Building Luigiville Christian Church: A Luigiian MOC

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Recently, a great evil descended upon the earth: Brickshelf stopped operation. Brickshelf, the land where us LEGO designers posted our greatest images with great fanfare and server usage, was my primary photo-keeping place. Now that it’s gone, I’ll be getting off MOCPages too. In a time of great sadness such as this, I know many of you begin to believe there is no God. Therefore, to rekindle your faith, I have posted these photographs of Luigiville’s new church (the old one “burned down” after I dropped it on the floor).

new-years-2005-06-007.jpg Luigiville’s old church looks excellent in this picture, but by the time I got around to rebuilding it, the roof trusses were rotten and crumbling, the roof tower was weakened, the interior was shabby, and the parts were old and yellowed. It was sorely in need of redesign. The new design would completely enclose the structure and redesign the murals and colorful motifs across the design to look cleaner and more deliberate.

new-church-001.jpgLuigiville’s been waiting for a new church for a long time. Since the first construction began about eight years ago, construction techniques have changed, but the church remained a relic, dusty inside and out with crumbling roof pieces and weak framing. The newer church replaces the older parts with newly-designed glass roof sections and trusses.

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One of the most difficult parts of designing the new church was in keeping the original’s unusual murals on the sides and rear. This photograph shows the new rear, which is designed in Native American tribal style, with intricate geometry. An angel in the center of the design accentuates the Christian style.

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As one enters the church, the dark sanctuary is kept hidden from sight. Here, you can see the lower part of the podium as well as the rows of chairs. A little bit of the church’s upper design work is also visible. Believe it or not, it took me a little while on LDD to get the colors to mesh just right on the church’s bright colors: too much green, red or tan and it looked funky, too much white and it looked boring. The finished piece has a slightly Mesoamerican/Asian feel to it.

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This view was taken by removing the entire rearend of the structure. It’s a view from the podium, and as you can see, the roof sections are light… and fragile. I had to literally remove the baseplate to fix the roof after breaking off the rear pieces. It may be a church, but it’s an unholy mess to put together.

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In this last photo, you can see the electric organ/piano to the upper left, and seating for two speakers to the right. A pair of stairways flank the central podium. You can also see some of the upper roof parts, which are made of tinted clear pieces, giving the interior light. While the farthest right and left flooring is black, the middle is green and the stairs are colored red, to give a bit of color to the monotony.

And thus concludes the first MOC I’ve ever posted on my blog. Leave me a review below, if you dare. WOOOoooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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