Werlu Ulcur

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  1. Werlu Ulcur

    [MOC]: Fire Station

    scottwb2010! Right now I have my 60010 on the helipad and it looks like it was made for that !
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    [MOC]: Fire Station

    This was a first. Well, not exactly, since I've done this before, but it was many many years ago. Nowadays MOCing (for me, at least) usually means sitting in front of the computer and shaping my ideas through LDD, then making a parts list through LDD Manager, then going over BL for the parts and then sitting around for a few weeks waiting for the parts to arrive. And only then actually bricking. When I was a kid, things were different: I spread my bricks on the floor and started building. That method usually yielded quite less accurate models but boy things were fun and simple! So for this MOC I went back to my origins: I sat at my desk with brick tubs around me and went to work . The modular Fire Brigade is an awesome model, but you can't actually use it as a modern and effective fire house, so I needed something more, let's say, "efficient" for Legoville. Last year I had bought Lego's 7208 that I put together, but frankly, as a fire station, it sucks . I also stumbled upon an opened but new 7945 that I bought with the intention of using as a parts bin for my future Legoville fire station. When I started out I wasn't exactly sure of what i wanted, except for one thing: I had to try to incorporate a helipad . Initially I was just going to put it beside the station, but that seemed awfully uninspired, so I started to think about elevating the helipad. I wouldn't have enough plates to make one as big as I wanted, so I decided to use a road plate, as long as figured out how to connect and secure it to the building. I also wanted the fire station to house my big new 8-wide fire tender/pumper, so it would have to have wide and tall garages. Since I was creating on the fly, having the necessary parts was an issue, so I was constricted to what I had in my tubs. Frankly I would have used some better parts if I had them in a few sections, but in the end I think it came out ok . I still have one garage vacant, that will be used for my future rescue unit, and with the wide helipad I can park some of the big helos there, like the 4439 and 60010 or 7738. Empty real estate is a very rare commodity in Legoville, so with this design I killed two birds with one stone. And now I can start building my whirlybirds that are still boxed waiting for a helipad . This afternoon I also ordered some parts, so I can correct a few issues (like trading that road plate in the garage for something better) therefor there will be some improvements in the future. But nothing major - I'm happy with the overall design.
  3. Werlu Ulcur

    [MOC]: Fire Station

    What got me thinking was the Town Hall, that has a curved skylight made of these pieces: The only problem with that arrangement is that the the roof gets pretty high, so for what I wanted it didn't work, but if you want a skylight per se it's perfect. Thanks bp!
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    Town Layout Index

    Legoville December 2013 December 2013
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    MOC: A retro bus for my retro city

    That looks great! Please show us your town .
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    [MOC]: Fire Station

    Thank you Jody! You just can't beat red & white for firemen . Though I would have gone with a gray helipad if it was available.
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    [MOC]: Fire Station

    Thanks guys! I wanted some sort of skylight on the office building, and I had all those roller door pieces from the stock fire stations, so I started messing around to see what could be done with them. I liked the look of them when they were angled so I first tried cramming them in the rail bricks. It did look good, but I needed some white to frame the whole window. To my surprise, you can fit a tile between the brick and the angled door piece, it just was some work to fit all the pieces with the roller door parts in place. The best part is that it's very solid, you can remove the whole window without much care and it won't come apart. We have a saying here in Brazil that says "When you don't have a dog, you hunt with a cat" - necessity (in other words, lack of parts) is the mother of all MOC solutions .
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    [MOC]: Fire Station

    I'm glad you liked it! I understand Lego has to balance production costs × features × target audience, but the regular City fire stations (and, for that matter, hospitals and police stations ) for us AFOLs they're all quite lacking. Guess it's the way Lego nudges us to MOC . I couldn't wait any longer and just finished assembling one of the big choppers (yep, it looks f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c up there!) but my next move will either be a (very simple) train station or more probably the Haunted House, that my boy is bugging the heck out of me to build it for the last two weeks.
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    Legoville

    I already got it down from the attic. In a few minutes I'm out to work, but when I get I'll make the shots and tonight I'll show it in more detail.
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    Legoville

    Thanks guys! Tonight I'll try to show the fire station in more detail. BTW, are you seeing all six images ?
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    Legoville

    Update: The big news is that I finally got my fire station up ! I finished the last details tonight right before supper, so I didn't have the time for a proper photo shoot of the MOC, but if all goes well tomorrow I'll show it in detail.
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    MOC: Fire pumper

    I wanted a pumper for Legoville, but it had to be very different from "regular" City fire engines, so I thought of experimenting with an eight-wide concept: I draw this on LDD way before I had Legoville, so though I'm very pleased with the end result, eight-wide is too wide for regular road plates . But since I'm MOCing my fire station, it's a keeper .
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    MOC: Fire pumper

    Thanks everyone! One of my priorities when designing a MOC like this is to make it swooshable, so that my kids can play around with it without the risk of it falling apart. I also try to cram in as much "features" as I can, so realism sometimes gets set aside.
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    MOC: Fire pumper

