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Yellow Castle file for Lego Digital Designer?

Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,433
edited March 2012 in Building and Techniques
Hi,

Does anyone have or no where I can obtain the Yellow Castle (375) in Lego Digital Designer .ldd file format?

I want to see if I can design an expanded Yellow Castle since yellow seems to be the most common color and I recently rebuilt my original castle. That castle was awesome the way it opened up to make it bigger.

As a side note: I don't really collect castle stuff anymore but do have the King's Castle and was going to set them up side by side.. sort of a evolution type display.

Thanks,


Mike

Comments

  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,433
    oops... meant .lxf files.
  • forumreaderforumreader Member Posts: 97
    edited March 2012
    I believe this link has the castle you're looking for:
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    http://calabar.altervista.org/LEGO/
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,433
    Yes! Thank you!
  • parkerwilsonparkerwilson Member Posts: 142
    Is the yellow castle worth parting together, I think I probably have most of the yellow bricks in my inventory, I know some substitutions will need to be made.
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,433
    Parker... this is just a guess but I don't think there were too many rare barts in there except maybe the yellow winch, the red doors in the back and maybe the (6) 1x1 pieces in the tower.... oh and maybe some of those tall slopes and corner slopes. With so many common parts otherwise, I don't think it'll be too expensive.
  • DaddyDeuceDaddyDeuce Member Posts: 272
    edited March 2012
    Note that the lxf file referenced above is inaccurate in several places.

    The castle itself can be parted together fairly easily. I did it myself about 2 years ago. The rarest parts in the set are the minifigs (especially with stickers). If you just want the castle itself you can skip them.

    If I were doing it all over I would make some changes in construction while trying to stay "true" to the spirit.

    Personally I would replace all the light grey with light bley (just to modernize the color scheme). There is, however, no light bley version of the winch so that would have to stay grey or you would need an alternative design.

    A handful of 2x2 corner bricks (#2357 on bricklink) would be nice to use here and there instead of the standard 2x1 + 1x1 brick (look at the corners of the tower tops to see what I mean). Corner bricks hold together better and therefore give the structure more strength in play.

    The red 1x1 windows aren't exactly rare but can be tricky to find. A red 1x1 brick with headlight might be an acceptable alternative.

    There are some places where the towers are supported by tall stacks of 1x2 bricks. Switching in some 1x2x2 and/or 1x2x5 bricks to those supports might make them more stable.
  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,433
    edited March 2012
    1x2x5 supports would defintely improve the stability for play. I may use them in my remake.

    I also have a spare yellow/grey winch from another set that I may have to use if they don't make them anymore. I also have one in red I believe.
  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 813
    For the record, I find that stacks of 1x2 or 1x1 bricks are MORE stable than the 1x2x5 or 1x1x5 counterparts. I suspect it's due to the fact that any leverage applied at the top can be spread across 5 connections rather than all applied to a single connection. But that's just a guess. It could also be thanks to the construction of a 1x2x5 brick not having the same "tube" at the bottom (wouldn't be true for a 1x1x5), or the hollow studs at the top.

    Anyway, that's been my experience, but I suppose it greatly depends on WHICH bricks you use, when they were made, and what condition they're in.

    DaveE
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