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  • Birthday 02/11/91

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    Illinois, USA
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    LEGO MOCing, LEGO collecting
    Favorite LEGO Theme: Castle

    Non-LEGO: blacksmithing, woodworking, clay sculpting, music (piano, violin, ocarina, bagpipes), pets (bearded dragons, cats, dogs), outdoors and nature, raising livestock, farming


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  1. @MiloNelsiano I am not sure I understand what you are asking. What extra features are you wondering about? I have limited photography experience and have yet to discover all the uses of the features of my camera, so I might not be able to help with explaining additional features. The larger pixel count of the KS-2 could be a nice benefit, especially if the sensor is larger than the one in the K-50 camera. The swivel display could be useful to some (especially for video), though I would probably find it more bothersome than helpful to me. I use the camera almost entirely for pictures rather than videos. I have been able to take nice photographs of both LEGO builds and nature scenes with the K-50. The weather resistance is a nice benefit for outdoor shooting. I also like the built-in stabilizer that seems to reduce shake blur on the photos. I generally still use a tripod and remote for the most stable pictures, but I have taken some shots with the camera in my hands, and these still have come out pretty nice. It does seem like the prism for live view works pretty well in showing what the picture will look like, unlike my previous cheap point-and-shoot camera that always seemed to have different coloration and lighting between the live view and the captured picture. If you have any specific questions, I will try to answer them, but I am very much an amateur photographer as well as being pretty new to Pentax cameras.
  2. @Henjin_Quilones I am looking forward to your improved photography (and your Cat. C builds)!
  3. As a design engineer, I can completely relate to this. My job is to produce designs for my company. When I get paid, the company is buying my design. The one thing I will note is that I do get credit for what I have done: every time my design is not perfect, I will hear about it. Designers are the origination of every design, so there is no one else to blame for a problem in the design. The return from this is that I am compelled to fix my mistakes and consider how to avoid them in the future. This brings positive effects in the future, which should increase my value as an employee, which also will likely increase my pay as my designs improve. This is what it is probably like for every designer for LEGO (or for every design company, for that matter). When someone steals a design, the designer should be somewhat flattered since the design was good enough to be stolen, but the effect is more negative when the profitability of the designer's company falls due to competition with the stolen design. As @Robianco noted, if a competitor's quality of bricks is good enough, then they should hire designers and purchase IP's to allow for fair and legal competition to LEGO. This is how the free market should work. I just do not understand how anyone can support a company that steals a design and just tries to duplicate it at a much lower price point due to lack of design costs and IP's. Taking someone else's idea and improving upon it, as LEGO did with Kiddicraft, is not the same as stealing (not to mention that Kiddicraft made bricks, which have existed for thousands of years). Kiddicraft made a new innovation with the brick, making it from plastic and adding a method of interlocking the bricks together to produce a toy. LEGO used the simple concept of interlocking bricks for beginning, but really became who they are today because of the stud-and-tube coupling system that was developed within their own company. This innovation is what opened up the complex possibilities that allowed them to be a competitive toy manufacturer. Now that patents have long-since run out on the brick with stud-and-tube coupling, any company is allowed to produce the same bricks, even with the same dimensions. They should not be allowed to steal the unique designs made with those bricks. This is truly how every design works, as no modern product is made without copying some form of previous innovation, but it is stealing if there is no new or unique improvement made using other innovations. The car would not exist today if the wheel had never been made. How does the wheel work? It is a simple concept of physics, which really cannot be owned by anyone. The perfect world would see all designers, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, etc. working together and sharing what they learn so that others can use the knowledge for new innovations and improvements rather than people stealing other's designs to make money off someone else. If IP is not respected, all businesses would struggle to survive, as the input required would set each business behind the competition when the resulting product would become open to anyone to produce. The company that produces the design would lose out as the invested money to produce the design will return no profit if the design is just stolen and produced by some other company that only invested in the manufacturing equipment. I personally have a high respect for any company that attempts to compete with LEGO by creating similar designs under their own IP's and with their own designs. To be able to produce a similar product takes great skill, and to be able to achieve competent quality is quite an achievement. This competition is necessary to keep the quality of a product on a continual cycle of improvement. Competition is what compels LEGO to maintain and improve quality of product and design rather than allowing them to let quality slip. LEGO does not have a monopoly on construction toys, as there are other competitors that look nothing like LEGO with their own unique construction methods (such as K'Nex and Erector). This adds to legal competition that benefits the consumer. MegaBlocks has added to the competition with their own unique innovations as well as taking advantage of popular IP's with which LEGO is not willing to become associated (such as Halo or World of Warcraft). I still prefer the LEGO products and have little to do with the competing companies, but that is a matter of personal preference. I hope this stealing of MOCs does not harm the LEGO MOC community. Sharing of design and techniques is how all of us learn to improve our own skills utilizing aspects and techniques from other builders. As Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." The importance here is in using what others can teach us so we can innovate improvements to our benefit and the benefit of others.
