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Phipson's Summer Thread
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Hey there everyone!

The last thread was a bit long so again... time for a new one.

First off, I'm going to be on vacation for the next 6 or 7 days so I won't be around much on the computer till next week. Kelso is of course always available if you need anything addressed and he knows that I won't be around so please... go bug him!

Secondly, (and I'll post this in the MOCie group if I have time) we do have the votes tallied and the build is juuust about done so hopefully, we'll have the MOCie awards posted next week sometime. I have most of the sigfigs of the winners as well so we'll see how it turns out.

Ok then, anything you have advice wise? Let me have it! I've never claimed (nor am I) one of the greatest builders here, but I do know good work when I see it and am always available to help out in any way I can.

So then, whatcha got?
(again... on vacation here so if I don't answer right away, you know why. I promise I WILL answer all questions as soon as I can).

~Chris.
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| July 25, 2012, 12:56 pm
Could I get some advice from the Phippy?

Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/334318

(it's my dad's 50th birthday present)

Thanks
~12lego
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| July 25, 2012, 1:39 pm
Once again, Phippy, series advice! This time, it's a good old comic book style series. If you could give me advice on build, minifigs, potential, etc. that would be great.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/334539
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| July 26, 2012, 10:47 pm
Hey Chris,

Whenever you have the time, it would be scrumdiddlyumptious if you could give me some feedback on my forced perspective attempt here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/334840

Again, no rush! Just when you get back, I'd love to hear your word on this :)

-Evan
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| July 28, 2012, 8:27 pm
Mind checking this out? http://mocpages.com/folder.php/154126 Thanks if you do, I'de like to know how it looks and feels storywise.
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| July 29, 2012, 2:31 pm
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Ok, just got back (kinda) and checking in here looks like four of ya... time to get to it!
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| August 2, 2012, 9:06 am
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Quoting 12Lego Greendude
Could I get some advice from the Phippy?

Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/334318

(it's my dad's 50th birthday present)

Thanks
~12lego


Well, I'm not going to comment on the build itself because when you do something sweet like this for your dad, the build itself is not what's important.

I left a comment for him on your moc and please wish him a great day from us here on MOCpages!

~Chris.
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| August 2, 2012, 9:12 am
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Quoting Magic Head aka Will
Once again, Phippy, series advice! This time, it's a good old comic book style series. If you could give me advice on build, minifigs, potential, etc. that would be great.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/334539



Not a bad start! I really liked the effect with the "eye view." I'm guessing you did that with your fingers maybe over the lens? I agree that the blood effect wasn't that great. Pinkish playdoh was it? Go with a red tile of some sort next time. It's an interesting start to the story. I would have liked a little background on what happened to the earth but I'm guessing you're going to fill in those details as the episodes progress?

And leaving the little cliff hanger at the end was a good choice. Makes the reader want to come back to see what happens next.

Nice work overall and let's see what happens next!
~Chris.
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| August 2, 2012, 9:18 am
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Quoting daevster !
Hey Chris,

Whenever you have the time, it would be scrumdiddlyumptious if you could give me some feedback on my forced perspective attempt here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/334840

Again, no rush! Just when you get back, I'd love to hear your word on this :)

-Evan


Fastpass is a MUST! Haven't been to the Cali park in some time (about... 30 years or so) but we did Orlando a couple years ago. Disney's great!

Anyway, the moc is really nice. The forced perspective was well done but one thing I would have liked to have seen here would be tiling. The studs showing on your mountain really show the scale in this case. When the mountain's supposed to be far away, you shouldn't be able to see the "rough edges" of it. It should look smooth from that distance.

Other than that, it's a great piece of moccing and a nice little tribute!

~Chris.
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| August 2, 2012, 9:24 am
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Quoting Michael Stenz
Mind checking this out? http://mocpages.com/folder.php/154126 Thanks if you do, I'de like to know how it looks and feels storywise.



It kinda reminds me of Lost a bit... Like no one knows where they are and then jumping around locations (into season 2) a bit... Am I right there?

Anyway, here's my thoughts on making the story run a bit smoother.

First, I would seperate the pics a bit more. It's kind of hard to tell if the dialog is beneath the pic or above it. Simply adding some space between the pics (with the dialog attached) would help the reader follow along.

And speaking of following along, in the dialog areas, you'll want to have individual lines for each speaker and make sure they're in quotes. There were a few parts where it would switch from what someone was saying to describing what was happening in the story and it was a little confusing to follow.

Really this is all just technical stuff to help the story flow a bit more. Here's some examples of how I would set up the diolog:

(Picture here)
Man one: "Well, I'll climb up the hill to see what that was."

Man two: "Good idea, while you do that, I'll check our supplies."

Man one: "Be careful."


...empty space...


(picture two)
Man one: "Well, nothing of interest up here"

**radio com clicks**

Man two *Over radio*: "Get back down here now! We've got a full blown firefight on our hands..."

You see how I made sure that every line and description was seperate and easy to follow? That kind of stuff can go over HUGE with a reading audience.

Hope that helps. Good luck!
~Chris.

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| August 2, 2012, 9:47 am
Any advice on small scale mecha Chris?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/335596

I found myself picking up the bricks again and built a Zoid. Any suggestions if I make more?
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| August 3, 2012, 10:36 am
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Quoting Kyle Peckham
Any advice on small scale mecha Chris?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/335596

I found myself picking up the bricks again and built a Zoid. Any suggestions if I make more?


Why you come to an amature like me when you're doing great stuff like this is beyond me...

Ok, here's my super duper, oh my goodness, why would Chris even type this "improvement."

There's a few spots on the base where there's SNOT building and you can see the studs underneath. These couple of areas may have looked a bit more uniform if they were tiled... Wow, why did I even type that?

Seriously, this is a great moc and although I'm a big fan of larger bases to showcase your moc on, I think what you did here with the minimalist approach was just... perfect.

Now go away, there's people that actually need help! hahaha

Keep on bricking man! You got this covered!
~Chris.

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| August 3, 2012, 1:09 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Why you come to an amature like me when you're doing great stuff like this is beyond me...

Ok, here's my super duper, oh my goodness, why would Chris even type this "improvement."

There's a few spots on the base where there's SNOT building and you can see the studs underneath. These couple of areas may have looked a bit more uniform if they were tiled... Wow, why did I even type that?

