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One year ago I joined MOCpages. Little did I know that I had found a whole new world that ignites God's wonderful gift of creativity. The LEGO hobby is one that anyone can enjoy, even if it is only every so often.
About this creation
Well hello everyone! Today is my first MOCiversary! I can't believe how fast the year has gone by! I hope you enjoy my comprehensible review of this past year. Who knows, maybe you haven't seen this stuff.

Grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, and get ready for some blasts from the past - from Ninjago to The Lands of Mythron, and from minifigures to the MocOlympics!



First and foremost, I want to thank The Journeyman Ranger for introducing me to this wonderful online community! Without him, I probably wouldn't have built many of the things you will see today. Of course, without the great fun of having a brother who also enjoys the LEGO hobby, I also might not have built (or bought) LEGO creations.


I had an incentive to join MOCpages because I had recently built this (Andrew built some of it as well):

It wasn't the first thing I posted because I wanted to "save" the above creation for posting the next day.


Around the time that I joined MOCpages, the rumors about Legends of Chima were starting to surface. I thought the theme was going to be better than Ninjago - the theme that brought my brother and I back to the LEGO hobby (our hobby beforehand was just buying and playing with sets) - but it wasn't. To date, I have 2 Chima sets.
To go along with my enthusiasm for the theme, if any of you remember, this was my buddy icon (without the shadow effect):


Soon afterwards I created the only Legends of Chima group. It never took off - probably because it is not a popular theme among MOCers (myself included).


I posted a MOC of my first sig-fig: David the Fire Ninja Jedi. It's okay, but the pics and background are REALLY bad. It is no longer my sig fig. I have several sig figs that vary depending on the theme.

Then I did clone trooper blaster dudes from the LEGO Star Wars III videogame.



Around that time I bought the LEGO MBA kits and really started to build my own creations from my own collection (MOCs from MOC...haha). The I-MEL Starfighter (pictured below) was the MOC from MOC. It acted as a turning point in my LEGO hobby. It was well received, and now has 33 likes. It was on my most popular until the MOC, Wizardly Encounter (more on that later). Anyway, here is the famed I-MEL Starfighter.

It had a lot of neat functions - folding wings, transformation, (sorta) secret laser cannon. Fun stuff.


I posted a series of instructions on how to attack the Ninjago fabled golden weapons onto the back of those Ninjao armor pieces that only fit the Katana swords. I mean, in the TV show the ninjas carried their golden weapon on their backs, so why couldn't the LEGO piece? Oh well. Most people probably just thought I posted an official LEGO minifigure being so excited I got the minifigure. It was after I posted my line of minifigures when I realized that I shouldn't post a MOC about a minifigure XD.



In the TV show, When the four fabled golden weapons are combined, the Mega Weapon is formed that can create anything that the holder imagine (with a phase of weakness after each thing is created). I created that weapon as well - quite accurate if I do say so myself (dare I say most accurate on the internet? None of the other ones have a point at both ends of the staff - haha). In fact, if you google search "Ninjago Golden Weapon" you will probably see a picture of my MOC.




I challenged myself one time and made a MOC with using pieces from only one set. Here was the end result.






We'll take a break from MOCs I made and move on to some groups, themes, and people!
The first group I joined was Star Wars LEGO Creations because Star Wars is one of my favorite LEGO themes. The next group I joined was The Fellowship of the Brick. During the time that I joined, I just started getting into the theme and bought a few sets. I just want to say that some of the nicest people are part of The Fellowship of the Brick staff. Michael Kringe, Mark Murphy, Chris ., Monsterlego, ~ Caleb ~, Justin M., Thomas ., Lee Muzzy, and Finn tegotash are some of the very nice people who are active there.


Enter i Brick.
One of my favorite groups is i Brick. Last December I joined i Brick - the new and enthusiastic group that had been around for only a few days (November 30th, 2012 was when i Brick was created). I was promoted to an admin sometime in December (I think) and helped and learned from the other admins there: Isaac Cremer (the founder), TX-008 1998, and Timothy Wallace. Unfortunately, they aren't active that much anymore (a comment here and there). A few month's ago, Michael K. joined the admins - he's great to work with and talk with - you should get to meet him sometime! Some other great people who have been active for a long time that I've gotten to know at i Brick (many are now staff members) are Halhi 141, Garrett A., , and David . It's really a great community - head over and meet some new people!


