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Cafe Construction
Construction details of the individual components of the cafe building
About this creation


The basic design of the bay window was established in a MOC I made back when I still went by "KillerMoth26" called the Victorian House, which I think is some amount of years old now. It was one of the last things I designed before my hiatus. The bay window design is much improved in this MOC, though.



This is the glass behind the latticed fences. The brickwork pattern on the right is just for visual fun when you look into the building through the door.



Here's an exploded shot of one half of the bay window. Nothing too fancy here.



Here's how the corners were made. This is perhaps my biggest regret with the whole MOC: The corners would look a lot better from the side if I didn't have to worry about parts overhanging from the baseplate. To correct that, I had to recess it, making it not line up on the sides. Luckily, if this were in place next to another modular building, you'd never see the sides anyway, so it's a minor complaint.



This cafe sign was a giant pain to figure out how to approach, but once I had the general idea down, it went quickly. It's actually much more annoying than it looks.



Here's why it's so annoying. The horizontal spacing of the lettering on the sign does not obey the 5:2 ratio for SNOT work! I needed three plates stacked and placed vertical between each stack of horizontal plates, which leads to each letter occupying a space of about 1 and 4/5 bricks wide.



The cafe sign is attached to the awning fairly solidly, and the sign being wedged between the two side 1x3 arches helps a lot.



To accomplish the letter spacing, I alternated 1 x 1 technic bricks with 1 x 1 bricks with studs on opposite sides.



The bricks are attached to the letters from the bottom with plates used in the letters themselves.



This shows the interior support structure of the building. It's mostly hollow aside from this and the bottom floor. It's especially necessary on this building since the facade is so weakened by all the SNOT work. The parts colored yellow are the support structure and the parts colored orange are where the structure connects to the wall that was removed for this shot. All of this is usually colored gray so it doesn't stand out when you look through the windows.



Here's a window removed from the wall. These windows are ridiculous.



Getting those square corners was a total pain. The problem is, since I wanted to face a tile outward, it would only be 2 & 1/2 plates tall, which would leave a gap. To fix that, I had to turn a tile above it vertical as well. The problem is that one of them is offset and one is not, which means I couldn't mount them to the same SNOT structure. Believe me, I tried. Oh, and the exposed studs on the side attach to the corner brick structure, which is also vertical (see above).



Here's how I solved it. It goes together kind of like a puzzle, really. A little ridiculous for one window? Maybe, but it came out looking great!



Here's how the windows attach on the inner side.



Comments

 I like it 
  May 31, 2009
Great Work!! after seeing this, it's gave me some great ideas for building windows and walls<Random lol>.
 I like it 
  March 20, 2009
I'll give it a go! I'm not the best of builders! :oS
 I made it 
  March 19, 2009
Quoting Mark Franks Love it! You don't mind if I give some of the design aspects a bash on some of my MOCs? If I did publish on here, I'd most definitely credit you! M.
Be my guest! I'd love to see what you come up with.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2009
Love it! You don't mind if I give some of the design aspects a bash on some of my MOCs? If I did publish on here, I'd most definitely credit you! M.
 I made it 
  March 18, 2009
Quoting Chas Irish There are a ton of great techniques here! How come you never make them out of real legos?
I went through a bit of a dark age where I sold all my bricks. Only 2 of my MOCs so far exist in brick form, the motorcycle and the car, and I had to purchase the pieces for those from Bricklink. Thanks!
 I like it 
  March 18, 2009
There are a ton of great techniques here! How come you never make them out of real legos?
 I like it 
  February 28, 2009
WOw, amazing, this page is a treasure of building techniques, good job
 
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