Seriously, this is a great moc and although I'm a big fan of larger bases to showcase your moc on, I think what you did here with the minimalist approach was just... perfect.

Now go away, there's people that actually need help! hahaha

Keep on bricking man! You got this covered!
~Chris.

Haha, that's good to know. ;) Thanks Chris! This was actually my first post in the group, I have always posted builds, but never asked for advice. :P

I'll keep a better base in mind for when I make more. :D
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| August 3, 2012, 10:16 pm
Hey Chris, what do you think of my first life-sized build? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/335849
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| August 5, 2012, 1:33 pm
Mind checking this again, but could you tell me how the detail, and build of the MOCs look? http://mocpages.com/folder.php/154126
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| August 6, 2012, 3:46 pm
What sellers would you recommend buying from on Brick Link that are in the United States and which ones would you recommend not buying from? I've never made a Brick Link order so I was just wondering.
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| August 7, 2012, 9:27 pm
Hi,

Can you give your opinion on this? Thanks.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/336410

-LB Jr.
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| August 8, 2012, 11:09 pm
Could I get some advice on this please
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/330854
~Eamon~
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| August 9, 2012, 1:42 am
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Quoting SuperSpy X
Hey Chris, what do you think of my first life-sized build? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/335849


Hey, nice one there! Those earbuds were the highlight for me and probably the most creative use of parts in the moc!

As for improvements. When it's in the open position, the bottom of the top half (hope I wrote that right) is open and looks "unfinished." I would have probably covered that bottom opening with a tile of somekind to just cover it. That can be done with technic pins in the bottom of the brick and the tile over the top, just to make it more smooth looking.

Also, I have to admit that I don't know what a REAL DS really looks like (I don't play one and my daughter is too young for those things still) so I'm not sure if the buttons and directional pad are supposed to be the same color as the rest of it or not. However, even if it IS supposed to be the same color, I would have gone with a different color just to have it stand out a bit. Bley would have worked there just to give a bit of contrast.

Overall though I think you did a really nice job on this! Keep up the good work!
~Chris.
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| August 11, 2012, 9:18 am
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Quoting Kayla Rhodes
What sellers would you recommend buying from on Brick Link that are in the United States and which ones would you recommend not buying from? I've never made a Brick Link order so I was just wondering.


I can honestly say that I've never made a bricklink order so I can't really give any advice on this.

If anyone reading this has bricklink experience and would like to weigh in on it please feel free!

Sorry I couldn't be more help but hopefully someone else here can.
~Chris.
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| August 11, 2012, 9:22 am
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Quoting Michael Stenz
Mind checking this again, but could you tell me how the detail, and build of the MOCs look? http://mocpages.com/folder.php/154126


Michael, I'm gonna be honest here. The builds could use more detail and I think I know where the issue may lie. Allow me to expound...

Let me know if this describes your creative process. You have an idea in your head for a story. You may jot down some notes (or not) and get an overall view of what you want out of the story and where you want it to end up. Now all you have to do is put idea to brick and get it out there for the public.

Ok, now you're ready to go and you have an image in your head of what you want it to look like. Now you have two problems. One, not enough brick to make your vision a reality. This is ALWAYS the problem, even with builders with larger collections like myself. Take my Marmoreal (White Queen's Castle) build for example. Even though that turned out alright in the end I had SOOO many ideas for that castle that just couldn't and didn't happen because I simply didn't have the resources to pull it off. I ended up with what... 5 towers on that thing in the end? I wanted TWELVE (or more)!

A smaller collection means you have to allocate what parts you have to really get across what you want to achieve. In your case, I would say using what you have but making the builds smaller so that the bricks you DO have are put to better use than adding a few small mounds of green spread sparsely across the open spance of baseplate. I would consider in your situation to try to close in the builds with some kind of backdrop, like a rock wall or something, to help keep the reader's eye from drifting off onto that carpet/blanket or whatever it is that the build is set on while you're taking your pics. Bring the reader IN to the story. Focus their attention on what you WANT them to see, not the blanket covering the dirty socks in the corner.

Second... and this is the important one... patience.

I see it every day here on MOCpages. Kids want to get the build done fast and get it out there for all to see. Now let me stress that there is NOTHING wrong with this. However, if you want to make your builds better (quality over quantity) then you HAVE to take your time.

Trust me, I get it. When I get an idea in my head the first thing I want to do is get it done and throw it out there as soon as I can. You have to resist that urge and really take your time with each aspect of the build.

Of course there always comes a time when you've spent however many hours, days or months on a build and it's just time to let it be. But, as someone once said, great art is never complete, only abandonded.

What I'm trying to say to you here is that you have a good starting point for your builds but in order to really make a build POP, you have to take more time and really think about what you're looking at.

Do you want to post a baseplate with figs on it? If that's the case and you DO want that then by all means, have fun with it! (I mean that, no sarcasm. If that's what you want then have fun!) However, if what you want is to create Lego art WITH your story, then you really need to slow down and look at each creation for it's own sake and not just as a set for your story. The build itself should be it's own vehicle that drives the story along with it.

I hope this helped and I really think you have a good thing going there. So in closing. Take your time, make your sets a bit smaller and try to pull us in to the story using the build as much as the words.

Good luck and keep me posted!
~Chris.
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| August 11, 2012, 9:41 am
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Quoting Lego Builders
Hi,

Can you give your opinion on this? Thanks.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/336410

-LB Jr.


Hey LB Jr.

Man, that was pretty good! I've never tried my hand at Legomation (hey, I think I just invented a word there... copyright Chris Phipson 2012) but it's always looked like fun to me. I just don't think I have the patience for it.

You on the other hand have done an excellent job with it! As far as build goes (which I know isn't the focus) I think you could have REALLY stepped this up a couple of notches by making a SNOT base maybe? That's the one thing that bothers me about Legomation (copyright 2012) is that 90% of the time, it's on a regular, studs up baseplate. I think someone could really take that genre to the next level by making the build the focus first, making it a moc that stand alone people would go "wow, that's cool" and THEN adding in the Legomation (still copyrighted 2012) afterwards...

Keep em coming! Really nice work!
~Chris.

