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Minas Tirith
About this creation
Minas Tirith by Chris Phipson and Myself


I'll have to ask you guys to forgive me for this post being a bit raw in its appearance, but circumstances didn't allow me to get the usual shots of my work, and I wanted to post these images in a timely manner, along with eveyrone elses...




A BIT OF BACKGROUND


At Brickworld 2010, several MOCpages members were inspired by George Kemper and his collaborative Matrix display (of which several of us participated). Led by Phipson, and his indomitable enthusiasm for the grand, we started scheming to do a large MOCpages group collaborative of Middle Earth, based upon the film (more than the book), The Lord of the Rings.

This post is essentially my perspective. Several of us who participated are posting pages with slightly different images and thoughts on the experience. Here you'll get an idea of my portion of the collaborative, but if you have a chance, keep your eyes peeled for other LOTR posts from the various conspirators!


NOW...ON TO THE MAKING OF MINAS TIRITH!





Phipson and I agreed early on to tackle Minas Tirith together. I would handle the bottom portion, and he'd do the top (make your own jokes on that one!). So after a good bit of research, measuring, and yammering on the phone with my brother of brick, Chris and I began the project. For my part, I started with the main outer wall.


For those familiar with my Lego-lair and my work, you can get an immediate idea of the proportions we were dealing with. The ship hanging overhead is the Eye of Chaos (which I essentially put on hold last year for this undertaking) and it's about seven feet long. The outer diameter of the wall turned out to be about six feet, with the depth being a bit over three feet.






Chris and I had a lot of discussion about the style of MOC. We wanted our two portions to be visually consistent, and the MOC to look as though it only had one builder. Phipson convinced me to simplify my approach a bit - as I tend to work in extreme detail - to give the MOC the look of being just an oversized set. It was a brilliant idea, and I used the design of the Harry Potter sets as a guide to some of the early buildings.










Over time, I was able to start seeing some progress. By this point it was early spring of 2011. The main outer wall had been finished, and already delivered to Chris in Chicago (thanks to Xandegars for the delivery!) awaiting the con in June. I moved the MOC to the center of my basement, started arranging buildings, and continued to crank out structure after structure...


Here you can see that the central rock element is completed, and the interior wall is started.


I was actually pretty happy with the look of the rock forms, which were built in two sections, and then stacked one on top of the other. Little did I know that leaving it in the hands of UPS for delivery to Chicago would turn it to complete rubble!!! Fortunately the MOCpages team, led by Shannon Ocean, were able to reconstruct this section...and I mean COMPLETELY RECONSTRUCT it!!! Thanks Shanno...I owe you BIG TIME!









And finally, after countless phone conversations to organize proportions and measurements, months of planning and building, it all comes together. Way to go Chris...we did it, man!


A HUGE thanks to Jones for his amazing contributions to the collaborative! Along with his stunning creation of the Mines of Moria, he also contributed countless figs to form the armies that populated a Middle Earth MOC that spanned over SIXTY FEET OF TABLE LENGTH!!! (and at this point, I should mention Lee's wife, Danette, who - along with Tyler Halliwell, Shannon Ocean, and others - helped to rebuild my work that UPS so kindly delivered to Chicago with the delicate hands of a cave troll!)




So there ya have it folks - my portion of the mind-blowing collaborative that we came to know as "The Journey of the Fellowship 2011." My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who joined in and welcomed my participation. I'll remember this amazing experience for the rest of my life! And now...if I can ever get my house sold...it's finally back to the Eye of Chaos.

Until next time!



