September is a month when pupils and teachers alike go back to school. I thought it would be a fun challenge to make pencil pots or desk tidies.
If you are not a teacher or don't have kids, a clean desk is something that everyone appreciates, even if it's just the place where you build Lego and you use a pencil pot to hold some scissors and a brick separator.
You can make a single pot to hold some pens or an elaborate work that has a variety of pots. That way it can hold pens, scissors and paper-clips, maybe even some tape? The sky is the limit, well no, actually your desk is the limit, it should be not so big that it wouldn't fit on an actual desk.
It's all up to your creativity, you could go for a themed one, you could use only the elements of one set, you could go for a house or an animal that doubles as a pen pot, you could just use lots of colour, .... Anything goes, as long as it holds pens at the end of the ride.
Share as many as you like, even if it's only a simple one or your first MOC, more entries might give other people ideas and get those creative juices flowing. Also, if your kids want to take part and make one for themselves, feel free to post those too, I love seeing what they come up with.
- your model must be built for the contest, not an existing MOC
- it must not be so big that it can't fit on a desk (and there should be room for books/laptop)
- two photographs per entry only - it helps the thread load better/at all! However feel free to upload any extra images to Flickr etc. that aren't for your entry.
- you can enter as many different models as you like so long as you make a separate post for each
- seeing as there are many time zones and September is a short month and has already started in some time zones, the contest closes at midnight on the latest time zone there is on September 30th. So midnight in Honolulu (countdown here). I'll announce the winner by October 4th.
poly bag or CMF from those I have available. I'll PM the winner a list they can pick from.
Any questions? Anything dubious? PM or leave a message below. I look forward to see what you come up with.
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And this topic has got me thinking- maybe there is a desk under this stuff... ;)
Or some non-Lego examples:
Panda Pencil Pot:
The problem I had was that I only used bricks from the first wave of elves sets. I had them sorted in a box and I didn't want to mix it up with my other lego. There is a bigger box to put in gluesticks, staplers... a place to sort letters or other paperstuff, a place for postits, a pen holder and some smaller compartments to put small stuff. I even included a secret pullout tray for all the secret love letters I might get over the next few years. I was quite happy with it, although in the picture it seems too colorful and the details that look great in reality don't come out that good. Oh well. It was my first moc and I put a lot of time in it, so I decided to post anyway :-) Here another picture with some stuff in it...
So I'm currently off at college, and have an extremely limited amount of parts, but this is what I managed to come up with. Yes that is a box of cereal in the background.
Disclaimer: This may not quite meet the rules of the competition...
(I'll get my coat)
As expected @xwingpilot your 'tiedy' doesn't really qualify, but you made us laugh! I was thinking to say at the beginning of the contest, 'you are not allowed to use a normal set and put pens in it and call it a tidy' I even had an excitable example of what was not allowed -
But I'm glad I didn't, I enjoyed the joke.
Won't give any other feedback on the models as to not give away what the Judge is thinking ;)
Keep building guys and gals!
I finished building the maze yesterday (loved it BTW) and to encourage you I made a desk-tidy out of it. It's only rudimentary because the weight was already getting to much.
Look forward to see what else people can come up with!
After a few false starts with trying to have the pencil eraser be rounded and at the bottom of the MOC, I decided to start at the ferrule (metal part of the pencil; who knew?) and work my way down. Originally the "lined-paper" based was not going to have any functionality, but I decided it would be perfect to expand and then put some drawers into it for small items.
Although I'm not completely happy with the model because the original build was meant to have an eraser that would hinge up to reveal the pens at the top (I couldn't get the eraser to look right so I just removed it), I'm glad I was finally able to take the time to sit down and bring an idea to life.
(Sorry the pictures aren't great. My only camera is the one on my phone.)
Ninjago temple of tidydesk.
I have a clean desk policy both in the office and at home, and don't really have a need to write things down. So my pencil pot has space for the grand total of 2 pens I have (every other pen at home has been confiscated by my wife for... things). I'm a heavy user of my mobile though, so added space for it + a pass-through for the charger so I never run out of juice! Guarded by Unisithy. Nobody will mess with Unisithy.
I didn't realize so many people needed security to keep their desk materials safe. That is a glaring deficiency in my entry...
For extra security Unisithy also has a battalion of droids at her command.
Over to @SprinkleOtter for the next one!
@ Salamalex I think yours is the most functional one, good use of (nice) colours and I like the drawer inclusion. Plus you were first.
@the1whitetiger I love your model. It's great you stayed within a theme and it's instantly recognisable. It's also got room for everything (post-its etc), which I like. My son and husband thought you should be the winner.
@Bricklover18 even with limited bricks you managed to come up with something fun. Great idea to have a little scene in front and I love how the octopus holds on to his diamonds! Not sure I would like to live in a house that walks into the sea though.
@rdflego a very impressive build even thought there is only space for one pen ;) . I love your inclusion of the sketches you made to design the model. I've never done any preliminary work like that, so it's great to see someone else's thought process. It's a nice scene and I love the wonky side.
@BillyBricks84 Your model was instantly recognisable. It's a great idea to make a model of something to put something in. It's clean and sharp and the drawers in the pad are a nice inclusion.
@TheOriginalSimonB like White Tiger, I love the fact you stayed within a theme. Good use of different pieces to make a whole and it's great to see the ninjas actually guarding the temple.
@stlux a clean model and good to see someone incorporate modern technology. It's a great idea, and I love the inclusion of the telephone brick. (and of course Unisithy)
For the winner, even with limited entries it is always difficult to say who wins, I didn't just look at originality/functionality but also to use of techniques, and at the end of the day de gustibus et colirbus and all that malarkey.
I do have to pronounce our @BillyBricks84 the winner, your first MOC as an AFOL was definitely a great one. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it, the finish is amazing. I'll PM you and give you a choice of some prizes.
I hope that some of these will actually stay on your desks, and if annyone gets inspired to build something later because of this thread, please come and show us.
For now though, let's all go and chill with @SprinkleOtter.
Sorry about that though, here's the right one (I hope): http://bricksetforum.com/discussion/24826/2016-monthly-building-contest-october-chill-out#latest
@the1whitetiger, @TheOriginalSimonB Thanks! I appreciate that coming from people who also made strong entries.
I'm excited to see what everyone submits next month. I usually see an idea and think, "I would not have thought of that even if given a year." I do have an idea in mind for October, but the execution of it is always tough.
And about my family,you can't win them all ;)