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My Winter Village Project

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  • inklingbricksinklingbricks Member Posts: 80
    Thanks for the kind words about my designs everyone :) @hayduke The prices people have got back to me for the Gingerbread House range from £92 through to £118, with somewhere around the middle the most common. 
    sid3windr
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    I did (partly). did 2 BL orders, and will order the rest at BnP this weekend (already tried during the week, but the site f****d up again); will turn out at around €110-120 for all the bricks.
    Mind you, that is after i raided my own collection (about 250-300 parts, nothing really special).
  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,954
    @milamber
    Very nice! I did something similar as well last year with the chalet, although I do not recall the color theme I used. I really like trying to repurpose sets for the winter village. 
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    edited November 2018
    Loving all the updates already! My prep has been pushed back due to a trip to Disneyland with the family. Not complaining!!!

    That said, I have a lot of building to do when I get back. Several mods to existing creator sets, a friends Chalet, a second train to include, and a new table to build to display it all. CAN'T WAIT!
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    LuLego said:
    Too early to share?

    Far too early. Far too good as well. Now I've not only got to re-assemble all mine, I've got to improve them too :)
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,175
    @LuLego - that's a lot elves.
    mafon
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 938
    62 elves to be precise!
    SumoLegomafon
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,175
    If they unionize, your labor costs will skyrocket!
    LittleLoriLuLegoBumblepantsgmonkey76Lobot
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,407
    @LuLego. That's awesome. Is that your original design or did you purchase those directions? 

    I only picked up 12 elves and I thought I overdid it. Now I realize i was just slacking. Have to find some penguins too.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 938
    Thanks @Bosstone100
    It’s my own work - I just started building (without plans) although many ideas and techniques,  I borrowed from other sets:
    The window arches and front door are obviously from the original Santa’s workshop.
    The stained glass window idea came from Arkham Asylum.
    The rooftops method from the WV Bakery.
    The tower from Disney Cars Bentley Breakout.
    The balloon from the Friends picnic set.

    I started it a long time ago and it evolved as I became obsessed! Whenever I saw a set, my mind was automatically assessing the set to see if ideas would work for a winter village.

    I was building this throughout the summer and snapped up Christmas themed pieces and minifigures much cheaper back then.

    The interior is detailed too but I didn’t want to slow down the forum with an overload of photos!
    wardm
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    LuLego said:
    Too early to share?

    Okay. You just won the WV-internet.

    just wow.
    SumoLegoevantylerFowlerBricks
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,175
    The Elf bi-plane is the best.
  • sid3windrsid3windr BelgiumMember Posts: 1,421
    Aha! Now I remember where I got the inspiration to build my own santa hot air balloon! Nice job @LuLego !
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 938

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  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 938
    The elf plane is a modified #31076
    As soon as I saw that set, I knew what it was going to be used for!

    @sid3windr the hot air balloon is nice but originally I wanted to change #41184 but it was just a bit too expensive. I think that set would look amazing in Santa’s colours.

    SumoLegosid3windr
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    LuLego said:
    The elf plane is a modified #31076
    As soon as I saw that set, I knew what it was going to be used for!

    @sid3windr the hot air balloon is nice but originally I wanted to change #41184 but it was just a bit too expensive. I think that set would look amazing in Santa’s colours.

    I have a #41184 for exactly that, but reckon would have been cheaper to bricklink the lot than change the colour of the existing set, after taking the purchase cost into account as well. It's really only the gold and a bit of cream that can be retained.
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 938
    ^ that’s where my thinking had got to. I even got as far as creating a ‘wanted list’ on BrickLink but I think when the cost was over £40, I changed my mind. 
    I’m sure it would look amazing tho. Those gold railings look so fitting to the style I’m trying to capture.
    sid3windr
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    LuLego said:
    ^ that’s where my thinking had got to. I even got as far as creating a ‘wanted list’ on BrickLink but I think when the cost was over £40, I changed my mind. 
    I’m sure it would look amazing tho. Those gold railings look so fitting to the style I’m trying to capture.
    The other issue was the availability of the 18969 balloon part in a decent colour. Red is fine, but really only white available which is remotely suitable to partner it and that not ideal. A nice dark green would have been nice. I've just harvested the gold pieces for something else. It was worth the purchase cost just for those anyway.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 2,544
    SumoLego said:
    If they unionize, your labor costs will skyrocket!
    If that happens, you just fire them all and hire South Pole elves at half the rate.
    gmonkey76
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    I've just started my MOC winter church. Seem to have spent more time sitting and thinking than actually building. Trying to use bricks I have rather than buy any more in which makes it more difficult. Plan was to map out the whole bottom layer in bricks first, then build up from there, but seem to have fully completed the entrance porch instead.........so I have an entrance porch and doors stood proudly on the base plate and nothing else so far.
    Onebricktoomany
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    @LuLego - Absolutely fantastic! I LOVE the creativity!

