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  1. kjm161

    [MOC] Bookshelf Library WIP

    Wow great changes from the initial rendering. I really like that you kept the open book above the entrance. Love the little touches like the graffiti being painted over. The slanted book on the left is very nice leaving room for the windows. Looks like you have been working on the interior. I would love to see what it looks like. Fantastic work!
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    [MOC] The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello

    Thanks. I made a few colour changes and have an additional photo with the backside completely open to show the two floors at the same time. The Lion and The Rose: Livraria Lello by Karen Metz, on Flickr The Lion & The Rose: Livraria Lello by Karen Metz, on Flickr
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    [MOC] LEGO Store Leicester Square Modular

    Amazing representation of the Leicester Square store. The interior is wonderful. All of the small builds and minifigs add perfectly to the feel of the model.
  4. Thanks CopMike for doing this each year. My manatees from this year and last arrived today. Cheers!
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    [MOC] The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello

    Thanks for the comments! :)
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    [MOC] The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello

    Thanks! I played with the idea of having the lower stairs be convex rather than concave but went with the arch design for the front so that I could have the convex back part of the stairs in reddish brown. I didn't figure out how to have both front and back convex and studs available to put the railings and side detail. I really do like those printed floor planks in that colour since they make the interior slightly brighter than regular brown tiles and add a bit of detail. Good thing the Old Fishing Store had a lot of them so that the price on bricklink wasn't too expensive and lots of stores had them available in large quantities. Love to see your library in the future with the printed rose piece. Thanks! The classic books come in great colours, which show up well on the bookshelves. Thank you so much. I really like doing the interior of buildings.
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    [MOC] The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello

    Thanks! The original stairs are an engineering masterpiece that were challenging but fun to get a sense of in Lego. I can't tell you how many times they collapsed while trying to put them together.
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    [MOC] The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello

    Thanks! Thank you. The chandeliers were a bit of lucky accident. I ordered the new fence parts thinking I would use them on a section of stair railing being the same diameter as the old spoked gold fence part but when I got them found they were smaller. They didn't work for the railing and I wanted to decorate the ceiling so used the parts for the chandeliers instead.
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    [MOC] The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello

    Thanks! So many great elements to choose from. I have heard rumours about the long lines. Hopefully it won't be as busy this March when I am in Porto. I am really looking forward to seeing it in person. Thanks, happy you like it! Thanks. The real bookstore has so much ornate detail both inside and outside. So many printed tiles and stickers needed to try and capture even a fraction of it. Thanks. The arches were my best solution to try and replicate the curved stairs (even if they are concave where they should be convex). Glad they came in the right colour. Thanks for the kind words. I really like the new style books, but the older ones add a pop of colour. The Brick Show Shop has a great pack of printed tiles that contains the 8 book covers.
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    (MOC) The Belgian Club, Winnipeg Manitoba

    Looks great! Perfect that you took photos of it outside.
  11. The Lion and The RoseLivraria Lello A by Karen Metz, on Flickr I have attempted to recreate one of the most beautiful book stores in the world in Lego. The Livraria Lello in Porto Portugal was built in 1906 by the engineer Xavier Esteves. It was founded by the brothers José and António Lello. I have renamed my MOC “The Lion and The Rose” since these can be found throughout my creation. The Lion and the Rose/ Livraria Lello 2 by Karen Metz, on Flickr The Lion and the Rose / Livraria Lello 4 by Karen Metz, on Flickr The Livraria Lello features one of the most exquisite staircases ever created that appears to float within the building. This iconic red staircase, with its ornate decorations that adorn its facade, is at the centre of my MOC and the rest of building was built around it. The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello C by Karen Metz, on Flickr “Thou who walked the room, shall then see a staircase which is a piece of surprising allure, for its apparent lightness which masks the audacity of its design. One feels the urge to climb it yet fears one’s weight may make it crumble.” (in Catálogo 1930 of Livraria Lello). JK Rowling, who frequented the book store in the early 1990s is said to have been inspired by them when writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A few the the characters from her novels can be seen browsing books in my MOC. The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello D by Karen Metz, on Flickr The ceilings of the Livraria Lello are equally impressive. A large stained glass skylight features prominently on the second story ceiling. Usually ceilings are ignored in Lego MOCs. I have tried to add some interest to my MOC with dual chandeliers, a stained glass skylight and decorated tiles. The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello B by Karen Metz, on Flickr There are numerous books for sale in my MOC. Some books displayed in the window are custom tiles from The Brick Show Shop. I have tried to create the characters from these novels in minifig form (luckily Lego has produced a couple of them already). The novels are “The Great Gatsby”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Tom Sawyer”, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, “The Old Man and the Sea”, “Gone With the Wind”, and “Treasure Island”. The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello 10 by Karen Metz, on Flickr I have slightly modified the exterior of the book store but have tried to capture its gothic and Art Nouveau style. The back and front facades on the first floor of my MOC are hinged to allow easy access to the interior. The back of the second floor is hinged as well. The roof is easily removed so the stairs can be seen from above. The Lion and The Rose / Livraria Lello 9 by Karen Metz, on Flickr The actual Livraria Lello. Livraria Lello Series by Karen Metz, on Flickr
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    [MOC] Mustrum Ridcully Bust

    The face is amazingly well done. I agree with your decision to not have too much going on in the beard and distract from the marvelous facial expression you achieved.
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    Shakespearean Fantasy

    Thanks! The Tempest scene is my favourite as well. Some of the plays are more obscure. I have seen many of them but not all. The plays cover many different locations and time periods so it was interesting trying to get them to go together. Thanks!
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    [MOC] Modular: Adventure Cottage

    I love all of the quirky details of this MOC. The seemingly random mix of hydrologists, gamers, evil land barons, and food truck vendors go together wonderfully. Fantastic job!