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The Mines of Moria - LOTR
My contribution to the BW2011 mocpages collaborative build.
About this creation
Alright ladies and gentlemen, here are some pictures of my contribution to this years collaborative display at Brickworld 2011. The Mines of Moria.

The Mines are built in the old dark grey, with the Misty Mountains as the back drop built in dark bley due to parts availability and the contrast in the lighting between the Mines and the Mountains.



The first set of pictures shows the Fellowship as they enter through the Western Gate, and is meant to look as if it has only been halve carved, with much work still left to be done.










Gollum hiding amongst the rocks.












The next is the Hall of Pillars.

























Finally, cut scene to the fight in Balin's Tomb (Battle of the Chamber of Mazarbul). I will let the pictures tell the story.














Thanks again to everyone that was involved with special thanks to George for the idea of a mocpages collaborative, Chris for the LOTR idea, Tyler for stepping up to the plate and fixing so many elements of the display, Maddie, Dano, Mrs. Price, Kelsy for building the army (plus the random teens that helped as well), Tylers dad who builds like a champ, Mark for painting the map, and to my wife for putting up with me in my hobby. Everybody else - you know you rock.

I won't bother posting more pics of the collaborative, as there are already so many great one's out there. I will likely post some on my flikr though.

Lastly, sorry for some of the disorder in the pictures, and the differing lighting - they were taken onsite, and the lighting was a bit sketchy sometimes. As for the order, was in a bit of a rush so I could get the house cleaned up after dumping everything from the truck into the upstairs living room.