    @mustang69 - really great redesign and re-purposing of an awesome set. It has me thinking I may need to do something similar in the future (distant future most likely). 


    I got back from a week at Disneyland and my wheels haven't stopped turning since then. Yesterday my kids and I knocked out three sets: #31048 (Lakeside Lodge-winter-fied quite a bit), #41323 (Friends Snow Chalet), and #31080 Modular Winter Vacation. 

    We also redesigned #41129 Amusement Park Hot Dog Van to tone down some of the brighter colors and pulled out a Hot Dog Cart Poly bag (a few more to come too). 

    (Has anyone worked the Amusement Park Hot Dog Van into a building instead of a car? The scale just won't work in its current form as it's as big or bigger than a few of the sets I've already built).

    I also started some work on the actual table that will hold the display. New table, a bit higher up so my 9 months old won't be able to wage war against the village. It'll likely be multi-tiered if I can figure out the best way to do things. 

    It'll be an all out assault on putting sets together over the next two weeks. It has me rethinking taking everything apart last year... But, much of my joy of Lego comes with the building process, so it's not all bad. 
    mustang69LittleLoriOnebricktoomany
  • LuLegoLuLego UKMember Posts: 938
    milamber said:
    I've just started my MOC winter church. Seem to have spent more time sitting and thinking than actually building. Trying to use bricks I have rather than buy any more in which makes it more difficult. Plan was to map out the whole bottom layer in bricks first, then build up from there, but seem to have fully completed the entrance porch instead.........so I have an entrance porch and doors stood proudly on the base plate and nothing else so far.
    Apparently, Sir Christopher Wren started the same way and encountered the same problem with the doors to St Paul’s!

    Keep us posted with your progress as I’d be keen to see it, as I’m sure others would too. Whenever I see a church MOC I always stop for a closer inspection.
    Onebricktoomany
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    edited November 2018
    LuLego said:
    Apparently, Sir Christopher Wren started the same way and encountered the same problem with the doors to St Paul’s!

    Keep us posted with your progress as I’d be keen to see it, as I’m sure others would too. Whenever I see a church MOC I always stop for a closer inspection.
    We share the same first name, but that's about as far as any comparison goes. My architectural skills are zero.

    Actually the biggest issue is scale. I built the porch to minifig scale, then realised the church would need to be some colossus towering over the winter village if it was to look correctly in proportion. I have a 15.25" by 13.25" baseplate which wasn't going to be nearly big enough which was crazy.
    I was attempting to build the church to broadly the correct design for an English church, but now realise why all the MOCs I've seen are well out of proportion. It's simply not possible to do that and have it fit in with the scale of the rest of the winter village sets unless you make it microscale. So back to the drawing board.

    I have a new (smaller) porch......

    I'll certainly post some pictures as I go along, but it might be a few days before I have anything remotely worth sharing.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    I've had a bit more time to build, though lots more to go. I've also considerably rethought my layout, so we'll see how that ends up coming together!

    First photo is of #31048 and #7346 with some snow added. Not sold that #7346 is ultimately going to work as the scale seems massive compared to the sets I've been able to put together. We'll see once I get some of the official WV builds put together. 


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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,175
    edited November 2018
    That Hot Dog stand is way, way out of scale.  And frozen hot dogs doesn't sound that appealing.  The Seaside House looks fine to me.
    tamamahmSwitchfoot55
  • Kev80eKev80e Rutland U.KMember Posts: 44
    I've spent far too long looking through this thread . Some amazing stuff guys. Think I need to do this next year. 
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^^ @SumoLego, I completely agree about the scale of the Friends Hot Dog truck. I plan to rework it into a smaller building as opposed to the larger vehicle. Not to mention that standard minifigs barely come up to the counter height. 

