the carousel set).

As my moc stuff is built specifically for posting to MOCpages, I've never had the need, nor desire to do any power functions. Man, I'm really sorry that I'm not able to be more helpfull here.

What I can do is point you in the direction of this guy:
Sebeus
http://mocpages.com/home.php/12746

I know he does mostly ships, but he's done some stuff with power functions on those ships and he may be able to give you some pointers on how things work.

Also, if anyone else reading this knows about PF please chime in and help Caleb out.

Good luck man... and let me know when you get your tank done, I'd love to check it out!

~Chris.


How did you get Moc Olympics and MocAthalon to be so popular. How would you suggest i go getting Moccers Idol to be as big?
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| May 21, 2012, 9:12 pm
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Quoting Josh.O Shadeslayer

How did you get Moc Olympics and MocAthalon to be so popular. How would you suggest i go getting Moccers Idol to be as big?


I've written in your group as well to give you some pointers on how to move forward but, to answer your question directly here...

Popularity is a funny thing. I've gotten to where I am by simply being part of the community and being friendly. When I first started the Olympics, it was small with only... I think 32 players total? It takes YEARS to get a contest popular and it's not always simply being "A big name" to get a contest going.

Case in point, I did a contest a couple years ago called "Spring Fling" and it didn't take off at all, despite my past contests being what they are/were. Now, had I decided to come back to that contest again in the following years, it may have grown, but I can't say for certain.

I think another big reason for a contest's popularity has to do with originality. My first ever contest was something I devised called... and stop me if you've heard this term... A Moc-Off (yes, I came up with that term all those years ago). It was between myself and Shannon Ocean (in which he totally TROUNCED me). After that, I got the idea that a larger contest, invovling more people would be a great idea and came up with the elimination style tourney that evolved into the MocOlympics. Again, it didn't START with 200 odd people playing, it was small and grew to what it is over the years.

Same with the MocAthalon. I came up with the idea for a team contest (something new that hadn't been tried before). Came up with the style of play and how things would work, then I ran the idea past a couple of MOCpages guys (Kelso, Jones and Shaddix were the ones I talked to about it with mostly in the early stages) and got their feedback on it. After some tweeking I settled on the gameplay and setup and things went from there.

So what I'm saying here is just "having" the idea isn't always enough. You have to come up with an original concept, work out the bugs, and above all, be prepared for some "not quite idealistic" results sometimes. Like I said above with the "Spring Fling," not everything is going to be a success... it's about trial and error.

I've blabbed on and on enough here so I'll bring it to a close. As I said in your group, I'm more than willing to offer advice and steer you in the right direction when and where I can. If you need something, let me know and I'll do my best to help.

Good luck and keep me posted!
~Chris.

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| May 23, 2012, 7:29 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I've written in your group as well to give you some pointers on how to move forward but, to answer your question directly here...

Popularity is a funny thing. I've gotten to where I am by simply being part of the community and being friendly. When I first started the Olympics, it was small with only... I think 32 players total? It takes YEARS to get a contest popular and it's not always simply being "A big name" to get a contest going.

Case in point, I did a contest a couple years ago called "Spring Fling" and it didn't take off at all, despite my past contests being what they are/were. Now, had I decided to come back to that contest again in the following years, it may have grown, but I can't say for certain.

I think another big reason for a contest's popularity has to do with originality. My first ever contest was something I devised called... and stop me if you've heard this term... A Moc-Off (yes, I came up with that term all those years ago). It was between myself and Shannon Ocean (in which he totally TROUNCED me). After that, I got the idea that a larger contest, invovling more people would be a great idea and came up with the elimination style tourney that evolved into the MocOlympics. Again, it didn't START with 200 odd people playing, it was small and grew to what it is over the years.

Same with the MocAthalon. I came up with the idea for a team contest (something new that hadn't been tried before). Came up with the style of play and how things would work, then I ran the idea past a couple of MOCpages guys (Kelso, Jones and Shaddix were the ones I talked to about it with mostly in the early stages) and got their feedback on it. After some tweeking I settled on the gameplay and setup and things went from there.

