How many buildings would you expect from a title like this? Well, it's just two – Pet Shop style...
About this creation
If MOCpages still haven't recovered from their image disk problems, please see the photos here on flickr!
Well, the Pet Shop needed some houses next to it, and instead of putting it between the existing modulars, I decided to build a few new ones in a similar architectural style for a sloped road at the left front of my future setup – by the way, I've updated the page with my plans.
Small houses, but full of "life", as we'll see below in detail...
Here's the backside:
An unhappy landlord is going upstairs to the artist on the top floor. You know, the rent is late, he may have to litigate – but don't worry...
...the artist may have been pretty much unsuccessful so far, but now that he decided to turn to a new style with surreal fruit arrangements...
...I'm sure he'll hit the big time in no time! :)
Let's get downstairs, second floor, where we meet Mr Bricklowe, private investigator, in his film noire-style office (hence built in black and white):
Smoking, drinking lots of coffee (coffee machine below the window) and beer (cans in the corner). He doesn't look happy...
The next photo shows Mr Bricklowe's small sleeping room on the left and, behind a simple curtain, the bathroom, and also the pretty blonde femme fatale who has entered his office. Which tough job will she hire him for? This will be left to the reader's imagination.
Only her bright red lips are able to pierce through this veil of grayness inside this apartment...
Alright, back to full Technicolor as we are about to enter "Al's cheap PCs" (why Al? Simply because I wanted a short name here) offering the latest and greatest of PC hardware for low prices:
With a customer shelling out hundreds of the local currency for a new graphics card (OEM model in a simple cardboard box):
Back out on the street, we see a, let's say, gentleman and his younger girlfriend enter the hotel:
Let's follow (or rather get ahead of) them. The hotel lobby, reception office (with the owner watching TV on a small TV set I drew decades ago), double room and it's bathroom, ready for the new guests:
(With a little mistake, since there's an open gap between the room and the stairs, which, by the way, are simply a copy of those in the Pet Shop set...) The reception desk swings open, by the way:
Second floor, three single rooms (two of which have old yellow closets with red doors). Yes, all is quite cramped - this is a cheap hotel, after all. (Just makes it hard to take good photos...) We see a sleeping drunkard in the corner:
And on the third floor, with a single and a double room, we also see the shared bathroom for all guests on second and third floor. Taking a shower: A bearded man that some might recognize from last year's advent calendar, though he sensibly removed his cap and underwear this time.
All upper floors together:
So we head back out on the street again and downstairs...
...to the little bar in the basement below the hotel. It's bright afternoon, so there are not as many customers as during nighttime...
(I hope it's okay to show this here - after all, the dancer is keeping her clothes on...)
"Pet Shop style", I said; that's all well and good, but I can't end this page without some photos showing these buildings together, can I? :)
(Note that the dark-gray plates I used to cover the ugly support structure for these photos are only photoshopped on the right half in the above picture. Well, I guess you noticed that already...)
And here's a little preview of what's to follow on the left (with all the support structures unveiled):
Yeah, I didn't do much here since the crash. A pity it takes them so long to recover; hope they're rethinking theit backup strategy...
That being said, I should have linked my Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/24588874@N08/collections/72157627244247601/ where I re-uploaded most of the photos - plus one more pair of houses that I had finished just after the crash happened.
I can't believe my eyes!! So many details in so little.
My favorite part is the private investigator's office, but everything is really astounding. I can't wait to see the rest of the setup...
5/5 hands down!
Quoting Jay Rhum
Wow, that is great! I'd like to see all a town built this way(with underground, sewer systems...)
Well, I won't build full sewer systems. Maybe a few studs deep on the edges...
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
will you tilt road plates to do your streets?
No, I'm building my roads with bricks (and I can use multiple hinge bricks for a smooth curvature at the top and bottom).
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
also, why the different colors for the support structure? would nt it be better to use black? i don t use it much, it s hard for pics!
I'm just using here, where it won't be seen once everything is completed, what I won't use elsewhere. :) With a few exceptions (like the yellow bank, the red side walls in the bar), I don't plan to use a lot of bright colors for buildings. But I might use black in some places such as visible foundations or tunnel entrances.
Quoting Paul McKeever III
what type of computers are they selling.
That's top-secret technology from the future. ;)
Quoting E.K.O .
Very nice building! Great details. The only bad thing is those plates with studs you added on the side of the ground.
Still prettier than the colorful support structure (cf. last photo). :) They're just temporary for these photos since I didn't build the surrounding elements (street in the front, hill with park in the back) yet.
i love the front roofs designs! i m inspired!!! i ll have to try something in those lines! but, it also makes the back s, look...plainish, that would be in my point of view the one and only place to improve, or polish, the little backyards look gorgeous!!!
awesome work andreas!!!
your space management and details are impressive! it is a bit cramped, but, when going for the toilets, and shower level, hard to avoid! i m not going there! lol! i find that you re a brave man andreas! lol!...ambitious and meticulous!...i raise my hat for your bravery!
i admited already before, that it was hard to imagine how you could acheive layers of depths, and hights, in your layout design. i can see a part of it now, and it looks fantastic! will you tilt road plates to do your streets? also, why the different colors for the support structure? would nt it be better to use black? i don t use it much, it s hard for pics!
Awesome and chock full of details and great story telling with humor! Your street reminds me of many of the hillside streets I've been in, in Mexico, Italy and San Francisco! Of course you know I have to mention the ARTIST's Studio/Loft A+ or a 100% for your efforts here! The pole dancer is showing how even in an "old-fashioned" street modern culture survives! We need a bit more room in the shower though! I loved the beds! Now if I didn't talk about your presentation (actually your photographic skills) I'd be amiss - so without further ado - your B&W P.I. section of the story shows your artistic as well as building skills - a big Italian Hug goes out to you!