Comments

  August 18, 2014
So many figs...
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  July 1, 2014
I take my (non existent) hat off too you!
  June 1, 2014
Sent you an email. Can't wait for your guidance? Thanks again for the help
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  May 30, 2014
Quoting Jacob Hanan Mark I understand what you are saying, but don't understand what you mean unless I can see it. I understand 1 stud deep, but how is it curving and how are you making the wall protrude out a little? love the design but just don't understand it. I've looked hard through your pictures shown but still can't figure it out. Email? another way to communicate? if not no big deal just really would love help from a "master builder" thanks again
Yeah, visuals are always better, to be sure. I'll give you a couple more descriptions here, and if that doesn't help, just email my work address: mark@markkelsoart.com and we can communicate that way with pics. Meanwhile...the wall starts with just 1 x 2 bricks stacked as you would expect. Given the scale, there's enough flexibility with a wall that size for it start start curving with just a little bit of pressure. (If you've never done this, try a length of wall some time with 1 x 2's and then just try bending the wall - you'll see that it has some play and will curve slightly.) I created a second layer to go in front of the main wall. This was also mainly 1 x2's, and so could also bend. This front wall was the one with the Lion Head parts and the grey decorative line, and the vertical support columns made of 1 x 2 x 5's. These two separate walls were butted up to one another and only attached at a few select places where studs of both walls lined up with one another. (In most places, the studs were out of alignment due to the curvature and couldn't be connected.) So, again...two separate walls made of 1 x 2's, with one just sitting in front of the other and barely attached.
  May 30, 2014
Mark I understand what you are saying, but don't understand what you mean unless I can see it. I understand 1 stud deep, but how is it curving and how are you making the wall protrude out a little? love the design but just don't understand it. I've looked hard through your pictures shown but still can't figure it out. Email? another way to communicate? if not no big deal just really would love help from a "master builder" thanks again
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  May 25, 2014
Quoting Jacob Hanan Thanks mark!!! I have collected every lego castle, kingdoms, lord of the ring and hobbit set. Really trying to do this its a great hobby, but I get lost in legos like we all do. Question (though as I may have more than just this one, hope thats ok) when building the wall how thick did you make it, I see you are using 22 bricks in front, but how deep or thick is it? Thanks
The wall itself is only one stud deep (or thick, as you might say). At the top, I added additional layers in front of the wall element just for visual interest. On top of the main wall element, there was a walkway for soldiers to move along, and then the ramparts were in front of that section. The basic thickness of the wall, however, needed to be only one stud thick so it could curve without the need for hinges of any kind.
  May 25, 2014
Thanks mark!!! I have collected every lego castle, kingdoms, lord of the ring and hobbit set. Really trying to do this its a great hobby, but I get lost in legos like we all do. Question (though as I may have more than just this one, hope thats ok) when building the wall how thick did you make it, I see you are using 22 bricks in front, but how deep or thick is it? Thanks
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  May 22, 2014
Quoting Jacob Hanan Mark I'm trying to Build Middle earth and i am looking for directions or help with minas tirith. Have any pointers or suggestions. Directions!!!
Hi, Jacob - I could go on for hours. But, in short, I'd say, maybe: Give good consideration to the scale you want to work in and then start planning the design based upon what's feasible with your parts volume and working space. Also think ahead about transportation, and build modularly, if possible. Keep in mind that one of Minas Tirith's major identifying factors is it's teared, seven-level design. Try not to skimp on that, even though that many levels may be a big challenge. We had to go with fewer due to time constraints, and it's one of my big regrets with the work. Finally, detail...detail...detail (something to consider when predicting parts needed). It's a major city, and needs a LOT of buildings and visual complexity to come across as such. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!
  May 20, 2014
Mark I'm trying to Build Middle earth and i am looking for directions or help with minas tirith. Have any pointers or suggestions. Directions!!!
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  January 31, 2014
Great work! The walls and details are great! It's amazing!
  January 9, 2014
It would be amazing to collaborate with such skilled and detailed builders such as yourself. It would be really stunning to make a big scene of the lord of the rings kingdom out of lego. Of course it would be big and take a while but if you only build the important things it could be done. Great job with this build :)
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  January 3, 2014
I love this model great detail and well done.
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  December 25, 2013
I like the design similar to hogwarts, and the interior wall is really cool. I'm working on a rivendell from hobbit and will be similar size and detail (maybe 50,000 pieces). Still a year away from posting it and $1000 short though.
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  November 14, 2013
