In today's 10K Club Interview, we're welcoming a student from Germany Clemens Fiedler (aka Namirob), and his creation Medieval Harbor. Help us congratulate him in the comments and learn more about his creation!
- Who are you?
- Where are you from?
I live near Hannover, Germany.
- How old are you?
I’m 23 years old.
- What do you study or do for a living?
In autumn 2021, I will start an education as a physiotherapist.
- What hobbies do you have?
I like traveling and hiking in the mountains, photography, video editing, Tennis, Badminton, and of course, creating and designing models.
- How and when did your interest in LEGO come about?
Through my parents, I discovered LEGO from my early childhood and played with it.
- What is LEGO for you? What does it mean for you? How does it fit in your life? E.g. build, display, meetups, play the games or 'just' watch the cartoons.
For me, LEGO is not just a toy, but much more. There are endless possibilities for young and old to creatively implement ideas and have a lot of fun.
- What is your favourite LEGO theme (current or past)? Why? And has any theme inspired your building style or preference in any particular way?
It is very difficult to limit this to one specific series but, of course, I really like the LEGO Ideas series, because these sets are very different and unique buildings from the community.
I also like the older LEGO Knights and Medieval series as well as the Creator Expert series, because these models are very detailed and realistic models with great details.
- What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
In addition to my Medieval Blacksmith set, the Cafe Corner (10182) is one of my favourite buildings, but it is really hard to choose one set, because there are so many great sets.
- What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
I am glad that there are so many different parts because then there are no limits, but if I have to choose an element, then it is the brick 1x1 W, 1 KNOB or 1x1 W, 4 KNOBs, because then you have the opportunity to build in new ways and directions. For example, it is very good to get a better 3D effect on house walls.
ABOUT YOUR PROJECT
- Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
After my Medieval Blacksmith, I wanted to design more medieval sets and a medieval harbor in this form did not exist before. In general, I like medieval architecture and design.
- 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?
All in all, I needed about 4 weeks, because it was quite difficult to find good original inspirations and pictures. I did the color scheme and the elaboration of the details at the very end, so you can focus on your main building process.
- What special challenges or frustrations did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
During the process, I had some difficulty creating the different parts of the roofs and the boat, so I had to recreate them a few times.
- How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes and how long did it take?
It was amazing because this is my second project that reached 10.000 supporters. I did not expect that after my Medieval Blacksmith another set would reach 10,000 votes.
- Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
My model has 2996 bricks.
- If you built your model digitally, what software did you use to build and render your model?
I used the LDD and POV-ray to render my model.
ABOUT LEGO IDEAS
- Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
It is difficult to say if a model will succeed. Sometimes it just takes a bit of luck, for example, that your set was chosen as a ”Staff Pick” or was posted on social media. In general, it is helpful to create what is fun and what you can identify with. Think about what you would like to have as a new LEGO set.
- What is your favourite LEGO Ideas Product Idea (besides your own of course)? Are there any Product Ideas you think have been overlooked?
Personally, I like the Old Fishing Store and Barracuda Bay.
- What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
At the platform, I like the many possibilities, ideas, and inspirations that are built with LEGO. LEGO Ideas is in a great location to show each other projects. I especially like the positive atmosphere, community, and exchange with each other.
If you decide to upload an idea, you should read the rules carefully, because it is annoying to recreate or upload the idea again. A good selection of high-resolution images of your set from different perspectives is also very helpful in presenting your model well.
- Do you have plans to submit any other Product Ideas in the future? If yes, can you give us a hint of what that might be?
Maybe, there will be another medieval model soon. :)
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