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#1 mrklaw


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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:50 PM

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I grabbed the Big Ben architecture set when it went on sale in the UK, but was always unhappy with the clock face sticking out so much. My first step was to buy another set for parts and make Big Ben four studs wide. This lets the clock face be more flush, but also is a better shape generally I think - the double grilles more accurately matches the real tower.

After that, I wanted to extend it out a bit, at least to the little towers by the River Thames. So I did. Hope you like it, its my first submission here

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I'm quite happy with this, but the clock face (with a second hand) is still niggling, so I'm going to try to make a custom tan tile with a graphic someone in the custom forum kindly provided.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

Nicely done, it really works as a modification!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:07 PM

That looks really good! nice mod.

#4 Roger Rabbit

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:19 PM

That is a really terrific MOD and looks far superior to the original to me.  :classic:

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 11:32 PM

If the official set was like this, I would consider getting it! Great job! :thumbup:

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:26 AM

I really like what you've done with it. And there's still room for expansion :)

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#7 Aether Fox

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:42 AM

This is definitely how the set should have looked when TLC made it! Very nice job!

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:20 AM

Well done mrklaw, it looks great :thumbup:! I need to try this myself with my set!

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#9 Bricktooth


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:22 PM

Terrific job! :thumbup:  This is a great improvement over the original set! Too bad TLG didn't release the set like this.
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#10 ShaydDeGrai


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:07 PM

Fantastic improvement.  I'd buy your MOC over the official set any day.  I've held off on buying that kit because it did such a poor job of capturing the character of the original, but your take on it is just great (I don't suppose you've got a custom instruction book and a parts list hanging around for those of us who'd like to follow in your footsteps :sweet:  )

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:28 PM

Great MOC/MOD!

I thought the official version was neat, but I wasn't going to get it. If it was designed like this, I would very much put it on my list of sets to get.

I agree, do you have instructions/part list?

Keep up the great work.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 05:53 AM

View Postprateek, on 08 July 2012 - 11:32 PM, said:

If the official set was like this, I would consider getting it! Great job! :thumbup:
Me too. You really did a great job of mimicking the original build and it's a great extension.
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:16 AM

Wow, very good indeed.  This is what the official set should have been (and without guessing what your piece count is I bet it's low enough that the set would still be affordable).

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:52 AM

I think this is excellent I have not bought the London Architecture purely for the reasons that you MODed If the set was Like this (perhaps no river that unfortunately looks a bit odd on its own) I would have bought it :).

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 12:06 PM

A beautiful extension of this little gem!

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:17 PM

It looks a lot better than the original. I really like the real Parlament house architecture, but found the set rather ugly. Your MOC really gives the justice to the orginal. Great work.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:41 PM

Very well done. I might have to try this myself.  :classic:

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:13 AM

I really like this. Nice job.  :thumbup:
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#20 Rikpro


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Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:59 PM

Extremely well done. The setting provides the flavour the original set lacks.

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:23 PM

I didn't like the original Big Ben much, but I definitely like this version!  Will consider it if I ever get the set.
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:08 PM

Good job mrklaw! This is much better than the official set. :thumbup:

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:47 AM

The harmonization is really good and of course more complete than the original set. It only miss the little bridge in front of it, a detail!

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#24 mrklaw


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:04 AM

View Postharton, on 09 August 2012 - 12:47 AM, said:

The harmonization is really good and of course more complete than the original set. It only miss the little bridge in front of it, a detail!

Thanks. Which little bridge? Westminster bridge would be outside of the baseplate, and the steps/arch in front of the tower would be too.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:48 AM

This extension definitely does make Big Ben more realistic. The grills for the detail actually do look better in my opinion. :wink:
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