RogerSmith

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  1. RogerSmith

    Tips for buying by the pound

    Focus on auctions where people are selling their kids / their own old Lego. Make sure that there are good pictures of what you're getting (a lot of times, somebody will just take a photograph of a big box of Lego from above, which is pretty much useless for identifying anything). If you have found an auction with good pictures, look at them closely. Often you will still be able to make out some partly or fully assembled sets & minifigs that may help identifying what time the Lego is from. If you know what you're looking for, you'll be able to spot it. Then look at some of the pother stuff and find out if it was made at the same time. It's also common to find Lego from two or more distinct periods in one lot, when someone gave their own old Lego to their kids and also bought them current sets. Stay away from 'professional' sellers - most of the auctions "1kg of Lego" are pretty much useless. They often use 'example' pictures that have nothing to do with what they will send you (e.g. "you'll get one kilo randomly taken out of the pictured lot!", showing a box full of rare/expensive parts (you almost certainly won't be getting any of those)).
  2. While those dioramas rarely showed anything that wasn't a set, they still encouraged you to think up your own stories and worlds, in other words, they encouraged you to get creative, to come up with your own ideas, characters etc. That's not what Lego is about anymore. Nowadays, everything has to tie in with one franchise or another, or must have an accompanying TV series. Everything needs to have an existing storyline with predefined heroes and bad guys that already have names and a story. They're even starting it in City now, for god's sake. Thus you don't need great dioramas choke-full of details to fuel your imagination. You need a set highlighting a very limited part of an existing plot, and the film/series/comic/whatveer to go along with it to tell you what stories you can play out with it. Plus, putting together those dioramas propably took several days each, which means you can save some money if you just slap some computer generated images into an already chaotic catalogue design instead (I'm referring to the quadratic store catalogue; the catalogue with the exclusive sets you showed at the very top looks loads better than that one).
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    Should LEGO Bring Back Raised Base Plates

    They should bring back baseplates period. I'm fed up with pretty much everything other than modulars coming on regular plates. It just stinks. Just one of the many areas where Lego thought they had to stray from a perfectly right path. As for raised baseplates: I never had them as a kid, but ogled them longingly in the catalogues. But nowadays, I propably wouldn't have much use for them, in fact I sold the only one that so far strayed into my collection as an adult soon afterwards. Edit: Scratch that, I actually have two ever since I fulfilled one of those childhood dreams and got the Neptune Discovery Lab. And anyway, I'd see them bringing back Castle & Pirates sets (withouth IP-tie-in) as a higher priority than the return of the raised baseplates associated with those sets
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Why not use a 16 x 32 and a 8 x 32, or two 24 X 16 baseplates? Though the odd sizes aren't available from Lego anymore through sets, they're still fairly easy to come by via BL or Ebay. ...or remember wrong what kind of baseplates you have and then just use two 20x14, like I did on Mike's Bikes I rather liked the look of the Book Shop's town house when they doubled it up in the official designer video. Will have to do that to mine.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I've been thinking about that from time to time, too. And I think there might be a whole different reason for the lack of straight buildings that take up an entire baseplate, aside from 'using the parts for more details' etc. My theory is: It's not that easy to design a building that's a full baseplate wide, but has only three stories and that still looks good! Modulars usually have three floors, and if you built a 32-wide building with the average upper floor height of a regular modular (about 7 bricks, give or take a few plates), it would almost certainly look stunted. That's propably why Green Grocer is so much out of scale compared to the other modulars. Same goes for Town Hall, which additionally has the tower. Our eyes are expecting a buildings width to be smaller than (or at the minimum equal to) its height, which on a 32-wide baseplate and standard modular scale requires 4 floors minimum. Due to optical fallacies, we also usually underesitimate the height of things in relation to their width (so we'll think that a building that is as high as it is wide is actually wider than its height). Fire Brigade also mainly works because it is built to a larger scale, and the tower may play a significant role here aswell. PR and DD don't look great in spite of basically only being 24 / 26 studs wide, but because they are only that wide! Case in point, lots of people tried to convert the PR to a full 32-wide building, and if they didn't also increase the floor height or count, the result almost always ended up looking a bit stunted and thus not as good as the original (for anyone who did this and feels offended, no, I propably wasn't thinking of your version when writing this - and in any case, tastes differ ) This is also why the DO looks so appealing - just looking at it it evokes thoughts of a much larger building, one that might hold whole apartments on each floor of the blue side, for example. Which of course it definitely doesn't... Also note that many MOCers go straight for four floor buildings, or resort to a larger scale, when doing 32-wide (or above). It just looks better if it's higher.
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    [MOC] Modular City Block