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| August 11, 2012, 9:47 am
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Quoting eamon ward
Could I get some advice on this please
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/330854
~Eamon~


Eamon,

I like where you started with this. Your build shows that you've started to look at the anatomy of the dino and where things should be, how they should bend and move and that kind of thing.

Now... the colors are off. But I'm pretty sure you knew that. Let me guess? Not enough parts in the color you want right? Yeap, that's the number one Lego builder's issue and I've actually just mentioned it above in another advice piece. So, you know where that issue is and we won't drive it into the ground. Moving on...

The body itself is not bad but here's how it could be a lot better. Think about a real T-Rex. Are they thin and gangly or are they large bodied beasts? Exactly. While you took the time to make the legs and arms (complete with nice claws I might add) the body by comparison is thin and frail. Also, by making it thin, you've accentuated the slopes so that they don't look like a natural curve. By making the trunk of the body thicker, the sharp angle of the slopes would be hidden a bit more by the size and the eye wouldn't pick up on it as much.

Overall not a bad start and I'd like to see another one with a few of these changes. Let me know if you decide to give it another go!

Good luck!
~Chris.
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| August 11, 2012, 9:53 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Hey LB Jr.

Man, that was pretty good! I've never tried my hand at Legomation (hey, I think I just invented a word there... copyright Chris Phipson 2012)...

Thank you very much, Chris. Legomation...hahaha ;-)

-LB Jr.
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| August 11, 2012, 10:30 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Hey, nice one there! Those earbuds were the highlight for me and probably the most creative use of parts in the moc!

As for improvements. When it's in the open position, the bottom of the top half (hope I wrote that right) is open and looks "unfinished." I would have probably covered that bottom opening with a tile of somekind to just cover it. That can be done with technic pins in the bottom of the brick and the tile over the top, just to make it more smooth looking.

Also, I have to admit that I don't know what a REAL DS really looks like (I don't play one and my daughter is too young for those things still) so I'm not sure if the buttons and directional pad are supposed to be the same color as the rest of it or not. However, even if it IS supposed to be the same color, I would have gone with a different color just to have it stand out a bit. Bley would have worked there just to give a bit of contrast.

Overall though I think you did a really nice job on this! Keep up the good work!
~Chris.


Yeah, I thought about the bottom of the top half AFTER I took the pictures, and gee, I'm lazy and I'm not gonna take new pictures for one modification. About the buttons, I would've really liked to make them a different color, but I suffer from a devastating medical condition called lackofpartsitis, and I don't have any plain light bley 1x1 flat tiles, except the ones with gauges printed on, which would look horrible. Therefore, I have to do with what I have. So, if you want to send me a bunch of pieces, that would definitely be appreciated! :P

BTW, do you know of any contests with prizes that are going on right now? I can't seem to find any, and I want to add to my collection.

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| August 11, 2012, 12:03 pm
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Quoting SuperSpy X

BTW, do you know of any contests with prizes that are going on right now? I can't seem to find any, and I want to add to my collection.


Nothing right now but in a few weeks the MocOlympics will be starting and there will be prizes for not only the top 4, but also for furthest advancing TFOL and YFOL sooo... see ya there!
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| August 11, 2012, 12:54 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Nothing right now but in a few weeks the MocOlympics will be starting and there will be prizes for not only the top 4, but also for furthest advancing TFOL and YFOL sooo... see ya there!

OOOoohhh, really? I really want to enter, but I don't want to miss out! Please alert me when the sign-ups are out! :D
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| August 11, 2012, 3:11 pm
Could I have some advice on this series? This is just one episode, but I've got the story done and I'm quite happy with it my only problem is the construction. You can tell by this moc building sets fro comics isn't my strong point, mainly as I don't have the pieces, so what woud you reccomend?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/334119
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| August 11, 2012, 3:32 pm
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Quoting Mr. Doo (Formerly David.)
OOOoohhh, really? I really want to enter, but I don't want to miss out! Please alert me when the sign-ups are out! :D


I really can't promise to remember to tell you personally. But I can tell you that I will do my best to make a fuss of it in groups and it'll be posted on my homepage. The group will open sometime towards the end of August (not sure of the date yet) and will be open for a good 10 days (if not more) before the actual games start.

Don't worry, there'll be enough buzz about it where if you keep your ears open you won't miss it.

Good luck!
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| August 11, 2012, 4:14 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I can honestly say that I've never made a bricklink order so I can't really give any advice on this.

If anyone reading this has bricklink experience and would like to weigh in on it please feel free!

Sorry I couldn't be more help but hopefully someone else here can.
~Chris.


That's ok, thanks anyway!
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| August 11, 2012, 7:38 pm
Quoting Kayla Rhodes
What sellers would you recommend buying from on Brick Link that are in the United States and which ones would you recommend not buying from? I've never made a Brick Link order so I was just wondering.

Hi Kayla, I've had very good luck with this store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=amerryventure
They have an excellent selection and ship super fast. Hope that helps :D
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| August 12, 2012, 12:30 am
Quoting Ru Corder
Hi Kayla, I've had very good luck with this store: http://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=amerryventure
They have an excellent selection and ship super fast. Hope that helps :D

Thanks! It looks like they have a very large selection of LEGO pieces!
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| August 12, 2012, 1:05 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Michael, I'm gonna be honest here. The builds could use more detail and I think I know where the issue may lie. Allow me to expound...

Let me know if this describes your creative process. You have an idea in your head for a story. You may jot down some notes (or not) and get an overall view of what you want out of the story and where you want it to end up. Now all you have to do is put idea to brick and get it out there for the public.

Ok, now you're ready to go and you have an image in your head of what you want it to look like. Now you have two problems. One, not enough brick to make your vision a reality. This is ALWAYS the problem, even with builders with larger collections like myself. Take my Marmoreal (White Queen's Castle) build for example. Even though that turned out alright in the end I had SOOO many ideas for that castle that just couldn't and didn't happen because I simply didn't have the resources to pull it off. I ended up with what... 5 towers on that thing in the end? I wanted TWELVE (or more)!

