Often I come across a MOC which i'd love to build/have for myself. My favourites are small (mini-fig scale or smaller), cleverly designed MOCs from Sci-Fi films and/or themes. I've approached two or three builders asking if they'd be kind enough to provide a breakdown/parts list for their particular creation, but most don't respond. I am appreciative and pleasant in my emails, and have offered to pay them for this info also.
So it got me thinking, is there a general etiquette among builders about asking for instructions? Is it bad form or rude in the AFOL community to ask? I'm not a builder myself, but I love some of these clever MOCs and just want them on display in my office :)
Some example of which sets I mean:
+ Power loader
from Aliens (I have built this as the builder has posted the break down. So good!)
+ Light cycle
from Tron (Have also built this)
+ Apache Longbow
. This is a little old so may not be easy/possible to get instructions
+ And the most recent MOC I'd love to have is The Bat Rod
How should I approach a builder about possibly acquiring their creation? I'm happy to pay for their hard work and skill as I believe it's well worth it and I'd like to be fair. I don't have a library of Lego to try and copy the MOC for myself, so I'd be ordering each part from BL. I assume the easiest thing to ask for is a breakdown of the model as seen here
as opposed to a parts list (which I could figure out 99% of on my own) or instructions (which would require additional effort on the MOCers part).
Appreciate any advice you might have :)