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First off, we have a look under the curved bumper/basher of my police speeder seen in my Insurgency character introduction, as requested by Gilbert Despathens! (If you haven't, you REALLY need to check out his mocs. Especially the Black Knight Tavern ones. Now.)

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Second, the internal structure and how-it-was-made of the "pillar of stone" in my Tourney Round 3 entry, as requested by R.K. Blast.

Shot one; I was just beginning to move up from the charred rocks at the bottom, and had decided to get as complicated as I could...


I liked this stage a lot, but thought it lacked the needed height. So still I built...








And the top, with the plates all at odd rotations. I covered most with tiles and built the top seen in the build from just one of those panels.



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Update #1 - 3/6/14

Remember this arch? It's from my Tourney Round 4 entry. I thought I'd post the inner workings of that left arch column, as I think it's a completely new technique that's largely unappreciated at the moment. :P





So here we go.

At first glance, we see there isn't a lot special about this (aside from the fantastic texturing). It's just a SNoTed castle wall. But let's take another look...


What's this? Another side? Another...three sides! Yes, this pillar had texturing tiles in all four directions. And I'll show you how I did it.


Looking from the top, we see an intense combination of SNoT bricks. Every single level of tiles is its own segment, each with a completely unique design. That's how I got some of those incredible offsets and texturing looks.








Note how the left of those two blue pins is slightly lower than the right. Can you guess why? The left side is facing the complete opposite direction!

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Update #2 - 4/17/14

The tree from this moc is one of my most groundbreaking achievements in building. Long have I strived to make the perfect tree, and with this technique that goal is in my grasp. Let's take a closer look.


So this is how I did it. A technic rod through the center, with a bunch of technic 1x1 bricks lining it. This is the smallest the tree can be made width-wise, but it can certainly be made larger. Just put two plates in between the bark and the technic bricks. Or put a full brick, that makes it really wide. The size is adjustable, but the best thing about this design is that the taller you make it, the sturdier it gets. Notice how that 1x10 is connected to two technic bricks. Well, if I made this thing taller, that facet would be connected to three or four. Granted, there aren't x1 plates that long, so you'd have to use more and connect them by putting a plate on the outside, but since trees are knobby and lumpy anyway that doesn't matter so much.


Here's the top of that tree; I had to add some 1x4 and 1x2 plates to cover those gaps, using the process mentioned above.


Next I take a cue from Mark Erickson and add rods with clips.


Note how I have clips positioned so I can attach leaves on the underside as well. This will obscure the clips and make the tree look more natural.

I stack two 2x2 round plates on top, on the technic rod.


After attaching leaves to the clips, I put four of them on each of the four studs of the 2x2 on top. then I take a brown 1x1 round plate, attach it the bottom of another "leaves" piece, and stick it in the middle. And there you go.


You can add tiles and plates to the bottom of the tree to widen the trunk for a more realistic effect, and also add 1x1 round plates as branch stubs. But yeah, there you have it! An adjustable, sturdy, and AWESOME tree. :P


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So there you go! I'll be sure to let you all know when I update this page with new behind the scenes shots of my latest mocs!



