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  1. Banjo

    Ship "Admiral's Eagle"

    Many thanks for sharing your great MOC MrOutlaw! I'd have hated it to have been lost to the mists of time. Most MOC impress me but this is one of the few that I feel is both awesome *and* still looks like it could be a real Lego set in the appropriate theme. As amazing as some of the highly complex, giant diorama-style MOCs are, they always feel like adult display pieces to me as opposed to attempts to create what could be a "missing" model in a Lego series/wave. The Admiral's Eagle really fits the "no Imperial ships" hole in the recent Pirate wave, and even fits the scale of those newest releases too, IMO. One day I'd like to track down an Imperial Flagship to build, but for now I will be attempting to gather the parts to make the Admiral's Eagle for my pirates to fight! Thanks again, MrOutlaw!
  2. Banjo

    Ship "Admiral's Eagle"

    I know this is an old topic (as much as I'd like to take the time to say how great it looks), so I'll just post the relevant: If anyone has the LDD file for this and can reupload or share it, please do! I'd LOVE to build this! (surely "bumping" is only a keelhauling offense if it is pointless? would it have been better to have started a new topic linking to this one asking the same question, though?)
  3. Banjo

    [ MOC ] Real Rocket Raccoon's Warbird

    Just came across this build and absolutely love it! I don't suppose you have instructions, lxf or even just more pictures/info on how to build it?
  4. Banjo

    [MOC] Washing Tub Pirate Raid

    Wow, that's just awesome! I LOVE the sense of narrative as you look around the diorama, with so many fun little "scenes" taking place. The washing tub raid is a great nod to Lego's love of adding a pirate in one with an oar to many pirate sets, old and new. :) I would LOVE something like this as an official set, and can easily see it being done with some simplification, removal of the base and obviously much less minifigs. A pirate dock/tavern set is a dream of mine!
  5. I'm still longing after the Imperial Flagship myself... but at over AU$1000 every place I've seen it, just such a huge splurge. Would definitely be interested to check out any recommended sellers of them (MISB), though, as part of the struggle it seems is just finding one that ships to Australia (and doesn't inflate their postage price to several hundred dollars!!!).
  6. I've been wondering about something recently: there are obviously many parts made by Lego that have never been manufactured in certain colours... is there any way "around" this if I REALLY wanted one specific part in an unavailable colour? I know, the answer is almost certainly "no"... just writing this makes me think it's an impossible ask. But I've seen utterly amazing things done by dedicated fans of Lego, from original printed bricks to custom replacement arm poses to wireless LED lighting, making me think that with the right skills, resources and dedication, little is truly "impossible" (just impractical!). So, if I really REALLY wanted one specific part (for example, the microfig Heroica "horned helmet", only ever released in dark bluish grey) in pearl gold... what would be the way to go about it? Painting an existing part to match (close as possible)? Recasting the part from scratch? 3D scanning/printing? Like I said, I doubt this is realistically achievable, but I'm curious if anyone has actually done it before, and to what results.
  7. Banjo

    [MOC] Furiosa Friends

    That is AWESOME! Love the colours, love the skulls, love the car and LOVE the minidoll! To Valhalla! I'm personally not a fan of those minidolls used in the Friends and other lines (just too used to minifigs/scale nostalgically, I think), but I'd seriously buy them if they made a Post Apocalypse Friends line! I'm a huge Mad Max and HUGE post apocalypse fan, though, so I'm a bit biased.
  8. Banjo

