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  1. Ralph_S

    Why aren't the bricks CUBES?

    Don't be silly. I'd be very surprised if anybody here would like to see all elements being 1x1x1 cubes and that's not what the OP is suggesting either. Properly formulated his question would be: why is the 1x1 brick not a cube? You could have 1x1x1 cubes, with other elements having a width and length that is an integral multiple of the height. That would make a 1x2x1 brick essentially two 1x1x1 cubes side by side. There's no reason why that wouldn't work, as shown by Modulex. However, I completely agree with Dfenz. The dimensions that were chosen, for whatever reason, offer possibilities that you wouldn't have if the basic unit were cube-shaped. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC : The Routemaster-bus

    Thank you. You've definitely given it your own twist and I am glad that my model was one of the things that inspired it. In turn, my model was inspired by a scene built by Firas Abu-Jaber. I love the ticket machine, by the way. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC : The Routemaster-bus

    Very nice Routemaster, andybear, and a lovely scene. Well built with very nice details. However, I can't help wondering whether the similarities of the whole scene to my own are a coincidence. Cheers, Ralph
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    Hanging/mounting Business Signage?

    I'm not quite sure I understand what you are looking for, but how about something like the sign on my pub? The Lion Pub by Mad physicist, on Flickr Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC : Highways Agency Traffic Officer Vehicle

    I think the yellow is an improvement. The lime green can work well on a UK ambulance (as you can see here), because there the colour has to be different from the yellow used for the body, but for police vehicles and this traffic officer's vehicle, yellow is much nicer. I also like the chevron markings on the tailgate. I think you've definitely raised the standard of the model. I wouldn't lower the mudguards. They are quite closely wrapped around the tyres on the real vehicle, but the bit of space you have now makes it look much more like an off-roader than if you were to lower it. Cheers, Ralph
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    Automated City vehicles

    I like that idea much better. PF motors and battery box are chunky things, that you can just about squeeze them into a more-or-less minifig scale semi-truck or bus. An NXT is big that is bigger than any minifig scale vehicle that would look sensible in a city. A system that drives the vehicles from underneath through thin road plates -you could also have a small train running underneath it rather than a chain- means that you can have much smaller vehicles. I know I've seen somebody do it. The radius of the curves in the road plates is much smaller than that of the train track, and he even solved that by a separate guidance rail that followed the road and that guided an arm with the magnet that was hinged to the train. I've spent a bit if time searching the 'net for it, but can't find it. Cheers, Ralph
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    How to upload from Flickr to Eurobricks

    No. You need to copy and paste the BBCode. Not the html. Cheers, Ralph
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    How to upload from Flickr to Eurobricks

    No idea where the tutorial is, but the way to do it is to click 'share' above the picture, then go to 'grab the html/bbcode' , set the tick box to BBCode (if it's not already set) and copy and paste the code from the window on flickr to the editing window here on EB. You don't need to use the 'insert image bar' here. That only works if the link has a valid extension (i.e. .jpg). You can get that link from flickr as well, but the way I described is the proper way to do it, in that clicking the picture will bring you to the flickr page where the picture is housed. Cheers, Ralph edit: didn't realise that the question had already been answered when I submitted my post, but since I went to the trouble of typing the damn thing and can't delete a post, I'll leave it as is.
  9. I'm not as enthusiastic as some of the other posters in this thread. For instance, the real vehicle does have more of a rear overhang than your model does. In other words, the rear wheel could be mounted one or two studs further forward. I also don't like the bit between the wheels very much -in particular the 8-stud long hole above the yellow plate. I'd suggest putting a brick in there to give it that slab-sided look that the real vehicle has. As for B and C-pillars: indeed there are many different versions of Land Rovers, but the set-up you have, with two side windows, really only fits versions with a shorter wheelbase. Putting one more pillar in there, made with 1x1 bricks for instance, and moving the one that's already there further forward would improve the looks. Beyond that, I agree that have the body waist, as on the real vehicle, would make things better, but this requires half-stud offsets all over the place. It probably means not using that windscreen or building the body of the vehicle 11 studs wide: in other words, a complete rebuild. My own 10-wide Land Rover model (which represents an older Land Rover 109) is ten studs wide with a roof that is nine studs wide. I'm not sure you want to go there. Despite the things I don't like, you have succeeded in building a vehicle that is recognizably a Defender, so kudos to you for that. Cheers, Ralph
  10. I don't think that whether or not your interests are relevant is a separate thread. I agree that if the interests may be relevant for the job at hand, LEGO could possibly be among them -although there is a risk involved- but, as I wrote before, I think professional qualifications are far more important. I've never listed my personal interests on a resume and that hasn't stopped me from getting the jobs I wanted. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC: Dublin Bus

