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Offline Tom a.k.a. eastawat

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Technic's been melting my head so I've been taking a break from it this week and focusing my efforts on a virtual city build. I plan to build this with real bricks at some point later in the year, but a fair bit of bricklinking will be required before I start.

My fiancee loves all things law-related, from Suits to reading huge tomes on jurisprudence, so I figured my city will need a courthouse. This is loosely based on the courthouse on Washington St in Cork.



It's been tricky so far because there are a LOT of half stud offsets. Getting the half stud lip to go all the way around near the top (just below the SNOT plates and tiles) required a lot of carefully planned stacking of jumper plates of various sizes.

I'm returning and adding details as I go along - there will be more frilly bits around the windows at some point, they won't look that plain forever.

I realise it's an awful lot of light grey... when the roof is on there'll be some more variety - three or possibly four black sections of roof and a central sand-green dome, as well as a gold statue of Lady Justice. But it is a pity that Lego is pretty much limited to two tones of grey, and when you go for dark grey roads you have to go for light grey pavements, so then any light grey building is doomed to match the pavement.

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Progress on the courthouse thanks to today's less appealing weather. A few tweaks needed but the general shape is there now. As yet, no interior... probably won't get around to that in the stud.io version, who knows if I'll ever get around to an interior in the real thing.

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That's stunning Tom - can't wait to see how this progresses.

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I realise it's an awful lot of light grey... when the roof is on there'll be some more variety - three or possibly four black sections of roof and a central sand-green dome, as well as a gold statue of Lady Justice. But it is a pity that Lego is pretty much limited to two tones of grey, and when you go for dark grey roads you have to go for light grey pavements, so then any light grey building is doomed to match the pavement.

This is brilliant. Would love to see how the dome is constructed, a tricky section to replicate.

With regard to the greyness, you could consider using old light grey (bought new) for the pavement. Personally I wouldn't do it but it would be an option.

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I've smoothed out the dome a bit - with the lighting in stud.io it was hard to see that there was a noticeable step inwards just above the windows all round the dome, and I only spotted it in the rendered version. I also changed the pillars to the smooth version of round 2x2 bricks, which makes them easier and cheaper to buy, a closer match to the real courthouse and (to my surprise) I think actually better looking.


I've also made some changes to the back - not that I have a render of the original, but it originally had the protruding section going all the way down to the ground. I decided to more closely mimic the Cork courthouse and have the protruding section on the upper floor only.


Interesting idea with the old grey David, but I think it would probably just be too hard and too expensive to source the parts. Also I'd kind of feel like I'd have to change my pavements around the pub/bookshop and the Shareface building.

The dome is mostly hollow - it's got four identical sections joined by rows of 1x1 brick modified with stud on one side up as far as two plates above the windows, and then there's a roof section places on top. I'll try and get some pictures up later.

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Will there be a full basement or what's the entry at the side?

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Will there be a full basement or what's the entry at the side?

I'm not going to build an interior for the basement but since my city buildings are raised above ground level (see the quays) I've got a bit of room for details below ground level.

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I've been building more stud.io models to keep myself occupied in social distancing times. I don't think it's worth starting a new thread for each one so I'm hijacking my courthouse thread :)

First up is a train station. It's been on my list for a long time - any Lego city will need a railway and I feel like elevated railway fits an Irish city well. I looked at loads of Irish and British stations for inspiration, trying to avoid anything in grey (sorry David :D), and finally found a design I liked in Portsmouth and Southsea Station. That being said, I still wanted a clock tower so really this doesn't resemble any real station very much.

Here's the front:

Continuing to show my love of 90s cult sci-fi/fantasy through Lego billboards, eagle-eyed Twin Peaks fans might recognise the advert for Nadine's drapery store.

And here's the platform:

The ads on the platform side are just placeholders - I'll pick up whatever advertising-suitable printed parts I can on Bricklink; stud.io's selection of printed/stickered parts is limited to almost non-existent.

I've also build a bridge, inspired by Grattan Bridge in Dublin, but with the fence colour changed to suit the availability of parts in Lego:



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These seem like architectural projects ,hope they physically come about. Love the whole train station

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Lovely designs Tom. Particularly like the train platform.