Wow!that's fantastic!I was very happy to recived a comment from you!there is a denethor there?
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  November 11, 2013
Not even close to what I can build, even if I had all the bricks to do it, great job.
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  November 4, 2013
Gorgeous!!! 5/5
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  October 25, 2013
where did you get all those pieces?
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  October 11, 2013
i saw this earlier. this moc is one of my favourite, not just because i am LOTR fan but also because this is the bigger moc of minas tirith i have ever seen. very good job. One question: how many orcs are outside the city?
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  August 17, 2013
A most outstanding job, God has given you a most great gift...
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  July 28, 2013
Wow! Really nice job on this! It amazes me when two people who live miles apart are able to build a model this amazing. You guys did an awesome job on this!
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  June 15, 2013
I've been rendered speechless by the sheer size, splendour, detail, and accuracy of this MOC. You are amazingly talented.
  May 6, 2013
Holy crap..... That is IMMENSE.
  April 19, 2013
Looks exactly like the movie! Mind blowing!
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  March 22, 2013
YA!!!!! FINALLY somone has done this awesome city justice in LEGO!!!!
Mark Kelso
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Emerald Knight
  February 10, 2013
An Amazing creation !>>.....well done
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  January 7, 2013
ITS AWESOME!!!!
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  December 18, 2012
I love your set its more awesome then the one in the game.
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  December 8, 2012
Cripes!
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  December 4, 2012
this is awesome! how is this even possible?
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  September 10, 2012
Guess LEGO's version might not be as impossing as this one. Good job to the two of you, a speciel kudos f.or making naturally curved walls, rather than using hinges
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  September 7, 2012
Wow! You all built something real epic! Most i like your several buidings, halls, towers and houses.
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  August 16, 2012
wow amazing creations by yourself and chris .well done
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  July 1, 2012
Best Minas Tirith made so far in LEGO! Great work!
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  June 30, 2012
This is all LEGO??
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  June 10, 2012
Brilliant!
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  May 31, 2012
Masterful, sir.
Mark Kelso
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Half Demon
  March 17, 2012
I,m completely speechless except for three words:awesomely epic dude!!!!! :O
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  February 22, 2012
O_O..... that is amazing!
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  January 27, 2012
I...I...I'm.....*passes out* (a few minutes later) .....WOW!!!!!
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  January 16, 2012
How did you get the walls to curve again?
  January 16, 2012
Absolutely stunning! I am building the front gate of Mias Tirith, and it took me 3 days. To think that yours is 10 times better than mine and is 20 times bigger! I just can't imagine the time and effort you put into this wonderfully amazing build! I do have one quick question, are all those Gondorrian soldiers wearing crusader helmets, and if they are, how didi you get so many?
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  January 4, 2012
Fantastic. The domed buildings are a work of art in themselves, and I'm spending way too long gawping over this - you are seriously cutting into my building time ;p
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  January 2, 2012
Mr. Kelso that is absolutely amazing!! Check out my paintball scene. You get shot in it.
Mark Kelso
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Spaztastic the Diabolical
  December 13, 2011
And now for Aragorn and his ghostly knights to come in and kill everything.
  November 26, 2011
I am shocked!!!!! =O holy $#&*
Mark Kelso
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White Knight
  November 2, 2011
This is inspirational stuff for my castle building, and all those minifigs....Wow ! Such elaborate structures.....super stuff.....
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  October 27, 2011
woah..... You Are SKILLED.
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  October 18, 2011
Oh mmmmaaaannn.. I wish I had that much patience. Congrats!
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  October 18, 2011
Wow what an incredible creation. The details are stunning. Your lego-lair is also amazing - i am very jealous. Thank you for all your feedback on my MO entries. Good luck with the rest of the judging.
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  October 17, 2011
It's always so much fun to look at your results... Much things are said - but all are so right. You are deserved for real to be one of the best "moccer". If you would try something i did - this would be really more better, but i think that's not why we are here... I think it's hard to work out such a beautiful creation together with other people!! CONGRATULATIONS !!! I wish i could see this one for real...but Germany is so far to travel - maybe anytime ;-) And one thing else - thank you for all Details you show wich teaches, explaining, your stories, and having fun :-) ! Keep on this beautiful work !!!!!
