LEGO MOC Space
1999 Eagle - build tips and photos
Aside from providing
some photos of my build, as a relative novice LEGO builder I wanted to
share a few tips, learned over the last couple of months.
This mini-site has
three pages: Tips/home
- Build photos
- Don't rush it. Yes, you hear of people who completed a LEGO kit in a
weekend, but it's far better to give it 30 minutes or so a day, enjoying
it more and spinning out the anticipation of the finishing line. I built
mine over a month.
- MOC (My Own Creation) kits are supplied with pieces in unnumbered
bags. In other words, you've no idea which bag any parts needed for each
page are in. I've seen some people advocate emptying everything into one
huge pile and then spending three or four hours sorting the pieces by
type, to make finding things easier. In fact, I strongly think you can
save yourself those hours by emptying each bag into its own little pile
around your central work space. The pieces in each pile seem random at
first, but there ARE links and you'll be surprised how often you look
for piece A and then find piece B, also needed for that page's step,
right beside it. Plus your memory will gradually remember where pieces
are, it'll become second nature to 'go for the second pile from the left
when you need "1x1x1 plain red"', and so on. Trust your eyes, trust your
brain, trust your fingers...
- When you suspect, numerous times during a build, that a brick or part
is missing, note that in almost
every case, the part IS there, you just have to find it. Which sounds a
bit obvious, but it's true. Take a walk, brush the parts over with your
fingers, look from a different angle - you will find it eventually
(though see point 5 below!) And, of course, the further you get with the
build, the fewer parts there are around the model, so the easier it
becomes to find each piece!
- Make sure your build space is inaccessible to small children, pets and
helpful cleaners! The kit will have the exact
number of parts* and on such a complicated build you can't really afford
to lose a single part.
- As a corollary to the tip above, if you do genuinely believe a part or
two got lost (two decalled bricks were missing from my Eagle) then get
in touch with the supplier. In my case they offered a £10 refund and I
found similar bricks in a brick bucket but your mileage may vary! Also,
LEGO offers a free
brick replacement service. It takes a couple of weeks though, so
this is a last resort, plus it's a tiny bit naughty if you're not
building an official kit, I guess! If
you're in a hurry and desperately need a part and it's not too
model-specific, then you can of course buy LEGO bricks in hundreds of
places. In fact, you may even have a box of assorted bricks and parts
around the house - raid your kid's toy box?(!)
in fact, due to the way the parts are packaged, you get a few random
parts you don't need left over. This is normal.
With all this
mind, my build went very smoothly, see the step by
step photos here. See also the photo Gallery
I bought my Eagle
MOC from eBay. It was the 'last one left' from a very limited run, but I
see that new production runs (e.g. people assembling the bags/kits!)
have meant that this is usually still available, e.g.
here, as I write this. The right price should be just less than
UKP60, delivered from China (takes about two weeks tops). They email the
PDF build instructions, produced using LEGO's MOC software.
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