Comments

 I like it 
  October 7, 2014
A lot of interesting techniques. I especially like the tree. Well done.
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  May 3, 2014
Very cool technique . I like it way better then mine
  April 25, 2014
Something VERY similar, just bigger.
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga That tree is @&#%$ BRILLIANT! Man!
Haha, thanks!
 I like it 
  April 23, 2014
That tree is @&#%$ BRILLIANT! Man!
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Professor B. @Kai: Haha...Duh! I just forgot to comment on it.
Haha, just checkin'. :P
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  April 23, 2014
Quoting Zach Lucia I was actually playing around last night and discovered that tree technique by accident. :P ~Zach
Cool! Was it this exact technique or just something similar?
  April 20, 2014
@Kai: Haha...Duh! I just forgot to comment on it.
 I like it 
  April 19, 2014
I was actually playing around last night and discovered that tree technique by accident. :P ~Zach
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  April 18, 2014
Quoting Professor B. Love that tree technique! I'll have to try that out some time! :D
Thanks, and feel free! Did you happen to see the moc it's featured in? :P
 I like it 
  April 17, 2014
Love that tree technique! I'll have to try that out some time! :D
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 I actually did connect them by 2 studs (but I already told you that :P) and I actually have one of those 32 axles, but it's a bit too long I think.
Did you? I must have missed it... And yeah, it could be too long. Depends on what size tree is being made. :P
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab @Kai: If it is going into mass production, then consider using this part: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=50450 It can make the tree very big, and you won't have to worry about those annoying pins connecting the axles.
Ooh...I didn't even know such a rod existed. With that I could make a massive tree; an 8-stud-diameter trunk or something, like Grant Davis's. :P Thanks, I may have to get that!
  April 16, 2014
I actually did connect them by 2 studs (but I already told you that :P) and I actually have one of those 32 axles, but it's a bit too long I think.
 I like it 
  April 16, 2014
@Kai: If it is going into mass production, then consider using this part: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=50450 It can make the tree very big, and you won't have to worry about those annoying pins connecting the axles.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Just curious...why do you say my version was less sturdy? It was built exactly the same as this one (well, the trunk anyway)
Because the facets were connected by only one stud. In this design, they're connected by two. Yours was the prototype. This is going into mass-production. :P
 I like it 
  April 16, 2014
Just curious...why do you say my version was less sturdy? It was built exactly the same as this one (well, the trunk anyway)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab Admittedly simpler than what I thought it would be, and not at all what I expected, that tree technique is nonetheless excellent. It can probably make trees with a more rounded look too, but they would be thicker... One thing is for certain, I am going to use that technique in my next few mocs (with full credit of course).
Yeah, it's surprisingly simple. I invented it for the Average Gnomes, and as you may have seen the prototype was used by Halhi in Round 2. That version wasn't nearly as sturdy. And yes, the bigger the trunk, the rounder. A lot can be done with it.
 I like it 
  April 16, 2014
Admittedly simpler than what I thought it would be, and not at all what I expected, that tree technique is nonetheless excellent. It can probably make trees with a more rounded look too, but they would be thicker... One thing is for certain, I am going to use that technique in my next few mocs (with full credit of course).
 I like it 
  March 9, 2014
@Kai: Oh yeah... search "caballek" on Lego.com message boards... It's my account there as well. I am no longer active there though, Mocpages is just way better. I will make a techniques page after, or towards the end of, the mocathlon.
 I made it 
  March 8, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab @Kai: Caballek? Well, I can't pretend I don't know that name... :P Where did you find it? :P The techniques you showed in the update are really nice. I need to make a page like this after the MA... My head is teeming with techniques. :P
We are(were?) both editors of the LOM wiki. :P And I'd love to see a techniques page of yours!
 I like it 
  March 8, 2014
@Kai: Caballek? Well, I can't pretend I don't know that name... :P Where did you find it? :P The techniques you showed in the update are really nice. I need to make a page like this after the MA... My head is teeming with techniques. :P
 I like it 
  March 7, 2014
That pillar design is very intricate and clever! I'll have to try out that technique sometime. :)
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Hey, how did I not see this? Thanks for showing the curve, which I will have to borrow before long. Maybe you should make this into a continually-updated page with all your best tricks - I had an hour to go through all 2000 of my Lego pictures yesterday and I realized that some old ideas are worth keeping. This is especially true with your level of work.
Thanks Gilbert! Good idea; I'll do that, notifying everyone of the updates in each new moc.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2014
Hey, how did I not see this? Thanks for showing the curve, which I will have to borrow before long. Maybe you should make this into a continually-updated page with all your best tricks - I had an hour to go through all 2000 of my Lego pictures yesterday and I realized that some old ideas are worth keeping. This is especially true with your level of work.
 I made it 
  February 20, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab The pillar is really cool. I gotta try something similar someday...
Thanks Caballek! I'm interested to see what you come up with!
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  February 20, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ That . . . is a seriously cool design for that pillar.
Haha, thanks Armon! It took me the better part of two days to make.
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  February 20, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode That's quite an operation! Wow!
Thanks Alex! It was the first of its kind...and possibly the last. :P
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  February 20, 2014
Quoting Lindel Baskin Nice! Very interesting techniques, especially in the rockwork. So many angles! Great work, Kai.
Thanks Lindel! Yeah, I tried to go as complicated as possible...I've gotten mixed reviews on the result. :P
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  February 20, 2014
Quoting Sean Vredevoogd Nice! Love how you did the rock pillar!
Thanks Sean! I do too. :P
 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
The pillar is really cool. I gotta try something similar someday...
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  February 17, 2014
That . . . is a seriously cool design for that pillar.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
That's quite an operation! Wow!
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Nice! Very interesting techniques, especially in the rockwork. So many angles! Great work, Kai.
 I like it 
  February 16, 2014
Nice! Love how you did the rock pillar!
 
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