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    MOC: 1/2 Scale Grand Emporium

    Thanks again for all the kind words everyone. I have updated the photo with microscale figs and the window washer. I also took a shot mimicking the LEGO marketing shot on the back of the box. Thank you! I also am not huge on the escalators, to be honest I worked out that solution for them and didn't attempt to revise or improve it. I think they could probably be done better. I'm curious what you would have done for the grille bricks - do you think it would have been better to simply drop that detail and leave it flat there?
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    Is It worth just buying a modular building ?

    It is a great set, I am sure it will be considered a classic, and there are only 15 left on BrickLink. So there is a collector's market supply/demand thing going on there. That said, the aggregate value of the set's parts according to BrickLink is about $300. (In fact, all the modular buildings besides Market Street are right around $300 in parts value) They are mostly common, easily obtainable parts. Let's say it would cost you $350 after shipping and stuff buying from different sellers. So when someone buys the set for $600, they are basically paying $250 for those 36 dark red slopes, and the time saved on shopping from store to store to get all the parts. Yikes! The best bang for your buck is definitely buying current sets. I would rather have four copies of Fire Brigade than one Cafe Corner.
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    re-colouring of cafe corner

    The new camera came in yesterday, here's the brick-built replacement solution I was mentioning before. I still think the 2-wide dark red slopes or a black roof are better options though. Note that the 2x3 tan plate at the bottom here is just to "hold things together", if this solution were really used, that plate would be omitted and the rest of the assembly would be built directly onto the 3rd floor. (i.e. this isn't quite as neat/clean as the instructions where the assembly is completely self-contained)
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    6393 part

    I think your best bet here is to make a custom sticker.
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    Modular Building 10218 Pet Shop

    There is also the mouse, the new dog mold, parrot, frog, and spider. Plenty of stuff to fill multiple floors even without new animal molds, so I think it could go either way.
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    MOC: Sushi-Table

    Very nice, the ginger especially is brilliant.
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    MOC: 1/2 Scale Grand Emporium

    Thanks for all the kind words everyone! Good catch! It is the one detail that was omitted in this picture. At the time of photographing it, I had the window washer's platform built, but I could not find one of those strings with studs on each end for the life of me, so I left it out. As luck would have it, I found the part yesterday evening while sorting, so the window washer is now happily in place. But luck is a fickle friend: my wife came back from a trip today and told me our "good" camera had broken on the trip, and the "old" camera that I took these pictures with also stopped working today! Anyways, whenever we get a new camera, I will post an updated shot.
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    re-colouring of cafe corner

    I think your two best options are to do it in black, or to use the 2-wide dark red roof tiles like smith_sam88 suggested, which are pretty widely available. I think black would look fine, see Green Grocer for example. One other option I just came up with is this. If you look at the instructions, the roof area is made up of little modules that you build and attach, they are 2x3 at the base and 19 plates tall. I built a SNOT construction that would fit the same size parameters and has essentially the same grade of slope, using 1x1 bricks with stud, some plates, and dark red 1x1 tiles. The parts are all easily available but it would be a very parts intensive way to do it. I don't have a Cafe Corner though so I can't swap it in to see how it looks. I was going to post a picture but my camera has gone kaput today. :-( Anyways, it's LEGO, don't worry about not having it exactly like the actual set, have fun with it and make it your own. Lastly, I think the odds are in favor of this part/color combination making it back into circulation one day down the road. Patience might be a virtue here.
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    MOC: 1/2 Scale Grand Emporium

    Hi all, I have completed my next 1/2 scale version of a LEGO modular building, 10211 Grand Emporium. I decided to go the whole hog this time, with separating levels and full interior details. It was very rewarding to come up with a design that looked accurate on the outside and still maintain all the interior details. I am totally hooked on this scale, in a few weeks I will post pictures of the full layout with cars, roads, and a park.
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    Modular Building 10218 Pet Shop

    Wouldn't a 1x1 round brick make sense?
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    MOC: 1/2 scale Green Grocer and Fire Brigade

    Thanks for the kind words everyone! These have been a real blast to work on. Today I also decided to take another picture of Green Grocer to get a better sense of scale.
  12. Hi all, I haven't posted here at EB in a while but I have been working on something I thought the townies would appreciate. It all started with Marcos Bessa's lovely Little Cafe Corner, which is a 1/2 scale version of 10182 Cafe Corner. It inspired me to try the same with Fire Brigade. I enjoyed it so much that I have now done Green Grocer and Grand Emporium is nearly finished, as well as a few buildings of my own design, which will all be displayed together in a community window. Anyways, here's the Fire Brigade and Green Grocer. Lastly, here they are together with a few of my WIP buildings: Cheers, Puddleglum
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    City 2010

    ^Holy security hole, Batman! I posted that, somehow as Mariann. Is the session key stored in the URL?
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    Lego Set Budgeting

    The only sets I consider “must buys” are the modular building sets. If I only had $150 to spend on LEGO per year, that’s what I’d do. I buy sets for parts and they are all chock-full of great parts, and offer an incredible value for what you get. But I can understand if someone only wanted to build spaceships, why those sets would not interest them. But for me, those are the only AFOL sets I own, since most of the others don’t seem to be nearly as good of a value. Besides those, I mostly buy whatever I can get on sale. I’m not really big into having a huge minifig collection, so sometimes I buy sets on sale (20-30% off deals at TRU come along often enough), sell the minifigs, and end up with the parts for free or almost free. For example, I recently bought two copies of Woody’s Roundup for $40 each at TRU. I sold the figs for a total of $60, and ended up paying about $24 total for nearly 1000 very nice parts, after you figure in taxes, PayPal & BL fees, etc. In my experience, buying sets & selling the figs will get you more LEGO bang for your buck even than buying Creator sets. (Even though I love the Creator line) Occasionally I find clearance-type stuff (50%+ off), for those I buy several copies, enough so I can sell some, keep some, and end up breaking even. All that said, I find it important to budget my spending, and make proactive choices about which sets I really don’t want to miss, and which sets I am willing to pass on. Buying discontinued sets is too expensive, and once you start doing it, it takes away from your money to buy current sets, which leads to missing those and then having to buy them second-hand as well. It’s a nasty cycle. Most of us can’t have it all, so it seems better to me to get the best value out of what money we do spend on LEGO.
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    10211 Grand Emporium price gone mad

    Funny in the US all we ever hear about is how our health care system is busted and we should be more like Sweden. But if that means more expensive LEGO than I say LET ME DIE WITH MY CHEAP LEGO!!!