A smaller collection means you have to allocate what parts you have to really get across what you want to achieve. In your case, I would say using what you have but making the builds smaller so that the bricks you DO have are put to better use than adding a few small mounds of green spread sparsely across the open spance of baseplate. I would consider in your situation to try to close in the builds with some kind of backdrop, like a rock wall or something, to help keep the reader's eye from drifting off onto that carpet/blanket or whatever it is that the build is set on while you're taking your pics. Bring the reader IN to the story. Focus their attention on what you WANT them to see, not the blanket covering the dirty socks in the corner.

Second... and this is the important one... patience.

I see it every day here on MOCpages. Kids want to get the build done fast and get it out there for all to see. Now let me stress that there is NOTHING wrong with this. However, if you want to make your builds better (quality over quantity) then you HAVE to take your time.

Trust me, I get it. When I get an idea in my head the first thing I want to do is get it done and throw it out there as soon as I can. You have to resist that urge and really take your time with each aspect of the build.

Of course there always comes a time when you've spent however many hours, days or months on a build and it's just time to let it be. But, as someone once said, great art is never complete, only abandonded.

What I'm trying to say to you here is that you have a good starting point for your builds but in order to really make a build POP, you have to take more time and really think about what you're looking at.

Do you want to post a baseplate with figs on it? If that's the case and you DO want that then by all means, have fun with it! (I mean that, no sarcasm. If that's what you want then have fun!) However, if what you want is to create Lego art WITH your story, then you really need to slow down and look at each creation for it's own sake and not just as a set for your story. The build itself should be it's own vehicle that drives the story along with it.

I hope this helped and I really think you have a good thing going there. So in closing. Take your time, make your sets a bit smaller and try to pull us in to the story using the build as much as the words.

Good luck and keep me posted!
~Chris.

You have been a huge help, and i thank you with the most i can give. Thats almost spot on of how i did the series, and i guess ill take my time now. But this will be my last comment for a while, going into a job related rest, ill be back though. and thanks again.
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| August 14, 2012, 3:04 pm
Hey Phipson! Could ya check this out? I've been wanting to do some rockwork and was wondering if this was "good" at all and if its not good could you tell me some ways to make it better as you always do?
Thanks!
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/338462 So sorry I forgot the link!
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| August 24, 2012, 10:25 pm
First of all Hi, As you might of gathered I'm rather new to this :) So far I have Parted out a half dozen or so Star wars Kits, but that leaves Me with very few parts to Play with... so My question is this Do you 1 Buy lots of Bricks and See what you can make? or 2 Design Something in LDD then count up the bricks you're gonna need? My problem with the first one is I'm Sort of Free building and and I realise I don't have a part to do with :(
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| August 26, 2012, 2:41 pm
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Quoting Andy Calladine
First of all Hi, As you might of gathered I'm rather new to this :) So far I have Parted out a half dozen or so Star wars Kits, but that leaves Me with very few parts to Play with... so My question is this Do you 1 Buy lots of Bricks and See what you can make? or 2 Design Something in LDD then count up the bricks you're gonna need? My problem with the first one is I'm Sort of Free building and and I realise I don't have a part to do with :(


Hey Andy, welcome to MOCpages! Jump on in, the water's fine.

Ok... parts shortages... ah, the bane of all builders. When I first started moccing, I had a lot of Star Wars sets but hadn't gotten enough into the hobby to realize that I didn't need them all sitting on my shelf collecting dust so my mocs were limited to the few other sets that I had.

Over time I came to understand that the only thing a set sitting on the shelf does is limit your collection to moc with. So, first, if you have any sets sitting on a shelf, as cool as they look sitting there, tear those puppies down and sort those parts out!

As for LDD, I've never used it myself. I prefer freeform building. I know people that do use it and they swear by it so really, it's a personal preference. To me though there's nothing like getting in there and "getting your hands dirty" so to speak. A computer program is just so... cold to me. I'd much rather be creating something physical. But again, that's just my thoughts and I'm not one of those guys that says "don't to this, it's wrong!"

So, I know that right now you don't have a lot of parts and it can be frustrating at first (been there, done that) but as time goes by it gets better.

I'm not sure how it goes in your house but my advice is that every birthday/holiday (which ever you celebrate) or special occasion where you get gifts... simply put Lego on your wish list. This even works for adults. My wife only ever buys me Lego these days when she does get me gifts and she understands that it doesn't matter if I already have a set or not because I'll just be parting the pieces out anyway.

When you get your allowence or mowing the lawn money or however you do it, my advice is to start with the parts bucket type things. You'll only need a few to get your collection going and they're not too expensive but have a good amount of brick in them.

After that, (and you can switch these if you wish) start stocking up on those sets. It's going to be a long, slow and painfull process but over time you'll start to see your collection grow and before you know it, your parts count will be in the thousands!

Another piece of advice I have if you're going to be sticking with it for a while is this. Get a system of sorting in place and start getting yourself organized. You'll find it much easier to build and create if you KNOW where your parts are as opposed to digging through a trunk full of every part to find that one 1x2 black plate you're looking for.

So in short... organize what you have and start asking for Lego (when you deserve it you bad kid you haha). Also, and I tell a lot of our younger builders this advice. Start doing stuff around the house! Offer to take out the trash, vaccuum the carpet, wash the dog, do the dishes, whatever you can do. As a parent, I know that when my daughter does stuff (especially without being asked) I WANT to reward her (of course she wants "My little Ponies" and "Princess" stuff but you get the idea). As long as it's in the budget, you'll see things start to go your way a bit as long as you do the right things and OFFER to help.

Ok, I've rambled enough. Good luck and go do your homework! HAHA Hope that helped!
~Chris.

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| August 27, 2012, 7:43 am
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Quoting Arnas Scheel
Hey Phipson! Could ya check this out? I've been wanting to do some rockwork and was wondering if this was "good" at all and if its not good could you tell me some ways to make it better as you always do?
Thanks!
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/338462 So sorry I forgot the link!


Not bad. Here's my advice. I'm going to guess that you built your rocks from the bottom going up, stacking brick on brick right? I've found a little trick that really helps me with the "flow" feeling of rockwork. Start at the TOP and work your way down. You'll basically be building upside down but for some reason, I've found that it really helps the natural flow of the rock formation.

