Ron Dayes

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  1. I know where you coming from. At one point half a year ago i felt way to drawn to the whole thing in total, especially LDD building. When u just wanna build something small and suddenly its nighttime you know u arent spending ur time wisely. There is other things, way more important stuff to focus on irl. So here is what i did, and therefore i can only agree on getting it out of sight and maybe even cutting all ties to communities etc for a while: I took all my files and put them on an old harddrive, what i had in bricks i took apart into single pieces, put them in order and assorted my moc instructions. Everything went into one big box, sealed it off in 10 wrappings against moisture (and the itch to even open it) and placed it in the worst accesable space in my attic. I deleted everything LEGO filed i had at home, send a few copies to a friend and thus i just got rid off everything - without loosing it just in case i might want it later in life. I layed low on the communites and just focused way more on artwork and music. It really worked wonders. Out of sight, out of mind. Selling is usually a bad idea unless its only parts you could get back easily if you wish to return to this hobby. Hope it helps, let us hear what you are up to ;) cheers
  2. Hi there Perhaps this is my final post here. Been quite a while from starting this hobby in LDD to finally having some brick build versions years later. So before entering dark ages, i thought it be nice to post em. I choose "modular" scaled cars as title because i scaled all my vehicles after the door frames and minifig heights in referance to real world data. Thus i estimated a scale of 1/43 --> so they could also be called "scaled to minifig" cars since they meet the height criteria, yet dont fit any figs inside or offer any playability (apart from wheels turning and a dispatchable roof). So i dont consider them actual "minfig cars" - yet, they do a nice job on a town layout and also work great together with trains. Since this whole process took some time, its quite a few pictures :) Final result: Porsche Carrera GT3 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Porsche Carrera GT3 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Porsche Carrera GT3 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr a VW bus: VW T1 Scale model in environment by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr VW T1 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr a Mustang 72 Mustang'72 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Full line up brick build models with a lamborghini prototype builds. Full final line up by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr An excerpt with some of my favorites builds over the years in LDD form My last projects - future? by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Racing Collab by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Shown with modular buildings Modular context, sundown by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr The math and building process: I start... by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr the math and the height! by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr In context with minfigs and scale referance: brick build models in 1/43 scale by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Minifig scale reference 1 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Minifig scale reference 2 by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr So, this been quite some time and thinking that went into this whole scale idea, thats why im taking a break from bricks now :P Feedback/criticism welcome. cheers!
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    Making Eurobricks More Active

    I think that sums it up pretty well, there is too much chit chat about NEWS from TLG etc. Its everywhere, so why does it also have to be on EB? If someone were to really put EB back to its old standards of interesting high quality MOC posting, the news and discussion threads should be banned from each topic into the "discussion" topic (and maybe divide that into each topic category). I mean, thats what the discussion topic is for - right? That way MOCs will have more space. Some discussion threads take up half the scroll page... In general, the whole mix of discussion here, and moc there isnt really that great. Perhaps seperate both of them.... Also, the main page should post more pictures frequently, especially of MOCs. I dont need to see what Set is up next or which contest is currently hosting for more than an hour. Perhaps split mainpage in one half announcement/ contests and the other in "newly added MOCs we regard worth a look at". That way peoples attention would also be placed towards non TLG stuff more which is definately what a real AFOL community needs. Less fanboys and collectors, more active builders with genuine ideas in the topics that are about building...
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    [moc] The Pier - 90ies Nostalgia

