BrickRally217

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  • Birthday 01/07/2000

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    Thor's Weapon Quest 76102

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    Ohio, USA
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    Lego, music, filmmaking, cosplay, vedic astrology

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  1. BrickRally217

    Globe 21332 Modifications

    Ahhh, duh. You gotta believe me when I say I really spent a lot of time trying to word this post properly, but even I'm susceptible to general American ignorance of world geography
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    Globe 21332 Modifications

    Many fans have voiced their complaints that the landmasses on the Lego Ideas Globe 21332 have not met their expectations. While I don't fall into this camp as passionately as some do—because accurately representing Earth using Lego at this scale is a tall order for anyone—there were definitely some areas I wanted to tweak once I got my set. After getting tired of my original Pangaea globe, funny as that was, here's a modification of the landmasses that fits my personal sensibilities. I'll start by showing my revamped Europe as, in my opinion, it's the region that needed the most work. It looks extremely simple, but I think it works well. The curve of the globe sets the 2x2 plate next to the Iberian peninsula at a slight angle, which is perfect. You may also spot a technique that I utilized quite a bit in my modifications here, which is to let plates bleed onto adjacent "pizza slices" and use the quarter tile to give it room. Greece and the Aegean Sea are present, which were just about absent on the original model. I also made sure include a proper Caspian sea, as Lego seemed to represent this using only the gaps in the plating. The U.K. is in quite an unfortunate location relative to available studs, so my solution was to merge northern England and Ireland into a single 1x2 tile and angle it down, which came out okay. This is the same situation for Jutland, which should probably be about 1 stud east. Next, here's what I've done with Asia. Essentially, I've added more land and extended the continent further south. By doing this, I was able to achieve greater detail, including Lake Baikal (quarter round tile ~ 9 o'clock of first image), the Kara sea (way up north by the white tile), and a suggestion of the Lena river (where wedge plate is not mirrored). I also better captured the shape of Vietnam, Hainan, and the gulf area (~7 o'clock first image). The continent extending south ultimately meant less room to work with when drawing Indonesia, as seen in the image below. Still, this looks more accurate to satellite maps in my opinion, and I was still able to get the larger islands including Samatra, Java, Kalimantan, the Philippines, and Papua/Papua New Guinea. I kept Australia, Africa, and South America basically the same, but there are a few very minor tweaks. Lastly, here is North America, which I've also changed up quite a bit. The main issue I wanted to fix were the large amount of gaps, which I did by shifting the entire continent 1 stud west. This resulted in some weirdness with Central America as I kept South America the same, but I think it was well worth it. I'm most proud of the Hudson Bay, the Great Lake suggestion, and the Gulf of Mexico which came out much less rectangular looking. Anyway, that's it! P.S. you can make this version yourself if you own the globe, as I only rearranged the pieces included in the set! (and made use of spare ones!)
  3. BrickRally217

    MOD: Pangaea Globe

    Absolutely! As others have no doubt pointed out, the globe set is an incredibly versatile thing.
  4. BrickRally217

    MOD: Pangaea Globe

    Not sure why I decided to do this, but as I was building the new globe set I had the idea to leave all the green/tan pieces off and make a Pangaea globe with the parts. This is the result. I left the ship attached, so as to build the landmass on the opposite side of the interior counterweight tires. Still, they are no match for the sheer density of plates and tiles on one half, so the globe does not spin amazingly well. Lastly, a look into my process. Nothing fancy, just a screenshot and basic markups using the ruler tool in camera roll on my iPad. The X represents the point exactly opposite the ship. Hope you enjoyed this bit of random fun! I will make the original model eventually... but there's something so funny to me about a Pangaea globe.
  5. BrickRally217

    MOC: Music Dioramas

    Made some more album thingys recently! 37. Rilo Kiley- The Execution Of All Things 38. Broadcast- Tender Buttons (the vinyl copy has a red stripe along the left side, adding a nice splash of color) 39. Adrianne Lenker- Songs (kind of ended up being a blend of the album cover and this picture of her) 40. Illuminati Hotties- Let Me Do One More 41. (finally!) The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds Here are all 40 that I've made since 2017! I tried out something new this time by organizing them by color. Besides a small plant on the right, they take up an entire 4 foot shelf now! Thanks everyone for checking out new iterations of this project!
  6. BrickRally217