So what I'm saying here is just "having" the idea isn't always enough. You have to come up with an original concept, work out the bugs, and above all, be prepared for some "not quite idealistic" results sometimes. Like I said above with the "Spring Fling," not everything is going to be a success... it's about trial and error.

I've blabbed on and on enough here so I'll bring it to a close. As I said in your group, I'm more than willing to offer advice and steer you in the right direction when and where I can. If you need something, let me know and I'll do my best to help.

Good luck and keep me posted!
~Chris.

thank you chris
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| May 23, 2012, 7:46 pm
How can I find out when I joined Moc pages? please help me out, i just want to know if you even can. Thanks! God Bless ~ Pendolium
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| May 24, 2012, 1:04 am
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Quoting Pendolium Panthorium
How can I find out when I joined Moc pages? please help me out, i just want to know if you even can. Thanks! God Bless ~ Pendolium



There's a couple of ways. First, if you keep emails, when you first created an account you were sent a welcome email. The date should be there.

If you don't keep emails, your second choice would be to check the dates on either your first post (if it was the day you opened your account) or your first comment (check in "my comments" on your homepage). Either of those will have the date stamp. Other than that, there's really no other way to check.

Hope that helps and good luck.
~Chris.
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| May 24, 2012, 9:15 am
I don't think it wouls hurt to get some Phippy advice on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324930
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| May 24, 2012, 9:19 am
Here is the comedy show! What do you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324969
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| May 24, 2012, 10:56 am
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Quoting SuperSpy X
Here is the comedy show! What do you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324969



Not bad. There was a couple of good jokes in there. The MOC-ing bird one was pretty clever.

Also, I removed the PG warning on the moc, it didn't need it. That should only be used for things like cursing, nudity and EXCESIVE violence. Yours was minimal so it's fine to be a regular moc. And this way, you'll get more hits too!

The build itself was a bit sparse but I know you were going for more of a "story" moc. Still, don't sacrifice build quality for the sake of the story... I should know, I did that a lot in my early career and it never turns out well.

~ Chris.
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| May 24, 2012, 12:40 pm
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Quoting Austin Durick
I don't think it wouls hurt to get some Phippy advice on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324930


That was pretty clever! Nice setup overall with some fun techniques. Since you come here for ways to improve... the only thing I could suggest on this would be to maybe tile the grass area? With the scale you're going for there, the studs kinda stick out too much and I think tiling would have cleaned it up just a smidge.

Overall really nice though! And the background you added was well done (nice clouds).

~ Chris.

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| May 24, 2012, 12:43 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

That was pretty clever! Nice setup overall with some fun techniques. Since you come here for ways to improve... the only thing I could suggest on this would be to maybe tile the grass area? With the scale you're going for there, the studs kinda stick out too much and I think tiling would have cleaned it up just a smidge.

Overall really nice though! And the background you added was well done (nice clouds).

~ Chris.

Thanks for the advice again! I would have loved to tile it but I am low on green tiles. :/
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| May 24, 2012, 1:09 pm
Hi Chris, if you have the time, I wouldn't mind some expert advice on what I can do to improve this. I would also appreciate your thoughts on the overall build.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324632
Thanks
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| May 24, 2012, 1:34 pm
Hello! If it is not too much trouble. I would like some expert advice on this MOC.
Thanks! ~Brandon
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324061
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| May 24, 2012, 7:02 pm
Your opinion on this would be appreciated!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/325710
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| May 28, 2012, 6:31 pm
If you could give some advice on this, such as: what you think I should do with the characters, how I should orchestrate it, etc. That would be great!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/325986

And my group for it:
http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/20817
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| May 30, 2012, 9:07 pm
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Quoting Nicholas .
Hi Chris, if you have the time, I wouldn't mind some expert advice on what I can do to improve this. I would also appreciate your thoughts on the overall build.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324632
Thanks



Hey Nick,

My first impression was, you called it "City House" and then when you look at the moc, there's not a whole lot of house to speak of. This isn't detracting from the build mind you, just something that was kinda "off" about it. I see how it could be "connected" to a house build but what you did was more of a "house driveway" and didn't have much to do with a house at all.

