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  1. This ship was designed to replace my original micro scale ocean liner from 2011. It's not intended to represent any real liner per say, though I was inspired a tiny bit by the Queen Mary (located out in Long Beach, CA) and a lot inspired by the Olympic / Titanic / Britannic sister-ships that were sadly scrapped / sunk by iceberg / mined in WW1. Here we see the RMS Allemann at sail at night in the mid-Atlantic sometime in the late 1920's. (this LDD picture was edited to give it a night-time feel. If only the portholes glowed!) The font of the ship (also called the "bow".) features three printed 1 x 6 tiles should spell out the name ALLEMANN on the left and right sides, and along with the stern. The light gray "hatches" at the fore and aft sections of the ship are for loading cargo into the various holds. Statistics: Ship Name: RMS Allemann Ship Type: "Gigantic" Class passenger Liner Owner: Red Star Line Ship Built: 1919 – 1921 Capacity: 400 Crew, 270 First class, 630 Second class, 1,000 Third class Lifeboats: 20 regular boats / 4 collapsible boats with 80 people per boat each (1,920 people total capacity) Builder: Strong & Steele Shipbuilders of London Propulsion: 24 Boilers, 2 turbines, 4 steel propellers Top Speed: 30 Knots Fuel: Diesel (originally Oil) The rear of the ship. (also called the "stern".) The raised portion of the deck is for the docking bridge when the ship is backing into port. The ship features a modular approach to it's construction, allowing for separation of bow and stern for storage ease... and in case I want to build a wrecked version in the future, I just disconnect the four Technic pins to remove the desired section from the rest of the vessel. Also, I thought about Gateway LUG holiday displays, which usually include light-up models in some form, usually modular buildings. These potential lights are now addable via the open bottom of the ship for a neat effect through the portholes. The pennant flag of the Red Star Line as originally used on the RMS Allemann. The RMS Allemann was first proposed in 1914, but World War One prevented it's construction by Strong & Steele Shipbuilders to start until 1919. The ship was modified from it's original proposed engine design to burn oil, and was completed in February 1921. The ship could hold 1,900 people total, with 400 being Crew, with 270 being First class, 630 in Second class, and 1,000 being the steerage, or Third class. The ship sailed it's maiden voyage in July 1921 from Southampton to New York City. The ship was English-owned, and as such, was immune to the new American anti-alcohol laws of Prohibition. The ship took off-peak season sailings (informally known as Liquor Cruises) around the Atlantic, returning to the American port of origin within a couple days. The ship managed to hold a steady service record, and remained relatively full-up until the Great Depression really took hold in 1931. The ship's owners, the Red Star Line, managed to stay financially afloat long enough to get the ship through the worst of the Depression, until the ship was requested by the English Navy as a troop ship in late 1939 for use in World War Two. The Allemann's fancy woodwork was put in storage and the ship was turned into a troop ship relatively quickly. The ship was strafed several times by enemy aircraft during the war, and narrowly missed being torpedoed in 1943, but it survived the war not too much worse for wear. When it was handed back over to Red Star Line, it was given a complete overhaul mechanically and electrically. The whole ship was rewired, and the oil burning engines converted to diesel. The Acadia's woodwork was painstakingly restored to it's original grandeur, and she was ready for for sailing by 1948, almost a year after being handed back to it's original owners. In the early '50's the ship began sailing luxury cruises to the Mediterranean from England and the United States, in addition to it's usual scheduled Atlantic crossings, and had it's third class re-designated as Tourist class. This was because the decline of the Atlantic immigrant traffic pattern was nearly complete. The ship began showing it's age by the late 1960's, when it's original glass dome began to leak badly. A handful of cracks in the reinforced glass caused the ship to be dry-docked, but before it could be fixed the huge dome collapsed in on itself, causing the grand staircase to be heavily damaged. Luckily, the accident happened in the middle of the night, and no one was on board at the time to get hurt by all that broken glass. The ships' dome was replaced, but only because the ship's owners knew of the ship's heritage and couldn't bear to see the old girl scrapped. (Not to mention it would have cost more to scrap the ship than fix the dome) By 1975, she was last four-stack ship in existence, and the owners were planning the grand lady's 55th Birthday for the next year. The Allemann celebrated July 1st, 1976 as her fifty-fifth birthday, and as part of the celebrations she was given to a preservation group dedicated to keeping the ship sailing as an "ambassador of history", as a peek into the way things were and how the men and women visiting and working on the Allemann went about their lives through each period of this ships stoic history. Many former passengers and crew detailed their experiences on the ship in writing or on film for the beginning of what later became known as The Allemann Living History Museum. Today, the ship features a feature-length film that chronicles the story of the ship and it's many passengers and crew through out the ships commercial and wartime lives. The film is shown in the Second Class movie theater, built into the ship in 1947 after World War Two, flowing seamlessly into the 1920's flavor of the ship. The ship still sails, making stops in New York and London (substituted for Southampton) at least twice a year. NOTES: The bow is either a bit too long or the stern too short, but I can't seem to fix that correctly to be "in scale". In fact, it's pretty much assured there is NO scale used with this ship, as I just built what looked good to me. The model will have to be bought sometime in Autumn of this year, as even though it has most of the parts from the 2011 ship inside it, (these have been removed the from the parts list to save money) it still will cost almost (US) $200 to purchase the remaining needed parts to have it done by the Christmas-time show later this year. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions, or complaints on this ship?
  2. This station was inspired way back in 2013 by a long since expired Ideas project (link to my inspiration: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/34642 ), which was doubled in size and now features a double tracked platform + canopy and quad-sided clock tower. NOTE: You may want to cut two base-plates to a 8 x 40 size where the gaps are at the end of the platform. The station proper has removable upper roof and second floor sections. The top floor "floats" on tiles, and is removable to reach the sales counter on the main floor. Also removable is the platform and train canopy, as it is connected to the station via Technic pins. The double track train canopy was inspired by CITY set 60103, Airport Air Show, while the clock faces are supposed to feature this print: http://alpha.brickli...0pb024#T=C&C=11 The street side of the station has space for 8 printed 1 x 1 letters, allowing you to name the station what you want. If i ever did build this, which I probably won't, I would name it Glenncoe, after the location of a 12 inch ride-on real steam railway, The Wabash Frisco and Pacific Rail Road at Glencoe (spelled with only 1 "N") Missouri. (See their pretty cool website here: http://www.wfprr.com/default.htm ) The second floor has the switching control room and station managers office while the lower floor has the ticket desk and inside waiting rooms. By the way: the upper floor floats inside the walls on some tile-topped pillars, and is not connected to the build by studs in any way. NOTE: This train station most likely will never be built by me as I already have 3 stations as of now. But it IS build able in real life, so if anyone of you guys want to take a stab at this station, be my guest and please post the pictures both here and in your own thread. As such, here is the LDD file to the whole model, grouped so you can edit the station as you please: http://www.moc-pages...1463871791m.lxf Once again, questions, comments, and complaints are welcome!
  3. I redesigned the LEGO logo in an Art Deco theme for LOLUG’s October Competition. Website | Flickr | YouTube
  4. lightningtiger