The other thing is the color. I know not all rock is the same color ut this seems a bit TOO disjointed to me on the color scheme. Sure you can use different shades in your rock wall but there has to be some purpose to it. Natural rock doesn't just shift color all over the place. When there IS a color difference, it's gradual and there's a reason for it. So please, do go ahead and use different coloring (in moderation) but make sure that the flow is there and you can see the natural progression from one shade to the next.

Overall though not a bad start. keep em coming and I'd love to see you try again with this advice.

Good luck!
~Chris.

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| August 27, 2012, 7:50 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Quoting Andy Calladine
First of all Hi, As you might of gathered I'm rather new to this :) So far I have Parted out a half dozen or so Star wars Kits, but that leaves Me with very few parts to Play with... so My question is this Do you 1 Buy lots of Bricks and See what you can make? or 2 Design Something in LDD then count up the bricks you're gonna need? My problem with the first one is I'm Sort of Free building and and I realise I don't have a part to do with :(


Hey Andy, welcome to MOCpages! Jump on in, the water's fine.

Ok... parts shortages... ah, the bane of all builders. When I first started moccing, I had a lot of Star Wars sets but hadn't gotten enough into the hobby to realize that I didn't need them all sitting on my shelf collecting dust so my mocs were limited to the few other sets that I had.

Over time I came to understand that the only thing a set sitting on the shelf does is limit your collection to moc with. So, first, if you have any sets sitting on a shelf, as cool as they look sitting there, tear those puppies down and sort those parts out!

As for LDD, I've never used it myself. I prefer freeform building. I know people that do use it and they swear by it so really, it's a personal preference. To me though there's nothing like getting in there and "getting your hands dirty" so to speak. A computer program is just so... cold to me. I'd much rather be creating something physical. But again, that's just my thoughts and I'm not one of those guys that says "don't to this, it's wrong!"

So, I know that right now you don't have a lot of parts and it can be frustrating at first (been there, done that) but as time goes by it gets better.

I'm not sure how it goes in your house but my advice is that every birthday/holiday (which ever you celebrate) or special occasion where you get gifts... simply put Lego on your wish list. This even works for adults. My wife only ever buys me Lego these days when she does get me gifts and she understands that it doesn't matter if I already have a set or not because I'll just be parting the pieces out anyway.

When you get your allowence or mowing the lawn money or however you do it, my advice is to start with the parts bucket type things. You'll only need a few to get your collection going and they're not too expensive but have a good amount of brick in them.

After that, (and you can switch these if you wish) start stocking up on those sets. It's going to be a long, slow and painfull process but over time you'll start to see your collection grow and before you know it, your parts count will be in the thousands!

Another piece of advice I have if you're going to be sticking with it for a while is this. Get a system of sorting in place and start getting yourself organized. You'll find it much easier to build and create if you KNOW where your parts are as opposed to digging through a trunk full of every part to find that one 1x2 black plate you're looking for.

So in short... organize what you have and start asking for Lego (when you deserve it you bad kid you haha). Also, and I tell a lot of our younger builders this advice. Start doing stuff around the house! Offer to take out the trash, vaccuum the carpet, wash the dog, do the dishes, whatever you can do. As a parent, I know that when my daughter does stuff (especially without being asked) I WANT to reward her (of course she wants "My little Ponies" and "Princess" stuff but you get the idea). As long as it's in the budget, you'll see things start to go your way a bit as long as you do the right things and OFFER to help.

Ok, I've rambled enough. Good luck and go do your homework! HAHA Hope that helped!
~Chris.


How do you get the impression I'm Young I'm 34 and Married :P But Made me laugh so its OK My Lego collecting is the bane of my wife's life, she Says I spend too much blah blah blah...
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| August 27, 2012, 8:08 am
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Quoting Andy Calladine

How do you get the impression I'm Young I'm 34 and Married :P But Made me laugh so its OK My Lego collecting is the bane of my wife's life, she Says I spend too much blah blah blah...


HAHAHA My deepest apologies man, you must understand that most of the traffic I get in here is from kids (8 to 14 usually) asking advice and I just kind of shoot from the hip on that one.

As for the wife issue... yeah, everytime I spend .02 cents on Lego the wife says it's too much. At which point I pull out her target receipts and she has really no where to go on that.

Ok... adult oriented advice time. I myself started truly collecting Lego as an adult back in 99 or so when the Star Wars sets started coming out but only got into MOCpages and SERIOUS collecting about 5 or 6 years ago.

If you truly want to make the most bang for your buck, I'd suggest garage sales, flea markets and things like that. Ebay is also good only because some of the people on there don't know what they have as opposed to Bricklink.com where everyone there is a Lego hobbiest and knows exactly what each piece is worth. Bricklink though is a great site (from what I've been told, never ordered from it myself) for finding those special parts that you just can't find anywhere else.

Toys R Us is REALLY over priced for Lego. They jack up their prices a lot BUT... when they have the "buy one get one half off" sale it's worth it to stock up on the bigger sets.

And if you have a Lego store in your area (not sure where you live) then you MUST sign up for the rewards program. Short version is for every 100 bucks you get 5 bucks back. Save those up over the course of your spending and before you know it you have 20 or 30 bucks in your "bank" and can get something nice. The PAB (pick a brick) wall is also a good choice for getting loads of bricks cheap. When I was building Minas Tirith and Isengard for our LOTR setup at Brickworld, I would go in and purchase brick by the case ($70 per case) to stock up on black and white brick.

And finally, the thing I said about holidays and birthdays still rings true! Simply ASK for Lego... or if your family/friends simply don't understand, just ask for Target/Wal-Mart gift cards. They won't know what you're spending it on and you get to stock up on brick!

Ok... hope that helps a bit now that I know who I'm talking to HAHA. Again, so sorry about the mix up but I'm sure you can understand.

If you need anything else please don't hesitate to ask, I'm always here to help in any way I can.

Oh, and if you'd like a challenge, we have a contest opening soon (the biggest on MOCpages and in it's 5th year) called the MocOlympics. It's really a lot of fun and makes you build outside of your comfort zone and gives you a sense of how the community runs.

Again, welcome to MOCpages! It's always great to have another AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) in the fold!

~Chris.
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| August 27, 2012, 8:46 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

HAHAHA My deepest apologies man, you must understand that most of the traffic I get in here is from kids (8 to 14 usually) asking advice and I just kind of shoot from the hip on that one.

