Raystafarian

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  1. Raystafarian

    Latest news about Lego animal moulds

    I'm very excited for the stingray! Has an owl come with wings spread before? Looks like an HP polybag 30420 will have a snowy owl with wings spread - I haven't seen that before.
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    [MOC] Gentoo Penguin (Bird)

    My MOC of a Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua), scale is roughly 1 stud : 1 in of an adult bird, the smallest of adult birds. The model is about 19 studs tall and roughly 13 studs wingtip to wingtip and feet to tail. The axle holder on underside of the bird should be near the center of gravity and a 5L axle into 2L stud holder should support the bird with minimal reinforcement. As with my Laysan Albatross, to say this isn't inspired by the work of Thomas Poulsom would be disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst. The model was first built in Stud.io and then went through several revisions of the physical model. The most time consuming portion of this build was the head - I designed it with sub-models and once I got it mostly together, I ran into a few things. I first needed to have it attach to the body which was actually a few days of brainstorming for me, despite how simply it attaches in this final model. Next was aligning the 4x4 plate for the back of the head properly and then finally adding in the white crescent on the head without the rest of it falling apart. I'm not sure it's the best way to make a head, but it's a good start and I'm sure I'll be experimenting with it more for future birds. Bricksafe gallery with more photos, io file and pdf instructions.
  3. Bricklink would be my choice. Just find the part and then see what colors are available and put them on a wanted list to buy e.g. https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?id=508#T=P&C=42. Then you can use "easy buy" to source the most cost effective purchase. Just sort by sellers that will ship to you. Sometimes rare colors will be expensive. There also might be a better option in NZ, as I only purchase from US sellers that ship to my US address in Japan, otherwise shipping gets ridiculous.
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    [MOC] Laysan Albatross (Bird)

    It's simply pining for the fjords. Thanks!
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    [MOC] Laysan Albatross (Bird)

    My MOC of a Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), scale is roughly 1 stud : 1 cm of an adult bird, give or take a few cm. The model is about 34 studs bill to feet and 84 studs wingtip to wingtip when not folded at all. There is a vertical round brick with axle hole on the underside of the model near the center of gravity so the bird can be displayed in flight. To say this isn't inspired by the work of Thomas Poulsom would be disingenuous at best and an outright lie at worst. The model was first built in Stud.io and then went through several revisions of the physical model. My favorite part of the build was trying to figure out how to keep the bill attached to the head securely - It was also kind of tricky to get the legs to extend out past the tail, which is a defining feature of the albatross. The only part I'm not completely happy about is the eye - the bird should have a dark patch around the eye, but that was near impossible to do with the way the plates are stacked on the face. I also know there under-wings should have some dark pattern on them, but that was simply too difficult to do - adding more (smaller) plates would make the wings too fragile to stay together. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. Bricksafe gallery with more photos, io file and pdf instructions
  6. Raystafarian

    Which is the best CMF Series? Thanks for playing

    Looks like I missed the end, but thanks for the game!
  7. Raystafarian

    Which is the best CMF Series? Thanks for playing

    I kinda feel 'meh' for all of those.
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    [MOC] Bulldozer

    Funny story, I was driving back from a hike over the weekend and passed a place that had a bunch of excavators in the yard, with their name on them - learned of Sumitomo-Kenki heavy equipment
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    [MOC] Bulldozer

    Looks pretty good - the gaps in the blade throw me off a little bit, but I like it.
  10. Thanks for this! As for 10213 and 10231, they are both modeled on the NASA space shuttle orbiter, but they aren't branded NASA and don't correspond to any of the six actual orbiter names. Nor do they seem to suggest any particular STS mission. The difference of 27 parts, I hear, was to make the model more sturdy, I think with some technic connections. I would say they definitely count.
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    Which is the best CMF Series? Thanks for playing

    I'll be perfectly honest, I only came out of my dark ages when series 14 was released. So I've only been able to actually purchase at the store series 12 and after, which means I have to vote based on photos.
  12. That's really cool - what wheels/tires did you use?