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#1 ADHO15

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:12 PM

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Hello everyone. :classic:

Today I'm presenting my MOC of the Royal Liver Building, one of Liverpool's Three Graces by the side of the River Mersey. Anyone who is familiar with the city or has maybe visited the new LEGO shop here should know this building as it is one of the biggest and most recognisable landmarks in the city.

I was walking past it a few days ago and decided I should try making it in LEGO Digital Designer in a similar way to the models of the Architecture theme. So without further ado, here it is:

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A three-quarters view of the front (road-side) of the building.

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The real thing.

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One of the two identical clock towers, each topped by a fictional liver bird. Various legends exist about this couple. Apparently, the female looks out to the river to guide in the ships, and the male looks into town to see when the pubs open. :tongue:

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Looking down on the river-side of the building.

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Thanks for looking!

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 07:56 PM

This is great!  I'm not normally a fan of LDD mocs, but you've captured the Liver Building perfectly!  I'd love to see it in real brick if you ever manage to gather that many dark tan pieces!  :wub:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 07:43 AM

It's very fantastic, and accurate to the actual building!
Well done! :sweet:
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 10:02 PM

That's amazing. Perfect, in fact!

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 10:44 AM

View PostRufus, on 24 December 2011 - 07:56 PM, said:

This is great!  I'm not normally a fan of LDD mocs, but you've captured the Liver Building perfectly!  I'd love to see it in real brick if you ever manage to gather that many dark tan pieces!  :wub:
Thanks a lot, Rufus! :classic:
I'd love to build it with real parts, but I ran the model through LDD Manager and it told me that most of the bricks used aren't available in dark tan, unfortunately. Making it in tan or grey might be possible though and I may try some day.

View Postceroknight, on 25 December 2011 - 07:43 AM, said:

It's very fantastic, and accurate to the actual building!
Well done! :sweet:

View Postibecks, on 25 December 2011 - 10:02 PM, said:

That's amazing. Perfect, in fact!
Thank you very much! :sweet:  I'm really glad you like it!
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Posted 29 December 2011 - 11:53 PM

Really great job, looks big, how many studs wide and long is it?

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 08:22 PM

View PostKeepLeft, on 29 December 2011 - 11:53 PM, said:

Really great job, looks big, how many studs wide and long is it?
Thanks a lot. :classic:
The base is 37 by 22 studs. The building itself is obviously a bit smaller.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 08:38 PM

I saw the Royal Liver Building about 5 or 6 years ago, when I was visiting Liverpool, and even before seeing the real building, the LDD-one was instantly recognizable. And in my opinion, it fits well with the Architecture series. My favourite detail are the Liver birds. Since it's hard to create a real building even on small scale, hats off to you, ADHO15! :thumbup:

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:08 AM

Amazing! I really like this building, and I really like how it looks in ABS :laugh:
The clock towers are my favourite parts. The SNOT and the use of those wall pieces is awesome :thumbup:

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:23 PM

View PostRedhead1982, on 05 January 2012 - 08:38 PM, said:

I saw the Royal Liver Building about 5 or 6 years ago, when I was visiting Liverpool, and even before seeing the real building, the LDD-one was instantly recognizable. And in my opinion, it fits well with the Architecture series. My favourite detail are the Liver birds. Since it's hard to create a real building even on small scale, hats off to you, ADHO15! :thumbup:

View Postprateek, on 06 January 2012 - 04:08 AM, said:

Amazing! I really like this building, and I really like how it looks in ABS :laugh:
The clock towers are my favourite parts. The SNOT and the use of those wall pieces is awesome :thumbup:
Thanks so much! :sweet:
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 01:40 PM

View PostADHO15, on 24 December 2011 - 12:12 PM, said:

Today I'm presenting my MOC of the Royal Liver Building
You’ve got too many clock faces! There are four, not eight!

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:07 PM

Sorry for bumping this topic, but I've made a few changes that I thought I should post.

View Postnemo, on 09 January 2012 - 01:40 PM, said:

You’ve got too many clock faces! There are four, not eight!
You're right! I hadn't noticed that. Thanks.

The MOC now has the right number of clocks and also the missing side entrance has been added.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:30 PM

View PostADHO15, on 12 February 2012 - 08:07 PM, said:

Sorry for bumping this topic, but I've made a few changes that I thought I should post.


You're right! I hadn't noticed that. Thanks.

The MOC now has the right number of clocks and also the missing side entrance has been added.

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Not to nitpick, but you have them on the wrong corners. The clocks should be on the faces closest to the viewer, but you wouldn't see any clocks on the further tower. Excellent rendition btw, you should build it out of light tan.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 10:36 PM

View PostgotoAndLego, on 13 February 2012 - 09:30 PM, said:

Not to nitpick, but you have them on the wrong corners. The clocks should be on the faces closest to the viewer, but you wouldn't see any clocks on the further tower. Excellent rendition btw, you should build it out of light tan.
Thank you for your comment. :classic:
The reference picture looks on the building from the river, whereas the image of my MOC is effectively taken from the city, so the two pictures face opposite corners of the Liver Building, so they should both match their respective views.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:21 PM

View PostADHO15, on 13 February 2012 - 10:36 PM, said:

Thank you for your comment. :classic:
The reference picture looks on the building from the river, whereas the image of my MOC is effectively taken from the city, so the two pictures face opposite corners of the Liver Building, so they should both match their respective views.
Technically, wouldn't it still be wrong, since the clocks are always on the left and front, regardless of which side you're facing, given you are looking from the shorter sides?

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:30 PM

View Postprateek, on 13 February 2012 - 11:21 PM, said:

Technically, wouldn't it still be wrong, since the clocks are always on the left and front, regardless of which side you're facing, given you are looking from the shorter sides?
No, there are three clocks around the back of the rear (river-side) tower and one clock on the front of the forward (city-side) tower.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 01:31 PM

Looks really good, how many bricks total?
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:13 PM

View PostBrickmamba, on 15 February 2012 - 01:31 PM, said:

Looks really good, how many bricks total?
Thank you very much. :classic:
It comprises of 2288 parts now.
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