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Comments

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  October 12, 2012
Well done Lee. This is so beautiful and well designed. Great detailing all over, the close ups are candy to ones eyes.
Lee Jones
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Yomayos Sprinx
  August 29, 2012
That's cool as!
Lee Jones
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Rene Lomeli
  August 29, 2012
My Gosh, how many pieces are in there? Great job, I love it!!!
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  August 29, 2012
Well deserved attention with the MotD. Beautifully done.
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  August 29, 2012
Congrats on MotD! Incredible MOC!
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  August 29, 2012
What about the Balrog? You can't have the mines of Moria without the Balrog...
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  August 29, 2012
It's...so...BEAUTIFUL!!!
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  August 29, 2012
One word comes to mind - exquisite! This is a fantastic MOC. I love LOTR and this makes me want to pull out the DVD's and watch them again. Great work, your sculpting is truly beautiful!
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  August 29, 2012
I watched the first LOTR yesterday and you have recreated this scene perfectly- 1,000,000/10! Good job, keep up the good work! :D
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  August 29, 2012
cool.
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  August 29, 2012
fantastic! a worthy MOTD! great rockwork and pillars, etc!
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  August 29, 2012
waw!! Die mijn is echt heel groot !!!Hoe groot is hij precies ?????
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  August 29, 2012
Congratulations on MOTD Doctor Jones! Oh, and it was nice meeting you at Brickworld too.
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  August 29, 2012
amazing how long it took you to build this miracle :O
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  August 29, 2012
A truly fabulous build. Most MOTDs never usually look particularly interesting, and I rarely view them. This, however, looked great from the main photo, and I was sort of 'saving' it for later. (I didn't actually view it 'til now) It is brilliant, great architecture. Truly worthy of MOTD! :)
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  August 29, 2012
a well deserved MOTD well done
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  August 29, 2012
a well deserved MOTD! although i saw this before... But such MOCs could really be shown more often !! AWESOME JOB you did!
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  August 29, 2012
Quoting JarJar210 . All I gotta say is "Mines Of Moria, ha! More like 'Mind Of Mencia!'"
Had to google that one.
Quoting Joonmin Kweon That IS a lot of details! What is LOTR?
I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not pulling my leg - Lord Of The rings.
Quoting Mark Kelso Really cool to see this again, Lee! The scale and the layout still blows my mind, and I'll always keep a place in my heart for that incredible colab. "A star shines on the hour of our meeting."
Thanks for the kind words - you are missed at BW to be sure. Hopefully this year.
Quoting Tim C This is simply stunning. I'm shocked that I've never seen it before. The rocks look awesome! Some of the best I've seen. The pillars look very accurate, but it is all of the architecture that really sets this MOC out from the crowd. Great work, and congrats on the MOTD.
Thank you.
Quoting Master Badger My goodness man, you're on fire! Is this even Lego? It looks way too spectacular to describe! Wow! That is Epicness in a bottle!
Thank you as well.
Quoting Rene Lomeli My Gosh, how many pieces are in there? Great job, I love it!!!
I don't actually know. It is 96 studs by 288 studs not including the mountains. I had ordered about $10k of old grey plus bley slopes for the build and used about 70% of the bricks and tiles (a big chunk of the cost was tiles). Thanks for all the kind words, and sorry for my absence from the pages. I do miss it here, but I have been to busy with real life to devote much time to hobbies. Lee
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  August 29, 2012
No Words for the majesty of this incredible MOC.
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  August 29, 2012
A well-deserving MOTD, well done. The scale of this blows me away.
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  August 29, 2012
Nice i really like all your detail and the piliers
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  August 29, 2012
My goodness man, you're on fire! Is this even Lego? It looks way too spectacular to describe! Wow! That is Epicness in a bottle!
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  August 29, 2012
I can just second, what Mark said! It was an honor to be part of it! - K.
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  August 29, 2012
True masterpiece! Very nice work & great part usage. Congratulation! :)
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  August 29, 2012
Great representation!!
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  August 29, 2012
Many impressive aspects to this build, detail, scale, but to me it's the overall atmosphere of that scene that you really captured. Congrats on MOTD!
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  August 29, 2012
. . . I'm speechless.
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  August 29, 2012
This is simply stunning. I'm shocked that I've never seen it before. The rocks look awesome! Some of the best I've seen. The pillars look very accurate, but it is all of the architecture that really sets this MOC out from the crowd. Great work, and congrats on the MOTD.
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  August 29, 2012
Really cool to see this again, Lee! The scale and the layout still blows my mind, and I'll always keep a place in my heart for that incredible colab. "A star shines on the hour of our meeting."
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  August 29, 2012
amazing stuff, must have been a lot of fun to build
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  August 29, 2012
Wow, amazing! The details are great and it's huge! Nice job.
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  August 29, 2012
Purely amazing! The detail is excellent! Great work with the contrasting grey pieces! 5/5 :D
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  August 29, 2012
Wow it's so big and has so much detail! Congrats on a well deserved MOTD!
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  August 29, 2012
All I gotta say is "Mines Of Moria, ha! More like 'Mind Of Mencia!'"
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  March 29, 2012
If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't believe it. All hail Master Jones!
