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[MOC] The MONT-BLANC massif

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Welcome to the Mont-Blanc massif

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At the end of a long project. Create topography with Lego.

What more beautiful mountainous  than the Mont-Blanc massif.

 

First, I began by defining the area that I wanted to represent. And what size I wanted to give my MOC, using a scale convenient.

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I have chosen to represent an area of 20 km by 16 km and a moc : 160 studs by 128 studs.

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A baseplate 32x32

 

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A plate 1x1

 

The whole MOC is made with baseplates.

I edited a map for each baseplate. The grid represents a plate 1x1. Then, deciphering contour lines.

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I assigned a texture by grid :

  • _ Urban : Tan, Dark Tan, Light Gray, Dark Gray
  • _ Meadow in valley : Green
  • _ Forest : Dark Green, Sand Green
  • _ Altitude vegetation : Lime
  • _ Rock : Light Gray, Dark Gray
  • _ Glacier : White

An exemple of assembly with « Chamonix » baseplate.

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Floor 0 : altitude 1000 m

 

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Floor 0, 1 and 2 : Altitude 1000 to 1100 m. A part of the city of Chamonix

 

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We get up. The relief of a valley appears.

 

20 baseplates to assemble… several months pass.

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Baseplate "Mer de Glace"

 

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Baseplate "Aiguilles de Peuterey"

 

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Baseplate "Dent du Géant"

 

Comparisons with real photos or Google Earth

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Edited by Legolas73

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Magnifique! Absolutely beautiful is your model of Mont Blanc! 

I used to live in the Jura Mountains west of Geneve and on a clear day that was the skyline view from my studio.

How did you achieve the map pixel matching? Did you use a special software? How did you match the map colors to the actual Lego colors?

 

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Topography meets LEGO? Oh man, this is my dream. I absolutely love it. Ever thought about going the extra mile and adding trees and using different elements to signify various rock formations and angles? 

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The Mont Blanc massive looks impressive in LEGO form. I like how in some areas, the transition from high to low areas is very smooth, and I can easily imagine the snow slowly making its way further down to the valleys. What's even more impressive, is the amount of work and planning behind the scenes. Comparison of real mountain peaks to brick-built peaks is awesome. For those, who haven't been close to French Alps, a comparison really helps in seeing how accurately you managed to catch the shape of the mountains. Well done. 

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You've put an incredible amount of effort into this and it's come out wonderfully. Got some nifty SNOT techniques in there to spice it up a little. Lovely reminder of the one time I briefly visited Chamonix. Thanks for sharing!

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Lovely creation, it's not too often that you see a pure landscape MOC.  Impressive job achieving such accuracy!

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 Congratulations for this beautiful and long project, a rigorous creation from a geographical point of view and very successful from an esthetic point of view.

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I love LEGO and I love mountains, but a combination of the two is very rare. That makes your creation all the more impressive, amazing work! It's massive, it's beautiful, and the inclusion of the French-Italian border is a nice touch! Is this going to be on display in the Mt Blanc area somewhere? 

By the way, will you upload this to Flickr? I noticed your account hasn't been active for quite some years... Also, the link to it in your EB signature directs me back to this topic's page.

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Absolutely astonishing. The contouring is so good.

I have often thought of doing a lego relief map of the English Lakes, where I live, but the scale of the project has always put me off. You got it with both hands. Well done. 

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