snaillad

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  1. [MOC] Ice Cream Parlor

    Excellent facade. I've got a load of light aqua waiting to be used. It's good to see the colour in a moc and doesn't get too lost against the white. It's very fitting in amongst your other buildings. The parlour inside looks very well done too. Great job!
  2. How to Design a Modular or a Non-Modular Building?

    Nice to be mentioned, thanks! I subscribe to quite a few groups on flickr and own quite a few books on the subject of architecture - I probably still couldn't quote you many terms for parts of features from buildings though! I am inspired by what I find online, in books or even out in the real world. I use google maps and street view a fair amount to study buildings further. I like to try and recreate styles where possible with what bricks I have or with minimal online ordering. If I find a particular piece and think many of them together would make a convincing feature I will try and bulk buy for future projects. I started out making modulars but found an open backed approach is more flexible allows certain details without interruption. An example of this would be Avenue St.Jacques. The middle two floors have a continuous column like you see in real life. At the time I also didn't have as big a collection as I do now and trying to reinforce a floor to make it stackable meant a lot of plates on top of each other. I also found it to be far easier to construct interiors and get better shots of them. Anyway this method is now my preferred way of MOC'ing. I have a small sketchbook where I roughly draw out ideas with a few features and write down things I plan to make in the future. I find the hardest part is starting, once I'm on a project it's fun but finding the right idea and getting enthusiastic about it sometimes takes ages. Does anyone else get this? Reading what others have said here about building everyone seems to have a different way! My method is to try and make something I've not built before such as different window frames as they tend to take up a lot of a facade. I then concentrate on the 'street' level floor to what the shop(s) might be an get an idea of the footprint of the entire building. I like designing the shop fittings and doors and trying to make it look interesting and varied. The scale I build in is not particularly realistic compared to the size of minifigures I place on the scenes. I never use a LDD program its all done using trial and error with real bricks only. Once my first two floors are built, there is no going back for me I just continue building and try and come up with something that fits into what space I've got left so the roof tends to always be an afterthought. I'm hoping to change this in the future! I have similar opinions with the methods and advice from @cimddwc and @sonicstarlight Here's to a great seeing some great building MOC's in the town forum in 2018!
  3. Liebherr LR 11000

    I don't know enough about technic and mechanics of it either but the size and scale are incredible. One of the best creations I've seen! Well done!
  4. MOC: Kahuka's Koffee

    Thanks Man with a hat! It's a slightly different style to what I've made recently but I'm definitely going to keep on varying my styles. Thanks Kevin. If it inspires you I'm flattered! I look forward to seeing your future builds! Thank you Gabriele! The roof is quite flimsy, but least it stayed sturdy for the photos! Thanks Jalemac! I've always been here! Although admittedly it's been a couple of years since I made something this tall! Glad you like it and the interior too (It was really fun to make!) Cheers!
  5. MOC: Kahuka's Koffee

    Thanks peedeejay I'm glad you like the many details! I agree there is not many examples where there is more than 2 colours in the facade. I decided on a third as I've made white/tan and black/white twin facades before and wanted to see if I could make it more interesting with a third. The main real-life building which was inspiration is a tiny pic which I still can't find where its from. It has a red bottom floor, two floors of tan and then two floors of white, the tan colour is perhaps less harsh when compared to lego tan and thus it blends in a bit better. It'd be great if TLG could do an off-white colour, I could always find use for that! The wedge plates in tan and white are 4x4's. The grey one is a 6x6 wedge. I had to use smaller wedges above as I don't own 6x6 plates in tan or white - I'm not even sure if they exist. It would definitely look better but hopefully its not too detrimental to the facade. Hi Roger. I've went with vertical columns and arches in line between the different colour floors to try and make it somewhat continuous. I felt it may of just got lost in a sea of one colour being 4 floors and a single colour. I'm glad you noticed the roof, its a bit precarious in places and its photographed to hide the ugly gaps on the corner, but pretty pleased with how it looks! Yeah it's normal 4 stud length bars in the arches. I've used a bracket with studs on the side to kepp them in place, they do easily mis-align though. Thanks very much Koala, glad you like the details! The SNOT I was probably most pleased with is the doorway hidden behind the van. Oh well! Thank you cimddwc, building the interior was alot of fun. The proportions may be odd but then again so is having windows and arches on the inside of my coffee shop I'd definitely be thrown out of the architects circle - if they have one! Thanks Beverly. I couldn't of made a fitting like that until some of newer pieces in black came along just recently. Thank you JLSD! Thank you very much littleworlds! I've done a fair bit of window framing here but it's less noticable as I've put columns in between so they appear set-back rather than protruding. If I can get some more jumper plates in weird colours I'd certainly try framing and go for colours instead of columns just to see how it looks. Something like from St.Petersburg would be nice! Really please you also like the interior! Cheers! Cheers Bfenz!
  6. MOC: Kahuka's Koffee

