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#1 Davey

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 10:43 PM

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Hey all!  I just completed a MOC that was part of Round #6 of the MOCOlympics over on MOCPages.com.  The category I had to build in was called 'Atari' and the goal was to build something from classic video games (think pre-1995).  I started this round about the same as I have started all the other rounds…with no idea what to build.  In fact, after the categories were posted, I decided to take a few days and just think about what to build.  Unfortunately, business travel came up meaning I had more days than I had originally thought to think about my idea…and subsequently less days to build.  That said, I came home from my trip and put in many, many hours building what you see here…a replica Nintendo Entertainment System complete with two controllers, Tetris game cartridge, and TV.  

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So why did I decide to build an NES?  I think mainly just to see if I could.  I’ve never done something I would consider ‘art’ or ‘scuplture’ in LEGO and I really wanted to give it a try and see if I could recreate something directly to scale.  I must say that it was a real challenge to get the dimensions and proportions correct, but I think I managed.  The console, controllers, and cartridge are all within about a 1/16 of an inch of the actual dimensions.  The TV was not really based on anything and was just my own little 13” TV creation.  

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Hope you all enjoy it!

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:19 PM

Very interesting creation. It looks quite real. You did nice job.
it looks easy to build this, bit I am sure it was very tricky.
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#3 Davey

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 01:40 AM

The toughest part was managing to get to proportions correct.  Since I wanted to be accurate on dimensions and proportions I had to use a few odd techniques.  The hardest parts were the power and reset buttons and the front loading slot door.  Aside from that it wasn't too bad of a build.  :-)

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 01:53 AM

Really nice job. I somewhat recently bought and sold a NES, so its image is still fresh in my head. That looks very realistic. :thumbup:

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 02:21 AM

this an awesome creation.
nice work.
i like the push down mechanism and the buttons. very creative.
and why did you need to put indoor antenna on your TV? :classic:
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:12 PM

Through means not important, I found this thread by chance and I have to comment.

As a huge original Nintendo fan, this is just fantastic, it's so pleasing to look at.  You also NAILED the proportions on the controllers, and the system.  

The tetris pieces are perfectly proportionate and you even made cords, that PLUG IN!!!!

Seriously awesome work, this is worth a bump, more people need to see this.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:34 PM

I have tried doing things like this a few times and I know how hard it is.
I never managed to make it real good. But you did! It looks great :thumbup:
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#8 Davey

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:58 PM

Thanks for the bump guys!  I've received a lot of positive feedback on this one over the past few months.  I've done a couple of interviews for various publications regarding this MOC...though I'm not completely sure when the published articles are coming out.  Maybe in the next couple of months.  I'll update the thread once the articles are out.  

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:56 PM

I was wondering what did you use to make the chords with?

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:57 PM

I used the 1x1 round bricks with a small string threaded through them.   :classic:

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:01 PM

View PostDavey, on Jan 21 2010, 05:57 PM, said:

I used the 1x1 round bricks with a small string threaded through them.   :classic:

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Thanks for a very quick reply.  And I think you made a very realistic model of the old NES.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 01:00 AM

Nice! Looks very real.
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 09:07 AM

I saw this a while ago on a different website and thought how amazing it was, all the attention to detail and just how cool it all was. Now I have the chance to express my thoughts to the builder! Fantastic job Davey! Very cool indeed. :thumbup:
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 03:08 PM

Great and creative project!  :thumbup: The Tetris game screen is wonderful  :wink:

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:22 AM

Whoever the sadist was that gave you that category should be strung up by his thumbs then made to peel the tiles off of one of Kelso's SHIPs... oh wait... never mind.

That's right my friend. Even after all this time, I still think this is one of your finest builds. And I LOVE the picture of you "playing" it.
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Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:56 AM

This is great Dave!  :classic:  I seem to have missed this when you initially posted it. I like the way the bottom of the game 'cassette' (if that's the right word) turned out. Looks a lot like the pins you typically see on the bottom of those. In the second picture, the console and the controller are indiscernible from the real thing.

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Posted 25 January 2010 - 03:07 PM

'Davey' - pure genius - excellent tv screen, even more awesome video game console ! :sweet:  :grin:  :laugh:
Great work and keep on bricking ' Davey' ! :laugh:



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