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  1. What a creative idea! I just took apart my copy of this set last week after getting tired of looking at it—I wish I'd thought to do something like this instead! There are so many nice parts in this set. My favorite of these rebuilds is the resistance bomber. Good job forcing yourself to be creative with a limited number of parts is the bread and butter of this hobby!
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    [MOC] Lego Hard Rock Cafe

    I wish I could be less disillusioned about the source material because this is a beautiful model. You are brimming with amazing part usage ideas; toolboxes, harry potter wand cases, 1x1 pyramids on the outside which mimic soundproof wall textures in studios, and my favorite, using the book elements for the desk. Expert color blocking on the exterior too, you've got just the right balance!
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    [MOC] Surf Store Corner

    My first thought was that this reminds me of the rebrickable radio station rebuild of the police station modular- then I clicked on the rebrickable link and saw in the description you said you were inspired by it. Cool! The layout of that model is so nice, it plays with depth and height in a really unique way for the modular series, and I think you've effectively put your own stamp on it. This is a really intelligent model and I love it. I love how the surf shop looks so temporary, like it's just the current iteration of that building's ongoing palimpsest. As in, there have been many businesses located there over the years, and the surf shop probably won't even be the last one. The red accents throughout the build really help bring it together which is a nice touch. The dog house is cute. My favorite part has to be the stone statue on the side of the building- probably a relic from when it was first built- and the kind of thing that, if you're a minifig who maybe walked by this corner every day during a season of your life, you'd visit the town years later and see it there, and all the memories would come flooding back. Thanks for sharing your build!
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    Millenium Falcon 7965 Mods

    This post jogged something in the recesses of my memory... oh boy, do I have a tutorial for you Looking at the upload date I was just about to turn 12 when I filmed this. Still a really good technique 12 years later!! Haha. This isn't exactly accurate in terms of detail (which I think is what you're asking about) but definitely accurate in that 4 people should be able to fit in the falcon cockpit. Lol!
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    [MOC] City-Comedy-Club

    I think this is fantastic. My favorite interior bit is the bar, I love the black and azures together, you've really made this look like an exciting place to be. I also love what you've done with the middle alleyway, but if this were my build, I would stick 2 8x16 baseplates onto the side with the green building and extend it, there's just not a lot you can do with a 6 stud interior width (although you've definitely made the best of it). The exterior detail on the comedy club building looks great, particularly the effect of the 1x1 curved slope within the arches, but also the spacing of the grey columns. For some reason I'd never thought of mounting the newer 1x6 double door frame at 45 degrees before, even though I've done that with the 1x4 door many times- what a great idea
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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!)
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    [MOC] Antique Toy Store

    Hi everyone, This is my 16x32 modular MOC which I’m calling Antique Toy Store. The ground floor is the toy shop with a marble roller coaster displayed in the front window, and the upper floors are a two-story apartment with a working clothesline in the back. There is also a working “touw en blok,” or rope-and-pulley system for moving furniture, so there is a bit of a “moving rope” motif going on. Interiors: Since these are supposed to be antique/valubale toys, I got a bit meta and turned one of the display cases into a collection of the most valuable small Lego elements in my collection. Many are from 2011’s Queen Anne’s Revenge pirate ship, including the ultra-rare and expensive dark tan plume. I was going for a Christmas-y theme with the dark red and olive green for the toy shop, and I placed a pine tree in the back to solidify that theming more. The second level has a living area and kitchen. The third level has a bathroom with a removable wall for easy access, and a giant bed, which was the last thing I created for the build. I have no idea how the minifigs got it up there. The roof section is nothing too special, but it does feature a storage area for the furniture rope. Influences: These are the references which inspired the design I chose. The ground floor was influenced by this really vibrant building I saw on a street corner when I was in Amsterdam last year. The dark red color, irregular angle of the door, arches, and small statue were ideas garnered from this building. (first pic is mine) The upper levels were loosely based around these images but are mostly a product of my imagination. Lastly, here is the antique toy store with some other modulars. (Mmmm, color therapy) Thanks for checking out my build, I hope you liked it!
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    [MOC] Antique Toy Store

