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#26 LegoFan03

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 06:05 AM

WOW! You did great job! The butcher shop is my favorite. I also like how you did with the laundromat. You did awesome jobs at your past works too. I am very looking forward to see your next work and beyond. :)

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:43 AM

great set of modulars! the butcher shop is so matching in colour with the meat he is selling!
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Posted 27 July 2011 - 12:41 AM

I just picked up the Burrow on a 75% off sale, and I am inspired by your Butcher's shop to create something similar for my Modular collection. Makes me want to pick up another Burrow seeing how fantastically those bricks can be adapted.

Absolutely fabulous work here!

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Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:33 AM

I was very impressed with these buildings and then I went to your Flickr page and saw the Galaxy Diner and Empire theater. I was absolutely blown away by them. The detail of the interiors alone was insane especially in the theater. I've seen some diners in the past but not as well as yours. You've got some Lego museum quality buildings here. Great work!!
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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:58 PM

Well, I took a photo of all my modulars together, but like I said I don't really have the setup for it so it is even less impressive than my standard photography. :sad:

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On a semi-related note, I just became a blogger over at Brick Town Talk so don't be surprised to see your creations featured there in the future.  :laugh:

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 01:26 AM

Three more fantastic buildings, sonicstarlight.

Truly excellent work.

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 10:47 PM

I finally got around to taking a few photos of the furniture in the townhouses - it was hard to see some of it in my previous shots.

Here is what's in the one above the barber...
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above the laundromat...
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and above the butcher.
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Still not great shots, but hopefully a bit better than before.  :classic:

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Posted 07 August 2011 - 11:16 PM

Wow, colour me gobsmacked! What wonderful, droolworthy creations!  :wub: You really have an eye for the interiors as well, everything is so perfect. They fit in seamlessly with the official sets too... love it.
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#34 Hrw-Amen

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 11:15 AM

I really like the colours you have used and the way the bay windows are done. I am looking for a way to do a corner of the street shop so may look to do something similar for that. I want a diagonal entrance. I like the idea of a butchers, I find it hard sometimes to know what to make given the bits available, but that works well.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 12:08 PM

Wow, first time to look in the city forums and this is amazing. Great detailing inside and out. :thumbup:
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 03:21 PM

WOW.  I LOVE the garden in the back of the barbers.
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Posted 09 August 2011 - 09:21 PM

Wow, these are incredible.  I have thougth about turning the Diagon into town buildings too... I am most likely going to print these pics out and study them.  It's just amazing.  The smaller scale is very welcome!  CC and GE are very big structures.  I like the one on the end best.
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Posted 13 August 2011 - 07:46 PM

I love these! Very inspirational.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:44 AM

I really love the green store-front; very nice little bayed design. Very suggestive of the sort of "business on the ground floor, and the owner lives above" sort of thing. Very clean, elegant town-house design; I particularly like the "triple windows" with the transoms on the back of each floor.  :classic:

The laundromat is very good design wise, it takes the bay idea but does it's own round topped "turret," rather than a front-facing gable, which mixes things up very well, as well as adds charming and eclectic things like the balcony on the top level. My main objection here is that the colour scheme feels very dark, maybe grey rather than black for the bay and trimwork, though it's not too bad as it is. Just sort of imposing in a way that feels out of place in a town setting.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 03:54 AM

View PostNorrington, on 15 August 2011 - 04:44 AM, said:

I really love the green store-front; very nice little bayed design. Very suggestive of the sort of "business on the ground floor, and the owner lives above" sort of thing. Very clean, elegant town-house design; I particularly like the "triple windows" with the transoms on the back of each floor.  :classic:

The laundromat is very good design wise, it takes the bay idea but does it's own round topped "turret," rather than a front-facing gable, which mixes things up very well, as well as adds charming and eclectic things like the balcony on the top level. My main objection here is that the colour scheme feels very dark, maybe grey rather than black for the bay and trimwork, though it's not too bad as it is. Just sort of imposing in a way that feels out of place in a town setting.
Again, excellent feedback that is very appreciated! I don't know if you have any educational or professional exprerience in the field of architecture, but you speak about it very well (I admit that I had to look up transoms on Google).

The laundromat is very dark, but I kind of like it. Besides trying to be faithful to the original set and using the windows in it, I think black and tan are a great combination and there are actually a lot of townhouses around where I am that feature predominently black elements. The horrible lighting in my photography makes it look worse than it is.

