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  1. 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
  2. LegoJalex

    [MOC] Backyard TV store

    A backyard TV store, perhaps from the 80s/90s and not in use anymore. There is a building (that used to be a music store) in my hometown that gave me the inspiration to this model.
  3. Spencer_R

    MOC: Petronas Towers

    Here's my latest: the twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Roughly 1/650th scale. My favorite feature is the model's skybridge connecting the two towers. I built it as a simply supported slip joint - and it works much like it does on the real building. I can gently push the towers around in different directions and bridge will not come apart.
  4. This is my first time to do an MOC modular building, and it is a chance for me to put my profession into practice in the brick city! (I am working as an architect) There is still a lot of room for improvement and detail refinement, but at least the basic shape is all here. Yes, this is a bank, the Lego Bank of the Golden Scorpion. Finally, the Lego citizens can get their money here for shopping at the Grand Emporium and watching movies at the Palace Cinema! And yes, finally my street is starting to look different than the others! Overall view, the workers are cleaning up the place and preparing to get off work... The main entrance has two doors, left and right, separated by a little pond. The middle fountain is a mushroom jet, and water at the entrance? It is all about feng shui! (in Chinese feng shui, flowing water means money!) The front elevation is decorated with a lot of golden pieces, and the scorpion logo is right there too. It has a golden and silver on its left and right sides respectively, symbolizing trading and monetary matters. Let's talk a look at the first floor. Instead of making the whole floor removable, I retain the front facade of the 1st floor to the G/F, as a little test to see if this section cut is more useful or interesting... G/F . Basic Services (card return, passbook check, ATM, appointment booking...) The ground floor has a small counter for some basic and easy services. A guard is at the door, while you can see the ATM on the left. On the right is a lift to other floors, and it is a bubble lift! (glass lift) Another angle of the floor. A staff is handing a new credit card to the client... Let's have a ride on the lift to the next floor! 1/F Bank Vault The bank vault storing the most valuable things is located on the 1st floor. Today some green money cases are delivered and a staff is watching. Well, sounds like there are enough gold bars to buy the new Lone Ranger Lego sets coming this summer! 2/F Premium / Advance Services The topmost floor is for advance banking services, where you can find a bigger counter (I should put more staff in). The table on the left allows customers to talk to staff on more serious matters like setting up new accounts, insurance policies or getting more information on new saving plans. There are also seats for customers to wait during busy hours. Another angle. The call button of the lift is not on the wall but on a pedestal. This guy at the counter is taking out quite some money from his account! There is nothing on the roof for security reasons. You know people can go to another building from one roof to another in the modular building series, right? It is too easy! So here, there is nothing but a roof with security wire beneath. There is a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) machine but again, it is well secured with alarm system linked to the police station. I guess the crooks cannot get into this bank that easy like in the set 3661! Here is what it is like to be next to the Town Hall! :) Oh, the money transport truck has just arrived! Hope you enjoy it! The bank starts running this Monday! Thanks!
  5. Found all these interesting photos posted by Tom Alphin --- LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Over 1200 LEGO bricks. Elegant design for LEGO adult fans Guidebook with 272 pages of tips and techniques Build your dream house With the trees Harmony design Sculpture Building Towers Build your own city Bedroom / Furniture With the minifigures design your own castle show off your design skills Perfect for designers, architects and anyone who wants to build their own creations!
  6. A Bridge rebuilt After gathering dust on my shelf for some time I finally decided to redo my Lego Brooklyn Bridge. I decided the redesign was darmatic enough to warrant it's own topic. If you are interested here is a link to the previous version which I would now merely call a sketch for the new bridge. This project started out of my love for the iconic Bridge. Altough I am from Austria and have not set foot on the actual Brooklyn Bridge (yet) I developed a serious fascination for the iconic landmark after reading the book "The Great Bridge" . After countless passes of revisions on the original brickbuilt model and even more versions of the Bridge in LDD, I finally arrived at what I consider to be the ultimate rendition of New York City's oldest suspensionbridge in a scale that makes it a great model for displaypurposes. I bhave the bridge built in real bricks, but I'm still working on a light-setup that let#s me take prober pictures of the model. But a picture says mor than a thousand words, so without further ado... Some details about the model: Scale: 1/650 Length: 85 studs Height: 13 bricks 2 plates Width: 5 studs Pieces used: ~850 For some more Information you can check out the Cuusoo-page I made for the model: Edit 02/02/2014: Added photo: towerexploded
