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Huaojozu posted a topic in LEGO TownRebuild the Sydney Opera house as The Robotics Lab, the new high-tech institute in town, specializing at mech prototyping and AI. Take a sneak peek at the latest robot the folks at the lab are building - and if you want, use more parts to finish it! Transforming this set into a 32w modular was certainly a challenge. As opposed to the Big Ben, which has a lot of small parts that lend themselves nicely to decorations, the Sydney Opera House has a large amount of specialized pieces and technic parts that don't really fit well with a standard modular. When I saw the amount of ball joints included, I immediately remembered my Bionicle MOCing days and thought about making a mech out of them. But I still wanted a modular to add to my city as well, which presented an interesting dilemma. I wanted to use the white roof pieces as armor plates, but their scale meant that the mech would be several feet tall if built like that. And there was no way the modular would be able to house it. I thought about making a scene where the mech was destroying a half-damaged building, but that seemed hard to incorporate into people's towns making it look out of place. So in the end I went with a solution of a Robotics Lab, where pieces of the Mech are being constructed and assembled. That way there is a nice scene in the modular, but it's tucked away and not clashing with the standard town aesthetic. And in case anyone wants to finish the design, they only need to add a body and an arm to have the finished product. The large amount of dark windows are well suited to a "secret" project, keeping it away from prying eyes. With no doors in the set at all, I had to make due with brick-built ones using hinge pieces from the set. I am especially proud of the tilted roof windows that ended up being perfectly LDD legal, which is something that's always a worry when you design with real bricks first. The first floor has the legs mounted on a wall, ready to be attached to the final body, as well as an arm being worked on by a group of engineers. There's also the AI sign, just in case it wasn't clear to everyone what's going on here. The second floor (and the roof) have no floor, accentuating the verticality of the building, leaving enough space for the Mech to be assembled (though they will probably have to airlift it out when it's done). There is an engineer doing final checks on the head of the Mech, using a platform and some adjustable lights. In the end, I am really hope as to how this project turned out. I may go and use the remaining parts to actually build the body and recreate the destruction scene described above, though that will probably take me some time. I hope Lego will release a new large scale Creator Expert set soon so that I can try rebuilding it as well (the Roller Coaster isn't really a modular material :D). The instructions are available on my rebrickable page, where you can also check out some other cool alternate models. https://rebrickable.com/users/Huaojozu/mocs/
Hello All, I've kinda tried to go out of the norm and try to give an in-depth introduction about my passion for Lego. My name is Dan, and i'm just starting to get back into Lego. After a lull of around 9 years. I stopped buying and assembling Lego as a teenager. And have recently started picking it back up again. I'm a huge modular building fan and love how so many different existing parts can be used to create intrinsic and delicate elements. I guess Lego has helped shape my career in construction and also made me come back to this incredible hobby. I became a big watch collector but have stepped away from it in the hope my childhood/teen hobby can reinvigorate my imagination and my roots of Lego instilled in myself. I'm based in Sydney, Australia. So shout out to anyone located nearby! What attracted me to Eurobricks? I quite like the staff structure and hope one day i can move up the hierarchy. Heres to a new beginning and a 2nd chance with Lego. P.S Please be kind as i'm not very new with the terms and only just starting to pick them up!
Hi EBers, The Sydney Brick Show is back again for 2013. On from the 20th-29th April. http://www.sydneybrickshow.com https://www.facebook.com/SydneyBrickShow Exhibitor and display registrations to go live in the next day or two, public session tickets already on sale. Dr Rod