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Model of Brooklyn -- From the same third party

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Post  P_Thorne on Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:41 pm

The same personage who inquired about speed-building games with autistic games has mooted this fundraising idea for the school. Fulfiling such a contract would be fundraising for us, obviously. Smile NYCLUG would be the more logical contact point, but I don't know if they're active -- hasn't been used since 2006. Anybody want to go for this, or would it be too difficult to organize?

If I provided detail photographs of, say, a four block section of Brooklyn, and was willing to pay for materials and for your time, would your group be interested in doing a Lego model of the area at a fair-to-middling scale? I would provide photographs from street-level and there is Google Earth (and Google Street View) for further detail.

My fundraising idea would be to put the model on display, and approach the local businesses to sponsor the model by buying signage on the model - in other words, if they want the sign for their business to appear on the model (along with just the building) they would have to buy the ad space. It could be worked out that the "signs" are done with labels rather than Lego to make it easier.

Let me know whether your club would be up for this - and thanks again.

And my initial reply:

Well, this depends: any option would be expensive, and none of us are accustomed to "pricing out" projects this way. Here are the factors:

1. Scale: There are two scales AFOLs typically work in: minifig and "micro," which is about 1/5 as large.

Over the past few years, LEGO has produced several official minifig-scale sets with high levels of urban detail. They retail for around $150 for 2,000 pieces. Many AFOLs now use them as the standard inspiration for their own creations.

Green Grocer
Fire Brigade

Conversely, the new "LEGO Architecture" line uses various micro-to-nano scales:

2. Parts selection: Some colors and shapes are rare and expensive, and these are inevitably the ones that best match whatever you're replicating. Designing workarounds can be tricky.

3. Design and pricing: The LEGO company now provides "LEGO Digital Designer" (LDD) and integrates it with "Design byMe" so you can order custom models. It can also output a parts list so you can buy elements on the secondary market ("BrickLink"), which is generally cheaper.

Assuming the four blocks are in a row (interior streets would be obscured), and each block has two buildings on the scale of the LEGO examples, and each has three stories, and pricing follows LEGO's model, that'd be around $1,600. PennLUG would have to include a profit margin, of course. Smile

>[ads from local businesses as labels]

They'd have to be; brick-built lettering is tricky, has a minimum scale, and certain logos and logotypes are downright impossible.
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Re: Model of Brooklyn -- From the same third party

Post  Brickadier General on Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:31 pm

This is interesting, but I don't know if it would be too much or not. We would probably need some sort of down payment or something to at least get us started on buying brick for the project. The logistics would be challenging but not impossible.

You might also want to refer her to Jonathan Lopes, as he lives in NYC (at least, I still think he does).
A post of his on Lugnet

I don't know how to contact him personally, but Cale might.

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Re: Model of Brooklyn -- From the same third party

Post  D_Runyon on Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:45 pm

It could be feasible, but even a small model can be expensive in both brick and time. It might not raise much in the way of funds; unless he can get pledges ahead of time, I'm not sure it could move forward financially.
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