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#1 Holodoc

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 11:04 PM

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Hi everybody!

After a working period of almost a year I finished my latest MOC just in time to show in on the yearly AFOL exhibition in Frechen last weekend (5.1.08 + 6.1.08).
This thread is made to show you my MOC  :'-) and to incourage you to do the same. (No, you don�t have to come to Germany next January :-P , but you maybe able to show some of your work at a local exhibition ;-) ).

It was overwhelming to meet so many Lego oriented/interested people and to talk to them. Another experience everyone should make is talking to visitors. That�s quite fun, because the questions are mostly the same: How long did it take to build it? :-)  How much money did you spend on it?  8-| And the good old classic: Can I buy this?  :-D The visistors were all very kind and friendly and the are very thankful for the answers they get.
I never would have expected that so many NAFOL (not-AFOL  :-D ) are still interested in Lego. A lot of people remember their childhood when seeing things on display. But some don�t even know that certain sets existed. The weblink that was given out most on these days was Bricklink.com. Many people are in need of just a few parts and never heard of the famous website before.
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Hereare more photos I made from the event.

To sum it up: One weekend of pure pleasure.

It was my first but definitely not the last show I attended.
(The next thing I�m working on is to organize a small Lego show with the ability to drive trains and do more stuff for little children at our local parish festival. So if you have ideas for me - let me know!)

But now to my MOC:

I always wanted to build a local building to scale. First I wanted to build the church, but I pretty fast abandoned that idea because of very difficult angles and the towers. :-|
Then I looked at the place I work in: The local hospital. Clear structure, no weird colours used - fine, that�s it!
I began thinking about it on march '07. I had NO plans of the building and started making photographs. In my BS-folder (see below) you can find a photo where I compared the stone colour with existing Lego colours. I made almost 100 photos to get as many details as possible. Later on I luckily got my hands on some ground plans.
I planned the whole thing digitally with LDD.
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That worked fine for the older part of the building (old brown walls, black roof), but when it came to the newer bigger part (white buildings, flat roof) where I had to put walls after walls without the possibility to edit them (at least I didn�t find a solution for this  8-| ) I quitted working virtually.

I  bought the first bricks on our last event in G�nzburg. But in retrospect I had NO idea what amount of bricks I was looking for. It was a start, okay, but almost the same amount I had to buy later at Bricklink. Most of you know the story: Right after you have completed an order and went on building you realize, that some bricks are still missing. It took me about 10 orders to complete my shopping list (that never really existed). |-/ And you cannot blame anyone else with this! :-D

I started real-building in June with a long brake due to missing parts from September to November. You can see the building process in my BS-folder. Just follow the numbers. I added some photos of the hospital as well to show the real building in comparison.
I finished the hospital just in time on Friday, 4th of January at 1:30 a.m.Posted Image  
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12 hours later I stowed it in my car and drove it to Frechen. In other words: If there hadn�t been this event, I still wouldn�t have finished it. :-D Fortunately I was able to seperate it in two parts and all went well on the transport.

The facts:
It�s about 4500 bricks (costs: 350 � - I had expected more) and the pure building time was around 50 hours.
I had to estimate the scale - it�s around 1:180 (please tell me, if I�m totally wrong). And - NO, I�m not going to do this in minifig scale, you know! :-P  X-D

Right now it is stored in my house, but I plan to display it in the hospital as well - negotiations are running (maybe Copmike could help me with that  ;-) ).

So enjoy and let me know what you think about it.

P.S.: On the second day we took our monorail and Santa-Fe to the exhibition as well to fill the left space. Kids (including mine) LOVE trains!
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 10:34 AM

Thanks for sharing this. It looks great and very accurate.  *wub* You mentioned making this earlier but I didn't know that you had been posting prgress shots the whole time. Silly me didn't check either.  :-$ Thanks for sharing also your design process. I was wondering if you could get the floor plans. How far along were you when you got them? It would have been far harder building from just photos...

By the way, I know I have said this before, but I love your monorail!  *wub*





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Posted 16 January 2008 - 05:04 PM

Thank you Sinner for replying. I already wondered if I made a new topic nobody is interested in. :'-(
What did I do wrong? Or was my story all too long?  :-D

View PostSinner, on Jan 15 2008, 11:34 AM, said:

How far along were you when you got them? It would have been far harder building from just photos...
Luckily I was able to make photos of a floor plan showing the whole hospital in the early design process. Otherwise it would have been really hard to make it accurate. But even with the plan it had some tricky corners.