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  September 15, 2011
How did you curve the wall? I am EXCEEDINGLY curious! And I love the whole thing. There is not enough room in the chat box for all the good things to say about this. Just....:O
  September 11, 2011
Please help me. My mocpages account got hacked and i remembered that you are a mod and one of my creators people so i came to youre page. I own the other account for the name David Cook, i just tried to log in and it said the the password was incorrect, so i tried it again. i knew i was typing in the right password but it still didnt let me in, so i went to the password recovery page to get it back, then it told me my email didnt exist in the directory, thats when i got really worried. i panicked, set up this account and am now posting this on your page. i can prove it is my account, i have the un edited pictures and documents for most of my moc still on my computer, plus i said my email is oneofham@yahoo.com on a few moc's. if i was planning on those people contacting me, why would i change my email? please help me, please.
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  August 29, 2011
This is so amazing! I really admire your ability to work on large scale projects that take a long time.
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  August 25, 2011
Thats just so awesome and huge.it looks just like the minas tirith from movie! 100000/10
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  August 25, 2011
how about gargantuan =D
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  August 16, 2011
Wow, that is big... wait, I meant HUGE. Nah, even that's not good enough. How about... frickin' GIGANT-O-COLLOS-O-HUGE-O-GINORMOUS. Yeah, that's probably better. =)
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  July 17, 2011
well, thats just amazing! all the detail such as the buildings, the rock wall down the middle, the dragons, and army. and its just, well, huge too. one of the most amazing mocs ive ever seen. great collaboration by the greatest builders of mocpages, this is truely unique. you guys should totally do something like this next year.
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  July 16, 2011
You are my favorite LEGO builder now, it's official. As I looked at this, I a tear of pure admiration. Never stop being awesome.
  July 13, 2011
Wow, now THIS is how you do a LEGO build, Mark! It's seriously epic and I feel you about the way that LEGO has become more expensive. Craigslist seems to be the best way to go in my book these days, that is, a. if you can find LEGO for cheap, b. if people aren't trying to rip you off, and c. if you're willing to travel a bit for the LEGO.
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  July 13, 2011
WOW! This is very... Hmmm... Well, a word cannot describe this. I'm surprised that I didn't comment on this yet! The curved wall is EPIC and the rock looks great!
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  July 11, 2011
I have always loved that piece of architecture. I never imagined anyone would build it in LEGO!
Mark Kelso
karsten Rees
  July 7, 2011
i need to....(copycat) use a few teqniques it isn't actually stealing is it since it's asically harry potter and i never saw the last picture so i never saw the armies (non ork or goblin the ones with real armor) or the dragon (nazgul?) good job again
  July 7, 2011
HOlY CAMOLY the biggest thing ive built was probably 1/8 the size of that!
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  July 7, 2011
It's too small sir... (;D)
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  July 6, 2011
This is... This is just beyond amazing... The architectural structure of the wall and the rock design... Everything... Just amazing... Frickin' amazing...
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  July 6, 2011
The collaborative of this is Huge. I am also a LOTR fan and I love how the place looks like the real thing. Also, the whitewashed walls kind of look is I think a great idea. Great job on all the effort and time on this one!
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  July 6, 2011
that is so AWSOME
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  July 6, 2011
Envy!
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  July 5, 2011
With this kinds of skillz, maybe I shouldn't be near BW at all ... XD
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  July 5, 2011
Brilliant work, as always ...
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  July 4, 2011
Great build. You sure build in detail as you said. BTW I will buy your house just so you can finish Eye of Chaos
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  July 4, 2011
dude this is completly epic ps i am kinda new to mocpages so if someone can help me get out to the public that would helpful.
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  July 4, 2011
Hah, I commented on this MOC so many times that I forgot to come here and preaise the actual builder! Bravo. (which during the time it was starting being used in France to mean "well done" still had its previous meaning "brave" lingering in some parts of Italy)
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  July 4, 2011
Quoting Jay O'Bee That is extremely impressive!!! You should work on one with seven levels like the real thing, but this one was very authentic as-is.
Yeah, one of my "dream builds" would be to do this in a truer scale - perhaps something like 10 feet deep x 15 feet wide, with all seven levels. It could be done, if that's ALL a builder spends their time and money on (kind of the way a train builder spends years creating a layout). But, I've got too many other things I'd rather shoot for. Still...maybe some day someone will go that route. I'd love to see it! ;)
