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    LEGO MOCing, LEGO collecting
    Favorite LEGO Theme: Castle

    Non-LEGO: blacksmithing, woodworking, clay sculpting, music (piano, violin, ocarina, bagpipes), pets (bearded dragons, axolotls, leopard geckos, cats, dogs), outdoors and nature, raising livestock, farming


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  1. Slegengr

    [MOC] marching through teutoburger wald

    This is an excellent scene with so many of the Roman minifigures! I like that cavalry shield piece, and may have to look it up for myself. One addition I have made to my Roman minifigures to make them more realistic is to change out the arms for arms with red short sleeves. I think it makes them look a lot better than the stock bare yellow option.
  2. Slegengr

    [MOC] Thin Blue Line

    @evancelt You are building a nice army. Though I personally tend to be purist, I can see some of the appeal of the custom shakos and the inclusion of bayonets. @Ayrlego In my opinion, probably the best piece that TLG has made for a ramrod is this wand. Due to limitations on size, there may never be a piece made that is more accurate and can be held by a minifigure (but you never know). The taper is not realistic, but it give the illusion of thinness while still having an end large enough for a minifigure to grip. Once I discovered this piece, I have been building up a stock for when I get back to work on ships some day, since I think they will also make good belaying pins.
  3. @Medzomorak You should be able to calculate and set the angle for the hinges before connecting to the plates. The complication here is that the software will only hinge one location at a time, where you would need to adjust all three together at the same time in reality. If you set the hinge connection to 60 degrees on the internal equilateral triangle before connecting the plates, you should be able to connect all three plates without a problem. The way I would do this would be to add the hinge connection to the left-most plate with the hinge in the 1X4 plate position (0 degrees hinged), set the angle of the hinge to 60 degrees for the internal equilateral triangle, copy the plate and angled hinge plates together, then paste in the remaining two groups of plate and angled hinge plates and attach them to the previous hinge connection. This will maintain the angle relation of the hinge plates set on the first group and should come out perfectly.
  4. Slegengr

    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    I just took a closer look and I have a question: Are these bricks LEGO originals? It almost looks like the studs have a different logo that is all too similar to an anchor I have seen on some old pieces similar to LEGO originals. As far as I know, LEGO bricks have had the name "LEGO" embossed on the studs for as long as TLG has produced bricks with the stud-and-tube coupling system. As far as I can find, there is no original LEGO set that used all of those pieces specifically in building a castle. The gray cones you showed are definitely not LEGO pieces. You are certainly right about the slopes being 45-degree slopes on the Weetabix Castle set.
  5. Slegengr

    Does Bricklink have this Brickowl feature?

    Yes, @gotoAndLego, there is a way to do this in BL. What you want is the "Items for Sale" list for a particular catalog item (be it a part, minifigure, set, etc.). If you want to shop for a part, go to the "Market" tab by the login button, then select "Parts" under "Browse the Catalog". Find the subcategory of the part you want (example: "Animal, Land"). Select the particular item (example: Leopard "bb0787c01pb02"). Now check that you are viewing the "Items for Sale" tab under the image of the part. This is the list that I think you are looking for. There are filters at the top that help specify the information you want, such as particular country for the store locations. The same process is followed for minifigures or whole sets using different categories under the "Market" tab. You can also speed up the search for parts by looking at inventories of sets that include the desired part.
  6. Slegengr

    Help with identifying parts/sets!

