Angeli

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  1. Hi, what is the largest LEGO fantasy diorama in the world? Largest by width and length, not height (so largest by the number of baseplates) What is the largest fantasy diorama that you know? I want to build one, and I need the data to know My plan was 12x12 48x48 baseplates, but I can change that
  2. Angeli

    Largest fantasy castle diorama?

    the Staer Wars one is done by frined from RLUG RoLug, from Romania, literary week or two ago :) Check their facebook page :) to actually make it bigger then theirs diorama only needs to be 18x18 :) which is 324 baseplates I was thinking of making 12x12 as a first thought, but second option was 40x8 (48x48) (that is more than 15 m long), for easier displey build --- Regarding LOTR one (not really LOTR but ok, "inspired by", but they put everything inside, on 0:10 you can clearly see Palace Cinema modular, with all modern stuff on it (lower right corner)) they are hugely blowing up their numbers. that surface they say they have is around 1326 baseplates. If they really used 150 million of pieces, than each baseplate would have 113.000 bricks. If the use only 1x1 plates to build everything (and they didn;t seen from video), as one baseplate has 48x48 studs = 2304 studs, it would mean the whole diorama would be lifted by 49 plates (which is little more trhan 16 cm high) I have A LOT of experience with dioramas, and I estimate 1/100 of what is mentioned was used, so around one and a half million bricks. Also, it is not all LEGO, and not all real lego, but copycat products (check on video 0:10 that statue is not LEGO) 0:41 those flags are not original LEGO, but that is ok I still find the whole build impressive and like it, and even thought it could be that not everything is LEGO, this can be my Nemesis :D ...so 1440 baseplates would be biggest fantasy castle diorama 60x24 48x48 that means my diorama needs to be by 22.8 m x 9 m It would cost me around 140.000 eur, and I would need 12-24 months to build it
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    Largest fantasy castle diorama?

    I have already did 12x12 dioramas, here is one of them: And 12x12 isn't set in stone - I can go wider and longer, but every row adds 12 more baseplates, which is a nice costs adding :) So I would like it to be the biggest one, but just barely :)
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    Largest fantasy castle diorama?

    wow, tnx, it looks great :) 306 32x32 is equivalent of 136 48x48 ((306/9)x4) Anyone knows a bigger one?
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    Largest fantasy castle diorama?

    the price and the exhibiting space are not the factor. What I need is the size of the largest fantasy diorama , or at least largest you or other AFOLs know But if you are interested, here is calculation: around 20.000 - 24.000 eur is what I have planed to set aside for this project. this includes almost 2m dragon in the middle, and up to 3m tall towers. Displeyd on events all around the Europe, starting from September. 12x12 with circle of 2 baseplates deep under the table, so 80 more (224 all together). when I do dioramas I count around 100 eur per baseplate to be good, 200 eur per baseplate to be amazing, this includes everything
  6. Hi, I have a short question - how sturdy is Eifell tower set 10307 ? Can I mount it on the wall horizontaly, if I put metal bar trough the middle? I don;t have it, and I;ve never seen it in person, so I have no clue how sturdy it is, especially when rotated by 90 degrees angle tnx
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    sturdines of Eifell tower set 10307

    actually, I am building a spherical spaceship, and I wanted to mount 8 of towers in different directions But now when I;ve read your comments, I am going to scrap that idea
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    [MOC] Rivendell

    Thank you, I've built several elfish looking dioramas, great for strolling, check this out: the best thing is - all these creation exist in the same time - and you can check them standing one near the other :)
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    [MOC] Rivendell

