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Saturday, July 17, 2021

LEGO® RMS Titanic MOC

 

This is the remake many have been waiting for on this channel so here it is. Meet the newly remodeled LEGO® RMS Titanic MOC by The Bobby Brix Channel. 

You can check out the video on YouTube here:

https://youtu.be/byEisU5yo5w

The building instructions are free to download both on Patreon and on my website:

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thebobbybrixchannel

Website: https://shop.bobbybrix.com/product/lego-rms-titanic-moc/

Stay tuned for more blog posts especially the designing stories for the RMS Queen Mary and of course the RMS Titanic!

The Bobby Brix Channel 2021.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

LEGO® RMS Queen Mary Ocean Liner MOC

You can't talk about the RMS QM2 without mentioning the RMS Queen Mary! This one was a tough ship. Launched in 1934 she navigated through the waters of the North-Atlantic up until the 60's serving the purpose of an ocean liner, meant for the aggressive weather and the unnerving waves of the North. She was then retired and is still in use today as a boat-hotel and museum. 

The video is out on YouTube here:
https://youtu.be/G6nT1Og03Ro

You can also get the building instructions at my shop here:
https://shop.bobbybrix.com/product/lego-rms-queen-mary-ocean-liner-moc/

Stay tuned for next week's Designing Story where I will share an insight on how I made this model and what caused me all the trouble on Friday.

The Bobby Brix Channel 2021.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Designing LEGO® RMS Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner MOC

Introduction

With Ocean Julyner Month starting, I had to come up with a new design template (which I may use in my upcoming designs) for my LEGO versions of well known ocean liners and cruise ships. 

I then remembered my previous models of ships that were pretty rough in realism, proportions and color schemes. A redesign it is then - and the LEGO RMS Queen Mary 2 was the perfect candidate for a brand new look!

Quick Facts

  • Name: RMS Queen Mary 2 Ocean Liner MOC
  • Total Parts: 131
  • Approximate Scale: 1:1400
  • Length: 23.2 cm
  • Width: 3.2 cm
  • Height: 5.1 cm
  • Creation Time: 2 hours (designing) + 40 min. (rendering) + 30 min. (video-editing)
  • Brick Colors: Red, Black, White, Navy Blue, Orange, Transparent-Blue.

The Scale 


Unlike the Tesla, my approach on this model was different. Turns out, that the previous version of the RMS Queen Mary 2 was almost perfect in proportions ! The old "eye it all out" technique worked surprisingly well back then. However, I had to accommodate the 1x4 hinges on the ship with at least 4 consecutive columns, so I had to tweak the scale a bit and settled at around 1:1400 being able to fit all the major elements of the original ship into a micro-scaled version of it. The schematics below show how well the design and pieces fitted on this model, with some flaws...

You can find the blueprints I used for my model here:
https://drawingdatabase.com/rms-queen-mary-2/

The Design

 

There is a lot to talk about the design of my LEGO RMS Queen Mary 2 MOC. 
 
For starters the hull: red 2x4 and 1x2 plates form the main base-plate with red 1x2 stud plates attached underneath. Lots of black 2x2 bricks, 1x4 tiles and 1x1 bricks with studs were used for the overall shape and form of the upper part of the hull. The front of the ship also features the bulbous bow that the QM2 uses for sturdier navigation and stability. 
 
Going upwards you will find 4 columns of white 1x4 hinge plates which should represent the passenger cabins with orange and dark blue emergency life-boats placed along lower-middle portions of these columns right above the deck of the ship.
 
Near the front of the ship you will find a rounded slope going up-to the wide bridge and observation deck with the antennas and communication compartments at the very top. 
Going to the rear, there's the infamous black and red funnel with a set of exhaust funnels at the very back before the shape of the ship goes downwards towards the rear-deck.
 


The Final Touches

If you've read my previous blog posts, you might know by now that I usually design my models in "grayscale mode". I use light-bluish-gray as the default tone when I design new models so that the colors won't be distracting me too much from the process. 
 
This time was quite different. 
 