    Art Deco Gas Station

    Like I wrote in my latest hardware store topic I had started a side project.....a gas station and here is a progress shot.....will of course more to come so keep watching !
  5. Norton74

    [MOC] Art Déco Gas Station

    Fill 'er up! My latest build is a jump into the glory days of gas stations, when full service and free oil changes were the rule and the local station was a gathering place for neighbors. My brick-built gas station is inspired to the Shell one located in Tucson (Arizona) and it’s packed with every details you’d expect to find. It showcases an elegant Art Déco architecture completed with curved corners, a tower in the middle, a red outline all around the station and the inevitable Shell writing on top. The build is three in one: the diner on the left, the garage/workshop on the right and the fully-equipped store located in the middle of the building. A look at the back of the station reveals the three locations with many details and the different characters. Outside there are two period gas pump with a beautiful Lego shell on top under a curved canopy. All around you can find tanks, signs, tyres and other stuff. To complete the work I've built a red stepside pick-up truck, a tan Hot Rod and a reddish-brown roadster with some troubles (it's housed in the garage indeed). It was on my wishlist long since and finally I've found the time to built it as I had in my mind. I'm sorry for posting my gas station here with a little delay Thanks for stopping by. More pics and info: flickr
  6. Littleworlds

    [MOC] Not your typical X-Wing

    For this build I wanted to combine the classical Ralph McQuarrie desgin with some dieselpunk aesthetics from the 1930s and 40s, giving it an elegantly curved and streamlined look. Just think of the wind-tunnel designed cars and trains – and of course airplanes – of that era. It was also pretty clear to me from the beginning that the only possible colour this fighter can have is red. It just works so well with emphasizing its lines and gives the whole build a vibrant dynamic I wouldn’t have gotten in – say white or grey really. Oh, and my affinity for the biplanes of the great war played quite a role too. So see it as the Red Baron in space basically! I see the landing gear as provisional, so it can be easier put on display (and to make it easier to find a place to land^^) I really want to make it more elegant, while not sacrificing its stability. Sadly there isn't really much space where it is - but I'm sure there will be a decent solution coming up Anyway, apart from that I am very happy with it. It is stury and very swooshable and is a nice display piece For more pictures and musings about its design and stuff feel free to visit my blog!
  7. A little urban renewal to transition the Detective Office part of town with the more classy modulars... my latest modular is "Chop", a small Asian fusion bistro in an Art Deco storefront. Oddly enough, I've wanted to use fish as an architectural element for a long time. 1st floor interior: Decorative wall panels. 2nd and 3rd floor feature a nice but somewhat cramped 2 bedroom aparment. Next to a couple of my other mocs. Thanks for looking! (Sorry the photography isn't great.)
  8. 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: http://tomalphin.com/2014/07/best-lego-architecture.html 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
  9. atkaforce

