MOCpages : Share your LEGO® creations
LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Keep Those Balls Rolling!Sports
Welcome to the world's greatest LEGO fan community!
Explore cool creations, share your own, and have lots of fun together.  ~  It's all free!
Keep Those Balls Rolling!
From the Vintage 2011 Collection
About this creation
I've been working on this project for a little over a month now, and it is one of my bigger dioramas to date measuring 40" x 32" x 15" tall. If you look closely, you'll see a variety of building techniques including a large, studs up, diorama on the back wall.



Because of the size of this diorama, I realized that it could not be photographed in one single shot, so I took a few detail shots to allow more detailed viewing. I tried to give the feel and vibe of a typical bowling alley on a weekend afternoon. Nothing too serious going on, just people having a good time.

To compensate for some of the visual chaos and clutter from the minifigs and lack of defined action or a central focal point, I used colors and objects to break the diorama apart. You'll notice that the counter is angled and just off center with different color floors on either side. I use these lines and colors to draw you into the image and provide a concept of depth.

The bowling pin mosaic on the back wall was a daunting task. I realized that I needed something on the wall, and I knew what it had to be, but I didn't feel at all like building that particular mosaic. This was my first real attempt at a studs up mosaic. You'll see that it is made out of plates and that the studs face up rather than out. All I can say is that brick paper is a life saver for this type of mosaic!



The pinball machines are my absolute favorite detail of this diorama. I haven't done much decal work in the past, but I learned a lot with these. I can easily see myself doing more decal work in the future. I spent the better part of a Saturday prototyping and designing these machines. If you take anything from this (or any of my work), remember this: The devil is in the details. So get them right.



What's a bowling alley without a birthday party? What's a birthday party without a clown?




This last photo could not be resisted...



Thank you for checking out my work, I do hope you've enjoyed it. As always, feel free to leave any questions or feedback.




