Carbohydrates

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  1. 1973 Buick Gran Sport I think this is my new favorite build. There were a lot of curves and angles to figure out and it was a very fun to design. I redesigned the rear of the cabin several times until I was satisfied with the pillars, but they're now the highlight of the model, I think. Almost every part of this build required some kind of weird trick to make it work the way I wanted.
  2. 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle This one was modeled after a car my dad's wife owned when she was young, a lime '71 Chevelle SS 350 coupe with a white top and stripes. This was a super fun build with some novel shaping, such as the gently sloped hood bits, the 1/5 stud recessed rear deck, and the bodywork under the rear bumper. Also, I was really happy to finally build an original design in lime green. I really like the citrus-toned high impact colors. Ha! If I did that, I don't think I could build the car in as nice a condition as I did!
  3. Nice to see a bar that looks like it was designed by somebody who's actually worked in a bar before! Though I am worried about a lack of non-slip mats back there. What a fantastic and creative build with tons of fun details!
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    Looking for a Modular-MOC designer to work with

    I think part of why you have received such immediate backlash is because you are leveraging your followers in a very similar fashion to how online influencers tend to throw their weight around to request free things. For example: requesting a free hotel room in exchange for posting photos taken in it and telling your insta/snap/whatever followers how nice it is. A lot of these folks tend to think that the "exposure" they can offer is worth more than just paying for the thing, and since this assertion is often based on ego, they get insulted when a creator would rather just get paid. The prevalence of these sorts of attitudes has led to influencers (and people who propose things like them) having a really bad reputation in creative communities. Nothing in this post so far was about you, but the existence of methods like this MAY explain why some people seem predisposed against you. Also, you're specifically talking about modular buildings, which do have a hefty parts cost, as you mentioned. If you have "over 1,000" followers right now, how many of those people need to see the photos you post and get excited enough about the MOC to purchase instructions for themselves in order for the creator to benefit? I'll throw out some arbitrary example numbers here to illustrate the point: let's say a MOC costs $300 in parts to build, and instructions sell for $20. If a creator fronts you the instructions and pieces, they are giving you $320 worth of merchandise. Thus, your post would need to directly lead to 16 sales that the creator would not have otherwise gotten in order to break even on this proposition, not even accounting for additional costs: shipping the pieces, transaction fees, and possibly even taxes if this is a significant side business for the creator. That may nudge that number closer to 18-20 sales needed, maybe even higher. To qualify this post, all of this is purely my own opinion as somebody who does make a decent amount of side income selling instructions.
  5. Yup! every one can fit a fig, and almost all of them have detailed interiors for the minifigs, too, with steering wheels, gauges, and nice seats. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda v.2.0 update: the previous version of this was always my least favorite car that I had built. It felt too short, too stubby, too low to the ground. It was just overall too small, especially placed next to any other SC car, and a bit... chunky. This is a complete overhaul and rebuild. I kept the old cabin, headlight/grill, and taillight designs. I lengthened the rear deck (and entire car) by one stud and increased its ride height by one plate. I redesigned the sides to be sleeker and accentuate the rocker panels better. The front and rear lower fascias were rebuilt as well to be a little sleeker and to highlight the exhaust pipes. The interior also had to be completely redone to accommodate the method used to build the new sides. Though it may look very similar at a glance, I believe this only has about 50% of its pieces in common with the original design. I sure like it a lot more now! "Death Proof" 1971 Chevrolet Nova Since I made a Nova a little bit ago (February, I think?), it made sense to build Stuntman Mike's unique Death Proof Nova as well. It's a very similar build, with a couple of things changed out of necessity in the color swap, but I also redesigned the front fascia. As much as I love how the front end was built on the original Nova model, someone on Rebrickable (correctly) pointed out that the aggressive angle looked more like a Chevelle than a Nova. This new build feels less clever, but is undoubtedly more accurate to the real car. The graphics on the hood are custom UV printed because I don't really like stickers.
  6. The Cyclone's nose was a lot of fun! I had wanted to build this car for a little while and couldn't really figure out how to make the geometry work in front to fit everything into place. Then, in 2019, the Dodge Charger/Challenger set came out, and it was brilliant. I borrowed the geometry of the Charger's taillights and applied it to the Cyclone's fascia and it was about perfect. Thanks, you're very kind! I don't have a book, but I do have a Rebrickable account that has nearly all of these posted to it. I won't link it directly because that feels spammy, but you can search for my username or any of these specific cars on there and you should find it.
  7. Thank you, I appreciate it! I kind of build more in a "caricature" style than a hyper realistic one, so "recognizable" at a glance is the key. Anyway, here's a new build! 1981 Chevrolet El Camino An El Camino is probably the car I've gotten the most requests for ever, so here's an '81 - specifically, the one that appeared in the series finale of Breaking Bad, and of course the standalone El Camino. This was a bit of a collaborative build, as some of the best ideas (like building the hood stripes sideways) came from a friend on another forum. I had some fun making the minifig to match, too.
  8. 1979 Ford Mustang This turned out to be a tricky one, especially since I really wanted to build a car in dark red, which introduced a lot of parts limitations. The internals of this thing are a lot of weird connections jammed into a very tight space, especially since it still has a full interior for a minifig. It's also not any specific model or trim package, because I wanted to build several iconic elements of the model year: the window louvers, hood scoop, black trim stripe, sun roof, and spoiler.
  9. Thank you, you're very kind! The Cyclone was a real challenge. When the official Dodge Charger set came out, a lightbulb went off when I built its taillight assembly, and some of the same geometry was used to get the Cyclone's fascia right. My personal favorites are these, in this order: #5: 1970 AMC Rebel "The Machine" #4: 1972 Datsun 240z pace car #3: 1967 Ford Mustang "Eleanor" #2: 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS #1: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS/Z28
  10. Oh hey, I haven't updated this thread in... a year and a half? Okay! Updated OP with 15 new original models and 4 new mods. Should be up to date now.
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    [MOC] Canada Post Delivery Truck - LEGO Ideas