If you are a TFOL, then I highly recommend the eXtreme TFOLs group! It's mainly run by two great guys - Mister Lego and MCLegoboy ! They are fun to talk with - I just wish I could get around more often - and they are great builders as well! Other guys you'll find there are LWC guy, Matt W., and [ Chro ]. Then, if you want to talk with some other TFOLs, then join . Don't let Deus scare you - cuz you can XD There you'll meet a great bunch of teens and great builders like Ru Corder, LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist, and Achintya Prasad.

Here are more great people that I'm come to know a little bit or for those who have inspired me by their creations. (for those that aren't mentioned somewhere else in this review):
Ian Spacek, Mark McPeek, matt rowntRee, Alex Rode, The Timinater !, Nick Barrett, David Alexander Smith, Matthew Oh, J-rod Smith, El Barto !, Leda Kat =^..^=, Jacob Pennington, A M, Mr. Xenomurphy, A Sargent, Grant Davis, markus 1984, Dave Kaleta, Harry Gravett, david Hensel, Paul Vermeesch, Delatron 3000, KW Vauban, Mark of Falworth, Luke Watkins, David Roberts, MortalSwordsman ., Justin Knelsen, Master Shifu Leo J, Disco 86, Max Pointner, and Starscream Soundwave. If your name wasn't mentioned, it might still be mentioned later on is this review, and if not, then I guess I'll have to get to know you more and/or see some more of your MOCs :D Thanks to all who have played some part in my great year-old hobby!






Back to MOCs.
Secret Ingredients for Making Great MOCs
I learned a whole lot this one year. I will take you through my learning process - see if you can identify with the process or affirm these ingredients.

Introducing the Middle Earth Lego Olympics. The first contest I joined was the MELO. Albeit I didn't get to round 2, this MOC and contest was another turning point in my LEGO hobby because of two things: One, it introduced me to new people, and two, it showed me that amazing creations can be made even if you have a small(ish) collection. Some other things that started with this MOC were that I (finally) stopped using my iPod to take pictures, and I started taking down LEGO sets for more pieces. Those were the first two secret ingredients:
1. Get better pictures
This can be applied several times as one improves).
2. Expand your collection
Just ask anyone who has been building MOCs for a few years. A large collection helps, though many times people think that only people with huge LEGO collections can build awesome MOCs. That's not true.


I think it was around this time that I really started to look at a lot of MOCs. When I said a lot, I mean A LOT. I do it even to this day. I think it really helps to look at other people's MOCs and check out what kinds of creations people like.

I built a few more things and always tried to build/do different things each time I went to my bricks. That's the third secret ingredient:
3. Build something that you haven't done before - even different themes.
This means if you haven't done any rockwork before, or built a spaceship - try it!
First time I wrote a story.

First attempt at rockwork.

First tree (well, more like a tree house).

First attempt at natural landscape.


When I started to see so many great looking creations, I figured out another secret ingredient to making something good - detail. With lots of details, something good can be made.
4. Add lots of detail to your MOCs.
If you think there is too much detail, then you are probably right. Normally, when things are "too detailed," it means that there is too much and it is distracting from the main focus of the MOC (more on that later).
People like detail - and so do you. Detail is what makes things look wonderful. Do you want to know why chefs add the little sparks of color, or a mint leaf at the top of a dish? It's not just flavor - it's detail! It looks good. Something that looks good is more appetizing! Another ingredient that goes hand-in-hand with detail is color.
5. Match your colors well.
If you're colors are off, people online aren't going to look at your creation (most of the time).
Check out this example where the "detail" was just way too much, and the colors didn't add to the build.


Compare that with my next turning-point creation that coupled detail with good color usage:

Weathertop is still one of my favorite creations and was my most popular creation until the M.O. Up to that time, it was my best photography, I was able to use the pieces I wanted because I was using a lot of my LEGO sets for pieces, it was my first microscale creation, and had good detail and color. I personally like it so much because it's small but awesome looking.


Another secret ingredient I observed was opening shots.
6. Get a good opening shot.
The title photo of your MOCs have to sell the whole thing. Make it cool - make it unique - anything that you think would draw people's attention. Here is an opening photo that is more on the unique side of things:


Here is one that portrays action:


Here is one that looks more professional (the photo quality isn't quite there though)


Which one of the three was most well recieved? The one that looked more professional. Combine different takes on the opening photo with the professional aspect and you'll draw people to your MOCs (so I've found).


