First I know this is a MOC thread and not 100% Forum friendly, but I hope the Mods/Admins don't mind and let this go.
Anyway, way back in 2007 i came out of my dark ages by building up a MOC of Hogwarts Castle. The build took around 6 months and was a more of a classical interpretation of the castle using Lego's own sets and filling in the gaps than anything else, it was also one of the first things i posted about when I joined the forum here back in 2011 - http://www.bricksetforum.com/discussion/724/hogwarts-castle#latest
Anyway, as much fun as that was the more i got back into Lego and the more building i took on the less happy I was with this MOC so at the start of 2011 when Lego were producing more Harry Potter stuff i began stocking up and planning my next version, which brings me (and us if you are reading) to now.
After just under 1 year of building i have now finished the main building of the MOC and a little 'dressing' aside this cake is cooked.
So what do we have:
The castle has been built as a Modular style set up, so there are a lot of moving parts, walls come out, roofs lift, things slide and slip everywhere (follow link to photobucket site for more images, i only wanted to load one up here) - http://s1239.beta.photobucket.com/user/monkey_roo/library/
The stats are:
Build time - 1 Year (11.5 months really)
Piece count - 100,000+ (I stopped counting around 75K and was only when the model was about 2 thirds built)
Sets used - 5x 4842, 1x 4841, 1x 4738, 3x 4867, Pick a Brick and Lego Direct - A LOT... LIKE A LOT.
Cost - None of your business... and certainly none of my wife’s :)
Light bricks - 3 (Ravenclaw Tower, Hagrids Hut and Grand Hall)
'Playable' Rooms/Buildings - Grand Hall, Dumbledoors Office, Hospital Wing, Divination Room, Remus' Classroom, Snapes Classroom, Grand Hall (Staircase), Ravenclaw Tower, Room of Requirements, Slytherin, Griffindore, Owlrey, Boat House, Hagrids Hut, Hidden cave (under the ruins), Chamber of Secrets, Hogsmead Station, Hogsmead village
Size - 8x5 boards or 256 studs x 160 studs, height is approx 2 foot at the top of Dumbledore's tower (roughly 50 bricks high + the tower pieces on top)
Hope you enjoy - Matt