One thing I forgot to mention about the event: All exhibitors got a free 1x8 brick in green with "Frechen 2008" engraved. It sticks to your t-shirt with two small but very strong magnets (not to be compared with the EB-event-07 magnet ;-)  :-P ). This is really nice, so you can see where all the others had attended so far.

Resulting in Jan Beyer almost having back pain:
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As it was my first event, I started with my badge:
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Needless to say Im very proud of it!
(Would be a nice giveaway for all eventees in Billund this year) *hint* *hint*
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Posted 16 January 2008 - 06:23 PM

Congrats on displaying (I still haven't). And a beautiful MOC as well! I am jealous of the experience and will have to get to a lego event one of these years... Now interviewing sponsors... ;-)

God Bless,

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 07:11 PM

What's up with Brickshelf? Your folder still isn't public. I have to say I also love your monorail! I didn't realize that was yours until just now. I've had pics of that in my inspiration folder for quite some time. How old is that at this point?

I think your hospital is beautiful. I have to admit right off that I'm not a fan of micro-scale. I mean, what a cruel trick to play on an injured mini-fig: "We're at the hospital! Ha! Fooled you. It's just an elaborate sculpture." :-$ Okay, so you get it. But I do love this model you've built here. I'm sure the cost to have built it mini-fig scale would've been astronomical. :-D

I love the building itself how itself how the modern building is built off of the original hospital. Buildings like this are all over the place and I've always wanted to incorporate that into one of my City MOCs but it doesn't always look right. You captured it beautifully here. The first thing that caught my attention was the duct work. I love the little details and you got so many great details in here even in such a small scale. It really looks great.

Congratulations on displaying it in public! That's one thing I don't think I'd ever have the courage to do. Having moved around Chicago a lot with my LEGO and having spilled boxes in stairwells, easements and crosswalks :'-(  I'm not a big fan of taking my creations out of the house. And I would probably be a bulldog on the "touch it and die" factor. Anyway, it looks like you had a great time and thanks for sharing the experience with us. *sweet*

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 11:39 PM

Thank you for that interesting story and the fine pictures from that event, its always
very nice to see such things. Therere some impressive Town layouts to see, and that
huge cruise liners pretty impressive....  :'-)
Your hospitals really a large project and very well done, it looks also very accurate
compared with the photos youve provided. A neat and regardful work, for sure.  *y*

Im a little late? How dare, who said that...!  *sing*  X-D

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 09:50 PM

Late, whos late in this thread? Me - hell no :-P! (or maybe yes ....).

Nicely done Holodoc! I remember the talk we had at the Gnzburg event about it and Im glad you finished it! It looks good *y*! 50 hours of building is a lot 8-!
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Its cool to see a house thats not a made-up one, instead its for real and the person who made it works there! Youre not going minifig-size? Bouh >:-)  :-P!

And pm me if you want me negotiating skills used, Ill take 355ml RB-cans as payment *y*!

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 01:40 AM

A wonderfull re-creation of your place of work holodoc. The detail you have managed to fit in is excellent! *y*

I can really simpathize with the bricklink buying, after a couple of orders arrive and i start building i always have to stop and wait for more orders to come :-D .

I don't think i would ever have the courage to show my MOC's in public (it's much easier to be a faceless soul on the internet :-D ), so congrats on taking what i think is a big step. Keep up the great work and i look forward to seeing your next MOC for public show! :-)

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 09:49 AM

*bangs his head on the wall* How could have I missed out this thread ?! That's a great creation you've got here ! I see most of the basic questions have been covered, so i'll try to be original : you said you didn't do the church cause it was too complicated, but I assume that this model also presents some peculiars. What was the hardest things to modelize ?

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 08:36 PM

Aaah - a little movement due to house advertising... :-$  ;-)

Thank you all guys for your kind requests. A special thank you to the multicoloured guy. You know green and yellow are a part of the rainbow ;-)

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Im a little late? How dare, who said that...!  *sing*  X-D
Better late than never. Thank you.

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Oooh!  *wub* I become red right now...

...and Ill come back to that negotiation offer. ;-)

View Postjipay, on Feb 10 2008, 10:49 AM, said:

What was the hardest things to modelize ?
The first stumbling block on may way was realizing that I wasnt able to work the complete building out digitally (due to the reasons mentioned above). That would have helped me calculating the needed bricks more accurately.
The hardest thing was to attach the older part of the hospital to the newer part. That is no 90 angle so I had to place it on 1x1 round plates and than put it on the 48x48 baseplate in the correct way. Copmikes pic shows exactly that: If you look closely the brown part to the front is sitting on that black 1x1 plates.