    The livery looks really good and I like the level of detail, but there's something off with the proportions. I think it is much too tall, perhaps by as much as three bricks. Here's a reference picture I found on flickr. Dublin Bus Volvo B7TL A497.06-D-30497 - Dublin by dwb photos, on Flickr In the reference picture you can see that the bit between the upper and lower rows of windows is approximately the same height as the windows themselves. On the model the windows are three bricks tall and the bit between them is around five. I suggest making that two bricks lower. You could also relatively easily loose a plate's height at the bottom (by making the yellow stripe under the windows two plates thick as opposed to three) and make the roof thinner by two plates. It will mean redoing a lot of the SNOT work, but I think the end result will look much better proportioned. Normally I much prefer 7 wide over 8-wide, but for the overall proportions of this vehicle, with the current height of the windows and whatnot, 8 wide might look more realistic. Cheers, Ralph
  12. KEvron is right in that an interview works both ways, but I look at what that implies a bit differently. You might not want to work for an employer that has recruiters who think that LEGO is weird, but if my professional qualifications by themselves aren't enough to get an employer to notice me, they're not the employer I am looking for. I'm not at all ashamed of my hobby, but I don't consider it relevant in a job application. Cheers, Ralph
  13. Indeed, the resume really depends on the type of position. I'm an assistant professor (in the UK the equivalent position would be Lecturer). The CV that I submitted for this job describes research projects I've worked on, my education and specialised courses I've followed and lists my scientific publications and courses I've taught myself. It's two pages long. Cheers, Ralph
  14. I'll tell you a story of my own. When I applied for the job I have now (I'm a physicist) I didn't mention LEGO in my CV. However, it did come up in my first interview. Some members of the panel interviewing me had googled my name. My scientific publications do show up if you do that, but most of what pops up is LEGO-related. The professor who ended up hiring me later told me that he didn't know I built LEGO models before the interview and his first reaction when he found about it was negative. He thought it was childish. However, the interview went well overall. He got curious, searched the web after the interview, and found that what I do is far removed from child's play. It showed him that I'm creative, have an eye for detail and am innovative. Those are his words, not mine :-) His perception changed and it ended up helping me rather than being used against me. There is no telling how building with LEGO will be perceived. It depends on what you do and who happens to be on the other side of the table. I wouldn't take the risk. Your professional qualifications should get you a foot in the door and if the personal interests do come up in an interview, just be prepared to discuss them then. Good luck with the job hunt. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC: WWII fighter

    There is some superficial resemblance to a P-51, but it reminds me far more of an aerobatics aircraft than of any particular WW-II fighter. I'd also suggest replacing the dual wheels on the undercarriage with single ones. I can't think of any single-seat WW-II fighter that had dual wheels on each bogie. Cheers, Ralph
  16. Welcome to Eurobricks flofler. It's a nice car and very faithful to the original. However, there are a few things that I don't like. Loose the minifigs. They're completely out of scale with the car. The fenders. I know they stick out of the sides somewhat on the real car, but not nearly as much as they do on your model and that makes them look awkward. Finally, it may be a good idea to make the roof a bit narrower than the body of the car -at most nine studs wide. I built a different Mercedes several years ago in a similar style and perhaps. I think it shows what I mean for the roof. Mercedes W123 (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Other than that, it's just about perfect. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOCs: Police cars

