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Even at full price 3 of these at 120 USD should be enough to build a decent MOC mod and still be cheaper than an actual 'modular' building, especially now that the Bank is 169.99 USD.
Sorry realized you are in the UK after posting, so substitute the amount for local currency :-)
let not get in to the UK V USA price's
any how yes there are just enough 1x2, 1x4 and 1x6 bricks to build a 2 color 1 level building. well it not the same high at the pet shop ground level. it is 2 brick levels off that high.unless i use 4 set's i dont think i can pull of a 2 level build. i plan to have tables outside, it looks like most of the items in this set are 1x1 or 1x2, in size. the problem's come when you have to build them big side walls' this set got a lot of windows, and it is them that make up a good part of the build.
still what i have done with only 2 set's is quite good. would be a lot faster if i had the set's them self. but that is week's away. other stuff come 1st.
think i let it sit there for now and think on some ider's.
i already used some new ways of building i picked up with pet shop.
/brain babble off
Sorry about the whole USD Vs Pound/Euro thing.
I think in any case this is a somewhat good value for its cost as a standalone set. Would imagine it looks fairly good with two (or three) of the deli sets combined as a 'mod' type building
i think i going to have to use 3 set's it not going to work with just the 2,
if i try to do a up sized copy of the little build, then i may have to try 4 set's,
4 set's it the limit i will try this with. that is £111.96 for 4 set's and Brick Bank is £119.99. so i relay do not wish to do 4 set's for just one Modular Building Build.
pet shop is 2 building for £119.99 and this will be smaller, so.......
i just had a Cracking Idea....
not going to make a big help with wall's but it will help..
so off to LDD again.
a 32x32 will not work as i dont have the parts to make a the footpath.
and i trying to to buy brick on pick a brick for this, so back to the 16x32
only this time with 3 set's.
with the 32x32, i think i would need 5 copys of the set, as i was using a lot of 1x1 brick's just to get the right high for the ground level on a 16x32. it dont show on this model but the 2nd Brick level down from the top is all 1x1 or 1x2
after it was all done i had about 3 1x1 and 1 1x2 Brick left for this brown color.
ok i have Got the ground level of the Deli done.
before you see the picks i have used 3 types and color brick that are not in the Corner Deli set, one is the Medium Blue 2x2 flat tile from the pat shop Build that by the time i get round to making this will be free to use as i will have finished the pet shop Mod to a Lego store by that time, the 2nd is the 1x2 Brick with hole for the linking of set's. the 3rd is a 1x1 flat tile from my spear parts tub. for the Medium Stone Gray eage to the footpath
all other part used have come from the Deli set X3.
so here are some pic's or you.
please Note that this is just the outside of the build, and no inside's have been done yet
looking at this pic, i can see that i will have to change the doors to open the other way.
there is also the option of swapping 1 of the 2 door's for 4 more black windows.
and the back of the Moc.
as you can see this is what it would look like if i swaped the door for more windows only it would be in back.
right now this is just the back bone of the build. all the little bit will come later
after i got the 2nd level done.
idea's on how to add a way to get to the 2nd level would be good, the deli set come with 2 Lattice 1x4x6, but i dont think that work work here.
worked on the model 2nd level (1st level for USA members) and the roof level.
also tweaked the Ground level.
this is probably what i going to go with,
you see i was the make do work i did to get the Roof to come off again,
all them grill tiles still part for the pats i said about last time no more parts have been used in the update so all bit you see here are done with part from the 3 set's
and yes you need 3 set's there no why to pull it off with out 3 set's.
so just to be clear here all but 13 parts come from the 3 set's i tried to build this from.
ps, sorry of spelling am grammar, the more sleepy i am the more my dyslexia play's up and i miss stuff. i think i got it all but i know when i this sleepy i could spend 2 hours and still not find them all.
i will pm you the link, when i find it. i know who did it so it should not tack long to do
re pieces left over 3 set's end up being 1400 pieces
the model is using 770 odd part right now.
i have yet to do the inside of the model it is on my list,
as it will be April before i can pick up the set's for this mod, i have time to take my time doing this build in LDD
and i willing to bet this Moc changes a lot from now until then,
i with this will be my spring project, and the Lego store moc i working on my winter one.
