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  1. So I hope this is not an entry that anybody else took before I do now! If so please don't blame me too much, but I couldn't find any entry in this forum concerning this topic! So what I wanna do here is the following: As a beginner it is very hard to start a collection! Many questions have to be answered! This topic should help anyone who is interested in building his own creation out of LEGO and needs some advice which bricks and wich colors of bricks he should own before getting started. From my point of view it is important to have a wide range of different bricks in different colors before starting to build his/ her MOC. Because otherwise you won't be able to be as creative as possible. After reading the last sentence, everyone should shout out: You are silly! That's a lot of money to spend before I can get started! Exactly that's what this entry tries to figure out: Which parts do I need to get started as soon as possible! And here I need your help! Please post in this thread which parts you think someone at least needs to get started building a castle for example. Or if you are interested in the space theme and/ or already built something - then you have the experience others do not have, and here is the place where you can share! What is needed: First you should post what can be built out of the bricks you post. e.g.: Architecture, Castle, Forest, ... Second, give a short overview which colors you needed to build your creation. e.g.: for a castle you need dark bluish gray, light bluish gray, black, reddish brown, ... Third, are there any kinds of bricks that been needed especially to build a great MOC. e.g.: for a castle you surely need these bricks: 98283.jpg and/ or 60808.jpg From my point of view the quantity of parts is not needed - everyone should make his own decision how many of a kind he/ she want to own. Finally I will sum up all your posts in this post, so everyone has a quick overview what the community came up with! I give you an example: To build a realistic Forest you need the following: Colors: Plenty of dark green, bright green, green, olive green, black, reddish brown, dark reddish brown Kinds of bricks: These parts you should not miss in your collection: 2417.jpg, 2423.jpg, 30093.gif, 55236.gif If there are any other colors or bricks you use when creating a realistic forest please post it and I will add them in my post. So I am looking forward to read your suggestions and of course if this topic make sense! I will accept any feedback from you! If you say, no we do not need this stuff or you know where I can find something similar in the www please post it!
  2. LEGO Architecture 2014 Set News Picture courtesy Promo Bricks. Thanks Herky for the news. 21020 Trevi Fountain Price: ?? Parts: ?? Original Post Follows Have been following the 2013 thread and figured we needed a 2014 thread to go along with the others...from what I keep hearing the Marina Bay Sands and Eiffel Tower will be out, but have not seen or heard a date on those two. Not sure if there are other rumored sets yet or not...would love to see what others have heard.
  3. It's wonderful to see that The LEGO Group's confidence in the Architecture Series has increased enough for worldwide landmarks to appear! In what might seem opportunistic timing, with the fast approaching 2012 Olympics being held in London, TLG has revealed that its latest Architecture set will model what is probably London's most iconic landmark: the clock tower of Big Ben. As has been pointed out innumerable times, Big Ben is actually the name of the huge bell which resides within the tower, itself forming the north-west corner of the Palace of Westminster; the tower itself is known simply as the Clock Tower. But if you say 'Big Ben', I imagine people from around the world will immediately picture this famous tower. This review is a team effort by Pandora and myself (with a little extra help from a certain someone at a crucial point ). The opinions presented here are ours; fortunately we agreed on pretty much everything so there was little need for discussion! Anyway, with further ado, Pandora and Rufus are proud to present.... Review: 21013 Big Ben Set Information Name: Big Ben Number: 21013 Theme: Architecture (Landmark Series) Release: 1 June 2012 Parts: 341 (our count) Price: US $29.99 | EUR 29.99 | CAD $39.99 Links ... Brickset ... LEGO Architecture We'll update the price information, links and the official set description as they become available. The Box The smart but rather austere box livery of the Architecture range continues with this set. I see no reason to change it! Big Ben sits atop a technical drawing which may well represent architectural plans of the Palace of Westminster, but who's checking. The eagle-eyed among you might note that this latest addition to the Architecture range is designed not by Adam Reed Tucker, but instead by Rok Zgalin Kobe, a Slovenian architect. The back of the box is more colourful, sporting a scale render of the model, with some pictures of the real building in atypical English weather: The text is a language lesson describing the enclosed booklet, which is in English, and mentions the two Architects of the tower, Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. The narrow sides are well suited to a tall, narrow model, and allow the boxes to be stacked on shelves vertically. The left side features a beautiful low-down shot of the tower: ... while the right side, which forms the flap of the box lid, shows an interesting 'exploded' render of the model beside the 'Choking Hazard' warning in a vast array of international languages. A very small part-rendered picture graces the top of the box, and the bottom reveals that parts were sourced in DENMARK, HUNGARY, MEXICO, and the CZECH REPUBLIC. We suspect this represents different manufacturing sources for different regions. Interestingly, this set - despite being considerably larger - comes in a box no bigger than those of the smallest sets in the range. It is of identical size to 21002 Empire State Building, or 21000 Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, Chicago, pictured here: It is, as you might imagine, considerably heavier, and clearly requires two extra years of building experience to build it. Contents We love these Architecture boxes! There's a certain sense of nostalgia for the days of intricate packaging which heightened the whole LEGO experience. Admittedly these don't have the (expensive, we've no doubt) plastic inserts and lifting lids of the 80s, but it's clear that TLG have gone to some pains to make the box as collectable as the set. You can even flatpack the box for longevity without tearing or cutting! The box is almost as smart on the inside: This one is remarkably full, which helps to preserve the instruction manual. You are instructed clearly to 'Enjoy your building experience.' as you open the lid. It's a really nice touch, and emphasises the lengths TLG has gone to to maximise the ... um ... building experience. Out of the box are pulled four polybags, and two loose plates. As Siegfried/Sinner mentioned in the Sydney Opera House review, it's a shame that not all of the parts are bagged, but we can't really blame LEGO for this in this case. It's only two pieces, and would probably require much larger bags, which might in turn necessitate a larger box to allow automated packing. Looking at this picture, you immediately get a sense of the rather small parts variety - there are only 33 different pieces in the set, including different colours of the same part. Instructions Some serious thought has gone into this instruction manual. It is quite thick, and beautifully presented, being printed on high quality paper, like all the sets in the Architecture range. Aside from the difference in orientation, the cover is similar to the box front, but does