  7. Old Kamensk’s Ironwork Headquarters Styazhkin museum (3) by vir-a-cocha, on Flickr Facts: Architect................ Malakhov M.P. Purpose................ earlier Kamensk’s Ironwork Headquarters nowadays Styazhkin museum Location................ Kamensk-Uralskiy, Russia Style..................... classicism Years................... 1825-1830 History Kamensk is a town in Russia with a population of about 170 thousand people. Its official history begins in 1701, when there was a decree of Peter the Great on the construction of ironworks on the banks of the rivers Kamenka and Iset. October 15, 1701 was issued the first iron. The plant began to supply guns and mortars which for 200 years have participated in the wars with Sweden, Turkey , in the Patriotic War of 1812 and others. From 1825 to 1829 the town's appearance changed drastically . By architect M. Malakhov was reconstructed Kamensk's plant. Two new blast furnaces, the administration building, warehouse and hospital were built. Also it was rebuilt the main temple of the town. On photographs of early 20th -century the administration building of the plant on the background there is a Monastery. Architect Mikhail Pavlovich Malakhov (1781-1842) was born in the province of Chernigov (Ukraine). After graduating from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, was promoted to the architect of the 14th class. Since February 1815 enlisted architect in the state of the Ekaterinburg mountain plants. Malakhov made a significant contribution to the implementation of the general plan of Ekaterinburg. Under his leadership in Yekaterinburg were built the most valuable monuments in the classical style. All his buildings marked by high professional skill, elegance of proportions, clarity of composite solutions, original handwriting, peculiar only to this architect. Model I tried to arrange MOC in the style of a official Architecture series. The building is made in 1:250 scale. The main difficulty was the structure of round rotunda, which relies on short and quadrangular dome. At this scale, the number of colonies was sacrificed to save the recognizable shape of the building. Styazhkin museum (2) by vir-a-cocha, on Flickr Styazhkin museum (1) by vir-a-cocha, on Flickr The modern photograph shows two wings that were in form of covered colonnade. During the Soviet period the spaces between the columns were walled up with brick walls with windows.
  8. Yesterday I assembled my 2nd - and last - Architecture set, the Farnsworth House (21009). Three things I thought about my experience: 1 - Assembling those dozens of 1x1 white flat tiles is a PITA, not much of an enjoyment. To makes matter worse, it is impossible to assemble them so that they all become "perfectly aligned". I am a perfectionist and the fact that it is impossible, at least for me, to make them neatly aligned, because they have a certain unavoidable "slack" between them, and by being 1x1 they then can slightly rotate in the stud, does not please my eyes as I was expecting. 2 - So I had an idea to solve the problem. Dunno if this has been talked about before, but one solution would be if Lego would develop a "profiled" flat tile, a 1x2 and/or 1x4 flat tile with a profile on top of it to mimic the design as if that flat tile was like a row of perfectly aligned 1x1 flat tiles (like those bricks that profile a real brick but the profile is in its side, not on top). This would solve the problem of misalignment of rows of 1x1 flat tiles and also would make assembling dozens of tiles much easier because, well, you would have less tiles to deal with. The problem for Lego is that it would decrease a lot the advertised number of pieces of a set like 21009 making it even more difficult to "explain" why it is so expensive. Also, I am not sure it would be possible to profile the top of a flat tile, it could make it too weak. 3 - I am not really happy with this set. After assembling it, I didn't see anything very much special about it. The picture of it in the ads are great but the final product is kind of boring. I will of course keep it and the price I paid for it was very good, $15 below retail (shipping included, no tax!), but it just proves a certain theory that I have that small Lego sets usually look much better in pictures than in real life, with exception of the big ones, the ones with 1000 or more pieces: the big ones look better in real life than in the ad pictures... The ad pictures, by showing them bigger than in real life, fool the eyes.
  9. AdrianB2014

