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well this is a very interesting topic!! I have been building since 2005 and have been collecting MOCs over the years and some are excellent but as time went by I needed parts for newer and even more creative MOCs especially power functions. I won't mention any names but there are some technic MOCs the last few years that I find very hard to take apart.... so I decided that they are keepers for my collection. There are some that I take apart and rebuild just because they are that good. All in all Lego MOCs are getting better and better......good for all of us!!

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I feel the OPs pain... but it's got to be done or I'll be drowning in Lego. One year at the STEAM show, a neighbouring exhibitor tore down his beautiful set-up after the show and literally threw it in chunks into the box.

Edited by Nick Barrett

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Interestingly, the trend of keeping MOCs for me is the opposite to most of you. At the beginning it was natural that I had to disassemble a MOC to start a new one due to the small inventory. Nowadays I try to keep them assembled for two reasons: I'm still hoping that one today I can get my models shown on an exhibition/meeting; and the second reason is limited space. A partly disassembled model (which usually comes apart in larger modules) takes much more space than a near complete model or a totally disassembled model. And I don't have the patience to fully disassemble models (MOCs or official sets)

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... I'm still hoping that one today I can get my models shown on an exhibition/meeting;...

Are you sure your models weren´t shown at any expo yet :classic: ? Since they are shared for free, you won´t mind anyway. My models were/are and the exhibitors even didn´t ask me (who cares)...

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Are you sure your models weren´t shown at any expo yet :classic: ? Since they are shared for free, you won´t mind anyway. My models were/are and the exhibitors even didn´t ask me (who cares)...

I was on one in 2013, but the Hungarian exhibition scene is quite dissipated (many-many events without any cooperation. I remember that once there was two mayor exhibitions at the same time in the city). The Technic line is represented by a single person, or not at all. The Hungarian User group is not very active now, only the trial-truckers (thatnks to Mbmc) are holding their ground.

I dunno if someone else built and shown my models.

Edited by Lipko

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How do I disassemble a MOC I like and don't want to take apart?

What's the point of this question/topic?

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I find the answers in this topic quite surprising. Am I really the only person whose models won't stay together more than a few weeks? If I finished a model, I make a CAD file of it, and some photos, and it goes back into parts. That way I don't have to keep spending ever more money and ever more space on the hobby.

The additional benefit of this is that whenever I start a MOC, I have my complete collection of pieces available, so I know what I have. If I keep all kinds of stuff assembled, my available inventory changes all the time, and I don't like that.

Also, LEGO is meant for building. Not for building only once and then letting it collect dust.

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I find the answers in this topic quite surprising. Am I really the only person whose models won't stay together more than a few weeks? If I finished a model, I make a CAD file of it, and some photos, and it goes back into parts. That way I don't have to keep spending ever more money and ever more space on the hobby.

The additional benefit of this is that whenever I start a MOC, I have my complete collection of pieces available, so I know what I have. If I keep all kinds of stuff assembled, my available inventory changes all the time, and I don't like that.

Also, LEGO is meant for building. Not for building only once and then letting it collect dust.

You are not the only one. After my dark age I got 2 Lego-culture shocks.

1) when I saw on Lego Ideas question from Lego: "How many do you think people will buy?" What do they even mean, I thought. I realized folks buy more boxes of the same set.

2) (bigger shock) about Lego culture I was not aware about at all when I was a kid. Lots of people build a set or Moc, put it on the shelf and that is it.

1)a2) is connected - i quess - 1st box for "shelfing" next one(s) for building.

I am like you, I build, dissasemble, build again. Now (new thing for me) sometimes take pictures of MOCs so I can build it the same (or similar) way again. Not so much ago, not even that. Very recently I discovered LDCad and LPub and I "archive" some of the MOCs digitally.

Edited by J_C

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Mine stay assembled for a few days, normally after the photos and video they are directly dissasembled

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You haven't read the replies carefully. The only reason I don't disassemble models immediately after finishing everything (video, instructions of some sort, etc) is that I can hardly ever afford to start another model immediately (I have no time). Plus I still hope that I can bring some of them to conventions. And that I find disassembling things as a boring, necessary evil thing. Maybe my models are too dense, but they don't take significantly more space than parts, and at least I don't need more parts storage equipment.

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I find the answers in this topic quite surprising. Am I really the only person whose models won't stay together more than a few weeks?

Recent studies suggest that different people may or may not like different things.

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...Am I really the only person whose models won't stay together more than a few weeks?

....

Also, LEGO is meant for building. Not for building only once and then letting it collect dust.

You´re not the only "crazy" one :grin: ...

You are not the only one. After my dark age I got 2 Lego-culture shocks.

1) when I saw on Lego Ideas question from Lego: "How many do you think people will buy?" What do they even mean, I thought. I realized folks buy more boxes of the same set.

2) (bigger shock) about Lego culture I was not aware about at all when I was a kid. Lots of people build a set or Moc, put it on the shelf and that is it.

1)a2) is connected - i quess - 1st box for "shelfing" next one(s) for building.

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1) I know somebody who buys 3 of each bigger set :look: ...

2) Kids can become AFOLs some day and restart playing - means assemble and disassemble for me too.

You haven't read the replies carefully.

....

Somebody raised a rethorically paradox question (there is no such thing as stupid questions) and it´s up to everybody to interpret it your way :wink:

Edited by brunojj1

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Maybe he wants us to come over and rip it apart?*grin*

I offered but the OP hasn't accepted. :laugh:

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