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#1 RoxYourBlox

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:28 PM

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#2 Konajra

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:33 PM

Nice museum. And well done on the top dome. Also, I like the way you used the new wall bricks at the back. It makes the back more interesting to look at.

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#3 Brickington

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:35 PM

Not a big town fan. But, big DC fan. So, this is AWESOME! :grin:

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#4 johnnyvgoode

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:56 PM

Very impressive! I especially like the look of those brick bricks at the back :thumbup:  It would be great if you added some more interior details too.  :classic:

I like the elevator detail. I can't see very clearly, so, how do you get the elevators to go up or down just by turning that axle?

#5 RoxYourBlox

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:06 PM

View Postjohnnyvgoode, on 27 May 2012 - 09:56 PM, said:

Very impressive! I especially like the look of those brick bricks at the back :thumbup:  It would be great if you added some more interior details too.  :classic:

I like the elevator detail. I can't see very clearly, so, how do you get the elevators to go up or down just by turning that axle?
The corkscrews on the axles push the combs mounted on the elevators.  I copied it (literally, in LDD) from the pumpkin factory.

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#6 johnnyvgoode

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

View PostRoxYourBlox, on 27 May 2012 - 10:06 PM, said:

The corkscrews on the axles push the combs mounted on the elevators.

Oh, I see, thanks! Those corkscrews looked like regular axle joiners to me when I first looked at the pics.  :blush:

#7 RoxYourBlox

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:23 PM

View Postjohnnyvgoode, on 27 May 2012 - 10:10 PM, said:

Oh, I see, thanks! Those corkscrews looked like regular axle joiners to me when I first looked at the pics.  :blush:
Yes, there are those, too, between floors.  Check out the lxf for more detail.  It runs fairly smooth but can jam once in a while if the half-bushes securing the corkscrews to the axle loosen up.
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 10:52 PM

A wonderful looking structure with some fantastic power functioning 'RoxYourBox', are you going to fit out the interior ?
I see that you also found a great use for those new brick-bricks.....they are great eh ? (totally adds realism to a MOC) :wink:
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:27 AM

Hey, it's finished! And it looks gorgeous! The colour mix is unusual, but works very well, and the whole building is just as imposing as a museum like this should be.

Apart from that, I really applaud your choice of front doors :D

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#10 Tim_AZ

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:59 AM

This looks great.  I can't wait to see it when you've added a couple of wings.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:06 AM

View Postlightningtiger, on 27 May 2012 - 10:52 PM, said:

A wonderful looking structure with some fantastic power functioning 'RoxYourBox', are you going to fit out the interior ?
For whatever weird reason that is hard to describe, I don't get the sense of fulfillment from designing interiors that I do in creating unique structures or challenging geometry...  Perhaps the level of detail required for an interior uses a part of the brain that, in mine, would prefer to be lazy.  Suffice to say, if I were making these professionally, I'd hand off the project at this point to an expert to be finished up. :) Sorry, everyone!


View PostL@go, on 28 May 2012 - 12:27 AM, said:

Apart from that, I really applaud your choice of front doors :D
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That was an excellent suggestion, and the 3-panel look inspired me to fill out the middle (under the banners) with a 3-panel snot window!  It was hard to see from photos what was underneath the Smithsonian's banners, and I had been stumped for a while.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:13 AM

Wow, the back looks even better than the front!  Nice work!   :thumbup:

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:50 AM

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Thanks! Very well done by the way!  :thumbup:

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 06:21 AM

Wow, wonderful building. Nice colors and great facade - back and front.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 07:41 AM

Great job on the domed roof, the facade is equally impressive. Well done!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 09:53 AM

Well done! I really liked the dome and the facade.
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:15 PM

This is incredible! The dome is great, but the elevators are my favorite part  :thumbup:  I also think your angled handrails on the front staircase are very creative.
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:42 PM

An excellent MOC! I love the dome and elevators

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:42 PM

Awesome MOC! I love the dome and Power Functions elevators. Do you plan on building an interior, though? One of the things that makes a museum such a great idea for a modular building is the potential for cool exhibits! I'd love to see some type of brick-built dinosaur skeleton, which would be well-suited to a natural history museum.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:50 PM

Wow! We love the Smithsonian museums, too, and this is a lovely MOC!
Both the front and the back are incredible, and the elevators are quite impressive.

If you only enjoy building the exteriors, don't worry about the interiors.
What you have done is quite creative and very representative of the real thing.
Congratulations on your very fine work!

Our favorite museum in Wash DC is the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art. Pei's diagonal walls would be quite a challenge in Lego. And it would not be complete without Calder's striking and huge mobile in the center.

Has anyone seen an MOC of the New Pinakhotek in Munich? As we walked through it last Sunday, it seemed like a good candidate for building with its many arches and light gray walls. Cheers!

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:14 PM

I love DC mocs! Does anybody known if there's a US Capitol building moc? *huh*

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

That is really a great building. :thumbup:

I like the columns at the front and the use of brick bricks at the back. You've added a nice amount of depth to front and back. The dome and the working elevator are great details, but I also like the smaller details like the green banners and the white hand railing on the front stairs.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 07:26 AM

A very impressive building. The Dome is is great and the lift too. Are you going to include an interior?
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