This does bring up my greatest frustration when building modulars, thought - lack of colors for windows, frames, and doors. Those 1 x 2 x 3 windows in the bay windows only come in 6 colors, half of which are useless like red and dark purple. There are no light grey or drak grey square windows in production, period, which is mind-boggling to me. Other size windows at least come in reddish brown and tan, I guess. Doors that fit the 1 x 4 x 6 frames, the one size that look appropriate at this scale, are also in far to few colors, almost all primary colors in addition to white and black. To have dark green, dark red, reddish brown, dark tan, or dark blue doors would be heavenly. Ok, enough ranting...

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:04 PM

This is too much to be real!
I'm speechless!
Great work and fantastic details!
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 07:09 PM

Excellent MOC/MOD, loving the similarities and differences to the offical sets. Great details on the exterior and the interior. Great job!  :thumbup:
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Posted 05 September 2011 - 05:38 AM

View Postsonicstarlight, on 16 August 2011 - 03:54 AM, said:

Again, excellent feedback that is very appreciated! I don't know if you have any educational or professional exprerience in the field of architecture, but you speak about it very well (I admit that I had to look up transoms on Google).

The laundromat is very dark, but I kind of like it. Besides trying to be faithful to the original set and using the windows in it, I think black and tan are a great combination and there are actually a lot of townhouses around where I am that feature predominently black elements. The horrible lighting in my photography makes it look worse than it is.

This does bring up my greatest frustration when building modulars, thought - lack of colors for windows, frames, and doors. Those 1 x 2 x 3 windows in the bay windows only come in 6 colors, half of which are useless like red and dark purple. There are no light grey or drak grey square windows in production, period, which is mind-boggling to me. Other size windows at least come in reddish brown and tan, I guess. Doors that fit the 1 x 4 x 6 frames, the one size that look appropriate at this scale, are also in far to few colors, almost all primary colors in addition to white and black. To have dark green, dark red, reddish brown, dark tan, or dark blue doors would be heavenly. Ok, enough ranting...

Well, I've not had any professional experience with the field, but I'm a student of it and it is in many regards my passion. I'm always a friend to a beautiful building, be it built of bricks and mortar or just of Lego. :) I do my best to give good and constructive feedback from my perspective, especially for people who build such great buildings as you do, so that they might be able to be able to become even better from my having contributed

Admittedly, I live in the United States, so most of our townhouses were built in the 19th century, and as a consequence are either one colour of stone or are brick with wood painted in some other colour (well, there are wood ones too, but those are far less common). I usually see them with trim in shades of green, greys, whites, and less frequently other colors to harmonize with brick work. Based on this one's colour (beige/tan brick), I think sort of a dark grey would go smashingly with it, but as you mentioned, the parts don't really exist since Lego doesn't make them. :/

My suggestion in regards to colour scheme (if you want to revise it) is that the trimwork of the building might look best in dark grey, with the windows being black. This would take care of the problem of the lack of dark-grey windows, but also lighten the building a bit.

That being said, however, I have to say that looking at the pictures more, the colour scheme has grown on me, I just think it should be positioned a bit differently on your layout (if you have one) by other lighter buildings to accentuate the contrast in its design. With the dark buildings around it, it just seems much too dark and closed in.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:26 AM

Well, I got another window in the LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center - anyone in NYC from now through the end of February is more than welcome to go check it out!  :classic:

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:50 AM

Very nice window! I love these! I could instantly tell what these were modeled after.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 06:20 AM

Wow! That's awesome you have a display at a LEGO store! I especially like the barbershop. It looks to fit the best with MS and PS.
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Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:08 AM

Sonicstarlight, i am amazed. These are very beautiful Builds. They are perfect. How do you get your inspiration? So much creativity. And i am sill building the Medevil Village Pub you have mad eto have his place in my Bricksterdam. When i am finished with this, i will certanly begin building one of these, because i am in need of a 16x32 house to fit in next to my Ice Cream parlor on Station Straat. Please keep on building and keep on inspiring guys like me to follow you.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:54 AM

Congratulations on making it to the LEGO store! I have seen these MOCs of yours before and because of your inspirational MOCs, I decided to get Diagon Valley once I can get it and be doing something similar (altough not modular).

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:08 AM

So many great details, amazing job! Even the back of the buildings is a pleasure for the eye..



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Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:48 PM

Wow brilliant work!  :blush:
I like the inner details of these beautiful buildings!  :thumbup:
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