    This is my 4x4 (48x48) moc Rivendell More pictures and other LEGO related stuf can be found on my instagram profile @Beokocka (link) The model for size is my greatest little helper and also my 4 years old son, Aleksandar, future star of AFOL community, if he choose to go that way :) For now, he practically lives in my building studio :)
  10. This is 3.15m high tower made on a 1 48x48 baseplates, without any non-LEGO elements (excluding LED lights) This was a test run for 12m long (6m wide, 4m tall) Warhammer 40k ship I am building (in diferent colors:) It is almost impossible to tip the tower. You would need to hit it - and it would just bend where you hit it. Even the top is so secured, it can't fall of. I have a rule that none of my moduls is larger than 1 48x48 baseplate in surface, and taller than 60 cm - which means there are 5 modules here, and antenne on top. Also, rule for exhibits: if it doesn;t fit the closed box - it doesn;t go to event :) This rule was actually made by my fellow AFOLs from club, who had enough stress of carring my large stuff when helping me transport and setup :) This rule has made it possible for me to pack, transport, unpack and setup 2000 baseplates by my self in just a couple of days, as, while I build, I plan how it is fastes to be setup, with as little extra job as possible The 12 m Emperor class ship will be like that - two people setup, within 8 hours. It will be around 1-1.5 tons of weight, with 200 m of LED strip in it :) here are few pictures how it was setup, and person (180cm) for size In addition, I am attaching few pictures of support towers that go together with this creations, making it into 4x4 diorama :) The model is my greatest helper, also my 4 years old son Aleksandar, who is night and day in my studio and probably knows better then me which bricks I have :) I used NEXO knight minifigs as space marines, and I am especially proud of my death korps of Krieg soldiers and my battle sisters minifigs :) You can find more on my instagram page @Beokocka (link)
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    [MOC] Warhammer 40k Tower 3.15m high

    :) Nobody was banned so long than un-banned from Eurobricks :) I think 5 years? In Serbia, I could unalive someone and leave prison faster :)
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    [MOC] Warhammer 40k Tower 3.15m high

    Hey, hi :) You remembered :) watch this :) 4000 Elves army :) 12x12 48x48 :)
  13. Angeli

    [MOC] Rivendell

    thank you :) No, I just got lights for the Rivendell set, but the set was expensive, so I built one myself using bricks i have, trying to preserve the size of it, so I can fit lights in it - than I just started building around it :)
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    [MOC] Avatar

    Hi, this is my 4x4 (48x48) Avatar moc :) More pictures on my Instagram profile @Beokocka (link)
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    PaB content

    I have a friend that is willing to take a trip and buy me dozens of cups from PaB, LEGO® Store Vienna SCS, but I can;t find content of the wall online, and he can do only one trip, so I need to know the contgent in advance Is there a site with relativly up to date content of Pab in this store? I have found several sites, but they updated 2022 latest. Thank you
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    PaB content

    can;t do that. I am buying lot of cups, I need to plan beforhand, to see what I can use that is on the wall, it iwll be couple of thousand eur order - can;t be thinking while he is standing there. I know the content of thw wall can change in the meantime, but most of it will stay, as my experience says I have gone trough EVERY single possible solution, PaB inventory is the only suitable, so please, if someone has info about link to site or Youtube contenct creator (there was one german speaking one, but I can;t find him), do send me the link here. tnx
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    PaB content

    Yes, that is what I meant when I said it was last updated in 2022 Maybe there is some Youtuber that does content on this topic? or some other site?
  18. Hi, can anyone help me with new color names on Bricklink? I;ve read Bricklink replaced "flesh" as a name, but I can;t figure out what are new names for these colors: Dark medium flesh dark flesh flesh it is pretty urgent Thank you
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    Urgent - color info

