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Movin' on up...The Chrysler building in progress

 
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Ersh777



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Movin' on up...The Chrysler building in progress Reply with quote

Some of you may remember from the old boards that I started a almost-minifig scale model of the Chrysler Building in New York a few months back. It's probably 2/3rds complete at this point...it needs 10 more floors done in the middle and the top 8 floors and spire. This thing is really getting massive at this point. Just to give you an idea this building already uses around 6,000 trans-blue 1x2's for the windows and the base (section with the first 16 floors) weighs around 30-40 pounds. Twisted Evil I have one last large bricklink order and this sucker will be done! It should be done by the end of the month.

Check the pic's out here.
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=105483

Any larger and I'll need a building permit for this thing! Razz
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JLP



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man..that is sweet. I wish I could build things like that.

keep it up. I can't wait to see the spire. That's the most interesting part of the building. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still think that the best word for this is WHOA................ Surprised
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh man, that's great creation! Can't wait to see it at 100% done. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm suddenly once again reminded why Ersh is my MOC-ing idol.
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Ersh777



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments, guys! Very Happy I've done a little experimenting with what the spire will look like and I think it's going to be really cool. It's going to be built completely different than the LEGOLAND style (which I thought didn't have enough detail.) I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to do those triangular windows, but I have an idea for them.

I did a little math on this building today and found out that when it's done it's going to be a bit taller than I though...It worried me for a minute because I'll end up with an 8'6" tower in an apartment with 8' ceilings. Embarassed :D... But I figured that it's just the skinniest part of the spire and won't affect the design of the crown. The tip of the spire would only be on if I take this outside of my apartment (like if I go to a LUGOLA meeting, etc). Eventually it will dominate a section of wall in my office. Still, I can't wait to have it done. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for the double post...but I just had the craziest idea. Seeing that I've been building this with trans-blue windows I thought 'What if I light it from the inside?' So I got a light bulb and an extension cord and tried just that. It's completely hollow on the inside save for a few support columns so I tested this idea out and here's the result:

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Ersh777/LEGOlopolis/ChryslerBuilding/lighting_test1.jpg

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Ersh777/LEGOlopolis/ChryslerBuilding/lighting_test2.jpg

What do you guys think?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ersh777 wrote:

What do you guys think?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Padawan716 wrote:
Ersh777 wrote:

What do you guys think?


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Exactly my thoughts. amazing
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JLP



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lights! Camera!... oh.. nevermind.

That's awesome, Ersh. No other way to put it. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is SO right. I'm gonna go cradle my little collection of non lit up LEGO.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a sweet look with the light on, but might not the heat emmited from the bulb melt the plastic? Can't wait to see the finished part, I lov the spire on top of the real Chrysler building.
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JLP



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might...but I'd think he'd only turn it on for taking pictures or showing it off to friends.
Of course..if you use a lower-watt bulb it should be no problem.

But, I'll let him answer. If he runs in here crying because his LEGO melted...then we'll know. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The lighting... So beautiful... We need a drool emoticon.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

holy bejeabus!!!! when ur done you should put it on ebay but dont sell it and see how much it gose for....
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Ersh777



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

:D! JPL...don't worry, my Chrysler building hasn't melted. ::D:

Thanks guys, I'm glad you all like the lighting. I was actually surprised that the bulb didn't give off too much heat. There's a big enough space in the inside around the bulb that it barely even got warm at all.
I had it on for about 10 minutes while taking pictures. (I was playing around with my camera settings to get the best picture) I'll use a less intense bulb if I do decide to keep it lit on the inside for extended periods of time. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have an incandescent bulb in there? I'd say get yourself a fluorescent light fixture to put inside. The bulbs come small, and should put out a great deal less heat than incandescent. You could probably leave it on all weekend without worrying about it getting hot.

If it's already fluorescent, then just ignore me.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought about that.... I'd like to put a florescent bulb in there. I only had an incandescent bulb, but I just put it in there to see how it would look. I would be too afraid of it overheating and melting the LEGO to keep it in there permanently. Shocked Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flourescent light is great. I gotta get some for my room.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dude, that's "kickin' rad!"

I'm wondering how it would look with different colors for the window panes, like where your stained brick window is, except on a larger scale. Because we all know bigger IS better.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Oh.. My... God...

That's Awesome!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Shocked

That looks like a the real thing when lit!!!

Man, I can't wait too see the spire!

Great work!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lighting idea is amazing, but is there a way to make lighting more even across all windows?


And could you "turn off" using black bricks to block light too some windows? Some offices is closed or empty. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's really nothing more that I can say.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats the coolest lego building i've seen! (aside from the empire state bulding in legoland calif.) Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's nice Surprised
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="bearpred6"]Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's nice Surprised[/quote] i think thats what I meant to say
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