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  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,212
    I started yet another castle that I am never going to finish.


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  • blokey9blokey9 MelbourneMember Posts: 222
    my ocd can't cope with all those 1x1 pieces crooked.
    lowleadWesterBricksFollowsCloselyAstrobricksMarshallmario
  • PhoenixioPhoenixio Canada/FranceMember Posts: 190
    blokey9 said:
    my ocd can't cope with all those 1x1 pieces crooked.
    I wanted to start a thread on this topic actually.  How many of you actually fiddle with the pieces to make them perfectly straight?  Which level of "straightness" are you satisfied with?
    FizyxWesterBricksgelksterlowleadSwitchfoot55Gibbo1959
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,238
    I don't try for "perfectly straight", just "pretty straight". 
    But for a castle or something similar, crookedness looks more realistic.
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    I don't try for "perfectly straight", just "pretty straight". 
    But for a castle or something similar, crookedness looks more realistic.
    Castle, sure!  Spaceship, no. =oD
    I'm the guy pressing anything 1x1 against the counter to align it up...and I've learned to cope a little, too.  
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  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,770
    When my son started building, I taught him the trick of pressing a stack of 1x1s against a hard surface to align them. Almost a decade later, I occasionally see him do it while he's building a new set. Muscle memory, I guess.
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  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,271
    binaryeye said:
    When my son started building, I taught him the trick of pressing a stack of 1x1s against a hard surface to align them. Almost a decade later, I occasionally see him do it while he's building a new set. Muscle memory, I guess.
    Or maybe memory memory? ;-)
    560Heliport
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 1,212
    gelkster said:
    Press the stack (or whatever the 1x1 plate is part of/attached to) against the table surface, rotate it 90° & press again.
    I did exactly that for the two stacks of 1x1 blocks covering the gaps of the curved wall. The rest I am going for a run down weathered look.




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  • AJRDLawrenceAJRDLawrence UKMember Posts: 63
    edited August 20
    My copy of #75150 finally arrived (It was posted on Monday, delivered Saturday, and Royal Mail aren't even on strike yet!) So I've thrown together my Tie Advance X1 and it is a little smaller than I expected, considering that is flanked by #75300 and #75301 which are newer, downsized models.



    I still like it though, not a bad little ship, the only issue I'm having is how and where to display it, as I don't have enough stands to raise then all up, or enough depth on my standard IKEA Billy shelves to do what I'd prefer, so I'll have to come up with something a little more basic and less of a death star trench run diorama for the time being.



    There were a couple of seller related gripes, other than the slow shipping that wasn't their fault. They shipped the parts in a massive box with lots of redundant space. They could have pocketed more money with a significantly smaller box as products are not billed by size and not just weight. They also shipped the set with the missiles preloaded into the spring loaded shooters. Having come from NERF, this is a big no-no as it weakens the springs and as such the range of the firing mechanism. Given as most collectors don't seem to care for spring loaded shooters and I have be disarming my models anyway it's less of an issue but something to bear in mind.

    I've also been experimenting with building micro scale ships to add a bit of a backdrop to the main models, such as a micro Tie Fighter to escort the #75302 Imperial Shuttle, but I don't have enough pieces in the right colours to make it happen so that will have to wait until a future pick and build order.



    I'm rapidly running out of Star Wars things to build. I think the only other original trilogy models I have any interest in are a red Return of the Jedi A-Wing, a B-Wing, the Death Star II final duel, and possibly a Nebulon B frigate as scenery. I suppose it will be back onto classic Castle, Pirates and Space or even a short break a break after that. My wife will be pleased, haha!
    560HeliportPJ76uklowleadiwybs
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    edited August 20
    Phoenixio said:
    blokey9 said:
    my ocd can't cope with all those 1x1 pieces crooked.
    I wanted to start a thread on this topic actually.  How many of you actually fiddle with the pieces to make them perfectly straight?  Which level of "straightness" are you satisfied with?
    I do, otherwise they don't quite work. Also, working on the house from Up,(AGAIN), and since more parts are out in its colors, new techniques, this might be the time I get it right. Straightening cheese slopes is a pain. I'll get better photos next time.
    Switchfoot55560HeliportericbLo1sJess
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    ...I'll get better photos next time.
    Grand.  ;)
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    lowlead said:
    ...I'll get better photos next time.
    Grand.  ;)
    Thanks! This may be my best attempt yet!
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    @Modeltrainman Please pardon my snark =oD
    May I ask what equipment you're using for photographs?
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    lowlead said:
    @Modeltrainman Please pardon my snark =oD
    May I ask what equipment you're using for photographs?
    My phone was what I had. I'll grab my camera next time.
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    edited August 21
    Oh, gotcha!  My phone is all I use - they make amateur photographers out of everyone with their capabilities now.  I was waiting for a snapshot of your custom minifig when I realized you hadn't received it yet :)
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    lowlead said:
    Oh, gotcha!  My phone is all I use - they make amateur photographers out of everyone with their capabilities now.  I was waiting for a snapshot of your custom minifig when I realized you hadn't received it yet :)
    Yep. Ordered him this morning. Inspired by my grampa, but that's a story for LEGO Status.My hand was likely shaking when I took that. CP kind of does that, sometimes. Still phone, but here's the first floor.
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    Very nice!  The color scheme is looking spot-on so far...I had to do a Google search, never saw the movie.
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    lowlead said:
    Very nice!  The color scheme is looking spot-on so far...I had to do a Google search, never saw the movie.
    You should! It's one of Pixar's  last good ones in my opinion. After Cars 3, Pixar just lost...something.
    Switchfoot55Marshallmario
  • AJRDLawrenceAJRDLawrence UKMember Posts: 63
    edited August 21
    After a spot of shopping my wife and I came back with the #60287 City Tractor which she thought was cute so we threw that together.