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  July 4, 2011
Awesome! WOW!
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  July 4, 2011
Mega kudos to you and everyone involved in this amazing creation. The scale of it alone looks so daunting.
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  July 4, 2011
This absolutely insane! Great work!
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  July 3, 2011
THIS IS INCREDIBLE!
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  July 3, 2011
so cool!!!!!Around how many bricks did it take to build it???
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  July 3, 2011
No comments
Mark Kelso
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karsten Rees
  July 2, 2011
wow it is ummm.... ridiculous in a good way i would die than buy a harry potthead set... now i reconsider.... good job with rocks walls towers buildings armies and why are there no dragons (just kidding!i don't care ) this build is an example of a common form of moc'ery called 'showing off' good job and i wish i had these bricks!!
Mark Kelso
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karsten Rees
  July 2, 2011
wow it is ummm.... ridiculous in a good way i would die than buy a harry potthead set... now i reconsider.... good job with rocks walls towers buildings armies and why are there no dragons (just kidding!i don't care ) this build is an example of a common form of moc'ery called 'showing off' good job and i wish i had these bricks!!
Mark Kelso
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karsten Rees
  July 2, 2011
wow it is ummm.... ridiculous in a good way i would die than buy a harry potthead set... now i reconsider.... good job with rocks walls towers buildings armies and why are there no dragons (just kidding!i don't care ) this build is an example of a common form of moc'ery called 'showing off' good job and i wish i had these bricks!!
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  July 2, 2011
That is extremely impressive!!! You should work on one with seven levels like the real thing, but this one was very authentic as-is.
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  July 2, 2011
LORD OF THE RINGS IS EPIC AND AWESOME!!!!!
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  July 2, 2011
So yeah;)
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  July 2, 2011
Fantastic work , really amazing. Do you know where i can find those lego sets in the 3rd, 4th and 5th picture?those with the plastic bags. Please answer because I am working on a project right now and need more parts.
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  July 2, 2011
amazing. :D the most stunning are buildings and lots and LOTS of figs :D
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  July 2, 2011
Ohmygod YES! I dreamt about one day having enough lego and skills to build a mini fig scale minas tirith. LOTRs has been my favorite movie since the first one came out in 2001, and the siege of Gondor is probably my favorite part of the whole trilogy. I wish I were going to America and Brickworld this year, if only to see this incredible build.
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  July 1, 2011
That is awesome, it is one of the coolest Lego castles that I have ever seen!
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  June 30, 2011
I know I've already commented on this but this is so freakishly awesome! I really have no idea how you built this. I wish that LEGO artists were given more recognition...
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  June 30, 2011
Massive!!! Excellent job and congratulations.
Mark Kelso
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Toa Oblivious ,Master of Earth
  June 28, 2011
Yay for Minas Tirith! Excelent job!
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  June 28, 2011
This is INCREDIBLE! You are amazing! I wish I had half your skills.
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  June 28, 2011
nice job! ever hit you head on the ship above your work bench? ow
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  June 28, 2011
Really terrible. Later starwars, to lotr is my cult series and one day I shall build a moc of the abyss of helm (we can dream). Once again haughtiness
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  June 28, 2011
What a colaboration! Great and fantastic achievement.
  June 27, 2011
I think this is almost as big as the actual model used in the film.Truly amazing!Years will come and we won't see anything like this...unless of course you guys can present us with another fantastic collaboration such as this one!
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  June 27, 2011
Mind blowing. Simply mind blowing.
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  June 27, 2011
Quoting Stuart Kahler Technical question - The outermost wall of 1x2s is 3 layers thick. Are they built as a single unit (I would think this would remove flexibility), or are they 3 separate curved pieces stacked one in front of the next?
Three seperate layers, attached at select points. They stored and transported seperate and flat. They were bent into shape for display, at which point the attachment points lined up. With this approach, one could make a curved wall with numerous (I mean like 10 - 20) layers and have a great deal of depth. But, since we were going for a "set" feel to the creation, three was enough.
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  June 27, 2011
This is not true...
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  June 27, 2011
Technical question - The outermost wall of 1x2s is 3 layers thick. Are they built as a single unit (I would think this would remove flexibility), or are they 3 separate curved pieces stacked one in front of the next?
