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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:14 PM

There's one set that's all the rage right now, and I'm sure there's a lot of people out there who are in doubt about whether to buy it. To help them out, I figured it was time for a proper Eurobricks review of the thing. So here comes the first part of my commented building session with set #10232 Palace Cinema!

NOTE: My computer has broken down, and everything on it - including the photographs and the almost-finished text of this review - has been lost. Before reading, please note that you should expect only half a review. I got as far as to the end of the ground floor.

Price: 1099 DKK/ 120 GBP / 150 USD
Number of Pieces: 2196
On Brickset: Brickset.com/detail/?set=10232-1

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I strongly suspect I’m not the only Eurobrick member who recieved one of these big, brown packages in the mail during the last couple of days. After all, it is just only a week since Lego made the latest model in the modular line available to VIP members, and adding to the deal that this modular is a good deal cheaper than any of the previous installments (not counting Market Street) and comes, just for this month, with the option of free shipping, it ends up quite the attractive offer to a fan of the series.

It certainly was to me, anyway, and that’s how I’ve ended up the happy owner of one of these packages. Sweet dreams form the shades inside it; let’s have a peak at them!

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If you live in Europe, you’ll also have received a polybag with a police helicopter in it. I like that Lego does this, because I’m too scatterbrained to keep track of what they offer at the moment, so it’s a pleasant surprise whenever they place an unexpected polybag in my shopping basket.
The S9 minifig wasn’t free, unfortunately, and really not related to the rest of the lot at all. I’ll try to keep it out of the review.

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I have two modulars already: the Fire Brigade and the Grand Emporium. I got both of those relatively recently, so this is the first time I can afford the extravaganza of buying a modular on its day of release. I’m thrilled!

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At first I was a bit puzzled as to why they would put the oldest of these sets in the middle – in the past, these setups on the backs of the boxes have always been ordered chronologically. But as I realise now, looking through the photos, it’s rather obvious: If you put the smallest modular (once again, rudely disregarding Market Street) behind the ginormous Town Hall, you might as well just exclude it from the photograph altogether.
The picture also serves to remind us that the Pet Shop was released two years ago. That’s right, in 2011. I feel just a little bit older after realising that.

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We open the box, and out pours, not unexpectedly, a large number of plastic bags with bricks in them, a few large plates, a plastic bag with the instructions and a 32x32 baseplate in what I believe is a recolour: regular bright red.

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I usually buy my sets for parts, and so, while I’m certainly no fan of it, I’m often not personally bothered by the infamous DSS. This is a modular, though, and I’d trusted Lego to know enough about the general AFOL aversion to stickers to keep them out of the line where, as a general guideline, AFOLS get their will. Yet here they are, and the more brilliant the designs on them are, the sadder I get thinking about them having to be exposed to my imperfect sticker-adding abilities. But more on that, come their actual appliance.

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Also included is the 2013 version of the brick separator. I wonder whether this particular recolour wasn’t inspired by the poster for The Brick Separator above.

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At this point, I should probably add that these pictures were taken over the course of two afternoons and two evenings, and that consequentially, some of them are taken with a natural light source (that would be the sun; off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other natural light sources that are available to me), while some of them are not.


As is the case with most big sets recently, the instruction booklet is split into three sections; one for each floor of the building. The first one, conveniently, is the ground floor. Let’s see what in those bags!

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Wow. That’s a lot of parts.

I personally base a lot of my Lego shopping list on the Eurobricks reviews. More precisely, I base them off the part squares that people photograph for the reviews, and so I’m always happy to see that someone has put in the effort of arranging them just so strangers on the internet could benefit. But up until now, I didn’t realise just how much effort that was when we’re talking about a large set.

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A lot of effort. Or time, I guess. Either way, I hope you’re happy.

Included is a virtual infinity of regular 1xY bricks in dark tan, quite a lot in light grey (’bley’), and a not insignificant amount in dark grey. There’s huge amounts of tiles, as well, mainly in 2x2 and 1xY formats, although a couple of black 2x4 tiles appear as well.
The rest of the pieces are a fair assortment, ranging from arches through window panes to technic pins. And of course,  there’s the new pieces.

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’New pieces’ is a phrase which here means ’Pieces I don’t already have’.
The trans-clear 1x1 round tile (or the ’studless stud’, as it has cleverly been named) has already been in 14 readily available sets throughout 2012 and 2013, as well as many sets of secondary availability, like polybags and store-exclusives.
The brick star tile is the only exclusive print in the set. In fact it’s the only exclusive part in it at all, and the Palace Cinema includes eight of it. It’s very decorative, and I predict that it’ll have a high price rate on Bricklink, both because of its rarity and its versatility.
The 1x2x5 trans-clear brick has only appeared in 2011’s 5770 Lighthouse Island, which has four of it. This set has two, so they’re still pretty neat to have.

