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  1. Two years ago, I've built a small medieval horse stable inspired by the Medieval Blacksmith 21325 (you can read all about it on its dedicated topic) : Shortly after that (I think it was in August 2021), I began working on a second model, I wanted to do something original, so I thought I'd do a joiner's workshop. Again, the inspiration comes from the Medieval Blacksmith, because I wanted my models to go together with the set, so that the village would look like a real village and not a collection of random medieval Lego creations. So I looked at the set, and noticed that there was a beautiful bed, with fine details. Surely it was made by a talented craftsman. So I decided to build his house and his workshop. Again, I used Mecabricks to design my model. It went through several iterations, over the course of about a year : The stairs moved a lot in the early stages. That's because I tried to think of the model as a real building, and for example I didn't like the idea of having the stairs inside the building because it meant the joiner and his wife would have to go though the workshop to go to their house that's above, I thought it would be better to have a clear separation between the working area and the living area, so I needed two doors and the stairs outside. But then it didn't make sense to have the stairs on the opposite side of the workshop door, so I'd have to move them to the "front" of the building, or at least the main facade. I wanted to make sure every side of the model was interesting to look at, so there's the "front" (which would actually be the back), with the workshop and house doors, the stairs, and the logs, a more relaxing / garden side with the pergola and the vines on the wall, the customer's entry with the balcony, the chimney and the sign, and a big door on the fourth side, with an oriel window above. But at one point I got stuck because I needed parts that aren't in Mecabrick's library for the roof. I tried to do something innovative with the horse stable by using the quite recent 2x4 oval tiles, and this time I wanted to use the small Technic panels 71682 and 89679. I ended up rebuilding the model with stud.io (I would have had to do it anyways to create the building instructions) and I gave it a try : Sadly it didn't quite work, I think this technique would be easier to use on a simpler model, with a square or rectangular footprint, so I'll save it for later. So I decided to reuse the technique from the stable instead, and here's the finished model : The interior is fully furnished : There's the workshop and a "showroom" on the ground floor, and a kitchen and a bedroom (with a small desk) on the first floor. I like when Lego models allow storytelling, so I thought it would be fun if the joiner made toys from his wood leftovers, and that his toys were so popular that even the prince and princess would come to buy them. It's also a nod to Ole Kirk Christiansen, who was a carpenter before he created Lego. The toys include knight figures, a watermill (which may or may not hint at my next model in the series ?), a carriage, a house, and of course a huge castle, made of interlocking wooden blocks. I haven't built this model physically yet, but I have submitted it to the BrickLink Designer Program, so maybe I'll build it when it becomes a set. You can vote for it here : https://www.bricklink.com/v3/designer-program/series-2/776/Medieval-Joiner's-Workshop, and see more pictures in the Flickr album. While I was stuck on the roof of the joiner's workshop, I've built a bridge. Again, my inspiration came from the video game Skyrim : I've spent a long time wondering how I could build the curve of the road. It's the Ninjago set 71767 that gave me the solution : using rollercoaster rails. That technique allowed me to do a simple and modular build, so there's basically each end, a middle section, the rails, the road modules and the sides. I've displayed it with my horse stable and the blacksmith at an exhibition back in september : Instructions for the bridge are available on Rebrickable : https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-133219/Leewan/medieval-stone-bridge/ I was a bit tough to break up the model in clean modules that would allow an easy build and customization, but I think I succeeded. It's possible to build the bridge as is, or to adapt it, to make it longer, narrower, the goal here was less to provide precise instructions to reproduce a specific model than guidelines to inspire people to build their own bridge. Here's a render of my two buildings with the bridge, or in other words the current state of my village (minus the blacksmith) : I'm thinking of doing a watermill next, but I'd like to do a monastic brewery as well. I'll have to do some research to make sure my model is believable, and see if I could make good monks minifigs. But maybe I could do something simpler, like a small watchtower. I'm not sure yet, and as you can see I can work on several models at the same time. Also, I'm already working on a condensed version of the joiner's workshop for the BDP series 3 if the current model isn't selected, but it could also very well become something else ! Anyways, I hope you like what you saw and that the bit about the design process of the models wasn't too boring, for those who read it all.
  2. Leewan

    BDP Series 1 discussion thread

    Yep ! I think I'll create a dedicated topic to present the model in detail in the next few days.
  3. Leewan

