Hey guys. I was a HUGE LEGO fan when I was a kid back in the 80s and now at 25 I've for some reason gotten heavily addicted to them again a few months ago for simply the building aspect of it. It started with Star Wars sets, then the new Batman sets, then I started buying a crap load of the Minifigure series. Finally I bought all of the LEGO Modular buildings and I am seriously and sadly addicted to the point where my house is now full of LEGO sets!!! I can't stop! LOL. One thing that really got me was remembering old sets out of nowhere that I remember playing with as a kid and being engulfed in my imagination while still living in that childish bubble. Like the original pizza parlor with the delivery truck or the Wild West series with the huge barracks.
That's not what I need help with though. I've been looking at all of these amazing MOCs that people have done here and on other sites and I really want to get into doing my own. I have so many ideas that are brewing but I seriously just don't know where to start. I've used Bricklink to find all of the parts to build my own Cafe Corner by parting out the set but my question is what to buy to build my own MOC modular building.
Do you guys use LEGO Digital Designer? That seems like one good way to design a set and know what parts you'll need but it seems like not every part is in it. I designed a simple Coca Cola vending machine using it and managed to export it to real life by buying bricks off bricklink. It came out pretty good. Nothing crazy... I also only had regular sticker paper for shipping labels so its not the best quality stickers. But if I replaced those with waterslide stickers it could be pretty cool. Maybe I will someday.
Here some pics of the vending machine. I dont know how to resize images on here and they are huge so didnt want to bloat the thread.
Every time I look at some of these awesome MOCs it inspires me to build something similar but I just can't figure out how to get all the bricks. I feel the best and most detailed mocs must be made by guys who have insanely large brick collections which are beyond what most can afford. Which is nuts considering the increasingly outrageous price point per brick ratio of LEGO parts these days. (they make millions of bricks an hour and yet charge about 10 cents a brick on average)
My only idea is to dismantle some of my modular buildings to build my own set but I kind of want to keep them because I like how they look. So I'm curious how you know what parts you're going to need. Do you just keep placing new orders on Bricklink everytime you need a part and you have to stop your build everytime just to wait for new orders? I notice some of the common parts are 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 2x3, 2x4 both regular and modified and then tile pieces for flooring and accenting the outer walls. But what ratio of color and whatnot is beyond me.
So my questions are the following:
1) What are some tips you have for a person starting out with their own MOC? (commonly used parts, best way to order, any tricks of the trade)
2) When you think up a MOC but aren't totally sure how it'll exactly be built... how do you know what pieces to buy and what do you usually order in bulk?
3) Are there any sets that are good to buy in order to stock up on parts for a MOC build? I've noticed that it's almost always cheaper to buy LEGO sets than to buy the exact parts in that set off of Bricklink seperately (unless it's a discontinued set that sells for inflated price because of supply/demand... i got the parts for cafe corner on BL for $300 when people charge $800-1000 on eBay for the set even without the box or instructions. Which is probably what they do... buy the parts off BL and then sell it as a set on eBay for profit).
Any help is appreciated. I've tried searching some threads here but haven't found an all around tutorial for starting on MOCs unless I overlooked it.
Thanks guys and I look forward to being part of the community and showing off my future MOCs that I manage to build.