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Combining two identical sets to construct a bigger one?

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  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 554

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Si - that piece would have been the obvious solution but, as you say, it doesn't come in the correct colour. I messed about with different options but finally settled on this one. It was the best of the bunch. It has the advantage of giving a little more width to the bottom roof layer. It is only two studs but it does make a difference. Using the piece you suggest would mean both the bottom and middle roof layers would be exactly the same width.

    But, TBH, if the piece you suggested was available it would probably be better.

    Short_Round - I don't know! He is star wars, i think he came in a "hoth" themed magnet set - yep, just checked - 853130. It seems to be a set based on the clone wars cartoon so the character must come from that.

    Bob.
  • woony2woony2 UKMember Posts: 336
    @BOBJACK_JACKBOB as the others have said this is simply brilliant. I picked up my first palace last week at almost 50% off and after seeing yours have just ordered my second. This is going to look great displayed next to the Death Star.

    @Short_Round The characters name is Thi-Sen and its from the Clone Wars animated series. He lives on an icy planet and is covered in fur so he probably wouldn't last long on Tattooiene. Comes in set #8085 Freeco speeder and a magnet set.
  • Short_RoundShort_Round Member Posts: 161
    Cheers. I've never seen Clone Wars, so must recognise him from a pic on Brickset.
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,354
    @BOBJACK_JACKBOB - I agree with the above posts, absolutely brilliant model. I particularly like how Jar-Jar has been locked up where he belongs and that Tauntaun head stuck through the wall to look as though it is mounted is pure genius!
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    edited March 2013
    @BOBJACK_JACKBOB Can you give us a rough idea of what those "spare bits & pieces" are (for the non-MODer like me)? Thanks!
  • OldfanOldfan Chicagoland, IL, USAMember Posts: 687

    ^^ It's part of the forthcoming final trilogy, Disney have decided to 'do a Marvel' and mix and match their characters across films.

    Han Solo will be replaced by Buzz Lightyear, Tinker Bell will be Darth Vader's love interest, and R2D2 will turn bad and team up with Wall-E to take over the galaxy.

    As silly as this sounds, it's unfortunately well within the bounds of possibility...I hope Lucas enjoys his retirement.
  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 554
    Thanks everybody for the compliments. This is definitely the biggest project I have completed and the one I am most pleased with.

    @Poochy The parts in the model itself are about 90% original from the three sets. If I recall correctly the extra 10% were mostly small bricks - 1x1, 1x2 etc. and small plates - 1x2, 1x4, 2x4, 2x6.

    I did use some extra slopes to build the roof, but I tried to only use more of the same as is already in the set. I used about a dozen extra 2x2x3 dark tan slopes, about two dozen extra 1x2x1 dark tan slopes, a couple extra 1x2x3 sand slopes and a couple of extra arch pieces.

    I'm confident that a good version of this could be built using only the pieces in the sets.

    I was very surprised at how many pieces I have left over. I estimate I only used about 65% of the pieces from the three sets.

    If you or anybody else want a more detailed breakdown of how this is built I would be happy to oblige.

    Bob
    Poochy
  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 554
    @CapnRex101 - a slight confession... the tauntaun head is not a permanent part of the build, that's why it is only in the "populated" pictures. I only have one tauntaun and it lives in my hoth display. I only put it in for the pictures. If I ever get another one I may make it more permanent. Although I think I would have to cut the head off as the body sticking out the back would annoy me too much and cutting Lego... I don't know that I could do it!

    Bob
  • PoochyPoochy USAMember Posts: 479
    @BOBJACK_JACKBOB I'm good for now since I only have 1 JB so far (and no RP). Will need to pick up another JB and a RP before I can even attempt this feat. Thanks!
  • legomattlegomatt Member Posts: 2,548
    @BOBJACK_JACKBOB

    Excellent Palace. Wish I could afford to purchase doubles of sets to do this kind of thing... but there's always something else i'd really like too, so I tend to settle for the one in order to buy that 'new set', even though I know something amazing could be made.

    It's great to see when somebody has taken the plunge on a second set and created something so great like this.

  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 554
    edited April 2013
    @legomatt I could only do this due to lack of funds!

    Before Christmas my lovely wife got me Jabba's Palace and the Millenium Falcon. As it was "three for the price of two" I told her to get an extra Palace (the cheaper of the two). I offered it for trade or sale on here but there were no takers. I was going to put it on ebay.

    My birthday was in February. My wife asked what Lego I would like. As we were so skint I told her not to bother. Lego is my passion. It is the only gift I get (want!), but it is a luxury. I didn't want her to go without so as to get me the Haunted House or something. A few days before my birthday I remembered about the extra Palace. I told her that could be my present.

    The original palace build bothered me more than any other Lego set. In my opinion it had a couple of serious flaws -
    1, too small
    2, too enclosed/dark
    3, the floating tower
    4, the unopenable gate
    I realised with a second set I could maybe resolve these issues.

    I'm really happy that It worked out as it did. I'm the same as you. I don't get multiples. But this build lasted over five weeks instead of the usual couple of hours. I lost count how many times I built, took apart and rebuilt this Palace.
    It was my most frustrating but also most satisfying Lego build yet. And it only happened because I couldn't afford a set I wanted!

    Bob
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  • legomattlegomatt Member Posts: 2,548
    edited April 2013
    ^ Great post. Thanks for the detailed reply. Gives me faith that I can do this kinda thing myself. Especially the bit where you say it took many rebuilds... It's easy to just assume great mocs came naturally to the builders, and it's easy to become over-awed when we only see the end results.

    I must give my dream moc projects a serious go soon.
  • VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
    Bob jack - Great story , inspiring . We would love to see the final product , photos plz ! ,With the price reduction on Amazon , I am considering a second to give it a double scoop but guilt weighs heavy with so much that I have spent on Lego since April 2012.

  • VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
    Also I just to this sudden itch a few minutes ago --- nd that it to buy not one but 2 hog warts castle 4842 and give it the double up job .. I have seen one example earlier in this thread and looks very impassive. What do you guys think ?
  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 554
    @Vortex There's photos on page 1!
  • BOBJACK_JACKBOBBOBJACK_JACKBOB ScotlandMember Posts: 554
    @Si_Dorking_Surrey_UK regarding the piece you recommended, could you take a look at the new star wars set 75024, does that look to you like a dark tan slope on the top of the ship? It's a very small picture and hard to make out.

    Bob.
  • staffmarkstaffmark Member Posts: 44
    Hi Bob- any chance you can email me larger pictures of your palace there? I will message you with my email address. Awesome, awesome work.
  • VortexVortex Pakistan/USMember Posts: 342
    Bob- the best J palace I have seen yet !
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    ^^^ If the image is real, then yes, looks like it, but it's so ugly and badly designed I'd wager it's a fake.
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