    REVIEW: 21019 Eiffel Tower

    Set Name: Eiffel Tower Set #: 21019 Theme: Architecture Pieces: 321 + 3 spares = 324 pieces (more on that later) Year of Release: 2014 Price at Release: EUR 45/USD ??? INTRODUCTION Today i received my brand new 2014 21019 Eiffel Tower, and i decided to do a review of it.s This brings my LEGO Architecture collection to 20 sets, the only one that i am missing is the 21001 Hancock Center. I was fortunate enough to be in the US at the time of the 21050 Architecture Studio launch so i snatched it instantly. Maybe i will do a review of that also. Anyway, on to the review: THE BOX FRONT: _DSC0827 by adrian.baias, on Flickr BACK: _DSC0829 by adrian.baias, on Flickr SIDE: _DSC0828 by adrian.baias, on Flickr UNBOXING: Enjoy your building experience! (I did): _DSC0830 by adrian.baias, on Flickr Contents: _DSC0831 by adrian.baias, on Flickr The Booklet: _DSC0832 by adrian.baias, on Flickr Being printed in portrait mode, it is a little bit hard to keep open without some help. BUILD: The parts... _DSC0835 by adrian.baias, on Flickr Closeup of the more unusual parts... _DSC0836 by adrian.baias, on Flickr Coincidentally or not, this set has exactly 324 pieces (including the french name plate and the spares), which is the exact height in meters of the real tower. So the construction begins... The base is ready. _DSC0838 by adrian.baias, on Flickr The build is structured into three parts: The base, the median part, and the top: The base and the median part... _DSC0840 by adrian.baias, on Flickr Connected,., _DSC0842 by adrian.baias, on Flickr The top completed... _DSC0843 by adrian.baias, on Flickr And is done. COMPLETED MODEL: _DSC0844 by adrian.baias, on Flickr The completed model looks stunning. Closeup of the base and the nameplate: _DSC0846 by adrian.baias, on Flickr "Aerial" view: _DSC0847 by adrian.baias, on Flickr Another angle: _DSC0848 by adrian.baias, on Flickr And another... _DSC0850 by adrian.baias, on Flickr From the top: _DSC0852 by adrian.baias, on Flickr MODEL ACCURACY: I haven't seen the real thing in person but to me it looks pretty spot on at this size. CONCLUSIONS AND SCORE: Design: 10/10 It couldn't get any closer to the real thing at this size. Build: 9/10 A little repetition, but overall nice building techniques. Parts: 7/10 Good grey/dark grey assortment, but nothing too special aside from a few pieces. Value: I could not give it a value as i'm collecting all of them even if i pay a little more. But at 45 Euros, i think this is in the standard price range for an Architecture set. Overall: 10/10 I'm a little bit subjective here, but i believe is one of the best Architecture sets. Definitely top three for me. It looks great as a display piece and it has the perfect size and proportions. I recommend it heavily. Thank you for reading and i hope i didn't bore you with my first review. Adrian.
  10. I have written up a review of this new architecture set at Rebrickable and have plenty of build photos at my Bricksafe page.
  11. BEAVeR

