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#1 stebai

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:10 AM

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Hi all,

Update - Having seen many other entries since i posted my church, I've enjoyed reading the little back stories that most have written. I didn't actually consider this at the time i posted since i think my entry was the first to be submitted. Anyhow - time to rectify.

My church isn't really based on anything other than a Christmas card i received last year. It immediately struck me as a great looking building to add to my small Winter Village. So i can't really offer up photo's of the original (and sadly i disposed of the card.)


Well after last years superb entries i vowed i'd have a go this year - and i guess someone has to be first off the blocks. So here is my effort, it is in keeping with both scale and parts - i used a transparent sticker to make the plain glass into "stained" glass as this appears to be within the rules.

Err not much more to add - sorry the photo's are a bit naff, it's actually really hard to get the right lighting to take decent close ups..

I hope lots of others have fun building and sharing their creations as much as i did with mine.

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The overall picture shows Mr & Mrs Willoughby sat in the very same seat they first met at 50 years ago. They married shortly after in the church behind them. The Village Vicar, Kenneth Scott is, as always, reading the good book as he leaves to collect the X-mas cake from the Bakery around the corner. Meanwhile Sam Royce and his father David admire the Vicars modelling skills inside the new nativity scene.  

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I particularly like the organ and the bell tower, trying to fit so much into such a small scale building was kinda hard though. Oh yes there is a light brick there which lights the windows quite beautifully.

Things you can't quite see are: the table on level 1 which has a bottle and goblet upon it - pulling those bell ropes sure is thirsty work! Patricia Scott, the Vicars wife (and church organist) heading out the main double door side entry.



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The vicar leading the congregation in a rousing choral extravaganza!

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Ahhhh... The Willoughby's again, my favourite elderly couple.

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Finally the Nativity which does have a little 3 wise men sticker inside too... just impossible to photo though.

So there you have it - thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas to all.

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#2 crayonboi

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:18 AM

Nice! Love it.. :sweet:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:57 AM

Delightful and very Christmas indeed......a simple old country church with a small Nativity scene too...so cool and cute ! :wub:
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:55 AM

This church looks really great and fits in nicely with the official models. The nativity scene is a nice feature.  Well done.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

Very nice church. I like the bell mechanism. :wub: Also the surrounding is verly lovely. Great work
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:45 AM

Thanks herrJJ - yeah the bell mechanism isn't too easy to see but it's fully working - in that each "rope" pulls the bell in a different axis, if only it clanged !!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:53 AM

That's great, would look great in my scene. I have never made a model from scratch, just wondered how you went about something like this.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:59 AM

It is great and fits very well! The open back, the size, the bell :wub: and the mini additions. Just great! I think it is the best Winter Village Church, I've seen so far.
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:48 AM

Excellent work Stebai, I love the way you have conveyed a simple yet effective architecture to the church...plus adding the snow :grin: I've been looking at some great Lego Churches as a wee help towards making my wife (who isn't convinced by my darkest Lego love :wub: ) a microfig scaled model of our wedding church for our Anniversary. I may be pinching some of your techniques here...love it!!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

Loved it!!! Congrats.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:48 PM

Nicely done!  Although the Doctor Who 'Weeping Angel' is giving me the creeps :wink:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

Very nice WV Church.  I really need a church for my Winter Village... No time now, maybe next year.

Your church has lots of nice features, worthy of being included in a Winter Village.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:24 PM

Welcome to the contest Stebai.  Good job on your church.  I like the bell and the snow details.  Good luck on the contest!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:06 PM

Great MOC! :thumbup:
I can feel the Christmas atmosphere! :wub:
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

Looks nice, I had thought of a church as well for a second... but you're steeple is way better than anything I would be able to do! :thumbup:   Nice job!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:13 PM

That's great, I love the bell pulls.

I have something very similar to post so I better do it sharpish!

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:28 AM

Very nice. I think this is completely in the spirit of the whole Winter Village line.
It is a nice church and you managed to keep the scale down but still keep every typical aspect of a church in there as well as the compulsory street scenes.
Perfect!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:45 AM

View Postquentinfarquar, on 11 December 2012 - 10:53 AM, said:

That's great, would look great in my scene. I have never made a model from scratch, just wondered how you went about something like this.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:33 PM

Thanks for sharing. This is a great MOC. The bell-tower is brilliant. I love the vicar too actually! The design of the exterior is spot on for a nice village church.

I considered doing a church, but I assumed many people would do one so I was going another route. But your church is a fresh take on everything.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:03 AM

Thank you to everyone for the kind comments over the last month and a bit (seems like forever since the 11th December when i originally posted my entry!) I think there are so many great entries this year and i can't wait to vote for my favourites, My favourite entries always had some kind of background or little story that went with them and i realized my Church didn't so I spent a little time writing a short piece. Thanks again. (I've already been considering some further additions - gee this lego thing is addictive!)

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

i love it. :wub:



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