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The Purloined Letter
"The Purloined Letter" is one of three short mysteries written by Edgar Allan Poe. It revolves around a detective by the name of Dupin, who possess extraordinary mental prowess. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was greatly inspired by Poe's mysteries in his creation of Baker Street's one and only Sherlock Holmes. This is another school related build, but fortunately the subject matter was right up my alley! That's right! Yet another classic sepia styled room, displaying my armchair design, of course! But out of all my room vignettes to date, this one is by far my favorite, and I think the pictures fail to do it justice. Speaking of which, I tried to take a more artistic trend photography wise, in an attempt to create a more late 18th/early 19th century atmosphere. Thanks for viewing! And if at all thus inclined, please don't hesitate to rate and comment!
About this creation


"At Paris, just after dark one gusty evening in the autumn of 18-, I was enjoying the twofold luxury of meditation and a meerschaum, in company with my friend C. Auguste Dupin, in his little back library, or book-closet, au troisieme, No. 33, Rue Dunot, Faubourg St. Germain. For one hour at least we had maintained a profound silence; while each, to any casual observer, might have seemed intently and exclusively occupied with the curling eddies of smoke that oppressed the atmosphere of the chamber." (The Purloined Letter, pg. 1)



Dupin:

As you can see, I was forced to use sticky-tack to keep the pipes in hand.



Monsieur G-, the Perfect of Parisian Police: The not so intelligent inspector, who is very similar in nature to Conan Doyles's character Lestrade.



The narrator (Dupin's friend). In connection to Conan Doyle's work, Sherlock Holmes is also written in first person from the perspective of the detective's friend (Watson).



A pipe (duh)!



The purloined letter: Which actually happens to be in Dupin's possession for most the mystery, though to find out why, you'll just have to read it for yourself!

Also special thanks to Christopher Baldacci for letting me borrow his letter piece.







Bonus pic: minus the figs and furnishings.