Another one of my favorite MOCs is the Botanical Garden Showdown.

The plant-beast was just so much fun to make!

I haven't had to take it apart (completely) because of the color and pieces used. In fact, I like it so much that I decided to give it an update!


The first most noticeable thing about it is that it can now support itself on its tentacles alone!





The next main upgrade is the mouth. I added some teeth on the inside of the mouth (still able to close fully) and more red elements. There is more besides the two things I mentioned, but those are the main improvements.







Next came the ALO. I used a boarder for the first time, and it was an improvement of rockwork than last time.

I didn't go far in the ALO, I didn't have that much time for building, but at least I got an entry in on time!




Then came the MocAthalon! Thanks for putting in on each year Chris! That was quite fun, though next year I'll do better providing I'm available.
Alien Landscape is one of my favorite MOCs. I remember having tons of fun adding a whole lot of different things to the build. At the time it was my largest creation and almost everything about it was new to me. It was the first time I really went all out and implemented a lot of neat parts usage (NPU). In fact, that's the next secret ingredient!

7. Be clever with parts usage.
Have you ever heard of the Iron Builder? It's all about speed, top quality MOCs, and stretching far beyond the common uses of a (normally) LEGO element. This ingredient goes hand-in-hand with the next ingredient.
8. Novelty. Build something that hasn't been seen or done before in the past.

This next MOC is probably one of the weirdest MOCs you will ever see....





And yes, it floats XD
Besides color flaws and confusing structure, the above MOC lacked presentation - another secret ingredient!



9. Present your MOCs well.
This includes a lot of things, but some main points are as follows: clear pictures, an easy-to-follow writeup and picture order, and a clean background (usually one color). The presentation between the last MOC and the following MOC has a significant difference.

A cool technique I invented in the above MOC is using upside-down flower stems and using them to look like shamrock or clover patches!



Yup - I got stuck with the clothing category XD

It was definitely out of my comfort zone - but it was still fun! I actually wore the non-spiky bracelet for a few days when it was still built. Something that gets people's attention is to build in things out of your comfort zone.
10. Build out of your comfort zone.
When people who have been watching your builds see something you build something your normally don't build, they get intrigued!


Something cool in the next MA build - hanging bottles. Can't wait for the camera upgrade! Camcorders just don't have the lenses that cameras do (though it's better than an iPod right?).



Finally! A nice picture! My next turning-point MOC (one of my favorite MOCs) was the bookends build.
This MOC was very fun to build, and it turned out great! The rockwork was an improvement from before, but still not to my own style of rock work yet.
I absolutely loved the interior details! This was hard to take apart...

I finally was able to use a better camera! From here on the pictures in my MOCs were much better, and I started adding more detail.

MA Wrap-up. The MA was a huge learning experience with 3 secret ingredients discovered. The most influential one being presentation.


A fun thing that my best friend here on MOCpages, David, and I started was Spot the Differences. It's cool making small scenes and making sure that all of the important elements are in one picture. We aren't perfect at making the changes (it's so hard keeping the scene and camera (even on a tripod) completely and utterly motionless), but it is still quite fun! I hope to do some sort of Spot the Differences contest sometime within the next few months. Here are some pictures of those MOCs:










Between the building for Spot the Differences, I joined (an now help run) this great group called The Lands of Mythron. There are lots of great people there like Freeling, George Marshall, The Object of Legend, Gilbert Despathens, Toa Infernum, Stephen Boe, and Caleb. There are more, but I don't know them as well. I've built a lot of thins for LOM, and I plant to continue for quite a while longer (maybe forever, I don't know). Here is an overview of my builds for LOM thus far:


















Through all of that, I came up with my own style of rockwork and experimented with a many different techniques and lighting effects. That brings me to the next secret ingredient.
11. Get good lighting.
This took me a while to really figure out how to get good lighting. Believe it or not, it really impacts the way the photos turn out and thus, the way the MOC looks. Bad lighting = bad photos. I have found that for normal picture-taking, an overcast day works best. There aren't any shadows, it is bright enough, and it shows the true color of the LEGO elements. Thanks to the guys at TFOL Private club like LukeClarenceVan and Ru Corder for that important ingredient!
Finally, the last secret ingredient that I have learned this past year was time.
12. Spend an ample amount of time building and photographing your MOCs.
If all of the above ingredients were added to a MOC, you probably spend an aple amount of time. Time is key to getting those colors and details right. For my most recent creations, I went over and redid some things several times until I was pleased with the way it looked. To me, time is the thing that really pushes a MOC from being a good MOC to a great MOC. Now mind you, you don't have to build a great MOC every time you go to the bricks - however, the MOC should have a number of the above ingredients in it.