    thank you :)
  20. I have an update :) I will make a larger post with lots of pictures sometimes, but for now, take a look at future 7x5 Coral Reel (link to Instagram and more pictures, also link to largest version)
  21. I like building big with LEGO bricks :) What is actually "Big" is subjective, but for me, if it doesn't fit the house - it is big :) Check out 5m Millennium Falcon (link) or world's largest Notre Dame (link), Sword Coast (link), Suldanessellar (link) and similar (Eurobricks is the only place I post my mocs directly, so you can find a lot here :) I would like to present my latest build, Coral Reef, and speak a little bit about the future, and building 7x5m large Coral Reef from LEGO bricks I would also like to make this post highly educational, so you will be threated to some facts about Coral Reefs in blue color, and also some facts inside normal text (link) I love building aquariums from LEGO bricks (they are without water, of course:) and I have special love in my hearth for Coral Reefs. Did you know that 25% of all marine species live on coral reefs? And yet Coral Reefs are less than 1% of living surface of the sea I was inspired by Siercon& Coral's build, and many that followed - building world that is alive, changing on every step, with animals that are diverse and literary different under every rock, in every cave - it was something that brought me a lot of joy. Being scuba diver for decades (I started diving when I Was 18, I am 43 now), especially loving extreme diving (night diving, ice diving, night ice diving :) and being in love with the sea, above and under surface, building underwater dioramas were source of lot of enjoyment for me. t (link) Siercon& Coral's - moc On a side note, I love coral reefs, and there is a good chance my 2 year old kid will not see them, as they could cease to exist by the time he is able to dive. Global warming, acidity of the sea, rise of CO2, pollution and other factors are ecology issues we should seriously think about, not just for us, but for our kids also. I am hoping this project will be another drop in the sea of activity which will raise awareness about the world we are about the loose, both the beauty of it, and its importance for our survival. Did you know that corals clean the water by feeding? Water is always amazingly clear near coral reefs First I made 1x2 (48x48) aquarium, where I used every single notable themed bricks (basic, technics, duplo, Galidor, clikits and similar). This will be part of the large 7x5 Coral Reef I am preparing, and it was my first test run. Galidor heads make for such a great Moray Eel - for me, one of the most dangerous creatures I have encountered, and I have dived with 2.5m sharks in open water, and one of them brushed on me, caught on tape. Why? Moray Eel in not poisonous per se, but she is a vulture, and her mouth if full of bad bacteria. Also, when she bites, she roles like a corkscrew - making wound so hard to heal. I once came into face to face with one who had a head big as a horse - and she was not alone. Notice clikits parts on flowers (yellow technics stem) (link) Did you know that not buying souvenirs made from corals can actually help preserve them. Other great way to contribute is not stepping on them or breaking them - they are amazing to take picture of, and not touching them helps preserving them. "Take nothing except pictures, and leave nothing but love and bubbles" :) Then I made 2x4 (48x48) Coral Reef, to date, my favorite creation. In there, I incorporated hundreds of animals, some original, some made from bricks. My idea was to introduce so many life in it, that you could spend hours going around display, always seeing something new - just like in the real Coral Reef. There are so many crabs and other arthropods, snails and other creatures crawling on the sand and rock, and hundreds upon hundreds of fish. If LEGO made a fish as an animal, you can see it in there (link) But my favorite part is vegetation's on the sea floor, and coral strains. So much life, and so many ways to use uncongenial bricks to show that :) I also incorporated a lot of trans neon green and trans neon orange parts, but more on that later. I use blue light (black light makes neon bricks to shine stronger, but dims all other colors, blue light allows them to be seen, while neon still is intensified. Check out the pictures, and let us talk about the parts I used: I used a lot of modern ghost lower part of bodies (legs) to make complex shapes, adding flower stems in strange colors to mimic coral polyp tentacles - same thing is amazingly achieved with the crown introduced in Angry Birds sets. All types of fire brick in all possible colors are my main source of seaweed. Also, building seaweed from mostly transparent (light blue) bricks and adding just one solid part made them look aerie in blue light, almost like alive Clickits flowers make amazing anemones, when combined with solid color minifig heads :) I used hundreds of "Mission on Mars" rigged tubes, but more on them later. Good thing about them is that they