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Postby Blue Monarch » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:19 pm

An amazing piece of art. Even just the small grottoes on the side are worthy of a main page article. Impressive work.
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Postby bikicsmilan » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:47 pm

Dear Classic castlers,

Thank you very much for all your feedback!
If you have any questions concerning my work, don't hesitate to ask me!

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Postby Aliencat » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:53 pm

Nice to see you registered here Milán, welcome :)
Those are some awesome building skills you've shown there. Very inspiring to say the least!
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Postby bikicsmilan » Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:17 pm

Thanks! :)
I've started ordering the parts from BL for the spire and the clockwork inside. If I finish it by August, I'll show it in Berlin.
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Postby darkstarsk8er327 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:48 pm

pretty colors and alot of detail and a large scale. kool
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby bikicsmilan » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:17 pm

Dear Classic Castlers,

It's been a long time since I posted anyhing. In the past two years I have been busy working on my cathedral, at varying speed. Last August I managed to get the first two stories of the North-Western spire, together with the Renaissance clock tower, about 90% finished - I had quite a strenuous teaching job at a very bad high school then. But as for now, I teach at a university which is about a quarter as stressful, so I finally have more time for my beloved hobby. I'd decided to speed things up a little bit and as a result I brought about the main nave in the past academic year. This May I added staircase spires and chapels to the St Mirton complex thus completing the North-Eastern view. See this deeplink:
http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=4520325
(this is a work in progress photo which I took without reconstructing the damage the cat had done to some details)
This Summer I'm planning to finish the Northern side with a high Gothic transept facade and a Baroque chapter house. Wish me luck!
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby Blego7 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:56 am

I can't say I like the colored tile roof on the top. However the entire outside is rivaling that of Anthony Sava's. I love all the larger MOCs that are popping out picturing cathedrals such as this. Excellent work all around! I love the stained glass as always.
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby Rogue Shadow » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:07 am

That is a jawdropper. That is one of the largest and most detailed castle MOC's I have ever seen, and it looks like a cathedral pulled right out of Europe. The like the stained glass windows are the best part (in my opinion). Very nice job.
*Edit: I had only been looking at the cathedral. The cityscape is amazing, I love the detailed wall, and as I have said before, the buildings look like they have been pulled right out of Europe. There is no words for this, other than keep up the good work!
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby Blueandwhite » Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:18 am

Blego7 wrote:I can't say I like the colored tile roof on the top. However the entire outside is rivaling that of Anthony Sava's. I love all the larger MOCs that are popping out picturing cathedrals such as this. Excellent work all around! I love the stained glass as always.


I disagree about the roof.

For me the roof is absolutely wonderful and fits well wtih the mottled look of the cathedral itself. While I think Sava's cathedral is incredible, the sheer size and detail on Bikicsmilan's cathedral is simply out of this world. I love the mottling and the fact that you incorporated colours we don't typically see with this technique into the wall (the white works quite well). I love ambitious projects like this one. Even if it takes you another decade to get your cathedral finished, the sheer size and detail alone make it worth the wait!

Love seeing the udate. Just a quick question; in your gallery you have a photo of a shorter section with a cone spire:

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How does this tower fit into the cathedral? The spire is quite beautiful however the tower itself seems shorter than the rest of your cathedral. Just idle curiosity. Again, fantastic work.
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby bikicsmilan » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:21 am

Blueandwhite wrote:
Blego7 wrote:I can't say I like the colored tile roof on the top. However the entire outside is rivaling that of Anthony Sava's. I love all the larger MOCs that are popping out picturing cathedrals such as this. Excellent work all around! I love the stained glass as always.


Tastes are not to be disputed - it occurs even to me sometimes that I feel the colours are too harsh on the roof! On the other hand, it is historically supported and, most of all, when I started the project three years ago there was absolutely no way I could get tens of thousands of red or black tiles. Ordering some one thousand pieces of each colour seemed the fairest compromise then.

How does this tower fit into the cathedral? The spire is quite beautiful however the tower itself seems shorter than the rest of your cathedral. Just idle curiosity. Again, fantastic work.


Again, the spire is missing from the picture purely on grounds of convenience - we live in an apartment of 300 sq feet and the entire structure would measure about 6 ft in length. If I got all the modules assembled, I put at least one door in the flat out of operation. Now I'm pretty sure my wife just wouldn't like that. (I would :cry: ). The spire is currently a few feet away from the rest of the structure, ready for completion, which is due next summer. Between the octagonal roof and the two storeys there will be three more stories of two separable gothic architectural periods of the cathedral. This means that once completed, the North-western spire will stand more than 6 feet tall.
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Postby LegoLord. » Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:09 pm

This is massive and awe-inspiring. Awesome work.
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby quaraga » Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:54 am

i like the general colour scheme. the white and red stand out well.
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby bikicsmilan » Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:00 pm

Dear Classic Castlers,

It's time for my semi-annual cathedral update.

1.The first deeplink shows the clock tower which is optically 95% finished. From this view, however, it's 100% complete:

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=4824113

Sorry for the awful picture, photographing is obviously one of my weak points. The dial was made with these guys: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4596 attached with hinges to form a circle. I saw the idea a couple of years ago on Flicr. Unfortunately I can't recall whose idea I used here. Anyway, the flags and the cones in the inner circle are my own amendments :)

2. I also constructed a Baroque chapter house in dark red, white and new light gray:

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=4824122

It was an easy build, the only innovation was using football goal nets for window panes.

3. The worst picture shows my most innovative build for last year:

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=4824121

It's a semi-circular church apse. Finally, one of my childhood dreams came true and I can build round towers with windows on them. If you'd like to know how these are done, I'll gladly write a "How to" article on this topic.
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Postby jediknight219 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:07 pm

My guess is that the apse uses tank tread to hold it together. If not,then I would definitely like to know how it was done.
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Re: Ancient city of SztMirton and Cathedral by bikicsmilan

Postby bikicsmilan » Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:51 pm

Not tank treads... Although I tried that method once with a Fabuland Ferris wheel and old Technic links. It was too shaky and not really suitable for windows.
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