    Thanks for your kind effort pushing this MOC back into the main page (for at least a few hours/days). But it is how it is - this wont discourage me from building, but definately from posting anything on EB. Town forum has kinda died imo when it comes to new creations that arent just mods or modular variants, the pioneering spirit for anything new and not Speed champions seems gone. Too bad really, used to be different. Was a nice time. But glad to see you giving it a spin with your modular thread that frequently shows inspirational builds. Carry on!1 Many thanks Man with a hat :) Oh really? Cool - the project is definately ambitious in smaller scales, but once you are done its very pleasing to look at^^. If you need any input or ideas, just check my flickr, quite a few concern scaling discussions with fellow builders. Cheers!
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    Minifig-scale cars

    yeah, this is nowhere near any minifig scale car. Look nice though!
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    [moc] The Pier - 90ies Nostalgia

    thanks mate, yeah those pieces are definately useful for doing rockwork if covered enough ;) Apparently discussing soon to be released sets is way more important than checking other builders mocs. Just the way it is these days... Many thanks though - paradisa is like the best ever, the colours really sell the whole flair of these old sets back in the 90ies, so we definately wanted that. The water was very tricky, i built several layers of 1x1 round plates and angled them each individually into 8x8 stud squares and 4x4 stud squares, then copy paste - that was the easy part then. Problem is that it takes up a huge part count and increases rendering time by hours.
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    [moc] The Pier - 90ies Nostalgia

    Hi, this is a collaboration between Fictictious Pasta and me - our biggest installment, completely digital. Build with mecabricks and finally rendered in Blender to completion. Maybe some of you remember the late 80ies and early 90ies TLG catalogues depicting Harbour scenes and Piers with a collection of all sets in the same picture. We tried to do that era some justice by putting that scene together showing vehicles, BURPs, the classic Palm trees and a Paradisa inspired restaurant and beach hut. Enjoy a day at the pier! If you look close, there are a lot of old sets remade in here, including the Sand Dollar Cafe, the Beach Hut, a Town Delivery Van, and so on. There are also two new cars for the collab, a Nissan Skyline R31, and an Jeep like vehicle. The Pier - 90ies Nostalgia by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr (1/43 scaled environment and vehicles) Pasta: - red van - blue japanese car (R31) - gillnetter boat - palmtrees - beach hut - minfig design - RENDERING and final edit Dayes: - black sportscar - yellow 4x4 (Jeep) - Restaurant - water - wooden pier - rockwork - LAYOUT and arrangement
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    Minifig-scale cars

    just get a flickr account and share them with the link here into the text, super easy!
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    Lego Speed Champions vs Modulars (scale)

    yeah, good thinking - with larger buildings the scale factor gets smaller and it looks way more suited together!
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    Lost when coming back to Lego 30 years later

    Could you state which topics in moccing interest you? Is it cars in technic? This guy makes amazing Technic cars he is also a nice guy to talk with, he might give you some insights etc...
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    Lego Speed Champions vs Modulars (scale)

