Lt. de Martinet

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  1. New Color Reference Photos!

    My Colorstream just got a huge upgrade, with all new photos :) This time around, I used an 18% gray card to set the white balance, and kept the lighting very consistent between each photo. I also did very minimal (synchronized!) lighting/contrast adjustments in Photoshop. This results in the baseplate looking very nearly the same hue, saturation, and value in every single photo—which it should, since it's the same baseplate! This identical white balance allows for much easier side-by-side comparisons—like in Linus Bohman's Colorschemer tool! Also, I used manual focus instead of auto-focus, with longer exposure times to lengthen the depth-of-field, so the images are nice and crisp. I was more thorough about removing dust and cat hair too, so it's prettier all around :c) ——————————————— My other color resources: A list of all known color info, far more complete and up-to-date than either Peeron's or BrickLink's lists: ...and a timeline showing when colors were introduced and discontinued: ——————————————— Cheers! Ryan
  2. Reverse Engineering Contest IV!

    Don't forget to show me your solution :)
  3. Reverse Engineering Contest IV!

    ------------------------------------------------------------- Week 1: Here we go! Sandro's box kicks off our challenge. Part restrictions: • Color is irrelevant • No Travis bricks! • Sides may be substituted with 1x4 plates or tiles. • Top and bottom may be substituted with 2x4 plates. If you figure out how it's built, then privately show it to me, and you can start solving the follow-up challenge for this week. Each challenge this week will earn you one point! Scores are kept on the scoreboard. GO GO GO
  4. Reverse Engineering Contest IV!

    Simon told me to post it here, so here it is :) I'm hosting a competition over on Flickr. Each week, I will post a tablescrap, and anyone who wants to participate has to try to figure out how it's built! Here are the rules: Weekly challenge Each week I will post a challenge on Monday to my flickr page (and also this thread, I think!). This picture will be of a tablescrap-esque item with hidden innards. Your challenge each week you choose to participate will be to figure out how it's built, and privately show or explain to me your solution. The catches: • There may be -- and often will be -- more than one correct solution. As long as you achieve the same result, it's acceptable. "The same result" will be defined by me, together with the challenge's submitter. • I may put part limitations for the solution (e.g., "no headlight bricks"). • Digital builds ARE allowed, but they must be images (e.g. jpeg), not LDD or LDRAW files. Participants Anyone may join in at any time, regardless of whether you have played in previous rounds. No need to register or anything, just start building :) The easiest way to share your solution with me is by uploading it to Flickr (marked private) and adding me to the photo, but you can also message it to me, or send me a link to a site that no one is likely to find your solution (photobucket? majhost?). Follow-up If you got the right solution for the weekly challenge, I will send you a follow-up. Solving this will earn you another point. Points For the right solution, you'll get 1 point. I will keep track of these on the scoreboard. Everyone who submitted a build before the challenge started will get two points (regardless of how many were submitted/accepted), plus of course the standard points for "solving" their own challenge the week it runs. Amount of time I will post each new challenge on Monday morning (hopefully early MT). You will have from then until the next Sunday is over. Time zone is MT (Mountain Time), which is 6 hours behind GMT. The follow-up challenge ends (at least for full points) at the same time (Sunday at midnight), so the faster you solve the weekly build the more time you will have to solve the follow-up. NEW RULE Follow-up challenges will be posted publicly along with the next week's first challenge. This gives people who were stuck on the first challenge a chance to try the follow-up. Solving the previous week's follow-up will only earn you 1/2 point, though, so try to solve them in their own week! After two weeks, no points are awarded for the follow-up. Posting the solutions As long as the weekly challenge is ongoing, every solution must be kept private. You can post your solution to the group once the next challenge has started. Due to the new rule, please wait another week before revealing your solution to the follow-up! Anyone who posts their solution early will lose 2 points! Prizes First Place: Set 21301 Birds, thanks to Beyond The Brick! PLUS a nice assortment of useful/rare/interesting parts from me Second Place: A new set in the $15 range (TBD), PLUS a small assortment of parts! Third Place: A small surprise polybag set :)
  5. LEGOLAND non-production parts

    A beautiful part! It's ~kind of~ non-production. It only comes in sets in White and Chrome Blue -- but guess what color Lego used underneath the Chrome coating? (Which is not to say that the chrome on your part has been removed -- just that it escaped chroming in the first place! This happens quite often with printed parts, there are usually a few unprinted/coated versions floating around...)
  6. REVIEW: 70809 Lord Business' Evil Lair

    The pants are NOT glued. At least, mine weren't. Pull harder.
  7. Where do Rare/HTF Parts come from?

