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Blocksbridge
A scenic corner of the historic Lego city of Blocksbridge.
About this creation
This is an entry in round 2 of the 'Out of Your Comfort Zone' contest. The theme: City/Cityscape. I think this is my first ever city/town MOC!


The inspiration for this MOC was visits to various cities in the UK and around Europe that were founded in the days long before motor vehicles, and gradually modernized while retaining some of their historic charm and landmarks.


Blocksbridge, like many such cities, is now a popular tourist spot. The stone gate, proclaiming the year of its foundation, is one of the few surviving sections of the original city wall.


Just outside the gate is the statue of local folk hero Brick Lurpin. Legend has it that this highwayman used to steal from the rich and then come and buy every man in Blocksbridge a drink, endearing him enough to the local populace that they would hide him from the sheriff.


This is Edwin, the local historian. Given the slightest provocation he'll tell you everything there is to know about Brick Lurpin, Blocksbridge, and the book he's written that is available in the local gift shops.


What could be more relaxing and romantic than punting on the River Irk? Careful though, don't get too distracted by the scenery...


...it only takes a moment's carelessness to end up in the drink!


Many of the historic buildings of Blocksbridge have been adapted for modern use. This 19th Century town house, for example, is now a branch of Morebucks Coffee.


"C'mon Dad, let's stop for a drink! It says they've got a special deal on caramel Bloccachinos!
"Look, we'll never see anything if we stop at every coffee shop we pass. If we don't get a move on we'll be too late for the Barometer Museum."
"And that would be such a tragedy..."


(Morebucks employee) "Noooo... you cannot just walk past.... you must QUENCH your THIRSSST!"
"On second thoughts, Dad, we can always get a drink later..."


Down the side of Morebucks, the road turns into a narrow cobbled street, with steps up to the viewing platform in the wall.


Both the wall and the bridge are great places to take in the scenery.


The only trouble is that the cobbled street is so narrow that I couldn't get a good photo of the steps or the design of the windows!

Fourth wall:
This is my first ever City/Town MOC and it was a much tougher theme for me than round 1, as neither my building habits nor my brick collection lend themselves to this sort of thing. Still, I learnt a lot from building it and am reasonably pleased with the outcome, for a first try! Many thanks to Christian Hansen for organizing a great contest, and good luck to all the other entrants!



Thanks also to Fire Lord for holding up my photographic backdrop. The villain rehabilitation program is clearly paying dividends!



Comments

 I like it 
  February 13, 2012
Cool little town you've built here! I love the black statue and canoe, as well as the date in the gateway! If you have the time will you please check this out? Thanks http://mocpages.com/moc.php/309194#reviews
 I like it 
  January 18, 2012
Great little scene, full of color and detail.~H
Stuart Lucas
Christian Hansen
  January 16, 2012
Photography: 5/5. Theme: 4/5. Build: 10/10. Overall: 19/20.
 I like it 
  January 16, 2012
Nice details throughout and very well composed!
Stuart Lucas
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Vladimir R.
  January 15, 2012
Soooo. Photo: 5/5 all I needed to see I saw. Theme: 4/5 not very city-like but small european town. Overall build: 10/10 YES I give you full in this. I love this creation, you fit lots of stuff in relatively small area. I hope you will build more MOCs like this. Overall points: 19/20.
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  January 15, 2012
I wonder who your inspiration was for Brick Lurpin, maybe this guy?:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/256677 Photography: 5/5. Every picture was clear and nice and bright. Theme Representation:4/5. This build seems to say more Village or Town. I think another building would have made it seem more City. Overall Build: 9/10. Beautifully studless in all the right places and perfectly blending colors. Though I wonder why there are road stripes on the bridge walkway. Overall Score: 18/20. Good job!
Stuart Lucas
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Christian Hansen
  January 14, 2012
This is a great new take on cityscape! I really like the statue and bridge. The SNOT base is cool, too.
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  January 14, 2012
Nice! You wrote an entertaining write-up for a brilliant build, so it's a pleasure to look at. The architecture is superb, and the whole thing looks amazing. Great work and good luck!
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  January 14, 2012
why is the girl with binoculars spying on the guy in glasses? XD
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  January 14, 2012
Great!, I love the gondola!
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  January 14, 2012
This is great! I love all of the angles you were able to incorporate.
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  January 14, 2012
Very cool! Definitely a different view on City-scape, I like it a lot!!!
 I like it 
  January 14, 2012
Wonderful work!
 I like it 
  January 14, 2012
very smooth very detailed scene! Very well done!
 
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