reference the Architecture website. The rear cover of the manual features an alternative view of the tower from behind: but is otherwise rather plain. Most of the interest is contained inside the manual, where can be found ten pages of facts about the tower and its construction, an example of which is shown here: The text is superbly written. It is a potted history, packed with facts and interesting to read, without being a daunting mass of text. We learned quite a lot ourselves! Following the tower facts comes a double-paged biography of the architects: The pictures here are reprints of oil portraits of the long-departed designers of the tower. Again, kudos to LEGO for going the extra mile to add interest and value. The instructions themselves are clear, and nicely paced to avoid confusion without being patronising. About every eight or nine pages is a little inset depicting further little factoids about the building: It's easy to miss these, if you are concentrating on the building. We'd recommend taking your time when building, and enjoying these little tidbits of information when you encounter them! They are a really nice touch. Otherwise, there are some parts in similar colours (particularly black and dark bluish grey), which could cause confusion; however, if you follow the build order then there shouldn't be any problems. You would notice if you used a dark bluish grey 1x2 tile on the base, for instance (unless you're building in the dark ). Towards the rear of the manual is the now-standard parts inventory: Again, the small variety of parts is readily apparent, and belies the size of the set. Finally, we are treated to a discourse from the Artist himself, and an intriguing look at Architecture in the early days of LEGO (including the invention of the plate!) We're pleased to note that Rok Zgalin Kobe refers to SNOT (Studs Not On Top), implying it's the acronym used by LEGO designers themselves! We're easily pleased. The Parts But enough about paper, what about the plastic? We've arranged the parts according to the polybag they came in, which is roughly dictated by size. The largest bag contains the large tiles, including the unique printed 'Big Ben' piece, and a sea of tan. Most of these parts are commonplace; even the 2x2 clock face is often found at the Pick-a-Brick wall. Of note are the dark bluish grey 'Slope 45 1x2 Double', found in two other sets, and the 'Slope 75 2x2x2 Quadruple Convex' in DBG and the two earth green 2x3 Plates, each found only in one other set. Not rare, though useful, are the nine 1x1 bricks with four studs ('dalek pieces', as we've heard them called). Generally, part variety is small but quantity high: We're certainly not complaining about the 57 round bricks and 32 grille tiles in tan, useful for architectural MOCs. 2x1 tan plates were at the PaB wall recently, so we're not short of those... ... but jumper plates are always useful. Finally, we have the ubiquitous round 1x1 plates, and 1x1 tiles in tan are most welcome. Not a cheese wedge in sight! Overall, it's a part selection that won't get too many people excited, with only a small number of rare elements, although the quantity of some of the parts might make this useful as a parts pack. The Build Let's put these plastic blocks together! As you might expect, we start with the familiar Architecture base: Immediately, you can see by the jumper plates that the model uses a half-stud offset for the entire structure. This is presumably to centre the model, which is an odd number of studs in length. The jumpers make a surprisingly strong connection, meaning you can build the model whilst holding it, rather than on a flat surface, although it's worth noting that the two black plates at the base are only connnected via three tiles, giving them a tendency to separate slightly if you do do this. The 'trick' behind the SNOT wall detail is revealed in this shot: SNOT bricks - with 1 (white), 2 (light bluish grey) and 4 (black) studs on sides are used to attach 1x2 plate-grille tile pieces to give the sides their ridged detail. The 'gap' that remains under the grilles is filled with 1x1 tiles. This technique is a little fiddly, but surprisingly strong and effective, and is used throughout the model. For the second layer, rinse, and repeat... well, nearly. Here you can see that only black 'dalek' pieces have been used to add SNOT to the sides, rather than the two-sided stud pieces. Although this might at first glance seem odd - it prevents adding 1x1 bricks in between, which might weaken the structure - there are two reasons for this. One is that the side-facing studs are also used in some places - to hold SNOT tiling at the side, and the mysterious upward-pointing dark bluish grey tile you can see here - and the second is that the 'open stud' on the top of the dalek pieces is required to attach the roof at a half stud offset (similar to the use of technic 1x1 bricks in the White House, or Empire State Building) With the roof-pieces attached, the odd DBG tile fills a gap caused by the half-stud offset : As we add height to the tower, things get a little repetitive, with three identical layers to construct. As we approach the top of the tower, four single-stud SNOT pieces are added which will hold the clock faces: And here we can have a nice look at the rear of the building . Finally, the rather intricate roof is built: And we're done! The build takes about 30 minutes if you're rushing, or an hour if you're leisurely (and read the history while you're at it). It's a little fiddly in places (making sure the 1x1 tiles sit squarely is a pain, but this is always a problem), and gets a bit repetitive, but being a smallish model this is counteracted by the feeling of the tower taking shape. Some of the SNOT techniques, especially the roof, are a nice surprise. The Complete Set Now let's take a look at the finished article. Big Ben stands proud and erect in all his slightly phallic glory: This angle shows clearly how effective the half-stud offset is at centering the tower. We like the use of the SNOT grille-tiles for adding the ridged detail which is crucial for adding realism, and the differentiation between the various levels of the building is brought about quite neatly and simply by the use of 1x1 bricks or round bricks at various points. It's highly effective. Now, let's get this out of the way: the major flaw of this set is the clock faces, which stand proud of the tower by two plates, unlike the real clocks which are if anything slightly recessed. This is a product of the designer's decision to make the entire building three studs wide, which is necessary to make the building affordable, keep consistency with the rest of the Landmark Series, and itself makes the build more interesting in places. Moreover, the design of the 2x2 round tile on which the clock sits - with a cross in the centre of the underside, rather than an anti-stud - necessitates the use of the extra 2x2 plate, therefore exacerbating the problem. A possible solution to this would be to build the clock section of the tower in four-studs wide, at a half-stud offset. One day we'll try this. Maybe the designer did, but chose this method in the end. Now that's out of the way, let's continue enjoying the view. Here's the rear: The tower (obviously) looks the same from every angle, but here you get a view of the snippet of the rest of Palace of Westminster. It's 'cut off' from the rest of the building; the blank tiles/bricks indicate where the building would continue: here, and on the left side. Note the 1x1 round plates instead of cones at the rear: this approximates to a real feature of the building, which doesn't have spires on the inward facing parapets. Side views (left and right respectively): The left side features a little dark green, representing a small lawn area in front of the tower where politicians and press gather from time to time. Note