If someone combines all of those 12 secret ingredients, I guarantee that it will be a great MOC. However, not all 12 of the ingredients have to be used to make great MOCs. Though some of the ingredients will always have to be there.

How ironic - I've been here for one year (12 months) and I discovered 12 secret ingredients for what makes a great MOC. Neat!




My Best MOCs To-Date

The MOC that I probably spent the most time on was my first entry to the MocOlympics 2013 that Chris Phipson puts on each year (thanks so much!). It also marks that I reached 100 likes during my first year on MOCpages.
This was also a turning point for me because it surprised a lot of people (including me) for the quality that I can build (providing I spend a lot of time on a project). It showed me that I can strive to do better than what I built in the past and start building things that are more top-quality.



My second entry to the MocOlympics was the first time that I (finally) used outdoor lighting. I loved the colors and shaping especially with the tank and artillery.





My third and final entry to the MocOlympics against Blake Baer also used outdoor lighting. I'm not sure if I spend more time on this entry or my first entry. Either way, it just goes to show that time really does help. My most popular MOCs are also the ones that I spent the most time building and the most time spent taking good photos. This MOC as a whole is probably my favorite because of all of the nice details and the way each scene came together to tell a story.











Building Area
This is my current set-up. I have about 24,000 LEGO elements.



















Wrapping up my first year.
It is time to start a new chapter in my LEGO hobby. My screen name used to be "David the Fire Ninja Jedi," but now it is "David FNJ." Fire Ninja Jedi will always live on in the HTML code I use and the mention of it on my homepage, but now it stands for something else other than Fire Ninja Jedi. Functional, Novel, Just. It represents how I like to build and what I like to implement in my MOCs. At least one of the following should be in all of my builds:
Functional: Make something move that is interesting.
Novel: Do something different than what has been seen before in the past.
Just: Make something that has meaning that is guided by the truth that I know - God's word. When I built a MOC showing something being stolen, in a future MOC I show the goods being retrieved once more - a truth was implemented.




To all of the people that I mentioned above in this recap, thank you so much for being part of (small or great) my journey with the LEGO community and MOCing. It's been a fantastic first year on MOCpages and my first year of really joining this great community of those who build creations with LEGO bricks and share them online and/or at LEGO conventions.




Thanks for looking, God bless!