After having displayed the MOC my biggest problem now is the storage.
I havent spoken to the appropriate guy in my hospital to display in there, so I have to stuff it in my working room. Yet my wife is not complaning... ;-)
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Posted 11 February 2008 - 09:45 PM

View PostHolodoc, on Jan 16 2008, 06:04 PM, said:

Thank you Sinner for replying. I already wondered if I made a new topic nobody is interested in. :'-(
What did I do wrong? Or was my story all too long?  :-D
Or maybe good topics are hidden by a lot of not so interesting topics...
Anyway.

Showing my moc in an exhibition is a thing that I would like to do. But I know that I'm Hinckley  :-D

View PostHinckley, on Jan 16 2008, 08:11 PM, said:

And I would probably be a bulldog on the "touch it and die" factor.

It seems to be a very nice experience. Personnaly, I've got some familly members who want to see my layout after seeing my room with LEGO everywhere. I will organize a private exhibition. But there will be some VIP pass for EB members :-P !
I would like to see how the people who come are, looking at those mocs everywhere. I can imagine that it's a real pleasure when they look at your work, with the eyes full of stars...

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I finished the hospital just in time on Friday, 4th of January at 1:30 a.m.Posted Image  
... In other words: If there hadnt been this event, I still wouldnt have finished it. :-D
Maybe ian exhibition is The solution to finish a project! :-D
And finaly we see your hospital finished. I can't remember if you have already made a topic on it. But I know that I have seen pics of it before. Maybe I found them in your BS gallery (sometimes, I follow the link in the sig to see their BS gallery or try to find them by there nickname).
I have never build in a micro scale. So when I see all those details in such a scale (because a 1x1 slope brick is very big in this scale), I imagine that the reflexion for the use of this or that piece is really important.
You've made a good job with your hospital. One question, does it has an heliport? I don't see a H on one of the roof...

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View Postalex54, on Feb 11 2008, 10:45 PM, said:

I would like to see how the people who come are, looking at those mocs everywhere. I can imagine that it's a real pleasure when they look at your work, with the eyes full of stars...

Then there is the mental breakdown after getting asked the same questions over and over and over again.. ("How many bricks? How long did it take to build? What did it cost?"). Illustrated very good in a comic in some issue of BrickJournal, I'll see if I can dig it up. ;-)
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:06 PM

Very nice mini-scale MOC, Holodoc.  And I use the term mini lightly for this one. :-D  Very nice recreation of the real buildings too.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 09:28 PM

View Postalex54, on Feb 11 2008, 10:45 PM, said:

Or maybe good topics are hidden by a lot of not so interesting topics...
Anyway.
Yep - its getting hard lately. :'-(

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Maybe ian exhibition is The solution to finish a project! :-D
You bet your head!

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One question, does it has an heliport? I don't see a H on one of the roof...
The heliport is placed in the "inner" garden of the hospital. In Copmike's pic it would be located between the tan blocks in the back and the oldest part of the hospital. Im working on that. :-$ Its going to be a V1.1 patch. :-D
I still need some lime 1x1 round bricks to create a better green decoration. *BL - please take over!*

And, yes, it is a white "H" painted on the ground. *y*

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Then there is the mental breakdown after getting asked the same questions over and over and over again.. ("How many bricks? How long did it take to build? What did it cost?").
I was sooo exited (and the visitors were so friendly) I could have answered those question a gazillion times! But I also had the facts written on a description sheet. ;-)
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 06:54 PM

The hospital MOC reached it´s final destination. :cry_happy:

I was allowed to place it in the entrance hall.
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When the director saw it he told me: "Well, there´s a construction site at one side of the hospital. Can you place a matchbox digger or something like that there?"

Matchbox?  :wacko:  *huh*   :hmpf_bad:

This is what I came up with:
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This is the smallest MOC I ever built. :wub:

I´ll post pictures of the whole scenery tomorrow. :classic:
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Posted 21 August 2008 - 07:35 PM

Excellent digger! :oh:

Chapter 2 is online!
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Don´t miss this epic adventure, the continuation of the Exo-Force story arch and let Exo-Force get the AFOL-treatment!

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View PostDJ Force, on Aug 21 2008, 07:35 PM, said:

Excellent digger! :oh:
Thank you!

Actually I´m thinking of adding more cars or people to the scenery.
It won´t be too detailed, though. :laugh:

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Posted 24 September 2008 - 09:11 PM

View PostHolodoc, on Aug 21 2008, 07:54 PM, said:

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This is the smallest MOC I ever built. :wub:

And it's very cute! The proportions are really good for such a small digger!
Micro scale looks really interesting in the way of how to use the pieces the best...
I will try one day...

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