Since I had to import the older design of the RMS QM2 from my archive, I already had colors to work with. There were many parts to change in order to match the red, black and white color pattern of the original RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. Here's what the final result looked like before sending it to the rendering phase:
 

In the end…

This is just the beginning of Ocean Julyner Month! Don't forget that you can also be a part of this event either by posting your creation on The Bobby Brix Discord Server (link in sidebar) or by using the #julyner hashtag on Instagram
 
You can also share your creation on r/TheBobbyBrixChannel on Reddit.
 
Stay tuned for the upcoming cruise ship or ocean liner MOC, coming out this Friday at 4PM CET.
 
The Bobby Brix Channel 2021.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Designing the LEGO® Tesla Model S MOC


Introduction

When the first electro-mobiles were revealed to the public, I was in awe of the engineering efforts put into the functionality of these cars. It is a slow-start, and although there are some environmental concerns about the production of these cars, time shows that it can become more efficient and more eco-friendly. 

The Tesla Model S is my favorite car made by Tesla Motors and I wanted to give my own touch when it comes to building it out of LEGO.

Quick Facts

  • Name: LEGO® Tesla Model S MOC
  • Total Parts: 92
  • Approximate Scale: 1:34
  • Length: 14.6 cm
  • Width: 7.3 cm (5.4 without mirrors)
  • Height: 4.5 cm
  • Creation Time: 8+ hours (designing) + 40 min. (rendering) + 50 min. (video-editing)
  • Brick Colors: Red, Black, White, Light-Bluish-Gray, Transparent-Black

The Scale

 

The rule I gave myself at first was to make a model no-bigger than the size of a regular human hand. The goal was to make a small model without using too many pieces (up to 200 or so). Going back to the dimensions of my Messerschmitt Me-262 MOC where I used a 1:50 scale, the car would have been too small to be recognized as a Tesla. Instead, I took another approach: length limit. I put the limit of the total length of the car to around 16cm and then looked for the best scale. It first turned out to be 1:35.

But as I was designing the model over the course of 2 weeks, I noticed at some times that the body of the car was either too short or too wide. Going back and forth for several days trying to find the perfect design and proportions, I finally set upon the scale of 1:34.

It is fair to note that while the model respects the 1:34 at length and height, it is slightly slimmer than the real Tesla Model S. This is mostly because of how wide LEGO bricks are and there wasn’t much I could do about it.

The Design


The last time I built a car with LEGO bricks was a few years ago with my Muscle Car and Box Car MOCs which were once available on my website. They were good starts and solid designs. Using these MOCs as templates would have been a wise choice. But since I was working at 1:34 and not some randomly made-up proportions, I’ve decided to come up with something of my own.

For starters, quarter-circle tiles were a must to make the car look sleek and curvy. Along with curved 1×2 and 2×2 slopes used around the entire body to give some nice volume to the car’s body. 

The most unique pieces that I deem as “life-savers” for helping me design this car would be these ones:


Part #29120 and Part #11291 – these were used a lot for the Tesla Model S MOC and without them, the car would have been a rectangular box of plastic on 4 wheels. I especially used these parts for the headlights and tail lights, along with the front and rear bumpers giving my Tesla Model S MOC a more futuristic look, just as it is in real life.


Speaking of wheels, Parts #11208 and #11209 are fairly common wheels used in official LEGO sets so they fit perfectly with the 1:34 scale and the fenders (the parts surrounding the wheels) of the car.

The pièce de résistance

No, LEGO has not made a 1×1 tile featuring the Tesla “T” logo. 

But I have! 

Bricklink has a lesser-known program called Bricklink Part Designer where you can design your own LEGO parts and even apply custom stickers or decals on them. Once you’ve chosen/made your design, you simply import it, tweak some settings to suit your needs and when done, you will see your custom LEGO part(s) imported into Bricklink Studio 2.0

This is something new for my LEGO MOCs and it may become a feature I will be using quite often for the Automobile series. I think it is a nice touche-finale to the model and makes it easier to recognize.

