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Need help for Do-it-myself canopy pieces for the 10196 Grand Carousel
Hello and thank you in advance for reading this.
I missed the opportunity to buy the 10196 Grand Carousel as I never had the $300 laying around to purchase it (i was a single mom at the time and even now that I'm not money is tight) and then it retired before I knew what was happening. Anyways if I thought the $300 was hard to come up with now it regularily sells for 500 and up on ebay and even on bricklink.
So today I started looking into the unique pieces to this set and the individual canopy pieces (and you need 8) sell for about $18/each on bricklink so it would cost 130-150 USD to buy just the canopies. My husband had the idea of making the canopies ourselves.
Brinklink states the pieces as 22x18 but that's not very informative... so I'm wondering has anyone out there done this (made their own canopies)? Or if anyone out there owns the carousel would they be so kind as to trace one on a piece of paper and email it to me or something so i'd have a template?
This is the exact part on bricklink: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=85195
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I'm more curious about if anyone has made their own canopy pieces and what type of fabric they used.
My husband just suggested is there maybe a... what do you call it... an aftermarket store that would sell canopy pieces? Like the brickworld exibitor that had aftermarket fall colors of leaves? Im trying to search aftermarket places now, not really sure where to start!
I should ask, is it ok to post such patterns on brickset? Or does posting images of sticker sheets and fabric pieces go against the friendly nature connecting brickset and TLG?
It is clearly a direct copy of a Lego piece. Why buy a fake (as that is what it is) when Lego make a piece. It would not be so bad if they make pieces that Lego do not make (as do brickforge, brickwarriors, etc), but to directly copy a piece is just plain wrong.
I can just about understand the colours available argument for some of them, but green ones, at roughly real lego bricklink prices, I'd avoid them.
They also admit "Note: the 3mm holes in the large nodes are a bit oversized and do not clutch a 3mm tube."
Personally, I’m a bit of a purist and have not yet sorted out my opinion of Brickforge, Brickarms, Brickstix and similar after-market accessory companies, but I recognize that others have no problems with pieces from these companies.
Here's a scan of one of my sails. Should be 1:1, but just double check using the ruler. I have a higher res image if you need it.