    Art Deco Garage

    Hi! Here is my MOC, which is an old Art Deco garage with a little restaurant where you can have a coffee or a something to eat meanwhile the master is working on the car Art Deco Garage by atkaforce1, on Flickr I made a povray picture the other is LDD image. Have fun! Art Deco Garage by atkaforce1, on Flickr Art Deco Garage by atkaforce1, on Flickr Art Deco Garage by atkaforce1, on Flickr Art Deco Garage by atkaforce1, on Flickr Art Deco Garage by atkaforce1, on Flickr
  10. Commander Wolf

    [MoC] Pennsylvania Railroad T1

    I've really wanted to make this model for a while. As these things go, it's been months from start to finish, but it's finally done! The Pennsylvania Railroad T1s were the last steam locomotives built by the Standard Railroad of the World. Designed in 1945 to replace K4 Pacifics built 20 to 30 years earlier, the 52 T1s had a controversial operational record at best. Most infamously, high power (nominally more than a Big Boy by some metrics!) and not so high adhesion (about half) often caused heavy wheel slip ( ) at speed, and along with it, heavy maintence costs. All were replaced by diesels and scrapped by 1956. In my opinion, the T1 is nonetheless one of the most beautiful steam locomotives of all time - Raymond Loewy's streamlined casing is a masterpiece. But, in the great tradition of strealined casings, it seems they were gradually shed throughout the years. I am modelling #5503, as per the model below. While she was originally delivered without the wheel fairings and with the blunter nose cone, the "breadbox" under the nose was reduced in size only after she entered service. 5503 is built at a scale of about 16.5" per stud (slightly smaller than my previous 15" per stud models because things just work out better that way). This makes her an 8-wide model, and her 86 studs of length include 47 of locomotive, 36 of tender and 3 studs in between. The locomotive is articulated 4-4-4-4, FF-BF-BF-F(sliding)F, the tender rides on 4-axle trucks with 2 sliding axles in the center of each, and the whole lot actually runs very well through curves, switches, and everything in between. This is the first train model that I've built with the aid of LDD. I say "with the aid" because in practice I end up switching between virtual and physical prototypes to make sure that some virtual edit still clears real switches or curves. Overall it was very convenient! Having tested and rejected the old Lego CAD programs many years ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the shallow learning curve of LDD, and I'd definitely recommend trying it if you haven't. Some other construction details I'd like to highlight: Working drive rods and connecting rods (thanks Mr. Sava!) SNOT internal structure in the boiler Inverted 1x4x1 panels for the "shoulder" above the boiler 1x4x2 fence for the grill in the "breadbox" (thanks jtlan!) Tilted firebox and SNOT cab walls SNOT panels for the "skirt" of the tender And while I don't have the pf equipment for the tender on hand, it is "pf ready"... meaning there is designated space for the motors, battery box, and receiver. Because of the complications in building and fitting the 4-axle bogies, this is also the first train MoC in which I've built the tender before the locomotive. All stickers are printed on generic 3M adhesive shipping label paper. I was aware of Mr. Sava's T1 model prior to developing my own, though I wanted to develop my own interpretation, so I tried to look at it as little as possible. Ultimately I think it turned out quite well, though I have to give credit for the tile rods - I couldn't get anything to work with Technic 1x1s and cross axles. As with any Lego model, there are bound to be tradeoffs. Among other things: The second cylinder is a full stud back of where it should be in order to accommodate the working rods. The "piston rods" more closely model the track in which the rods travel, also in order to accommodate the motion The curve above the nose is far too steep, but I think a steep rounded roof expresses it better than a shallower, stepped assembly The scale is 10% smaller than all of my previous locos And the full gallery once moderated. Videos to come... eventually. Thanks for looking!
  11. lightningtiger

    Art Deco Hardware Store

    To follow on from my gas station.......http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=86212&st=25........I will give a tease to what's next and yes, I enjoy building hardware stores. Old Mr Hooper has moved on to this store now.........more floor tiles, merchandise and of course a roof/ceiling combo like the one on the gas station......keep watching !
  12. lightningtiger

    Art Deco Style Shops

    Someone over on Cuusoo has ask me to rebuild and sell him some of my models.....sadly once Cuusoo has them, legally the design is Lego's do what they like with so to speak. He wanted a chemist, hardware store and supermarket......now I don't mind doing it but also actual store branding might be another legal issue.....making money off someone else's trade mark. I decided to design some new buildings, no ceiling, no floor to keep costs down......and well, I went a little over the top frontage wise but I think the first of these builds is very cool, very Art Deco indeed. It has a modern interior, but 1920/1930's Art Deco exterior.......more to come....keep watching ! Footnote - I might have MOCing madness !
  13. Hi all, this is my Servo Showdown entry, a Shell Art Deco Gas Station. It's part of the Garage Project, too, but since there will probably be some additions there's no "2.0 status" yet. Main thing here is the snotted roof, but since the main problems were solved more or less at the beginning, this was quite a fun build. Interior: Of course there could be some more details, probably there'll be some more wall decoration ... Details: Counter, radiator (probably already existing, but no direct reference), gas pump (already known), tire holder, register, telephone (same as radiator), shelf with oil cans and stuff, gas cans, illuminated fridge. There'll hopefully be some more pics, but for some reason my photoshop does strange things today ... Hope you like it, C&C welcome as usual!