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#1 Hinckley

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:08 AM

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All right. So I'm finally taking a huge step in one of my main LEGO goals: to have a nice solid city layout instead of a bunch of buildings surrounded by Star Wars ships and random Train, Exo-Force and Castle sets. Yes, I'm cleaning up my tabletown: Bazooville. I've renamed it from HinckleyVille, since Hinckley is so disorganized, I named it after Bazoo, our obsessive compulsive Yellow Tang who insisted on being cleaned constantly by the peppermint shrimp. Well, God rest her soul, I hope her name transforms my table town into the beautiful and clean metropolis it has the potential to be.

Here are two pics of the current state of things:
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Here you can catch a glimpse of the disorganization. It's not me, really. It's clearly the pterodactyls and dragons, not to mention the vikings, elephants, tanks and strange potato face men dancing on the top of the cafe corner...

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And despite the pooping Tyrannosaurus Rex and the houses in the middle of the street there is quite a bit of potential here.

The new city will of course revolve around the style of cafe corner and this modular addition I built:
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I hope to move on down the street and build on in the same fashion until I have a nice setup. Of course I am limited by the road plates I have, but there's always BL.

Here's the first victim renovation of the TIP (Town in Progress) overhaul...my yellow house:
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It has been dismantled... :'-) we'll certainly miss her...and will soon be re-built into a modular brownstone type addition to Bazooville...stay tuned. :-)

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:15 AM

Stunningly I am doing the same thing to Sinnerton!  *wacko* I have even dismantled the police station. (Security is now in the hands of Bane and Batman.) I have less room than you so I have decided to build up! I can't wait to see your new town.  *sweet*





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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:59 AM

A potentially fascinating project that I hope you'll continuously update us with. That'll both be interesting to watch and help motivate you to make progress, something I frequently need help with.

Wow, I absolutely hate that yellow house. :-/ I know it isn't polite, and I wouldn't say it if I didn't know you'll take it in the way it's intended and tell me to fark off, but man, that's just an eyesore of yellow. 8-°

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Ok, where was I? OMG, that's awful! Compared to your usual standards, it's just painful ... X-O

Now that I've said that, I do like some of the methods used in it, and look forward to seeing it reworked in brownstone style. I just wish you'd taken pics of the destruction and maybe used that lovely crane in the process. That might have redeemed that monstrosity. X-D

Seriously, it's just the yellow. I might like that in tan, with some kind of contrasting colour. Really. *y*

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:09 AM

View Postimperialshadows, on Jan 6 2008, 03:59 AM, said:

A potentially fascinating project that I hope you'll continuously update us with. That'll both be interesting to watch and help motivate you to make progress, something I frequently need help with.
Thanks! *wub* What nice warm encouraging sentiments... :'-)

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Wow, I absolutely hate that yellow house. :-/ I know it isn't polite, and I wouldn't say it if I didn't know you'll take it in the way it's intended and tell me to fark off, but man, that's just an eyesore of yellow. 8-°
:'-( What the hell? Where'd that other guy go?

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Also kids, remember that when two people are friends and know eachother better they can get away with more harsh criticism such as this and it doesn't hurt anyone's feelings...really... :'-(

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Ok, where was I? OMG, that's awful! Compared to your usual standards, it's just painful ... X-O
Megablocks! I heard you the first time! Sheesh! You're in for another swirly, jackass!

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Now that I've said that, I do like some of the methods used in it, and look forward to seeing it reworked in brownstone style. I just wish you'd taken pics of the destruction and maybe used that lovely crane in the process. That might have redeemed that monstrosity. X-D

Seriously, it's just the yellow. I might like that in tan, with some kind of contrasting colour. Really. *y*

Urban Redevelopment On! *y*
No, I hear you. I had planned on using tan. *cries while hurriedly re-sorting all the yellow bricks and praying the stink of failure will someday wash off* It is the MOC I've kept built the longest and it does show. I built it back when there wasn't an abundance of brown or tan available and grey was too precious a castle element to waste on Town! I believe I built that when I was 18 I mean 5! All right, so I'm old. And even at 18 I thought that yellow was too much, but hey...I know well enough to dismantle that one first.  :-P

