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WIP Journal
A journal where I will post WIP and behind-the-scenes pictures, as well as instructions for designs used in the MOCs that I am working on. This journal will (hopefully) be updated frequently, so be sure to check back now and then!
About this creation
Last Update: 18/06/17.

Hello everyone!

I thought it would be neat to show you how I go about creating some of my MOCS, as I've always been highly interested with seeing how others build their creations. I hope you enjoy!


MELO 2017 Round 3:

Here's a few pics of how I set up my MELO Round 3 entry, and also a few more pics of the eagle. Enjoy!


MELO 2017 Round 2:

Here's a few pics I took while building my entry for Round 2. Enjoy!

Always need a solid base! You'll notice the recessed area for the cheese mosaic near the front.

Very first layout - trying to get the dimensions correct.

Tiling time!

Couple more pics of some closer details.


MELO 2017 Round 1:

Here are some behind the scenes pics of my latest build, Barrels out of Bond for the 2017 Middle Earth Lego Olympics. Enjoy!

The MOC is completely modular because I built it in stages.

The cave/rocks was built first.

Some useless detailing on this floor, I know, but I wanted to have proper beams.

This part was the hardest to design, even though it is by far the smallest.

I added some antlers in for wall decoration, as well as a map of Mirkwood.

A little bit of rockwork from the cellar wall, with the supporting arch, repurposed from a tree root, jutting out.

And the wine shelves. They are my favourite part, and also the first thing I built. I think the PU of the technic pins for packing straw worked pretty well.



A scale model of something coming soon!



A couple small vigs I threw together while "cleaning up". Didn't think they warranted their own MOC, so I posted 'em here.

Zirakzigil, where Gandalf defeated the Balrog.

And a certain Black Gate.... :)


MELO Round 3:

I was super rushed on this, so I didn't manage any WIP shots. However, I took a few bonus pics as I was disassembling it and posted them here. Also, I posted pictures and instructions on how to made my reversed-stud pillar. I hope you enjoy!

Reversed-stud Pillar Instructions:

Here is the pillar in its finished state.

The side.

The top section removed from the bottom. They should be fairly easy to copy; nothing fancy at all, really.

The method for attaching the top to the bottom. You could use a Technic syster, but this method is easier, quicker and just as strong.

Basically, in order to attach the top to the bottom, build a 1x1 cylinder column in the hollow part of each section, being sure to align the sides. Next, place a lighsaber blade (used as a pin) partially into one column and gently place the top section on it.

This is what it should look like. Now, just push the top down and behold your pillar!

Now, you might be thinking, "Mark, you are crazy. The top is just going to swing around and won't line up properly." Well, remember that 1x2 brick on the back of the top section? It is there to "lock" or stabilize the top section on the bottom and prevent any motion.

This picture of the back of the pillar illustrates this. It is hollow to save bricks primarily, but it is also necessary in order for the technique to work. Here you can see how the stabilizer brick is positioned in order to keep the top section from lurching around.

There you have it! I hope this will be handy for you in the future!


MELO Round 2:

I didn't take many WIP pics while building for round 2, but I did take a couple of the base and Balin. Enjoy!


MELO Round 1:

The following pictures are progress shots from my round 1 entry. Since I built it over Christmas, I had time to document and take photos of my progress fairly often. So here is and in-depth view of my building evolution and style.

The main structure starts to form....

Working on the cheese carpet. This was pretty tricky, but fun!

The "floor plan".

My infamous green screen technology. ;)

The furniture came next.

Here you can see my setup for the FP and the pics.

A lighting test, which I later didn't use.

And here is a look at how I built the windows. This is one of three designs I used for the round windows and doors. The second uses half technic pins to attach two arches, and the other uses gravity and math. ;)

Thanks for viewing!



 I made it 
  June 7, 2017
Thanks, guys!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2017
@Alex Rode: I just realized the joke behind it. :P Clever Mark haha. But this a cool idea having a post with all your WIPs on it. I do love seeing behind the scenes pics. Thanks for posting these! :)
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  May 24, 2017
Haha, love the green screen. Great stuff!
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  May 20, 2015
The flowers look very nice!
  April 13, 2015
Nothing like classic Mario! Can't wait to see it!
 I made it 
  April 13, 2015
Quoting Kevin Moyer Dude, that main pic is awesome. Mario FTW! :)
Haha, thanks! It's still a WIP and needs some more refining before I can post it.
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  April 13, 2015
Dude, that main pic is awesome. Mario FTW! :)
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  April 2, 2015
Quoting Thomas . Lol on those BOTFA shots :P EDIT: You do that yourself?
If you mean the arrows, yes. ;) It's a CGI glitch I noticed while watching the movie.
  April 2, 2015
Lol on those BOTFA shots :P EDIT: You do that yourself?
 I made it 
  March 26, 2015
Thanks guys!
Quoting The Dunedain98 Neat little builds! I really like the Zirakzigil. Happy birthday Mark! :)
Thank you, Dune! :)
  March 21, 2015
Neat little builds! I really like the Zirakzigil. Happy birthday Mark! :)
  March 13, 2015
Hey I never saw this before! Great build! I live the WIPs!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2015
Cool! I love seeing behind-the-scenes stuff like this, it makes me appreciate the original builds more. Great work!
 I made it 
  February 9, 2015
Thanks guys! Glad you like it!
  February 9, 2015
Great technique!
 I like it 
  February 9, 2015
Awesome job, Mark! I really like this idea.
 I made it 
  January 25, 2015
Quoting The Dunedain98 Never noticed this journal of yours! It's really cool to see how you set up that creation!
Thanks! I converted one of my old MOCs, so that's probably why you haven't noticed it. ;)
 I like it 
  January 24, 2015
Never noticed this journal of yours! It's really cool to see how you set up that creation!
 I like it 
  July 31, 2013
I dunno what your saying; this is excellent! It looks like a retro LEGO logo; its brilliant! Also, that rock work looks very nice indeed; looking forward to seeing what you build with it.....
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