    My wife also thought the Dewback and Bantha were cute, but would be cuter still with her Minidolls riding them -_-



    I rebuilt my #76908 Lamborghini Countach into a MOC electric car. The Countach was nice in and of itself, but when out next to the #76239 Batmobile / Tumbler it was underwhelming. I figured it would be cool to have the batteries along the sides, with a massive air intake at the front and a heatsink + fan (not a Jet engine!) at the rear, and as a biker too a I'm a big fan of sitting in the middle haha. I also felt it would be nice if the lights would light up the car as much as, if not more so than the road too so everyone knows that I'm coming.



    I also revisited my recent #75150 Tie Advance X1 and found a solution of sorts to a few problems. I didn't like that the X1 cockpit had a brace across it, reducing the access to and view of Darth Vader when opened up, and I wasn't too keen on the different size and style apertures when placed side by side with the #75300 Tie Fighter, or my lack of space, so I stripped my spare fighter for parts, bodged them onto the Tie Advance X1, and now they have a slightly more consistent appearance between them, with the added benefit of it being easier to see and access Vader too.


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  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 544
    Fiddling around in Studio to see if I can get a decent looking roof over a bay window using stock slopes.

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  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    Fiddling around in Studio to see if I can get a decent looking roof over a bay window using stock slopes.

    Very nice,@WesterBricks! How'd you angle the windows?
  • TheOriginalSimonBTheOriginalSimonB Felixstowe Member Posts: 1,722


    Really enjoyed piecing this one together.
    WesterBricks560HeliportpxchrisiwybsSwitchfoot55PJ76ukMarshallmarioAJRDLawrencelowlead
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    Tonight's progress for @lowlead and @Switchfoot55
     since you guys seemed interested last night. The house is cramped in the movie, so I thought that LEGO swings walls for play in cramped builds.(I know it's boring since it's
    lowlead560HeliportSwitchfoot55AJRDLawrence
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,864
    It would be fun to add an "Up House" to my Winter village!
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  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Reading my Bible, sorting and buildingMember Posts: 991
    It would be fun to add an "Up House" to my Winter village!
    I'm going to make sure to leave a way to put snow on the roof.
    560HeliportWesterBricksSwitchfoot55
  • AJRDLawrenceAJRDLawrence UKMember Posts: 63
    I've just got back from a short holiday visiting relatives and came home to find Bespin Luke Skywalker had arrived. My wife had a go at putting him together, and without the aid of the packet to guide her, and the results are... Well... See for yourself haha!



    I also had a brainwave and revised my #75150 even further. I promise I'll stop boring you with it sooner rather than later. But anyhow, I changed my laser mod to remove the end cap and make it a pass through for a proper red glow in the light. It's probably less exciting than spring loaded shooters, but more screen accurate. And I happened to come across a replacement 2x4 sloped brick in medium stone grey which makes Vader a lot more visible than the black on black beforehand.



    I'm still waiting on the rest of the pick and build order uncommon parts to finish off my Betrayal at Cloud City Cloud Car. It has been 4 weeks since I placed the order and it's still showing as in the warehouse -_- At least I still have something else to look forwards too hehe.
    560HeliportiwybsFizyxandhegmonkey76
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,238
    My mod to the tail of #10497 Galaxy Explorer. The original's tail used two 2x6 plates, so 50% bigger would be 3x9. The older 4x9 airplane wings (without the stud notches on the angled edges) look great, IMO. The set's 6x8 ramp plates and ten fins just look like a beard trimmer or something.
    WesterBricksYo_dAPJ76ukAJRDLawrenceAstrobricksgelksterlowleadgmonkey76
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,238
    For comparison: #10497 Galaxy Explorer and #80035 Galactic Explorer.
    WesterBricksiwybsBumblepantsPJ76ukAJRDLawrencepxchrisAstrobricksgmonkey76
  • iwybsiwybs PlutoMember Posts: 308
    Excellent, I love that picture.  The #80035 was already a pretty darn good spaceship for $130 and very big, but the #10497 dwarfs it in size and features for $100. I keep wanting to buy another #10497 .... Between the #80035, the #76832, and the #10497 it's been a really good year for Space fans.
    560Heliport
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 2,347
    I'm going to have to be honest here, I still don't know what this is or how it relates to a game that I cannot remember the name of without looking it up but I did think it looked like a funky and fun build and tbh, it was both. Looks fantastic when built, loads of different directional building and I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

    There was only one minor issue I found putting it together. 
    The disk part has some interesting techniques to make the shape but no matter what I tried, one of the 1x1 bracket pieces would not sit flush on its side mounted position. 

