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#1 Modulex Guy

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

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Hey all, I'd like to share my Latest MOC of the Hidamari apartment building from the popular Anime series "Hidamari Sketch!"

It is an almost exact replica from the series, everything down to the colors and even the electric boxes are built.



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Hidamari Apartments by ChrisR18t, on Flickr

Here you can get a glimpse of the building in the background:
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It was actually rather tough to model because the building changes in slight variations in color and details per episode. I focused on the details and colors that appeared the most throughout the series.

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Hidamari Apartments by ChrisR18t, on Flickr

Another screenshot to show the colors of the doors, note that there are no electrical boxes like my MOC, but in many other shots in the anime, they are there.
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The big variance that occurs in the anime is the colors of the back windows, in many shots the colors of the frames are dark blue for all the windows, while other times they were matching colors to the front doors, I went with the colorful option as it gives the building a more "pretty" look to it.

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Hidamari Apartments by ChrisR18t, on Flickr

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Hidamari Apartments by ChrisR18t, on Flickr

I also put in some lightly detailed interiors so you can at least see there is something on the inside versus just a hollow shell.


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Hidamari Apartments by ChrisR18t, on Flickr


I have some more pics on my Flickr, comments welcome! :blush:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:38 PM

Nice work! I like the colours and roof. Reminds me of the Minecraft roofs (If you play!) I have never watched the series but as a building it looks great! I will have to ask my friend who loves anime if she recognises it!

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:03 PM

Excellent designing there 'Poilsh Guy'.....you could almost use that building for the Friend's range eh ? :grin:
Any interiors being planned ? :wink:
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:52 PM

WOW! I love Hidamari and I love anime ...great transposition! :wub:
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:04 AM

Me being a Polish guy from Australia who up until last year lived in Tokyo for 8 years, and dont watch japanese cartoons... i have to say this is pretty awesome for the fact that my fourth and last apartment in Tokyo looked almost like this minus the multi coloured doors and orange roof and an extra 4 rooms wider.

How many pieces in all?

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 12:39 AM

It looks really good - and very close to the sourceI  I like the fact that you've used a whole bunch of 1 x 2 bricks to make the walls rather than larger bricks or panels as it definitely gives it a concrete block feel to it.

Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

View PostDarthluke824, on 02 December 2012 - 07:38 PM, said:

Nice work! I like the colours and roof. Reminds me of the Minecraft roofs (If you play!) I have never watched the series but as a building it looks great! I will have to ask my friend who loves anime if she recognises it!

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Like how everyone in MC builds flat roofs, yea, it kinda looks like something that can be made in minecraft.

View Postlightningtiger, on 02 December 2012 - 09:03 PM, said:

Excellent designing there 'Poilsh Guy'.....you could almost use that building for the Friend's range eh ? :grin:
Any interiors being planned ? :wink:
Brick On 'Polish Guy' ! :grin:

I have a few minor details on the inside already, since this is a building that is part of a larger city display, there is no need for more since it might not be seen.

View PostLEGO Train 12 Volts, on 02 December 2012 - 09:52 PM, said:

WOW! I love Hidamari and I love anime ...great transposition! :wub:

Thanks! :wink:

View Postfunkdis, on 03 December 2012 - 08:04 AM, said:

Me being a Polish guy from Australia who up until last year lived in Tokyo for 8 years, and dont watch japanese cartoons... i have to say this is pretty awesome for the fact that my fourth and last apartment in Tokyo looked almost like this minus the multi coloured doors and orange roof and an extra 4 rooms wider.

How many pieces in all?

Yep, from all the pictures of real buildings I've seen, this looks close to them all with the exception of the colors.
And I have no idea of how many pieces are in it, all I can tell you is that the walls are all 1x2 white bricks and the whole roof is 1x2 orange slopes.

View Posteurotrash, on 04 December 2012 - 12:39 AM, said:

It looks really good - and very close to the sourceI  I like the fact that you've used a whole bunch of 1 x 2 bricks to make the walls rather than larger bricks or panels as it definitely gives it a concrete block feel to it.

Thanks for sharing!
Thanks again! It pays to have a Pick a Brick wall close to home, all my buildings are made with 1x2s or 1x3s to give it a "bricky" look.
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#8 Mr Copperhead

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:04 PM

It looks like my post from yesterday went missing, but I love this!  It looks just like the cartoon!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:16 PM

I don't know this anime but I absolutely love the building. It's so simple but it looks so great thanks to all the different colors of the door, even the orange roof looks so nice. I especially like the look of the colourful window frames.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:20 AM

Fantastic! I really enjoyed watching the series (I haven't got around to the latest one though...really should find some time for that)...heck, I dig anything that Akiyuki Shinbo's worked on. There's something really relaxing and calming about sitting back and watching an episode of Hidasketch after a long day!

You seem to have the scale right, assuming you're working to minifigs. It's just so...instantly recognisable. I think that's the simplest way of giving my personal approval. Right from the first photo I thought, "yep...I know exactly what that is."

I can see the challenges that were involved...there are a lot of clean lines and interesting bits of geometry going on in Shinbo's directing style that lend themselves well to Lego building, but at the same time it's a very stylised and 'simple' aesthetic so doesn't always give much background detail to go on when you're trying to make a model of it.

Do you have any photos of the interiors of the rooms BTW?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

I'm not familiar with the series, but the building looks lovely. The colours are what stands out the most, and it's pretty accurate to the cartoon. I think you did a great job with it. Also, making walls with 1x2 gives a great effect. :thumbup:
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:24 AM

View PostMartin_B, on 06 December 2012 - 12:20 AM, said:


You seem to have the scale right, assuming you're working to minifigs. It's just so...instantly recognisable. I think that's the simplest way of giving my personal approval. Right from the first photo I thought, "yep...I know exactly what that is."

Do you have any photos of the interiors of the rooms BTW?

No pics of the interior because its really bland and not meant to be opened, but I'm planning on eventually modeling the rooms like the show too.
And yes, its built to minifig scale since it is going in my city display where it will be on display this weekend at our NILTC show at Cantigny in Wheaton.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

Here are two more photo's of my Building in my city display at this past weekend's NILTC LEGO show:


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:47 PM

That fits in really well. I've been thinking about how to do MOCs of modern Japanese architecture - private houses and such, like you'd see in a small town or city suburb -  instead of high-rises and old-fashioned 'classical' styles...they're 'modular' by nature but I was worried that they'd look too plain and dull if I did try it in Lego. Thanks for showing that it is indeed possible!

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