Comments

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  May 9, 2012
Fantastic architecture! The crate wall pieces are ingenious and the fire pit is very well done!
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  May 2, 2012
I looked at this creation SO many times. The bigger is my amazement, I have never commented. Perfectly done creation. Very high on detail and I like your part-usage.
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  April 10, 2012
Excellent stuff!
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  March 17, 2012
Quoting Medieval Guy The room looks wonderfully cozy, and all the details and the furniture are top notch. I also really like that fireplace, is it your design? For some reason, I always forget to add fireplaces to my MOCs, maybe I'll remember next time and possibly use that sideways flame technique.
The basic technique for the fireplace is not mine, but everyone plays around with it a little, so this is my "version". Thanks for commenting!
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  March 17, 2012
The room looks wonderfully cozy, and all the details and the furniture are top notch. I also really like that fireplace, is it your design? For some reason, I always forget to add fireplaces to my MOCs, maybe I'll remember next time and possibly use that sideways flame technique.
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  March 10, 2012
Love the MOC, i was trying to think of a way to use my ship painting piece but theres not mutch more to do to it than to stick it to a wall i guess.Anyway im a new MOCer and id like some feedback on my first MOC. Thanks. ~Alex
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  March 8, 2012
Beautiful work. Lovely use of the crates, it's all very life-like.
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  March 1, 2012
Hehe, it's ok. You don't have anywhere hear the problem others have, with their likes missing. =D I love the studlessness going on here, and the books look great, too!
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  February 29, 2012
Quoting Will A. Where'd you get the head for Dupin? That would have been so useful for my Sherlock Holmes fig!!! Another 5 smilies for you.
Dupin's head is Will Turner's from POTC sets. Man, I really wish the likes system was working again, I'd be up to about 80 on this one! =D Thanks for commenting!
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  February 29, 2012
Where'd you get the head for Dupin? That would have been so useful for my Sherlock Holmes fig!!! Another 5 smilies for you.
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  February 29, 2012
Quoting Mark Murphy Thanks for responding so fast Ian! We did find a fifth member, thanks for your time!
Yep! Good luck!
  February 28, 2012
Thanks for responding so fast Ian! We did find a fifth member, thanks for your time!
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  February 28, 2012
Quoting Nate B nice. how did you get that arch shape over the fireplace? ill rate this later
Thanks for the comment Nate! To save myself the bother of writing it all out again, you can just scroll down the page and see my reply to Matthew Oh, I explained the whole concept there! Thanks again! ~Ian
  February 28, 2012
nice. how did you get that arch shape over the fireplace? ill rate this later
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  February 27, 2012
Quoting Mark Murphy Ian, our team for the MOCathalon needs one more member, would you join our team?
Hey Mark! Thank you for the offer, but I'm actually not participating in the MOCathalon this year. I've already turned down 6 or 7 other teams, so I'm afraid I must decline. Like I've told the others, I'm honored that you'd think of me, and I wish you guys the best of luck in the games. If you go to the thread or group for finding team mates I'm sure you could find a worthy fifth member! Thanks again for the offer though! ~Ian
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  February 27, 2012
Ian, our team for the MOCathalon needs one more member, would you join our team?
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  February 27, 2012
Tgis is excellent! Could you check my comment in the Admins and Mods Fellowship of the Brick?
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  February 23, 2012
Whoa, I can't believe I haven't commented!! This will probably sound redundant, since everyone else has noticed them too, but I absolutely loved how you used the crates on the wall. I have to say though, I still prefer your one with the mobster. :)
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  February 22, 2012
amazing details i love your rooms and buildings u post
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  February 13, 2012
Thanks again for the comments everyone!
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  February 13, 2012
Quoting Original Channel of MOCpages (Caleb) I've seen this several times now, and I thought I commented, but I know see I have not! Very clean, spotless in fact, the only thing I would change is the fire itself. The fire place is perfect, but the fire, something about it. Still very well done overall
Thank you for commenting! I agree with you to some degree about the fire. I was trying a new technique, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Oh, and I was just reading your latest "Island Locked II" episode. Very cool!
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  February 13, 2012
I've seen this several times now, and I thought I commented, but I know see I have not! Very clean, spotless in fact, the only thing I would change is the fire itself. The fire place is perfect, but the fire, something about it. Still very well done overall
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  February 13, 2012
Quoting The Fisherman I really like this style. The wooden panel look with the boxes is brilliant. One or two books with another colour might look also good and less regular. Just a guess. Excellent work.
Thanks very much sir! When are you going to start posting again? I miss your awesome MOCs!
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  February 13, 2012
Beautiful room, it sets the scene perfectly.
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  February 13, 2012
I really like this style. The wooden panel look with the boxes is brilliant. One or two books with another colour might look also good and less regular. Just a guess. Excellent work.
Ian Spacek
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White Knight
  February 12, 2012
the pipe is a giggle !>.....well done
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  February 12, 2012
Very classy decoration! Nice work!
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  February 12, 2012
Quoting August . My turn to 'bump' ya up to fifty! :) Wonderful work all around I love the rug and table! Perfect work! =)
Danke August! You know German right?
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  February 12, 2012
Quoting Deff . Thank you is Danke, not Donka :D Danke or Vielen Dank=Thanks a lot Now for my comment. This creation is amazing! I enjoy all your techniques and details!
Thanks you for the correction and comment! I'll get around to changing that now.
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  February 12, 2012
Thank you is Danke, not Donka :D Danke or Vielen Dank=Thanks a lot Now for my comment. This creation is amazing! I enjoy all your techniques and details!