David FNJ






Comments

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  December 17, 2013
congrats on your 1 rst year! very extensive post, pretty thorough, I was amazed to see your creative corner, bravo David!
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  November 23, 2013
Congratulations! Your creations rock!
  November 23, 2013
Happy first year!
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  November 23, 2013
Quoting Ben Pitchford Sorry for that, will stop adding n removing. Ben
Thank you :)
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  November 20, 2013
congrats!
  November 17, 2013
Congrats! I just celebrated my fourth MOCiversery! Check it out when you have time!
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  November 16, 2013
Happy MOCiversary!
  November 15, 2013
wow - this has to be the best celebrated MOCiversary ever! 60+ likes!! my 1/2 anniversary would be the 31st of this month... if there was one. ;D
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  November 13, 2013
Happy Mocciversary, man! You've certainly progressed a long way in your first year! You've come on in leaps and bounds and it's been great fun watching your progress. I wish I'd improved that much in my first year here! Haha! Keep building! --Blast--
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  November 11, 2013
Hey man congrats on your first year here!! hope to see you keep up the building!
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  November 9, 2013
Thanks for all of the comments everyone! I really appreciate it and I look forward to many more years! ~FNJ
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Congrats, Old Man!! What a year it's been, a ton of cool builds, and a great run in the MO!
Hahaha! Thanks!
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting J-rod Smith Would you mind if I blogged some of your creations? Here is a link to the site I would be blogging them on http://leonardodabrick.blogspot.com/
Sure :)
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting MCLegoboy ! Happy Mociversary man! I don't know about what you think, but that Sail Barge Alternate Model is brickin'! Nice tips, too. Oh, and that collection is crazy.
The funny thing is, I know where all of the elements go XD
Quoting MCLegoboy ! I recomend some shoebox tubs that you can get for a dollar at stores because they are a nice size that can be moved about, you can do many different organizationings (What?) and they are also the perfect size to store partial builds or to keep specific pieces aside and safe from the others than just throwing them all on a desk.
Yeah, right now I just use the floor in the basement off to the side where no one goes except for my brother and me to build.
Quoting MCLegoboy ! With the way you have stored now, it looks like you might need some lids so when you fall down or have to step over them, pieces don't go flying when they are hit. Congratulations on lasting here for a year with all the crashes, the advertisements, and the crazies! :P
Thankfully I don't have to cross over anything to get to stuff. Eventually I want to make this multi-layered thing with all of my LEGO bricks and such. I'm not sure when I'll get around to doing that, but yeah, I'm hoping that I won't crash onto all of my stuff...I don't have any lids since I'm using the lids for holding more stuff...haha! What I'd like to get for now are a bunch of those tackle boxes (The one I have is pictured) because they can be closed and they fit a whole bunch of different kinds of bricks that I don't have a whole lot of). Thanks!
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting The Journeyman Ranger Wow, 1 year already. I'm so glad I showed you to the pages, it's amazing how far you've gotten in just one year! Don't lose where you are now, stay active, I speak from experience ;| Anyway as I was reading this I remembered how much of an honor it was (or is) to see these MOCs before posting, and then seeing their success afterwards! David, I wish you a VERY happy First MOCiversary ;D
Yup! 1 year :) I'm so glad you showed me as well - I would have missed all of this (though I would have had some more $ Haha!) I hope to see you come back some more :) Thanks man!
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting Michael K. Wow! What a huge collection! Are they sorted? Anyway, that was probably the best MOCaiversary post I've ever seen. It seems you've been here much longer than a year. Anyway, congrats!
I'm not sure if 24,000 is exactly huge, but it definitely helps! Yes, they are sorted as far as my containers go. I went to the LEGO store after I posted this and got a couple of sorter things along with another 2,000 LEGO elements (MBA level 4 and 2 large P-A-B cups). The year went by so fast, yet it does seem like I've been here for much longer XD Thanks!
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith Fantastic to watch the rapid development. Couldn't imagine MOCpages without you now.
Thanks so much!
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek Nice brick writing up top and congratulations on 1 year. Here's to many more!
I was hoping someone would notice that XD Thanks Ian!
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  November 9, 2013
Quoting Halhi 141 Happy mociversary! (my 2 year mociversary is coming up in a month) It's pretty amazing to see how much you've improved over the year!
Thanks!
Quoting Halhi 141 I personally disagree with you as to Ninjago vs Chima; while I don't have any of either Chima seems to have much more interesting styling and detail.
In some ways yes, but I feel that the overall Chima theme isn't as appealing as Ninjago. Though yes, Chima does has some cooler styling.
Quoting Halhi 141 I still really like the Botanical Garden Showdown and Weathertop (IMO both should have won, they were far better than the winning entries :/). Your second to last LOM build is actually still (alongside Deus and Stephen's rockwork) one of my biggest inspirations in rock sculpting and texturing, the complexity is fantastic! My favorite MOC by you is probably your MO R3 entry though, the story was fantastic, idea very original, and the builds (especially the first scene) incredible. Anyways, happy mociversary, and it's been great getting to know you!
Thanks so much Halhi! It's been great getting to know you as well!
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  November 9, 2013
Congratulations man! Also, thanks for the shoutout; I'm glad I have had an impact on your building career in one form or another :-D Here's to another few years!