’But wait,’ I imagine you commenting, ’didn’t you say that you already had two Modulars? Then surely, you already have the lamppost which PaB calls a Fabuland Standard’.
Well, yes. Yes, I do. But that’s not this one. It appears that TLC has, simply for the sake of effing the ineffable itself, decided to make a new, almost completely similar mould for this iconic piece.

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With my limited photography skills and the bad lighting, it can be hard to tell, but if you look close enough, you’ll see that the new version (on the left) has deeper dents; it’s more obvious at the bottom of the piece. It also has only four indentations instead of the usual six. It’s probably for stability, though the Fabuland lamppost is already one of the most reliably stable pieces I can think of.

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There are four minifigures included in the bags labelled with the title of the only Beatles album in my house. The first of these is, as declared by the designer herself in the pre-release design video, the Minnie Figure who is mentioned on the sign above the front doors.

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I don’t personally think it’s a very interesting figure, though I’m always glad to see the classic minifig face.

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Next up is her driver.

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This guy apparently runs the movie theatre all by himself. That must be quite a lot of work. His torso is taken from a random fish in a Spongebob set, and I was surprised to see that it was originally yellow, as it is here (fortunately; anything else would’ve thrown the whole figure off), since I thought all the background fish in Lego Spongebob were a default lime green. I guess you learn some new, oddly specific fact every day.

Oh, and then there's reporter! My personal favourite of the bunch. I like pretty much every part involved, and they go together just fine. Specifically the use of the Indy fedora as a the kind of hat you’d keep a press card tied to is a nice idea.
I posted a photograph of him a little longer up the page, so I'll try to keep this as uncluttered as possible and not post the same picture twice.

What do you say we start the build now? I’ll just go ahead and start building, and take a photo for you whenever I have a comment I think you’ll care reading.

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Step One. The instructions tell me to begin with the car, so I’ll do that.

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Step Two (don’t worry, I’m not going to stop at every step). Already, we’ve used a 6x6 plate and that peculiar half-tile half-plate thing, both of which I’d specifically presumed were for the building itself. That’ll teach me to stop presuming, I guess.

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This is where the trademark D2C quality starts showing. The front of the black limousine is built using two of these new SNOT pieces facing in different directions.

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The completed limousine. I personally think this beats the firetruck from Fire Brigade, though I’m still a bit bothered by it breaking conventions – the Modulars are traditionally easy to store, since they’re all confined to a simple square areal. When a vehicle is included with nowhere to put it, storage becomes a tiny bit less simple.
But enough about that. The vehicle is a nice model in its own right, and I strongly disagree with those who say that it appears to be a last-minute addition. It does use a couple of methods that even I, who am by no means an authority on cars, Lego or otherwise, recognise from other sets, but it seems pretty thoroughly designed, and is very sleek on the whole. It does come off as slightly bulky towards the front, but that’s a slight, slight detail from my point of view. Besides, as I just said, I know nothing about cars, so who am I to presume that cars from back when cars looked like this didn’t actually look like this?
Remember that I mentioned not having any trans-clear 1x1 round plates before now? Those with sharp eyes will have noticed that I lost one of them, and thus the car is lacking a side mirror.

The best thing about the car, of course, is how easy it is to ride. So easy, according to the instructions, that even a child could do it.

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(From the back seat, no less).

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...AND we’re going!

Did I mention that I’m two degrees of Kevin Bacon away from the designer of this set? I am. It’s designed by the designer Astrid, who was also the leading designer of last year’s Town Hall.

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The obsessive-compulsive part of me likes this arrangement. Initially, I would’ve placed the brick-star tiles facing towards the corner, since people would then be queueing in the same direction as the stars. I guess it makes sense to have them facing the opposite direction (as the instructions say), though, since the set is supposed to be seen from the corner.

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Step Thirteen. All of a sudden, the instructions tells us to throw in all but two of the light blue pieces, and true enough, it does notably brighten up the interior of the building.

Don’t hang me up on this, but didn’t I read somewhere that Astrid was one of the lead designers of Friends? I can imagine so, judging from this set; one of the strengths of Friends is the way its buildings are made with basic bricks in calm colours, reserving the new moulds and eye-catching colours for the decorations. That’s what the designers did here, too, by covering the desk in light blue, a colour that’s always been a bit of a fan favourite. One of my favourites, anyway.