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  February 12, 2012
Quoting Michael Kringe Impressive! I really like this little room! It's perfectly detailed. Nice idea for the pipe, too!
Many thanks Michael! The pipe idea isn't originally mine (I've seen it done before), but it is very useful!
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  February 12, 2012
Thanks a million guys! Your comments are always very appreciated!
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  February 12, 2012
Quoting Grigor G. I noticed several pieces from Pirates of the Caribbean ;)
Gotta' love POTC pieces! They're so useful. Thanks for the comment!
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  February 12, 2012
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi Great Ian, this creation seems come out from an old movie, the photo work is fantastically realized.
Thanks Riccardo! By the way, I watched Ratatouille last night, and one of the first things I thought of was your awesome build!
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  February 12, 2012
I noticed several pieces from Pirates of the Caribbean ;)
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  February 12, 2012
Great Ian, this creation seems come out from an old movie, the photo work is fantastically realized.
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  February 12, 2012
Beautiful!
Ian Spacek
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Dave '
  February 11, 2012
Dang...
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  February 11, 2012
What magnificent pictures, the lighting sets the mood just right and the building is full of neat details. Love the couch, well done!
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  February 11, 2012
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Nice one Ian! I love the colors and patterns of the books on the shelves! It works great! I'll have to read the story for sure.
Many thanks Paul! It really was your "Einsteins Study" that inspired me to build in this style! And "The Purloined Letter" is a pretty neat read. It's very similar to Sherlock Holmes, hence the fact that it's what inspired Conan Doyle!
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  February 11, 2012
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy This is a wonderful example of a clean, perfectly designed room that is also very atmospheric. Great work on all the details, Ian. Oh, and since nobody mentioned it before, his name is Arthur Conan Doyle (sorry for being a smarta...).
Thanks very much sir! You're right, it is Arhur Conan Doyle, I just forgot that Conan and Doyle are two separate names. Thanks for the reminder!
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  February 11, 2012
Great use of the antenna part, like the rest of the moc.
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  February 11, 2012
This is a wonderful example of a clean, perfectly designed room that is also very atmospheric. Great work on all the details, Ian. Oh, and since nobody mentioned it before, his name is Arthur Conan Doyle (sorry for being a smarta...).
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  February 11, 2012
Classy!
Ian Spacek
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August .
  February 10, 2012
Amazing work Ian! =) I love the bookshelves!
Ian Spacek
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August .
  February 10, 2012
My turn to 'bump' ya up to fifty! :) Wonderful work all around I love the rug and table! Perfect work! =)
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  February 10, 2012
Thanks everyone!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Matthew Oh Amazing job Ian! How did you fix those pieces for the mantle of the fire in place?
Hey Matthew! Thanks for commenting! The way I did the fireplace is somewhat tricky to describe in words, but I'll take a stab at it. I used a 1x6 arch piece and stuck four 1x2 flat pieces perpendicularly in the hollow on the underside of the arch. Then I stuck four normal 1x1 bricks onto the remaining studs of the 1x2 flat pieces. I hope that kind of makes sense. I'm sure there's an easier way to explain it, but that's the best I could do. Thanks again!
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  February 10, 2012
Amazing job Ian! How did you fix those pieces for the mantle of the fire in place?
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  February 10, 2012
Amazing job Ian! How did you fix those pieces for the mantle of the fire in place?
  February 10, 2012
beautiful work!! I love the chimney!! Very clever.
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  February 10, 2012
Nice one Ian! I love the colors and patterns of the books on the shelves! It works great! I'll have to read the story for sure.
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  February 10, 2012
Excellent all-around! You've definitely got a knack for building cozy living spaces; I sure wish I had that talent!
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  February 10, 2012
The furnishings are quite nice! Well done. I really enjoy the use of the wooden crates to the make the back wall!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Noah the Lego Apprentice Nice details! I like the idea for the pipes :D What's your next creation going to be?
I'm really not sure what my next creation will be, but thanks for commenting!
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  February 10, 2012
Very nice! I love these 19th century creations of yours! The color choice here is really nice (love me some dark green). Wonderful mystery feel all around! Well done :)
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  February 10, 2012
Nice details! I like the idea for the pipes :D What's your next creation going to be?
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  February 10, 2012
Thanks very much everyone!
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  February 10, 2012
Very neat build!Great job!:-)
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  February 10, 2012
As usual a very neat little build with great characters and photography :-)
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  February 10, 2012
very nice details!
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  February 10, 2012
Ian, you nailed this! I just love the atmosphere of this MOC. Even without any description, it just feels like it's from a mystery novel. Well done!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Hayden. (Zac.) Nice library!, I made a Edgar Allan Poe story, It was for the MIT, but it was still cool! Still, i like yours and the detail you put into it all!
I just looked at your build, and yes, it is quite similar! Great job on it! And many thanks for the comment!
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  February 10, 2012
Nice library!, I made a Edgar Allan Poe story, It was for the MIT, but it was still cool! Still, i like yours and the detail you put into it all!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Luke, Builder of the Awesome Nice, the style of building you used on this looks really good. It almost looks like art. Also, have you or will post instructions on how to build your chair?