    [MOC] Ionic column

    If you have a good memory, you may remember the Corinthian column I made some time ago. I got a lot of good comments on that one (thank you!), and I wanted to build some more... stuff . I wanted to revisit that magnificent Ancient Greece, with it's buildings. I wanted to give those ruined pieces of art their former glory again. I wanted to build... some more columns. Real Greek ones, this time. Not that modern Roman stuff. If you have a perfect memory, you may remember that I said the Ionic column was hard to do because of its spirals (volutes, if you prefer fancy terms). I did have a go at designing one however, but I began to think the spirals were impossible to do . And if you don't get those right, your column is not right. You can take that quite literally. I made a compromise on the volutes, but had to fight all kinds of structural blabla . If you have a good eyesight, you may have noticed that I'm presenting now an Ionic column nontheless. What happened? Some would call it a miracle, some just inspiration. I found the Indiana Jones whip. It was just perfect. The size, the shape, the extra details, the easy connections, the look and feel. I felt this whip was made for something more than being in every Indiana Jones set. It became my new best friend. Once I had my spiral (the only spirally part in LEGO, I believe), the column flowed onto my LDD screen (and a bit later, on my render screen). At once, all the structural hustle and bustle fell away. At almost the first try, I had something I was completely happy with. A worthy sibling of my Corinthian column. And that's what you see in front of you. Before anyone asks: the column should be buildable in real life. I know the whips aren't available in white, but everything else apart form the One Rings I used, is available in white (now even the croissant!). Furthermore, I believe the column's quite stable. It uses the same technique that I learned from Jamie, in the designer video on the LEGO Creator website . This is my tribute to that video, because it made me want to make columns five years ago. I've come a long way... . So I hope you enjoy this Ionic column in minifig scale, containing 254 bricks. And I looked it up for you: this is the first one in LEGO to appear on the internet. Hope you appreciate it.
  12. Hello everyone! I just recieved my 2014 set 21019 Eiffel Tower. I will try do to a review of it in the following days. If not, i will still post some photos of the box, booklet and set as soon as i have the opportunity. I'll be back with either the photos or the full review.
  13. Hello The famous Castle Neuschwanstein by King Ludwig II. Next to the experiment of some new hairy trees and stairways, this is my second entry to the MocOlympics 2013. More pictures on flickr and MOCpages. (You can find my entry to the first MO round here. ) I hope you like it. Jonas
  14. I recently noticed that, while looking at my copy of set 21002 empire state building, some bricks were cracked. however, the cracks are only visible when the bricks are connected. Has anyone else noticed this problem? With this set or others?
  15. Sorry if i have posted this in the wrong category, but I wanted to share my first moc creation published to Lego Cuusoo entitled Modern Modular Furnished Beach Front House. It is a displayable and playable piece meant for adults and children alike, both boys and girls. Please do not let the pink colour put you off; I have proposed this in many different colours including neutrals like grey and white. I designed it with the intention of making this house as flexibly integrative as possible with all types of Lego scenarios. This house is bifold; it can open in the middle on hinges like the Monster Fighter's haunted house, and the roof is removable in 3 parts. It also has originally designed furniture and assessories. I am currently working on the landscaping. A complete set of updated photos are available at the following links: thank you for your interest and your vote!
  16. ProfessorChaos

    MOC - 60s bungalow with pool

    Hello, just finished this small MOC of a 60s style bungalow with garden and pool. It is built of bricks within a steel frame painted in white.
  17. andybear@hk

