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#1 wwfmike

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:06 PM

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This is a church I've been working on for a long while.  This folder is how it looks right now.  If you look in my other folders, you can see what it looked like in the past.

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The altar is based very loosely on the altar of our local church.  It was destroyed 49 years when they remodeled and they are getting one carved that is identical to the original.

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Any ideas or improvements are always welcome.


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:45 PM

Strewth! It took me a second glance to realise that was Lego! Great work.  *sweet*





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Posted 10 October 2007 - 03:30 PM

A wonderful work with a beautiful and very atmospherical interior!  *y*
It shows an excellent improvement since your first version, impressive indeed.
And your other Town creations´re also very fine, I like especially your very smart
Sun And Sand Restaurant....  *sweet*

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 04:23 PM

Verrry impressive Mike -- my favorite cathedral pic is this one: http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=2761727 with the minifigs working on the roof.  The whole thing is amazing, but it's the little touches that really make it stand out.  

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Posted 10 October 2007 - 06:29 PM

Very good job indeed, expecially the inner atmosphere and the lateral chapelle *y* .

The only thing I don't like very much is the plain square absyd: maybe it could get some improvement with a galss-work in it.

Nice men-at-work pic, btw.


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Posted 11 October 2007 - 04:47 AM

The lighting on the main altar shots (ie the one you posted in the thread) is amazing.  The model is fantastic, but the atmosphere really adds an extra dimension to the overall work  ;-)

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:14 AM

Beautiful job wwfmike!!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful creation with us and welcome to Eurobricks! *sweet*  *y*

What an excellent MOC you have there. I especially like your photography. It really does the building service. Nice job with the ceiling and I especially like the altar. The only suggestion I have and I say this almost every time I see this, is to replace the 1 x 2 x 4 fences...I just think they look too much like chain link. Perhaps you can use this piece in front of the pews, I think that would look great! And for the windows in the front maybe construct a stain glass window using 1 x 1 transparent plates...that is just my opinion :-$ Other than that, I really  *wub* this MOC. It's amazing and I'm glad you shared it with us!

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:39 AM

This is one of those MOCs so detailed and grand in scale that it looks like it should be a movie set. Absolutely love the detail and lighting. *y*

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 05:47 AM

View Postimperialshadows, on Oct 11 2007, 12:39 AM, said:

This is one of those MOCs so detailed and grand in scale that it looks like it should be a movie set. Absolutely love the detail and lighting. *y*

Actually, in my opinion, I thought it was huge at first from the teaser pic (with the clever reflection) and was pleased to see it is a good size, yet realistically producable by LEGO. I really like that it's not enormous. It makes the church seem more humble and warm... :-$

I've noticed more that I really like-the bells in the towers are beautiful. I have to ask, do you custom paint your pieces or use a process to achieve that silver effect? Or are palm tree sections available somewhere in silver? If so, where??

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:25 AM

View PostHinckley, on Oct 11 2007, 07:47 AM, said:

I've noticed more that I really like-the bells in the towers are beautiful. I have to ask, do you custom paint your pieces or use a process to achieve that silver effect? Or are palm tree sections available somewhere in silver? If so, where??
I thought about that too. I've only seen them in brown and grey...
Anyway, this is a great creation. Well done.  *y*


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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:27 AM

Thanks everyone.  Thanks for all the compliments and critiques.  

View PostLuxorV, on Oct 10 2007, 12:29 PM, said:

The only thing I don't like very much is the plain square absyd: maybe it could get some improvement with a galss-work in it.

Which part?


View PostNyundi, on Oct 10 2007, 10:47 PM, said:

The lighting on the main altar shots (ie the one you posted in the thread) is amazing.

Christmas lights and batteries!!  X-D


View PostHinckley, on Oct 10 2007, 11:14 PM, said:

Nice job with the ceiling...to replace the 1 x 2 x 4 fences...And for the windows in the front maybe construct a stain glass window using 1 x 1 transparent plates...