No I haven't posted instruction for the chair yet, but I'm seriously considering it. Your not the only one to have asked before. We'll see! Oh, and thanks for the comment!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Max Pointner ASSIDE FROM THE PEARL GOLD STUDS: I love the bookshelves, the couches, and the overall "studlessness" of it all. Great work!
I was seriously thinking about adding a picture of the gold studs, just to spite you! Muwhahaha! But that fell through...oh well. Thanks for the comment old pal!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Christopher Baldacci WOW! What a vignette. Great figs and all the details are really super. Gotta say, that Purloined Letter looks familiar...:D Glad you put it to good use! I love the fireplace. Excellent job!
Thanks for the comment Chris! And also THANKS A TON for letting me borrow the 1x2 letter tile, I'll get it back to you tonight. I think its what really makes the MOC match its subject matter. So that said, thanks again!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Grace Pointner This is really cool Ian. I love the fireplace (I know I say that in every piece that has a fireplace they are just SO COOL) The rug is also really neat. Oh and I love how almost the hole room is lined with books!! Great build!! 8D
Thanks Grace! I'll have to start sneaking fireplaces into all my MOCs now, hehe.
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  February 10, 2012
Nice, the style of building you used on this looks really good. It almost looks like art. Also, have you or will post instructions on how to build your chair?
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Jacob Carroll Excellent! I really do like that box technique above the fireplace! And, of course, the return of the armchair is always welcomed!
Thanks! Yeah, the crate technique works well. A lot of people seem to be noticing it! I'm very grateful for the comment!
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  February 10, 2012
ASSIDE FROM THE PEARL GOLD STUDS: I love the bookshelves, the couches, and the overall "studlessness" of it all. Great work!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Ben King At first I though perhaps this was another Holmes moc. This is defintely one of your best yet. You are so amazing at these old fashioned fireplace vignettes, every time I see one I'm amazed. The Ships in a bottle, the raised rug, the chairs all give it that old fashioned feel. I like how you used the stacked crates to get a nice wall texture, it looks great!
Thanks Ben! You've just gotta' love crates! They work so perfectly for paneled walls!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Nice! The green colour scheme is perfect, as is the crate use. Great work!
Thanks! I was wondering if anyone would comment on the use of crates! I've actually put them in all my other fireplace vignettes too. The crates are just more prominent here. I think they work great for paneled walls. Thanks again for the comment!
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  February 10, 2012
WOW! What a vignette. Great figs and all the details are really super. Gotta say, that Purloined Letter looks familiar...:D Glad you put it to good use! I love the fireplace. Excellent job!
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  February 10, 2012
Awesome vignette! I love it all! The furniture, the minifigures, the fireplace, and the bookshelves! A very amazing build!
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  February 10, 2012
Very cool!!!!6/5
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  February 10, 2012
This is really cool Ian. I love the fireplace (I know I say that in every piece that has a fireplace they are just SO COOL) The rug is also really neat. Oh and I love how almost the hole room is lined with books!! Great build!! 8D
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  February 10, 2012
Very cool!!!!6/5
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  February 10, 2012
Excellent! I really do like that box technique above the fireplace! And, of course, the return of the armchair is always welcomed!
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  February 10, 2012
Great stuff! The wood panelling and fireplace are very effective, nice work :)
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  February 10, 2012
Nice! The green colour scheme is perfect, as is the crate use. Great work!
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  February 10, 2012
At first I though perhaps this was another Holmes moc. This is defintely one of your best yet. You are so amazing at these old fashioned fireplace vignettes, every time I see one I'm amazed. The Ships in a bottle, the raised rug, the chairs all give it that old fashioned feel. I like how you used the stacked crates to get a nice wall texture, it looks great!
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  February 10, 2012
your building style seperates you from all i know your mocs when i see them
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  February 10, 2012
I love this, not just for the great build, but for the courage to take on literary themes. Brilliant!
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  February 10, 2012
Impressive! I really like this little room! It's perfectly detailed. Nice idea for the pipe, too!
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  February 10, 2012
Really a lovely build. The whole of the atmosphere and your amount of details. Superb work. :P
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  February 10, 2012
really nice work for this interior scenery, just love all the details!! gooood!!! :-)
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Nathan Oh No way!!!!! I was going to put up a purloined letter moc as well. I probably won't now that this incredible moc is up. You did an awesome job packing so much detail into this. I am astounded! The couch design is simple yet ingenious and the figs are absolutely perfect!! I love the fireplace and the pics are great. I love the dark background and shadows on it. Nice fireplace and the books on the shelves are a nice addition to it. You have certainly given the purloined letter justice. Well Done!!!!
Thanks Nathan! But seriously, go right ahead and post your build too! I don't mind! I'd love to see your interpretation!
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  February 10, 2012
Quoting Nick Pascale Come on tell me who purloined it?
Hehe, you'll just have to read the story!
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  February 10, 2012
Your interior vigs are getting very good! Well done :)
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  February 10, 2012
I always enjoy viewing your vigs. You are a master at these 'sitting room' vigs! :)
  February 10, 2012
No way!!!!! I was going to put up a purloined letter moc as well. I probably won't now that this incredible moc is up. You did an awesome job packing so much detail into this. I am astounded! The couch design is simple yet ingenious and the figs are absolutely perfect!! I love the fireplace and the pics are great. I love the dark background and shadows on it. Nice fireplace and the books on the shelves are a nice addition to it. You have certainly given the purloined letter justice. Well Done!!!!
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  February 9, 2012
Come on tell me who purloined it?
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  February 9, 2012
Come on tell me who purloined it?
 
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