    MOC : Santorini, Greece

    Hello all, There is my LEGO MOC model, Santorini In this 96x96 model, I had put sone iconic buildings of Santorini, such as windmill, church and some white villa. Really thanks for your watching.
  18. For the summer L13 contest of the Brickpirate forum into the Architecture section, I choose to reproduce a castle built into the XVIII century : the Haroué Castle situed into Lorraine, France. The real castle The Haroué castle or Haroué Palace is situed into the centre of the Haroué village, south of Nancy. It has been built from 1720 to 1729 on a ancient castle preseving its 4 main towers and the moats. The castle presents interesting characteristics relatied to a year : - 365 windows, - 52 chimneys, - 12 towers (some are included into the building), - 4 bridges over the moats. Today, it is still occupied by the descendants of prince Marc de Beauvau-Craon who was the initial owner. Source Wikipedia (french). More information and nice pictures can be obtained on its website. Some pictures taken from the sky : The main structure is easier to get when the trees are without their limbs : Starting the Architecture version As an introduction, I would only cite Adam Reed Tucker who designed many officiel Architecture sets : The challenge may not seem so obvious: straightforward design and basic LEGO elements, what else could you ask for? However, there are two not so obvious challenges even with a seemingly easy build, namely those of scale and proportion. The aim is then to get the good scale which allows to respect the proportions of a building using LEGO parts and to try to include characteristics details in such a way that the building is immediately identifiable to the people who know it. For tis castle, the starting point are the towers at the corners because, at this scale, it is not possible to use other parts that 2x2 round bricks with a cone on top. This fixes the scale of the MOC as illustrated by this drawing where 2 cm corresponds rougly to 2 studs : At this scale, from the 4 mains characteristics points given above, the chimneys have been sacrified (most of such castle have chimneys), only the 6 outside towers are kept in order to preserve the U form of the castle, the nulber of windows has been reduced but the 4 bridges are present. Finally, as a main decorative element, the huge trees of the forward court allowing to date the representation at the end of spring after rain. MLCAD virtual model. Virtual modelling is well adapted for Architecture MOCs because it alloxs to have a good idea of the final rendering, to have an accurate parts list and to show the buildings steps into a small movie. The real model. It follows accurately the virtual one : I have only modified the portal and added tiles for the description stickers (the writing have been added using photoshop). The pictures below describe the MOC better than my words. More pictures are available by clicking on the small ones : To end, the Architecture like box of this MOC. I hope you will enjoy this french caslte's MOC.
  19. Everything except for the houses and vehicles are rather simple, yet effective from my point of view, wish I hope you share with me, over and out.
  20. A danish church designed by a danish architecte built with danish bricks The building For the last TechLUG contest, it was required to walk into the steps of Jorn Utzon by creating a building designed by this worldwide known Architecte for his Sydney Opera House. Scanning his creation, I found that this church is particularly interesting. Indeed, when we consider the outstanding design of Sydney's Opera roof made with fractions of spheres, it is surprising that the same architecte designed also this church looking much more like an industrial building. However, when one examines the interior of the church with its nicely curved ceiling, the Utzon touch becomes an evidence. For me, the ceiling profil looks like a see wave but clouds were the source of inspiration of J. Utzon (in a church, are we not near the sky ?). The link with Sydney's Opera and its roof cut into spheres becomes more clear when one consider this drawing Where one sees that the profil find its origin into many arcs of circle like the Opera'roof and the ceiling of its main hall Inside the church, the light is particularly impressive because it is canalized by the curved white ceiling Finally, an aerial picture This , mixing real and virtual pictures, gives you a nice 3D description of the building .If you want to see more about the church, I suggest you this pdf file and this one who analyzing the building in terms of additive architecture. Finally, this diaporama allows to do a virtual complete visit of the church. The goal of the construction I think that you have understood that I want to include the interior ceiling into my MOC. This is clearly a building for which the interior is essential to get its architectural concept. It is also well suited for such of construction because the ceiling is a single profil and the roof is made of straight plates : the whole ceiling/roof section being completed by the two very similar facades. The idea is then to aloow to access inside the building by removing the rwo facades : the ceiling/roof section has then to be self standing without having to be supported by the facades. This represents the challenge of the MOC. The version in lego bricks I have started bu building the facades checking that the roof remains hidden by them, then I have built the base and finally the ceiling/roof section. The facades with their glass roof have fixed the scale : indeed, for this roof, trans clear cheese slopes are the most sguited fixing the thickness of the facades to 2 studs. To built the walls of the facades, I have used a few hundred of 1x2 white plates with 1x2 grey bricks on top allowing to render their particular shape. For the ceiling, I have mainly used arches, half-cylinder or various curved parts : for this, I had to build cylinder facing cylinder using hinges with 2 and 3 fingers. The roof is made with tiles fixed onto plates assembled to the ceiling using 2x1 hinge bricks or by the couple Le toit est constitué de pans réalisés à l'aide de tiles liés par des plaques fixés au montage par des briques plate with handle/plate with vertical clip. The virtual MOC First, a virtual MOC has been made and used to do this stop motion video showing the constructions steps . The ceiling profil and the roof tof the virtual MOC The real MOC The base : It includes some elements recalling that the building is a church like an altar, a baptistry and wide seats. I have also included some element specific to this church like the corridor behide the seats which is a white grid inside the church and a brown grid outside which are represented by 1x2 vertical grid tiles and like the elevated space behind the altar delimited by white fences. Without the facades : The MOC is finally very stable and stands easily without the facades. The two facades : They include corridors in there lower section (made with panels two bricks high) to recall that they are mainly hollow and one includes the organ hidden by the brown panels With the backward facade : The complete church viewed from outside : Jorn Utzon presenting his building : Thanks for having read this long presentation and I hope you will enjoy this MOC.
  21. Hi everyone! I am new here. My reintroduction to Lego started with the Monster Fighters Haunted House. Then I got interested in Architecture, and Superhero figures. I also love the "home assessories" Lego items.
  22. soccerkid6

