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  1. oo7

    LEGO Masters US Show

    Thank you for sharing this behind-the-scenes account. I figured I'd check EB for a topic on the show and to see if anyone knows if some of the competitors post mocs online. Since you have insider info, can you also say whether the teams had any assistance (for example with motorization) or if there was anything else notably not made apparent to us viewers?
  2. Thank you, Gary. Always nice to receive feedback from you!
  3. Thanks! That's right, they're built with sun-dried mud bricks covered in earthen plaster. The palm boughs sticking out the structure provide structural support as well as scaffolding mounts for annual resurfacing of the plaster. And yeah, one of motivations to build this was that I had never seen any Lego models pertaining to precolonial sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. Thanks, folks. That head tie, or kufi, on the lone woman is an old technique. I linked a preceding example of it in a comment on this photo's flickr page.
  5. When Mansa Musa, ruler of the Mali Empire, returned to West Africa from his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1325 CE, he annexed the Tuareg-Mandinka trading city of Timbuktu and there built a grand mosque and royal palace on the banks of the River Niger. Part of the mosque still stands today, but the palace no longer exists, and no accounts of its architecture are known to modern scholarship. Thus, I have built this speculative model in the Sudano-Sahelian style of several contemporaneous Malian structures, such as the Great Mosque of Djenné. The Lost Palace at Timbuktu by Nathan, on Flickr In the courtyard, Mansa Musa holds an audience with his subjects. This scene, attested by the medieval Arab historian Shihāb al-‘Umarī (c. 1300 – 1349 CE), features a wide ebony throne flanked by elephant tusks mounted on a dais in front of which stand in two rows the lesser kings of Mali and behind which are assembled enslaved Turks and other mamalik brought from Cairo. One slave holds a silk sunshade topped by a golden falcon, while others play West African instruments including a goblet drum called the djembe and a double-headed drum called the dunun. The photo I've used for the background was uploaded by Ralf Steinberger under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
  6. That's a pity, but thanks for informing me! That combo looks great. I'll try to get my hands on those pieces eventually. Thanks again!
  7. Thank you so much for these nice photos! Very helpful. I hope someone who has the Medusa hair will yet find this thread!
  8. I don't own these hair and headgear parts, and I'd like to know how well they fit together with these beard parts. First is the Medusa hair https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?id=118155#T=P and the medium short beard https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=93223&name=Minifig, Beard, Medium Short&category=[Minifig, Body Wear]#T=P Second is the Flying Warrior helmet https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=24088&idColor=115#T=P&C=115 and the Gandalf beard https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=10052&name=Minifig, Beard, Rounded End&category=[Minifig, Body Wear]#T=C (or if that doesn't work at all, the Sensei Wu beard https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=93069&name=Minifig, Beard, Fancy&category=[Minifig, Body Wear]#T=C or Vitruvius beard https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=15442&name=Minifig, Beard, Long with Knot&category=[Minifig, Body Wear]#T=C&C=1) Photographs would be appreciated, especially if the parts fit slightly less than perfectly.
  9. oo7

    Spanish Colonial Outpost

    Nice job on this bartizan. It's definitely a distinctive feature of early-modern Spanish and Portuguese forts and a treat to see in such a Lego model, but your rendition of it would be more accurate if you enclosed it more. Generally they have just a few small windows. I think the crenellations could also be more accurate if desired. Did you refer to any photographs when designing them?
  10. The top five that stood out to me happened to be listed consecutively: 8. stebai - 1 9. antp - 1 10. 6kyubi6 - 1 11. jaredchan - 1 12. Rustony - 1
  11. Another addition to the list, from the Adult Swim animated sci-fi comedy series Rick and Morty:
  12. oo7

    MOC: The Fawlty Towers Hotel

    Thanks; some of my architectural models built on this scale include the diner and "origin mirror" shrine which you can find on my photostream through the linked image in my signature. Great, thank you! I could certainly build a good likeness of Basil's Austin on this scale, but I think I'll reserve that for next summer by which time I'll have made other changes.
  13. oo7

    MOC: The Fawlty Towers Hotel

    A previous commenter in this thread, grum64, sent John Cleese's personal assistant a message with a link to this thread. The kind response is quoted below. Now to respond to the recent comments: Pop cultural creations do seem to do very well on that site, but I'm not sure I could honestly put this up with the intention that this concept would fit their needs. It's a huge diorama with no easy way to create playable figures! Thanks so much! I'll do my best, but I think it will be a distant future... Is not fire, is only bell (it's a semitone higher than the burglar alarm)! Thanks very much for the generous compliments. Post photos when when it gets one! I'd love to see a minifigure scale exterior. Ho there, I don't know if I could manage to build the exterior on this scale! But hey, that's great. I put quite some effort into getting the frame and panel look of the doors correct and so appreciate your observation.
  14. oo7

    MOC: The Fawlty Towers Hotel

    Thanks, Tedbeard! You're a face I recognize - you must not have changed your avatar since the days of the EB Pirate Ranking System! Thank you, Gary. I'm happy to share this here with some Europeans after exhibiting it for mostly Americans at Brickfair! I'm glad you fancy this one too, and when I likely have it back with improvements next year, I can show you the run of it if you like. Do it! I re-watched some episodes for reference and found I enjoyed myself more than I would have expected. If I do the dining room, I'll definitely do the kitchen too, but I think the second floor with the stairs that go up more than necessary just to come down again would be most unique. Thanks for your compliment! Glad you like it, and you have some great models on flickr yourself. I've added you too. I had hoped it might be a worthy hommage; thank you. Your avatar seems to honor a television series as well, Babylon 5? Thanks! Of course it's one of my very favourites along with Black Books, Black Adder, Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em, and although it's not a sitcom, Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe. Much appreciated, and I just saw your nice Gettysburg scene on flickr having admitted it to the Historical LEGO group (I've been a bit behind on the queue lately!).
  15. According to Bricklink, the transition wasn't universal and immediate, but rather primary color 2x4s without cross supports appeared in Basic Sets through the early 80s before being wholly phased out in 1984, while the rare light grey 2x4 without cross supports is listed as an alternate for 1990's King's Mountain Fortress, though this seems somewhat suspect to me.