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Step Fourteen. What is this, I wonder?

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Step Fifteen. Oh, it’s steps. Very neatly made, too.

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Step Twenty-three. I just wanted to say that I appreciate the ornamental use of perfectly regular pieces. It feels somewhat classic.

At step twenty-six, we’re supposed to add the first stickers. As mentioned before, this bothers me. But I’m pleasantly surprised: The fact that the stickers are applied on glass panes means that a bit of light shines through, adding a cozy ambience for the moviegoers to enjoy.

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I suppose I’m not giving you the best view of the movie posters here, but have a look anyway. The three movies being advertised are Forever Sorting (a romantic movie featuring Dianne Plate and Clark Brixter), Mystery on the Monorail (I think Eurobricks have a great part of the responsibility for that movie ending up here) and The Brick Separator (a horror/monster movie). There’s a great detail on the latter: Two of the designers have signed the set by printing Lego-fied versions of their names on it. The poster credits Astrid Greybrick and Jordan Montelegone.

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Step 28 and 29 each adds one of these doors, which are, to be honest, slightly astonishing. Not only do they fit the corner Modular format, they make it look easy – which I’m pretty sure you’ll agree it’s not; personally I think it’s a mathematical challenge of about the same difficulty as, say, dividing something by π in your head. Chances are that someone on the internet has already thought of this solution, but I still thank the design team for giving us this new way to build corner doors.

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Another little bit of brilliance. You can probably guess what’s supposed to be attached here, but even so, it’s not something I’d have thought of, and certainly not something you’d see in just any set.

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Step Thirty-nine, the penultimate step of the ground floor (the last step adds the lamppost). A lesser set would use normal bars of some kind here, I suppose. Naturally, a real D2C goes for the more creative alternative, which in this case turns out to be harpoon guns. It seems to me that as well as beatifully detailed conversation pieces, every Modular is also a sequence of small, amusing engineering ideas.

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We’ve finished the first floor! It looks absolutely acceptable, don’t it? There’s a bunch of built-in ingeniousities, about enough bright colours to make it interesting, and details on the pavement to make it appear less blend. The top of the building appears a little empty, but if you’ve even looked at the box, you already know that that’s going to change during the next few phases of the build.

EDIT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I've lost the photographs which I was building the narrative around. I'm sorry, but I have no way to finish the review. =(

Edited by Multiverse, 02 March 2013 - 09:30 AM.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:31 PM

Great review so far, I look forward to reading the rest of it.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 10:37 PM

So unfair!  I was thoroughly enjoying this review and it just ended!  

Can't wait for the next instalment...


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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:59 PM

View Postrriggs, on 22 February 2013 - 10:37 PM, said:

So unfair!  I was thoroughly enjoying this review and it just ended!  

Yes, that's worse than the commercial breaks :laugh:

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:57 AM

Need... rest... review... soon... pleaaaaaaaseee...

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

Very curious about the rest of your review! I've started building mine (also arrived last week) yesterday evening, but will keep my opinion to myself until your review is finished...

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

Can't wait for the rest of the review.

I fear I may succumb and get this (or another modular) sometime this year.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:19 PM

Thanks for the comments! It's great to hear that you like the review. =)

I thought I'd just post to notify whomever might be interested that the original post has been updated with a bit more of it. =)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:09 PM

Great so far! Now to stare blankly at the laptop screen whilst murmuring:More...MORE!

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

Funny thing, when I received mine, there also was only one sealing "white stripe" on the brown box, instead of two, thought it had been gone loose during the delivery process, apparently not... Are they dowing LEAN Manufacturing at LEGO??

Anyhow, thanks for the great review, very well done so far!!! :thumbup:

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:28 PM

Great review so far!  hopefully mine will arrive today or tomorrow and I can stop living vicariously through others' photos!

Thanks, too, for laying out the parts.  I imagine this would be a pain to do, but it's one of the first things I look for in a review.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:26 AM

Following this thread.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:42 AM

View PostSwissBrick, on 24 February 2013 - 09:56 PM, said:

Funny thing, when I received mine, there also was only one sealing "white stripe" on the brown box, instead of two, thought it had been gone loose during the delivery process, apparently not... Are they dowing LEAN Manufacturing at LEGO??

Anyhow, thanks for the great review, very well done so far!!! :thumbup:

I only noticed that after I'd uploaded the review, but I guess you're right - it's a bit odd. It hasn't damaged the content in any way, though, so it's fine with me. =)

View PostKristel, on 24 February 2013 - 10:28 PM, said:

Great review so far!  hopefully mine will arrive today or tomorrow and I can stop living vicariously through others' photos!