As for what you DID do, not bad at all. I like the little details like the power line and your SNOT work is a good start. Overall a decent moc but again, in the future, if you're going to call it a house there should probably be a house in there, not just a single outter wall ;)

Now, use those same techniques (or heck, keep the whole thing as is...) and add a nice little house to it!

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| June 2, 2012, 6:58 am
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Quoting Brandon B.
Hello! If it is not too much trouble. I would like some expert advice on this MOC.
Thanks! ~Brandon
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/324061


Hey Brandon,

Gotta tell ya, for it's size and what it's supposed to be, this is really nice!

I like the use of the net across the top and the folliage coloring you chose was perfect! You come here for ways to improve so I'm gonna have to get REAL nitpicky here to find something but... maybe try to color coordinate your ground more a bit? The different color tiles DO work but there was maybe just a few too many different colors in it. But like I said, that's me REALLY stretching to find something and overall, it's a great little vig!

~ Chris.
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| June 2, 2012, 7:02 am
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Quoting Dawn of Greatness
Your opinion on this would be appreciated!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/325710


Dawn,

That's a great mech! I really like all of the individual "areas" of it. The multiple "accelerators" on the railgun gave it a sense of realism that was really nice.

Now, and this is just a personal thing so don't take it the wrong way (cause really, it's a nice build) but... there was... "something" off about it. I can't quite put my finger on it. The stance looked kinda... gangley? Almost like the arms were too large for the body? Again, can't put my finger on it but the proportions just didn't quite sit right. Like I said though, the design of each individual part was great with nice parts usage and all that, but putting those individual elements together just... the thing looks like it wouldn't work. Almost like it would topple over due to the weight of the oversized arms in comparison to the legs...

But, that's just my opinion. Maybe taking those individual built elements and adding them to a different frame? Really, just hard to put my finger on since everything by itself works great but together is juuuuust off a bit.

But don't take it too hard, it's a great build and I really like what you did there. Keep em coming!
~Chris.
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| June 2, 2012, 7:10 am
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Quoting Magic Head aka Will
If you could give some advice on this, such as: what you think I should do with the characters, how I should orchestrate it, etc. That would be great!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/325986

And my group for it:
http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/20817


My problem here is I haven't been following the whole CYOA craze as much as I'd like to. I really don't understand how they work so for me to give you advice on where the story should go would be a bit presumptuous of me. That being said though, I read the backgrounds on your characters and I have a few ideas on how "I" would take the story. I like the romance angle you put in there... maybe some sort of "starting to fall for each other again but then one is betrayed" kinda thing could be good. Also since you hint at a couple of the rebs not exactly knowing what they want maybe a change of heart/sides there and then it evolves into the brother vs brother thing when the younger one takes over? There's a whole SLEW of directions you could take this but I don't want to step on any toes or "out" any plans you have in your head so all I can say is... good luck and be sure NOT to rush them! Keep the episodes interesting but don't get to the punchline too quickly and spoil the buildup!

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| June 2, 2012, 7:21 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

My problem here is I haven't been following the whole CYOA craze as much as I'd like to. I really don't understand how they work so for me to give you advice on where the story should go would be a bit presumptuous of me. That being said though, I read the backgrounds on your characters and I have a few ideas on how "I" would take the story. I like the romance angle you put in there... maybe some sort of "starting to fall for each other again but then one is betrayed" kinda thing could be good. Also since you hint at a couple of the rebs not exactly knowing what they want maybe a change of heart/sides there and then it evolves into the brother vs brother thing when the younger one takes over? There's a whole SLEW of directions you could take this but I don't want to step on any toes or "out" any plans you have in your head so all I can say is... good luck and be sure NOT to rush them! Keep the episodes interesting but don't get to the punchline too quickly and spoil the buildup!

Good luck!
~Chris.


Thanks a lot for the advice!
And I uploaded episode 1. I am going to try to keep them in 2-3 parts. So technically, this is Episode 1 Part 1.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/326247#reviews
Thanks!
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| June 2, 2012, 9:54 am
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Quoting ~~Patrick~~ .
Hello Mr Phipson! I have started making stories about army troops in Lego in our "Big" World (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/326359) I've seen your Star Wars stories and I was very impressed by them. I was wondering if you could help me a bit think up some more humourous story lines and more ideas. Thank you!