    Thanks guys! I really liked how it came out. And lightningtiger got it right: my inspiration was exactly those airport fire engines (like the to-be-released 60061), I love the looks of those trucks!
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    Legoville

    Thanks Kim! If your future space doesn't have a short roof, then building in two levels is the way to go. If my ceiling was taller (on the sides) I would consider adding a second level, though then the trains wouldn't be a "prime attraction" since they would travel basically out of sight.
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    Legoville

    Thanks monkeyjackie! Right now I'm MOCing a fire station, using the 7208+7945 and a bunch of extra parts. I'm trying to fit a helipad somewhere in there but so far no dice . This weekend I'll show it, probably next the Palace.
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    My Layout Update Nov 2013

    Whoa! That looks awesome! That's spectacular proof of how ballast makes a layout so much better looking! Definitively something to think about for my Legoville.
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    Legoville

    Thanks guys! For now I have a few more boxed sets to show, but I think that in a couple of months (tops!) things will get really slow down here. By then I hope to have received some BL orders and start working on the "landscape improvement" - sidewalks, plants, street lamps, etc. Never thought being a Mayor was so much work. And so much fun .
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    Legoville

    Update: I detailed a bit the cargo zone of the rail yard. I also MOCed some simple "track stops" (I know there's a proper term for those structures that go on the end of the track to stop the train from derailing but for the life of me I can't remember ) - I've honestly seen some much more realistic models, but I wanted them to be tough and sturdy. Since my 6yo will eventually be on the wheel of the trains, I needed something reliable to keep the whole composition from spilling over the town . So today there's nothing big to show, just some detailing that IMO makes the city look better. And I've come to realize two things: right now there's no way at all to expand the railroad, and more importantly, I'm gonna run out of real estate to build pretty soon . But as I was shifting those road plates around, to make them fit and connect, I had an idea. I could have made three small tables that I would connect to the middle (central) section of the city and one on each extremity, at the southern and northern corners. If I make these tables roughly four road plates wide, I basically will have the space for at least some eight (!!) more buildings. That sure is something to consider for next year .
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    Legoville

    Ulcur. Building Lego keeps me ulcer-free . Service station, police station, public transit station, hospital, at least one more park, construction site, and of course, more sidewalks. The list is long...
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    Legoville

    Thanks everyone ! Ha! My wife is really nice to me but not that nice . No, my SW, SH, LOTR, etc sets are in cabinets here in the office. No problems with the sun. The window faces south, so with my sister-in-law's house a few meters over and the overhang of my house's roof, that window is protected from the sun. My only concern is dust .
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    Legoville

    Thanks everyone ! It would be a totally wasted space. To the right of the desk, through that little door, is where the "appliances" stuff are - water heater, solar panel controls, sat dish box, etc. All the vertical (drywall) panels, as the slanted roof, are insulated, so it's not exactly fresh & cool now in the summer but it's far from hot. In the winter it will be pretty warm, as long as I keep the window shut. And sorry, by pavement I mean floors - though English was almost my first language sometimes the wrong word slips through. Last night I got a Creator house up, and here's how Legoville is looking like at the moment: The next thing to do is to expand and make the (modern) fire station better. The stock set can't accommodate my moded fire engines or the MOC I created (still haven't assembled it yet), so it has to be improved ASAP. My boy is bugging me to start building the Haunted House, that I plan on putting in the south side, in the middle of the train yard. If all goes well, I want to make that part of town kind of " abandoned", so Monster Fighters sets would go well there, but I'm still trying to figure a way to get more tracks in place. The problem is the radius of the curves, I just don't have enough room to angle them. The original idea was to have a MUCH bigger railroad, but that was before I actually had the actual space to lay the tracks down. So it looks like my railroad won't get much bigger then this .
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    Legoville

    The next modular to go up was the Fire Station. I bought all the sets during the year and kept them stored until now, so it's been super fun to finally seeing them "in the brick". This year I'm done with modulars, but next year I have to get at least one more and of course the future Parisian Restaurant. I also made a small park, with parts that I had in my spare parts bin. As you can see, I desperately need more bley and light grey tiles for the sidewalks... I would like to have a bigger railroad, but as I said earlier, it would consume too much real estate that I need for buildings, so I had to limit tracks to the south side of town. I still have to assemble my Emerald Night and Maersk cargo train, that will really crowd up the yard .
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    Legoville

    Thank you, Legogal! It was a BIG (and expensive !) step for us, but it was worth it! I got a desk in a corner that will be my "head office" for small builds and other hobby stuff, and a wheeled chair so that I can zip around in the room . As with any Lego city, I started out with modulars, first the Palace Cinema and then the Town Hall. After both were done, I had to basically tear down both ground floors because I changed my mind about the sidewalk. If I left them as they were, I would have a very wide (and useless) sidewalk, so I advanced six studs over the road plate's sidewalk. That way I'll have a six stud wide sidewalk all over the city.
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    Legoville

    Thanks buddy! It sure is VERY nice to finally have a dedicated space to assemble all my (City) sets. I'm delighted to see things coming up .