Hello, fellow Eurobrickers,
it's been a long time coming, but I finally got around to snapping some pictures of my second modular MOC and posting them on Flickr. Some of you might remember my modular pharmacy (now also on Flickr), which was my first MOC since my dark ages. While that was built on a 16x32 baseplate, this is my first attempt at 32x32. I soon discovered that the bigger size gave me a lot more room to put a decent interior in, so I've spent quite some time doing just that.
I got the idea of building a scooter dealership from Flickr user Morgan190's Roamin' Holiday shop, featuring Arealight's lovely custom scooters. I've bought a couple of those scooters over time, and felt that they deserved a proper modular dealership. But that's just the ground floor - so the question was what to put on the other floors.
That's when I thought: Why not give the top brass of the Octan company a place to work?
The photography isn't great. The tan color is a bit hard to get right, especially if you haven't got proper lighting. But I reckon it's alright.
Anyway, here it is, my Modular Scooter Dealership with Octan Headquarters. As I usually do, I've designed the whole thing in MLCad first, and then ordered the bricks via BrickLink. Originally I wasn't sure that I liked the top floor (something seems to happen to my sense of design when I get past the first floor), but it's grown on me, and now I'm quite happy about it. It looks better 'in the brick' than it did on my computer screen.
The ground floor includes the shop area, with a little office cubicle for the salesman, some brochures (for the new 'X' and 'Skull' scooter lines), a shelf full of spare parts, another with some different helmets for the customers to choose from, and three scooters. The tiling on the floor is done in blue and light bluish gray, with the checquered-flag company logo inserted. The glass window that separates the shop from the hallway leading to the back of the building, slides open so the scooters can be rolled through. On the left side of the facade is the entrance and staircase to the Octan headquarters, on the right side there's a brickbuilt version of the shop logo, and at the rear of the building the shop's mechanic is preparing a brand new scooter for the showroom (as the female customer in the shop is about to become the happy owner of that pink one inside). The shop mechanic keeps his tools in the corner in the back.
The main feature of the first floor is the office of the two vice presidents of the Octan Energy Corporation. They are brothers and don't look too happy, for three reasons: a) Their father, the chief executive, doesn't seem to want to step down anytime soon, b) they both want his job and only one can have it, and c) he insists they keep a huge model of an Octan oil tanker on their desk. In the office, apart from the desk (complete with minibar) there's a conference table and a video projector and screen.
The top floor features the office of the chief executive, with a nice balcony. Outside the office is the secretary's realm, complete with a couple of chairs where visitors can sit and wait. The guy currently filling one of those chairs looks a bit scared - that's because he's just been told to see his boss, and not why, so he's afraid that he's done something wrong. Actually, he's about to get a raise, on one condition: That he changes his stupid haircut. The rest of the area on the top floor contains a massive trophy collection gathered through several years of Octan racing car sponsorship, and the overalls and helmets of two of the most successful drivers. On top of the filing cabinet sits a model of one of the legendary race cars.
There are some big skylights in the roof to provide the top floor with light.
So, that's it - a lot more pictures, especially of little details, can be found in the set on Flickr.
Thanks for watching! Constructive comments are more than welcome :)
PS! Next up from me will be a case of "now for something completely different". After having built the 16x32 pharmacy and then this one in 32x32, I thought, 'why not try 8x32'? I found out why. It's very hard to fit an interior. But I did, so that'll be coming next!
EDIT: I just realized I hadn't included any pictures of the repair area in the back, so that's now fixed.
Edited by Phred, 01 September 2011 - 08:13 PM.