Thanks, too, for laying out the parts.  I imagine this would be a pain to do, but it's one of the first things I look for in a review.

I'm glad to hear it's not just me. =)

I'm afraid the next update is going to have to wait a few days - at least until thursday, and possibly even as long as saturday, seeing how I'm awfully busy for the next week's time. I'm sorry about that. =(

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:42 AM

When I saw the pictures of the set, I didn't realize the bonnet of the limousine looked quite like that. It's in that kind of high, chunky 20s style and I had expected it to be lower. Nothing a mod wouldn't fix.

Thanks for the review, and I eagerly await more.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:12 PM

Nice review so far, on my "Must Have" list.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:32 PM

Like your style of review Multiverse, giving us bite size chunks and wanting more! lol  I will have to wait till end of March I guess to pick this up, as spent my money on a holiday in Feb. Keep up the great review, very detailed.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 07:00 PM

Great review so far, I'm looking forward to see the whole set.

That Forever sorting movie poster is hilarious :laugh:

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:25 AM

I'm really sorry to disappoint you all like this, but I'll have to end the review here. The computer I was keeping the photographs on has broken down. Again, I'm so sorry. =(

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Posted 03 November 2013 - 09:25 PM

View PostMultiverse, on 02 March 2013 - 09:25 AM, said:

I'm really sorry to disappoint you all like this, but I'll have to end the review here. The computer I was keeping the photographs on has broken down. Again, I'm so sorry. =(
Nevermind my friend, I might possibly finish the review you had started, nevertheless due to my busy calendar, I may not be able to do this for a long time interval.
At the end of the review, you can also contribute to it by making comments on your own building experience to enlighten more opinions. So please stay on the topic.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 02:11 PM

Best review I've seen so far! Can't wait to read the rest. (If you can finish it)

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:03 AM

Great review. I bought this model last month and it's fantastic! Only criticism I have is the stickers. They look great but I still think they could've been printed onto the brick instead of fiddling with stickers.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 12:45 PM

Coming soon...

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 03:53 PM

Ok, so here it is the second part of the Palace Cinema (10232) set review. This part is about the second floor. Sometime, I will try to do a third one about the roof.

First of all, I am sorry for having delayed this review until now. I was busy with my academic calendar.

Let's start.

The Parts

Posted ImageParts from #2 bags by Ali U., on Flickr

Lots of dark tan bricks, tan plates and arches, and reddish brown window frames.
If you want to have an adequate selection of dark tan pieces, 10232 can be considered as a nice option for Sidney Opera House (10234).
This set as a whole also has a good amount of light bluish grey "brick" bricks.

The Build

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The base is formed.

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Two rows of seats are constructed. Nice furniture.

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The seats are placed in the auditorium. We started to build the walls.

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The movie projector and projector's seat are built.

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They are placed. Some details started to appear on the front.

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Windows and front walls are placed. Some stairs are constructed.

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Arches are put above the curved windows. "Brick" bricks start to appear. Please note that the curved windows do not have transparent pieces in them.

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Dark tan arches are put.

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The outer arches are completed.

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The projection screen is built and connected to the wall with "brick" bricks.

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Two planes are built.

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They are connected to the front. The stairs are completed.

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The light bluish gray wall with windows is obliquely placed above the flower piece. There is no other connection.

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The construction of the second floor is finished with the addition of tan tiles, "brick" bricks, and some slope pieces.

Overall, the build of this floor is not repetitive like that of the Grand Emporium. In comparison with the first floor, this floor has more furniture in it.
About the set itself, I want to say that it is a nice interesting set with different architecture but ,even through it does not look bland as Town Hall does, not at the same level with Grand Emporium or Pet Shop. The reason is the set looks incomplete and discordant. The roof part looks incomplete when looked at the back. The pedestrian street ,pavement, at the front does not have the same pattern with that of the other modulars. However, the general outlook and the color palette makes this set a nice second corner for those who have missed the Café Corner. Thereby, my suggestion is that if you want a corner building, some nice pieces, a different architectual style, or the whole modulars line, get this set,but if you want just a modular, there are also some other options out there.


Edit: Images are deep-linked. Some are blurry. I will replace them at sometime.

Edited by Aliu, 03 May 2014 - 12:29 PM.

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 07:21 AM

Nice reviews. So is tbere going to be an update of the build
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Update would be nice.. in the meantime, i went on building it.. even expanding it... :wink:  Posted Image
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