I like that concept! I did something similar a while back with SigKelso http://mocpages.com/moc.php/79870. My advice is to put the figs in situations where it's "normal, everyday stuff" to us, but to them it's a grand adventure. Interactions with animals do well in this kind of situation and don't even get me started on the dangers of the kitchen or bathroom...

Just think about if YOU were that size and what would be new and dangerous/humorous to you!

Good luck and let me know when you post the next one, I'd like to check it out!
~Chris.
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| June 3, 2012, 7:04 am
Quoting Chris Phipson


~Chris.

Ok, thanks for the advice. I couldn't really come up with a name for it.
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| June 4, 2012, 11:00 pm
My newest vignette, my first one using SNOT. What do you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/326966
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| June 6, 2012, 3:51 pm
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Quoting SuperSpy X
My newest vignette, my first one using SNOT. What do you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/326966



Not a lot to say other than it's a nice little vig with a fun idea for the bouncing ball. Woulda liked to have seen the net in white or the court in green but hey, beggers can't be choosers right? And aside from color choices (which are really just personal choices and you can choose any color you wish), it's nice. So good job!
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| June 7, 2012, 11:36 am
Hi Chris,

I would like some advice on my latest.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/327293

Thanks!
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| June 9, 2012, 9:31 am
Hey, mind giving advice on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/327294
Thanks!
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| June 9, 2012, 9:37 am
Okay. So I'm wondering, how do you do it? I made something really cool, and somewhat unique. I presented it well with good pictures and a short story. But yet it STILL didn't hit the 50 mark! I also added it several groups!

This is it

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/326940
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| June 9, 2012, 4:44 pm
I'm wondering, is there any real good way to take a picture with white on a white background? Once I edit it, I play with the levels but I can't usually get it right. Thanks!

Fyi, I use iPhoto on my iMac.
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| June 9, 2012, 11:00 pm
Hey Chris, can my siggy and his bodyguard, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/327504, be the security for the pre, main and after MOCie awards shows? Just to kinda, you know, let people know I exist. I don't drink (VERY good credential!), I carry a big gun and I'm really good at suppressing annoying people (Like Kelso...)
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| June 12, 2012, 5:36 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders
Hi Chris,

I would like some advice on my latest.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/327293

Thanks!


I'm sorry, what are you comeing to me again for? HAHA Seriously man, this is some NICE work! The color choices all worked well together and the scene is well set.

I will say, from a personal standpoint, that that ground technique is kinda being overdone. Doesn't mean by ANY stretch that it's not good mind you, it looks great! But just for me personally, it's being used a bit too much... Of course give me a few more months and it'll be just like looking at a flat SNOT floor I guess.

Overall, great work and great presentation!

Keep em coming!
~Chris.
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| June 21, 2012, 9:58 am
 Group admin 
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Hey, mind giving advice on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/327294
Thanks!


Man, that scorpion is just KILLER! Great work on that! The rest of the build to me looks a bit... sparse? I know it's supposed to be desolate and wintery and all that but I think maybe just the placement of the formations you do have there weren't right. The builds themselves were great as individual elements, the rockwork was nice, but I think it was just the placement. Maybe if you'd put the big rock more centered? I dunno... just something with the eyes being drawn to where they shouldn't be.

But like I said, the building technique itself is solid and the scorp is awesome!

Nice work!
~Chris.
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| June 21, 2012, 10:02 am
Can you give any advice on this? Im trying to improve my pictures, do you see anything that could be better?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/329074
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| June 21, 2012, 10:05 am
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Quoting Original Channel of MOCpages (Caleb)
Okay. So I'm wondering, how do you do it?

...This is it

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/326940


Ok, let's talk about the build first. Well done, no real problems to speak of and the layout was nice. So no real issues there.

The story... I think this may be where you went off the mark a bit. We've all seen this story, almost word for word in X-Men stuff. Now, there's no problems using existing source material for a story however...

When you use an existing idea, especially one that is so well know, you have to add something to it or give it a little twist that will capture your reader's attention.

Also, I know you were going for a minimalist approach to this and that's all well and good but... what you did choose to write didn't tell enough of the story and being as it was from a couple different points of view, it was a little confusing to the reader who we were supposed to be following.