randomly bend, so with them the build gets more natural look I loved using technics masks and body parts for mimicking huge crustaceans Clickits hand bands when grouped together make amazing corals - I think I had bought everything you could find on the bricklink, as no one was using them in such amounts, except Bart de Dobbelaer. They are amazing, and one can never have too many of them - goes for any clikits part, actually :) I know a (pretty amazing) guy who has a (pretty amazing) wife who has 70 kg of clikits :) That is happiness right there :) Another amazing AFOL, Eilonwy77 (Katie) developed lovely technique for bending creations made from 1x2 plates and bunch of 1x1 round plates - this allows for larger, more robust anemones. Spikey Galidor legs also make the same thing, when arranged in circle The little blue brush from the truck that cleans the streets is a must, and when combined with round plates changing the height, they make lovely sea floor I was very careful to present life in caves different from life outside the caves, so you can feel the difference when watching it, making it more realistic. Many of plants and animals can be found only in caves, some only hanging upside down :) 1x1 brick modified with four studs, one on each side is great tool for this type of build Manta Ray is probably the largest aquatic animal I have seen in person - she was so big, I thought the grass was moving, when I was suiting up for the dive, and she was skulking beneath. They have intelligence of the cat, and are extremely curious - This big one came to me, exploring, and I was able to do some macro pictures of her eye - I don't think I have ever seen something so complex and alien, but also mesmerizing and beautiful - the most beautiful thing I have seen during a night dive was a cuttlefish, she was floating like UFO, with her lateral fins moving in waves, and colors changing - it was surreal Coral Reef is full of eggs - some are in the grass, some are beneath a rock and some are on the ceiling of a cave - we don't always know what made them, but my moc is full of them I was lucky to find a seller with hundreds of seashell headgear from Pirates of the Caribbean, they were extremely cheap and affordable and I took them all. I use wanted list and notify system a lot when bricklink is in question, and if certain factors come up (part, price, quantity, location) I get notify same second, and I tend to react fast. Good use of notify and wanted lists are core of strange and unusual parts usage, when large quantities are in question. Some fish, like duplo and basic yellow fish from little mermaid (named Flounder, although he is not really a flounder, but yellow-blue tropical fish :), they have silly large human eyes - so I turn them with their back to the viewer, and usually facing a wall of dense vegetation, so they can't be seen from other side And when the blue light gets switched on, magic begins - look at the pictures: Did you know that almost all corals need warmth and sunlight to grow? Although, almost all, there are those living in 4°C and 2km undersurface, relying only on food they gather, with no photosynthesis. Now I am building 4x8 (48x48) Coral Reef I am using thousands of trans neon green antenna, pearl gold wheels from Disney princess, and alien brain headgear from ufo attacks, mimicking sponges. I am also incorporating thousands of coral fish from sea exploration Friends themes, and note that coral color is behaving same like trans neon colors under the blue light. I use technics to provide me with stability and shapes and leaves to provide me with holes for tentacles Note that this is just a test run - I have to tear everything down to add sand and rocks The green things you see are just temporary holders for the upper level, meaning everything you see is within a cave :) Notice handful of Demogorgon heads from Stranger Things :) They fit so nicely in underwater diorama :) Did you know that there are 240.470 species in the sea, in the World Register of Marine species, but that is only small part of actually marine species that we have not discovered yet, and new species are added on daily basis? And here is my plan: During November 2021 - April 2022 I am going to build the world's largest LEGO made aquarium - 7x5m in size. At the moment, if I am not mistaken, the world record is held by Warren Elsmore and his creation 7x5m will be the complex in which the visitor will be able to enter: it will be closed from 3 sides, with pvc screens printed with real coral reefs photos from both sides and inside, all through the walls will be one long line of baseplates with creations on a continuous table. From the table to the ground there will be printed pvc screens also. In the middle there will be 8x4 (48x48) table with creation in glass display, again, from table to ground will be printed pvc screens. On the ceiling (the whole construction is like a tent with flat roof) there will be 1:1 scale of various fish hanging, with octopus tentacles in one corner, giant turtle in the other, and similar, suspended to