The Neighborhood Merchant

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    [COR-FB] The Oleander Prison Industrial Complex

    What a great and hilarious addition to Count Mesabi's adventurers. Always look forward to seeing the next part and great job with the scenes! Also, can you please include in the next part the answer to the all important question: "Yo, how many times have you dropped the soap in here?" The suspense is killing me!
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    [MOC] The Dauntless from the Japanese Classic Pirates

    Thanks for posting these @Mister Phes! What an absolute beaut!
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    [GoC - FB2 - COR] University of Quinnsville

    Wow, Blackbird! You truly have a gift. The detailing is impeccable and the overall aesthetic is spot on! I hope one of these days you'll build some of these great mocs in person, but until then keeping doing what your doing because this looks fantastic.
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    [COR - FB] Smugglers innovative power

    So many excellent ideas brought in to this. The building looks excellent and the way you did the underwater tunnels is completely unique. Great use of the old aquatic pieces as well. Wonderful work.
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    Civilization is Returning

    Absolutely fantastic build, @Roadmonkeytj! The citizens and their stalls look excellent. It's always great to see a build with such small details. I love that you spent plenty of time to make each of the civilian minifigures unique. The guillotine and the steel shop look wonderful and the way you did the green stained glass bottles looks very pleasing. Wonderful work!
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    Shipwrights Guild Hall (WIPs, feedback, and advice)

    Thanks for your kind comments Tj and Blackbird! I really appreciate you taking the time to give some constructive criticism on my ship, Wellesley, and I'll try my best to address those issues. Thank you very much!
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    [GoC] Gunboat

    The ship and cannon look excellent! Also, interesting take on the sail color with the olive green. It looks very fitting.
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    Shipwrights Guild Hall (WIPs, feedback, and advice)

    I'll actually just post them here so that way if someone else would like to chip in and give some ideas they can. Here you go: FRIGATE Red Coat by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr FRIGATE Red Coat_2 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr FRIGATE Red Coat_3 by The Neighborhood Merchant, on Flickr Here's what it looks right now. I'm currently working on the masts. I know the red hull isn't entirely time accurate (at least to my knowledge) but I figured it captured the redcoats look that Lego established. This will be my first ship build using custom rigging so see you in fifty years. Honestly though, it looks like a mess so any help is appreciated. I tried to add train gates to the side of the ship to give a wood planking effect but not really certain whether or not that looks good. I'm not really certain if the mast placements are correct, and I am also rather uncertain if the rudder looks fine. Also, I have no clue what to do for the figure head besides using the silver chrome chestplate, so if you have any ideas, feel free to share! Thanks again for your help.
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    [LOGO - Cat A] EB Top Banner

    Wow, the editing on this is impeccable! I would definitely love to see this as the theme for the BoBS. Great job!
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    Shipwrights Guild Hall (WIPs, feedback, and advice)

    I'm actually designing the frigate via stud.io due to my lack of spare parts so I'm not really sure whether or not pics would help due to the lack of depth and lack of real items to compare the size in person. I can say though that it does have six mid hulls. Is this amount normal? If you'd like, I can DM you pictures of what it looks like on stud.io currently and you can tell me your opinion on what you think would work better mast-wise with the scale. Really appreciate the assistance, and as always your ships are really a treasure to me so I look forward to seeing your next beauty.
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    Shipwrights Guild Hall (WIPs, feedback, and advice)

    While my opinion is most definitely inferior to yours, I personally agree with Darnok and think they look great the way they are. While they look overpowering right now, I believe when you add sails they'll be a perfect vibrant edition to add plenty of flair to the build while maintaining realism. None the less, this is one absolutely stunning ship and I'm very excited to see what she looks like with sails! Also, I have a question for all of you experts out there. I'm in the process of designing a frigate and am currently working on the upper masts. Only thing is that I'm rather uncertain whether or not to do the upper masts using part 6538c, 3941, or 62462. I've seen them done with all three pieces and I don't really know which one is the most realistic / ideal option.
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    [MOC] The Tubinare, privateering catamaran...

    What a fantastic MOC! All the small details and the beautiful color palette are extremely pleasing to the eye. I don't believe I've ever seen palm trees made like that before, they look great! I This is one of those MOCs that I'd love to see go on Lego ideas. Also got to love the use already of the new chameleon!
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    Cloudship 1

    These are probably some of the most detailed custom prints I've seen! The speedometer use with the frying pan is simply ingenious! I also love the inclusion of the old compass and globe. Would you be willing to share your secret on how you went about making the wood grain effect for the tiles?
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    Cloudship 1

    I remember watching this video back in 2018 and being absolutely astonished with the creativity put in to this build. You truly did an outstanding job with designing the ship and everything else in the build. This will go down as one of my all time favorites. Also, how'd you do the wood grain? It looks spectacular!
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    La Comete