For that particular story, I personally might have followed the inner diolog of the shooter. Saying things like:

"He's making his speech tonight... he'll be on stage with no protection, an easy target. His message can't be allowed to be spread like the wildfire it's sure to become should the public be told..."

Something like that. You have to build the suspense more. Draw your reader in, not just rehash the same old concept with nothing new to show.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good starting point and you're on the right track with where you're going. You just need to polish off your story telling a bit. Keep working on it and I'll be glad to help where ever I can.

Good luck!
~Chris.

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| June 21, 2012, 10:10 am
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Quoting SuperSpy X
Hey Chris, can my siggy and his bodyguard, http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/327504, be the security for the pre, main and after MOCie awards shows? Just to kinda, you know, let people know I exist. I don't drink (VERY good credential!), I carry a big gun and I'm really good at suppressing annoying people (Like Kelso...)


Not sure which way I'm going with the awards show this year so I don't want to make any promises I can't keep. I will keep it in mind though.

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| June 21, 2012, 10:12 am
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Quoting Clear .
I'm wondering, is there any real good way to take a picture with white on a white background? Once I edit it, I play with the levels but I can't usually get it right. Thanks!

Fyi, I use iPhoto on my iMac.


Man, white on white is about as tough as black on black for pics. That's why I make sure I always have a couple of options for backgrounds for when I take pics. For my recent castle I just posted, I had to use a huge 12 ft square tarp that I hung from the ceiling braces in the garage... man that was fun (not).

My only advice is to try to get a second background that's a different color. Black would be your next obvious choice and can be found fairly cheaply if you just go to like a Walgreens and pick up some poster board or something.

Good luck!
~Chris.

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| June 21, 2012, 10:15 am
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Quoting Netro .
Can you give any advice on this? Im trying to improve my pictures, do you see anything that could be better?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/329074


This is going to sound nit picky but my first piece of advice would be to iron that sheet! The wrinkles REALLY were distracting to the eyes there. I kept trying to look at the moc but my eyes kept getting pulled off to the side.

I struggled with backgrounds for a while and even recently with my castle, I was unable to get a nice, clean background (like I said above, I had to use a huge tarp). You'll want to stay with a neutral color of course but maybe try something other than white as well? Maybe a light blue or something like that.

Once you get a background that's not so stark in contrast, you'll see your pics start to almost (and I say ALMOST) get better on their own. There's some other stuff that helps as well but I'm being called away at work and this is a good starting point.

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| June 21, 2012, 10:20 am
Could you give me advice on these :)

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/322519

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/328915
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| June 21, 2012, 10:30 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
The rest of the build to me looks a bit... sparse? I know it's supposed to be desolate and wintery and all that but I think maybe just the placement of the formations you do have there weren't right. The builds themselves were great as individual elements, the rockwork was nice, but I think it was just the placement. Maybe if you'd put the big rock more centered? I dunno... just something with the eyes being drawn to where they shouldn't be.

Thank you! The advice on placement is especially helpful, I'm never sure about how stuff will look in different places.
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| June 21, 2012, 11:03 am
My second MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/328588

Is there anything that could be fixed up?
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| June 21, 2012, 11:29 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

This is going to sound nit picky but my first piece of advice would be to iron that sheet! The wrinkles REALLY were distracting to the eyes there. I kept trying to look at the moc but my eyes kept getting pulled off to the side.

I struggled with backgrounds for a while and even recently with my castle, I was unable to get a nice, clean background (like I said above, I had to use a huge tarp). You'll want to stay with a neutral color of course but maybe try something other than white as well? Maybe a light blue or something like that.

Once you get a background that's not so stark in contrast, you'll see your pics start to almost (and I say ALMOST) get better on their own. There's some other stuff that helps as well but I'm being called away at work and this is a good starting point.

Good luck!
~Chris.

I see your point. Im planning to use paper next, it usually seems to look better because it can't wrinkle. Im not sure how Ill do it for big MOcs, though.
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| June 21, 2012, 11:58 am
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Quoting Netro .
I see your point. Im planning to use paper next, it usually seems to look better because it can't wrinkle. Im not sure how Ill do it for big MOcs, though.


