This is my very first MOC as an adult builder, and it was built from the 5763 Dune Hopper Creator kit. This design is loosely inspired by the classic Lotus 7 design, but with a tough off-road appearance. It was quite a challenge to build this from the limited selection of parts in this rather small kit, especially because I chose not to use any of the orange pieces (except for a couple necessary interior structural pieces. I did my best to incorporate some SNOT techniques which I am only now discovering. I want to thank Nathanel Kuipers for his encouragement and incredible designs which have taught me some great techniques and have inspired me to take on the Creator alternate challenge.
I've just got this set for a bargain on Amazon, but not built it yet. Will have a go.
Mortal, my wife silently hates it too. I think the sound of bricks cascading onto our lounge floor (the proper and only place to build) sends her mind wandering off into the realms of "unreasonable behaviour" and solicitors.
Thanks for the Tips Andrew, i use a canon 50d with a 50mm macro lens. This is pretty good but the field of focus is usually too small and makes no difference if i increase the F. I have two other lenses but one is broken and the other is too wide 10-20. I think it's time to go to the camera shop :) Glad your wife enjoys Lego too, you'll just have to buy a set each if you can't decide ;)
Oh so you have managed the suspension - great job you don't often see that on a small moc like this. I can't believe you build with your wife! My wife just about tolerates me building, she likes watching reruns of friends and I build anything and everything I can think of - everybody is happy. I too have recently started to build again (a year or so) after 15 years - inspired by nathanael's stunning technic mocs. I have only been building with basic/system Lego for 6 months - I love it :).
Although I do have a nice camera, most basic digital cameras should be able to produce equally nice crisp images of your models. I like to take photos in natural light as flashes seem to ruin colors and add unpleasant shadows and glare. Other people certainly have great results indoors, but I just have difficulty that way. I prefer light shade or a slightly cloudy day to soften shadows and prevent glare from the sun. The easiest way to get good photos of your creations is to zoom in as much as your camera's lens will allow (but not so far that some cameras start using "digital zoom"). Then move back as far as necessary to frame your shot. By doing this, you will maximize depth of field so that both the front and back of your creations are likely to be in focus at the same time.
You're off to a great start with your first model. I love it and am not sure I could do better with those pieces. Thanks for your kind comments, I'm sure given the time and resources you could make some truly great creations. I would also like to build a real 7. Ultimate fun car. Back to your creation, it has neat proportions and you've distributed the colours well. Keep the inspiration I'd like to see more :) and btw you must have a nice camera, you're Images are nice and crisp :)
Thanks Nathaniel! I wanted this one to be small, cute, and not too complicated, and I think I accomplished my goal even though I didn't set the bar too high. I'm having a lot of fun with this 5763 set and thought that it would be a good place for me to start since there are only a couple other MOC's in the group based on this set.
Nice to see your first MOC here, Andrew! Considering this, I'd say you did a good job with it. Being able to fit a minifig in there definitely adds to the play value! Thank you also for commenting on some of my models, sharing your experience! It's much appreciated, because it confirms that people see them as inspiration, and that's what it's all about!:)
My wife pointed out that I should have made it minifig scale because she likes to play with her minifigs, so a slight change was made to the cockpit to accommodate a driver. I think the seat back actually looks better this way too.