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Building a Lego City...Where to start?
I've gotten to the point in which I have built all of the Star War UCS sets that have interested me and am now looking for another theme to capture my attention. I've seen some really captivating pictures and videos of some Lego cities and that really looks like a lot of fun to build and put together :) I own a few of the modular buildings (except CC and MS) but don't own anything from the "City" theme and was just wondering if anyone had any advice or tips in regards to a starting point. Do you map out the roads and plan out the city blocks first, do you focus on a residential area and then expand slowly with commerce zones, police stations, harbors, airports etc or is it more "by the seat of your pants" plunk a building down and just see where your budget takes you? Can you make a nice city without having to rely on mocs?
Thanks for any helpful advice :)
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I tend to think too hard about some of my MOC's, and as a result not much gets done sometimes. Do it it the way kids do, just sit down, grab some pieces, and make something.
I recently tried to set up my city, but due to a lack of space, I could ony get it partially done. One thing that became apparent was a lack of housing. This prompted me to actually go into LDD and partially plan my city. The city center is pretty much planned, but the out lying areas (farm, airport, harbor/marina...) are not yet done.
And just throwing stuff down and seeing what sticks, so to speak, is a good way to begin.
Feel free to PM me if you have other questions.
I dismantle alot of stuff and just keep on going.
That's the joy of Lego.
As @tdhbr said "It's Lego - just jump right in. If you don't like it, you can move it, rebuild it, have a horde of orcs come through and destroy everything ..."
Except maybe the orcs bit haha as you're a SW person it would probably be Tauntauns :D
Oh yeah - get vehicles for the roads :D
And more train track than the people of you new town know what to do with.
You're obviously not including any Sienfeld fans who might include a "Soup Nazi" :P
The last Layout I did was on the floor of my bedroom, used about 30 or so Road plates, some small gardens, a fountain or so, every mini figure I had that time and no modular buildings (speaking about 14-15 years ago) and obviously the photos are lost :P
Now I have lots of City theme items plus 2 Modular buildings and adding more and more sets to my collection. But for a good layout space is really very important. Also have 2-3 trains and enough tracks to add in the City. So now just waiting to get the right space to create!