again the cut-off where the building would continue to the river edge. The right side faces Parliament Square, where the tower sits flush with the edge of the Palace. Finally, a shot representing the most common view of the tower: Another slight niggle, and again due to the use of the three-wide scale, is that the lower part of the roof doesn't slope particularly gracefully, but the use of round studs is probably the best compromise the designer could achieve. Comparison Now lets compare the set to the real thing. Being rather camera-shy, Pandora and I grabbed an unsuspecting random American tourist to help with these shots. The model is rather small (as is the LEGO set ) making direct comparison difficult. It's approximately 1:350 scale, after all. Still, you can see that the overall impression of the model is pretty accurate, which we think is as good as could be achieved at this scale. Getting both the tower and the model in focus together was nigh-on impossible. This is about the best we could do: The blocky roof isn't so noticeable here; unfortunately, the sticky-outy clock faces are. But the time is uncannily correct. Our contract with the Random American Tourist demanded more than just one picture: He made himself useful, and got us into the London Eye for some aerial views: Well, we'd love a massive Architecture set of the entire Palace of Westminster, but that isn't going to happen anytime soon... ... so here's a shot focused on Big Ben himself, from a similar angle as the last set picture: We should mention here an interesting observation. On the way out of the London Eye is a gift shop filled with souvenirs (many relating to the forthcoming Olympics). This (and many other souvenir shops around the area) would be an ideal place to sell this set - it'll appeal to chance customers who wouldn't normally even consider buying LEGO. The set makes a great souvenir - it is instantly recognisable, despite its flaws, and this market would perhaps be rather more forgiving than the average AFOL. We hope TLG have already thought of this. Conclusion Bus and Grenadier Guard not supplied with set. We were a little disappointed when we saw the preliminary pictures, but having seen the set 'in the flesh', as it were, we think this is actually rather a nice set. Sure, the protruding clock-faces aren't ideal, but they're certainly better than stickers, and the flaw is balanced by the level of detailing which is astonishing for such a small scale. Moreover, if the preliminary prices are correct, this set represents far better value than most of the smaller Architecture sets, and perhaps hints that the line is firmly hitting the mainstream. The Big Ben set, together with its attractive packaging and informative manual, makes a wonderful collectors' item, and indeed potentially a lucrative souvenir piece (if TLG takes our advice on this ). I'm sure they've already thought of this, as the timing of its release with the 2012 Olympics hints. A larger-scale model might allow more detail, solve the clock problem, and enable perhaps a bit of gold decoration on the tower; but would restrict the target market to the die-hard LEGO fans. Perhaps TLG have deliberately decided to accept the smaller scale compromise; we think that, overall, the set is pretty good for the scale. Design 8 Were it not for the clock faces, we'd give this 10. It's remarkably detailed for the scale. Build 9 A pleasing build, sometimes a little repetitive, but with some interesting features along the way. If you follow the manual carefully, it is an enjoyable experience. Parts 7 It's not really a set for rare part hunters, but might appeal as a parts pack if you need tan grille tiles or round bricks. Value 8 We haven't seen the UK price yet, but going by the US and European pricing, this does seem to be better value than many of the smaller Architecture sets. Overall 8/10 Big Ben might not appeal to die-hard sticklers for accuracy, but it's a detailed and recognisable rendition of what is perhaps London's most iconic landmark. We were rather pleasantly surprised. Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed the review. Many thanks to CopMike for making this possible, TLG for allowing us an early look at the set, and Hinckley for being such a good model! Pandora and Rufus. More pictures on flickr.
  4. If you can't make it to Paris, let Paris come to you. One of the 2014 models of LEGO Architecture's Landmarks series is the Paris' hallmark, the Eiffel Tower. If you want to know whether or not the LEGO model makes up to it, you can continue reading this review. Although, I must admit, I had a trip to Paris planned twice, and still haven't made it there, so I might not be the right person to compare the real tower and LEGO model. Nevertheless, here's my thoughts about the LEGO model of the famous Eiffel Tower. Basic info of the set Set no.: 21019 Name: The Eiffel Tower Theme: Architecture (Subtheme Landmark series) Year: 2014 Pieces: 321 Minifigs: 0 Age group: 12+ Price: £ 29.99 / US$ 34.99 / EUR 35.99 Price per part: 9.343p / 10.900c / 10.900c Links: Brickset, Bricklink, LEGO S@H The box The front of the box is unexpectedly dark and shady for a LEGO set, yet the Eiffel Tower still stands out. It's standing on white sheets of paper, presumably the architectural plans for the model. The grayish structure of the model is nicely visible, and gives a suitable impression of the slightly curved and cone-like shape of the model. The back of the box features a picture and a short description of the Eiffel Tower, an iconic symbol of Paris. In addition, the LEGO model is presented schematically with its dimensions (height 31.7 cm and width 11.2 cm) and announcement that the Instruction booklet includes more details on design and history of the Eiffel Tower. A nice detail is the text description in 6 world languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hungarian). A lovely feature on the side of the box is a picture of the model with its name in 6 world languages. The narrow and tall model fits very nicely on the side, which makes it nice to display the box on the shelf and save some space. In my opinion, the best feature of the box (this is true for the whole Landmark series or at least the sets I own from this series) is that it opens up to reveal the box contents. This is not a new detail, as it was a standard in the 90's (I believe), but nowadays it's rather rare. I like this feature of the box, as it allows easier access to the contents. In addition, the box is made of a sturdier cardboard which makes it more convenient for storage. Both features of the box are the reasons why I decided to keep it, as I generally throw set boxes away almost immediately after building the set. The booklet The booklet design is similar to the box's front side. It's made from a thicker paper and has even thicker cover and back pages. This is definitely a plus, as instruction booklets are made of thinner paper which is more prone to accidental tears. Another feature of the booklet that stands out is the dorsal binding. In a way, this is not so handy while building, as the pages keep turning on their own, but it adds to the quality and long life of the booklet. This can be compensated by slightly rubbing the turned pages in the booklet, although it leaves a mark on the booklet. The booklet includes a detailed description of the Eiffel Tower's design and construction, and some basic information about its designer, a French engineer Gustave Eiffel. Many interesting facts can be found in the booklet, including the fact that he was specialized in building different metal structures, was the designer of the Statue of Liberty, and was involved in building the locks for the Panama Canal. Another lovely feature of the booklet are wonderful photos of the real Eiffel Tower. For someone, who hasn't made it to Paris yet, just looking the photos is very tempting