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Modular building ideas

StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
edited April 2011 in Building and Techniques
I wondered if anyone has any ideas for more modular buildings. Here are some of mine:
A school (with classrooms, a cloakroom, an assembly hall and a staff room/office)
A leisure centre (with a swimming pool, badminton courts and maybe a cafe on the top floor)
A college (with computer room, dining room, halls of residence)


  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    Opera House
  • StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
    A library (I don't think TLC have ever released a Lego library).
  • pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
    There is a recent link on these forums of a guy who created a very cool library on LDD. It is way too early in the morning for me to find and link it but I believe its under the heading of "your ldd designs" or something of that effect. He has a few buildings and all are very cool.
  • SbowhiveSbowhive Member Posts: 8
    - a Police Station
    - a Restaurant
    - a Cinema
  • brickmaticbrickmatic Member Posts: 1,071
    Museum. Think how cool having the exhibits inside would be.

    On that note, I remember seeing a MOC online where it was a cathedral and there were shrines along the side. The shrines were dedicated to various "saints" that vanquished evil that threatened the universe: Megabloks, Best-Lock, Tyco, etc. The vignettes depicted knights slaying the offending pieces of brick. The only time I approved of using imitator bricks in a MOC :p
  • pantenkindpantenkind Member Posts: 258
    ^ thats funny stuff Brick...
  • StormsworderStormsworder Member Posts: 107
    I wonder if TLC would ever make a church with a graveyard. Might be considered too morbid for younger people.
  • dodgedodge Member Posts: 14
    An office building could be neat: cubicles, desks and computers. Water coolers and photo copiers. It would have to be fairly tall in comparison to some of the other buildings. Maybe four or five floors?
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,760
    edited April 2011
    My idea was a 'strip mall' theme and each store would be its own like 20 dollar set, and each would be modular in the sense like the old Castle sets from the 80's, with the ability to 'stick' them together to make a bigger mall. that way kids could get cheap 'stores' that could stand alone, but you could also make them into a much bigger strip mall type of collection
  • SbowhiveSbowhive Member Posts: 8
    A 'strip mall' is a nice idea. It will also a good idea for a convention. Each person can build a store and they fit together. Someone must only create a standard...
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,703
    Lego can really make a great Lego Brand Store to fit with the Modular Buildings line. Some example of existing Lego sets in the scale of Lego minifigures that can be used for the displays that I created: Minecraft, Sopwith Camel, Palace Cinema, Taj Mahal and Haunted House.
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,703
    Sorry you cannot see the left side of the Minecraft and the right side of the Haunted House clearly.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    a few points here:

    1. You have created yet another thread which is barely good for anything and is therefore spam.

    2. The main thrust of your post is completely different to the thread title.

    3. Your 'mini minecraft' is merely a 1x1 green tile on top of a 1x1 brown plate and is therefore both unimaginative and completely pointless.

    4. The entire range you showcase is made up of a tiny amount of bricks. Couldn't you therefore have made them out of actual Lego bricks?

    5. Lego already do a Lego Brand Store set for store openings.

    Please please stop spamming the forum with pointless threads.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation Member Posts: 5,572
    I agree with paperballpark. I'm afraid I don't really understand your point here as your title refers to modulars and your image is of micro builds.

    A bit of advice:
    We're all enthusiastic about Lego here, just like you, but you need to stop and think about what clear and specific point you want to raise, consider whether it's going to spark an interesting discussion, make a coherent draft and read it over, before you post another new thread.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    And also search for a few of the key words before posting. As the chances are it has already been discussed.
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair Member Posts: 2,703
    • School
    • Surfers Club
    • Library
    • Video-game Store
    • Arcade Centre
    • Lego Brand Store
    • Police Station
    • Medical Centre
    • Post Office
    • History Museum
    • Grand Theatre
    • Family Villa
    • Bank
    • Bakery
    • Pizzeria
    • Candy Store
    • Clothing Store
    • Business Building
    • Florist (Flower Shop)
    • Laundry
    • Dentist
    • Fishmonger
    • Butchers
    • Bookshop
    • Antiques
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    edited June 2013
    Fair point well made, @BooTheMightyHamster.
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    edited June 2013

    If someone starts a thread that you don't like - ignore it. If nobody replies to it, it'll sink down the list, never to be seen again. And the OP will be given a practical example of what happens when you start a thread that doesn't appeal to other members.

    The problems come when they start five or six threads in quick succession and then go on to bump them with stupid and contradictory replies. Especially if they haven't actually read the forums before and post many new threads. Now if we had an "ignore the thread completely button", it would be easy to click it and never have to see the thread again. But for those that like to check the forum to see if they have not missed any new and useful discussion, they will always have the threads they don't want to see at the top of the list saying there is something they have not read if the same user keeps bumping them.

    So unless Huw turns round and says that we have to restrict ourselves because the number of seemingly irrelevant threads are costing him cold, hard cash in bandwidth and hosting charges, might I suggest that everybody just lives and lets live?