Mark Kelso
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Thoy Bradley
  June 26, 2011
I never saw this one get posted. Anyway, You and Chris deserve a huge pat on the back! a few months back I was searching Google for images of Lego Minas Tirith builds. For most part I was left kinda saddened - this build got me very excited because I knew it was going to be nothing short of amazing. Had you built it entirely by yourself I'm sure there may have been a few more details, but the way it looks like a single builders work is incredible! So here is to you and Chris *Toasts* ~Thoy
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  June 26, 2011
even though i'm not a HUGE fan of lord of the rings,you've built somthing like 1,000,000 times bigger than watever i'm ever going to make!!!!
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  June 26, 2011
AWESOME!!!!!
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  June 26, 2011
Is it Minifig Scale? Great MOC !!!!!
Mark Kelso
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Henry Byrd
  June 25, 2011
how did you do the wall
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  June 25, 2011
Holy cow! How do you have time for all of these builds.
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  June 25, 2011
Ummmmm..... that is so awesome!!!!!
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  June 25, 2011
this is amazing! the walls are sooo detailed! I love it!
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  June 25, 2011
"The battle for Helms Deep is over. The battle for Middle Earth is about to begin." - Gandalf (or was it Churchill) . Thank you for building this excellent model. I had thought about building one myself but now I don't have to. While it does not have all the levels as described in the LoTR books, it is large enough and detailed enough to convey the size and majesty that was Minis Tirith. Not only that, but the size of Sauron's army is INSANE!
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  June 25, 2011
Would it be possible that you add pictures of each single building? Because they're awesome!
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  June 25, 2011
Great work! Curse those who let it be destroyed en route to BW. >Eric
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  June 25, 2011
Quoting Krazy Kastle Krak Guy Great job Master Kelso! I'm thinking on Minas Tirith from a lot of time with all my white bricks, and I will inspire my work from yours for sure! Thanks for sharing! Just one question: how do you made this perfectly rounded and smooth floor between each stage?
I used 3/8 plywood, which is precisely the height of a Lego brick (not including studs). This was a time and money saver. If we had wanted to go with a Lego flooring, it would have been one brick thick, studs out, with the curve matching the walls.
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  June 25, 2011
I'm sure you've heard it over and over again already, but this is really a masterpiece. I especially like the inner walls, the giant rock in the middle, and the various spires used with HP inspiration. Very clever. A great collaboration, and the best Minas Tirith by far!
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  June 25, 2011
OOOOOK !!! I understand know why you don't work anymor on your "hammer" you dam' lazy bommer !!!!! And how long is it gonna be ???!!! By the way I love your Minas Tirith !!!
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  June 25, 2011
When you add talent to resources, here's what you get. And it's delicious!
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  June 25, 2011
Great job Master Kelso! I'm thinking on Minas Tirith from a lot of time with all my white bricks, and I will inspire my work from yours for sure! Thanks for sharing! Just one question: how do you made this perfectly rounded and smooth floor between each stage?
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  June 25, 2011
Probably the best Minas Tirith on the pages! Great idea to use the Harry Potter designs!
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  June 25, 2011
Amazing work guys! And I love the set look you came up with. It gives it some special LEGO set look, and yet it's huge! Perfect! :)
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  June 25, 2011
Amazing amazing work. You guys are lego legends. It always a pleasure to see yours and the rest of your crews work. It is always top notch and very very jaw dropping. So I thanks you, Chris and everyone else for the work that you guys do.
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  June 25, 2011
You're nuts. That's all I'm saying :))
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  June 25, 2011
the best stories are always about a great team!!! and yours seemed filled with danger [ups] is there a transport corp that can be trusted?...wonderful pieces mark! massive, and...reproduceable? if you posted each individually, could they be reproduced? they seem simple enough, that could be a real cool buzz to have fans re-creating them in their houses, lego might also release some based on them, did you consider those factors? i love it mark!!! well done to you and your team!!!
Mark Kelso
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Billy Bob
  June 24, 2011
Wow.
Mark Kelso
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Mark Eckerson
  June 24, 2011
Sweet I love how U made the Harry Potter sets to look like Minis Tirith!
Mark Kelso
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  June 24, 2011
Thanks for the pictures, Mark! Each MOC in your collaboration is a masterpiece. (That's a plural 'you'.)
Mark Kelso
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  June 24, 2011
You should make an 'image pool' group to concentrate everyone's pictures in one place!