Comments

Dave Shaddix
David K.
  June 9, 2012
The first person to knock Phipson off the crate with a bowling ball gets a free hot dog :D
 I like it 
  June 9, 2012
Nice mosaic!
 I like it 
  June 8, 2012
LOL that last photo is on MOTD! I love those pinball machines too, Dave!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2012
This is incredible. I never thought anyone could ever be this good. Outstanding!
 I like it 
  May 7, 2012
I'm diggin' this.
 I made it 
  February 6, 2012
I've kept the pinball machines together. One day (hopefully) soon, I'll upload some detail pics of them to better showcase them if anyone is interested. Maybe I'll throw in all of the gadgets and details I still have together.
Dave Shaddix
 I like it 
Dave King O Bros
  January 3, 2012
Dang bro!
 I like it 
  January 3, 2012
Dude! That's cool!
 I like it 
  October 3, 2011
You really captured the atmosphere of a real bowling ally in this MOC! I am tryely amazed at the little details!
 I like it 
  October 1, 2011
Everything in it is original: even the seats! I love that wall... 5 outta 5 man!
 I like it 
  September 29, 2011
This is one of the best creation that i ever seen... Outstanding, man!
  September 26, 2011
Nah, I don't think there's any real danger - most of the younger kids won't get it and in addition to that there's still the PG button. I just think the joke is old and not funny anymore.
 I like it 
  September 26, 2011
No, I didn't mean his statement about the sausages, I even agree with him on that part.
 I made it 
  September 26, 2011
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy And Keith' comment.
The part about the sausages? I commented earlier, but it may have been flagged and will unlikely see the light of day again. To paraphrase, this website is run a muck with AFOLs who use poor (if any) judgment while interacting with the kids here. Goldman is absolutely right, why does EVERY sausage here have to get rammed into another minifig?
 I made it 
  September 26, 2011
Quoting Bob že inconceivably invincible Wow. You are awesomely awesome with extra awesome sauce.
wow. ...about time people started catching on. ;-)
 I made it 
  September 26, 2011
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy This is a MOC I can enjoy for quite some time, thanks to all the brilliant details. The pinball machines alone are outstanding enough to be a MOC of their own, but I also like the large refrigerator with the glass front or the red vending machine. It is amazing how many details you created; your power of observation is most impressive. The only thing that disturbs me just a little (but not enough to be less fascinated) is the ZZ in the PIZZA font. And Keith' comment.
Thanks! And honestly, the 'ZZ' bothers me a bit too. ...though not enough to redesign it, but I almost removed the sign because of it. That section of the model was the last to be built (though the sign was among the first) and I installed the sign at the very end after pulling it back out of the refuse. The pinball machines were actually the very first parts of that model to be built. The rest of the concept came from the question I asked myself, 'where would I see pinball machines?'. Then when I realized that I had seen two bowling alleys built this year and considered them both ...unfit, I decided that the bowling alley was the way to roll ;-)
Dave Shaddix
Keith Goldman
  September 25, 2011
That last photo is brilliant Dave..."What's a party without a clown" indeed. This is the bowling alley that all other bowling alleys will be compared to going forward. From the mosaic to the angled snack-bar counter, the details are spot-on. Oh, and thanks for finding a use for the sausage piece other than the buggery so popular around "The Pages".
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
I rate this 5 strikes!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
This is a MOC I can enjoy for quite some time, thanks to all the brilliant details. The pinball machines alone are outstanding enough to be a MOC of their own, but I also like the large refrigerator with the glass front or the red vending machine. It is amazing how many details you created; your power of observation is most impressive. The only thing that disturbs me just a little (but not enough to be less fascinated) is the ZZ in the PIZZA font. And Keith' comment.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
Excellent work, that mosaic is wonderful!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
So many realistic details, such a lovely diorama.
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
Very nice bowling alley, Dave. Great mosaic too!
 I like it 
  September 25, 2011
ouff! what a massive gorgeous piece! ...and those pinball machines, superb! the decals really do them justice, great mosaic and flooring, the green panel is a bit plainish, but, maybe that s what it looks like where you live, here it s full of advertising banners and such, great birthday party too! awesome piece!!!
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
sweet nice job, i got the last joke with phipson =D
 I like it 
  September 24, 2011
Wow. You are awesomely awesome with extra awesome sauce.
 I like it 
  September 23, 2011
All I can say is amazing. Just amazing.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2011
Nice job!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2011
amazing!
Dave Shaddix
 I like it 
Christian H.
  September 20, 2011
I need to make a Sig-Fig so he can go there! That looks amazing! How did you get the pizza counter like that? And I just love all the detail in the seats, tables, and pinball machines!
Dave Shaddix
 I like it 
Mark E
  September 20, 2011
Wow you are the master of large scenes with brick!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
this is so cool! I love the pinball machines.
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Wow, very nice! I've never thought of making a bowling alley before. Nice details and great job!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Superb! Beautifully built and a great idea.
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
very cool MOC, great techniques, one question: where is the "Shine-o-Ball-o! LOL!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Great job! I love how it turned out!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
An incredible blending of many different techniques and features. That mosaic is stellar, mon ami.
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
AMAZING!!!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
This is something special to see, something different. Not a starwars moc, mech, car, bionicle, but a huge bowling alley! You definately do not see awesome builds like this all too often. I absolutely love this! Those pinball machines are so cool!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
A.m.a.z.i.n.g. So much thought is evident in this - so many cool details. Perfect 10 : )
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
That mosaic is really neat, reminds me of the old 8-bit games like Pokemon where they only used 3 colors at any 1 time.
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
That's nice and alot of lego could you also check out my creations
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Fantastic! You really used a multitude of techniques here!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Incredible work here! The mosaic alone is insane and would be mind-blowing on its own, but you went ahead and made an entire 'alley! Fabulous job!
  September 20, 2011
AMAZING!!! You're right the pinball machines are great!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
How in the world does this only have 6 likes?! This is incredible!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Wow, what a dio! This is great Mr. Shaddix! The pinball machines are great, and the floor work is stunning! also, great job with the picture of the pins... or the logo I guess... amazing job!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
The pinball machines are incredible. You may even have Michael Jasper beat with those. Well done mate!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
The devil is indeed in the details. The mosaic is great, the food-counter, the ball racks, the pinball machines, all very cool.
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Looks superb!Amazing style with excellent detail!Glorious,truly what I thought impossible but that just changed.:)
 I like it 
  September 20, 2011
Brilliant work! Love the mosaic and of course the pinball-machines!!! Have to try and make one of those. The only thing missing is the modern score keeping TVs, or maybe a "disco bowling" feature ;)
 
By Dave Shaddix
Add to my favorite builders

70
people like this. See who.

3,009 visitors
50 comments
Added September 20, 2011
 


LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Keep Those Balls Rolling!Sports


You Your home page | LEGO creations | Favorite builders
Activity Activity | Comments | Creations
Explore Explore | Recent | Groups
MOCpages is an unofficial, fan-created website. LEGO® and the brick configuration are property of The LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, own, or endorse this site.
©2002-2014 Sean Kenney Design Inc | Privacy policy | Terms of use