    I look forward to seeing this alternative! Your ships will always bring great joy to my life and while it's sad to see such a beautiful vessel go, It's much better to take it down before it completely falls apart by itself; and besides, I'll always have pictures of her on my computer !
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    [MOC] Na Korowaiwai 1854 by js_customs581

    Woah! What a fantastic creation! So many details in such a small island.
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    [MOC] Pirate ship

    I'm looking forward to seeing the complete build! I'm a little late, but my input on rare, expensive pieces like that and if they should be avoided to save funds is more along the lines of biting the bullet if it's important. With your color scheme, it really comes down to the colors you want for the captain's quarters and to find the best accent. If that color of brick is vital to your color scheme, then It's more important to have a ship you can be proud of that's unique more than one that was cut back due to fund issues. You have to also consider future use of the piece. If you continue to build MOCs, you most likely will find yourself destroying your old ones to improve upon them or build more advanced ones with their pieces. If you believe a piece can be vital to a current build and a future one, then it would be important to get said piece so you can always have access to it (or until you lose it ). Also, never follow the price input Stud.io gives you. Trust me, they overestimate entirely. If you plan to purchase this, I'd recommend if you have the time then choose piece by piece from each store. Depending on your ship size, this may take a 10-20 hours, but you'll save 200 to 500 just by using that small amount of time (from my experience at least for buying three ships). Keep in mind as well, pieces like this that are in low quantity can sell for overpriced amounts just because the lack of other sellers; but, if you stay active and check ebay and bricklink often you will surely find them for a much more reasonable price later. Anyhow, that's just my opinion, but for stuff like this do what you believe is the correct path and what fits within your comfort zone. Also, welcome to the forums! Your ship looks beautiful already and I can't wait to see more! My apologies for the long message, I talk way too much.
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    [MOC] Blue Imperial Fort

    This is a fantastic build, pantelis! Your choice of colors is always striking and stunning. Your use of the viking hull and the pirate flag for the shipwreck is ingenious. The LotR ring used for the door handle really works. The angles: fantastic, the colors: outstanding, and your details: on point. I'm absolutely in love with your builds!
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    HMS Effortless 118-gun first rate ship of the line like victory WIP

    Thanks so much for the photos, they look great ! I personally really enjoy the look of the figurehead and I am interested to see how you change it. Teddy did a wonderful job, as the cannons look nothing short of excellent. I'm interested to hear how using IKEA curtains for your sails goes as I'm struggling to find the perfect material for a ship I'm designing right now. As for the interior, if you worry about the quarters shaking around too much (use of just tiles), or having to apply too much pressure to uplift them (tiles with studs), then I think that using a brick with groves (2653) and a door rail (32028) would work perfectly for easily sliding it out for a build like yours.
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    HMS Effortless 118-gun first rate ship of the line like victory WIP

    It truly is an amazing vessel and I'm very excited to see it with cloth sails. I noticed that you updated the figure head, do you think we can get a closeup of that when you take more pictures? It'd also be neat to see how you made the cannons (I can't tell if that's a unique style or a standard one). Lastly, do you plan at any point to add an interior? I noticed in one of your earlier pictures you added some hinge functions to the side to allow that.
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    Spanish Galleon Enviar

    That turned of beautifully! Can't wait to see it with a crew, sails, and rigging! You are totally spot on with the very odd Armada color scheme! Once again, in my opinion, those green railings are so beautiful on this ship and the curves you did for them look great!
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    Pirate Essentials by ChaMi

    Thanks for posting this, Mister Phes! This is such an amazing design and will definitely be receiving my vote. Also, if you check the Ideas page, you'll see that at some point he added coins and a parrot.
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    Spanish Galleon Enviar

    It's nice to know another one of your beautiful ships is already underway! It's not often that you find MOCs related to the armada so I look forward to seeing the outcome. The only thing I'd recommend changing up would be the stern. I'm aware that a galleon's stern is common to jut out, but it's often at an angle which makes the outcome more appealing. I'd recommend using some hinges to give the top a nice angle. You could either use the hinge bricks or just go a style similar to that of the Barracuda. I'd also recommend using more inverted slopes for the back and trying to not have too much of an overhang at the top. Anyhow, I know it's a work in a progress so I just thought I'd share some input I think would turn out quite well; however, it's totally your creation so due as you please. In my opinion, other than that the ship is looking excellent and I absolutely love the green railings on the top! Great job!
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    [LOGO Contest] Design the official BoBS Logo!

    Can a simple gif file be posted for the banner? This could unlock some great possibilities for some people who know how to use Adobe After Effects and would be much better eye candy for users.
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    Realistic.... unrealistic....

    Wow, thanks so much for posting this! I love reading any kind of history whenever I have the time, so this post was absolutely fantastic for me! I never heard about the spikes that they'd shoot out of the small cannons so I find that the most fascinating. The flags were also very interesting. I've seen a few of those, but some of the others I haven't were so strange (mainly Captain John Quelch's). I thoroughly enjoyed this entire post, and it has made my morning a great one so thank you very much for posting this!