    Excellent work! Love all the details and the texturing you managed to work even into the plain walls. Not doing an interior does allow for some really cool techniques that otherwise simply aren't possible (unless you went for 4 wide walls ), and you made really good use of thos epossibilities!
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    Colors of brick separators

    They are so cheap exactly because there are so many of them. If they only were included in extremely big sets, or in none at all, the price would go up pretty quickly. And imho nobody should be forced to shell out the 2 or 3 bucks Lego sells an individual one for. That's just ridiculous . I also think that Lego would be able to cut costs significantly by not supplying them. What people tend to forget over BL prices and 10c/piece price ratios and whatnot is that the actualy costs for making an individual Lego piece are extremely low compared to what we pay for them. Which is obvious, as the price of a Lego set factors in a lot other things aswell...and Lego just IS expensive to begin with. But I disgress. I agree that most of us propably constantly have a lot more Brick separators than they need. But as @koalayummies already pointed out, it IS an important tool for builders, and they do wear out quickly - especially if you're dealing with older pieces. E.g., I recently bought 3 medium to large bulks of 80ies Lego, with some stuff still assembled. Took it all apart upon arrival for the obligatory round through the washing machine, and in the process of taking these old sets and old kid's MOCs apart alone I went through two brick separators. Old Lego is a bitch to take apart . So though I never need 20 of them, it is good to know that there are more than enough left when one wears out again.
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    Christmas in the Snow (Winter Village-style diorama)

