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CCC Wall Section MOC

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 8:38 pm
by Troy
So, i'm sitting her looking at the CCC standard....and looking at this pile of 1 x 6 x 5 gray bircks that I have. The ones with the stupid snake head pattern on them from the Chamber of Secrets set. Then it dawns on me....they would be perfect for making CCC wall sections out of. Since they are dirt cheap, and you can just face the snake printing inside and nobody will ever see it.

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Now, I've got plenty of those wall sections. The problem is that I don't have any other gray parts in my collection (as I always sold the gray in my store since it brings in the money!) So, I had to raid my store for the rest of the parts. Fortunately, I had enough in stock.

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I can't make more than one complet wall section though, as I seem to have only 16 gray 1 x2 bricks! Pitiful I tell ya! We need nice blue walls! Really! :D

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Troy

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 10:07 pm
by architect
I like it Troy. Considering the amount of gray it takes to build the walls. Of course I have plenty of wall sections that I could use. Each of your walls needs 10 of the 1 x 6 x 5 bricks. $4.40 plus some misc. gray for a wall section - not bad.

Ben

PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:10 pm
by Troy
Ben,

The 1x6x5 printed bricks are probably the cheapest parts of the wall. I had them priced at 20 cents each and couldn't sell them! The 1x2x5 bricks used on the ends are also dirt cheap. People don't seem to like the tall bricks very much, but I think that this is a perfect application for them, and it prevents you from having to "waste" regular bricks.

I do, however, find my lack of 1 x 2 bricks and inverted slopes rather disturbing. To rectify that situation, I ordered 1,400 1 x 2 bricks today, at 4 cents each! The inverted slopes will be harder to come by though.

Once I gear up my supply of some of these other component, I will be able to easily make a large number of these wall sections. Then all i'll need is some other people in the area, and we'll be well on our way to a CCC display!

Troy

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:51 am
by Glencaer
This is a great idea. I was wondering what to do with my extra snake wall pieces.. they look soo... un-useful!

once again, a great idea!

-lenny

Since they are dirt cheap ?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 7:12 am
by gerkenz
> ... a pile of 1 x 6 x 5 gray bricks ...

Yes, that's the right way to build these cc-walls !

BUT: are they realy cheap :?: the set isn't.

bye - I'm going to get some ..... :)

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 1:49 pm
by Troy
The snake printed parts SHOULD be available cheaply, as I had mine listed for 20 cents each and they didn't sell. I also bought several hundred more from another seller at 20 cents each.

While the set that they came in IS expensive, it was not always so. Walmart.com clearanced them a while back for as low as $17.50! And the part in question is not very desireable, so it sells cheaply.

Troy

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 5:57 pm
by Bruce N H
Hey Troy,

I had a question for you or other Bricklink dealers. Do you draw a sharp line between your "play with" bricks and your "brickshop" bricks? If so, how do you resist that temptation: "Hmm, I really need some more 1x6 bricks, but those in that bin are supposed to be for my store." If you don't draw a sharp line, how do you deal with it when you're in the middle of building a MOC, and someone orders a piece that forms an integral part of it.

Bruce

PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 10:13 pm
by Charlie
I'm not nearly as big of a Bricklink seller as Troy, but I'll answer anyway.

Whenever I get a new set or bulk lot I sort out all the parts that I think I will need, or know that I need. Then I put everything else on Bricklink, and store it in Ziplock bags. If I need to use a part, I just delete it from my inventory, and use it.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:38 am
by Troy
My answer is pretty much the same as Charlies. My store inventory and my personal collection are kept physically separated. My collection is upstairs in the spare bedroom (with overflow into other rooms). My store inventory is in the basement, also with some overflow elsewhere.

When I part out sets, I pull out the parts that I like, and then list everything else. Not a perfect method, but it works OK. I've got vast amounts of some parts, more than I could ever use probably. And i've got NONE of other parts. Light Gray being an example. I haven't generally been a castle builder, and what I have build has been in non-standard colors. I had to pull parts out of inventory for the tower and wall sections, as I had NO light gray in my persanal collection.

Troy