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[MOC] 10305: Transforming Modular Castle

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Years ago, while designing a Minecraft mine whose rail system can be reconfigured, I came up with a great idea: a castle that can be folded into other layouts within a few seconds using hinges.
Now the time has finally come: I can proudly present you my Transforming Modular Castle.
Built from a single LEGO set, the Lion Knight's Castle (10305), this design not only showcases versatility but also offers endless play possibilities.

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Concept and Design

Drawing inspiration from traditional and fantasy castles, I designed this model to be more than just a static display. It features a groundbreaking modular design with six transformative hinges, allowing for a dynamic play experience.

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Flexibility in Layouts

From a classic castle outline to a much larger layout with an extensive inner courtyard, this model can be twisted and turned into various configurations, showcasing the potential of a truly modular build.

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Multiple Configurations

The castle boasts six possible layouts just by twisting the sections. If you split them, you can achieve even more different layouts, such as two independent castles.

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Access and Interactivity

Fully open the castle to delve into the extensive interior filled with hidden details like trap doors, a crypt, and even a wizard's alchemy lab. It’s perfect for imaginative play or a striking display piece.

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Further Information

Detailed instructions are available on Rebrickable https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-178022/
You also find a video showing the transformation and the interior there.

My Question to You

How should I name this modular concept? Since I will use this transforming modular layout for other models in the future, I want to find a name for it that makes it easy to talk about it.
What do you think?

 

 

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Looks awesome! As for a name, I suggest: 'Transforming Modular Concept - 10305 inspired Castle' ...you can then replace the words after the hyphen with whatever theme you're modeling, such as: 'Transforming Modular Concept - 10027 inspired Locomotive Shed' or 'Transforming Modular Concept - 10228 inspired Victorian Mansion'. (These are just examples I pulled out of the air, but it works regardless!)

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Its  a nice concept, and clearly well-thought out.

As for a name, I'd go for "Swift Shuffle System", or triple-S. ;)

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On 4/18/2024 at 7:33 PM, Murdoch17 said:

Looks awesome! As for a name, I suggest: 'Transforming Modular Concept - 10305 inspired Castle' ...you can then replace the words after the hyphen with whatever theme you're modeling, such as: 'Transforming Modular Concept - 10027 inspired Locomotive Shed' or 'Transforming Modular Concept - 10228 inspired Victorian Mansion'. (These are just examples I pulled out of the air, but it works regardless!)

Thank you. I'm glad my "transforming modular" naming approch resonates with you 😊

12 hours ago, GeoBrick said:

Its  a nice concept, and clearly well-thought out.

As for a name, I'd go for "Swift Shuffle System", or triple-S. ;)

Many thanks! Swift shuffle system is a cool idea. I thought about including the term "magic" but wasn't fully convinced.

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Having just been served your explainer video on YouTube, this is insanely well done! I'm not sure the pictures alone do it justice.

 

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On 4/25/2024 at 1:44 AM, Yoggington said:

Having just been served your explainer video on YouTube, this is insanely well done! I'm not sure the pictures alone do it justice.

 

Thank you! I really wanted to bring the transformation feature across. I just wasn't sure if it is OK to post the video here.

Here's a review that shows more of the details:

 

On 4/25/2024 at 4:37 AM, Artanis I said:

Very clever!

Thanks! It took me a long time to figure out this principle and to make it work smoothly.

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On 4/28/2024 at 6:59 AM, Sebbl said:

Thank you! I really wanted to bring the transformation feature across. I just wasn't sure if it is OK to post the video here.

I think you're good so long as you're not just blatantly advertising.

In a case like this, the video is helping to highlight all the neat features worth discussing - and better than just the pictures would. At least, that's how I understand it, I'm not a mod.

 

It's super clever though. I am going to trial this concept at a smaller scale in a MOC I think.

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On 4/29/2024 at 2:42 PM, Yoggington said:

I think you're good so long as you're not just blatantly advertising.

In a case like this, the video is helping to highlight all the neat features worth discussing - and better than just the pictures would. At least, that's how I understand it, I'm not a mod.

 

It's super clever though. I am going to trial this concept at a smaller scale in a MOC I think.

Thank you. I wanted to make this one 1/4 smaller originally. However, the big plates from this set didn't allow it and surprisingly, it worked out even with the larger scale 😊

I have so many ideas for applying this principle. As always , time is the limiting factor.

I'm looking forward to your MOC!

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