DeanLearner

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  1. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Snap! Yes I’d like to make a separate Science and Technology museum that somehow incorporated Classic Space colours without looking wildly out of place from the rest of the era of the rest of the modular series (maybe vaguely Bauhaus inspired). I’ve got various bits from 21302 (Big Bang Theory), 21312 (Women of NASA), and 60077 (Space starter set), plus a few others to fill out the exhibits. No idea when I might have a chance to do this though, or how I’d find the space for it though! Mainly focussing on modding existing modulars when I do have the chance.
  2. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I like the sound of this! From my perspective I think the biggest reason why NHM has been a bit underwhelming (based on pictures/initial reviews) is that it feels a little too sparse inside. Although there were aspects I didn’t quite like, what was so fun about AS was the density of interest, both in terms of building detail and Easter Eggs from prior modulars. While the exterior of NHM was bound to be fairly plain (and if anything I think they’ve overdone it - the statues add little); what I think it needed was a far more densely filled interior. Not a modular, but the Old Fishing Store had such a wow-factor because of how packed it was. I wouldn’t have wanted something that busy in NHM, but could imagine how much fun it would have been if they had maybe narrowed down the theme (E.g. removing the science stuff) and made it more a “Lego history museum” full of references to old historic themes. I’ve been collecting historical minifigures for years (mostly CMFs) and plan to try to include some sort of waxworks figures/diorama section.
  3. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Thanks for the link. I really like Brick Architect; I think Tom generally has some of the most insightful analysis of sets. Really interesting to see some of the precursor designs. I like the shapes in the design above, though you can see how the Neo Classical look isn’t really the best fit for a jazz club. Interesting that olive green was recurring part of the initial designs, and that the medium azure was a later addition. I’m a little bit sad that they didn’t follow through on the neon sign though. Could have looked stunning in something like trans dark pink (or even better if Lego still did some of the fluorescent trans colours).
  4. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Here are some Studio renders of some mods to the Jazz Club. The first shot is obviously the original version, for comparison. The main changes are: - Medium blue for the ground floor of the club - Colour swaps for the facade of the pizzeria (plus addition of a shop sign) - Additional navy for the club signage - Variation of 1x1 tile colours to give a more authentic/random look of rusticated brick - Decluttering of the street front, with the table moved to the pizzeria roof I also made up an alternative with sand green for the club ground floor. I thought I might prefer this (with the club then also mirroring the colours of the Italian flag), but am not as taken with it as I’d expected.
  5. DeanLearner

    40586 - Moving Truck GWP

    Great work, thanks! I’m assuming all the furniture should fit in the van, but it looks incredibly tight. Did the Studio build make that any clearer?
  6. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Oooo just seen the leaked photos. That is actually quite nice.
  7. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Huh - how does that serve as a tie-in or incentive to buy the Jazz Club? Unless it’s a simultaneous Home Alone tie in, and includes a band (with John Candy) in the back.
  8. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Currently part way through building the set in Stud.io: The colours never come out perfectly, but this is the ground floor of the club in medium blue. I have also swapped out some of the black in the sign for navy (according to part availability). I’ve made some colour swaps for the pizzeria to more faithfully match the sort of neo-classical style, and exchange some of the black for lighter/warmer colours. There are two variations of the pizzeria, one with the original white trim around the windows, one with it in the pale yellow. I was worried that two much white would make it look a little too all-white when the side wall is covered up, but I think design is a little too plain when it’s all in yellow.
  9. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I agree the Jazz Club looks good, though may be a bit repetitive depending on which other buildings you place it alongside. Not a fan of the grey pizzeria but I am planning to do the same with the columns in white. Judt out of curiously, given how many bricks you’re going to have to replace, will you buy the original set or just BrickLink the whole thing?
  10. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Yeah I think that Police Station is actually even one modular that looks pretty good next to Downtown diner (on the newspaper vendor side), as the recessed facade allows the white section of DD to look suitably prominent. At least that’s what I’m hoping! DD is still sat in my attic, waiting to be built.
  11. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Got to say I disagree with your conclusion there. A central part of the charm of the modular series is the ability to immediately chain together several of the sets together to give a detailed and eclectic, but also coherent, street scene. While I’m sure there will be some who display modulars individually, I expect that most would (means allowing) want to place several modulars together. On that basis, I think we’ve tended to see some revisionism in people’s opinions of modulars, as they’ve gone from first impressions to trying to integrate buildings within layouts. While I personally like what DD did individually, there is no doubt that it is tricky (but not impossible) to place it alongside other modulars without looking too odd. The same also goes for BH to a certain extent. Ironically, I think that from a silhouette/overall shape perspective, JC is reasonably easy to integrate, I just think that it’s the colour choices that make it a L more difficult (though I’m in the dark red, rather than navy, camp). Conversely, and in answer to @Captain Settle’s question, I think that Police Station is by far the most versatile modular still available (and perhaps in general). There is enough variation in both style and colour that it doesn’t make other modulars look either too boring or outlandish, and I would say that you can easily split the bookshop and have it look good on either side of PS (house next to the doughnut shop), and then Parisian restaurant next to Birch Books itself.
  12. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    That looks pretty good. The lower height of the pool hall/detectives office fits in nicely with the pizzeria. In terms of architectural style, I think the doughnut shop from PS may be a better fit on that side. I think that Corner Garage may work quite nicely next to the Jazz Club (though there is a chance they may be too close in appearance).
  13. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    From what’s been released so far they look to be an entirely different scale to the modulars. If there is to be a specific Jazz Club GWP then it’s going to have to be a significant improvement.
  14. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Wow, good work! It’s really interesting to see that alternative. I do like the light tan for the upper floors of the Jazz Club and it helps to make the sign stand out (I agree that leaving it navy without including at least some navy accents elsewhere in the design was a major oversight). I guess one problem is that tan has been used quite commonly for both MOCs and official modulars, and so it risks repetition. Ultimately I plan to keep the dark red, and try to make it work; partly because I agree that it’s a pretty uncommon colour within the modulars, and partly because it would be far too expensive (and colour options may be limited by part availability). Grey for the pizzeria really doesn’t work. The style of building most fits a pale or pastel colour. I think the light yellow works well, but would look better by replacing the medium nougat around the windows with yellow, but making the pillars white.
  15. DeanLearner

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I think bright red would run into the same problem in standing out too much from the other colours. A more balanced solution would be a pastel tint, one of the sand tones, or one of the earth shades (though two dark colours would likely be too much). I have the bricks to try medium blue and sand green; I think the latter may look best.