If you're going to use paper, I'd suggest going to an art store (or something similar) and getting a big roll of paper. If you try to use standard size paper and tape them together you run into the same problem that you had with the sheet. The edges where the paper is taped together will show and again, pull the eyes away from the build. The less you have in "edges" in your background, the better.

Good luck!

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| June 22, 2012, 8:11 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Ok, let's talk about the build first. Well done, no real problems to speak of and the layout was nice. So no real issues there.

The story... I think this may be where you went off the mark a bit. We've all seen this story, almost word for word in X-Men stuff. Now, there's no problems using existing source material for a story however...

When you use an existing idea, especially one that is so well know, you have to add something to it or give it a little twist that will capture your reader's attention.

Also, I know you were going for a minimalist approach to this and that's all well and good but... what you did choose to write didn't tell enough of the story and being as it was from a couple different points of view, it was a little confusing to the reader who we were supposed to be following.

For that particular story, I personally might have followed the inner diolog of the shooter. Saying things like:

"He's making his speech tonight... he'll be on stage with no protection, an easy target. His message can't be allowed to be spread like the wildfire it's sure to become should the public be told..."

Something like that. You have to build the suspense more. Draw your reader in, not just rehash the same old concept with nothing new to show.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good starting point and you're on the right track with where you're going. You just need to polish off your story telling a bit. Keep working on it and I'll be glad to help where ever I can.

Good luck!
~Chris.

In my defense, I haven't seen X-men, so I thought the idea was original =P thanks though
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| June 22, 2012, 8:35 am
Could you give me some tips on how I could improve this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/327565

Not sure what it is about it, but something seems slightly off.
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| June 22, 2012, 12:23 pm
How in the world could I use the Valdek mini fig in a build? HOW?
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| June 24, 2012, 2:26 pm
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Quoting Will A.
How in the world could I use the Valdek mini fig in a build? HOW?


Sorry Will... you're asking the wrong dude about Bionicle stuff. Anyone else have some advice for him, please feel free to chime in!

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| June 26, 2012, 9:19 am
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Quoting Halhi 141
Could you give me some tips on how I could improve this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/327565

Not sure what it is about it, but something seems slightly off.


Yeap, I'm gonna have to agree with ya that something's a bit off there and I think I know where it is... but first, the good.

I like a few of the design features. The cross bar across the top was a nice, new way of doing that. So good work there. Color choice was also nice, you can't go wrong with a red sports car.

As for what's off... I think it's the combo of SNOT and studs up that's throwing it off. There's plenty of cars out there with studs up building and they look fine but I think mixing the two styles on this one is what threw it off.

At this scale, you'd need to go either all SNOT or all studs up. Mixing the two makes it too busy for the eyes at the size you're building in. For future builds at this scale, I'd say pick a style and stick with it. It'll give a more uniform appearence to the build and make it easier for the eyes to focus.

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| June 26, 2012, 9:25 am
Hey phippy! Over here!
Just wandering if this looked OK, or if there was anyway for me to improve. Also, is the lighting good for this scene?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/329718
This was mostly a test of one of my previous techniques too make sure that it really worked.
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| June 27, 2012, 6:27 pm
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Quoting Arnas Scheel
Hey phippy! Over here!
Just wandering if this looked OK, or if there was anyway for me to improve. Also, is the lighting good for this scene?
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/329718
This was mostly a test of one of my previous techniques too make sure that it really worked.


Hey Arnas,

As for the moc, there's nothing really "wrong" with it by any stretch. Although one thing I noticed... you mention that in the rules it states that you're only allowed to use 6 colors and your moc has 7. The 6 you noted in the post and then there's a red flower as well... just an observation.

While I'm not sure what effect you were going for, I did notice that some of the (probably purposful) out of focus shots where... off? I know they're supposed to be out of focus to a degree but in those kinds of shots, you still want something to be the focus of the shot, not just a green and brown blob. You know what I mean here?

Also, while sticking with the color palate, I personally would have liked to have seen a little change in elevation on the forest floor there. Not much mind you, but just enough to give the illusion of real terrain.