    Hello all. I've finally completed my last build of the year with Kahuka's Koffee. A building influenced predominantly by neo-classical architecture. It has taken about 3 months to complete. I've wanted to try my hand at more varied styles of architecture. It's been 4 years since I last had a go at a classical style. The problem I find with this style is that it tends to be all one or very few colours and it makes picking out details more difficult so I've opted to vary the colours of floors and put highlights in where I could. I wanted to include a rounded roof mainly to finally use the PAB cup full of 1x4 slopes in black I got a while back. I also was keen to incorporate balconies and many arches - common in classical architecture. There is an interior but only for the ground level floor (Said here in the UK), but I've not chosen to build upper floors as it would take too long and frankly I just didn't have enough plates to build another 5 floors If you're wondering why it's called Kahuka's Koffee, there is a subtle hint of the Islanders theme in the facade. I've included a slightly updated version of my streamlined delivery van which I made some years ago to give some busyness feeling to the street. Anyway here's all 9 pics; If you wish to view them at flickr my stream is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/52656812@N04/ If you have any questions about techniques I used or any comments please feel free. Cheers!
  7. What is Town Forum to you?

    I've been coming here a while and during that time modulars and the winter village theme have gained popularity so I probably expected that they will take up a higher percentage of topics than say classic town which was the highlight when I joined. Perhaps its a little winter village heavy at present but that's the time of year and it will fade away in a couple of months. Personally I enjoy seeing well made and interesting ideas for vehicles and smaller builds such as fountains and the such. I try to view and comment when I have the time when someone has put time and effort into a well made MOC. My preference is much more towards original MOCs rather than layouts of modular buildings and MOD's but thats just my personal taste. I would like to see the town forum have some separate sub-topic threads for things such as townlayouts/modular talk+mocs/vehicles etc. I find there is quite a bit to wade through to find something I want to comment and express my interest in. With so many topics of all sorts of nature all lumped into one place as a poster you're not likely to stay on the first couple of pages of the town forum for long so people might not go trawling back through pages to find whats been going on. When I've had a couple of spare hours and I've been back through the pages I find some great MOCs which have had very little interest and I'm surprised how little interest they've had. For any newcomers to the forum they might find something they've spent a lot of time on gets relatively little attention and they might be discouraged from posting again and getting involved in other topics. I think there is less need thesedays for pictoral reviews when brickset/BB and especially jangbricks do a decent job with well balanced opinions and good lighting! I agree with wookiee, one of my pet hates is people who join the forum to purely to self promote their lego-ideas topic and have little time and interest on anything here. I still enjoy coming here and try to visit on a daily basis to see what people have come up with but think the town forum could do with a bit of streamlining! Just my 2 cents.
  8. [MOC] St. Peter and St. Paul's Church

    Very nice indeed! The dome is well done and I like the rounded shape of the wall at the rear. My favorite part is the front door, Using the underside of bricks as well as on-top looks like it might be easily breakable but looks great!
  9. [MOC] Modular- Jeweler