    BDP Series 1 discussion thread

    Oh thank you, but I'm gonna have to disagree about the once-over, I wouldn't change one single bit on this model.
  4. I had the chance to follow the development of this MOC, and I've built it yesterday, as well as an Iron Patriot variant of War Machine's Mech Armor :
  5. 4. kritch Lots of nice entries, good luck to everyone !
  6. Hello ! I'm here to share my latest medieval MOC, the Alchemist's Stilt House : The roof can be removed to access the interior : Additional pictures can be seen in the Flickr album, and if you want to seen even more angles of the model, or see how certain things are built, you can see the 3D model on Mecabricks : https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/1k2qyEWX2E0 The story of this MOC began about two years ago, when I began working on a "little" diorama inspired by Skyrim (yeah, when it comes to medieval creations this seems to be my main inspiration, but I love this game so much ). I love the idea of houses built over a body of water, like Lake-Town, in The Hobbit, so I decided to build a scene based on the city of Morthal, and more particularly the Thaumaturgist's Hut : I got pretty far, and even ordered some parts to build the model physically, but at one point I got stuck, I couldn't find a good idea to build the roof, and I ended up giving up on the model. Here's the latest update, from between mid and late 2020 : Near the end of 2021, I remembered this MOC, and thought it would be a shame to let it gather dust, even if it's digital. I really liked the idea of the stilt house, so I decided to make some small changes to the model and submit it as a Product Idea. After all, medieval models tend to do well, and I felt this was different and original enough to make an interesting set. So I reduced the footprint of the model, changed the colours to something more lively, added some plants and animals, and more importantly, I found a good idea for the roof ! I think I got really lucky with it, because I found a rather sturdy and reliable technique that leaves almost no gaps : I don't know if it's been done before, but I don't recall having seen something like that in the past. Here's a view of the model before and after its overhaul : And, last but not least, here is the link of the model's page on Ideas, if you'd like to support it so it could become an official Lego set : https://ideas.lego.com/s/p:972005357c6b40dc8c58dca72a5cf5b5 Thank you !
  7. Ah, I was wondering if we'd see a new bike this year. This one sounds really promising !
  8. Thank you everyone, and thanks for the frontpage. That's a bit of a late addition, I thought the model lacked life and this was an easy way to fix it. I'm all for realism, so thanks for the suggestion. I'll give it a try. Yeah, I understand. But I don't think it would be justified here. The Blacksmith has the anvil, the apple tree and the well that require an irregular baseplate. The stable has a rectangular footprint, so I think a simpler baseplate is enough. However the next build will have an irregular baseplate, with flowers, plants etc.
  9. I bought the Medieval Blacksmith back in April, and absolutely loved it. I hope Lego will do more sets like it, but I don't think it's wise to expect anything more. So I thought I'd do my own medieval village series. As a little warm-up, I decided to do a stable. This was directly inspired by the set : I thought the horse provided with the Blacksmith might be tired from pulling a cart full of weapons, and that the Black Falcon Lord ordered the villagers to build a stable so his army's horses could eat and rest a bit. It was quite challenging, because it's a rather mundane subject that doesn't necessarily translate into an exciting Lego model. I wanted it to be visually interesting, giving it a distinct style without making it too different from the Blacksmith, and also well made (no illegal techniques, a (relatively) sturdy build). To design my model I took inspiration from the stables in Skyrim, especially those from Whiterun and Riften : The MOC was designed with Mecabricks. I kept several prototypes of the model, that you can see here : The first version had three stalls, but I eventually decided to remove one and add a space to store the hay instead. The final model is quite close to the last prototype, only shorter : The roof can be easily removed, to make it easier to access the stalls : There's more pictures in the Flickr album. You can also see the 3D model on Mecabricks. I've also made instructions for this MOC, that you can find on Rebrickable : https://rebrickable.com/mocs/MOC-84485/Leewan/medieval-horse-stable/ Don't be afraid of the price displayed on the Inventory tab : I used several relatively new pieces, that might not yet be widely available on BrickLink. Among them there's the 76 black tiles round 2x4 (66857) used to create the roof tiles. Myself I bought them from Lego Bricks and Pieces, but it's also possible to use them in more common colours such as tan and medium nougat : The beam atop of the roof has a reddish brown "donut tile" (15535) in reddish brown, and those have just been released in a Vidyo set (see, that theme's not that bad ). It's possible to swap them for 2x2 round jumpers (18674), that are much more common. There's also the dark bluish grey ingots, or the hay bales. Also, I didn't include the parts for horses and minifigs in the parts list, so you'll have to make your own if you want to build the model yourself. Anyways, I hope you'll like it. (: Leewan
  10. Hi, I've recently built a telescope : It measures 18 x 29 x 34cm, but the tube can be separated from the tripod and the legs can be folded to store the model more easily : And the best thing about it is that it works ! Well of course it "works" just like the Grand Piano 21323 is a "playable" piano. You can look in the eyepiece and see celestial bodies, but it's not what's actually in the sky. It works thanks to a light brick, that's activated by pressing the lens : Then the light goes through a decorated glass (sets like 75810, 10273 or 70917 have features that work in a similar way), two magnifying glasses, and bounces on a mirror : And here's what you see when you look into the eyepiece : Well at least that's the principle, I will have to finetune it if I want it to work in real life. Right now it's just a digital model, that you can see in 3D on Mecabricks : https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/oK2w7Rk029k There are also more pictures in my Flickr gallery : https://www.flickr.com/photos/leewanlego/albums/72157718522288468 And, finally, if you like the idea and would like to see it become an official set in the near future, you can support it on LEGO IDEAS : https://ideas.lego.com/projects/2d338638-5679-42b6-b8d7-7c0166bab999
  11. I have built the Cobra a few months ago, and it's an excellent MOC. It's so well designed it feels like it's not even an alternate model, and the instructions are impeccable. The only downside with this creation is that it makes me want to buy a second 10265 so I can have the Mustang and the Cobra built at the same time.
  12. What if this is a flying vehicle ? A plane or a helicopter, with the Osprey rotor blades ?
  13. Leewan

    [MOC] Vintage Police Car

    Yes it is ! Thank you. I like to polish my building instructions, and in this case I decided to give them a square format in case someone (or even just I) would want to print them and put them in the yellow box of recent GWPs like the teal brick, to make as if it were a real set.
  14. On smaller parts, it takes only a few minutes to completely remove a print, and I guess it shouldn't take much longer here. I've already used this technique myself a few times (on minifig torsos, a Nexo Knights shield, and on a CCBS torso, for example). What's important is to use a good eraser (mine is a Staedtler Mars Plastic) so you won't have to spend hours on it and the result will be cleaner.