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This past Christmas my wife gave me several pieces of the winter set and I started imagining using it to build my first ever original project.
I envision building a suburban village/shopping center that incorporates the sets I have been given with room for expansion with future holiday sets. I would like to incorporate a mountain, train, and urban landscape. I plan for it to be 4ft x 6ft and possibly expanded to 4ft x 12ft. I have been collecting images of both Lego and real world inspiration.
I would love any tips or advice on how to start large scale projects.
Also any tips or resources on landscapes, train layouts, keeping elements in scale, or anything else anyone things it might help to know.
Thank you everyone.
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Thanks for the tip on LDD I'e never used that before, at this point I've only drawn it our on graph paper.
When working with a large landscape is it suggested to build from left to right, front to back, put large elements in and build around them or another strategy?
This led me to start thinking about the getting together the bricks I will need. I know I will need to get specific pieces from pick a brick, but are there any tips in general to start collecting bricks?
Also, If I am doing a winter scene and a good portion to will be white will it be easier to search out white base plates or would it be easier to buy green or another color plates and cover them with other white plates where needed?
For "mass grading" and general support, it's generally easier/cheaper to use mixed color pieces. This is where slightly discolored, second-hand, and even Duplo pieces come in handy. Then the fine adjustment and "final coat" can be put on in the.
For example if you look at Blake Baer's Erebor MOC, you'll see in this picture down the page that it's support system is quite colorful and eclectic.
This Eurobricks thread: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=60907 has also been referenced several times throughout the Forum and provides a nice step-by-step overview of how one builder put together a large MOC with landscaping.