to start planning the trip there. In addition, basic facts about the Eiffel Tower are included. Did you know there's 18038 iron parts included in the tower? In addition, the booklet is bilingual. All the information is written in English and French. A random page from the booklet shows that it's not that hard to follow up different steps of the design considering the mostly greyish structure. The parts needed are highlighted in clouds with white borders. The corners on the booklet pages seem to be reserved for some kind of ''Did you know?'' information. This page states that the position of each of the 2500000 rivet holes was specified to within 0.1 mm. In my opinion, this seems very precise, especially considering the model was designed more than 100 years ago. The pieces Parts to build the Eiffel Tower are packed in 4 polybags. There's not much variability in colour. Parts are in 6 different colours (black, light and dark bluish gray, flat silver, dark green and red), however the majority of parts is in both shades of gray. These are the largest parts found in the box, mostly plates and tiles. Of interest, there are two black printed tiles with French and English name of the tower. This is a nice detail, as you can choose how to name your tower. I chose the English name, as I'm more familiar with it. However, French is original, and including only a French tile would not be a problem. Smaller parts are again mostly plates and modified plates. Special parts here are the SNOT plates, that are very abundant in this set. Majority of the parts is included in larger numbers, as they are used as building blocks of each of four sides of the tower. Parts wise, there's not much special bricks that would make it worth buying this set for parts only. However, the interesting parts in this set are the before mentioned printed tiles, 4x4 round plate with 2x2 hole inside in light bluish gray, 2x2 dark green tiles, dark bluish gray plate with grill, flat silver hoses and flat silver modified plate with octagonal frame. The build The building of the model of the Eiffel Tower starts with now almost classic Architecture set's platform with distinguished black edge with printed name of the model on the tile. I chose English name, however, you can ''personalize'' your model of the Eiffel Tower, and use a tile with French name. The platform is tiled with dark green tiles representing the grass around the tower, and light bluish gray tiles representing the paved surface below the tower. Positioned on the turn tables in each corner are the bases for each ''leg'' of the tower. Another specialty of this model is SNOT building. In addition, to classical SNOT techniques with SNOT bricks, throughout the build you can find different 1x1 modified plates positioned at 45° angle in respect to other bricks. Here, at the first level of the tower, you can see gray clips at the edges of the level. The grill plate is used as a base for the first level, and again here you can see 1x1 clips positioned at an ''odd'' angle. The grill plate looks nicely as it is similar to the iron structure of the real tower. In one of the later steps, you attach the middle part of tower's legs to the angled clips. These middle parts of the ''legs'' attach to the higher smaller platform with the same technique. An interesting detail at this step is that you actually have built the middle part of the tower, but you cannot attach it to the base platform, as the bottom part of the ''legs'' are not built yet. The bottom part of the tower's ''legs'' is added later during the building. They're built similarly to the middle part from previous picture. The only difference are the additional clips on the sides of the ''legs''. These clips will hold the flexible hoses, but are added a bit later. Also, at this point, the model is up-side down. The finished bottom half of the model looks great attached to the base platform. The flexible hoses are a great detail, although the flat silver colour is not so evident in this colour scheme. Aditionally, slightly more reflexion and mimicking of metal colour is provided by the two rows of flat silver grill plates around the edges of the lower two platforms of the tower. The upper part of the tower differs in size and shape from the bottom part. At some point it looks very odd with sides of the upper inverted pyramid sticking out in the empty space. Although, different in shape, the same SNOT techniques are used as in the lower part. In the bottom of this upper part of the tower, you can again see the clips positioned at 45° angle. The finishing touch of the tower is the octagonal ring in flat silver at the top and flag pole at the top of the tower. The only thing I'm missing at this point is a printed tile with French flag design to hang on the pole. This would be the icing on the cake. The finished product After some repetitive small builds, here's finally the finished model of the Eiffel Tower. The model is instantly recognizable. Although LEGO bricks are generally considered as ''blocky'', there's almost no sign of blocky appearance in the Eiffel Tower. Specifically when viewed from an angle, the cone like shape of the tower is even more evident, and small details in flat silver and slightly differently angled ''sides'' of the tower really stand out. How well the designer(s) of the set managed to replicate the cone like structure of the tower, is nicely seen also from the birds' perspective. What I missed is the designer(s) behind the model. As I remember for some models of the Architecture series, the name of the designer was included on the box. However, for this set I couldn't find any reference as to who is the person(s) responsible for this lovely model of the Eiffel Tower. Thanks to EB member Steve309 who provided the missing information of the set designer (as seen in the book entitled Lego Architecture: The Visual Guide), I can add the name of the designer behind this set. This is Rok Zgalin Kobe, a Slovenian architect and designer of the Trevi Fountain, Imperial Hotel, Big Ben and other Architecture sets. The Final Verdict Design: 9/10 The overall design is well executed. The Eiffel Tower is instantly recognizable, and the colour scheme is reminiscent of metallic iron structure. The shape of the tower is spot on thanks to some simple, yet effective SNOT building techniques. The only thing I missed is a small French flag at the top of the pole. Parts: 7/10 Selection of parts is just a pile of mostly light bluish and dark bluish gray plates and modified plates. It's definitely not a set worth buying for parts only, as there are not that many special or rare bricks included. However, it might be useful to get a hand on some SNOT parts in light bluish gray. Build: 8/10 The build itself is not that simple build as some of the bricks are positioned at a 45° angle, however there are some repetitive elements included which takes away a bit of fun. Nevertheless, the build is impressive and enjoyable enough as it's starts somewhere in the middle of the tower, and is not straight from the bottom up. Playability: 9/10 The set is definitely not meant to be played with, yet it's still sturdy enough to be handled even by younger hands. As for the target population, it's a great model to display (and this is one aspect of ''play'' for the AFOLs, isn't it?). Price: 7/10 The price is a bit on the expensive side with more than 0.1 EUR per brick while it doesn't offer any special or rare parts. However, in my opinion it's still a better value than some other smaller sets from the Architecture Landmark series. Overall: 40/50 (80 %) From the overall score the greatness of the model is not that obvious. From specific aspects, such as parts, price and build the model doesn't appear to be sticking out of the average. However, the design is well done, and it's a recognisable model of one of the most famous Paris' buildings.