    Gad you like it :) Yeah, I decided to for once build a Lego tree that's actually in scale with the buildings and minifigs
  9. this is a quick christmas/winter winter diorama I built this past weekend to go beneath the Christmas tree. My sister with family is coming over, and my niece's favorite color is bright yellow, so it was obvious what had to be the main color of the house . Total building time: ~12h Built with parts I had on hand. Some are VERY old - can you spot the 4x8 plate with rounded corner and waffle bottom? Someone's having trouble getting in... Also, lights : Merry Christmas, everyone!
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    A skyscraper on modular footprint would not work, imo - it's too small, the building would have to emulate a smaller scale to not look ridiculousyl thin once you reach a certain height. Incidently, there's an independent german company that actually has a modular skyscraper that you can buy additional floors for. I personally don't like that model, but if you're interested, here's the base model and the additional floor. It has no interior, though, it's a completely empty shell. Btw: I would absolutely love it if Lego sold extra floors separately! But as some consultants would propably tell them that they will make more money if the AFOL-folk is forced to buy the entire set multiple times if they want a bigger version, I see little chance for that.
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    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    What on earth are you on about?! None of the techniques you praise Corner Garage for were new at the time - we already had modulars that 'played with hinges' (Pet Shop, Green Grocer, Assembly Square, Palace Cinema...) or used tiles in vertical (almost all of them!). The 1x1 roof slope was new at the time, so of course that exact piece had not been used before, but pretty much every modular uses 1x1 pieces of some sort or other as decoration! Though none before or after managed to do so to such a bland effect as CG... And you don't see new techniques in BS? Open your eyes. There'sWthe decorated arch over the book shop's entrance - that's a technique that has never been used in an official build before. Then there's the candles to fill the gaps in the bay window - also never seen before. And lots of smaller details, while not flashy in their looks, still rely on advanced techniques aswell. The stairs in the townhouse, for example, or its roof, which is not exactly a spectacular technique but still it's another approach they had not used yet. "Double price not double volume" is a ridiculous statement with no basis whatsoever - BS is ~10% CHEAPER then CG. And finally, why and where should they use that column piece you posted? Building things up out of small pieces is one of the core principles of Creator. Besides, just a few lines above you positively highlighted that CG relied heavily on the 1x1 roof slope for detail - and when BS heavily relies one the 1x1 rounded double slope piece, it's bad?!
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    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    I don't see it that way. Remember that Lego takes two to three years for designing a modular - thus, when everyone was complaining about Palace Cinema and not much liking Town Hall either, Parisian Restaurant was already in the making! Same for the last two and BS (). And, anyway: There are many, many people who absolutely love the Diner. To me, it always feels as if there's a very vocative minority that doesn't like it, while it actually is a really popular set! Talking to other AFOLs in real-life, or listening to the talk of the general public at Lego expositions, there are always people who point it out for being great. But in one way it really didn't meet the usual standard of modulars - all the ingenuous building techniques used in it exploiting Lego maths to the extreme go far beyond anything we've seen in any of the other modulars previous or since! Thanks for the link, I hadn't seen that yet. Love these articles on New Elementary. Didn't realize that so many of the dark turquoise elements were new. I had already spotted the 1x12 brick and slope, but not the others. I'll propably do what I did with the Pet Shop - get a used one later in the year, use the additional floors to embiggen the set and the rest as parts packs. Got some incredible deals that way in the past. Though I may only mod the townhouse, the bookshop looks fine as it is, imo.
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    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    Love it. Suuuuch a big step up from the disappointing Corner Garage last year. The dark turquoise is a bit harsh, especially where it clashes with some of the other blue tones included, but overall, this looks brilliant. I really loved some of the MOCs of smaller buildings we've seen in the past year or two, and to get one now as an official set is really great. Also love they went with a more european influenced design once again, with PR being the last one in this vein, the wait has almost been too long. Day One purchase for me.
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    Fire Station Modular

    Looking really good. I also got the instant vibe of a mashup of the WV fire station with FB, but who cares - it's a great MOC nonetheless, and the fact that you were inspired by a 3D puzzle shows that this is a look that's propably rather common (if two toy manufacturers made something in that vein).
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    Eurobricks Modular MOC of the Year

    Thanks @koalayummies for compiling that list. Some really impressive creations haven been posted on here this past year, and I also glimpsed a few I missed when they were posted. General question: Should we maybe make a distinction between brick-built and purely digital MOCs? So, basically, have two votes? Thing is, purely digital creations have the enourmous advantage of not having to worry about parts not existing in a given color (or existing parts being ultra-rare), which makes it a whole lot easier to create a nice polished model. When scrolling through the modulars above, I often thought 'Oh, I didn't know that part existed in that co....oh, wait. It actually doesn't '.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Book Shop would be great, lots of possibilities for nice details. And they just belong in nice, old-fashioned buildings, so maybe we'll get more interesting exterior detail again aswell. Now we just have to hope they let someone deisgn it who enjoys creating interior detail.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    It would be hella weird for them to release a car dealership, when just two years ago Mike Psiaki said that they originally wanted to do a car dealership as that years modular, but changed it to a diner because they just could not make it work. Ans, seriously, think about it. Car dealerships usually have airy showrooms with lots of space around each car. Assuming they'd also include a way to get to the upper floor and at least one desk or office area somwhere, they propably could barely fit more two normal sized cars on one level without it looking cramped. Unless they dramatically increase the buildings footprint compared to other modulars. Just try and put the Diners's Cadillac inside the diner, and you'll see what I mean.
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    [MOC] GREEN BRICK GRAND HOTEL

