My fiftieth creation uploaded to MOCpages, Einstein's study is definitely one of my most favorite creations so far. The 19 by 16 diorama is based off of actual photographs, digital renderings, and my own imagination. Physicist Albert Einstein can be seen among his desk, chalkboard, stacks of paper, shelves of books, and his familiar violin. Please explore Einstein's study, making sure to rate and comment!
About this creation
Einstein's study incorporates many different techniques in it's building. Many of the furniture and accessories are not attached, allowing for a more dynamic feel. This diorama used up my full collection of brown bricks.
Einstein's desk is simple. A wastepaper basket and stacks of paper lie cluttered around the desk. A lamp, globe, and a book are found on the desk. Einstein's armchair, (which, in my opinion, looks like it's holding its pants up,) is situated behind.
No Albert Einstein MOC would be complete without the famous "E=mc2" equation. The affect is achieved here with the use of stickers on a SNOT 4 by 6 plate. Einstein can be seen in the background.
This image shows the construction of the desk globe. By securing one of the "bomb" pieces that come with the 2007 set, "Y-Wing Fighter" in-between a helmet visor, and then balancing that on top of an upside-down steering wheel, the appearance of a globe (once stickers are applied) is evident. The chalkboard can also be seen in the background of this picture.
This desk lamp is inspired by the work of Michael Jasper.
The bookshelves follow the basic color scheme that is found throughout the model. Grays, browns, and blacks act as the base colors, while dark red and tan are used to accent.
The window seat alcove is one of my favorite parts of the model. As Einstein was a dedicated violinist, I could not leave out his violin. Einstein also sailed, so a micro sailboat can be seen on a shelf above the window seat. Piles of paper lie on the ground and on a small table, and a music stand is found in the corner.
The window was by far the hardest thing to build. I had no idea how I was going to do it. I ended up using fencing, and I think it turned out reasonable enough. The violin was the last part added to the diorama. I couldn't resist the new BrickForge violins, and I was very happy to see that they had added the new reddish brown color.
Of course, Albert Einstein himself. This minifigure quite possibly was the most expensive part of the diorama. I bought the ten dollar Harry Potter set for the sole reason of erasing the emblem on the torso and using it for Einstein. The hair and legs are from a fifteen dollar magnet set, and the head, with an ingenious modification technique credit to Max Pointner, is from an Indiana Jones set.
Just one of the many details in Einstein's study, The rug actually has a sixth-stud offset above the floor. The rug is friction fit SNOT piece, and the ratio for the technique is found below.
This is a good trick to keep in mind.
An Eylar-style photo
And, to end, a shot of Albert in his armchair beside his shelves of books.
I want to thank all of you on MOCpages who have made my time here a fun one, and I hope there will be many more MOCs to come!
EDIT: Thank you so much, all of you, for making my week, and making this such a hit. This has been my first time with a MOC on "Across MOCpages," "Popular this Week," and "Most Discussed." It's because of you guys! Thanks so much for making this hobby such a great one for me.
Bonus! This was blogged on BrickPOP on November 29th!
What a great piece of work and magnificant details. The interior is great and I like that it looks like a big mess. The Einstein minifig looks nice with the big hair and beard. Please do more of these MOC's with other signifficant people. Best Soren, Denmark.
You have used very good techniques for a wonderful MOC. I am especially fond of the the desk globe, very thoughtful idea with the bomb held on by a helmet visor. The carpet turned out great with the stud off set. Very creative and wonderful MOC all around, congratulation on a well deserved MOC of the Day!
I'm sure that if legos were around and diverse as they are now in his day, Einstein would have loved them to bits. And besides, it's actually Eo=moC^2. If it's without the o's, the equation doesn't take note of movement.
I like it
December 7, 2010
Beautiful work!!! So much detail and creativity. You sir are going on my favorite builders list!
Quoting Ian Spacek
Incredible Paul! Clever use of pieces. Where did you get the violin? Hey Paul me again, thanks for clarifying on the violin. Sorry, I had not read all the descriptions of each picture when I first posted this comment. Having done so, I now come to the realization that it was kind of a lame question, thanks for baring with me. : )
No problem Ian!
Quoting b humenny
Looks great! Love the floor/rug! One little comment though, I think flat tiles for the books might have looked a bit better! But still great job!
Yes, I definitely agree. But, alas, you can see another limitation that my limited collection limits. Had it been an option, I would have preferred to stock the shelves with real Lego 'books,' or do a complete shelving of flat tiles. But, when tile is out of the question, we must be content with linoleum. :-)
Quoting Lego man ~
So much detail.
Math math math:)
Einstein quote: "Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."
Quoting River Wray
Wow! So cool! How hard and long did you have to work to make that?
Well, considering school, and other things in life that tend to get between my Legos and my fingers, I would say it took about 3 hours in build time total. The difficulty lay in some of the more detailed parts of the study. The window, the shelves, the rug, the globe, and the chair for instance. But then of course, there was the time when I rolled out of bed to the sound of my alarm, and clobbered the fully-put together study instead of my snooze button. Yeah. I know.
Innovative and very creative techniques, plus a BF item that will enrage purists for its awesome unorthodoxy! I love how you packed so much detail into such a small space, and, believe me, we all know what a limited assortment of the right-coloured bricks (I have had many a creation thwarted or postponed because of that) can do to an MOC, which makes this even worthier of massive heaps of praise! 5/5, indeed!
I love this. The window lattices, the violin and stand, the little trinkets in the nooks, and the dishevled books in wild arrangement make this room look very real and lived in. Props on capturing this brilliant man at home!
PAUL! THIS IS A MESS!!! No, wait- not your work, just how the work looks. What I mean to say... oh I don't know. You know what I mean. I love the nooks and crannies. The sail boat on the shelf by the window seat is the coolest part. I still think that Einstein should have real hair. But as you would say,"Context is more important than detail." Oh well. No, wait- AHK VELL!
Quoting Tyrant Bat
Just wondering, did you use photoshop for the white background?
Typically, I do not use excessive digital editing for my photos. I use three incandescent, and two halogen lights in my darkroom, and usually keep my editing down to a simple increase in contrast or exposure. On occasion, I will blow out my background in a free editing program, similar to photoshop, called Gimp. Each of the photos in my creation, "The Fellowship," for example, were meticulously whitened in Gimp.
Quoting Ali Cooper-Williams
What are the tires supposed to be?
The tires beside the desk are supposed to represent a wastepaper basket. Crumpled paper, (in the form of a hubcap,) is seen in the bottom.
Excellent! Wait, no... Cool! No... Incredible! No... Awesome! No... Epic! No... Outrageous! NO! None of these quotes would do! They need to invent a better word for all of the above... Back to the creation likes, having them just simply placed does seem better. But they are harder to keep in one place like that.
Quoting 50 Mission Cap
Very well done man. How did you erase the logos?
If you have a regular pencil with a rubber eraser and a whole day to waste, you can erase the ink off of almost any Lego piece! If you want to erase some parts of the ink but not others on an element, cover what you don't want to erase with a piece of scotch tape so that you do not accidentally erase the ink you want to keep. Keep in mind that this removal-by-erasing is a time-consuming process. An Exacto blade will take ink off faster, but it leaves scratches in the plastic.