    When everything is put together it obviously gets pushed flat but it seemed odd to have a build that puts stress on a bracket like that.
    Apart from that, love it. Well worth the pennies spent imo.
    560HeliportSwitchfoot55WesterBricksBumblepantsAJRDLawrenceAstrobrickslowlead
  • Diamondback_SixDiamondback_Six USAMember Posts: 340
    Halfway through 90 Years Of Play. My one UNSAT point about it is it leaves me wanting more microbuilds of classic sets scaled to go with them--even Castle, which I studiously avoided then and am still not a fan of now, somehow these quirky fun little microbuilds make it palatable. Being able to lay out the complete 1989 Pirates or 1998 Adventurers Egypt line as Micros on my desk has a certain appeal...

    *turns to Lego and in "Oliver Twist" voice* "Please, sir, could I have some more?" Expand this concept to a full line with new Classic Micros and my wallet will reopen a little more...
    560HeliportAJRDLawrenceiwybspxchris
  • gelkstergelkster MN, USAMember Posts: 873
    edited August 28
    Whipped up #42040 again. Cool set with great features. I have another one CIB if anyone wants to trade for Technic.
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    @560Heliport Your #10497 mods inspired me to make a small change of my own.  The blocky aft engine section needed a bit more sloped coolness like the original, IMHO.  Staggered the wing struts, too....

     
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  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    ...forgot to add an overview shot...
    Nothing earth-shattering, but I think it improves the look of the back end :)
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  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,016
    You know... I truly never thought that the Black Seas Barracuda would ever be supplanted at my favorite Pirate ship...
    But that was until I got to build this truly magnificent masterclass of ship design! #70755 Captain Redbeard's Pirate Ship!






    So, all joking aside. This is actually an impressively large ship once constructed. For what is supposed to be just one level above a Duplo set, it's got quite a lot of play opportunity to offer for tiny folks. The giant hulls are quite interesting pieces with the bottom sections being molded out of a softer plastic (certainly not ABS, but I'm not sure what exactly they are). What surprised me the most is just how much of the construction is based on Technic pins.
    This is certainly an odd-duck for the Pirate collector, but I find it charming. I'm glad I was able to pick one up for a great deal.


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  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,238
    @pxchris the set number is actually #7075-1. :)
    WesterBricksvizzitor
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,864
    That bikini top for the peg-leg pirate is certainly an interesting fashion choice. 
    pxchrisvizzitorgmonkey76
  • sipusssipuss PolandMember Posts: 164
    edited August 29
    That bikini top for the peg-leg pirate is certainly an interesting fashion choice. 
    Not as interesting as wearing a cleaver for a necklace. It's a miracle all Harry's lost so far is his hand.
    pxchrisSwitchfoot55vizzitorgmonkey76
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,016
    @pxchris the set number is actually #7075-1. :)
    You are, of course, correct. I fat-fingered that as I was typing up the post and now of course it's too late to go back and edit it. My shame shall live on in eternity.
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,016
    That bikini top for the peg-leg pirate is certainly an interesting fashion choice. 
    Poor dude has quite the rum-belly on him, can't find a proper shirt to fit!
    Switchfoot55vizzitor
  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 452
    pxchris said:
    That bikini top for the peg-leg pirate is certainly an interesting fashion choice. 
    Poor dude has quite the rum-belly on him, can't find a proper shirt to fit!
    With the bikini top and the belly, could it be a little peg-leg junior is on the way?
    pxchris
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,238
    My lightly modded #10497, alternate "924", and original #924 (#487 in the U.S.). With all the leftover parts from the second #10497, the alternate "918" will require only a few parts from my collection.
    Well, I was wrong! I just went through the instructions for the alt-build "918" and there are 84 different parts needed to add to the leftovers from "924". Multiples of most of them, so several hundred needed. Even with many internal parts that could be any color, that's a lot of digging through my loose parts.
    Might be easier to buy a third #10497!
    lowleadWesterBricksiwybsSwitchfoot55Astrobricks
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 568
    ...Might be easier to buy a third #10497!
    That might be the way to go...you know, for safety.  If only they came in 6-packs ;)

    iwybsSwitchfoot55FizyxAstrobricks
  • WesterBricksWesterBricks USAMember Posts: 544
    560Heliport said:
    Might be easier to buy a third #10497!
    This is the way.
    560HeliportpxchrisiwybsSwitchfoot55Fizyx
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 3,238
    A bunch of enablers, the lot of you! :)
    pxchrislowleadSwitchfoot55FizyxdaewooAstrobricks
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