    Welcome to Green Brick Grand Hotel! After over seven months in the making, it's finally time for me to present my newest modular MOC to you. Green Brick Grand Hotel is my biggest MOC to date, it is the largest both in footprint and height. It is built as a regular corner building, but features an inverted corner! Inside, it is fully furnished, featuring a lobby with reception and bar/loung area, dining room, kitchen, manager's office, an indoor pool and 6 rooms (two single & four double). I estimate this one to consist of about 7000-8000 pieces. Building time was February to September 2019. Except for the top of the tower, I did no virtual planning, it was all done as a free build using pieces from my collection (and a couple of bricklink orders I had to place...). More pictures can be found in the flickr album. A couple is just arriving at the hotel... Upon entering, you can't miss the reception. To the left is the grand sweeping staircase leading up to the other floors. The room for the couple isn't quite ready yet, so they enjoy some refreshments in the bar/ loung area. The dining / breakfast room. Currently, there's just one couple in. Overview of the ground floor Coming up from the reception area, there is a nice atrium from which you can look down to the ground floor. This also gives access to the manager's office, the small pool and a huge double room. The small indoor pool. There's only one room on the first floor, but it's a spacious double bedroom. The second floor also has two single rooms and one double room. Both singles are rather small, but they offer everything you might need! The other single room. Double room on the second floor. There's only two rooms on the third and topmost floor, both very spacious double rooms. One of them even features a small balcony with wide, opening doors! The couple we saw earlier arrives in their room. They booked the other spacious suite on the top floor. Again, there are some more pictures on my flickr account! Hope you like it - I'm looking forward to your feedback! Greetings, Tobias (RogerSmith)
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    [MOC] GREEN BRICK GRAND HOTEL

    Thanks! Tbh, I'm a bit surprised to get so many comments on the color combination - I really didn't think it was that special Thanks! I wish I had been able to get some more good pictures of the interiors, particularly the bathrooms, but this time around I didn't feel like disassembling parts of the model to get better angles for pictures.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Well, let's hope that means that they won't annoy us with a parts-wasting vehicle in the next one, then
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    [MOC] GREEN BRICK GRAND HOTEL

    Thank you guys! I can't actively recall ever seeing a building with a shape like this, either, but I wouldn't rule it out that somewhere there is one that vaguely resembles this. The arches at the bottom are meant to represent basement windows - some are walled off, though. You're definitely right regarding our choices of colors - I mostly abstain from very bright colors. Most colorful buildings in real life also seem to use toned-down or pastelly shades, not the extremely bright ones. To be honest, if I had designed this digitally, without the restriction of needing the actual parts ion the required colors, I propably would have done a few things differently. When building with real bricks, you always find yourself maing compromises, which, for me, is part of the fun. One thing I would do different though, given the parts, is getting rid of the tan stripe in the middle of the first two upper floors. That would tie those two together nicely. Alas, I don't have sand green tiles in the required quantities, so that will have to wait.
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    [MOC] GREEN BRICK GRAND HOTEL

    I reinterpreted the Minecraft prints as modern art. Some might give the minifigs nightmares, but apart from that, they should be fine Regarding the bright red: I actually would've preferred to do the parts of the lobby floor that now are bright red in dark red, too (like in the entrance). But I did not have the necessary pieces, and I didn't want to start with bricklink orders that early in the build. In the end I figured, what the hell, and just used the bright red which I had plenty of.
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    [MOC] GREEN BRICK GRAND HOTEL

    The title picture of this build is my first picture on flickr to be added to Explore There's never enough room inside , but the large footprint really helped here. Still, I didn't manage to get a proper shot of any of the bathrooms, for example.
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    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    Very glad about Pirate Bay, hope it will be an awesome set. Also kinda looking forward to Sesame Street - might be a decent parts pack (don't care for the IP at all, though). I have no real opinion regarding the Piano.