As for the wife issue... yeah, everytime I spend .02 cents on Lego the wife says it's too much. At which point I pull out her target receipts and she has really no where to go on that.

Ok... adult oriented advice time. I myself started truly collecting Lego as an adult back in 99 or so when the Star Wars sets started coming out but only got into MOCpages and SERIOUS collecting about 5 or 6 years ago.

If you truly want to make the most bang for your buck, I'd suggest garage sales, flea markets and things like that. Ebay is also good only because some of the people on there don't know what they have as opposed to Bricklink.com where everyone there is a Lego hobbiest and knows exactly what each piece is worth. Bricklink though is a great site (from what I've been told, never ordered from it myself) for finding those special parts that you just can't find anywhere else.

Toys R Us is REALLY over priced for Lego. They jack up their prices a lot BUT... when they have the "buy one get one half off" sale it's worth it to stock up on the bigger sets.

And if you have a Lego store in your area (not sure where you live) then you MUST sign up for the rewards program. Short version is for every 100 bucks you get 5 bucks back. Save those up over the course of your spending and before you know it you have 20 or 30 bucks in your "bank" and can get something nice. The PAB (pick a brick) wall is also a good choice for getting loads of bricks cheap. When I was building Minas Tirith and Isengard for our LOTR setup at Brickworld, I would go in and purchase brick by the case ($70 per case) to stock up on black and white brick.

And finally, the thing I said about holidays and birthdays still rings true! Simply ASK for Lego... or if your family/friends simply don't understand, just ask for Target/Wal-Mart gift cards. They won't know what you're spending it on and you get to stock up on brick!

Ok... hope that helps a bit now that I know who I'm talking to HAHA. Again, so sorry about the mix up but I'm sure you can understand.

If you need anything else please don't hesitate to ask, I'm always here to help in any way I can.

Oh, and if you'd like a challenge, we have a contest opening soon (the biggest on MOCpages and in it's 5th year) called the MocOlympics. It's really a lot of fun and makes you build outside of your comfort zone and gives you a sense of how the community runs.

Again, welcome to MOCpages! It's always great to have another AFOL (Adult Fan Of Lego) in the fold!

~Chris.


yeah AFOL here, already A fond bricklink user :) I needed to get the parts to build the Tumbler, and everytime I get an idea in my head its like go to bricklink... I live in The UK So when I went to the states earlier this year You were SOOOO much cheaper I don't know whether I can bear to Part up my AT AT Slave One and My Falcon... it would hurt too much.. been seriously collecting just kits now for a couple of years
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| August 27, 2012, 8:55 am
Could you give me some advise on this please?

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/338408

Thanks~Alex
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| August 27, 2012, 8:58 am
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Quoting Andy Calladine
...I don't know whether I can bear to Part up my AT AT Slave One and My Falcon... it would hurt too much.. been seriously collecting just kits now for a couple of years


I felt the same exact way when I first started moccing. (Proof: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/56065)

But you'll get used to the idea soon enough. Especially when you do the first one and you see what you can build once you let those sets go to the sorting gods.

~Chris.
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| August 27, 2012, 9:50 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

I felt the same exact way when I first started moccing. (Proof: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/56065)

But you'll get used to the idea soon enough. Especially when you do the first one and you see what you can build once you let those sets go to the sorting gods.

~Chris.


Ahhh But I have my wife threatening me with placing pieces in my shoes

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| August 27, 2012, 9:56 am
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Quoting Alex B
Could you give me some advise on this please?

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/338408

Thanks~Alex


Not a bad little moc there Alex! Ok, where do we go from here you ask? I would work on the studs a bit if I were you. Smoothing the whole thing out would give a cleaner look to the moc. I know it's sometimes hard to come by that many tiles but it's something to strive for. There are scales of vehicles (and styles like "Town builds") where the studs showing approach is a good thing but here I think tiling it would have served you well.

Also, the lights on the vehicle were a bit large for the size of the vehicle itself. Going at this scale I would use stud sizes for the lights, not the 2x2 rounds that you used.

Now let's talk about pictures. your opening shot was... well... not that enticing. A straight on shot like that doesn't really show the moc off to it's full potential. When choosing a picture for your cover shot, I'd go with something that showcased the best angle of the moc (or for story mocs, something that entices the reader to want to know what's behind the curtain but that's a whole different school of thought). For something like this, I would have chosen an overhead/from the side shot that would really show off the piece as a whole and let people know what they're going to see.

Secondly on the pics, taking them outside is a GREAT idea! There's no better lighting than natural lighting... BUT...

The background was "messy." What does that mean? Well, you had it sitting on a picnic table, with trees in the background and all things of nature surrounding it. Now, there's a certain artistic way of doing this that'll make something like that work however in this kind of photo shoot, it just makes things look unorganized and like you don't care about the pictures. When you show us your mocs, you want to MAKE your audience look at what YOU want them to look at. Do you want us looking at your trees in the background or at the SUV? Exactly. Clean up that background a bit and make your viewer focus their attention where you want it focused.

Hope that helped and good luck!
~Chris.
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| August 27, 2012, 10:49 am
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Quoting Andy Calladine

Ahhh But I have my wife threatening me with placing pieces in my shoes


As long as she buys them new for you off bricklink and THEN puts em in your shoes, then it's all good.
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| August 27, 2012, 10:51 am
So, Mr. Phipson, imagine my old castigator mech without the flaws. That is what this is! (hopefully...)
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/339095
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| August 29, 2012, 8:32 pm
I think I'm starting to agree with you about ldd its a bit cold.. creations font. I'm also increasing my brick collection by a few bricks a month :) but here's a question how would you start a big build something like a capital ship?
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| August 30, 2012, 3:09 am
If someone who makes and begs for comments on the infamous"clone on a plate" is called a clonetard and the fanboy who makes somewhat poor halo creations is a halo kiddie, what are their world war counterparts, like me, called? It just isnt fair that they get a catchy and hilarious name and we don't. Im just sayin' :/
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| September 8, 2012, 3:40 pm
Quoting Lt. John Harland
If someone who makes and begs for comments on the infamous"clone on a plate" is called a clonetard and the fanboy who makes somewhat poor halo creations is a halo kiddie, what are their world war counterparts, like me, called? It just isnt fair that they get a catchy and hilarious name and we don't. Im just sayin' :/

How about WWeirdo?
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| September 8, 2012, 4:49 pm
Does anyone know how to make a small moon?
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| September 11, 2012, 3:13 pm
Does anyone know how to make a small moon? I don't mean a big moon, but as a decoration on a wall to minifigure scale.
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| September 11, 2012, 3:14 pm
Does anyone know what this piece is called? I need to find it on Bricklink.

http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/68065/1347422700m_DISPLAY.jpg

-LB Jr.
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| September 12, 2012, 12:00 am
Quoting Lego Builders
Does anyone know what this piece is called? I need to find it on Bricklink.

http://images.mocpages.com/user_images/68065/1347422700m_DISPLAY.jpg

-LB Jr.