    To perhaps answer all questions since i've spent years trying to figure it out: No, they dont fit in and a Speed Champion shouldnt really be near a modular, i can only agree to that fact with SollX. Yes, a minifig is unproportionate and squeezing them into a 6 wide is certainly possible, hell i even get them inside a 5 wide, but the result is far from "amazing" and its better to either try to just fit one figure or none at all if you want a working layout. None at all? Yes, cause if you scale everything after a minifig height of 1,65 to 1,80 m, you can rest assured that ANYTHING in your layout will work together BUT you may only fit in one fig (if you are less strikt) or like i said, none at all. Fun fact: If you look at old lego sets from the 70ies to 90ies - note how the cars are SMALL? even so small they dont fit figs in the 70ies? Back in a day the Creators of those sets knew that if you build a car for a minifigure, it would be about impossible to fit the minifigure in. But they went with that anyway for the sake of scale! Today they sacrifice scale for the play factor, which is understandable from a Toy manufacturer. if you look at this picture you may think "funny, its waaaay too small" - and now imagine you are the guy standing next to it, would it really be too small? No, its lower in height than the minifig and the overall sizing is reasonable for a vintage car. The car wheels are not higher than the figs hip - just go outside, stand next to a car and check the wheel size next to yourself. I promise, you will be amazed! this odd little set is way better scaled and more true to minifig than anything that was offered to us from TLG in the last decades! Sounds ridiculous, but its the truth. Now, if you want a good layout - and that statement goes beyong lego/bricks etc into model making in general - make sure you have everything in the same scale "key" or at least not too far off that "scale key"! Result: Speed champions are even themselves ill proported, but if you want to use them, you'd literally have to increase the size of everything else surrounding them (buildings) to make it look "right". But thats perhaps a not so great decision and very costwise Proposition to anyone with that scale issue: Build your own cars! You guys are grownups with bricks at hand. Be creative! Dont even bother using the sets and things TLG throws at you. Those are toys and safe for playing, but if you are just a tiny bit a serious builder and want it to look "real", make smaller cars and use smaller wheels. Thats actually the answer to all scaling problems one might have with modulars and trains and so on. As soon as you neglect the "urge" to fit in figs into your cars, the buidling of literally anyhting will begin to be easier and allow A LOT MORE DETAIL! In my opinion the detail is more important than fitting in figs! And it should be if you consider how detailed modular buildings are. If you mixmatch a detailed building with a less detail ill proported chunky big car you create an unharmonic system. If you have no problem with that, ok sure why not. But if you really want to top your layouts up a notch, start building! You can also say: its just LEGO, aint perfect, why even bother? Well, that kinda attitude wont solve any of the issues. You cant get right 100% with everything, but at least trying to get to 90% plus should be any AFOLs goal if you want some great looking MOCs and layouts. here a few examples of how small and detailed you can actually build: VW Sharan/ Ford Galaxy /Seat Alhambra by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Nissan 300 ZX by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Modular context, sundown by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr Town layout by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr For those who desperately need the figs in the cars, i can only advise you to check out "DeMarcos" builds - More Detail, better size and proportion and true craftsmanship whilst being easily buildiable with not too many bricks!
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    "automobiles" for train layouts ... 5+ wides?

    Indeed, the width in smaller scales is an issue making it hard to build any vehicles fitting figs in properly, but if you accomondate the width its actually far worse imo, since then the figs dont just look "too wide" but small aswell. There will always be a "too widish" appeal to them in any scale, thus having at least the height more in the "western world" average heights (175 cm with hairpiece), it will only be "one" flaw to their design. The Thing with trains is (or at least i guess) that they vary a lot in sizes also depending on gauges. I personally think 1/42 to 1/44 to be the best scale range, making the figs average high in height, which sets most trains i googled (european) to 8,5 wide. So from there it might be practical issues if you decide to go 8 or 9 (or even do the exact 8,5 somehow with SNOT), but i dont think that 8 wide is based on practical reasons alone. Or is it a known fact around here that trains should be 10 wide? Do you have some pics or a flickr account displaying some of your 10 wides next to figs so i can get a complete picture of your scaling thoughts? I also did an 8 wide next to the 5 wide (which would perhaps be my minimum with of train cars for future builds in my scale). 5/6 wide cars to 8 wide trains by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr
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    "automobiles" for train layouts ... 5+ wides?