the roof construction. Lights: there will be several types of lights: - normal white led lamps, that will be light for maintenance and setup - Blue LED strips in the corner of glass displays (that will have all sides transparent). The LED strips will shine away from visitor, so taking pictures will be possible, and no lights will go into eyes. Blue LED will also make all the trans neon green and trans orange green (and coral red) colors shine and glow - LED diodes inside creation - I love using Mars tubes in my creations, I have couple of hundred of them (there is an anecdote when I received several hundred of them in a box from Bricklink seller from USA, he put them in a TV box and send it with regular papers with true value (which were similar to that TV set :) Customs officials opened the box, saw bunch of plastic ribbed pipes in it - and decided that I was subject of a fraud, and didn't charge anything - and VAT here is 20% and customs tax 10% :) It was a pleasant surprise :) Anyway, I will put one LED lamp in each of them - imagine the effect in dark :). There are many other parts, that are opaque or semi opaque, that will benefit from LED lights inside or around them. I desire to make it magical - like the real sea floor is at night Did you know that sea is more alive during the night then during the day? More creatures are active then. - Caustic imitators - there are lights for clubs that imitate caustic (caustic is reflection of sun rays on the bottom of the ocean). They are from 100 to couple of thousands of EUR, but for such a small space (7x5m) the smallest one will do. This will give illusion that we are under the surface. The reflector will be mounted on the celling construction. The ceiling will be metal construction with pvc screen, only in pitch black color inside and white on the outside (in case we exhibit outside) - There will be extra light from a large screen, where marine life will be displayed, and a msg from someone with a nice voice, narrating about ecology, marine life and beauty of the sea. Did you know that Corals are actually animals, not plants. Coral reefs are the largest biologically originated structures on Earth. Water - I desire to implement water, but water has several issues: - it makes residue (hard water, the one we usually use in taps or drink) - In the case of breakdown and spillage it makes a mess - closed systems are heavy for transport, and open systems that one can refill are not as secure The solution of residue is using demineralized water, it is available everywhere and can be bought in almost every supermarket. Solution to possible spillage mess is bolting the container to the table, and also suspending it to the ceiling of display Solution for transport is open system and being extra careful while setting it up. And here is the idea - I desire bubbles. So I will make one-piece beaker that will be closed on all sides except on two holes: one for tube that will pump air, and second for that air to get out. This will reduce the dust and particles gathering in it. The beaker will be bolted to the table with removable bolts, so it can be dismantled, but it will be (I hope:) impossible to tip them and spill them. They will be 1m tall and as small of radius as possible, 10cm is just right. The pump will be suspended on the ceiling of the display (In case there is power shortage, if it was under the level of table water would spill, solution for that is special pump that has protection, but it is more expensive, and it can malfunction and water mixed with dust that always find way into display would be VERY hard to remove, especially after some time). Tube will go from the pump into the beaker to the bottom, where air will leave it and float back to the surface - just like in the real aquarium. In case I desire to put more of this crafts in diorama, I will use stronger pump or silent compressor. Did you know that we have explored less than 5% of the ocean? Mid Ocean Ridge is under the water, 65.000 long, and it is less explored then surface of the Mars. Animals: - in last few years I have been gathering marine life animals, whenever I get a chance or have extra funds - 10 stingrays here, 20 sharks there, 10.000 plain fish here (opportunity arrived:) And although I have been using that plain fish for other projects, plenty are left for Coral Reef - brick built animals are my favorite. Especially snails, using large Power Miners drills from snail houses - Coral red - this is the color that has same glow when subjected to black light or blue light as trans neon colors. And there is variety of sea animals that are being produced (Friends theme started it). These two boxes hold several thousand of coral colored animals, a gift from friend, someone who loves diving as much as I do, and loves idea of raising awareness regarding importance of Coral Reefs Did you know that shark teeth are not actual teeth, bus scales, and that is why they grow back when lost? Did you know that sharks kill 20 people per year, and people kill almost 12.000 sharks per hour? Who is the monster here? Did you know what is the most cruel fate in the sea? Being hunted by Harlequin shrimp, and being a sea star - Although shrimp can be 100 times smaller, they will turn the star so the starfish can't run away, and slowly eat it - and feed it at the same time, so the star stays alive longer. Truly nightmarish fate, right? Especially as starfish can regenerate. On the other hand, some star fish species are known to attack and destroy coral reefs, so there is some balance in the universe :) There is so much I would like to tell you about this, but post is as long as it is already. I will be glad to answer all question in thread, and any ideas that you have how to make it more beautiful, it will be wonderful to brainstorm about it
