Posted 02 March 2011 - 05:39 PM
It all starts here. At the base of Mount O'Legos, nestled along the beaches of Colorful Cove.
Like any town, Shady Vale had a modest beginning:
Shady Vale, Circa 1984:
That was before the Great Fire, the Earthquakes, the Flood, the Hurricanes, the Alien Invasion, the Dark Ages, and our three kids. But relocated to our living room, the residents of Shady Vale get a new LEGO table custom built to fit the baseplates - on which they can grow their town. Approximately 130" x 110" to fit 13 by 11 baseplates:
The town is a mecca of commerce, industry, transportation, and tourism. Far from complete, the residents have their work ahead of them! Having just completed their airport, I'm wondering what to start next. Should it be the 1 Mafia Tower? The Brick Wallups? The City Center Casino? The Bridge across Colorful Cove? So many choices it's always hard to get started on the next project. I'm a bit airported-out right now, so the Cargo Center will be saved for another day.
Places in Shady Vale:
Shady Vale International Airport
More pics to come in time! Any thoughts/ideas welcome...
Posted 02 March 2011 - 08:25 PM
From the multi-coloured diagram it does appear to be a huge layout, suspension bridge - pictures please.....oh, being so big how does any kids play with it ?
I'm looking forward to your updates....so Brick On 'Michael' !
Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:21 PM
Anyway it's looking pretty good so far and I like your tables.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 03:52 PM
Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:44 AM
The view from the monorail blue line, looking west across the town:
Tourist view from atop the Cosmopolitan. Sure get some nice views from up here!
And last, the proposed building site for the City Center Casino...
Now I have to actually get to work on something!
Posted 07 August 2011 - 03:32 PM
Here's the building site... approximately 4 baseplates, between a bend in the road and the Colorful Cove:
All my skyscrapers start with a model floorplan, to see how things can be made sturdy once tall. Most buildings are strong at 3-4 stories, but once you get to 7 or 8 they tend to sway! Also the spindly modern look that I try to bring in leads to a rather light construction... And of course - it has to be accessible on the inside, and stand up to the kid-use test! Every wall that opens, every roof that retracts leads to less structure.
Here's what we've got for a 1st draft of one tower, which will cantilever some floors out above the train tracks!
Posted 07 August 2011 - 04:10 PM
Posted 07 August 2011 - 07:39 PM
(And it makes me even more anxious waiting for the time when my new apartment will be complete and I'll have the space for my big city...)
Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:15 AM
Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:35 PM
No actual pics yet...
Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:37 PM
Here is the Ldraw / TD20 image of the CityCenter in its old and future location.
The building itself? It's 3 towers... 8, 10, and 12 stories... however these are taller floors than in past buildings, at about 8 bricks per floor (upper floors) and 10-12 bricks (lower floors). The Cosmopolitan was also 8 stories tall, but it only reaches to about the height of floor 6 here. Just goes to show how building techniques evolve over time.
Photos? Almost here! Still doing some finishing touches to round it out.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 05:52 AM
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