    I agree, the interior is done very well but I find it a little full-on with the amount of gold in the exterior. I think in this case 'less is more'. I think it needs colour or texture to break up the facade. Most of the gold pieces used are quite flat. It's quite a sleek build but personally when I think of jewelry shops I think of an older building. Stone or maybe timber framed with gold curved decorative elements - the kind found in ninjago sets and the such. Anyway keep it up and I look forward to seeing what you do next!
  10. Very nice work! It looks like you've captured the styles of buildings very well compared to the source material pics. Even without the gold coloured roof there is plenty else here to be enjoyed, I really like the busyness of the street but those beers are an excellent touch! Nice one!
  11. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    For me, the Parisian restaurant set a very high standard of detail/interesting and varied techniques on all floors inside and out. The two sets I purchased since, the DO and BB both left me feeling rather deflated in comparison to the PR. Maybe I'll enjoy AS if I get around to purchasing it. It doesn't inspire me going forward and I would call it maybe just above average from what I've seen so far because can pick maybe 4-5 modulars I like more. I'm probably just a more harsh critic than others because I really like this genre of architecture and have built many moc's in this style/era. In terms of techniques I would of preferred the use of the larger 6 wide rounded glass piece on the corner, if they could of figured a way to use that piece whilst making the model stable that would of been an excellent technique (built sideways), instead they copped out and put the 4x4 curved window on the inside of the window frame. A conveniently placed post box is and minifig is hiding that gap on several pictures To me the fully snotted facade lacks any interest because its rows of tiles over and over again. For me this would have been a good opportunity to give us a different kind of window technique, or even build the lintels as part of the snot facade instead of using the arch brick vertically. I like the style of lettering used to say 'Diner' although I would of preferred it mounted vertically. For me it looks as if the whole car has been based around the pretty high door piece, it makes it feel much higher than it's supposed to. I appreciated they are unlikely to make a new one for this vehicle especially, a door piece one/two tiles shorter would maybe of helped bring the height down The tail fins of course are essential to this genre of car but they look just as laughably out of proportion much like the wheels used in the Palace cinema's vehicle were also pretty 'off'. It's supposed be a 16+ set and the car doesn't seem very 'advanced'. Perhaps EB member de-marco could show them a thing or two about making a car!
  12. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Glad to have finally seen the pictures. Pretty weak all over IMO. The one set a year I look forward to and it feels pretty 'meh'. I'm a big fan of and have built many Art-Deco/Streamline MOCs and I do alot of study into the architecture before and whilst building and this modular just feels lacking in technique and interest. The top two floors in tan are seriously lacking. It would of been a good chance to do a more interesting colour to reflect the period, the windows and lintels are dull and the roofline is not much better. I'd much rather they had continued the whole theme of the white/teal/pink all over as part of a corner rather than filling it with this bland tan/black/grey combo. For me the car is a waste of space - looks a bit too chibi for my liking. I'd rather they used the pieces for some other details - perhaps the interior. The diner seems okay but the floors above seem like an afterthought. Lacking in any interesting details - the minibuilds look very uninspiring. It's not ALL bad though - I prefer normal minfigure smiley faces but the ones they have selected are nice, I can still get normal smileys from Bricks and pieces. The minifigure torso's are decent too. The teal colour I wouldn't say no to either, not sure how much is downstairs but it could come in useful for something. The price is decent for here in the UK for the amount of pieces. Personally I think it would of been a better building as a complete corner set, much of the side stairs and 'eyebrow' are probably going to get 'lost' when connected up against another building. I think this diner concept would of been much better suited being a two floor building with a tall downstairs with a mezzanine floor with more tables and perhaps 'memorabilia' on the other walls and then an apartment above. I still haven't purchased AS but looking at the last three modular buildings in a row, it seems quite a big come down compared to AS from last year. I'd be interested if anyone can truly say that this is 'progress' or that 'modulars just keep getting better'. I think the modular buildings sell well no matter what so maybe they don't even have to try very hard thesedays.
  13. [PRESS RELEASE] 10260 - Downtown Diner

    Glad to have finally seen the pictures. Pretty weak all over IMO. The one set a year I look forward to and it feels pretty 'meh'. I'm a big fan of and have built many Art-Deco/Streamline MOCs and I do alot of study into the architecture before and whilst building and this modular just feels lacking in technique and interest. The top two floors in tan are seriously lacking. It would of been a good chance to do a more interesting colour to reflect the period, the windows and lintels are dull and the roofline is not much better. I'd much rather they had continued the whole theme of the white/teal/pink all over as part of a corner rather than filling it with this bland tan/black/grey combo. For me the car is a waste of space - looks a bit too chibi for my liking. I'd rather they used the pieces for some other details - perhaps the interior. The diner seems okay but the floors above seem like an afterthought. Lacking in any interesting details - the minibuilds look very uninspiring. It's not ALL bad though - I prefer normal minfigure smiley faces but the ones they have selected are nice, I can still get normal smileys from Bricks and pieces. The minifigure torso's are decent too. The teal colour I wouldn't say no to either, not sure how much is downstairs but it could come in useful for something. The price is decent for here in the UK for the amount of pieces. Personally I think it would of been a better building as a complete corner set, much of the side stairs and 'eyebrow' are probably going to get 'lost' when connected up against another building. I think this diner concept would of been much better suited being a two floor building with a tall downstairs with a mezzanine floor with more tables and perhaps 'memorabilia' on the other walls and then an apartment above. I still haven't purchased AS but looking at the last three modular buildings in a row, it seems quite a big come down compared to AS from last year. I'd be interested if anyone can truly say that this is 'progress' or that 'modulars just keep getting better'. I think the modular buildings sell well no matter what so maybe they don't even have to try very hard thesedays.
  14. [MOC] Modular: Town Bed & Breakfast

    I really like the colour palette used. More natural building colours with the use of flowers to brighten it works very well. I really like the interiors and it is very well photographed to highlight the excellent details. Well done!
  15. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    To me the essence of a 'modular series' building is something that fits a standard pavement/sidewalk size and that is more importantly modular in relation to its stack-able floors. I don't foresee a stack-able train station, even shoeing in a hotel or restaurant etc above it would probably detract from an imposing station by way of increased piece count and price. Modulars are a tried and tested formula, I can't imagine they will stray too far outside the safe norm however I could envisage TLG making an additional large style city set perhaps not modular but under an expert line perhaps to commemorate the 60th anniversary (And their current love for high piece/priced sets). Either way with people posting on EB and other sites their city styled/modular buildings it becomes harder for TLG to surprise and interest me. The only set I buy a year is now the modular building and I still haven't purchased AS yet - doesn't really excite me. I hope for better in the coming year.