@chrisalddin - You really need three sets of Corner Deli for this when you have 1400 pieces left over? Wouldn't be cheaper to buy 2 and Brinklink the rest? I don't know myself as I've never tried to MOC a modular.
I have seen posts here of people just BL'ing modulars. Can anybody ballpark the cost on just sourcing the parts for something like Green Grocer or Grand Emporium? Is it still cheaper to Brinklink the parts than pay $400+ on Ebay? I'm assuming one would also run into the issue of just never being able to get certain (or enough) parts.
3 set's = 1400 pieces in all ( NOT the pieces left over,)
i have not worked on the inside yet so there are well over 600 pieces left to use to build the inside with. little of what is left over are bricks
the challenge, is to build a modular building "Deli themed shop" MOC of the corner deli on a 16x32 base plate. trying to use the pieces from 3 set's and only pulling part's from my spare's when i have no choice. like the footpath i had to use the 8x "2x2 medium blue tiles". as well as trying to keep the same feel of the official Model. (not easy as there are not a lot of Bricks even in 3 set's to build a modular building type build with). i still may use other parts from my spare parts, or order some if i have to, but ordering parts for this build is a last resort.
right now all my build work is in LDD as i have yet to get the set's. if i keep with the buying plan i have right now (unlikely to happen as i end up changing that plan almost daily at this time.) it will be 28/4/2016 before i can order the 3 set's that i will need and the 16x32 base plate (i do have a base plate i could use, but i like to keep that plate for other stuff as them are handy to have around.
No. there is not any thing to stop you do just what you said only it will be way smaller.
it will need more then 1 set and a rebuild.
i work out you need 3 set's
i dont have one of the samll modulars set yet,
so i not seen one side by side,
at some point i will build one next to the Moc i am working on in my LDD file.
sorry i am not of more help.
thanks for the idea.
but still i am not trying for a subway here
so don't know if i will do it or not
of witch only the back of the plate is not used (it a bit of green at the back ) maybe it's a garden?
as far as i can tell the the deli and bike shop set's would work well with City set's for size. like set #60097 there about that size.
how about we call them City modulars,
up-sizing the model is not easy, as the model do not have a lot to the inside of it,
i may have to look at other model to get ideas of how to full the space up,
still i am over the moon on how i got stairs in to the build
give me more ides's
what was the left over part count?
and it took me 4 trys to work out how he did the stares.
to me that dont look plain.
@ryjay Your son did a great job with the set btw. I am not knocking his attempt; I would be hard pressed to do any better :)
Depends on which 3n1. You would need 3 sets for Corner Deli, while Bike Shop at over a 1000 pieces can be done mostly with 2. I would disagree about the level of detail though. Compared to the newest Creator sets like Brick Bank or the Ghostbusters HQ, yes they aren't as detailed, but you don't have to go to far back to find sets like Pet Shop (house side) or Grand Emporium that are pretty sparse on the inside.
What 3n1s do have going for them is that they are carried in stores (at least where I live) and go on sale 2 or 3 times a year, while modulars are not. To me the value for money is there if you catch it at the right time.
Someone else here on the forum said it would be nice if Lego would sell a "living room" set or "office set" add-on in a polybag to give the option of making these buildings more detailed. I think it's a great idea.
i love it,
maybe someone on Bricklink can do custom Moc for this type of stuff to sell
a pre set bad of part's
Another question to ask is: Are most of the parts in the 3n1 sets useful enough to build at the same scale as the Modulars? Is it reallyy as easy as buying 2 or even 3 Creators 3n1's?
As mentioned above; what the 3n1's have going for it is that you can find them easier than Modulars in stores and they can be had for a discount.
I am definitely NOT discouraging anyone from doing this, in fact, I am going to buy a couple of the Corner Deli if I can find them at 30-50% discount. I just think it doesn't stand up to the more detailed Modulars. To be fair, the pet shop side of the "Pet Shop" Modular is rather plain except for the roof.
They already sell a set for modding the interiors, it includes loads of options.. #10697 I think it is...
i was hoping to pick up a Bike shop 3 in 1 set from my local toy shop, but it tuns out that the one who run the shop is lazy and did not update his webpage to show it was sold