    I do not know about the light gray cones, but the other pieces you showed above could have been from the model Weetabix Castle set that LEGO released in 1970. Edit: Also, Eurobricks requires a separate photo-hosting site, such as Flickr, with images shared here using links such as the BBCode to input images right into your post. See Pandora's Flickr Tutorial for example.
  7. @Johnnycrash By the way, did you start the model in extended mode? I do not think you can open a non-extended model in extended mode. What you are describing is how it works when I try to repeat this process without using extended mode. (Maybe there is a way to export/import the model to change the mode? I don't know...) I only build using extended mode due to the freedom allotted with color changing. Generally, I use LDD as a prototype for physical builds I am planning, so I will later verify if parts are actually available in that color or I will check the markets for the part in that color before using it in a build. Extended mode is just simpler to use in my opinion, since you choose pieces and color separately rather than at the same time.
  8. Try the suggestions from SylvainLS that clarify what I am suggesting: Thanks for the clarification. It is so easy to forget the things I do by default. Also, thanks for the direct mention that "Extended Mode" is necessary. I failed to mention this since it is the only mode I use in LDD.
  9. I figured there must be more to the mirroring issue than just the door if you asked for help on that, though it is not obvious from the picture. For recoloring the group, it should work to reverse the final step as well: select the paint bucket with the color you want, then select the group of bricks you want to recolor.
  10. As far as I am aware, there is no mirror function in LDD. For your particular need, though, it should be simple, since it looks like the door just switches sides while the rest of the house is identical. ...unless there are interior details or more things that switch sides that are not visible in the shared picture. For the color change, just build one house in red, then use the selection option showing the arrow and color palate to select all red bricks. Create a group of all red bricks, then copy and past the building. Re-select your red brick group and use the paint tool to change all selected (red) bricks to green. Now you can re-select all red bricks on the pasted building and create another group. This gives you two buildings of different colors that allow for easy color change. Then, if you copy and paste a building and switch the door to the other side, you can repeat the process to have buildings of either color and either door side. To verify the method, I spent about 10 minutes to build simple houses with the ability to change color as shown in these images:
  11. Slegengr

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I really hope they leave the second-hand market mostly as it is, but I have my doubts. What seems far more likely is that TLG has discovered (surely it did not take this long?) why they estimate only 5% of their sales going to adults: most adults spend far more on the second-hand market due to TLG focusing on children. I know as a child, between my own purchases and gifts from others, I probably had a couple thousand dollars worth of LEGO(R) purchases (no Dark Age for me). As a working adult, I have spent many times that amount, almost exclusively on the second-hand market to purchase sets I missed in my childhood as well as pieces in bulk for MOC-building that are just not available or are very expensive from TLG. Most likely, I see this as a way for LEGO to make the second-hand market expensive to improve their business profit. If the rare chance occurs that this becomes a way for TLG to sell bulk pieces for MOC builders, I may be pleasantly surprised, but this seems like a very slim chance. I know I have wanted to be able to buy certain pieces in bulk for reasonable prices, but I do not have access to the rare chances for such due to no LUG connection or unmentionable opportunities that some have had. New pieces directly from TLG would be nice, but the prices on Bricks and Pieces are quite a bit higher than those on BrickLink. It looks like it is time to make my BL purchases before changes are enacted. With 500+ orders on BL, I have done my share of supporting their business model. I also assume that eBay is quite pleased with this announcement, as they will likely see an increase in LEGO-related sales, no matter how this is handled by TLG.
  12. Slegengr

    [MOC] M-Tron Space Train

    Since this was a theme I loved as a child, I always like to see MOC's like this! Overall, I really like the design of this train. The color scheme and most of the style is very true to the classic M-Tron design. For some reason, I have always been partial to simple rail transportation systems in the LEGO Space setting! I will offer a few critiques: ---The pod design for the train engineer is an apparent reference to classic Blacktron 2, so I would prefer to see a design that more closely represents the cockpits seen on classic M-Tron ships instead. This is mostly just personal opinion, though, since I consider the removable pilot pods to be a distinguishing feature of Blacktron 2 specifically. ---As nice as I think the cars look, the design with black hinged plates for the doors on the cars will not physically work with the hinge method you used. The inside corners of the doors will collide too much to allow the doors to close when open or open when closed. Whichever way they are built, they will become locked. I do not know if this is an issue for you if you never build it with real bricks, but it is a design consideration I like to see even for digital builds that they could be built in reality. The doors might work if they are only 1-stud thick, since the tolerance of bricks may be enough to allow the doors to close with a hinge design like this. There is still interference opening or closing the doors even with doors only 1-stud thick. If you try to use the hinge tool in LDD for opening these doors, it will jump from fully closed directly to the point where the bricks no longer collide due to interference issues.
  13. Slegengr

    Is this a part or a building technique?