    I don't know why Maersk got a special exemption, but their sets had STAMPs for longer than any other line of which I am aware - the Train in 2011 and the Triple-E in 2014, which is (to my knowledge) the last set ever with STAMPs. And what a send-off to the practice it was, with just an absolutely enormous amount of them. It was an appropriate nail in the coffin.
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    [MOC] Canada Post Delivery Truck - LEGO Ideas

    I don't think peedeejay's comment had anything to do with whether it's a good idea or controversial, but more to do with the fact that LEGO no longer allows this technique in sets at all.
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    LEGO Creator Expert 10271 Fiat 500

    I count at least 20. That would be a wild amount of new pieces in one set, which makes me fear it may be regular ol' yellow. Edit: 92946 Slope 45 2 x 1 with 2/3 Cutout Seen on rear quarter panel. 54200 Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 Seen under A pillar. 29119 & 29120 Wedge 2 x 1 with Stud Notch Right / Left Seen on rear quarter panel. 6060 Brick, Arch 1 x 6 x 3 1/3 Curved Top Seen on C pillar. 62361 Vehicle, Mudguard 1 1/2 x 6 x 1 with Arch Seen on wheelwells. 61678 Slope, Curved 4 x 1, I think? Could be 50950 Slope, Curved 3 x 1. Either would be new. Seen above front bumper. 37352 Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 1 No Studs, Curved Top Seen along sides. 15068 Slope, Curved 2 x 2 Seen along sides, roof, and trunk. 3665 Slope, Inverted 45 2 x 1 or 3660 Slope, Inverted 45 2 x 2, either would be new. Seen on rear wheelwells. 2429c01 Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Base with Same Color Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Top (2429 / 2430) Seen as door hinges. 24201 Slope, Curved 2 x 1 Inverted (could be a regular 2 x 1 flipped upside down) Seen under front bumper. 60478 Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on End - Closed Ends Seen holding windscreen in place on top. 15712 Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip - Rounded Edges Seen holding windscreen in place on top. 41769 & 41770 Wedge, Plate 4 x 2 Right & Left Seen on hood. 41747 & 41748 Wedge 6 x 2 Right & Left Seen on hood. 87087 Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Stud on 1 Side (could instead be 11211 LegoBrick, Modified 1 x 2 with Studs on 1 Side or 26604 Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 2 Sides, Adjacent or I GUESS 30414 Brick, Modified 1 x 4 with 4 Studs on 1 Side. Any of the above would be new) Seen holding rear cheese slope on front wheelwell. 52107 Brick, Modified 1 x 2 with Studs on 2 Sides (could also be 47905 Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 2 Sides, Opposite) Seen holding front cheese slope and turn indicator on front wheelwell.
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    [MOC] Big Blocks Fine Autos

    Thank you! It was really fun leaning into the sort of sleazy, manufactured nostalgia stereotypes of US used car dealers. I'm particularly pleased with the flags you mentioned. I tried several things before I settled on the triangular traffic sign pieces, and I'm really happy with the results. Thank you! I did not plan to make the lift at first (or else I probably would have made the whole thing a touch taller to accommodate the gearbox), but I'm glad I did. It's kind of the "killer feature" of the MOC. Thanks! The 240z is the first Speed Champions-scale car that I designed and it's still one of my favorites. My very favorite is the 2nd gen Camaro, though.
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    [MOC] Big Blocks Fine Autos

    Thank you! I love building cars. It's sort of been my focus for a couple years now. The torso comes from an unnamed background character from a 2003 Spider-Man set.