    Well, if you look down the board a bit, Huw is changing the sign up procedure to try to stop the spamming of the boards. Probably a different type of spamming, but there you go.
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    @paperballpark "Please please stop spamming the forum with pointless threads." What like "why was bluish grey introduced" lol
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967

    @paperballpark "Please please stop spamming the forum with pointless threads." What like "why was bluish grey introduced" lol

    I don't think that's pointless at all.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    edited June 2013
    @jonboy2000 three points. Firstly, you may know why it was introduced, but I didn't, and I guessed that there would be others who also didn't know. Secondly, I searched the forums before I posted it, to make sure it wasn't duplicated. Thirdly, that is only the second thread I have started in the last month or two, whereas this guy has posted 6 in the last day. Completely different situation.
  • piratemania7piratemania7 Member Posts: 2,146
    Phew! Someone other than me is taking some heat now...
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    This forum has an age restriction which Huw tries to keep to - I assume that the age restriction is to prevent posts like these, with that in mind its reasonable to politely suggest that a posters posts aren't required/should be considered more before being posted. I don't see anything wrong with how Paperballpark went about this. After all, if noone says anything we'll get six of these threads every day!
  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    I think the stats say it all - 25 comments in total, with 8 discussions started.

    Then consider that in some of his threads there are multiple comments made in quick succession ... such as 7 posts on the same thread in 10 minutes.

    Maybe new users should not be able to start threads for a week / month. I don't know if that is possible, but it might teach new users to read first, learn how to search, comment on existing threads before starting lots of threads that are unnecessary.

    That, or give us an ignore user button.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    I really hate to bump this thread, but in all fairness, I think the OP was showcasing micro sized sets to be placed into a Modular Lego store as displays.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    Thanks @Pitfall69, now that you say that I can actually see what OP was meaning; however, it was worded very badly if that's what he was trying to get across. He could also have posted it in the 'Modular building ideas' thread rather than making a new thread.
  • collect_thatcollect_that Member Posts: 1,327
    edited June 2013

    You do really need to think about what you are doing with your posts and take time to think about what points you are trying to make...maybe do a proper introduction and tell members about yourself then read more posts....?

    That said I do find this thread quite interesting and the concept of reducing LEGO sets that are familiar down to minifigure scale so to speak. I think a lot of members are jumping on a band wagon here rather than understanding what the OP was trying to convey (badly though!!)

    And maybe some of the more creative types amongst us could offer something up and turn the thread back around.....?
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    edited June 2013
    ^ in that vain, I have a MF from the SW Advent Calendar in my modular lego store. I also have a microbuild version of the modular lego store in the window. Sadly I couldn't get a version small enough to put in the microbuild version!
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    edited June 2013

    And maybe some of the more creative types amongst us could offer something up and turn the thread back around.....?

    Good idea. Here's my mini-scale Tower of Orthanc ;)

  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,148
    @Pitfall69 - thanks for deciphering, I couldn't fathom the relevance of the content to the title either until you explained :)
  • collect_thatcollect_that Member Posts: 1,327
    edited June 2013
    ^^ If only that had been your first post on this thread!!!
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,331
    ^No, because it would still fit better as part of his massive list of possible modular buildings (which has all been said before).
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton Member Posts: 2,967
    I found the OP's image more explanatory than the text. The title was rather misleading! Can't say I recognised all of them, but it has given me some ideas.
  • CircleKCircleK Member Posts: 1,055
    Perhaps this thread could be salvaged and changed to something a little more thought provoking. A "What would you like to see as a future Modular release" type thread would be interesting if there isn't already one out there.

    As far as spamming the forum is concerned, I get it. We are all excited. We all want to contribute. It sometimes leads to dead end discussions that junks the place up. I want the forum to be inviting, but I think some common sense needs to be applied as well so that it also remains informative. I've been here for a few months and have yet to start a new discussion. It will probably be a long time before I do. I don't feel like I have the right to steer the conversation yet. I sit back and listen and try to learn from those who have been here longer. I contribute, but I don't try to run the show. I liken it to spouting out all your grand ideas the first day at a new job - its annoying to everyone who has been there and actually knows something about the place. So, my advice for what it's worth: just calm down. You don't have to get everything off your chest the first week of being here.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    CircleK said:

    A "What would you like to see as a future Modular release" type thread would be interesting if there isn't already one out there.

    The problem is, there already is one.
  • DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Member Posts: 363
    I think the general idea is good. I expect many have MOC'ed their own Lego stores for their City displays. One of the challenges of doing this yourself is displays in the store that we are used to seeing in the real stores. I have used licensed character mini-figures for "display" in my town's Lego store, and a Millenium Falcon from an advent calendar to stand in for a UCS Falcon.

    I don't know if the original post was intended to promote discussion about a modular brand store (we have the Lego truck from the City line), or to showcase a few micro-builds, but I don't see either topic as spam to those interested in said topics. And if you're not interested in either topic, skip it and move on.
  • jasorjasor Member Posts: 839
    I'm in the middle here. I was annoyed at all the new threads, and intrigued with a couple of the ideas around; this one included.

