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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

2500+ views special!-MOC on with LEGO!- Lego MOC Making for Beginners - Part 1

Here's a post for 2500+ views on the Ace Swan blog! 

I now present to you a guide for Lego MOC- making beginners! The title is "MOC on with Lego!" and this will have possibly 4 parts. I'm not so sure about that though, but anyway, here's the post of MOC on with LEGO!

This post is packed with many detailed instructions and steps to guide you on making a good MOC! Techniques from other MOC makers and from the official LEGO designers are here!

Contents:
FAQ from beginners: What is a MOC? (3rd paragraph)
Why do we want to make MOCs?(4th paragraph)
What is SNOT?(5th paragraph)
Building techniques:
First MOC technique: Locking(6th paragraph)
Second MOC technique: Colour combination
Third MOC technique: Sideways building
Fourth MOC building technique: SNOT
Fifth MOC building technique: Bricks in between bricks
Sixth MOC building technique: Sliding doors
Seventh MOC building technique: Support and balance(For bridges and mechs) 
Eighth MOC building technique: Furniture(Houses and buildings)
Ninth MOC building technique: Hinges and hoses
Tenth MOC building technique: Custom chassis(vehicles)
Eleventh building technique: Curving and making your MOCs smooth
Discover more!

Q: What is a MOC?
A: MOC stands for My Own Creation. A MOC is a creation that you make without following other people's instructions on making their MOCs or follow the official instructions from LEGO. It is important that you make your MOC completely unique because you would not want other people to accuse you of copying a person's MOC or their MOC.

Q: Why do we want to make MOCs?
A: It's what LEGO is all about! Making them and sharing it on blogs, Youtube, Lego Galleries etc. Of course, you need to make a MOC good enough to meet your expectations before you want others to like it. It's the best you leave a MOC standing on your shelf or whatsoever to observe whether does it pass your expectations.

QWhat is SNOT?
A: SNOT stands for studs not on top. It takes some time to remember it's long form, but you'll be alright once you see it a few times. SNOT is perfect for making MOCs with smooth layering on sides, top and in all directions.


First MOC technique: Locking

This technique is the most important of all because this is how all your LEGO bricks get stability with each other. A good example is this:





This is one of the MOCs I made for Lego City 2. As you can see, this has the bricks locking each other. Not only will this skill  be only used for buildings, it will also be used in all LEGO system-related MOCs. This is also important because this also adds stability (In part 3, you'll learnt what stability in LEGO form). Though it does strengthen the MOC you build, it does not mean your MOC is going to be drop proof. Also, if you just happen to have something you want to build that cannot use the locking technique throughout, at least lock the top and bottom, just like my Lego chistmas tree MOC. Here's how to build the Yellow Cross restaurant:


(The program used for the instructions was LDD, which stands for Lego Digital Designer. The LEGO company owns this software, not me.)

To be continued...

Written by Lynn

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