I didn't even think of using those types of fences!  I'll switch them immediately.  I've been looking into doing the stained glass windows but I've banned myself from Bricklink for a while.  X-D   I am also looking into turning the ceiling into a dome like the following pic, but in white:

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View PostHinckley, on Oct 10 2007, 11:47 PM, said:

I've noticed more that I really like-the bells in the towers are beautiful. I have to ask, do you custom paint your pieces or use a process to achieve that silver effect? Or are palm tree sections available somewhere in silver? If so, where??

The bells and the tabernacle on the altar are the only things that are painted.  I used chrome silver spray paint a while back to paint the bells and a silver sharpie to paint the tabernacle.  I used a lever handle for the bell banger thing.

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I eventually want to change the bells in the lower part of the steeple into something like this:

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Again, thanks everyone and I'm glad you like it.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:39 AM

View Postwwfmike, on Oct 11 2007, 02:27 AM, said:

I eventually want to change the bells in the lower part of the steeple into something like this:

Again, thanks everyone and I'm glad you like it.

Here's a tip: once you unban yourself from bricklin :-D get the chrome silver belville buckets...

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:53 AM

View PostHinckley, on Oct 11 2007, 12:47 AM, said:

Actually, in my opinion, I thought it was huge at first from the teaser pic (with the clever reflection) and was pleased to see it is a good size, yet realistically producable by LEGO. I really like that it's not enormous. It makes the church seem more humble and warm... :-$


That's sort of what I meant. Movie sets often give the illusion of being larger than they are, but manage it within a confined space (or at least they did before computers took over). This is just an amazing work of lighting and perspective.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 07:57 AM

This is really great, thanks for sharing! *y*

Love the way you did the lighting, Christmas light are a good idea!

Is there going to be a little choir in this somewhere?  *sing*  :-P

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:12 AM

View Postwwfmike, on Oct 11 2007, 09:27 AM, said:

Which part?

This one here:
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But now I see it may be impossible, or not very convenient, cause the altar is right against the wall, if I see it right...


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Posted 11 October 2007 - 11:24 AM

View PostLuxorV, on Oct 11 2007, 02:12 AM, said:

But now I see it may be impossible, or not very convenient, cause the altar is right against the wall, if I see it right...
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I'll have to look into that.  I think I can put a window with the 1 x 1 translucent pieces and have it line up with the altar.  In fact, I think it would look amazing with a light on the outside and seeing the 'stained glass' light up within the arches in the altar.

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:19 AM

View Postwwfmike, on Oct 11 2007, 06:24 AM, said:

I'll have to look into that.  I think I can put a window with the 1 x 1 translucent pieces and have it line up with the altar.  In fact, I think it would look amazing with a light on the outside and seeing the 'stained glass' light up within the arches in the altar.

8-° ooooh! Gave me a chill!

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 08:54 PM

Hey Mike this is an amzing cathedral and your atention to detail is stunning! I was actually thinking of making a church soon but I dont think it could be as good as this!

I see that inside you ran out of red chairs!  ;-)  Keep up the good work, where are you planning to get that bell from?

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 04:04 AM

Very beautiful  *y* ! The interior and exterior and are quite amazing.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 06:52 AM

I made another modification.  I made some areas for the pulpits.  I think it takes it a step further into looking real.


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where are you planning to get that bell from?

It's made up of 4 1x2 tiles, 1 small radar dish, a bowl.  All in chrome gold.  And then a few of those bricks that have studs on the top and all four sides to hold them all together.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 08:44 AM

Very, Very COOOOL MOC wwfmike.  I  *wub* the pic of the alter.  Very realistic, GREAT JOB!!!  *y* .

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 10:18 AM

Here is the latest pic with the pulpit.  I'm not sure if I will just put another one on the other side.

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Posted 20 October 2007 - 02:33 AM

I added some lights:

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Some photoshop tweaks:

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