    [MOC] RZ-1 A-wing Interceptor

    Thank you! Totally agree about the side, it is a little rough looking
  7. BrickRally217

    [MOC] BTL Y-wing Starfighter

    Thank you! Very good use of technical terminology too, I'm not quite there yet lol
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    [MOC] RZ-1 A-wing Interceptor

    Hey! After completing my X-wing and Y-wing MOCs, this was third of the iconic Rebel fleet trio I wanted to design. It came together in about 2 weeks and didn't go through too many revisions. Of all my Star Wars spacecraft MOCs, this is probably the in-universe model that I'm the most irreverent of. I think because of that, I subconsciously approached this project not with the goal of a making a particularly aesthetic (or even necessarily hyper-accurate) model, but more as a kind of breeding ground to stimulate my imagination and experiment with strange building techniques. So, I view this as the most artful model of the bunch but probably not the prettiest to look at. And I like it because of that; a craft that I easily could have designed for the sole reason of it fitting with the others now feels like a personal expression and demonstrates my more raw sensibilities as a builder. I'm curious how you guys feel about it! The way the front of the interceptor slopes downward is very peculiar and I tried to approximate the gradualness of it by doing 2 series of bar-clip connections for the dark red platforms, and 2 more for the white edges. Inevitably, that creates some gaps, but I don't think they're too bad. Unlike my other models, this one does not have an internal structure. The closest thing to one would probably be one of these bad boys, which the whole front sloping apparatus is attached to and also connects to the pilot seat. Structural stability has not been a huge issue though, since the display stand rests on the back of the model which is reasonably built-up. The dark red section behind the cockpit hugs the windscreen very close in the actual model, so I thought having a small gap was better than having the parts extending outward from it. I think the underside really demonstrates how haphazardly this thing was designed I couldn't fit much in the cockpit, but at least it's monochromatic and there's a couple of control sticks. Lastly, an aerial view. Hope you enjoyed looking at my custom A-wing. Let me know what you think!
  9. BrickRally217

    [MOC] BTL Y-wing Starfighter

    Well, it's about that time of year where I dump pictures of my new MOCs before getting back to my life as a student. In all seriousness, I'm really excited to present my Y-wing MOC. Ever since I designed my X-Wing last year, I knew I wanted to make a Y-wing and an A-wing to accompany it. Of all the minifigure-scale Star Wars spacecraft I've designed, this model is the biggest but also the most straightforward design-wise. I found myself having very little difficulty in the build process, everything fell together very well. Don't you love when that happens? My favorite part of this ship is probably the oblong section just behind the astromech. I love the shaping of this part on the actual model, especially the cylindrical eyelets poking out diagonally, and I think I've done a good job replicating it here. I never sacrifice structural stability for detail when it comes to the undersides of my spacecraft. Maybe I could have tried a little harder here, but I think it looks reasonably presentable. Not much going on with the interior either, just enough space for a minifigure and as many control panels as I could fit! While we're here, the hull was most definitely the most challenging part of the build. It's not quite as curved as the actual model is, but since we're using Lego bricks, I opted for a straight and smooth approach over something that would have turned out angular but ultimately jagged. Lastly, here is an (admittedly crooked) aerial view of the ship. From here it's pretty evident that the copper flex-tubing I bought (in new condition) resembles reddish brown more than it does the newer elven swords in copper, which is disappointing. I like the slight sheen it gives off, but I'm not sure that makes it worth it. Hope you enjoyed looking at my Y-wing! If anyone knows where I can find other minifigure-scale Y-wing MOCs besides Jerac's, leave a comment because I've been trying to find some for a while!
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    MOC: Music Dioramas

    Nah, these don't have any relation to if I own the record on vinyl-- I actually just started getting into vinyl this year. Yes, it is truly a superior sound haha.
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    [MOC] T-65B X-wing Starfighter

