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Building my life away
by James Young
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Welcome to my creations page, Iím glad you could stop by.

Anyway, who am I? Iím just an AFOL guy who likes to build. I spent a long time lurking, and had a prolonged dark ages (roughly 1995-2004) without doing much with LEGO. Unfortunately I didnít catalogue a lot of my builds over the years, and most pre-2014 are lost to time. Sadly that includes my two galleons that I kept for several years, several castles, and a really neat dragon-maw gateway. I regret not taking some photos of those builds. However, since 2015, Iíve become active in the LEGO community, here and in a local LUG.

I donít have a singular theme that is ďmy themeĒ, rather I like to dabble in a lot of them including Creator, Castle, Pirates, Architecture, and City. I typically donít go in for much of the pop-culture tie-ins. Things like Star Wars, LotR, Superheroes, Ninjago, and Chima are themes I almost never build in. As for my custom creations, Medieval and Greco-Roman MOCs are where the bulk of my effort tends to go, but I enjoy all kinds of things including Micropolis, Steampunk, and Habitats. Typically, I avoid playing in other peopleís worlds, preferring my own imagination. My ideas list for things to build runs all over the place.

Most of my builds are what I term free-form organic, meaning I just sit down and something happens. I tend not to draw out much other than an occasional sketch. I generally only jot down the gist of an idea, so itís not uncommon for my ideas to morph rather dramatically between concept and execution. For really large builds with repetitive features I will occasionally graph out a few sections using Excel or LDD (Lego Digital Designer) just to make sure I have the parts I need on hand. Once in a while Iíll fire up LDD for a real design build that I know I donít have the parts on hand for. I really do prefer the real deal over the digital. Iím pretty good with structural load, and like building bigger when I can, and I love hinges, hatches, and secret compartments. Unfortunately, Iím not terribly good with gears.

Itís my opinion, but I think my best build to date is probably the Greek Temple Complex from 2017. If youíre just stopping by for the first time, itís the place to start. It shows off the scale I like to build in and what artistic talent I possess.

Please look around, I enjoy getting feedback on my builds here in my little corner of the LEGO community. If youíve got suggestions, let me know. You arenít going to hurt my feelings if you offer fair critiques of my builds. I try to get around and view lot of other folks MOCs as well.

-James (March 11, 2017)
Member of the Tennessee Valley Lego Club, Nashville Chapter

My Nashville Public Library Contest Creations:
My entries into the Nashville Public Library Lego Contest are usually my biggest and best builds of the year. I often work on them for weeks or months depending on the scale and complexity, and they're all chalked full of references to history, mythology, and literature.

2015: Dragon Tooth Keep, Best Hidden Feature Award
2016: Temple of Hephaestus, Best Hidden Compartment Award
2017: The Pharos of the Sun

My Favorite Builds:
Everyone has things they're fond of in building. Now that I have so many builds posted, it's getting hard to show off what I'm most pleased with. These are my personal favorites. (This list will grow a bit still, but I think I'll limit it to a top 10 in the long run.)

1. The Greek Temple Complex
2. Totoro, Version 2
3. Cleatus the Brick-Separator Centipede
4. Dragon Head Bust
5. Micropolis 2016
6. Rat Maze 3D
7. Dragon Window








LEGO creations
Medieval Panoplay
Medieval Panoplay
11 LEGO creations
Space, Time, and Wormholes
Space, Time, and Wormholes
8 LEGO creations
Myths, Legends, Fables, Folklore, & Tall Tales
Myths, Legends, Fables, Folklore, & Tall Tales
5 LEGO creations
Micropolis, Art of the Small
Micropolis, Art of the Small
8 LEGO creations
Misadventures with Bricks and Other Tomfoolery
Misadventures with Bricks and Other Tomfoolery
10 LEGO creations
Habitats and Minifigs
Habitats and Minifigs
1 LEGO creation
Steampunk & Pirates
Steampunk & Pirates
2 LEGO creations
Bits and Pieces
Bits and Pieces
4 LEGO creations


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