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LEGO SpongeBob Squarepants: 3825:The Krusty Krab

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The first is to have a strong idea and a really good build to support that idea. Take as much time and thought to design and build your model. What makes a great build is very subjective, I normally lean towards aesthetics over function when I build my models, but that would depend on the nature of your project. The build originally had just about 3100 or 3200 pieces, but LEGO Ideas states your submitted builds must be below 3K parts total. So I had to refine it, which was hard to choose what wasn’t needed. The final model has 2999 parts. I wish I knew just how difficult it is to build the Krusty Krab. There was a time during the development phase of the project where it got so difficult that I questioned if I was even able to complete the model, much less be of quality standards. Thankfully I didn’t throw in the towel, and I managed to complete the project with a sense of satisfaction. Next time I should really analyse what I plan on building to know what I’m really getting myself into.

As for a tip, I’d say is to be genuine and passionate about your idea. No matter what the subject/idea is, it will really show through in the way you build/present your Product Idea and it’s a lot more compelling for people to support your project. More manuals of Lego Frequently Asked Questions about Lego set 3825 SpongeBob SquarePants Krusty krabI drew all the decals in Photoshop, using shapes tools and/or by hand. I had to go off of references for them, but for stuff like text and minifigure prints, I had to trace it from whatever images I could find. There turned out to be a lot of decals needed though. The most difficult part to recreate was the detachable roof. The angle of the curve had to line up at very specific points, and then there was the horizontal and vertical gaps that goes in between the planks. I also needed to make it really neat and compact so that it won’t look ugly from the inside. I thought hinges was the way to go at first, but it wasn’t sturdy and could move around, which would mean adding more parts to brace it, and then it wouldn’t be neat and compact anymore and would also exceed 3,000 pieces. I then turned to using technic parts which immediately solved the sturdiness, but there was still so many other problems like the gaps, the curves, etc, etc. I just had to keep trying and trying until I eventually got it. To this day, I’m still baffled that I managed to do it though.

What is your favourite LEGO IdeasProduct Idea(besides your own of course)?Are there any Product Ideas you think have been overlooked? How long was the process of making the project did, and what did you have to research as well. What kind of prep, research and design phases did you go through to produce your creation? The process took nearly 3 months in total. There wasn’t much prep and research to do aside from getting as many reference images as possible. Since the Krusty Krab already existed and I just had to recreate it as faithfully as possible, I didn’t have to make any major creative decisions which negated the need for planning/sketching and I could just go straight to building. (Admittedly I had trouble figuring out where to start building.) The rest was just one long trial and error phase of building until the model was completed. Then comes designing the decals and rendering, which still took quite some time. My favourite part are the ship doors on the inside. It has a curved shape, a round window, and also has to be able to open/close. That was something that went through the most trial and error, especially because I had to scale down the interior so many times. One time when they were still too big and shrinking them seemed impossible. Yes definitely, after the success of this project I’m quite excited to try out another Product Idea. Something a lot riskier and also not based off a license. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes!If you could talk to yourself before you started on this project, what would you tell them? What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Like with all my builds, I first built the model in LEGO Digital Designer. However LDD is a bit outdated, so I then move it to Stud.io to add any newer released parts and fix it up to finalize for the renders which were done on Blender. It took roughly 2 and ½ (almost 3 months if I’m counting the prep work plus rendering.) The amount of time I spent promoting was around 2-3 weeks, which is measly compared to the time I spent developing, mostly because I didn’t know how to promote my project further. Thankfully it was able to gain enough momentum to take it to 10K.

LEGO doors and windows only come at different fixed sizes, so I also had to scale every furniture based on them. Coupled with the 3,000 parts limit, it was a real headache. What is your favourite building techniqueor part/sectionthat you’ve incorporated into your Product Idea? So many to name! Throughout my LEGO Ideas journey, I’ve met so many great talented friends all with amazing builds of their own! One that comes to mind is ExeSandbox, who made a previous Krusty Krab model on LEGO Ideas! That definitely inspired the work on my own rendition of the building. How long was the process of making the project, and what did you have to research as well? What kind of prep, research and design phases did you go through to produce your creation?The second tip is to present your model well. Especially for the thumbnail image. Out of all the images you submit, the main image in the thumbnail will single-handedly decide your projects fate. You’ll most likely be using the thumbnail image for promotion as well, and it’s also what everybody would see when they browse LEGO Ideas. Chose the best possible angle of your model for the thumbnail image, I can spend hours just searching for the best angle, it really is that important. It helps to think about the presentation as early as the building phase so that you can refine the model to be as camera-friendly as possible. A very tough question, with so many to choose from! To narrow it down, it would for sure be one of the modular buildings, or something in a similar vein. The huge advanced models that make for great display pieces have always caught my eye. Maybe even one of the Ninjago City sets? Do you have plansto submit any otherProduct Ideasin the future?If yes, can you give us a hint what that might be?

It took quite a while to build for sure! There was a LOT that went into this project, from all the reference images of the building, all the countless weeks spent refining the model to be its very best, and the renderings were a whole other can of worms to work out. I’m very, very happy with the final product, however!

What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would yougive to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea If you could talk to yourself before you started on this project, what would you tell him? What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Have you created any LEGO MOCs (my own creations) that you’re particularly proud of? What is it, why are you proud of it and do you have a photo of it?

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