  5. Welcome to the Lone Star State! While not a native Texan, I have now lived here for a few years and managed to visit many of this state's great destinations. I thought I would share some of these site with you, but in Lego form and in an Architecture style. First stop is closest to my home ... Dallas! In Dallas you will find the Reunion Tower. Completed in 1978, this tower rises 561 feet. It's located to the west of downtown and, if you are standing at the northeast corner of the observation deck, you can look just about straight down onto the famous "grassy knoll". Hundreds of LEDs of different colors surround the sphere and put on different light displays based on the holiday, season or if any local sports teams are playing. And a picture of the real thing, for those not familiar with it.: And now we head a little south to Texas' largest city, Houston. Just a short drive south of that we get to the San Jacinto Battle Monument, where the final battle of the war for Texas independence was fought and won by Sam Houston. The San Jacinto Monument is 567 feet tall (just 6 feet taller than Dallas' Reunion Tower) and hosts a 9-pointed star on the top (since it's in three dimensions, it looks like the star of Texas from any angle). This is the one model that is not completely pure Lego. I did paint the stars on the top so they would match the light bley. And again, a picture of the real thing for those who have not visited yet: Next we head over to San Antonio, home of the famous Alamo. Now, obviously I didn't make a model of the WHOLE Alamo as it is a large compound. Instead, I showcase the most famous facade of the Alamo church. What I find striking about the Alamo is how it is located right in the heart of San Antonio, surrounded by stores and restaurants. But once inside, it is quite peaceful. A great place to visit. The Battle for the Alamo took place in 1836. This one likely doesn't need an actual picture to remind people what the Alamo looks like, but just in case, here it is: Next we head up north to Amarillo, with the famous Cadillac Ranch. Created in 1974, it now boasts 10 cars stuck nose-first into the desert. Fun fact: the angle of the cars was not chosen at random, but corresponds to the angles of the Great Pyramid of Giza. And a picture of the real deal: And last we head back to the Dallas area where we find one last truly iconic piece of architecture ... my house! And that's Texas! There are more pictures in Brickshelf , though I don't think they are public yet. When they are, feel free to click on the links below. Oh, and for those who were wondering "what about Austin?" Well, there is very little about Austin that I could really consider "iconic" enough for the architecture treatment, so I give you this instead. I hope this appeases all you weird Austiners out there. Austinians? Austinites? Whatever.
  6. I wanted to share a project I've been working on for a few months to find the very best LEGO Architecture models by LEGO Artists around the world. I found many of the models in my collection by reviewing the great resources here in the "Special Themes" forum on Eurobricks. (I think I've skimmed through all 142 pages of posts!) The result is several collections of the best LEGO Architecture, which I've sorted by Architectural style. LINK: The following is just a teaser of the 100's of great LEGO models I've found. I'm sure some of these are models by members of this board, and I hope you are happy to see your work featured below! (I've tried to make sure each entry is meticulously labeled to give credit to the original artist and link directly to their galleries on Flickr, Mocpages and other sites. If you see a mistake, please let me know. Did I miss your favorite LEGO Architecture model? Tell me about your favorite LEGO Architecture models by replying to this thread or my blog post and I'll add more great LEGO buildings to my Pinterest boards. Sincerely, ---tom
  7. Hi everyone. I have just returned from a trip to London, and I was going to buy the Architecture Big Ben until I saw that it had ugly clocks on all sides which stuck too far out. Upon returning home, I got bored and decided to build it in Lego Digital Designer. Then boredom also took me to new levels and I ended up extending the model to incorporate some more of Parliament with it. So without further ado here is my Westminster MOC. I have tried my best to maintain the style of the designer's original model as much as possible whilst also giving my own version a different feel. I swapped the ugly clock faces for some plain white tiles which could be printed onto should the builder so wish, giving a much more accurate looking clock. I hope I have done this justice as it's my first try at an architecture model. I hope you like it The LDD File is available on request.
  8. JGW3000

    21005 Fallingwater Mod

    I didn't want to bump an old topic, as I am also somewhat late to the party for this set, but finally purchased at a good price. Inspired by Superkalle's mod of 21005 Fallingwater http://www.eurobrick...84, in this set review topic: http://www.eurobrick....05 review&st=0, I made a MOD of Fallingwater using LDD, as the original design seemed somewhat bland, and after studying images available on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Fallingwater website: I also based some aspects on a mod posted by Spencer_R, scale of the model doesn't lend itself to too many fine details, however. Changed the color of the stone work to capture somewhat the variegated nature of the actual building's stones, lowered the bridge, as suggested by others, and also added the red trim on the windows, another addition by Superkalle, to suggest the dark-red framing of the building's windows. The most bothersome in the original model was that the landscape visually merged with the building. I changed the ground color to dark tan, and highlighted the water course through the use of red-brown. A few cheese slopes and other small details added here and there to make the whole more pleasing. FInally, changed the color of the "non-visible" (below-ground) parts to black, and added the black base (also seen in previous 21005 mods). I retained the stackable / interlocking design of the original model. I would like some opinions or feedback on the color choices, etc..., prior to acquiring parts needed. Thanks! and the LDD file http://www.bricksafe...full mod v3.lxf Here is the original, image linked to the original EB review topic
  9. Here's my latest model: Lake Point Tower in Chicago. Roughly 1/650th scale. This curving building is one of my personal favorites from the Windy City. The model is about 33cm in height and uses over 1300 trans-black elements for the windows. For reference here is a picture I took of the tower a few years ago.
