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This is my first MOC - obviously inspired by Sean Kenney's version displayed in the ESB gift store. Many people here have probably played with Legos since their childhood. But I had never even heard of them growing up (in a developing country) and was only vaguely familiar with them as an adult until my daughter started playing with them. It started with a Lego tub that she received as a gift. While helping her build things I found myself fascinated by the possibilities Legos offer to be creative while working within (and sometimes around) the inherent limitations of the medium. I did assemble a few of the Architecture sets but until I stumbled upon Sean Kenney's ESB, the thought of designing and building something on my own didn't even occur to me. My background in engineering is of course a great help because building a MOC like this requires meticulous planning and a lot of number crunching.




Since my day job involves working on a computer all day I didn't want to use a computer for my hobby as well. So instead of using LDD I sketched out the plans for this MOC on graph paper. I spent 2-3 months working on it off and on, and by the time I was ready to order the parts I needed on Bricklink, I knew exactly how many parts I needed and where each one went. Once the parts arrived it took me about 15 hours stretched out over a week to put this together.




This MOC uses 9088 parts and stands about 46.5 inches tall. The scale is approximately 1/360. It has a footprint of 49x25 studs. There are of course several great versions of the ESB posted on this site. I picked the same scale that Sean Kenney used because it seemed to be the sweet spot between a design that is very accurate but too large, unwieldy and expensive and a design that is smaller but cuts too many corners in terms of accuracy. While I was inspired by Sean's version I tried to avoid just copying it. I used pictures of the actual building and any floorplan drawings I could find to design this MOC from scratch. I used walls that are 2 studs deep and tried to interlock pieces the best I could by having offsets between odd and even layers.




Hopefully this is just a start and I will have more MOCs to post here in the future. Comments, ideas and feedback are welcome !




Comments

 I like it 
  March 25, 2017
Fantsatic work. And impressive story about planning your first creation. Good luck with the future ones!
 I made it 
  March 23, 2017
Quoting Didier B Welcome to mocpages ! Very nice build ! That's a great sculpture and the scale is perfect in my opinion for this kind of creation. Even if it's a bit expensive in terms of pieces. That's a very good first post. Unfortunately you are not getting a lot of comments and likes because of the way this website is working. Let me give you some advices to get your creations more visible (and more commented and rated hopefully). - Join Groups and add your moc to the corresponding groups so that people will see your moc in their Groups update - comment and rate the creations you like so that people will know you and click on your name to see your home page and creations. - add the builders you like to your favorite, they will probably do the same thing if they like yours (but obviously you need a few more mocs in your page to get this). And if they do so, they will get noticed when you post a new creation. This is the only way to get visible on this website. Otherwise you will never appear on the main page. Cheers ! Didier
Thanks Didier ! I appreciate your kind comments and constructive feedback. I am just learning the ropes of being part of the Lego community but your advice will go a long way in helping me understand how to make the most of my presence on this site. -Deep
 I like it 
  March 23, 2017
Oups ! I spoke too much and forgot to rate it !! Fixed now.
  March 23, 2017
Welcome to mocpages ! Very nice build ! That's a great sculpture and the scale is perfect in my opinion for this kind of creation. Even if it's a bit expensive in terms of pieces. That's a very good first post. Unfortunately you are not getting a lot of comments and likes because of the way this website is working. Let me give you some advices to get your creations more visible (and more commented and rated hopefully). - Join Groups and add your moc to the corresponding groups so that people will see your moc in their Groups update - comment and rate the creations you like so that people will know you and click on your name to see your home page and creations. - add the builders you like to your favorite, they will probably do the same thing if they like yours (but obviously you need a few more mocs in your page to get this). And if they do so, they will get noticed when you post a new creation. This is the only way to get visible on this website. Otherwise you will never appear on the main page. Cheers ! Didier
 
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