    Any recommendations or inspirational MODs/MOCs I could use for a revised Hot Dog stand?

    Also, what's not appealing about frozen hot dogs?
    SumoLegoLittleLori
  • Russell844Russell844 California, USAMember Posts: 1,853
    Turn it into a stand selling monkey tails?
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,175
    ...Also, what's not appealing about frozen hot dogs?
    Cold ketchup.
    Switchfoot55gmonkey76
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,943
    @Switchfoot55 check out the hotdog stand in the Ninjago Movie Garmadon shark mech set.
    SumoLego
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    Also #30356
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    edited November 2018
    SumoLego said:
    That Hot Dog stand is way, way out of scale.  And frozen hot dogs doesn't sound that appealing.  The Seaside House looks fine to me.
    When you go to a Wintervillage in a German town (a real one), the Wiener/wurststand (so not hot-dog, but ey, whaddoyouwant) is a integral part of it... I'm actually lusting after a currywurst now...

    Coming to think of it, it'd be really cool to build a Schwenkgril: 


    With one of these in the middle:



    OnebricktoomanytamamahmSumoLegoSwitchfoot55LittleLori
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Some modifications. Opinions on scale?
    wardmmustang69FowlerBricksSumoLegoBaby_YodastluxmafonMooreFXersi
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,347
    Looks good to me.
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL The NetherlandsMember Posts: 443
    edited November 2018
    Cool; scale is good for me.

    Maybe add some muted colours (Dark Red or Green or something) to the top/bottom to make it blend in a bit more? Some greens to make it more season-y?
    BTW: something strange is going on on the topfront of your cottage!
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    Thanks for the feedback. I was wanting to make it more wintery, but ran out of time last night. I'll add some embellishments. 

    The top front of the Chalet is from my 3 year old daughter. She's been playing with it for HOURS every day. The state of it tends to be disheveled at all times. 
    560Heliport
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    I didn't end up working on the hot dog stand more tonight, but did manage to add these two to the table:


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  • tamamahmtamamahm Member Posts: 1,954
    @Switchfoot55
    The yellow house is my fav of your new ones so far. That is pretty awesome. 
    I have not started putting ours up, but unlike last year where I had a ton of new items, I think all I will have new this year will be the firehouse. 
  • colaycolay OxfordshireMember Posts: 385
    LuLego said:
    Too early to share?

    Holy Jingle Balls! That's awesome.
    Trouble is, with that many elves around, do they have to share things, or do they get elfish?
    And surely feeding all of them, santa must have huge jingle bills. Either that or he won the lottery and is very welfy. One thing is missing. How do they get between floors, I cant see the elfevator. I'll see myself out
    sid3windr560HeliportLuLegomithridate
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 418
    ^ Don't forget the massive Elf and Safety issue you've got on your hands. I'm sure they're all snowed under with admin. They probably never get any time to chill! 
    sid3windr560HeliportLuLego
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    Church is moving on. I've spent some time figuring out the wall height needed and making the roof structure. Left that for now to get on with the interior. I've added a font in the far side of the entrance since, but think the interior is more or less ok. The far end is going to be a challenge as I want a stained glass window.


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  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    ^That's coming along really nicely! I may have to steal some inspiration in the future from that. 
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    edited November 2018
    Just noticed some white showing through under the pews. Hadn't noticed that until I looked at the photo. Need to grab the grey tiles. Tiles needed on top of the railings as well. Esy to overlook small details.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,648
    I'm kicking myself a bit as I was recently at the Downtown Disney Lego Store and they had the 2x2 LBG tiles on the PAB wall. How I didn't walk away with a handful of large cups worth is still blowing my mind. 

    They'd certainly come in handy for a project like this!
  • milambermilamber Norfolk UKMember Posts: 576
    Yep, plenty of grey. Roof beams up now and roof fits fine. End wall with stained glass to do now which might be a challenge.
    LuLegosid3windrFowlerBrickswardmJudgeChuckMooreFX
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