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  1. Redhead1982

    Krimh Castle

    In addition to an admiring castle, your parts organization in the background is equally fascinating. The esthetics of the castle are perfect, the tall and lean structure with a bit of dark magic. I'm not a big fan of the landscape, though. The orange reminds me of lava and fire, and the lands are a bit too green for that. Or, perhaps there should be more variation of orange-brown shades. Despite this, it's a great MOC. Well done.
  2. Redhead1982

    [MOC] Tornbur Castle

    As always, displaying a recognizable style. The castle looks great. My only complaint at this point would be that it would be great to see more of your builds together. Have you considered making a larger layout with various buildings and landscape? I'm sure it would look great.
  3. Redhead1982

    VIP Rewards Down?

    I noticed that too. It might have to do with the black Friday/cyber Monday deals and increased traffic.
  4. To add my share of minimalistic experience with light kits. I recently got Briksmax's kit for Police Station. I have been contemplating about getting a sort of light kit to include in MOCs, especially for buildings to reveal some of the interior details. First off, I am very inexperienced, so this most likely had a big impact on my experiment with the given light kit. I did a quick search prior to putting the kit together only to find a little available info on what should be kept in mind when assembling a kit. Those small and delicate wires are prone to damage while connecting to an expansion board. Paying attention to all this, and given the (in my opinion) very small pictures of wire placement, it took me around 4 hours to wire up a modular, only to find out it wasn't working. Since Briksmax is a one-circuit kit, it's challenging to find a problematic connection, as it could be one of the first wires. So, it takes some time to carefully check every connection while dismantling it. In the end, I found 3 loose connections where the tiny wires were not properly inserted in the connector. I have no idea how it happened, but it did. Luckily, I was able to order an extra set of connectors. Despite this not-so-great first experience, I am thinking of getting more lights, most likely individual and not modular light kits. Based on your review, Lightailing kit forms multiple circuits which might be better (and easier to identify the problematic circuit if not working). However, it is also more chaotic with so many wires loosely hanging around. It might be just me, but to me, it feels that the black twisted wires are thinner than the white ones from Lightailing. Overall, thanks for this review and for providing more info on the various light kits.
  5. Redhead1982

    [REVIEW] 71755 Temple of the Endless Sea

    Nice review. I'm not a fan of the set though, as it's clearly oriented to kids and play action. I like the color scheme the most, and some of the temple details. The sea serpent feels too small, and could easily be more monstrous. The light aqua mantay ray is interesting though.
  6. The simplest tool to use for designing mosaic is the Bricklink But as @makushima wrote, it takes more than a software to make an end product like this. Speaking from my experience, it takes a well-selected photo to start with (right size, color contrast), then get the basic shape in a digital software (I use, and only then the real work begins of getting the right colors for shading and contours. It's far from being easy as 1-2-3, and voila. It takes time to plan well, so the majority of the work is done before building it. Back to the mosaic, the color palette you used is great, the shading stands out nicely. Nice work!
  7. Redhead1982

    [MOC] Aachen Cathedral

    I'm not familiar with the Aachen cathedral, but this MOC is interesting enough without knowing the real-life architectural gem. It's a beautiful architectural model. All those curved shapes, multiple angles, and an interesting geometry make the model stand out.
  8. Redhead1982

    [REVIEW] 10284 - Camp Nou - FC Barcelona

    I'm in the same boat. I like the set for its interesting geometry, but that's it. For my purpose, seeing a set review satisfies my curiosity. As above, I wouldn't mind building a set like this, but I don't know what I could you the set for. It's not interesting as parts pack, it's too big for a display piece, not really eye-catching. Perhaps for a football fan, but I still don't see a typical football fan with fancy shelving displaying a set like this. I admit, I'm not a target audience for this set, and I can't really imagine the target audience for it. In my view, the most interesting detail is its structure, the angled seating area, and the curved shape. But then this is something you can look-up online in the digital instructions to satisfy curiosity. Strictly from an architectural perspective, it's built true to the real model in a much smaller scale. I wonder what TLG's idea behind these football stadiums is. Nevertheless, thanks for doing this review.
  9. Redhead1982

    [REVIEW] 40488 - GWP Coffee Stand

    It's a neat little set also for the non-coffee-drinking AFOLs. I find your review really fair and realistic. While many would love a highly intricate and detailed set as a GWP, there's a limit to what can be done. I like it for it's simplicity and additional play feature for town displays. On the other hand, it's a great starting point for modification.
  10. Redhead1982

    Modular Town House

    This is a really sweet and cute house. I like its traditional exterior, textured walls and color scheme. The inner corner with the entrance makes the building more interesting. The tiny garden on the side is lovely, too. The back of the building looks bare, which is sort of acceptable for official modulars which are marketed mostly with the front. Since your house looks well also from the side, adding some details to the back would make it even better.
  11. Redhead1982

    [REVIEW] Christmas Sets 40494 and 40498

    Great review. I was sold on the Polar Bear & Gift Pack ornaments and bought them when I first saw them in a store. I'm not a big fan of decorating for holidays, but I really like these ornaments, and plan to use them during the holidays.
  12. Redhead1982

    MOC Elephant's Land

    I made this little landscape scene for a virtual teambuilding of local LUG. The challenge was to plan and build a model within a 2-week period, and provide details on the number of parts included in the model and approximate time. I almost managed to count all parts included here, and the final number stopped at 800 (give or take 10) parts. Since I was counting while building, I'm pretty sure I missed some or double-counted other parts. Time-wise I wasn't paying enough attention to the clock, but all together I spent less than 3 hours. I know, a lot, but mostly I was looking for specific small parts in my half-sorted collection. I recently got this couple of elephants and wanted to include them in a MOC to justify the order. Another challenge was to build an acacia tree, as I find its specific shape very fascinating. A slightly different angle might reveal more details.
  13. Redhead1982

    [MOC] Raven

    Perfect sculpturing! I like the exposed studs on the back of the bird as it creates a bit more texture. It looks very organic and real. How did you plan it?
  14. Redhead1982

    [MOC] Las Fuentes - Mexican Modular Building

    Beautiful building. A different style and color combination make it stand out. The dome is built using those odd baloon parts, that was a surprise for me. It works well with the color. My favourite detail are the flower beds in front of the house. The cacti look georgous, especially the little "gear-like" with flowers.
  15. Redhead1982

    [MOC] Post Office

    Nice! Black is hard to photograph, and I really wish you had pictures showing off the beautiful black facade of the ground floor. It stands out from the building and is nicely decorated with various parts to create an interesting pattern. An interesting choice of LEGO business, perhaps not common, but it works well.