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  October 5, 2011
This is truly amazing! The scale is incredible and everything is very well built!
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  July 16, 2011
It's a shame the word "epic" has been diluted by too much ironic usage in recent years, because that's the only word to describe something like this. This is a truly epic LEGO creation.
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  July 8, 2011
That is crazy! Good job!
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  July 5, 2011
Just HOW huge is that? Did you do that on your own? HOLY CRAP Lee! That just boggles the brain! when do you sleep...AWESOME young man!
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  July 5, 2011
Insane!
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  July 5, 2011
Wow, this is fantastic!
Lee Jones
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karsten Rees
  July 4, 2011
nice (as usual) and very accurate i like the pillars and do the door(S) open? well my favorite 3 people (beings whatever you call them) are the big 'baby troll' called a rock troll i think and Gandalf plus gollum
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  July 4, 2011
WOW awesome this is so cool
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  July 4, 2011
WOW awesome this is so cool
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  July 4, 2011
Awesome build! I love how the jagged rock walls turned out, very realistic!
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  July 3, 2011
My brain farts in meekness at the sheer sight of LEGO LotR epic perfection.
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  July 3, 2011
Where in the blessed universe does one get SO much LEGO?! =D Stunning MOC!
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  July 3, 2011
Where did iyou get so mony LEGO-pieces?
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  July 2, 2011
Totally awesome moc. Well done, I love this
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  July 2, 2011
There are people in this world who has al the Lego they need. Unlimmited..... If you ask me you are one of them. This is truly amazing and so f@&king good that i have no words anymore. And i was thinking that i have lot of Lego..... Wel i must think again. Great detail and THE best Moc ever..... Do i need to say more..... I can't wait what your NeXT project will be. WOW.....
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  July 2, 2011
Rock detail is great!
  July 2, 2011
Awesome work, really nice and detailed. I asume that you found all those grey pieces in special sets which contain only one kind of piece. For example a set which has only 2x2 grey parts. Where can I find such sets?
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  June 30, 2011
All the details are awesome. My eyes hurt from staring for 10 minutes at the rockwork.
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  June 30, 2011
this is HUGE! brilliant details!
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  June 30, 2011
Uh...wow, stunning, and absolutely incredible! That about sums it up.
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  June 30, 2011
omfg.
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  June 30, 2011
Awesome set. Lots of playtime!
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  June 30, 2011
great!! a very very good job!! I like it!!
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  June 28, 2011
Amazing MOC! How much money was spent on this!?!?!
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  June 28, 2011
This is far more impressive when seen from the inside. Titanic!
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  June 28, 2011
This is one of the best in the display, and that rockwork is what I strive for. >Eric
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  June 28, 2011
The figs aren't very good but the Mine is amazing! Incredible!
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  June 28, 2011
Overwhelming amount of detail and scope with this build. The pillars are great just by themselves, clever use of the barrels. Congrats!
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  June 28, 2011
What a great level of details!
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  June 28, 2011
wow, what an amazing piece or art. I am personally a huge lego and lotr fanatic. Would you do me the favor of looking at my base and commenting on anything or leaving any tips? -BK http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/254813#reviews
Lee Jones
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White Knight
  June 27, 2011
Staggeringly Monumental, Obviously your a professional lego builder !.....With such a scale Lego really is an appropriate building tool....well done....
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  June 27, 2011
INSERT FRANTIC POCKET GOD OMGING HERE! This is fantastic!
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  June 27, 2011
SO MUCH GRAY!!! ^.^
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  June 27, 2011
Whoa...
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  June 27, 2011
epic... simply epic...
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  June 27, 2011
I won't be able to shut my mouth ever again. There is no appropriate number of minifigure heads to rate this.
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  June 27, 2011
Incredible details! The grebbling is almost natural, and the battle scene is also excellent. Congratulations.
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  June 27, 2011
Most impressive build. Must have taken a lot of time and pieces.
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  June 27, 2011
I have to say that I am not a fan of LOTR but this is crazy! This is beautiful. The texture, the build. I am speechless!
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  June 27, 2011
I loved all the texture and detail you created hidden amongst the monochrome, the way shadows formed to enhance the details and shapes on the walls and the subtle pattern on the tiling floor, the half finished carvings and the black entrance-ways enhancing depth and perspective... it is full with optical illusions, you are not only an artist but a magician.
  June 26, 2011
I can't tell the diffrence between the movie and the lego. Probally the best (Or top 10) of all lego I have seen in my entire life. Awsomeness.
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  June 26, 2011
Like I said on BW: It's just awesome, the halls and pillars are staggering! Love the misty mountains with their white tops! - K.
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  June 26, 2011
Insanly awesome!
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  June 26, 2011