    MOC Pirates Paradise

    Looking at the recently-bumped review of the big Islander set, this is actually the sort of thing I imagined (that set combined with a shipwreck). This actually works better for the line, IMO, and looks like an official set from the period, too. Since the 2015 sets seemed to be "updates" of the 2009 ones, the one element poorly carried over IMO was the inclusion of a large "shipwreck" structure like this or the Shipwreck Hideout... I'd love to see an official set based along these lines if they do a second wave.
  9. Oooh, now I'm curious! :)
  10. I've got a bit of a "thing" for post-construction "modular play" sets... i.e. sets that can join together (like the 2015 Pirates sets) or be reconfigured (like the 2009 Soldier's Fort), hence why I liked the 2009 Fort enough to get another one so soon after building the first. I'm no skilled MOC'er (I've been too long without Lego!), but I like "expanding" these sort of sets to make new "what if" components that could realistically been sold by Lego, as a bit of a self-challenge (as opposed to awesome and grand MOCs that are much more for passionate AFOLs). Already looking at a way to add more of a "cargo port" to my old and new Soldier's Forts! :) The more I look at them, the more I want those PotC sets... so annoyed I never bought the QAR when I saw it in stores here years ago (it was super expensive even then, but not as much as it is now!). They never made a Flying Dutchman though, did they?
  11. I was looking for a way to do this... thanks! Is the link to your "dummy" file broken or just down for me?
  12. I'd like to support this request from several years ago (but still missing from LDD, as of the latest version): Basically, the "Alien Conquest" alien heads needing the correct printing/details. I would understand this wasn't worth the effort if it wasn't for the fact that the cool "Alien Villainess" face printing *was* added to LDD. Why not the others? My beloved alien invaders need faces! I'd also *beg* for microfig decorations (at least for Heroica), but I get the feeling few others would want them as much as I do (so much so that I'm currently trying to figure out alternate ways to render them).
  13. Well done! I'm considering that one myself, since I missed all the older Pirates sets. I'm not a huge PotC fan (fun movies, admittedly), but those two licensed ships look pretty lovely, especially the Pearl with those ominous black sails. My own latest are 2009's Brickbeard's Bounty and Shipwreck Hideout... hopefully! Currently both are on their way to me from far overseas. :) Oh, and also a pair of 2015 Shipwreck Defense sets on sale at Target, since Lego decided not to give us enough cannons for the 2015 Brick Bounty! :(
  14. Banjo

    Lego Golden Girls Kitchen

    I stumbled across this at random... and instantly laughed out loud at how awesome the Bea Arthur minifig looks! Fantastic work... to be honest I'd *much* rather buy this than the new "Big Bang Theory" sitcom set (as I actually know/remember this show!). I've supported this on Ideas... though I'm curious why there's a later project than this one there too that appears almost identical, and IT is in review while this one isn't! Is that sort of thing actually allowed under Ideas? I don't know much about how it works, and I can certainly imagine two similar projects coming along... but it seems odd in this case that a copycat would beat a very similar set that's been gathering support for more than a year.
  15. Banjo

    6278 Enchanted Island Pictorial Review

    What an amazing (old) set! I loved Pirates in my childhood, but that was before the Islander and Spanish stuff... mine were the BSB and soldier fortress with the big baseplate. As I'm now returning to Pirates, I've tracked down most of the 2009 sets and of course bought the new 2015 sets... but knowing I missed this "middle" period of Islanders vs Pirates makes me a bit sad... those Islanders are soooo "Monkey Island" (those of my age likely feel the same) to my eyes! Oh for a "Lemonhead" minfig... ;) I'm curious now how much this set sells for, given it was apparently one of very few Lego actually re-released! I recently bought a MISB BSB that was an early 2000's re-release, and it was very pricey... but then, I suspect the BSB has a LOT more of a nostalgic following these days than this set! Can anyone give me a rough idea what this set goes for in as-new condition these days? Regardless, a fantastic review with some great photos of the whole set and minifigs... even though this is an old thread, I am glad someone else bumped it recently so I can add my thoughts too. :) One thing I've noticed comparing the newest Pirates sets to the 80's ones I had as a kid (and these from the 90's) is the move away from baseplates and big "panel" pieces. I actually like that in a lot of ways; whilst I miss baseplates being included as they are a great starting point for creating new things (and make the sets easier to "play" with), visually, I think Lego-designed model sets look better without them.