  22. man, this is one epic voyage :) Ok, I have some observations, being fromn the same country (de si, brate:), and having similar love for bricks, and I just made a LEGO studio, in a garage that is 14 m2, and have been building in it for few months. It is just first step, as workshop can never be made in a first step - there is always some ajustments, discarding things that sounded great but do not work, and adding things you need Lights: - I have noticed that I best work ("work" is when I have a deadline) with cold white lights (warm white and yellow lights (difference in Kelvins) make me sleepy - and when it is time to stop working, I have at least one light with one of those two colors, so it is easier to go home - I have six I believe 24W round ceeling LED panels - people say it is too much, bit I can honestly say I never had better lighting. And I put 2 by 2 on switch, so I can lower inbtensity if needed - but I never do, and in 99% of time when I build, day or night, I have all six of them turned on - ambience light is very important to me, so other then hymalayan lamp and lava lamp, I have blue LED strips behind most of surfaces (so they don;t shine in eyes). It is amazing for rest or quiet moment Storage: - I have 1 million of red, white and lbg 1x2 bricks and 10.000 of shades of purple, as well as a handfull of other colors - although the same type of brick, they can;t fit same containers. From my experiense, classers are not optimal solution, and mix of diferent size plastic containers work the best. I use transparent ones from Wobi House for most of my bricks that are not in mass quantities, Lidl black boxes for larger quantities, then Metro for larger and finally Curver "unbreakable" boxes for very large quantities of same brick. Truth be told I have one huge (I think 400 L) plastic barrel I use for extra large quantities (usually 2x4 brick). All of these containers can be storadged on a wall, and wall should be used top to bottom - the brick collection will grow with time, and even if there is free sapace, there are things to exhibit - exhibited things gather dust, unless in display Airflow, dust, smells - you have a window and a door - a perfect combination, so air can flow. For those who have only one entrance (door, usually), a large fan is a lifesaver, including for dust and smells - I have a rool that nothing exept legs touch the floor. Desks, shelves, everything is on legs - this makes cleaning easier. No carpets, nothing on the floor Sound - I like playing loud music, and having aadult ctivities in my LEGO room that are loud. Sound proofing your LEGO room is a good idea - especially if LEGO room is part of the apartment, where partner or kids can hear you making noize with bricks - and bricks make a lot of noize, especialy when searching or when a box with them falls on floor :) In your case, I would put several "produzni kabl sa uzemljenjem" sockets on a cable with groundind (this can;t be the right word:) under the table, especially near PC (laptop), speciall detachable gear for taking photographs (easy to attach to the wall), the shelf with a metal tree, I would pull it up to the cealing - you can leave one shelf free for displaying), and near the PC, drawers under the table (Still on legs, it is one whole). Drawes should be shallow (first two) and deep (second two). Ideal for registars, papers, office material and similar. I have two lineups, and they are not enough. Wheels - every single thing that you can put on wheels, you should - for rearanging, dust cleaning and similar It is such an inspiration watching your jurney and it is amazing how much you have done with so little space. Truth be told, I would feel more cousy in your basement LEGO room then in apartment - somehow apartment is place where partner (now kid in my case) Are whole day, and having an "AFOL cave" to retreat sounds great :) I also love the effort you have put in this presentation :) shows you care about us, and that you are willing to share - a true feat of an AFOL :) for that mater, you inspired me to do the similar thing and take pictures and write (20 pages in my case, people will love it (heh:) "how to" regarding my experiences :) Hopefully I will be able to see your LEGO room live one day :)
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    5m long Millennium Falcon

