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Ishii Castle: Building Instructions in HD
About this creation
First a disclaimer, this is not a new MOC, but building instructions and a showcase for a few updated HD photos. Please take a look at the original build and feel free to rate and comment on both posts!

Acknowledgments:
Background photo is from here.



-----trees

The following are the instructions for the cherry tree which received a lot of attention.



The trunk is a pretty standard custom tree shape, but then each available surface is cover by 1x1 flat round bricks with a hole in the top. A randomized group of flexible rods of varying lengths are then inserted into the holes on top and bowed downward. Then 1x1 grippy bricks are used attached upside down onto the flexible rods, alternating angles and colors to add to the organic feel of the construct.



-----roof overview

There are actually a few different versions of the roofing technique in this build, the next few photos showcase a few examples of their use. I won't be giving detailed instructions on all of the different adaptations, but I'm sure that it shouldn't be too hard to figure out once you know the basics. Besides, I don't want to take all the mystery out of the build! The top roof on the temple and the keep use a similar technique to the one used on the corners. The walls use the basic technique, and the keep also has certain advanced techniques used on the eves and the wider corners. The wide corner design is also used in the large diagonal section of the wall.











-----basic roof

The beauty of this technique, like all of the ones that you will see featured in here, is that it is incredibly modular and supports any size of roof that you may wish to make.















-----corner roof











-----advanced keep roofing

The diagonal sections of roof required me to place a platform on 1x1 round bricks. I've used this technique a lot with physical bricks in the past, but it was a real pain to use with LDD. Eventually I got pretty good at it, but it isn't my favorite thing to do. The same general design feature is used in the large diagonal section of roof behind the garden.


This is a peek at the inside of the eves.








-----temple roof











-----skirting

The skirting was an interesting challenge. The fact that Japanese castles are built on an inclined stack of stones is common knowledge, but not common among lego creations. It is a remarkably tricky thing to achieve in a satisfying way. In the end I just built the whole thing on stilts and then used angled platforms covered in 1x1 smooth bricks with a randomized pattern of 5 colors to simulate stacked stones.









-----interior

Now that I know about the hide feature, I've used it to show off some of the interior sections. They were never finished, but I like what I had managed to build before the crashes started.





-----garden

Since the garden also got some aclaim from other builders I added a few more HD pictures.





-----samurai

One of the parts that I had the most fun with, but which was not well portrayed in the original build, was the detail that went into individualizing each samurai warrior.





Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

 I like it 
  August 14, 2012
Brilliant Castle :)
 I like it 
  August 14, 2012
Brilliant Castle :)
 I like it 
  June 4, 2012
Excellent castle! Always loves that about LDD, no waiting for parts in the mail.
  May 3, 2012
So many wonderful ideas, I really have to start using LDD too. The roofs are, for me, the highlight of it, but everything together looks outstanding! Great job!
 I like it 
  April 20, 2012
the roof technique is very effective! I really like the paneling too.
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  April 18, 2012
Quoting Robert Poole This is awesome. Is this really LDD? I can't get the flex bars to bend like that :(
Yes, it is definitely LDD. You can download the LDD file if you don't believe me. The flex rods are a pain to work with, but it is not impossible. There are somethings, though, that I wish I could do with them that are practically impossible with LDD, like getting the free end to attach to something else correctly.
 I like it 
  April 18, 2012
This is awesome. Is this really LDD? I can't get the flex bars to bend like that :(
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  April 10, 2012
OMG I Love it this is a totally epic build
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  April 9, 2012
Wow, Epic! Great work on all those details and that cherry tree in bloom is very nicely done. This build should have a lot more likes :-)
  April 8, 2012
Great work!
Daniel Brilliant
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Chris Melby
  April 7, 2012
THe flowering trees are awesome. Very clever design on those.
  April 7, 2012
It is the nice LDD idea. I like it
 I made it 
  April 7, 2012
Quoting Legobob ~ Nice! One thing of your castle I was never sure about is the samurai. They wouldn't normally train in full battle armour unless they're training for a war. Did you use full battle armour to symbol and distinguish they were samurai?
You are of course correct, but I wanted to play around with making different embellishments and colors of armor. I had originally planned to make a whole story with posed minifigures depicting an assault on the castle, or at least an army marching out of the gates to battle, but when the system started to bog down and crash I just put them in and counted myself lucky. I actually had a few additional samurai that I was not able to include, like one with white armor and dual swords and a wizened old battle master.
 I like it 
  April 7, 2012
Well, I've allready commented on this creations once, but I will do it agian since it's probalby my favorite LDD creation of all time.
 I like it 
  April 7, 2012
Wow! Stunning build, dude!!!
 I like it 
  April 7, 2012
Nice! One thing of your castle I was never sure about is the samurai. They wouldn't normally train in full battle armour unless they're training for a war. Did you use full battle armour to symbol and distinguish they were samurai?
 
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