Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Half-Size Grand Emporium and Green Grocer

Name of Model: Little Grand Emporium
Created by: Puddleglum
Found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthew_raehl/sets/72157626302398766/
Details: I've previously covered half-size versions of the Fire Brigade and Cafe Corner, but now two new installments have been added to the series: the Green Grocer and the Grand Emporium. Both do a stunning job of capturing the look and feel of the original.

The interesting thing about going for half-size instead of just a generic "microscale", is that there's actually a scale factor involved to dictate what some parts should be. In both of these, you can see how 2x2 tiles on the sidewalk become 1x1 tiles to create the same mosaic-style patterns. A pair of skeleton legs on the grocer becomes one 1x1 tile with a clip on top. Doors and windows can be tricky, since LEGO hasn't made windows in some of these sizes. You're still required to fill some details in in an impressionistic manner, but not everyone can pull that off and still have things end up looking fairly accurate.
Yes, we're sneaking in a double-header again - these are Tuesday and Wednesday's models of the day.

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