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  June 24, 2011
Amazingly huge!!
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  June 24, 2011
It wasn't the same without you there buddy - you were missed. Lee.
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  June 24, 2011
This was fun to see at Brickworld. Definitely a lot of work! Nice job.
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  June 24, 2011
This is beautiful you guys! Fantastic work as usual. Tyler have you recovered yet from having to think like Kelso?
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  June 24, 2011
In some ways, I wish that I had been able to collaborate more directly with you to create this behemoth, however, what you and Chris created together (with help from Ocean, Tyler, Danette, Heath, Leda, and everyone else!) is nothing short of astounding. It really did look like one builder was responsible for the entirety. Thank you for such a wonderful lynchpin for the display.
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  June 24, 2011
I just looked at this the second time in a couple hours, and I noticed the door with the minifigs on it...That's a huge door! I guess it has to be to match the size of the rest of the city.
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  June 24, 2011
dang this is fantastic, massive in scale, 2 thumbs way up
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  June 24, 2011
This. Is. Huge. My jaw was hanging open the whole time I looked at it. About how much does it weigh, and how big is it, exactly?
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  June 24, 2011
Amazing
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  June 24, 2011
I don't think I could have focused with the Eye of Chaos hovering above my head, so that's even more props to you, Kelso! Well done!
  June 24, 2011
How do you build a smooth curved wall? Does it just need to be big enough?
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  June 24, 2011
The size and the detail...omgsh!! It's stunning!! I'm left speechless!! How many lotteries did you win to build this?? 5/5 doesn't do this justice!!
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  June 24, 2011
Absolutely & completely mindblowing !! Big compliments.
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  June 24, 2011
Although it was at times a pain, all in all it was really fun to try to think like you and recreate the rock and buildings along with Heath, Shannon, Anthony, Danette and George. Thanks for giving me something to do all Thursday. I hope to meet you next year and good luck in the house department.
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  June 24, 2011
This was a MOC, but now it's something more. This. is. ART! ~Osc
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  June 24, 2011
That's a mind-bogglingly huge, beautiful piece of art. The white couldn't be whiter.
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  June 24, 2011
Mega!
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  June 24, 2011
**Does "I told ya so" dance** (yes, that's an inside joke). Mark, I can't tell you what a pleasure it was making this project come to life. My ONLY regret is that you weren't there to see your creation in person. Thank you so much for everything! ~ Chris.
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  June 24, 2011
Well, this is like the wet dreams of a MOCcer that sees the movie.
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  June 24, 2011
This was the beast that drew the crowds, it is a really beautiful piece of work. I'm sorry we seem to have placed a few of the small buildings in the wrong place... that must irk you just a tad, they even gave the rock section an archway which looked really cool! Sorry I didn't get to meet you, next year ok?
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  June 24, 2011
Minas what? I was gawking at the spectacle suspended from your ceiling...
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  June 24, 2011
Quoting Aron M. I really wonder how much $ was needed for this. stunning!
The expense came from all the therapy I needed after working with Phipson for a year!
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  June 24, 2011
I really wonder how much $ was needed for this. stunning!
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  June 24, 2011
You and Chris gained some respect in my book. Very well done to both of you.
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  June 24, 2011
This is what I call EPIC
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  June 24, 2011
Like, WOW. I like it, and my mom LOVES it. Hope to see more from you, Mark. See yah, Tristan
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  June 24, 2011
Hi Mark, Awesome Minas Tirith reproduction! Happy to see this collaborative work successful, though the UPS' Devil did his job! Congrats to any participant for that! Hope I could meet you one day in that type of events!
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  June 24, 2011
Quoting Connor Simpson This is incredible! However, I have a question that I asked Leda, but wish to ask you as well. How does one completely reassemble an MOC of this size and complexity after it has been savagely destroyed by the UPS? Did you send instructions of some kind, or phone calls, or are you people just so good with lego that you can tell how things are meant to go together?
I sent some photos along as a guide for placement of the buildings, as well as for reference on the forms. But truth be told, it was very much just the talent of those who were there dealing with the pile of rubble. The buildings weren't too bad as I understand it, but one of the rock sections was just totally gone. While the rock details turned out nothing like what I had done, they were just as good in their own right...it's an amazing group of builders we have on MOCpages!