    I built this in Studio and put it on Rebrickable if anyone wants to build it!
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    That's a brilliant build! It adds a nice corner while making the overall footprint of the build an even 2 baseplates instead of 1.5. I also can't believe how much better the color scheme looks on that build compared to the museum. Maybe I'll have to see it in-person before coming to any negative conclusions.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Interesting find, in the context of this discussion! Maybe leave the ground floor as-is and MOC the second floor tan? And change the trim around the windows to olive green on both floors?
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    To me, having an eye for color isn't just deciding what color(s) to use, it's also about how the designer uses them and creates visual balance. You could reasonably say the main color for Parisian Restaurant is olive green too, but as its designer, Jamie was able to accent the green (which has a dark hue) on the facade with lots of whites and light greys. It's clear that a different approach was used with the facade of the museum, opting for large blocks of green and comparably less color accents, and the accents that are there are darker colors like brown and dark tan. To me the end result is not as attractive, but that's just my two cents!
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The darn thing is hideous. Jamie Berard and his eye for color are sorely missed in the modular line. To the set's credit, I'm not sure how much changing the primary color (to something more muted with color accents?) would even help it. A modular-style museum is a pretty good idea but maybe in practice it isn't. To me it doesn't look great on the modular street. Something like this needs its own campus, surrounded on all four sides by patches of green and trees. Not that you couldn't modify it and do that yourself. The interior is really well done. The solar system display rips. And the technique for the stairs; what a great idea!
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    [MOC] Antique Toy Store

    I don't know if the residents would be too happy with a patron of the toy store climbing their staircase and trying to enter their apartment. I would get a haul from the green grocer and show up as a grocery delivery person, that might work And yes! I did want the building to feel exciting and like a "toy" in itself, it's cool you noticed that. The classic yellow really evokes the "toy" (specifically classic Lego) aesthetic to me, so I knew it was the right choice for my toy store. Some Lego city builders like to incorporate the more industrial side of things, the roads, the offices, the bureaucracy and the like. To me that stuff is off somewhere else. I strive to make my Lego city the perfect relaxing weekend trip itinerary, all in one block... wake up at the hostel, get some breakfast, visit the bookshop, peek your head in the toy store, grab a bite from the market, and spend the rest of the day in the ragtag astronomy museum/curated library just learning and learning.
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    [MOC] Antique Toy Store

    I've been holding on to that one for a while
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    [MOC] Antique Toy Store

    It's an ingenious way to move furniture! I think the windows in my modular may be a bit small though, haha.
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    [MOC] Antique Toy Store

    That's a great idea! Wish I would have thought of that before, I'm back to sorting now though and my build area is full of other stuff, so modifying it will have to come a bit later. I couldn't agree more. Even as one of the yearly modulars, like in lieu of a 32x32, a 16x32 would be amazing... more affordable and arguably packs just as big of a punch. Especially since we've gotten Assembly square, and now the rumored 2024 museum, which are 48x32. So a single 16x32 is needed sometimes to offset the difference since as most modulars are 32x32.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    Seems I've posted my thoughts in the right discussion thread, then But you raise a good point, I think it would have come out much better if they were able to do a print around the borders of the window panes, to give it some color like in your example.
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    Unpopular Opinions about LEGO

    A couple of specific ones related to some recent modulars: The use of garage door elements for the bakery window in Assembly Square has to be the worst part usage in any modular set. I get what they were going for, but the amount of lines is too harsh and it gives a "barred-up storefront" look, which, in the setting of a lively town square, palpably de-livens it. The set has some redeeming qualities but this aspect (probably to an unreasonable degree) ruins it for me. I admire the ambition it took to design the Boutique Hotel, as they were working with some challenging geometry. But I think the angles got too unwieldy, resulting in a pretty shabby build overall. I'm sure tying the middle section to one side and having it converge with the other side, rather than making the middle section completely centered, was their attempt to minimize gaps and simplify the geometry, but to me it came out looking confusing and quite straining on the eye. I'm particularly thinking about the curved windows on the second level, which, from certain angles, don't appear to match up with the door frames on the first and third levels, even though they technically do.
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    [MOC] Naboo N-1 starfighter & Razor Crest (Midi-Scale)

    Well, that's one of the most incredible Naboo fighter MOCs I've seen. Great use of the relatively new 3x3 cylinder! I was thinking of updating mine to utilize that piece as well. Even though it's midiscale, according to my calculations, a 28cm long Lego N-1 would be exactly minifig scale too. They are really small ships in-universe. I'll bet it would look great next to minifig scale sets like the ucs falcon, at-at, and some of the x-wings! You're a wizard with those angles on the razor crest too, wow.
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    (MOC/MOD)-Green Grocer Furnitures

    It’s always delightful seeing what others do with the interior of this set. I love what you did with the table legs, the coffee table build, and the SNOTed bed sheets. The dark red floor really compliments the interior too. Thanks for sharing!
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    What is your favorite Modular Buildling?