Ya know, sometimes I think your volume of brick is so stunning that people forget to appreciate your considerable building prowess - this is terrific, Lee!!! Love the various column designs, the wall textures...and the arch between the hall and the chamber...beautiful! What a fantastic addition to the colab. I was sorry not to have seen it in person. Although my true disappointment was not getting a chance to see you and the family. It's the people that really make this hobby, after all. Anyway, brilliant work, my friend!
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  June 26, 2011
Amazing! The piece count, the size, the details, architecture, rock work! Beautiful all together. :)
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  June 26, 2011
The sheer amount of old grey bricks is fantastic, but how you 'formed' them into this piece of art is simply amazing.
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  June 26, 2011
You have a Balrog in your drawer? You should post it, I really want to see how it turned out.
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  June 26, 2011
Quoting Connor Simpson Incredible work. Those columns are really glorious to look upon, although I do wish I could have seen it in person. May I ask where the grille-like pieces that are incorporated into some of the larger columns are from? I seem to remember seeing them in other places, but can't for the life of me remember what they're from. Excellent job on this, this is getting bookmarked.
2x2x8 support pieces with lattice work on the sides.
Quoting Akeldama . Those pillars are phenomenal! The whole thing is like a sea of grey and the only thing breaking up the sea are all the wonderful details. One question; where's the Belrog?
In a drawer, he didn't make it to the show due to logistical issues around building the bridge scene.
Quoting Dave Kaleta Lee, It's wonderful to see the build through the architect's eyes. You showed detail in the pictures that I missed seeing it in person. The scale and detail you've managed to accomplish is very impressive. I really appreciated the way you talked about the forced creativity of a limited palate, now you know what the rest of us have to deal with :) I assume the Bricklink link is to show that there aren't anymore old grey elements left? Haha, jk. Outstanding work, it was an honor to view this in person. ~Dave
Thank you Dave, that has to be one of the most thoughtful comments I have ever read.
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD Sure, anybody can throw a bunch of money into buying monstrous quantities of bricks, but only an artist can turn them into something as epic and detailed as this. You captured some great shots, really bringing us into the model and making it feel like we were walking through the mines. Did you make the Balrog as well? That is one of the builds that I have yet to see any shots of up close...~H
Another lovely comment - thank you.
Quoting Andrew Somers Random teens including me! Glad I could be a small part in the layout. This build was excellent, and so was the layout.
Thank you sir - your help was, and is, greatly appreciated.
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  June 25, 2011
Gorgeous! The sheer scale of the MOC is shown elsewhere, but your pictures help reveal some of the awesome details on this.
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  June 25, 2011
WOW!!!
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  June 25, 2011
You have too many legos. No... well, you can never have too many legos, but it still amazes me how many bricks you have that you are able to separate your grays from blays for different parts of the build. Incredible.
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  June 25, 2011
holy jebus!!!!!
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  June 25, 2011
Amazing!
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  June 25, 2011
TOTALLY EPIC. The rock walls are my favorite part.
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  June 25, 2011
Random teens including me! Glad I could be a small part in the layout. This build was excellent, and so was the layout.
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  June 25, 2011
Awesome!
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  June 25, 2011
Is it wrong for me to say "Yeah, but it looks way better in person!" Okay, okay, it is a REALLY great build. Dr. Jones, you did a tremendous job on this!
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  June 25, 2011
O_O !!!!! This is huuuuuge beautiful !!!!!
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  June 25, 2011
Incredible work. Those columns are really glorious to look upon, although I do wish I could have seen it in person. May I ask where the grille-like pieces that are incorporated into some of the larger columns are from? I seem to remember seeing them in other places, but can't for the life of me remember what they're from. Excellent job on this, this is getting bookmarked.
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  June 25, 2011
Amazing skill, vision, and talent.
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  June 25, 2011
how did ya build it? if there were a"too good button,I TOTALLY choose it.
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  June 25, 2011
Those pillars are phenomenal! The whole thing is like a sea of grey and the only thing breaking up the sea are all the wonderful details. One question; where's the Belrog?
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  June 25, 2011
Massive! I would have loved to have seen it in person.
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  June 25, 2011
Sure, anybody can throw a bunch of money into buying monstrous quantities of bricks, but only an artist can turn them into something as epic and detailed as this. You captured some great shots, really bringing us into the model and making it feel like we were walking through the mines. Did you make the Balrog as well? That is one of the builds that I have yet to see any shots of up close...~H
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  June 25, 2011
Wow, this is truly an incredible build... amazing job!
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  June 25, 2011
The details almost get lost in the sheer size of this beast. You sir are truly a master. Now then, time to go take care of that thing I told you about a minute ago... ~ Chris.
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  June 25, 2011
Lee, It's wonderful to see the build through the architect's eyes. You showed detail in the pictures that I missed seeing it in person. The scale and detail you've managed to accomplish is very impressive. I really appreciated the way you talked about the forced creativity of a limited palate, now you know what the rest of us have to deal with :) I assume the Bricklink link is to show that there aren't anymore old grey elements left? Haha, jk. Outstanding work, it was an honor to view this in person. ~Dave
 
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