  4. @Henjin_Quilones About a year ago, I bought a Pentax K50 camera. I am also an amateur photographer, so I had to research cameras to make a decision. The main reason I went with this camera was the increased definition for moving objects (such as people and animals) and better instant screen view (Pentax uses a prism instead of mirrors to generate this view) for capturing landscape scenes (my additional photography interests). These features seem unnecessary for shooting LEGO builds, though. My Pentax K50 came with a telephoto lens that I wanted for nature photography, but you would not need this for LEGO photography. That Canon Rebel T6 looks like a good pick. I also might suggest considering the Nikon 3300, which seems to have a comparable cost and similar capabilities with a higher megapixel count (though C-MOS sensor size combined with megapixel count are more important than megapixel count alone, as a camera with a smaller sensor will produce a grainier image if using more megapixels, the exact case I found with my first cheap point-and-shoot digital camera that boasted 26MP but produced very grainy images). This site seems to recommend the Nikon 3300 and 3400 slightly higher than the Canon Rebel T6, though it is hard to say. It should still be a good read for you with your current camera considerations. I hope someone that knows a lot more about photography (like @Gideon) might input information to help you in your decision. I am pretty confident that you will be happy with the ones you are considering if you cannot find any information or advice that points you in a different direction. I do know my Pentax K50 has kept me happy, both for LEGO photography and for nature photography. ...And so you know that I am not specifically recommending the Pentax K50 for LEGO photography, the other reason I chose that one was the weather resistance (which should hopefully not be a concern for your LEGO photo shoots!). To get the equivalent "bundle" from Pentax was more expensive for me than with the Canon and Nikon bundles you are considering.
  5. The captain is one of my favorite CMF's, both because I like ships and sailing and because of the seagull! The simple but still detailed torso and cap are very nice, and the aged face seems very fitting for the captain of a ship.