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  November 7, 2013
Hey man, sorry to bother you again, especially since I know you are really busy! My 4x4 contest has finished round 2, and we need to judge for it. If you can't I completely understand, and won't be upset, you just need to let me know. If you can, then awesome! Just try to get it done within the next 3 or 4 days please, so I have time to get round 3 up and running. Thanks again David!
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  November 7, 2013
Congrats! Plus, this is on Most Discussed in the Explore tab!
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  November 7, 2013
How many parts did you purchase over the first year?
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  November 6, 2013
Your improvement this year was incredible, and I can't wait to see more!
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  November 6, 2013
Congratulations on your first year on MOCpages. You've come a long way here, including your M.O. entries and your administrator position in one of the most active groups, i Brick. Keep on brickin', the only thing building will get you is likes and improvement. :D
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  November 5, 2013
Awesome wrap up and great tutorial. I agree wholeheartedly with your tips to better mocs. Well done on the great progression through the year and your recent MO entries have launched you out of novice and chucked you head first into the circle of big leagues. Looking forward to seeing what you build in your next year on mocpages!
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  November 5, 2013
Congrats, Old Man!! What a year it's been, a ton of cool builds, and a great run in the MO!
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  November 5, 2013
Would you mind if I blogged some of your creations? Here is a link to the site I would be blogging them on http://leonardodabrick.blogspot.com/
  November 4, 2013
Serious make actual art out of Lego
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  November 4, 2013
Nice collection and happy anniversary :D
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  November 4, 2013
Wow! That's quite a collection. Your MOCs are an inspiration to me. I quite respect the amount of time you put into your descriptions. You put just the right amount of detail into your builds. Congratulations on your first year. Hope to see many more from you ( and me, :P ).
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  November 4, 2013
"That's great kid! Don't get cocky!"- Han Solo. Forget the jokes, great job David! You've done a marvelous job! I haven't seen all of what you've done, but from the looks of it, you have defiantly improved as David said (The other David, not you)! :) Well done! You defiantly have a wonderful talent! Keep up the good work!
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  November 4, 2013
You've advanced further in one year than I have in three years (Lego must not be my thing)! You have amazing skill and stretch your abilities to their limit, and the results are fantastic. Your tank-building-skills could use some work, but everything else you do is perfect. Your landscapes and part usage are very creative, especially in the MocAlathon. Congratulations on your first and very productive year, David. Wish you the best for the future :)
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  November 4, 2013
Wow, only a year, and you're this good! I like the tips that you gave out, and what's funny is that I used my iPod for pictures when I first started out. Happy MOCiversary!
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  November 4, 2013
Happy Mociversary!!!!! Great building tips!
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  November 4, 2013
Nice! It's cool to see how far you've come. Two thumbs up!
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  November 4, 2013
Happy Mociversary man! I don't know about what you think, but that Sail Barge Alternate Model is brickin'! Nice tips, too. Oh, and that collection is crazy. I recomend some shoebox tubs that you can get for a dollar at stores because they are a nice size that can be moved about, you can do many different organizationings (What?) and they are also the perfect size to store partial builds or to keep specific pieces aside and safe from the others than just throwing them all on a desk. With the way you have stored now, it looks like you might need some lids so when you fall down or have to step over them, pieces don't go flying when they are hit. Congratulations on lasting here for a year with all the crashes, the advertisements, and the crazies! :P
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  November 4, 2013
Happy 1 year anniversary David!
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  November 4, 2013
It's been awesome to see you improve so much! Your MOCs are so great now! Keep up the great work dude! Happy MOCiversary! :D. (And I got mentioned!) XD
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  November 4, 2013
Congrats man! You've become a very experienced builder. I'm glad I searched MOCpages after a long while.
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  November 4, 2013
Congrats on 1 year.
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  November 4, 2013
Congrats.
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  November 4, 2013
DUUUUUDE, you've improved so much! I am impressed to say the least. Congrats!
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  November 4, 2013
Congratulations! You're an amazing builder, and you have improved a lot! I hope to see you in another year!
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  November 4, 2013
many congratulations!! some very nice stuff, nice to see your improvement over the past year!
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  November 4, 2013
Congrats on 1 year on MOCpages! You have definitely improved in a huge amount since you joined! Congrats, and here is to many more!
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  November 4, 2013
Congratulations!
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  November 4, 2013
Wow, 1 year already. I'm so glad I showed you to the pages, it's amazing how far you've gotten in just one year! Don't lose where you are now, stay active, I speak from experience ;| Anyway as I was reading this I remembered how much of an honor it was (or is) to see these MOCs before posting, and then seeing their success afterwards! David, I wish you a VERY happy First MOCiversary ;D
