Well, here it is. The biggest dio I've built to date. Me and this thing have spent long hours, hard nights, and loving moments together. This is paradise City. Oh, feel free to listen to the Guns n' Roses songs while you read this.
Well, where to start. I guess when I first heard about Brickfair I thought I would just go all out and build something insane.
-From preparation till the final version it took about 2 months to pull together.
-The original layout included lots of sand!
-This killed my summer vacation
-I was able to pull out 3 other mocs while this was in the works
-Keith Goldman is the ultimate inspiration of everything
-Large dios are almost not worth the trouble (almost)
-The measurments are 21x38 inches
And here is the landing pad. Possibly my favorite part that came out of this. Also note the throw-together plane.
I now have a deeper appreciation for Keith's dios. I got a little piece of how long it can take to pull this stuff together.
I pretty much hate taking pictures. And photoshopping is even worse for me. So not all these are fixed up. It does give you that nice natural feel though.
The neo-asian theme is quite addictive. There's a lot you can do in it. I'm not very original in themes and I really don't have one for this dio. My original idea was just for it to be a very fun place to go for whatever you like. But if you ask me I'd probably just visit for some pretty pictures and the pretty ladies.
By far the most annoying part of this was the damn mountain. The inner workings are so fragile and it fell apart countless times. I still have nightmares about it every once in a while.
The closest thing you'll get to inappropriate in this dio. I kept it real clean for some strange reason.
The ultimate filler, construction. Because I didn't have enough pieces to make another good looking building, I made a wip building! Build that building my little lego guys, you'll finish it one day. Also I used Nannan's sprinkling technique for some rubble. I think it's truely a revolutionary technique.
Sushi man! Putting on a show for some tourists. You can't leave until you eat all your wasabi.
The pagoda looking tower. If I ever learned anything from Kieth it's to rebuild. Again and again and again.
I thank the members over at OTB forum for helping me out with this one.
And to close it all up here are some WIP pictures going earliest to latest
Would anyone like to make a micro version of this?
Well, I am finishing a "jumbo-dio" myself *quiet, that's a secret* so I know what kind of a royal pain they can be! I also know how much fun they can be! Like you, I also hate editing pictures, so I probably won't even go as far as you did...
Excellent work, it turned out to be much better than my original ideas. I have to agree that the landing pad is one of the cooler parts, takes advantage of all three dimensions to create an interesting structure. Various details such as the minifigs and assorted props really help complement the architecture and keep it interesting to look at.
Awesome details and a great overall look! Now I have the song stuck in my mind as well. If the whole copyright problem wouldn┤t exist, I would have loved to suggest uploading it to this page, but oh well... I would be interested to "support" some of my creations with music backrounds as well, but since I┤m not a musician there┤s no way I┤d upload something here... But back to your diorama: excellent SNOT works, the landing bridge is amazing as well as the whole landscaping. Geeze, if SNOT landscapes wouldn┤t be such a wasteful technique, I┤d love to build entire cities like that... Happy building, and this MOC totally rocks. Take me down to the paradise city... :) Steffen
Welcome to the paradise. Where drug dealer┤s are seen more often than kids and where Goldman┤s inspirationa got built.
This is freakin┤ huge. I like the style of the dio "two pits and a pad" which you used as inspiration i guess.
Take me down to a Paradise City where the grass is green and the Sushi man chops sushi all day oh wont you please take me home.(i know sushi man is really not in the song but you made a sushi man that i liked so i said sushi man)
Great SNOT work, the landing ramp's really good, and the pagoda and construction areas are phenomenal. One suggestion though: the water seems too "rectangular" ... although Keith did make his water in rectangular shapes, the "lilie pads" were spread out, instead of being lined up on the edge of the water, neatly. Still, amazing job Sam, can't wait for the next!
OK minigoldie, That thing just kicks all form of (insert body part here)! I gotta agree, I think the landing pad really pulls the whole thing together. But let's not sell the rest of the moc short by any means! Keep it Blocky ~ Chris.
I hate taking pictures, too. I can't imagine what it would be like photographing something huge like this! Anyways, the bouncing hard hats effect is a great idea, but doesn't the plane seem a bit small? Or is it like a flying one-person scooter sort of thing?