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  1. Raystafarian

    [MOC] The Earth

    Very impressive, really.
  2. I'm in awe by all of these, I feel my voting was pretty arbitrary - sorry 5: 10 12: 6 17: 4 3: 3 9: 2 11: 1
  3. That is the absolute truth, if you don't place it in steps while building, it will become a pain. Either you will need to copy it and chunk it out, creating steps for assemblies or you will need to manually hide pieces and place them into steps in order.
  4. Raystafarian

    42078 Mack Anthem Mods and improvements

    A roll-off - amazing. Do you have instructions for this?
  5. Raystafarian

    MOC: Bee-Eater

    That's really neat - and pretty clever with the minifig. Did you ever publish instructions?
  6. Raystafarian

    Hi There

    Thanks, all!
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    Hi There

    Hello all, like many, I'm sure, I got my start in Lego as a child in the late 80s, lost all interest once I got older and recently rediscovered it. It's a strange story, my wife and I started collecting CMF with series 16 because I saw the Wildlife Photographer with a camera and a penguin and I had to have that! We aren't serious collectors, we just collect the ones we like. She's always liked Harry Potter so in 2015 I dove into BrickLink to get the parts to make some of her favorite characters as a holiday present and it went over well. We're American, but she works for a Govt agency and so we've been overseas in Japan since August 2017. Lego is scarce and expensive here. We were relocated recently (from Tokyo to Kyushu) and when you're homeless and stuck on base, it can get boring, and we had some great friends buy us the Whomping Willow set to do while stuck in the hotel bored. That turned into the entire new wizarding collection and as luck has it, I had to have a surgery in December that makes my usual hobbies (hiking, birding, woodworking) very difficult to do for a few months and so, well, here we are. I grabbed my Lego from when I was a kid from my parents' house before we moved here and I had maybe a couple hundred pieces. Over a third were knock-off and the only "sets" I had were the 1994 sets paired with Kellogg's promotion (Stunt Club - 1560 through 1563), everything else were just bricks. Lego is expensive and I'm happy to have had what I had - I didn't even know I had Tyco and Coco bricks until I tried putting my inventory in rebrickable. As a child, I didn't even really know why Lego sets existed, it was always MOCs for me - a car, a plane, whatever. Anyway, hello all.
  8. Raystafarian

    [MOC] Cranes (birds)

    I was recently given the Large Creative Brick Box (10698) and inside there are some instructions for making a crane: I thought this could obviously be improved upon with a simple jumper so the neck was centered, and then I added a claw plate to enhance the coverts and tertials of the wing (the train, like on a dress): But, this just doesn't look like any crane I've ever seen. So I decided to give it a go in Stud.io, keeping the same basic structure, changing the size for smaller species and keeping to the available colors. I haven't done very many MOCs that I've shared, so I'm open to suggestions (or relying on suggestions)! I know adding some bricks with additional studs might be a good idea for adding more feathering on the sides. The brick modified 2x3 with curved top - I think if I can find a 2x2 like this I could add some more detail to the coloring for the train I toyed with the idea of using cylinders for legs, but they didn't look as good on my physical model. I thought maybe using some technic angles for legs to give the legs some bend might work, but not at this scale. I also think using a 2x1 cheese slope for the crowned cranes might be a good idea, or even using clips with bar 4L (Lightsaber Blade / Wand) like on the rockhopper penguin.. I'm pretty sure some yellow or red eye prints exist, which I would need to change for some of the species. If there is some plate similar to the claw that is maybe longer, that would be better for the train So anyway, I present 10 of the 15 species of crane present today, rendered with the lowest settings: Common crane (Grus grus) wiki media Demoiselle crane (Grus virgo) wiki media Whooping crane (Grus americana) wiki media Hooded crane (Grus monacha) wiki media Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) wiki media Sandhill crane (Antigone canadensis) wiki media White-naped crane (Antigone vipio) wiki media Siberian crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus) wiki media Black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) wiki media Grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) wiki media
  9. Raystafarian

    [MOC] Phoenix at Sunrise

    Wow, that's really beautiful!