If you use Lego Road plates with your Modular Buildings and wish to construct the pavement/sidewalk directly onto those plates - as I have here - then you're going to have some gaps to deal with.
Because although the non-corner buildings are designed to exactly fit to the 32 x 32 Road Plate the Corner sets are not.
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Then you have several choices when it comes to your Street layout:
Create a narrow MOC - Town House for example - you'll have a 12 wide stud area to work with.
Leave a gap - maybe an 'Under Construction' site or to create access to the rear of your layout by way of either one large Arched (vehicle) entrance or two smaller passageways - preferably joined to your Corner buildings. (Demonstrated here as part of the CC extension - shown below.)
Extend one (or more) of your Inner Modular buildings. (Thanks SuperWAGs The Dude!)
Extend (one or) both of the two Corner Buildings to 'fill the gaps'!!
I went for the Fourth way and here's the result...
It is the use of the corner road plate that creates the 12 stud gap - 6 at each end of the street - as demonstrated above.
Additionally purchased parts - (with one exception) all standard from the Set - Bricks - Windows - Roof & Floor Plates plus Detail parts are all that were required in order to extend the Department Store...
The Ground Floor only required the addition of an extra Window Canopy & Glass panel to each side - well plus of course some remodeling of the supporting beams!
The only additional parts used - not originally found in this set - were 1 x 6 x 2 Brick Arches on each side of the Upper Floors.
The extension also made space to 'tidy-up' the walk-on to the Ground floor Escalator.
Paparazzi get everywhere!!
Did someone say SHOP - I thought it said POSH!! :-)
The Corner Café:
Although a lot less addtional parts were required to expand the CC - some adaption and improvisation to the Ground Floor was required but as with the Emporium I wanted to retain the original form.
The old 'Night-Bird' passageway - part of the original medieval town - has been restored and incorporated into the new building and now serves as the Staff entrance and access to the car park at the rear of the hotel.
Once again only (additionally purchased) standard parts from the CC set were used for the upper floors - windows - walls and roof sections.
There was just one other 'small' alteration I made to the exterior of this building. I felt the 1st floor seemed a little squashed! So I added another layer and some 'detail' to the window sills to better match to the other Modular buildings. I'm sure you'd already spotted it...
Quoting SuperWAGs The Dude
There is a 4th option... Extend one of the Inner modules...[snip]
That'll work too! To reflect your excellent suggestion I have now added it to the above 'list of choices'. (There are of course numerous other build options - please don't now start listing them all!) :-)
Good luck with your Fire House plans - you can see a very good example of what two joined together look like here:
There is a 4th option... Extend one of the Inner CC modules... eg I am thinking about doing a 2-garaged Fire station, as well as making the fire station itself a little deeper (so as to house modern fire trucks). Interesting... do you make the truck fit the station or the station fit the trucks?
Otherwise I was thinking of making the gap into an alley way for deliveries and somewhere for my Garbage truck to go (as well as rats and spider webs etc). It would look great with the greengrocer's fire escape in the alley.
I have some other ideas, as well, but I haven't started blogging myself yet so I need to keep some thing up my sleeve! I like the clean look of building all the way to the edge of the road.
Your work is great too though.
Quoting Eric and Lawson B
A photo of this would make a great icon for our LEGO Cities group. We sorely need a picture of something like this. Regards, Eric.
Thanks all for your kind comments. Eric - as always - generous with your praise! I have posted on your Lego Cities Group and would be honoured if you wished to use the pic. Just tell me what you need? Paul.
Dude, you have been busy! I have to say this is the best presentation I've seen of the modular Cafe Corner standard sets. Your mods are first rate and very well thought out. This is one of the best street scenes that has been posted here. A photo of this would make a great icon for our LEGO Cities group. We sorely need a picture of something like this. Regards, Eric.
I like it
President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
December 9, 2010
Even though these are all sets, (but changed a bit) it's pretty. I don't have any road plates, except from the 2000 bridge construction set, and the 2000 fire station. I am also a city junkie myself, but, can't really make anything this beautiful due to my small collection of LEGO. :(
Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Even though these are all sets...
Agreed - but that was actually the point! :-)
My intention here is only to demonstrate one solution to the '12 stud gap' created building Lego Modular Sets (not MOC's) when Corner sets are incorporated and joined directly to the Lego Road plates. Glad you liked it!
Thanks for the comments - I like how Joerg dealt with the problem - Parking bays - very inventive! Plus his work is excellent!!
This lay-out was intended only to demonstrate how to fill in the gaps created if only Lego Modular buildings were used and if you wanted to build right up to the road edge. :-)
what you did is great! you went trough a lot of work to achieve this, i can t quite make up the observations you made, perhaps a langage problem from my part[ i m french speaking] or the fact that i don t own any corner style building[i buy x2 each kit for creativity freedom and they re pretty expensive!]but, from my observations [i ve spent quite some time studying all moc pages creations, especially city, my girlfriend can testify!] and i think you better check joerg s work before going any further.
you can also check cybercity s service garage v-3 s last pics, you will find that space between buildings have to be wide, to allow a good view, and you ll need the street parkings to do so, just hope to save you time and efforts here, hope you comment on it further on my journal.