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A Catablog of Tools, Tips, and Techniques for building with LEGO®


Tag: wall

Streets of London, originally uploaded by SlyOwl.

SlyOwl has successfully created a beautiful yet sad city street MOC apparently inspired by Ralph McTell’s song “Streets of London,” which he also links to one of many YouTube video’s of. I did not realize so many artists had recorded the song. The only time I’ve heard it before was from a folk group in Maine that I grew up listening to, Schooner Fare on their album “Day of the Clipper.”

SNOT Mission Sign

It’s almost obscured by the Street Light, but is a key part of the building. Notice the use of black and grey cheese to add a little more personality to the S’s.

Anti-boring Wall techniques

SlyOwl has also done a number of things to keep the walls from being boring. He has a great rain gutter/down spout. I’ve seen a few of these here and there in MOCs; they’re especially nice to see in a modern-era MOC.

He’s also got an effective mix of old and new grey to a beautiful effect. You get the idea of the mixed materials and shades of damage to the wall, especially with the 1×2 modified bricks.

Street Junk

You definitely have the idea that this is a dirty street of London — boxes, newspapers, an apple, etc.

Alicia Robichaud is doing a 365 day photography project — not all LEGO, but is doing a full week of LEGO this week. This is her second day of the week, and day 23 out of the 365. This seems to be a classic “damsel in distress” scene. Not quite a Rapunzel, but with a much less headache-causing solution for the Damsel.

Climbing Rose Vine Technique

I’m highlighting this image because of the excellent technique of the rose vine climbing the tower. There are a lot of techniques out there for breaking up the monotony of an otherwise boring wall, but I’ve not seen greenery done like this before.

I feel that the roses bring a lot more life and even story to the picture. A guy might add a vine growing up part of the castle wall, but it takes a woman to make it a rose vine. =)

Of course, you don’t want to see every castle have every tower covered with rose vines — that would just be silly. Another variation, perhaps to add a bit of “evil” to the vine (not on Alicia’s MOC — on yours) would be to intersperse some of part #55236 (it’s been made in 8 different colors, most of which would look good and thorny).

Breaking up the Wall

I also appreciate Alicia’s use of the 1×1 cylinder bricks to break up the monotony of a what would have been an otherwise boring wall. It adds an extra hint of beauty, and gives  the eye something to linger on as it makes its way to the vine and finally  to the damsel, the focal point of the image.

Riverside Stroll, originally uploaded by Erdbeereis1.

Erdbeereis1 mentions that this was MOC was mainly an effort to test out the water concept he had, that he’ll probably use later in a bigger scale.

LEGO Water

The water turned out very well — by using 2×2 peaks in an alternating pattern he has effectively portrayed in LEGO water that is moving — perhaps we have a river here, or a boisterous lake. Definitely not calm water, but nothing so unusual to scare off the people sitting around on the observation deck of the bridge.


The fence is another awesome technique. Interwoven into the tiles that give the smooth surface of the bridge, are the dark gray 1×1 plates that are the base for the 1×1 cylinder bricks that then hold mechanaical claw (part #48729, which in turn holds up the chain.


I’ve seen a number of arches where the builder has used 1×1 or 1×2 plates underneath for a decorative effect, but this goes a little further. By using a 1×2 Jumper Plate, he’s also been able to show a curve that juts out for an a bit of an overhang effect. Very well done!

Brick Wall

This technique is not so uncommon any more, but it’s always refreshing to see it on an otherwise “big gray wall.” A different-colored tile that juts out a little farther than the rest of the bricks. This is typically achieved by using headlight bricks in the wall and then slapping the plate on top of that.


And did you notice that the pigeon just left a present on one of the benches? Hilarious!