It is Part #48729, just put 48729 into the BrickLink search bar.
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| September 12, 2012, 7:05 am
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Quoting Andy Calladine
I think I'm starting to agree with you about ldd its a bit cold.. creations font. I'm also increasing my brick collection by a few bricks a month :) but here's a question how would you start a big build something like a capital ship?



Been a bit tied up with the MocOlympics so I apologize for the delay.

Ya know, I wish I could be more help but I've never built a capitol ship. Now Kelso on the other hand... that's the dude you should talk to. Leave him a comment on one of his mocs and tell him that I sent you to him for specific advice and I'm sure he'll be glad to help you out more than I ever could.

Good luck!
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| September 12, 2012, 8:21 am
Quoting SuperSpy X
It is Part #48729, just put 48729 into the BrickLink search bar.

Thanks! -LB Jr.
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| September 12, 2012, 10:35 am
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Quoting Aaron Boin
I want to join a group but I need to be invited.
HELP!!!!!


There are many different types of groups here on MOCpages and each has their own setting as to what kind of members they want.

If an admin of a group has decided that they do not want to have to deal with accepting and/or rejecting new members then they will set the group up as invite only.

This generally means that the admin doesn't want any new members that they don't personally select. Also, "asking" said admin to be included in the group is generally bad form and frowned upon.

My advice... simply look for some other groups that deal with the same type of topics that are not set up as "invite only" and join them.

Good luck
~Chris.
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| September 18, 2012, 2:58 pm
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Quoting Rogue Spartan
Does anyone know how to make a small moon?


I can't believe no one made a "That's not a moon, it's a space station" joke here... but I digress...

Small moon huh? Well, it really depends on the look you're going for. My first two ideas would be using a "radar dish" piece (you choose the size) on a black brick background. The other option (if you want texture) would be to use half of one of those big rock pieces that came in like... Power Miners sets (I think, and if anyone has the BL link that would help).

If you'd like some more specifics maybe some of the other members here have some input with some other things to try.

~Chris.
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| September 18, 2012, 3:02 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson


Been a bit tied up with the MocOlympics so I apologize for the delay.

Ya know, I wish I could be more help but I've never built a capitol ship. Now Kelso on the other hand... that's the dude you should talk to. Leave him a comment on one of his mocs and tell him that I sent you to him for specific advice and I'm sure he'll be glad to help you out more than I ever could.

Good luck!


Have done, no response as yet, that I have seen but y'all have real lives, I'm trying to build an interior first anway should have the engine room to go up as a WIP next week, Have you found that you're constantly going back to bricklink, and being like I want some of those and some of those... its an AFOL's sweetshop... How is MOClympics going, I kinda wish I'd had a go now but I would have suffered the ignomy of a first round elimiantion

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| September 20, 2012, 7:16 am
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Quoting Andy C

Have done, no response as yet, that I have seen but y'all have real lives, I'm trying to build an interior first anway should have the engine room to go up as a WIP next week, Have you found that you're constantly going back to bricklink, and being like I want some of those and some of those... its an AFOL's sweetshop... How is MOClympics going, I kinda wish I'd had a go now but I would have suffered the ignomy of a first round elimiantion


Mark's actually out of town for work this week so it may take him a bit to get back to you. I'll let him know that you're interested in some help there.

Bricklink... You know I've never once (myself) made a BL order. Lee Jones added a few things for me to one of his orders earlier this year but I've never done it myself. I think it's kinda like crack (hence the nickname of the site, "cracklink") where once you try it, you're hooked and if you never indulge then you're fine haha.

MocOlympics are hectic right now. The first round is always the worst (for the judges) having to score all the entries and get everyone set in the brackets and all that fun stuff. But, unlike the MocAthalon, it gets easier for the judges as the rounds progress. Less entries = less judging and less people to juggle. Whereas the MocAthalon, it's all the players throughout and everyone posts a slew of entries at the end trying to score more points.

But enough of my babbling. If Mark doesn't get back to you in some way in the next 10 days or so let me know and I'll ask him to catch up with you.

Take care
~Chris.

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| September 20, 2012, 8:16 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Mark's actually out of town for work this week so it may take him a bit to get back to you. I'll let him know that you're interested in some help there.

Bricklink... You know I've never once (myself) made a BL order. Lee Jones added a few things for me to one of his orders earlier this year but I've never done it myself. I think it's kinda like crack (hence the nickname of the site, "cracklink") where once you try it, you're hooked and if you never indulge then you're fine haha.

MocOlympics are hectic right now. The first round is always the worst (for the judges) having to score all the entries and get everyone set in the brackets and all that fun stuff. But, unlike the MocAthalon, it gets easier for the judges as the rounds progress. Less entries = less judging and less people to juggle. Whereas the MocAthalon, it's all the players throughout and everyone posts a slew of entries at the end trying to score more points.

But enough of my babbling. If Mark doesn't get back to you in some way in the next 10 days or so let me know and I'll ask him to catch up with you.

Take care
~Chris.



I've clearly been sniffing too many bricks... I thought is left a comment went back to check and it wasn't there.. maybe I'm just insane, anyway so I left another,birthday coming up so have bought myself 3 new kits and my wife is getting me another ... haven't parted them yet, though our living room is starting resemble a lego factory
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| September 20, 2012, 8:47 am
Hey Chris! Id like some advice on this MOC Can you tell me if my building skills are improving any? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/341406

Thanks!

~Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win~ MF
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| September 20, 2012, 12:24 pm
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Comment moved from Help group.