  10. Hi all! About 6 weeks ago the 10th Eurobricks Event took place and with it a little Architecture competition was held: One had to build and bring a sight from his home country. I chose to build the Frauenkirche in Dresden, a church that is well-known but also has some complicated features that offered a little challenge. It was destroyed during World War II and famously rebuilt after the reunification of Germany, finishing in 2005 and now probably being the most famous church in the northeast of Germany. I always loved it for its geometry and history and when I visited Dresden a couple of years ago I was quite taken by it which made the choice easy. This was the first MOC for which I used the help of virtual bricks to recreate the shape and the angles in the most exact way possible. It was quite a challenge for me as I never used anything like it before but I soon realised that for things like this it is way more effective than actually sitting in front of a pile of bricks. It was also the only option to actually get something done as I had no bricks at hand at all until I would fly home to Germany a week before the event. Therefor I spent the 4 weeks before my flight stacking bricks inside my Mac, slowly improving the MOC by using all the possible reference material I was able to require, making use of photographs, scale models, architectural drawings and even Google Earth. Once finished I suddenly realised that out of the roughly 3000 parts that I used in the model about 200 weren't in production and another 40 would cost me as much as the rest of the parts (who would have known the rarity of travis bricks in tan??) For example I had used 1x2 curved slopes as they recreated the shape of the dome perfectly and 1x3 tiles in tan as well, both parts that were never made.. In the end I was able to get around all that and ordered everything necessary, finally having time for stuff like exams or hand-ins for college In the end it took take me another week at home to eventually finish the model. Front: Back: The real thing - not my photo: This build won me a first place in the Architecture competition and a rather lovely Marina Bay Sands Many thanks to CopMike and Bonaparte for organising the event and the competition, to Whitefang for bringing the prize over, to Aredhel and Legopard for some helpful criticism and to all the eventees that made the evening such a great one and the competition so strong! I would never have thought to win this one after seeing all the other amazing entries. Please consider checking them out in this nice summary! Other entrees that were posted already: Bryggen by L@go Cologne Cathedral by Aredhel Holmenkollbakken by Cecilie Royal Albert Hall by Rufus & Pandora Water Tower by Redhead1982 I hope you like it. Comments and critique are of course appreciated. Thanks for your time!
  11. I finally managed to complete this amazing project, which is to build my own studio. Behold, this is not just another modular building exercise. As an architect (not a LEGO architect but real architect, haha), I want to put what I learnt in school and work to the brick city. I went through the typical architectural process, from sketching to form study to actual building it, and it was fun! The idea comes from the basic LEGO bricks. If we can use the bricks for form study in architectural model, what if it grows and becomes the building? Also, during brick building, we actually just do two basic operations: addition and subtraction. Through these operations, spaces and voids are formed and make openings and skylights. This is what this studio is presenting. The new studio is not just a landmark in the city, but a milestone. It does not just create a building for functions and sit in the brick city, but it sets a new path and inject design culture into the town. Now let's take a look at the contemporary architecture style! (here I use the typical architectural presentation style, please enjoy!) I hope all of you enjoy this architectural project! Thanks! EDITED: My LEGO studio is finally up on LEGO Ideas, and please help and vote for it. Once it has 10000 votes, it will be assessed by LEGO to see if it can be a real product. Support me now, thanks!!!
  12. This MOC is based on the Transporter Bridge in Newport, South Wales. I built it to a LEGO Architecture scale as an entry to the 2014 Eurobricks Event: Architecture Contest. We had to build a local landmark. Ever since I was a child I always found the bridge fascinating, looking at it as we passed it on the road and operating the model that was in the Kingsway Centre. So I just had to build it for the contest. While I had hoped to build it out of blue bricks, some of the more vital parts don't appear in that colour so dark blueish grey it had to be. I also used embroidery thread to get the cables as correct as I could, regular LEGO tubes were too rigid to use and the string from sets was too thin. It seems I am not the only one to think it is rather representative of the local area since it also appears in the NATO Summit logo. A big thanks to CopMike for the custom printed (bi-lingual!) tiles I finally got 'round to posting it.
  13. As part of the Eurobricks 10th event I entered as my Architecture style entry my attempt at recreating the Aviva Stadium. It came a not too bad joint third. The stadium, which is based in Dublin hosts rugby and soccer internationals. It officially opened in 2010 and has hosted the Europa League Final. It is Ireland's only UEFA Elite Stadium and has a capacity of 51,700. The stadium has 4 tiers. On the north side the roof drops significantly due to the stadium's proximity to local residents. The stadium has its own railway station nearby. The LEGO version encountered several compromises, in particular the roof does not continue all around the north side. This allows a peek into the stadium itself. In other respects the model uses lots of transclear1x2 and 1x1 plates, 1x1 transclear headlight bricks aswell as my entire stock of 1x4 transclear tiles on the roof. Curves are generated using hoses while the seating is recreated using 1x2 dbley slopes. The model incorporates the railway track which bisects the site an angle so wedge bricks had to be used. The pitch itself uses SNOT techniques to recreate the markings of the 6 yard, half way line and penalty boxes while two incredibly rare 1x4 green arches are used to house the centre circle. The roof supports are made of three fireman ladders. Athy Show 2014 002 by Dfenz, on Flickr The real thing can be seen here http://en.wikipedia....i/Aviva_Stadium
