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  1. The Tg (glass transition temperature) is around 105°C (221°F), but Lego recommends not exposing them to temps over 104°F: I have never overheated ABS plastic, but I suspect that the 1-2 micron tolerances in bricks are ruined in the heat seen in vehicles.
  2. I have around 200,000 bricks in my collection. Most are in sets that are put into Ziploc bags; the instructions and boxes are stored collapsed separately. The bulk bricks that I have are in large gallon Ziploc bags. I wound up with a bunch of cast off boxes from my old work years ago of dimension: 33.78 x 37.78 x 40.00 cm (~45L). If I pack the bricks into these until they are full, it takes about 20 boxes to hold the collection (I know because I moved recently). No idea what the weight is on that, but if you consider 10,000 pcs/45L of volume, that might give you a rough estimate. No idea on weight, although as some have said, bricklink has weights, and you might be able to add up set weights and such. Good luck!
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I was hoping for a portion of the building in minifig scale. While some, like Big Ben or the Statue of Liberty are not minifig sized, I was willing to buy them for parts, as the price per part was fine. For $500, unless the piece count is 8000+, it's not worth it to me. In my opinion, even London Bridge and Big Ben could be worthwhile as displays (like the architecture sets), but the Helicarier is not, since it should be a playable set but was not. I think a microscale Hogwarts will be a flop at that price tag personally. Good news for me: I'll take that money and buy multiple copies of the Great Hall for parts now.
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    [MOC]Guardyloo - Medieval sanitation

    Lego did make dark brown carrots in the Medieval Marketplace, and they were on the floor of the horse stables!
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    [MOC]Guardyloo - Medieval sanitation

    I like reading here on the forums, as it collects all the Flickr links for me. I check one website and get the links, rather than having to bookmark a bunch of pages and look through them individually for updates all the time. I don't know how other people do it. Thanks for posting,though, I love your work!
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    [MOC]Guardyloo - Medieval sanitation

    Once again, I am very impressed with your build! Not only have you pioneered new designs and techniques in your decorations, but you have chosen a subject that is also unique. Even all the more impressive since you are not in a LUG. I love it! Your builds have inspired me to think about the ways I build things and I am trying new techniques now. Awesome job! Please keep sharing your builds, this is great!
  7. I disagree. I think that the minidolls are just as unrealistic as the Lego minis, simply in a different way. Whereas the traditional minifigures are somewhat blocky and pixellated (kind of 8-bit looking), the dolls look like extra long, extra-tall heroin addicts. In my opinion, they are both as unrealistic as the other at different ends of the spectrum. Which is more realistic? Sponge-bob squarepants or Gumby? Neither if you ask me, but as people are pointing out, they appeal to different target audiences.
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    Survey: New parts and new colors

    A 75° double slope, with the slopes pointed inward, a la 3046a. 1x2 tile in trans green or trans dark green Cut a new mold for the cypress trees!
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    LEGO table advice needed

    I wanted a table that held my drawers and two 48x48 plates wide, plus a few inches extra. I bought a 3/4" sheet of plywood, cut it to size, and set it on a sturdy shop table frame, like this:!2966!3!56638277637!!!s!102629199717!&ef_id=WyLTIAAABGgRxEVw:20180614204208:s Probably overkill, but I found a used frame locally for $10. Depends on how sturdy you want it. I can stand on mine.
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    AoM Store Phase 1: Trading

    The rockwork is awesome! I like the details of vegetation and the flowering tree too--the color choices are great. The road wasn't super convincing for me at first, with the rectangles, but then when I thought of it as the remnants of an old paved road, it made a little more sense. If you were trying to convey that, you could try add in a few dark grey tiles, and maybe put a couple together in a staggered configuration like brickwork. I love the wagon and ox, too. Very nice little vignette!
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    My big castle project.

    How big of a structure do you want? For me, I wanted to build something big, so I tried several prototypes. For my walls, I decided what height I wanted in real life (a 20' wall say) and then calculated based on the average height of a medieval male (5'8") relative to a Lego mini. Based on that, 20' is about 16 bricks tall. So, if you want a 10' wall, it's about 8 bricks. Then things start to look proportional and you go from there. One of the books I ordered that was helpful with thinking of variations on designs, etc. for me was this: As for the walls, it depends on what you're going for: windows, arrow loops, or other features. Depending on what you're going for and how precise you want to be with the dimensions and proportions will depend on what you want to do. Your machicolations look great! The merlons look good for some periods and style of castle/fortress, but might not fit others, so it's kind of up to your style. I built a prototype with a corner tower that was to scale for what I wanted, but it included much larger merlons with arrow loops in them: Ultimately, I didn't like the large 1x arrow loops, so I scrapped the design and went a different direction, but this was why I was building a prototype. Also didn't like the towers that much, so did something else there, too.
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    My big castle project.

    I tried building portcullises with bricks, but they are not particularly stable (unless you like gluing your bricks). The portcullises that came with the old castle sets weren't wide enough for me, but once the Rancour Pit came out: it contained a new, larger portcullis, so I bought a bunch of those on BrickLink for my gatehouses. I haven't checked lately, but they were less than $2 when I bought mine a year or two ago. Pretty inexpensive for a portcullis in my opinion. I made a functional portcullis that has to be winched up and has a quick release down, as the originals did, by tying a string to the portcullis, running it up through a single hole technic brick to guide it, then onto a technic axle that was connected to a large wheel. You winch the portcullis up slowly by turning the wheel by hand, as was commonly done in the medieval period. Then the portcullis is locked into the up position by putting a brick holding the large wheel in place. This can be done by putting a technic pin in the wheel, or using a gear for the wheel. I put a large 1x2x5 brick protruding down from the floor above into the gear, holding it in place. When you want to drop the gate, simply lift the brick, and the portcullis falls. I disguised my brick from above as part of a crenellation, so it belnded in. You can see a prototype of the portcullis in place here: I actually don't have any pics of the mechanism, and won't have access to my bricks until later in the summer, but would be happy to take a picture in July when I return if you are still interested.
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    [MOC] Seven Towers

    Awesome! I think that yours is one of the few double concentric castles out there, and certainly one of the few on this scale. Love it!
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    AoM Wall Phase 1: The Sorgheim Palisade

    Excellent work again. I like the packed dirt as other have said, as it is very realistic to what was probably done in ancient times (being a simple route to building a wall). I mentioned before the solid dark tan could use some small detail work (stones, a green stalk her or there) as other have also said, but, if this is going to be part of a larger structure that fits together, it may work when it is large. I love the color choices, too. The darker, muted tones are great.
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    What a fantastic build! There's so many great things, it's hard to pick my favorite. I love the texture on the plastered walls on the second story of the house, the irregular, gently rolling base, and the texture of the various grasses and plants around the cart parked near the house. The rockwork looks good too--the SNOT technique helps break up the 'paper shredder' effect that one can see on traditional cliff builds with the 65 and 75° slopes. Love it!