    @Corellian Corvette I am pretty sure that it is built as shown in this image with cheese slopes under the Technic pin connectors. This is an LDD build, which verifies all connections as legal according to TLG.
  14. @ProvenceTristram Though I think some of your sentiment is mostly correct, I feel compelled to chime in with my view. It would seem that these days, there is very little MOC activity on EuroBricks as a whole. Some people continue to build, but few comment. The most activity seems to be garnered within specific communities, such as the Guilds of Historica (in which I was once active), where builders begin to recognize one another. On that note, though I rarely log into EuroBricks and comment anymore, your name is definitely one I recognize for an LDD builder that makes models I quite enjoy. I do enjoy LDD MOCs and also make my own, but they are a different consideration in my mind than physical MOCs due to a number of differences. Renders are getting pretty realistic which helps a lot, but digital MOCs will always be missing some of the elements of a physical MOC. I personally build in LDD as a map of parts required for physical MOCs, but this is still limiting at times, since I prefer to just build with actual bricks. The digital MOCs will never have the accomplishment of the investment in acquiring parts, and I find this to be an interesting aspect of building. Considering the use of parts I have rather than always buying all parts adds a nice limitation to design that spurs creativity. This is one aspect that I do not like with LDD: unlimited parts with unlimited colors does not drive my creativity like actual limitations do. Because of this, and since I use LDD as a map for physical MOCs, I am usually pretty careful in LDD to only use parts that actually exist, especially if I already have them. One thing I think about when considering digital MOCs is that the design is only one element of a physical build. LDD only incorporates design, while physical builds incorporate the time to build, investment in parts, and playability/viewability/tangibility in addition to the design. These are valued by those who have fought with these aspects and are more likely to be appreciated when seen in the MOCs of others. There will also always be an element of added perceived value when builders use rare parts or mass quantities of parts, thus demonstrating the difficulty of completing the actual build. This is probably due to synthesized value from supply and demand, but I doubt people are apt to change their minds about the applied extrinsic value (I think my thought here runs along the comparison to why people value gold even though most people are not using it directly but rather are just enjoying the beauty and the value in having something someone else wants). This element of added value will always be missed with LDD and may instead be replaced with the opposite effect since it seems a bit like a cheat of this system since there is unlimited supply. Of course, real limitations apply to physical MOCs that do not apply in LDD, such as gravity effects. Stability is not an issue in LDD like it is in reality. Because of this, I think more value is placed on the physical build, since the photograph is evidence enough that it is physically possible (also why I do not really like MOC photos that are photoshopped for reasons other than view quality). In order to garner this same value with LDD, one must find a way to prove stability, such as building elements in reality to test concepts. Otherwise, it is unproven, which is not to say that the LDD MOC is not stable but just uproven. For me personally, I value the process of building, the touch of the bricks, the sound of rustling through bins, etc. more than just the design, so I prefer physical builds over digital builds. Because of this I will also naturally place more value on the physical builds of others over digital builds. I still really like some digital builds that show obvious time investment into building and rendering unique pieces, but I would prefer to see them in real bricks. If you do not have physical bricks and enjoy digital building, keep doing it regardless of what others think. In the end, I have learned that it is best to do what I enjoy regardless of what anyone else thinks since reliance on others to guide or determine what I like always results in disappointment at some point with someone. I doubt you will ever see me commenting to convince someone not to continue making LDD builds. ...and I did fail to mention that part of what shapes my view is that I am a working engineer with a decent salary who has made a significant investment into physical LEGO pieces. I just try to make good investments into nostalgic sets that may gain value and into MOC pieces that have more than one use for many types of MOCs.
  15. Slegengr

    [SALE] Star Wars Personal Collection

    These lots will be posted to eBay in a few days. The bonuses will not be able to be offered once posted to eBay. If there is any interest in taking advantage of the Eurobricks-exclusive bonuses, please let me know soon.