  14. Built between 1867 and 1871, the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences was commissioned by Queen Victoria and named in memory of the Queen Consort Prince Albert, who used to follow Freddie Mercury around, apparently. It was designed in the Italianate Style by Captain Francis Fowke and Major-General Henry Y. D. Scott, who was the very model of a modern Major-General, and cost £200,000 to build. Situated at the southern edge of Hyde Park in West London, the Hall is perhaps the most prestigious theatre venue in the whole of the United Kingdom. The annual Promenade Concerts, or Proms, have been held here since 1941, during which the playing of the National Anthem is the only time Britons are allowed to show any national pride whatsoever. Fun fact: The Royal Albert Hall is the British Standard LJ* unit of volume: as in, 'The LEGO Company produces enough plastic bricks annually to fill the Royal Albert Hall$,' much as 'the football pitch' or 'Wales' are the standard units of area. * LJ = Lazy Journalism $ I may have made this up. This is Pandora's and my entry into the Eurobricks Event Architecture Competition in Billund 2014. We came second! It's quite an intricate build with two separate rings of 1x4 hinge plates - 16 and 12 sides - producing the 'layer cake' structure. The inner ring houses vertically-mounted clippy hinges which form the slopes of the glass roof. This ring sits in the outer one on tiles: it isn't physically connected ... ... and can be removed, revealing ... A big hole! Still, at least now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. It would be possible to create a semblance of interior seating, but we thought the model might be best used to store paperclips. As with any model of this tiny scale, you have to take some liberties with the details. There aren't nearly as many windows as there ought to be, but we figured if they can do that with the arches of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, then we can do it here. Here's the real thing to compare: Actually, the second ring probably ought to be a plate or two higher, but that's easily fixed. CopMike very kindly had a lovely tile printed for all the entrants: Somehow that really makes it; thanks Mike! Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoyed it. Pandora and Rufus flickr
  15. Yesterday I posted to flickr this creation of mine influenced by Buddhist and in turn Hindu art. Specifically the statue is meant to represent a bodhisattva like Ksitigarbha and Avalokitesvara. Each of the ritual objects held by the bodhisattva's many arms has a religious significance: the bell to punctuate the recitation of mantras, the staff with jingling rings to announce the coming of a traveler, the trident to represent the three jewels and three poisons of Buddhist philosophy, the axe to symbolically behead ignorance (one of the poisons), and the round orange vessel is meant to represent a wish-fulfilling jewel or cintamani. Click the image for a link to the flickr photo page. I feel bad posting these other things because some are almost a year old, but I'm not sure that new topics would be appropriate either. Anyhow, I exhibited this model at Brickfair VA last year and it's based on the library on the Island of Myst that sets the adventure puzzle game Myst and appears in some of its sequels. These boats I also assembled for the con as my small contribution to last year's Apocalug cyber city. The one in the middle is based on the airboat from the episode "Ganymede Elegy" of the anime Cowboy Bebop. Finally, the oldest model I never posted here isn't very refined as I built it only to photograph for the banner of a flickr group, but I think some of you may appreciate it. It's designed after a meeting house or wharenui used by the Maori people of New Zealand. Once again I have linked the image to its flickr page. Thanks for looking through all these, Nathan
  16. I have just finished building 10214, the huge Tower Bridge . That reminded me of a MOC I made some time ago. Maybe I wanted a more manageable version of the tower bridge, or maybe I wanted to give the Architecture Big Ben a companion. In other words: I wanted to build a mini Tower Bridge Since my collection of bricks is pretty limited and outdated, I decided to make it in LDD. It didn't take too long and I was quite satisfied with the result. Satisfied enough to render it using LDD2POV-RAY (thanks, hrontos! ). After about two hours, this picture came out: So there you have it: an Architecture-style Tower Bridge that uses similar techniques to the Big Ben, but offers a play feature as well ! Yes, the bridge opens, hurrah! I hope you liked it, and here is the link to my Flickr, although there's not much to see there... yet. UPDATE: Find the LDD file here PS: now I'm possessed with the reversed feeling: I'm building a Big Ben in scale to the giant Tower Bridge. Still a WIP though...
  17. The Beauties of Hungary: part 4 – TV-tower of Kékes Name: TV-tower of Kékes – Kékesi TV-torony Location: Kékestető Piece count: 128 Kékes is a hill in the Mátra Mountain and the highest point above sea level in Hungary with 1014 meters (the data every Hungarian child knows by heart). The official name is Kékestető, which means „Bluish Top” and Kékes means “Bluish”. The tower, which is 176 meters tall is a transmitter of several TV and radio channels, is also an observation tower and includes a restaurant as well. Part 1 – University of Debrecen, main building Part 2 – Heroes’ square Part 3 – Votive Church of Szeged
  18. Vodovodni stolp (in Slovene language) or Water tower is one of the most prominent buildings in my hometown Kranj, Slovenia. Its location is 46°14'54.1"N 14°21'35.6"E. When it was build, it was positioned well outside the borders of the town, however, as the town grew, a new neighbourhood built around the tower was renamed after it. The Water tower was designed by Jan Vladimir Hrasky, (1857–1939), a Chech engineer, hydrologist and builder who was also a lecturer at the Prague's Technical Faculty. The building of the Water tower began in 1908, and finished 3 years in 1911. When the tower was built, it was considered as one of the most impressive and magnificent water supply buildings in the area. It provided water supply for the town of Kranj and 15 neighbouring villages. This is one of the oldest picture of the tower I could find online (unknown author, source). The Water tower is 34 m high, and is today one of the most prominent attractions in Kranj. At the top of the tower is an octagonal two-chamber water reservoir with a capacity of 250 m3. The tower was used to provide water pressure for facilities in Kranj and its surroundings. Today, the Water tower is still functional and is part of the water supply network. It provides pressure to the surrounding buildings and serves as a discharger for equalizing water pressure. Today, the Water tower presents a specific cultural monument of local importance, mostly due to its authenticity, age, historical value, technical qualities, and conservations. In addition, when the town was expanded to the north, the newly built neighbourhood was named after its hallmark. Since 2006 the tower is opened to the general public one day a year, and the visitors can enjoy the view from the observational deck. The picture of the tower taken by Panoramio user Brkne in 2008. It still looks as it did in the black and white picture, however, the town has expanded far around the tower. The LEGO model I made is about 20 cm in height and has 411 parts. A view from the side reveals a symmetrical shape of the tower. The top with the water reservoir and an observational deck was the most challenging part. Specifically, I had a problem building the safety fence. I chose a simple string with studs, and the final solution was the third one I tried. I'm not completely satisfied (it doesn't look safe enough for potential visitors), but I cannot think of a better one.