    Master Architect Challenge

    Master Architect Challenge There are many wonders of architecture throughout Historica: massive dwarven halls, lofty elven towers, elegant cathedrals, and impregnable fortresses. But Revolword and the Elementals have laid waste to many of these structures. Now that Revolword has been defeated, craftsmen across Historica have started taking up their tools to rebuild the former glory of Historica. Show your character assisting in either the building of a new architectural wonder, or assisting in the repairs of a building damaged by the Hand or Elementals. The main focus of your MOC should be on the architecture of the building and construction work on the building. Maximum size 48x48 (2304 studs in any configuration), minimum size 8x8 (in any configuration). Deadline: August 1 (as long as it is still August 1st somewhere in the world, entries will be accepted) Prizes: There will be a winner selected from each guild and they will earn a guild specific parts pack and GoH title: "Master Architect of Historica" Prize packs: Builds will be scored in 3 categories 1. Guild style - How well does the build work with the overall styles and theme of the Guild? Are you incorporating your Guild colors? Does this look like it would fit well within some region of your guild? If your build is actually set in the lands of another guild, explain where it is and why you're building it. 2. Technique - Is your build very original? How does your build stand apart? Have you utilized some new techniques that you haven't seen before? Did you have a very intriguing storyline or did you show entertaining interactions between the characters in your MOC? Creativity and originality will help boost your score here. 3. Presentation - Does your presentation pop? Are your pictures crisp and clear? Did you provide different views of you build? Did you provide a good description of the build to accompany your pictures? Photo quality is a key aspect. Post a pic of your entry here, and a link to the topic. If you have any questions please ask
  23. Hello! I haven't done much building in the past year (the first MOCs I posted were a couple of months old when I joined) but now I have time to spare and can focus on building. Today, I present Battersea Power Station, a hallmark of the south London skyline and star of a couple of Doctor Who episodes and the cover for Animals by Pink Floyd. I saw it when I was in London just the other day, and it was very exciting! I have designed it in the style of the Architecture sets because I think it (the building) would be at home in the line. Pictures follow. You can see them on Flickr as well. Thanks for reading! And, of course, comments and criticism are welcome.
  24. INTRO Hello LEGO fans. This will be my first review. I learned a few things from it so my subsequent ones should be better. I also found there is a review of this set already. I didn't read it past the first photo as I didn't want to unintentionally copy it. Another note, pictures were taken at night. The flash was leaving too much spots, so I decided to go by lamp only. I am fairly busy during the day, but I'll try to get my next reviews with better photos. I also don't separate the parts by colour or similarity, but I did for this review as it may be easier to see what's inside. There is also a catalog at the end of the booklet. Link to pictures in Flickr for slightly higher resolution SET INFORMATION LEGO Architecture, Landmark Series, 21011 Brandenburg Gate 362 pieces $34.95 retail model 22.4cm x 9.2cm (8.8in x 3.6in) Front Back Bottom Signature from the designer printed THE PARTS Box opened Booklet cover Booklet history information first pages Parts in assorted bags Parts sorted (for review clarity, I don't usually sort) BUILDING THE SET The instructions were easy to follow. Below are some random pages: And some of the building progress: Extra parts, among them a label in English. FINAL PRODUCT Completed front Completed back IMPRESSIONS - The instruction booklet was of high quality paper, unlike the regular LEGO sets. It also had a nice history in the beginning and history snippets throughout the pages. At the end there was information about the designer. - The parts had less variety and neutral colours. This opens up possibilities for different building projects. The set also looks geared for a more mature audience due to the colouring. - The price is higher and I don't think the better booklet justifies it. For comparison, the 70~ piece sets were $20 and regular LEGO goes for as low as $11 for the same piece count. - The set is still targeted at teenagers, however, it doesn't exactly look like a toy so it can be a nice room ornament as well. RATING Building: 9/10 Playability/Reusability: 10/10 Appearance: 10/10 Value for cost: 6/10 Quality: 10/10
  25. This is my newest LEGO project, a model of castle Neuschwanstein. I wanted to build this for some time because it is a beautiful and interesting building and I don't live too far from it. The original castle was build by the famous "Swan King" or "Fairy Tale King" Ludwig II of Bavaria. Today it is one of the most visited castles with more than 1.3 million visitors annually. It started as an LDD design that you can see in the first image. I choose the scale so that it was possible to put in (nearly) all of the windows in some reasonable form. If the windows aren't right it just doesn't look right... Difficult parts were the towers and the angled back part of the main building! I also included a little model of the king's golden carriage drawn by four white horses, approaching the gate. Of course then I had to build the real model, too. And here it is! It's been some work but I'm really happy with the result. Last but not least a cleaned up "promo shot" :-) This is also a project (#1128) on LEGO CUUSOO so if you really like it you can find it there: Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria