Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:43 PM
In the next few weeks I will be launching a website that I hope will fill a massive void in the market and help to bridge the gaps between MOC designers and MOC re-creators (like myself).
I have collected for and built countless MOC's over the last few years and have found it incredibly frustrating having an inconsistent product that changes between different designers and even within the same designer. To solve this problem I decided it might be best to build a site that would take the guess-work out of actually posting instructions and collecting income on those creations. As Sariel no doubt can tell you the most common question when posting a video on youtube or on facebook is inevitably...."where can I build this" or "can you make instructions". The truth is, its quite difficult to take a given design and easily translate it into money and thus discourages many builders from even attempting it.
To properly sell instructions you currently need to:
Have a design that others would like to build
Have a CAD file made
Have instructions created from the CAD
Create a website with sufficient hosting
....and get people to visit it
Create a backend payment system
Password protect your content
Facilitate the transaction and provide support if needed to the users
I will be changing quite a few of the steps which I hope will completely change the perception of not just building custom models but also change the ease of collecting your dues for those creations.
The idea behind MocPlans.com will be simple.
Designers will have the ability to upload their latest creations along with the associated files. Users will have the ability to purchase, comment, rate and follow both the model and the designer if they so choose.
This system will allow designers that don't have the expertise of having a website skip the multiple phases needed and jump right ahead to collecting off their creations (once instructions are created). In addition, if the designer doesn't have the knowledge of instruction building there are people on this forum that would be happy to create them (for a fee).
I know that most people like me aren't opposed to paying for instructions on custom built MOC's and that designers aren't opposed to creating instructions if they can get thier money (TIME) back. With this system I think both parties will be happier and will ultimately result in a new ecosystem fostering not only the creations but the monetization of those creations.
The biggest news relating to the launch of this site is that it will be featuring ALL 9 of RoscoPC's incredible F1 Cars (or HERE) There are full instructions, inventories and more available to the public with prices very similar to others you have seen.
At launch MocPlans.com will also feature all of Crowkillers (Paul Boratko's) creations and those of Jurgen Krooshoop.
If you are a designer and would like some of your models featured from the start feel free to email me at email@example.com
Please understand that many aspects of this system will change as we see how the public reacts but the general hope is to streamline and consolidate the process of finding and building custom models.
Also, since I know it will be mentioned, this is not intended to impede in any way on rebrickable and his site. Rather, I hope that the two can work together to help less knowledgeable builders source and build custom models. The sites will serve two purposes as his is meant to manage your collection of parts whereas Mocplans.com will have no provisions to manage your collection (other than your purchased models).
Be sure to visit the splash at Mocplans.com and register for the updates at launch!!
Posted 11 October 2012 - 06:25 PM
I was playing with this idea for a few years already, but my (internet)programming was (and still is a bit) not good enough to make something like that.
I look forward too see the final result
BTW; does it only include Technic, or also other themes, if so, I think Sinner/Siegfried has to move it to General Lego
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:54 PM
At the moment I only know-of/have Technic/Model team designers on board. I have not reached out to any others as I am not really exposed to them and wouldn't know who they are. So Sinner/Siegfried, please hold-off on moving it as my targeted audience was those people who read these threads. When its fully open I will make a seperate announcement.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 08:25 PM
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:04 PM
Check out my LDD Brickshelf or my regular Brickshelf for anything technic.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:43 PM
Also in combination with Basebrick, as I have my complete inventory on that website.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 03:44 PM
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 05:23 PM
For instance, when Paul comes out with a new model (which we all know he will) he will be able to easily notify anyone that has purchased his instructions in the past and those who haven't but signed up to get his notifications.
And what if a designer like Jennifer Clark wanted to post instructions for some of her incredible mocs? Now she wouldn't have to worry about hosting them (adequate bandwidth and storage), collecting payments for them or even advertise for them.
EDIT: I meant to also say that yes...designers will be able to handle their own accounts and the content provided (conforming to guidelines of course).
Edited by nychase, 12 October 2012 - 05:29 PM.
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:02 PM
So I think it actually compliments Rebrickable. That is still where you would go to see which parts you have. Hopefully the owners of the two sites can cooperate to make them interact as much as possible.
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:04 PM
Creating a uniform marketplace is great but no rocket science (not that I could do it...).
I wonder if this initiative will lead to more instructions for (existing) MOCs.
Are there people around that can create these just based on a few photos on Brickshelf?
Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:35 PM
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