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  June 24, 2011
Amazing! Great job! I can just see your giant ship crashing down on top of it. XD
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  June 24, 2011
This is incredible! However, I have a question that I asked Leda, but wish to ask you as well. How does one completely reassemble an MOC of this size and complexity after it has been savagely destroyed by the UPS? Did you send instructions of some kind, or phone calls, or are you people just so good with lego that you can tell how things are meant to go together?
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  June 24, 2011
Sweet circular silliness! That is amazing! I'm only sorry I couldn't see it in person at Brickworld! :( Might be in your neck of the woods next month and would love to take a kick. Look. Take a look.
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  June 24, 2011
It is amazing that this was built by 2 different people. It's like you and Chris are ... um ... brother and sister (you decide who is who). Thank you for the WIP pictures, they're always as fascinating as pics from the final masterpiece.
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  June 24, 2011
Amazing work as always, which I could have been there in person.
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  June 24, 2011
MAN that's awesome! I love that you've based it off the Harry Potter set :D But you're is so much better :P Amazing work as always! GAH! It kills me inside when I see those Brickworld pictures, I used to live in Chicago and now I'm back in Aussie land, so I die a little every time I see them... Why can't I be there :'( Oh well, I better stop moaning Amazing work!
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  June 24, 2011
Mark who? Oh yeah.....THAT guy. LOL There was a lot of that over the weekend. Especially after the massive rebuild. We were all ready to slap you around a bit, just ask Kevin what that entails. LMFAO Just teasing, we all understood that you had to deal with the house thing. Just recently buying a house, I can fully understand the stress, frustration, and pure misery that is the housing market! We really did miss ya buddy, and wish you well with the sale!
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  June 24, 2011
Wow, epic! Amazing collaboration. I really like the detailed housing/streets behind the walls.
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  June 24, 2011
Great stuff Mark!
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  June 24, 2011
Quoting Mark the Golf Freak Mr. Kelso I have one question: Where did you receive all these pieces? Are you funded by LEGO? Or does it come from your pocket?
HA! I wish it WAS funded by Lego! But, no I've purchased all of the parts myself. I have to confess, however, that I've been extremely fortunate with my purchases. Much of what you see from me was actually purchased a few years ago through ebay when you could get Lego cheap...I mean, like 40lbs of white for fifty bucks! Can't do that these days. Granted there are some BL purchases as well, but still, I'm not rich, nor have I actually spent an inordinate amount on my collection.
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  June 24, 2011
It was a pleasure seeing this kicked off the table ....
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  June 24, 2011
Mr. Kelso I have one question: Where did you receive all these pieces? Are you funded by LEGO? Or does it come from your pocket?
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  June 24, 2011
Wow... just, wow....
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  June 24, 2011
I can't believe my eyes. This is the most amazing MOC I have ever seen! 10/10 and two thumbs up!
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  June 24, 2011
Extraordinary rendition! Great close ups, too. What a massive project!
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  June 24, 2011
Amazing as always! Man I think I need to re-watch the series after seeing this. :P
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  June 24, 2011
I don't know what's more impressive, the MOC itself or how you and Chris came together so uniformly.
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  June 24, 2011
this is the best of them all after my opinion, then kevins tower comes second. this is so breath taking as it can be. it is truely the white city. great work. (side comment: im still really facinated your "lego lair", and isnt it hard to work with the eye of chaos just above your head, i mean truely ???)
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  June 24, 2011
Amazing! Wish I could have seen it in person.
  June 24, 2011
great work!!!! your knowledge about this architekture is very well
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  June 24, 2011
Mark, in whatever scale or style you built - your work is just terrific! And to look at the team led by Shanno, try and finally succeeded to rebuilt the rock was very amusing and hope spending for me and my part of the "journey" - sadly we hadn't the chance to meet at all... Hope we will in future! - Kevin
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  June 24, 2011
It's amazing, again. I feel it's time to put together an MOC picture tour of your LEGO cave.....
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  June 24, 2011
Wow!
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  June 24, 2011
wow....i can't really say anything else because what ever else i say wouldn't be accurate in saying how amazing this thing truely is. Even what i just said shouldn't be said. "The careful hands of a Troll" ; )
 
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