    This is my ranking, using the popular "tier" method: The originals just really do it for me. Parisian restaurant and detective's office are pretty prefect too.
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    [MOC] Small Art Gallery - Modular

    So I found this while searching for modular MOCs in the Town forum for inspiration. This is just spectacular. I'm designing a yellow half-modular right now, and I can tell you it's not easy to make that color look good, and you knocked it out of the park. Also cannot get over how amazing that looks in between the bookshop and townhouse! Who needs a whole modular layout when you have that?
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    [MOC] Interiors for Cafe Corner, Market Street, and Green Grocer

    Thanks so much for sharing! You have a lot of really good ideas. I particularly like the brown cabinet build in CC and the compartments next to the refrigerator in GG. The laundry area looks great too. And yes, I can tell that you like tiles Thanks guys
  24. My Lego project this year has been parting together the first three sets from the modular building series. I used parts from my own collection in combination with bricklink orders, and while there are a few part substitutions for cost reasons, I wanted to keep things as faithful to the originals as possible. Some of the notable changes are: CC) old style 1x2x3 panels with solid studs and 2x2 jumpers for most of the light bley turntables; MS) old style white hoses for balconies (I think these look a bit nicer too) and basic 1x4x3 windows instead of train windows; GG) the sand green walls redesigned to avoid 1x8s. My custom interiors use only parts that were accessible in 2007/08 to keep a consistent style going. It was also a really fun challenge. I hope you like seeing what I came up with. Cafe Corner After parting together the Cafe Corner, it has undoubtedly become one of my favorites of the modular building series. The warm colors on the upper floors are handsome and thoughtfully blocked out, and the dark blue on the ground floor is a fantastic idea. It being a hotel and cafe is also very inviting imagery, and I was inspired to turn it into a European-style hostel with a ground floor cafe and bakery. The ground floor cafe and bakery has a few seats and tables as well as plenty of open space for customers to stand. It's all a bit kitschy, especially the floor design I chose, but also pretty in-keeping with design sensibilities from this era of Lego in my opinion. I put the kitchen area in front of the set's blue wall to keep things visually sectioned-off. The coffee machine was a build I had a lot of fun coming up with. There is also a key on the wall, which is meant to represent keys to the door of the stairwell leading up to the hostel— I figure this counter is the one-stop-shop for everything in the building. The first floor of the hostel features three bunk-beds with storage drawers underneath for each guest, a bathroom, and some stained glass, which continues the old-world feel of the brown interior and lattice windows. The upper floor has more comfortable accommodations with three larger beds, a desk and chair and a dresser. Market Street I was really, really surprised how much I ended up loving Market Street. This set is typically found at the bottom of people's rankings of the modular buildings, but it's safely near the top of mine. Sure, it's a hair more than half a modular; but it was priced accordingly, and who doesn't like a little height variation in their layout? Besides, the open-air market space would be a terrific addition to any urban area. The ability to configure the square floors in different directions is a bit unnecessary for display, sure, but it's undeniably in the spirit of Lego. And medium blue, gosh, what a pretty color. I decided to make mine into a science museum with its medium of engagement being its library. This is a museum you could spend all day at, combing through their collection of books on the scientific topic and deepen your understanding. Much of my inspiration here came from a place I visited in Amsterdam called "embassy of the free mind". The guy in the blazer is the owner of the museum and has immense passion for the topic, demonstrated by the piles and piles of books scattered everywhere. To him, though, it's organized chaos. I tried something different with the technic bookshelf, I think it turned out pretty cool! The second floor features walls of infographics, important objects on display, and general outlines of the topic. Inside the clear case is a sextant element; maybe this is some sort of astronomy museum? I made the absolute most of the available space on the third floor to place several columns of bookshelves, a plant, and a statue of a foundational scientist in the field. The outdoor area under the awning is kept the same from the original set—a fantastic place to pass the time and read! Lastly, here's what I've done with the market space and the back side. I guess we know where the plant in the 2x2 yellow cylinder out front is grown! Green Grocer Green Grocer is a fantastic, inventive modular building and fits beautifully with the previous two. Many of the window and door elements we take for granted today were released in 2008 with this set and the Town Plan. But in my opinion the sand green groove bricks, creating a powerhouse of detail, are this set's real showstopper. It's a shame they're not more readily available. I've kept the ground floor the same from the original model. That tile design—so charming! I made the rest of the building into a spacious two-story apartment. The rug and the grandfather clock have been moved to this floor from the upper floor where they were placed in the original set, I think they give the space a lot of character. The chairs are a variation of a design I came up with for my Hobbiton MOC a long time ago, and they work well here I think, the upside down grey turntable playing nicely off the grey floor. I'm also quite proud of the sink, which I got to fit almost perfectly in the bay window, and the SNOT refrigerator using mailboxes and brackets partially locked into the wall and partially acting as storage shelves. Upstairs is a bedroom with a reading nook and a full bathroom. The bed frame is a somewhat complex build featuring hammers, continuing the set's motif of using that piece for detail. I made no changes to the rooftop patio on the original set, it's perfect as is! Thanks for looking at what I had to share! Let me know what you think