Finished most of it. Just need to get 2x1 and 3x1 brown tiles to finish tiling the floor.
I removed the escalators so you can see my first floor a little better. I added a rack of shirts and a rack of pants.
I was immediately impressed with cimddwc's enlarged buildings. Especially the Grand Emporium. Here is the inspiration. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/217879
It always bothered me that the stock GE only has one set of escalators. If it goes up, how do they go down?
Thanks to cimddwc for posting more pictures so I could analyze and replicate his build. The stars aligned and right when I saw cimddwc's post I picked up a second Grand Emporium for $80 off Craigslist. It was opened box but sealed bags. Thanks to my friend Otto for alerting me to the ad.
Anyway I spent all day with my Grand Emporium and scrutinizing cimddwc's pictures to try and best replicate his enlarged Grand Emporium.
Here is my work in progress.
With any serious renovation you have to make room by tearing down walls.
I started by laying out the sidewalk and setting up the second entrance.
First floor extension walls partially built.
I liked how cimddwc used CMFs on display. So I decided on SW figs.
As I was building cimddwc's GE, I came across a dilemma. The pair of escalators could either be in the center leading up to the second floor or be centered to the secondary entrance. I decided that it would make more sense to have the escalators centered at the second entrance. I also embellished with some tile work that resembles the secondary entrance design by cimddwc.
So here is what a customer would see as they enter the second entrance.
A shot from inside.
My completed first floor.
I didnt like repeating "SHOP" so I was able to rearrange the plates to say "LEGO"
My second floor. The wrap around windows above the secondary entrance was a bit challenging.
Here is the current state of things. Working on completing the third floor.
This is from the NY Time Square TRU.
So I decided my Grander Emporium should have it's own Hulk statue as well.
eventually I want to tile the floor. I am also thinking if it would be possible to have the escalators point toward the revolving doors. So that they would be rotated 45 degress. Should be interesting. I will update when I have more progress.
Edited by Solscud007, 03 June 2012 - 04:09 AM.