  19. Hello all! I live in Bergen on the Norwegian west coast. It's the second largest city in Norway, with about 270,000 inhabitants (yes, really, it's tiny...) and, since I'm not originally from here and not too biased, I think I can say that it's certainly one of the most, if not the most beautiful city we have up here. At least when the sun is shining, which sadly isn't too often - Bergen has a reputation for being the rain capital of Norway... Anyway - the arguably most famous landmark in Bergen is Bryggen (Norwegian for The Wharf), which is - I quote from Wikipedia - "a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen. Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites. (...) Today, Bryggen houses tourist, souvenir, and gift shops, in addition to restaurants, pubs and museums." I first attempted to build a version of Bryggen in MLCad a couple of years ago, but gave up after I discovered that the 40 or so 1x1 dark green plates I had used didn't actually exist in any set. They still don't, and although they probably will in the near future I didn't know that when I heard about the Architecture contest at the Eurobricks Event 2014. So for this new version - which I eventually managed to finish for the contest - I worked my way around the problem. There's still a fair few rare bricks in it, but nothing that I couldn't get hold of. Typically, the 1x1 trans-clear tiles were very rare when I built this - but they're just about to be released in larger quantities in the Trevi Fountain set... I wanted to avoid making the buildings too similar, so I built them one by one, from left to right, using mainly this Wikipedia picture as my reference, trying to pick the most easily recognisable details from each building and translate them into microscale. I started with all the facades, then filled them out to four studs deep, and finished the base last. And then I had the Norwegian Certified LEGO Professional Matija Puzar engrave a tile for me, to make the MOC look as much like an official set as possible. As I don't normally build this small, this whole thing was a challenge, but a fun one, and I'm very happy with it. It didn't do particularly well at the event, but I had fun making it anyway, and I especially enjoyed moving outside my comfort zone for once. I might just do that more often - which I believe, in general, is an absolute necessity to improve as a builder. Hope you like it - thanks for watching! More pictures in the Flickr set. The finished product along with the picture I used for reference. Some of the details: And, finally, a little presentation I made to go along with it:
  20. Here are the pictures for the Architecture competition. First place Dresden Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany by Rolli, 28 points Second place Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom by Rufus & Pandora, 19 points Third places Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland by Dfenz, 14 points Berliner Fernsehturm in Berlin, Germany by Skalldyr, 14 points Holmenkollbakken in Oslo, Norway by Cecilie, 14 points For more images see: Holmenkollbakken - architecture scale Forth place Ulm Minster in Ulm, Germany by Holodoc, 8 points Fifth place Gemini Residence in Copenhagen, Denmark by Christian, 5 points Sixth place Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany by Aredhel, 3 points Seventh places Newport Transporter Bridge in Newport, South Wales by Peppermint_M, 2 points Frauenkirche in Munich, Germany by Andrea, 2 points Eight places Hamar Olympic Hall in Hamar, Norway by Quarryman, 1 point Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark by Chocolatecake, 1 point Evoluon in Eindhoven, Netherlands by Vincent Kessels, 1 point Storebaeltsbroen in Denmark by Morton, 1 point Biological museum in Stockholm, Sweden by Etzel, 1 point Amsterdam Central Station in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Scubacarrot, 1 point Bryggen in Bergen, Norway by L@go, 1 point Vodovodni Stolp in Kranj, Slovenia by Redhead1982, 1 point
  21. Holmenkollbakken is the most famous ski jump in Norway, and also one of the most famous and visited landmarks and tourist attractions in this country (possibly even the most famous ski jump in the world). It's situated on top of Holmenkollen, which is a hill in Oslo, and it's very close to where I grew up, and I have also recently moved back to this area. From the top of the hill there's a great view over the city of Oslo, and there's also a ski museum underneath the ski jump. The ski jump dates back to 1892, but has been changed/rebuilt 19 times. The last rebuild was in 2011 for the Nordic World Ski Championship. My model is based on this newest edition. For more background story, see wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia....olmenkollbakken This model won me a third prize in the architecture competition at the recently held Eurobricks event in Billund. A big thank you to everyone that voted for it This is actually the third time I have made a ski jump in Lego inspired by Holmenkollbakken, but it's the first time I've tried to be true to the proportions and build it in a proper scale. A couple of pictures of the real ski jump:
  22. The Beauties of Hungary: part 2 – Heroes’ square Name: Millenium Monument on Heroes’ Square – Hősök tere, Milleniumi emlékmű Location: Budapest Piece count: 457 The Heroes’ Square is a major square in Budapest. In the centre of the square is the Millennium Monument, which has been finished by 1906 – ten years after the millennial celebration of the Foundation of Hungary. The central element of the monument is a column with Archangel Gabriel atop holding the sacred crown of Hungary in his hands. The base of the column is surrounded by the equestrian statues of the seven leaders of Hungary, with Árpád in the middle. Behind the columns are two colonnades each with seven statues representing great figures of Hungarian history. The list of these figures has been changed several times in the course of time.
  23. The Beauties of Hungary: part 3 – Votive Church of Szeged Name: Votive Church of Szeged - Szegedi fogadalmi templom Location: Szeged Piece count: 673 The church was built by pledge after the city’s escape from the great flood in 1879. Szeged has been hit by several floods of the Tisza River. Construction began in 1913, but due to the outbreak of the First World War, it was not completed until 1930. Part 1 – University of Debrecen, main building Part 2 – Heroes’ square
  24. The Beauties of Hungary: part 1 – University of Debrecen, main building Name: University of Debrecen – Debreceni Egyetem Location: Debrecen Piece count: 803 Situated in Debrecen, Eastern Hungary, the University was founded in 1538 is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Hungary. The most remarkable building of the university houses mostly the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science and Technology. A personal note: Debrecen is my home town, and I studied in this university, though most of my classes were not here, but in the chemistry building next to it.
  25. Hello guys! As some of you may know, I am a fellow architecture fan and I do achieve architectural study. So it is somehow following this idea that I made my dream house. I'm just warning you it is going to be lets say not a conventionnal way to present a project. I may precise a Lego project. Architects sometimes use posters to show their realization and for this one I really want you to feel and understand my reflexion. It is somehow part of the realism of the project. There are many thing I don't like in our way we build and think houses. I do believe there is many waste of space. Is that roof section really useful for you? Do you want everyone to see inside your house from the street? Also, one teacher I had make me realize that the first thing you usually see when looking at a house is a big white garage door... Seriously... I won't comment. Residential architecture have always been a chaotic setup, because everybody makes what they want and, of course, because there is some "gaps" in the urbanism rules. Many similar projects have been already realize and I am aware that this situation is more notable here in North America than in Europe. The way us, american, deal with the territory is really different than anywhere else. Density is the key! Okay back to Lego So first you will look at three posters that explains and show the projects and finally you will see more close up of my dream houses. Please enjoy. Comments and suggestions / opinions are always welcome! Poster #1 Poster #2 Render Thank you everyone! Harton