And lastly, I know it was a short post, but I would have also liked to have seen the story expanded juuuust a weee bit. Maybe by a line or two at most but just enough more to let us know the situation and what we could expect if the story continued.

Over all a nice little build and I'm really nitpicking with the above stuff. Good luck in the contest!

~Chris.
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| June 28, 2012, 11:26 am
I haven't been on in ages, how's it going?
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| June 29, 2012, 12:19 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Nit picky, helpful words

~Chris.
Thanks Chris!

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| June 29, 2012, 12:25 pm
Here's a microscale vig I made with NPU. What do you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/330060 I would've liked to make the ground all flat, but most of my brown parts are tied up in another moc :(
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| June 29, 2012, 5:41 pm
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Quoting SuperSpy X
Here's a microscale vig I made with NPU. What do you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/330060 I would've liked to make the ground all flat, but most of my brown parts are tied up in another moc :(


I gotta agree, the hat was a really nice NPU on your part! Great idea! Now... expand it! I have two bits of advice for ya on this one and that is the first. I think that if you took this idea and stretched it out... say... another 16 to 20 studs or so, and gave us more "land" with a path of destruction behind the tornado... yeah, that would be cool.

Second, I see where you were going with the dark cloud over the tornado (and... they're there in real life so...) but it took me a second to figure out what it actually was. For this particular moc (at this size and scale) I woulda left that one out or made it thinner at least.

But in closing, I like the other micro stuff you did there and the concept and NPU are solid!

Good luck!~Chris.
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| June 30, 2012, 7:16 am
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Quoting Dawn of Greatness
My first vig:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/331139


Hehehehe...

That was funny. Maybe I should call him and see what he's up to these days...

Nice vig!
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| July 5, 2012, 11:34 am
Mr. Phipson, I just had a mociversary and made a post showing my improvement through the year. could you check it out and let me know things I could try to improve on for this year?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/331587
Thanks,
-Ben
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| July 8, 2012, 12:05 am
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Quoting Ben King
Mr. Phipson, I just had a mociversary and made a post showing my improvement through the year. could you check it out and let me know things I could try to improve on for this year?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/331587
Thanks,
-Ben


I'm truly sorry for the delay Ben but you know... real life...

Anyway, I commented on your mociversary! Man, the improvements you've made are just... wow! Here's to many more years! Congrats!
~Chris.

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| July 14, 2012, 7:24 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I'm truly sorry for the delay Ben but you know... real life...

Anyway, I commented on your mociversary! Man, the improvements you've made are just... wow! Here's to many more years! Congrats!
~Chris.

Thanks! I understand the whole real life deal, it happens to everyone.
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| July 14, 2012, 1:17 pm
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Quoting jeremy pascual
Hi I am basically a KFOL in MOCpages,in school at the moment...anyway my question is how do you become a great MOCer? You know someone who is great at building, and has been a favorite of a lot of people here?


Hey Jeremy,

That's actually a question that gets asked more than you'd think.

Ok first, you need to find a live chicken, two left handed screwdrivers, a tub of crisco and a roll of double sided painters tape...

Then, ignore everything in the previous paragraph and we'll try to answer the question.

I know this isn't the answer you were looking for but the simple truth of the matter is this. As far as the building side of things goes, practice, practice... and then more practice.

There's no simple voodoo ritual that will make you a great builder (and trust me, I am NOT including myself in the list of great builders here). You simply need to keep putting those bricks together. Looking at other's creations and learning different techniques.

As for "popularity..." Well, that's a tricky subject. First thing I can tell you is that if you go searching for it, you almost certainly won't find it. When I came to mocpages, I simply started "talking" (comments and eventually emails and so on) to people. People will either like you, or not and nothing you can do will change that, it's a simple fact of life, not just on mocpages.

That being said, simply be yourself. Enjoy yourself here and don't search out fame. Once people get to know you and know that you're a good kid, the rest will pretty much fall into place.

SO in short, keep building, practice, be nice and leave comments. Join groups and just be a good, level headed member of the pages and soon enough, if you're nice (and I'm sure you will be) you'll be flooded with favs.

Good luck!
~Chris.

P.S. BUILD/PRACTICE!
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