    For a while now I've been building a collection of LEGO police cars from all over the world. So, here they are. Police cars (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr This first one, that I built little more than two years ago is a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. It has now gone out of production, but is still the most common cop car in the US. It is big, has a conservative cab on frame construction and a big V8 engine, and American cops love them. CHP Ford Crown Victoria (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr The particular car has the classic markings of the California Highway Patrol. Dutch Police tend to drive smaller cars, with VWs being particularly popular. Amsterdam Police, for instance, use a lot of VW Golf hatchbacks like the one I built about a year ago. These cars typically have four-cylinder turbo-Diesel engines. They're economical and agile. Most emergency vehicles in the Netherlands are painted with a pattern of diagonal stripes -orange and blue on a white background on police cars. Replicating this on a car this small and still having opening doors and half stud offsets was tricky, but fun. Dutch Police VW Golf (2) by Mad physicist, on Flickr I'm sure the German police use VW Golfs on occassion, but when I decided to build a German policecar a few months ago, I wanted something a bit more, well, teutonic and chose a BMW 3-series. Many German police cars are blue and silver (or blue and white) nowadays, but in Bavaria they're still painted in the more traditional green. Classy. Polizei BMW (1) by Mad physicist, on Flickr Finally, a few weeks ago I built a Police car from Britain. Most British police cars are painted in so-called battenburg markings: a high-visibility checkered pattern in blue and yellow. The car is a Ford Focus, Britain's best-selling car for many years. UK Police Ford Focus (3) by Mad physicist, on Flickr I know that most of the models in the city theme are (more-or-less) minifig scale and my models aren't. However, I'm pretty sure that many LEGO city lovers won't have seen these when I posted them in the Technic/ Model Team forum, but hope that you may enjoy seeing them and that they might give you ideas for your own (perhaps) smaller city vehicles. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC city van Citroen Jumper (minifig scale)

    Excellent van. Nicely proportioned, nicely scaled and detailed and I love the way you made the sliding door. It's a simple technique, but the best ones often are. Cheers, Ralph
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    Building style definition?

    I can see where the association between modulars and the level of detail comes from. The modular buildings that LEGO themselves have released are very detailed buildings -perhaps even a bit overly so. I personally don't think a building has to be all that elaborately decorated to be considered a modular building though. There are plenty of modular buildings here on EB that are a bit simpler and I prefer my own to be a bit less fussy-looking too, in part because they're inspired by everyday British buildings. Cheers, Ralph
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    AC Transit Bus

    It is a very neat-looking bus indeed. I prefer my minifig scale vehicles a tad smaller (my own bus, mentioned by BrickBox, is 7 studs wide), but this is very nicely proportioned and detailed. The bike rack at the front looks a bit unusual to me too and I don't think I've ever seen one in Europe, but it's a common feature of buses in the US. Cheers, Ralph
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    Building style definition?

    I think we shouldn't get too hung up on definitions, but I'm pretty sure that when AFOLs talk about a modular building they mostly mean buildings compatible with the standard used for LEGO's Cafe Corner and matching sets. This means that they follow a set of rules such that they can be linked together to form a street. Cheers, Ralph
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    MOC 1969 Mercury Cougar

    As you may know, I've built a fair few 1/22 scale cars and have posted quite a few of them on EB as well in both the twon and the technic/model team forum. I think that technically they are supposed to go in the latter, although I am not aware of any rule of things in the town forum having to be minifig scale. Somehow they just don't fit there though. If you ask most people, they'll tell you to put them in with the special themes, where just about nobody sees them. I think that people in the ttown forum appreciate this sort of MOC the most. It might not be in the same scale, but definitely fits the genre. I'd post them here if I were you, if you choose to post them on Eurobricks at all. I haven't bothered posting most of my recent MOCs on EB anymore. Cheers, Ralph
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    Boeing Ultra Stealth Business Jet

    It has some neat features, but it does not look much like a business jet nor does it look particularly stealthy. Why would you want your business jet to be stealthy anyway? Are you going to penetrate your competitors' air defence network with it? What it reminds me of are concepts of future space planes from the 'seventies and 'eighties, and IMO that's not a bad thing. Cheers, Ralph
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    Do you ever take these hinges apart?

    Obviously, if you break one, you're not doing it right. However, sometimes they are so tight that giving them a little wiggle from side-to-side seems the only way. That said, over the years I must have done it dozens of times and I can only remember breaking two. So, you can take them apart, but it's not risk free. Cheers, Ralph
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    Do you ever take these hinges apart?

    I normally leave them together, but there are times when I do want the two halves to have different colours and do take them apart. I have broken a few, unfortunately Cheers, Ralph