    Hi friends :) Long time no see Note that this is Eurobricks Exclusive - This is the first time I am posting pictures with story of the ship I made, although people had oportunity to see it on events, starting from middle of May 2021 :) I made 5 meters long Millennium Falcon, and here are some details: (link) (link) The whole construction took two months, one month for things you can see, and one month for things you can't see (under construction) The whole thing is divided into six large modules: the disk is divided on four, and mandibles are five and six. Initially there was no under construction, but I was in the middle of building one module, and it was already getting so heavy that bricks started to bend, that is when I realized I must have metal frame, especially if I planned to pose it. There is no wood on it, only metal and forex. Baseplates are connected together with bricks, then screwed to the under construction. Not a single drop of glue is used (I hate gluing bricks, I can't reuse them after) (link) (link) (this is not me on the picture, he is here for scale, I don't have a single picture with my ship, and will not, untill I can cross the border and travel restrictions are lifted) (link) The bottom was especially demanding, as gravity pulled everything, and bricks get heavy in such large areas - and there is 40+ square meters covered with bricks I was naive enough thinking that I will have enough bricks for such a large build :) it would turn out that 40+ square meters require many, many many bricks, and then some :) The good thing is that Millennium Falcon is "a rust bucket", with many vires and gadgets everywhere, so it was fun to build the surface of the ship - in truth, NOT making it symmetrical was my main issue, as somehow I lean into symmetry. This massive thing is built for exhibiting, meaning it can be dismantled in modules, packed and then assembled within few hours. Funny enough, almost no bricks fall of during transport - LEGO is a quality product, and plates have AMAZING clutch power - I actually made few extra covering modules, and needed to disassemble them for parts - it was a hard work, as plates hold like their lives depended on it :) I had 30 days to build it, and I was building about 6-8 hours per day, after my regular job. My young son Aleksandar helped me (he is now one year and nine months old :) I actually build VERY fast, if I am inspired, as I have a lot of experience and I can "feel" the brick when I put it, knowing if something is wrong just by feel or sound. Still, time was a factor, but also not the only one - finance was the second one: I wasn't sure if I had enough bricks, but I was sure I had no more money (and my girlfriend would denounced me if I spent any more on bricks :) This is actually theme for all of my builds: I make assumption of how much bricks I will need, I buy them - and if assumption is wrong, I have neither money nor time to buy more, and I have to improvise :) I had no time for cannons and radar, and I will be able to add them one restriction for travel are lifted in my country. I had an interesting idea for cockpit: I cut it where sliding doors were, and I made the rest as skeletal construction, with a place for LEGO set 75530 Wookiee large fig, which fits perfectly when sitting. This will also be added once I can travel again The whole moc was built on a 2x4 48x48 table (1x2m) and modules were handled in a 14 m2 workshop. I had to rent a large 200 m2 shop to put it together where it stayed for few days before shipping The Millennium Falcon is 5+m long and unofficially largest in the world, and in a few months it will be official, and also my second Guinness world record when LEGO bricks are in question (or anything else:) The moc needs 10 men to setup, and here is how: first we connect 4 disk modules one to another. Then we lift it (using very strong steel bars trough wholes in construction, that I later cover with LEGO), and put Styrofoam under it on 6 points. then one guy goes in the middle, and maneuvers it, while we lift one side then another, adding Styrofoam to reach the height. Then we add legs and slowly put it down. Two guys on each end of medal bar (so four of them), one in the middle, two on the other side, in case the construction starts to glide, one on mandibles, helping with balance and one running around and adding Styrofoam, legs and similar. Tenth person is working the barbeque (this is a must:) (link) (link) A friend asked me to build this for him, so I did. The process of planning and building was such a joy, and finding ways to hide all the wholes and do all the angles (and the whole ship is nothing but one big sum of trapeze), but it was lucky LEGO has a part that is also trapeze, and I measured the angle and then did almost everything so it fits in that angle (link) Few notes about detailes: the tubes are elastic, but I put metal wire in it, and then they become plastic (do not return in previous shape after bending). Other option would be to use heat, but I just can't put my bricks trough that. It is sacrilege :) (link) The space I worked in modules is my future workshop (now almost done:) The whole house is my future home, but I used it for building, even though it is totally in mess :) The connections are almost flawless, allowed by the angle of the brick, and making a full circle from it (link)(link) At one point, the roof in workshop started to leak - this is why there are toalet papers all over the ship :D (link) And here is my main schematic :) Don't judge, this is how I build :D Ship has a lot of details, that could be overlooked in such a wast surface. I really had fun plaing with pipes and all the junk on it. For instance, there are 10.000 metalic 1x2 grill plates. They have metalic shine when light reflects on them, and add to the "metal" feel of the ship. (link)(link) (link)(link)(link) So I built it in 30 days (60 if we count welding of metal), and the price would have been around 40.000 euro This includes bricks, baseplates, metal work (I hired a professional metalworker to do the frame), forex, transport (and every time I wanted to do something I needed to pay 10 guys to come and lift it), and people who helped with moving and packing for shipping to event. But the metal worker is also a club member and he worked for bricks, hugs and beer (like all people from my club do:), people who helped with lifting were also people from the club, and I already had more or less all the bricks needed. I needed to buy 200 extra baseplates, some hinges and some plates, and that is that. In reality, it was about extra 5000 to 6000 euro But keep in mind that I was preparing for this for a whole year, hoarding bricks, so actual price, if you want to build something like this, would be around 40.000 euro, in my opinion. Someone asked me why is it hollow - beacause it would be seven tons heavy if it had enterier :) I actually had to remove bricks to make it lighter, so we can handle it during assembling and transport The Millennium Falcon also has a hyperdrive tail that is 2m long, with lights, but there was no space on event to set it up. It was made from trans light blue bricks, and with a lot of blue LED strips in it The whole construction, when packed, together with packaging was around 1.5 tons. I had to measure like this for travel papers, and didn't had opportunity to measure just the ship. Keep in mind that 9-10 of us handling the ship when we lift it are extremely strong, mostly all former strongman or sportsman, and we were using leverage. All helpers know how to carry heavy objects, lift with legs (not backs) and similar. Imagine having a moc where way you lift it is important, so you do not hurt yourself :) Check it out how the modules were transported from workshop to workshop :D (link)(link)(link) Next on my list is 5m long Enterprise and 2x2x2m long Borg cube, with green LED strips and EL lights :) Summer 2022 :) This was non-profit, enthusiastic build done by one person within 30 days. Imagine that :) I am so proud, but I need a good year rest from building large strings again, especially now when I know how complicated it can be :) The ship itself is full of funny or personal messages inside, as friends who would come would draw on it (try explaining to a non AFOL that it doesn't matter that is bottom of baseplate, you need it clean :) because it is LEGO, and you don't mess with LEGO bricks :) There were many times I thought I wouldn't be able to do it, too short of a deadline, not enough bricks, modules not connecting, bricks falling apart, and things not fitting with each other. But, one challenge after another, when it was done - it was worth the effort As an extra note, I don't have a single LBG or DBG brick in my home left :) You can find pictures in better resolution on my Flickr account, but please note that I like to mix mild nudity with my creations, and if that is something that is not your cup of tea, don't go there :) (link) On a special note, the ship is swooshable :D You just need a team of friends to lift it :D (link) Here are few clips, please note that my youtube channel is non-profit, and almost all videos are unlisted (you can see them only if you have the link) frist clip: Enter the hangar: and following, my son Aleksandar being critical about my brick placement :)
  24. Angeli