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:32 AM

View PostHinckley, on Jan 6 2008, 05:09 AM, said:

No, I hear you. I had planned on using tan. *cries while hurriedly re-sorting all the yellow bricks and praying the stink of failure will someday wash off* It is the MOC I've kept built the longest and it does show. I built it back when there wasn't an abundance of brown or tan available and grey was too precious a castle element to waste on Town! I believe I built that when I was 18 I mean 5! All right, so I'm old. And even at 18 I thought that yellow was too much, but hey...I know well enough to dismantle that one first.  :-P
*opens a window to air the place out* :-X

Don't feel too bad, I think 375/6075 is terrible as well, I'm just smart enough not to post that in a Castle forum. 8-|
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Old? When I entered my dark ages, tan didn't exist. 8-° By the time I came out, it was somewhat common. I bought 5988 on clearance almost immediately just because it had all that tan and I wasn't used to seeing it.
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You know, that wasn't half bad for a 5yr old. ;-)

OH OH OH! On a positive note, I really like that tan clocktower with the black roof in the second pic. *wub*

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 06:50 PM

Nice, I have High expectations for this. I also like the clock tower in the second pic. *sweet*

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 07:21 PM

Looks nice! Albrickuerque looks nicer too nowadays!
(although i'm sticking to official sets...I'm terrible at building myself. I'm just never satisfied with what i make...Though i will make some smaller details in my city.)
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 07:52 PM

It'll be interesting to see where your town goes.  I think some of those buildings have potential to be modified into modular additions, like that red one in the upper right-hand corner.  You sure have a lot of space to work with there to add scenery and what not.  You could make a park  And your town needs a trolley.  :-P

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 08:08 PM

Nice town. *y*   I can't wait to see the finished result.  I wish my town looked that good.  My buildings don't even line up with each other.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:15 PM

Weird, my tiny town is benig reorganized soon too! An early spring clean you could say. I have to say Hinckley, I really like you Brownstone Modular MOCS! *wub*
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:30 PM

Wooha, it already looked nice! *y*
So it can only get better......
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:28 PM

What a great topic! This this the kind of topic I really like!
I like to see the evolution in  the time of things that we build: more specifi pieces, more colours, more technics and design...
I like the two pics of your actual city. What an awfull mess of LEGO! It's so nice *wub*
I wish you a lot of fun in your city project, and I knwo that you will have!

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:35 PM

I'd like mine to get reorganised but it's just left in a  bloody mess. I think you may remember this picture from a while back:

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"cough"...yes.... anywho! God Hinckley what an awful house!  :-X No I am not that cruel I would never judge
a MOC  in that way it's just rude!.....Looking at you IMPERIALSHADOWS!!!!!!, Man if that was a less
experienced member who said that they would be sooooo out of here. I hope that doesn't mean me!

Anyway back to Hinckleys town. Very nice I love how many bricks you have to build all of those fantastic buildings, I wish I had that many. Maybe I shall stand by your window when you decide to throw away that house after Imperial scouts harsh comments and grab a few yellow bricks that come hurtling through it!  ;-)


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 02:45 AM

oh hinckely what a mess !!!  but i trust you will use your artistic eye and clean things up...  with all those bricks you have a lot of potential  ;-)

BTW, have you seen how scarce roadplates are on BL ???  it scares me  :'-(

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What a great topic! This this the kind of topic I really like!
I like to see the evolution in  the time of things that we build: more specifi pieces, more colours, more technics and design...
yes alex, this reminds me of your town evolution thread.  i like these too.

hinckely, do you plan on making a digital map layout of the city ??? i hear its pretty popular with city builders  ;-)

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 11:50 PM

Very Nice Hinkley, im just wondering though. How much area do you have for your town.
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 03:02 AM

Great, I can't wait to see where this goes!  Your MOCs as of late have really been phenomenal, so I'm sure the rebuilt house (in whatever color she'll be rebuilt in) will be fantastic *y*

One thing, you say you might not have enough road plates.  Well while it's probably infinitely more (okay maybe that's an exaggeration) expensive and parts intensive, I've always thought SNOT'd streets looked amazing.  Just think of how utterly customized the roads would look!  :'-)

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 02:03 PM

Impressive amount of buildings! I unfortunately don't have enough time to do everything at once, and since I'm busy with a Castle, I can't get started with my other intention; to have a large town layout to fit with Café Corner and Market Street (and soon, Town Plan) and the various City vehicles (I plan to reuse parts from the police station for a custom jobby, and use the 3D baseplate for part of a space station - nice plain grey).