    First thank you all for your amazing lots of feedback into this topic, nice to see the discussion/input getting along! If i have the chance i will post a few more 5 wides next to trains soon.... Dont have time to quote you all, but i did read em and will conclude some of my thoughts in the following quotes ;) Yeah, that would be quite something - allthough i believe with a bunch of people all agreeing to a certain scale that shouldnt be a problem. Didnt hear about that with the train modelers since i knew they had lots of different scales to buy from, but perhaps the cars wont be too "unseen" then... About the sizing depending on "what is larger to what is smaller" - i think thats like the best idea if you really want figs fitting at least in some of the vehicles. I think that works out great in the links provided!! Actually a good point to start from there - since its the only constant factor in this case. However, what tells you the gauge is great in scale when compared to the minifig height? Perhaps assuming that a minifig is 175 cm high irl (average height), a minifig scale might need a different gauge alltogether - Some very serious math you did there aswell. I personally strongly believe that TLG intended the whole minifig world to be around 1/42 - 1/45 in scale when inventing the minifig. Especially if you look at their early era 4 wide cars fitting no figs inside at all and especially the still used bicycle mould from 1985. If you measure their diameter compared to an average real life bicycle, you will eventually end up in that scale range. Same goes for the old motorbike mould or 2x2 stud wheels (tiny turbo diameter) in total. Compared to real life, thats about the size of a tire when you look at it height wise. As for the gauge, the european 1435mm is the closest it gets (according to 1/43 ., 4 studs = 1333mm, so the lego gauge is actually too narrow). But not by far, so it definately works.... Yes and no really, just cause the minifigs proportions are odd, doenst mean you cant scale or will always encounter "trouble". You need to choose either going with the minfig width or the minifig height. If you do both, only then it will get messed up. I am very fond of going by minifig height only. Keeps everything small and realistically looking in proportion to human height (which does matter more than width imo since our perspective of surrounding is rather height biased). But indeed, fitting the figs is a real bummer! Definately the correct math and very good example - but perhaps the fig relevance does get kinda lost here. I mean, how many 5 feet tall people do we see - (not meant in a discriminating way!) - its possible, but not very realistic. In that case one might also consider building figs with bricks to accomondate the scale to the correct human heigt. 1/38 is still in a good looking minifig fashion, but technically speaking - when going with 10 wide trains, the figs do look a lil tiny....especially given their width which then additionally creates the illusion of even smaller height. Must not bother ones layout really since its mainly about the trains, but the issue certainly is there ;) Nice demonstration of scaling btw! cheers!
  14. Hey there, i usually dont post in this forum (being an automobile builder mainly), but i just couldnt help but notice... I do see many layouts where Train Mocs and City sets are assembled together (obviously out of practical reasons). But the thing is, that it seems totally out of scale and relation to each other, not? Now i know some here really take their train scaling to an extreme level of detail and even apply a proper mathematical scale to them (especially 7 to 8 wide fraction). Yet, from my perspective adding City set vehicles or even Speed Champions into the same layout is kinda a bummer when it comes to size relations. It just makes the trains look small After trying out a few train cabs from 6 to 8 wide and comparing them to set vehicles and most 6 wide cars, it simply screams for the automobiles to be smaller in height, length and width. Cause actually most vehicles are oversized compared to the trains - it makes em somewhat "alien" to the whole display - IMO. Having lived through the 9V era, i think that even to this very day any 4 wide automobile will eventually look more true in scale to the layout than any 6 wide ever could. Since the Train widths (offical Lego scale) havent changed, yet their City vehicle scale did, why not go back to the roots a bit more? ;) 4 wides in displays these days are quite rare and tend to look plain, so perhaps something in between? I personally find that 5 wide is a good scale to work upon for standard automobile vehicles, since no matter if 6,7 or 8 wide trains, it simply passes as being in the same "universe" somewhat - just by being "smaller". One might think the detail is getting lost with a smaller automobile scale, but actually, using some of the professional train techniques people use on their Train MOCs, i personally figured that its possible to have the cars "as good looking and detailed" as their counterparts on rails....or at least i believe so^^ Here a supercar example in 5+ wide compared to an offical SC car on a flatbed cargo wagon compared to the "scaling" of the Emerald Express Train Cab. I personally think it blends in better with the allready small 6 wide trains (or 7 wide aswell)...thoughts? Cars and trains - the scale issue. by Ron Dayes, auf Flickr
  15. Indeed, can only agree on that one. Lowering these to city scale is definately a must for any serious joint layout of all types of vehicles. This line is the best yet - part wise the mustang and the ford wrc (man, that has like 3 pairs of the new slope and 2 pairs of the wedge tiles) are a real joy to see. Will be excellent "slaughter for parts" material to finally get some cars done in dark blue and dark green colours. Also a few more neon green parts on the porsche... Now if they would make the minifig head brackets in more colours, we'd have pretty much all that we asked for the recent years... Looking forward to your guys mocs on flickr;)