The Final Touches


As usual, I worked with light-bluish-gray bricks at first before coloring-in the car into the respective colors of the real thing. 

Since Tesla offers a variety of colors, I went with a bold red paint-job, also considered as the default color for the Model S and Model S Plaid. Another advantage is that almost all of the parts were available in red which made the task much more easier.

Here’s what the final result looked like before the rendering process:


In the end…

I think it is a good start for the re-booted Automobiles series and a good body-template for any upcoming automobile models with similar designs (Porsche, Nissan, Audi…)

I hope you had a good read! Feel free to share this blog-post!

Stay tuned for more!

The Bobby Brix Channel 2021.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Designing the LEGO® SS Edmund Fitzgerald Freighter MOC


Introduction

To some extent, the fate of this ship is unbelievable as it is one of the few famous ones that sunk in a lake, or to be more precise – Lake Superior. Launched in 1958, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald served as a freighter ship in the Great Lakes until she met her fate in 1975 during a heavy storm which brought her down to the depths of Lake Superior along with her 29-men crew…

This is a new-type of post that I will be making on Patreon for the public audience but also on this blog page, where I go in detail about the design and process of making my LEGO® MOCs.

Quick Facts

  • Name: LEGO® SS Edmund Fitzgerald Freighter MOC
  • Total Parts: 144 
  • Approximate Scale: 1:1000 +/-
  • Creation Time: 2-3 hours (designing) + 40 min. (rendering) + 30 min. (video-editing)
  • Brick Colors: Dark Red, Red, Black, White, Yellow, Light-Bluish-Gray

The Scale

It took me almost an hour of research just for the design!
Using historical blueprints and measurements, I firstly needed to give the model a certain size-scale to make it relevant with my other LEGO models. I had to choose between 1:1000 and 1:2000.
Most of my recent cargo ships are built in 1:2000

But to put real-size into perspective:

  • The Maersk Triple-E ship is ~400 meters long
  • The SS Edmund Fitzgerald is ~222 meters long

Converted into centimeters and divided by 2000, the Edmund would only have had ~11cm of workspace. Too little for me to work with. So I went with the 1:1000 scale – giving me and the model a hefty 22.9 cm to work on carefully (I rounded it up with LEGO bricks). 

The Design

If you look into the shape of the bow, you might notice some resemblance with the one on the MV Blue Marlin LEGO MOC I built some time ago. This was actually my base-model to start with. I imported the entire ship into my Edmund file, extracted the bow of the Blue Marlin and reduced its size to fit it with the inverted hull of the SS Edmund. Once I got the overall shape of it, I inverted 1×4 semi-arc pieces and applied them along the entire hull up to the stern. Connecting them wasn’t an easy task. To do so, I used 1×2 side brackets to connect them with 2×2 curved pieces on the sides. They act as connectors between the inverted and non-inverted pieces and keep the structure strong all-together.

The stern, being the most vital part of it, wasn’t a piece of cake either.
It took me longer than expected as the entire structure also needed to be connected between inverted and non-inverted pieces. I also had to respect the color-scheme and the overall design of the lodging compartments of the crew, along with the machinery that was located in that area. I went along with using a lot of curved, semi-circle and quarter-circle pieces in order to smoothen the curve of the stern, while also giving it more detail. 

The Final Touches


I only work with one color (usually light-bluish-gray) when designing my creations. It’s less distracting and helps me focus on the shape and design of my models before the aesthetics. 

The SS Edmund had a dark-red color scheme along the hull and most parts of the bow and stern. Naturally, I had to go with Dark-Red bricks with some Red ones at the bottom (not all bricks can be dark-red). I also wanted to leave out some parts of the bow in white to imitate the real bow color-pattern of the SS Edmund. 

Here’s what the final result looked like before the rendering process:

 

In the end…

To date, I think this is the most detailed micro-scale ship I’ve ever built out with LEGO® bricks and hopefully it is only the beginning…

Stay tuned for more posts like these, if you like the idea of background stories, I will make more of them in the future! 

The Bobby Brix Channel 2021.