    That purple looks like BL's "Purple" (104 Bright Violet) to me. I'm very intrigued by that odd technic brick and the inverted slope... it's very rare to see prototype parts that never made it into sets in any form or color! This is a cool thread. I thought I'd post some of my rare parts here. I'm not naming sources either... just that they came very indirectly from Billund (probably) :) None of these have ever appeared on Bricklink: ...and I just now noticed that the hard Blue spear is listed by a couple sellers now. Ah well :) (and yes, that is a 50x50 Black baseplate :) And here's my Bayer/BASF test bricks: Bayers etc. by eldeeem, on Flickr
  8. What kind of AFOL are you?

    Are you a member of a LUG? Yes, CoWLUG (Colorado/Wyoming LUG) Are you actively participating in your LUG? Yes If yes, what do you do (e.g. helping out during events, making displays, etc.)? Contribute MOCs to displays, help coordinate displays every now and then, help during sorting/building events Would you consider supporting more actively the online AFOL community (e.g. Eurobricks) as moderator, regulator (indexing, ...), making set reviews, etc.? No If the answer is no, what's the reason (e.g. lack of time, ...)? Lack of time, mostly
  9. Color Chart

    That is odd! From the photo I'd say it looks closest to Dark Azure; that's a very rare non-production color for that part, though I have seen it before. Where/when did you get it? The darker blue is interesting, too :) That sounds right, though I don't remember where I heard that name... I just took the Peeron name for that one. Do you know if that color was ever used for anything else? Ah, thanks for the info! I bought the Technic 1x4 bricks from Magicbricks; they were labeled as "Fabuland Brown" there, though that's obviously not the case. I agree, it (and the gears) look like a plastics issue rather than a technically separate color. Is there an "actual" Rust color? This maybe? That's good to know! I'll have to hunt down that eye... do you know which watch sets had those unique colors? Of course! I even have several parts in that color. That's going on the chart now :D I don't think I have that on the chart; I'll have to look at my collection. I used a KKII sword for Flat Silver (?); is that correct? Still, good to know! I'll look for that one anyway :) I'll look for that; I'm pretty sure I know what it looks like. Are there any non-rubber Lemon Metallic parts? I think I have parts in both of those Clikits colors. Are the transparent yellow Clikits parts really different from the yellow Bionicle eye stalks? They look identical to me. I know Light Salmon and Salmon (BL names); those are the 1x4 tiles and the vase base thing next to it. What parts came in the other salmons? And I saw that Maersk Blue was in a non-licensed Duplo set; I have one of those "Maersk" Duplo parts, and it looks markedly different from regular Maersk, but that might just be yellowing. Do you know anything about this color? Thanks so much, Aanchir! It really helps to have someone like you to reconcile all of the different naming systems, and I greatly appreciate the time it must take you. How do you find all the official Lego color names, and what they line up with? Cheers! -Ryan
  10. Color Chart

    This is my longest-running project, a color chart. I'm using 3001 2x4 bricks as the ideal base sample. At the moment I'm trying to avoid variations within a single color (Pearl Gold, I'm looking at you), unless they are markedly different or a prominent site distinguishes the two. I started with the Bricklink color chart, and added colors from the Peeron chart, BL color notes, and other places around the internet. Color Chart by eldeeem, on Flickr It's NOT complete, and may never be. Here are the colors I know I'm missing, off the top of my head: Red Pink (from Peeron's chart; Clikits only) Light Pink (The only BL color I'm missing) Transparent Bright Yellowish-Green (Similar to BL's Trans-Bright Green, pre-Atlantis) Titanium Metallic (I have this, but forgot to add it before taking photos) Pearl White (Clikits version) Duplo Ochre Yellowish color Please let me know if you know of any other colors, or if you want to trade some of the colors I'm missing! Anyone? Anyone? Aanchir? ;P Cheers! -Ryan H.
  11. FAPC Voting Thread

    Two points to: 50. Momo's Machine - CarsonBrick And one point each to: 63. Nutcracker Mech - Classicsmiley 36. The Source of All Ants - Ryclen 31. Chicken Case - bloei ...If I'm not too late to vote :)
  12. MSFC: Freighter over Ice Planet Biodome

    Thanks all! They are Modulex 1x2 tiles :)
  13. MSFC: Freighter over Ice Planet Biodome

    Thoughts? :) - Ryan H.
  14. Waterdeep

    I'm guessing... 1.19 meters? :) Nice creation! Lots of different things to look at... you could spend hours discovering all the hidden details :) Gotta love those white leaves ;)