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  November 4, 2013
Wow! What a huge collection! Are they sorted? Anyway, that was probably the best MOCaiversary post I've ever seen. It seems you've been here much longer than a year. Anyway, congrats!
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  November 4, 2013
Really inspirational! (Also, sorry for being late here;) The techniques you discussed were very helpful, and truly see you be coming one of the masters! Long live David FNJ with his bricks! ~Brick
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  November 4, 2013
Fantastic to watch the rapid development. Couldn't imagine MOCpages without you now.
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  November 4, 2013
It's amazing on how far you've come in just one year! In one year, you went from making Clones, to battling with Blake Baer in the MocOlympics! Congratulations on 1 year!!
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  November 4, 2013
You've done a lot and produced some excellent work. Congrats on your 1st year!
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  November 4, 2013
you have improved so much this year, it's fantastic!
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  November 4, 2013
Haha, I remember when you first joined MOCpages. I was surprised when I came back from a long absence and you had gone from new to experienced builder. Your LOM stuff really shows this improvement. Congrats on a productive year, look forward to seeing more from you! :)
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  November 4, 2013
Happy MOCiversary David the FNJ
  November 3, 2013
Congratulations:)
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  November 3, 2013
Way to go David! Astounding what you've done in a year. Well done and keep up the phenomenal work!
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  November 3, 2013
You've improved so much over this last year! Both your building, and your presentation. It's been great getting to know you. Here's to many more years!
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  November 3, 2013
One year, huh? Well, congrats. You have definitey improved along the way too. God bless!
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  November 3, 2013
Congrats!
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  November 3, 2013
Congrats on one year! My respect for you has grown just by seeing what you were, and what you are now. You are one of the best, because of leaving your comfort zone (of magical ninja weapons), to go to other stuff. ~(your former opponent)Zach
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  November 3, 2013
Congrats David on a spectacular year! And here's to many more to come. Fine showing, very fine indeed!
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  November 3, 2013
Nice brick writing up top and congratulations on 1 year. Here's to many more!
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  November 3, 2013
Congrats man! You've improved so much!
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  November 3, 2013
Congratulations David! It's really incredible how much you've improved in such a sort time. Keep on MOCin' and God Bless you!
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  November 3, 2013
Gosh it only been a year. I feel like you have been around for a long time David. I have watched you from almost the beginning and I am amazed I how much your building skills have improved. I hope to have the honor of watching you build amazing MOCs for years to come.
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  November 3, 2013
I probably missed linking to some people's names - I'll go back tomorrow and add in some people. If you aren't added, then I guess I need to get to know you more so I can add you to next year's recap (which won't be as long, I assure you). Thanks for the comments so far! I'll get to replying to them more specifically tomorrow. ~FNJ
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  November 3, 2013
Happy one year MOCiversary! Cool trip through memory lane.
  November 3, 2013
Oh and thanks for the tips, number 6 and 11 in particular were pretty helpful.
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  November 3, 2013
Happy mociversary! (my 2 year mociversary is coming up in a month) It's pretty amazing to see how much you've improved over the year! I personally disagree with you as to Ninjago vs Chima; while I don't have any of either Chima seems to have much more interesting styling and detail. I still really like the Botanical Garden Showdown and Weathertop (IMO both should have won, they were far better than the winning entries :/). Your second to last LOM build is actually still (alongside Deus and Stephen's rockwork) one of my biggest inspirations in rock sculpting and texturing, the complexity is fantastic! My favorite MOC by you is probably your MO R3 entry though, the story was fantastic, idea very original, and the builds (especially the first scene) incredible. Anyways, happy mociversary, and it's been great getting to know you!
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  November 3, 2013
You've definitely improved at an alarming speed. :D It's been good getting to know you for the last year, as well. Without further adue, however..... HAPPY MOCIVERSARY! :D
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  November 3, 2013
Happy first year David! It's been a great year seeing you evolve from ninjago to what you are now! :)
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  November 3, 2013
Happy one year on Mocpages David! Out of many of my friends here on the pages, you improved greatly on building skills and your work has outstanded me! I also want to congratulate you on getting far in the M.O. that was some epic competition! Well that raps it up, anyway congratz and thanks for being awesome here on the pages! =D
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  November 3, 2013
Awesome! I just had my first MOCiversary last month! Here is a link! http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371622 ~Bill
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  November 3, 2013
Nice one David. It really is awesome to see how much you've improved :) if I ever improve at such an exponential rate in 5 years here as you have in one year, I will be a very, very happy person :D
 
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