As for that yellow building and people's comments? Makes me want to design something in yellow! I figure it's perfectly reasonable as long as the building is non-uniformly yellow, and is the kind of building that would have painted walls. Considering my selection of bricks actually, if I'm making more than one or two extra buildings, I *will* be using yellow! (My tan bricks half-fill a giant box, but they'll only do a couple of buildings; if even if I use some in castle building).

Oh, and tan wasn't around before my dark age either. 96 and 97 in particular even now have few sets I'd be into, and by 98 (I would have liked Adventurers and Ninja) I was in Uni trying to make ends meet (even if I'd still been into Lego I'd have had no money). I would probably have returned to Lego sooner but for seeing KK in the shops, and Harry Potter and Star Wars being so expensive a couple years back (for seemingly sparse sets in the case of the former; I was influenced very much by the price though, since buying them on ebay cheaply I now consider them fantastic!)

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 02:13 PM

I was looking at those pics and I was surprised to notice your Smackdown MOC is still on one piece. Do you have any plans for it?

(I don't mean to alarm you Hinckley, but your website seems to be talking to you.)





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Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:48 PM

I love your buildings, always full of detail and realism. Only hope you get more road baseplates to show the buildings in their best light and give justice to them :)
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 12:18 AM

You seem to be a great city building.. builder.   :-$  With abit of work on the roadways I can see this being truely excellent, and I cant wait to see how it turns out  *wub*

As for me and any happening of a town, It wont happen for a very, very long time. I need to re organize, sort all my legos via color, move it all to another area..  :-|  So for me, vehicles on a semi-small scale are all I can manage  :'-(

But I'm managing I suppose  :-$

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 12:50 AM

Personally, I would make the brewery the center of your town, because I just think that's simply an awesome MOC. Plus, well, it's a brewery.  *sweet*

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 02:41 AM

For all those who have town layouts and Hinkley, How high is one floor and do you make sure that all of yall's buildings can fit on 32x32 base plates
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Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:54 AM

Wow! A lot of responses here. That's great, but it looks like I better get working! Thanks everybody. *sweet*

Sinner, since our towns are twinned, perhaps we can build the fountain in this thread. We can pass it off. You do a couple pieces, I'll add, back and forth until it's finished. We can post our progress here and people can give us feedback. It'll keep this thread active anyway...what do you think?

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I use Cafe Corner as the standard. But I don't want all of the buildings to match. I live in Chicago and most of the buildings have different floor heights or their basements or garden apartments vary enough so that most people first floors don't meet at the same level. I love the way that looks. So while I want everything to be in scale with the Cafe Corner, I will make the floors taller or shorter depending on the design. There are some rows of brownstones that seem to meet up perfectly and I'd love to have a block that does that but we'll see what the future and my budget have in store. Great question. :-)  *y*

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View PostHinckley, on Jan 15 2008, 07:54 PM, said:

Sinner, since our towns are twinned, perhaps we can build the fountain in this thread. We can pass it off. You do a couple pieces, I'll add, back and forth until it's finished. We can post our progress here and people can give us feedback. It'll keep this thread active anyway...what do you think?
Fountain?  8-|   Did we discuss this? I hope so as I was planning on making a fountain for my town. If we both came to this idea independently then I am officially freaked out.  *wacko*

But to answer the question; yes I would love to.  *sweet* What do you plan? A traditional circular one?





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View PostSinner, on Jan 15 2008, 04:42 AM, said:

*sweet* What do you plan? A traditional circular one?
A blue bucket fountain. I believe you suggested the idea in the town twinning topic. :-D

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