Quoting count dooku (asa) E
Hello, not sure this is the place (feel welcome to erase/block in that case), but wondered if anyone has ideas about a problem I encountered. I am living in south asia, finding it hard to buy lego anywhere around (india-nepal). Anyway, recently found out that Malaysia started a big LEgoLAND and great shop (also online). this is the nearest place. BUT...apparently one cannot go there with my nationality and passport, and I feel this is really contrary to LEGO's spirit and message, that we transcend differences to do our hobby. any ideas ?


Hey there,

I moved this conversation here from the help group. This group is more for this type of conversation.

I personally don't have any input on that though I wish I did. Being a fan of something and not being able to get it is always a problem.

If anyone else has any advice on this matter please feel free to chime in and help out.

One suggestion was to try to order online (which is a good idea) but I'm not sure exactly how that would work in your part of the world. May be worth looking into though.

Anyone else have any advice for our friend here?

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| September 28, 2012, 11:43 am
Hey Chris, it'd be cool if you could let me know what you think of this:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/341452 You know the deal, I'm sure: Parts usage, detailing, your own personal opinion... etc. I'm surprised I haven't found this group before, it's pretty awesome! thanks Chris! BTW, I know the some of the pics got stretched weird. It wasn't me though, it was the MOCpages photo uploader. Have you ever experienced something like this?
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| September 28, 2012, 2:57 pm
Chris, I'm not sure how much you know about the Bionicle line, but would you mind viewing this?

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/328727
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| September 30, 2012, 10:52 pm
Hello Chris,
Could I have some advice on this please? I know the photos were taken out side but it was to big for the light box :P

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/340667
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| October 1, 2012, 6:43 am
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Quoting Marty Ford
Hey Chris! Id like some advice on this MOC Can you tell me if my building skills are improving any? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/341406

Thanks!

~Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win~ MF


Hey Marty,

You've got some really good ideas going there! But you come here looking for ways to make it better so here we go.

The hood of the car just seems off to me. The way that the sides on the top are higher than the middle... Perhaps if you'd have raised the middle section there so that the tiles were even with the middle section it would have worked better.

This kind of thing is shown throughout and while I see that you're trying to go for a studless look, you have to raise the section next to it so that covering the studs doesn't also create a level difference in the rest of the build.

Also, the roof looks a little low to me. Like the driver's head would be hitting the roof.

Other than that, it is really nice. I like the basic design and I think with a few little tweaks here and there it would be top notch!

Hope that helps and good luck!
~Chris.
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| October 1, 2012, 10:50 am
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Quoting LTE the Mechanier
Hey Chris, it'd be cool if you could let me know what you think of this:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/341452 You know the deal, I'm sure: Parts usage, detailing, your own personal opinion... etc. I'm surprised I haven't found this group before, it's pretty awesome! thanks Chris! BTW, I know the some of the pics got stretched weird. It wasn't me though, it was the MOCpages photo uploader. Have you ever experienced something like this?



Lookin good there! I do really like the parts usage on this. Some of the little details like using the binoculars in the arms... nice touch.

I would say though that it's kind of difficult to see... for lack of a better term... which way is front. And I say that with a bit of reservation because of course we "know" which way is front but there's just something about it that looks a little askew to me. Don't get me wrong, after studying it a bit I was able to appreciate it more. But at first glance, in certain pics, I had to take a second to see "Oh ok, this piece goes here and then that's the front." Perhaps it's the scale mixed with the colors... I dunno... can't quite place my finger on it.

That little critique aside, I do really like it! I wish you could have gone a bit bigger (I know... parts availability right?) as I think taking this to a larger scale would have helped the viewing a bit (just on my end).

Overall a really neat design and I look forward to what else you have for us!
~Chris.
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| October 1, 2012, 10:58 am
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Quoting Killer Quadrapeds The Power Armor Smith
Chris, I'm not sure how much you know about the Bionicle line, but would you mind viewing this?

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/328727


You're right, I'm not a big Bionicle guy but I have seen enough to be able to give a little feedback.

Now, I'm no Yuri, but here's my thoughts. My first piece of advice to you would be to work on your presentation. I think had these been on a single colored background and the shots taken more in frame and focused, the overall presentation would have been HEAPS better.

Get yourself a nice (ironed) bedsheet or something similar to place behind your mocs and cover up any of the furniture/dirty socks/leftover cheese pizza that's in the background. I can't tell you how distracting it is to see someone's "house" in the background of shots... especially with smaller mocs (I totally understand if it's a 5ft by 8ft castle... not easy to cover all the background... I know, I've tried).

I think that if you took the same mocs that you just posted there and changed the presentation, it would make the mocs LOOK 100 times better (even though the mocs are the exact same).

Do yourself a favor and give that a try. I'd love to see your next post with some of these changes put in. Come back and let me know and I'll be more than happy to help you out there!

(I know this isn't really focusing on the mocs themselves this time but stick with me on this... it's a learning curve thing)

See you back here for your next post!
~Chris.

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| October 1, 2012, 11:07 am
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Quoting Alex B
Hello Chris,
Could I have some advice on this please? I know the photos were taken out side but it was to big for the light box :P

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/340667


Hey Alex,

Nice scale on that by the way! Not everyday that people build in this scale so nice work there.

There were a couple of issues that I found so let's see what we have here. First is the combo of studless and studs showing... never good on this size (and type) of build. When you tile the hood but then leave the top studded, it gives an unfinished look. Almost like (and I know you didn't but stick with me here) you said "Meh, good enough." and left it at that. There ARE times when it's acceptable to have both tiles and studs but for something like a car, you really have to go all or nothing to give it a uniform look.

I see what you were trying to do with the gauges on the dash there with the circles. However, I think the choice of part there wasn't the best idea. For this scale, I personally would have gone with just a few studs for those gauges behind the steering wheel. At that size they just look too large. In real life it would be the same as having dinner plates for your speedometer.

I did like what you did in the engine though. Using the strings to mimic hoses... nice touch. If you could though in the future, might I suggest using technic hoses? Some people will cut those (and the purists CRINGE when I say that) to fit their needs. Or, if you're not a cutter, then you can run the portion of the hose that you don't want to see under something else to hide it.

Hope these ideas helped and good luck!
~Chris.

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