    On 9/6/2020, it would seem that BrickRally217 did not have a grasp on the concept of Lego elements loosening over time, nor on his innate perfectionism. A year later, he would, in fact, fix it. Indeed, after a little while having this thing on display, the ball joints gave and the wings started to sag. So, this summer I returned to the task of solving a problem I had only previously scratched the surface of. As a builder whose strength has always lied in capturing artistic detail over things like functionality or physics, it was quite a nightmare indeed. If you'll have me, I'm going to go through my process (if nothing else to get it off my chest, lol). My first thought was "how do I improve the friction on technic pins?" My solution was absurdly simple; just put bars through them and bend the bars slightly, somehow. After a some fiddling around, I was able to accomplish this illegally; as seen below, the technic pins do not fit into the red liftarms without being slightly stressed. Still, I was okay with it, since this solution actually worked for a while, and it didn't use rubber bands, which I was vehemently against. It wasn't ideal, but it worked and it was creative. That was, until it didn't, and the parts started to loosen in much the same way the ball joints did previously. Great, I thought, I'll have to rack my brain about the functionality of gears now, since I can't rely on precarious solutions anymore. My only experience with using gears in my MOC making was when I made my Starkiller Base Forest a while back, where I had a feature where the ground split open. Still, that was a larger MOC which gave me lots of space to work with, and even so, it still only worked about half the time. Still intent on using the 3x3 cylinders for the engines and not revert to anything 4x4, this is what I came up for my next attempt. (re blue plate: Gotta love repurposing your broken Lego in places where it doesn't matter, huh? ) It's really quite similar to what I had done previously, only this time with gears running along the liftarms such that the wings will balance each other out, and the use of t-shaped liftarms to provide extra support toward the bottom. That wasn't so hard, was it? After redesigning the wings to accommodate a single-stud connection (the white bits), I attached them and... well, they were just too heavy for the mechanism I designed and the small gears. That was one sad-looking, droopy X-wing I had on my hands. After this, I took some time off from this project and made a Y-wing MOC and an A-wing MOC, both of which I'm very proud of and I'd love it if you checked them out. Coming back to this, though, I decided I'd get out of my own way and see how other X-wing MOCers did theirs. I came upon this thread from cehnot, and I saw how they used a simple gearbox, with the gears on the sides being attached to the extensions which attach the wings. I couldn't tell based on the picture how their mechanism worked beyond that, but that fundamental idea was all I needed. I came up with this as my final solution, using technic double-pins attached to the side gear, and the weight of each wing balancing out. I simply attached plates onto the technic beams and started building a new wing design! (and I gave up on the 3x3 cylinders as you can see, lol) To avoid the alternating-technic-beam problem, I simply included a mock-up 1x3 beam on the opposite side to match; easy enough. So, how did the final model turn out? In my opinion, pretty spectacular. I'm not sure if it's the best minifigure-scale X-wing MOC out there, but I would venture to say it's definitely one of the better ones. Some other changes I made were 1. a color change from my original dark red to regular red, I think it looks a lot sharper, 2. painted a stipe across a tile next to the 1x4 "red five" tile to make it the "red six". Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed seeing the completed model and/or got something out of my ramblings, lol.
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    MOC: Music Dioramas

    I'm pleased to revive this thread once again to showcase some new music dioramas! 31. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Murder Ballads 32. Lana Del Rey- Norman F#%&*!@ Rockwell! 33. Ween- The Mollusk 34. Big Star- #1 Record I really wanted to use my glow-in-the-dark bars from my fairground mixer to make the star. The problem is they are 4L which creates quite an oblong shape when the constraints are only 7 bricks tall. Still, I think it turned out great! 35. The Cure- Disintegration (I really had no choice but to use glow-in-the-dark pieces here, did I? ) 36. Angel Olsen- Burn Your Fire For No Witness 29. (Redux) Talk Talk- Laughing Stock I redesigned the tree to make it appear more circular, as well as eliminating many of the original animals attached, which originally made it look too cluttered in my opinion. This is probably my favorite album cover of all time so I had to do it justice! Lastly, I wanted to show an admittedly grainy image of my current display of this project, right above my vinyl turntable. Here's to building a whole room full of these eventually, ha.
  13. BrickRally217

    MOC: Music Dioramas

    No I haven't heard of that group but it's really awesome thanks for sharing!
  14. BrickRally217

    MOC: Music Dioramas

    Thank you!
  15. BrickRally217

    MOC: Music Dioramas

    Thanks Retro. The Talk Talk one was pretty hard and I actually might revisit it and improve it more in the future because I don't think I'm that happy with how it came out. I want to find a better way to replicate the circular shape and still make it look like a tree. Maybe attaching the animals should be a secondary consideration.