    5m long Millennium Falcon

    thank you :) You live so close, come next time when we make Lugs United (hopefully 2022, if pandemic passes), every year there are fewe people from your country, and "hobby" enthusiasts are there too - every single one of them is an AFOL :) imagine that :)
  25. the perspective changes once you have children :) I got a boy 2 years ago, and my focus shifted from "I want to have amazing time here" to "I want him to have amazing time here" and that also presumes clean enviroment as a prerequisite Speaking with kids on events on this subject is amazing on events (or at least was, before pandemic). Most of them are aware of the concept of ecology (most, if not all), and are more then ready to give their own , meaning throw trash in garbage, recycle and similar - one can;t ask more from kids But discussion with adults is oposite, adults are mostly suprised with the bad state of our climate, they have no clue (they heards something somewhere, but they didn;t think it was "that bad"), they never recycle, and they have "this is just one small plastic bottle, it won't be a difference if I throw it in the park" attitude. The only way we can make an impact is if we all make some contribution, even a minimal one. Me, for example, do not drive a car. Imagine that, I never drive a car. If 10% of population in Western cities who drive did this - what kind of impact would it have? Well, 10% less CO2 and other bad materials cars emit. Btw not using a car impacts the amount of profits I make, but having less profit for cleaner future is acceptable (check my next paragraph) This was my main point of disagreement with The LEGO Company, as I wished they focused at least as much on ecological issues as they do on social issues (an ecology focused set would be amazing, nature is awesome and can be great inspiration - but really focused on ecology, not something with a tree), as they tak and talk, but shelves are full of sets where bricks are packed in disposable plastic bags. I buy a lot of LEGO, and every week, amount of plastic bags I throw away is suprising, to say the least. The solution would be to recall all sets untill other way of packaging is developed, but that would hurt profits, and profits are more important then the future of our kids - and that is, by definition, evil, someone who puts money in front of wel being of a child. The LEGO Company is working on a way to remedy this, and that is commendable and a step in right direction I shifted to gray and white in last couple of years, take a look: thank you for kind words :) I used to tell that the worst enemy of an AFOL is dust :) First, I never keep creations exhibited other then on events Second, on events, most of them are in displays, where they are protected from dust (and sticky fingers of adults and small fingers of kids who would like to touch, which would be fine, but mocs tend to break) But sometimes mocs are so big they don't fit inside displays. If they are flat, like mosaics, I use vacuum cleaner that has some kind of barier (female nylon sock does just fine). If I don;t have access to it (I usually do not), and creation was exhibited in a place where I don;t have displays, I use very strong hair dryer that is set on cold. I can go trough several baseplates in few swoops like that. It is interesting, almost nothing gets blown (when I build diorama, I build for transport, so there are no flimsy connections, and if there are, for beauty, I put them aside before blowing (like very tall trees and similar). Most dust goes on horisontal surfaces, meaning most is on the "ground" of diorama anyway Special note: I used to blow using just my mouth and lungs, but after tearing down 2000 m2 of event that was 3 months without display, I got really sick for a week, and I decided I needed an upgrade Sometimes the dust is there for so long it becomes sticky, or like you mentioned, there are spiderwebs involved and blowing air is not enough/ I use brushes then. First hair dryer thenbrush. I have several, from large, for wide surfaces, to very thin, to small places that bother me :) PAcking to protect from dust is something that is a must, but pack in boxes that open verticaly, check my post about custom made boxes (link)