  6. I have not BrickLinked those sets in particular, but I do have significant experience BrickLinking classic castle sets. I have found that many can be restored more cheaply through BLing individual parts rather than buying the complete set, though this is somewhat hard to calculate and dependent on location. One thing to keep in mind is the additional cost of parts due to shipping. Limiting the total number of orders to get all the parts is definitely cheaper on the shipping! One thing I highly recommend for restoring or buying sets via BL parts is to get the set inventories, make "wanted" lists on BL including all parts for the sets and all other parts you might like, then give time to complete the order while searching low prices. BL's wanted lists allow you to mark a quantity and maximum price for each part, then stores can be searched for the most parts on your lists within your price specification. Do not rush the process and place small orders unless absolutely necessary, as this quickly drives price up due to shipping. If you just want most of a set, BL is the way to go if you do not care about the rare parts. I recently purchased the 7189 Mill Village Raid set, and I do not think the set could be BLed in my area for a cheaper cost if the goats are purchased at a price around $25 each plus shipping. The minifigures also drive up the BL total set price, along with a few parts in the set that are somewhat rare. Animals tend to be more expensive in general, and a quick estimation in my area shows a relative price comparison: Cost of set complete: ~$140 Cost of "special" components: Goats (x2) = $25 (x2) = $50 Pig = $3 (or more) White chickens (x2) = $1 (x2) =$2 Tan chicken = $1 Draft horse = $4 (likely more) Minifigures (x6) = ~$3 (x6) = $18 (this is probably a low estimate due to exclusive peasant minifigs) Total price for Animals and Minifigs: ~$80 Remaining parts of set: ~600 at $0.1 each (average LEGO price at this time) = ~$60 BL Cost to complete set: ~$140 These prices do not include the cost of shipping for each order, which would likely add up to more than the shipping for the complete set (which is certainly higher if the box is included). I also received the box and instruction manuals when bought the complete set, which would add additional cost to the above estimate. My estimates are in America where used parts are likely most available compared to some countries that will require some international orders with higher shipping. Medieval Market Village might be a different story, though, as the cows are much cheaper than goats and the horse is a common white one rather than a set exclusive. One note I have for this question, in contrast to the cost comparison, is that I find a lot of enjoyment in restoring sets from BL orders. By combining multiple sets into the same orders, the total number of orders can be reduced to keep shipping costs low. I also fill out orders with other parts I find interesting in that BL store, which adds to the total cost but also to the enjoyment, and distributes the shipping cost across more parts. Balancing the costs is an interesting challenge!
  7. @Jon61 You are certainly correct in your observation! The cube could be disassembled as you said, utilizing an axle as a push pin. I overlooked the opening opposite those pins you showed in yellow.
  8. This one is no question for me. The Roman Legionnaire is so realistic and so detailed! The only disappointment with him is that he came before LEGO introduced dual molded legs, as a skirt piece or dual molded legs would have worked perfectly here.
  9. I hate it when a group has two of my most favorite collectible minifigures ever... The forestman barely edged out the bagpiper for me, though I am glad to see the popularity of the bagpiper (being one myself).
  10. I thought this was the case. I was able to purchase 12 of these visors for $1.50 on BL about 4 years ago, so I use them pretty freely (with black helmets, as the pearl dark gray helmets were in the range of $3-$4 at the time, and have increased in price since then). I actually like the helmet you used for Stian quite a bit! I am looking forward to what people have in store for Category C!
  11. Nice work on the sigfigs, Legofin! I might note that Stian is not exactly accurate, but pretty close. In the inn picture, the hairpiece from the musician playing the bohdran is the accurate one. Stian looks funny to me with the longer hair. In armor, the helmet should be black with a pearl dark gray visor, but the current one is not bad. Stian also uses a shortsword rather than the longsword shown. Pearl dark gray is a great color choice, though my sigfig picture has the black shortsword in smooth shiny ABS from the classic armor shop set 6041. Not everyone has one of those... Also note that Stian is left-handed, so the sword should be held in the left hand or sheathed on his right side. Just minor adjustments, but still glad to see the inclusion of Stian nonetheless!
  12. Welcome to Eurobricks, Sacha! You have some great photography skills, and I love your CMF baby shots! I am looking forward to your contributions to the community!
  13. @Itaria No Shintaku I do not know of a way to do so, but it would be nice to have the ability to give a half-vote to our second choice. This would help prevent ties.
  14. My vote is for the tribal woman, not just because of the papoose, but also for the excellent arm and leg printing. I just really like the entire design, and the papoose also adds to it! It was hard for me to not choose the elf, though, as that is also one of my most favorite CMF's of all time. (If I went by how many I own, the elf would have won, as I have about 12 elves and only 1 complete tribal woman with additional heads, torsos, and legs from BL)
  15. Very nice house, jaapxaap! The different angles for the dark blue tiled roof are really amazing! I love the color scheme used to contrast the fire with blue landscape and architecture. All the wood details in the walls, windows, and doors give some nice character to the construction! That phoenix is phenomenal!