The Key to Better Building?

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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby Blake » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:37 pm

I find it very helpful to leave things together for a long time--frequently a year or more. Over time, as I tire of looking at my old MOC's, I start to notice specific details that I don't like. When I'm building something new, I think about the little annoyances that have brought down my past MOC's, and try not to make the same mistakes over again.

You obviously don't want to keep too many things together, or it will tie up your collection and become a hindrance. Generally I keep my favorite MOC's the longest. Then I get to have my favorite creations around longer, and I discover ways to make my best work better.
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby pasukaru76 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:49 pm

I also do what Blake does, I keep the stuff I consider my best work around for long. Then I do small adjustments as I learn new techniques or destroy it when it falls behind too much.
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby mdilthey » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:58 pm

I can understand that. I'll probably adopt something similar when I bricklink more. These days, it's nice having the entire palate of my collection available for each model.

What I should do is make something using pieces I use less, like a little red fighter, and keep that indefinitely :)
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby Blake » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:33 pm

If an old MOC contains a part I need, I'll "borrow" it, until two bricks stuck together are all that remain of the old MOC. At that point I don't call it an MOC any more.
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby bothanrodian » Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:56 pm

Blake wrote:If an old MOC contains a part I need, I'll "borrow" it, until two bricks stuck together are all that remain of the old MOC. At that point I don't call it an MOC any more.


I do exactly the same thing :p
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby TheQ » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:28 am

Hi mdlilthey!

mdilthey wrote:1) The use of technic frames inside larger ships without sacrificing an interior.

TECHNIC frames (and TECHNIC in general) are bit of a hard subject. They can be as complicated as you want and as hard to build as you want but if you just want something robust and simple, it's not hard. Like DavidP wrote, TECHNIC bricks in horizontal parts and beams in vertical parts. Only specific thing that you need to remember is to place the beams in such a place that they are in the same line as studs (normally TECHNIC bricks' holes are in between two studs).

If you specifically want to build interior, I would suggest first building interior with as many sides as you can. Then alter the design in such a way that you can fit robust frame around it. After that, you can either start building SHIP around it or try to fit it into already existing SHIP.

mdilthey wrote:2) The ability to know exactly what to buy plenty of on Bricklink to expand my model building ability, without wasting money on stuff I don't need.

This one really comes down to one question: What is your building style? Even in a specific "sub-genre" like SHIP building, there is a lot of ways to create things. For example, some people want to create SHIP's outer skin aka "skin" out of plates and tiles while other prefers bricks. First person would invest heavily on plates and tiles (mostly for tiles, I think) while the second invests in to bricks.

If you are not sure about your building style, I suggest that you just buy small amounts of different bricks and experience with them.

mdilthey wrote:3) A sorted collection. I'm still on Big Bins.

Sorted collection is important thing in my mind. Even thought it is harder to maintain, when you want to build something specific, sorted collection allows you to find bricks very easily.

Oh and I suggest that you don't sort by color as your first sorting method. Sorting by color is easy method to divide the collection to smaller chucks but have you thought about how usable it is? Trying to find small black piece among other black pieces is very annoying task and quickly tears your eyes... I personally have sorted my collection with either form or function. That means that if I have group of similar pieces (like arches), I keep them in same bag. This might work for you too but I am not sure. Experience and think about it :)

mdilthey wrote:4) LDraw, if it's even necessary to be a good builder. I haven't explored it at all.

LDraw (or more modern MLCAD) and the LEGO company's own LEGO Digital Designer are good tools that can help you a lot. They are not necessery tools but still, they might be just the thing for you to allow experiencing more. If you wish to try them, I would encourage you to start using LDD because it's much more user friendly than LDraw and MLCAD. With the "LEGO Universe" mode, you can use very large palette of bricks (althought you can't order the complete set..).

I hope this helps!
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby mdilthey » Tue Sep 14, 2010 1:55 am

Extremely helpful! Thank you!
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Re: The Key to Better Building?

Postby orkyd » Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:35 pm

I can't stress enough how valuable Peeron.com is.
This set/piece database of my collection has me regularly checking to see if I have enough parts and in what colours.
I don't think I've ever built anything of significance without referring to it a few times.
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