    Discussion about mini displays of sets in Modular Lego store is pretty cool. Wording has all the meaning in the world....

    We were all new once, myself moreso recently than others. @Adzbadboy , take it all in w/o offense, and process it.

    Welcome to the forum, btw. hahaha
  • JosephJoseph Member Posts: 629
    edited June 2013
    < offtopic >

    I will admit that on occasion I have been one of those who "tells others what they shouldn't post" but in this situation I feel a need to comment (a bit relatedly) on one's "entrance to the forum". Hopefully it will be of use to someone.
    Through the past few years there have been hundreds of people who joined the forum and some of them had a better start than others.
    In both cases though I've observed a few things that might make joining the community a bit easier.

    1. Try not to post a lot of topics all at once, if people see one topic that they find annoying (whether it be because it's a duplicate, poor grammar, whatever), they are much more likely to ignore it of it's just one than if there are several in a row.

    2. When you start a thread, take time to carefully word what you're saying, both to make it easily understandable, and worded to foster meaningful discussion. This is one of the most important because even if someone posts duplicate threads or annoys me by posting several at once, if their threads have some good discussion in them, I can't argue with that.

    3. No mater what they do, some people will always come to a rough start here, but don't let that discourage you; once you get through the first few speed-bumps you'll find that the community is actually quite friendly and (imho) one of the best you could find. So stick around, I think it'll be worth your while.

    </ offtopic >
  • JBricks27JBricks27 Member Posts: 678
    I would love a Lego Brand Store for the Modular Buildings line. In fact, I've been working on one based on the 3300003 set in LDD on my spare time.
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,099
    Frankly this whole forum is a mess. On one hand you have the veterans, which to be fair have provided good information in the past, but seem to be treading water over the past few months with the "same ol' same ol'". That and like a lot of forums, a "good ol boy" network seems to form that scares off new members and alienates those with opposing opinions. Personally I don't care if Adzbadboy posts innoculous posts. Really how are they any worse than the crap currently being posted in Retireing threads? I also don't like the whole thing with the Admins not allowing threads concerning favorite sets or opinions on which sets are "best". Takes the fun out of the hobby.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    edited June 2013
    @Joseph. Speaking of rough starts, I tangled with @LegoFanTexas he first day or so I was a member here ;)
  • ISDAvengerISDAvenger Member Posts: 205
    Here is my two cents, the PM button is there for a reason. I have noticed that on Eurobricks, Mods tend to be publicly brutal when it comes to correcting a new poster. Ok, I got it...rules are there, but who really reads them. Some of the posters may not have a general grasp of the English language, due to their nationality. This is something that needs to be taken into consideration. This is also why some of their posts may be a bit cryptic at times. Mods and/or senior members need to coach the new members on proper forum etiquette, either one of two ways, by PM, or by a tactful comment on the posters post. Publically berating someone is not good business. Even senior members are to blamed for straying off reading 4 pages about gaming systems that have nothing to do with the original post. Just saying. Overall there is an abundance of very friendly people on this site and it is a pleasure to be a member and a new member at that.
  • samiam391samiam391 Member Posts: 4,486
    mathew said:

    Frankly this whole forum is a mess.

    Sorry, but excuse me? I'm merely a member on this forum, but I'll take offense to that.

    How, in the world, does the forum justify as being a mess? You are entitled to your own opinion, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't at least say I couldn't disagree more.

    -Brickset raffle. How many forums will you find an entire community coming together to raise money for hospitals? Enter another forum and attempt to start that, and I'd be willing to bet you are greeted with nothing but laughter. "It can't be done", "people will try and scam me"... etc.
    -Jambalaya box. I've never even participated in one of these, but the trust and number of people participating in these is incredible and fun to watch.
    -Others helping others. Read through a few threads @mathew, and you'll see plenty of other people taking their time to respond with helpful and informative answers, new and old members alike.

    I could keep going, but I'm currently pressed for time.

    Sorry, if such a statement by a relative old-water, is another of the same ol' same ol'.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    ^Grasp of the English language? I'm screwed then. Looks like the "gaming" discussion will be legend right next to the VIP Keychain and the Imperial Shuttle Countdown. Maybe @LegoFanTexas should wear a Scarlett Letter...a "G" perhaps. There might not be room for all the other letters. "P" for politics, "E" for Economics, "B" for banned reseller. I'm just picking on him of course ;)
  • ISDAvengerISDAvenger Member Posts: 205
    Lol @ pitfall69, I said general on your behalf...j/k. The gaming thread was the most epic derailment I had ever seen.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    A Church. Although Lego likes to steer clear of religious based sets.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 Member Posts: 11,454
    @Adzbadboy. I know you received a lot of flack for starting a new thread, but why didn't you just add your ideas to this thread?
  • DiggydoesDiggydoes Member Posts: 1,079

    Lol @ pitfall69, I said general on your behalf...j/k. The gaming thread was the most epic derailment I had ever seen.

    More epic than the "red...standing by"derailment??? No way ;)

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