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#2439 MOC OF THE WEEK: Treasure Map by @paulthem_brick

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Post Number 2439 - MOC OF THE WEEK: Treasure Map by @paulthem_brick  Let's look at a brick-built tribute to an iconic printed tile!  SWIPE TO SEE MORE!  Large image of a brick-built creation of the newer printed pirate treasure map tile.

Ever wanted to go searching for sunken booty, but the minifig scale map tile is just too small for your human eyes? @paulthem_brick did us all a solid and blew it up to brick-built size, employing some clever techniques in the process. Maybe the real treasure was the MOCs we made along the way!



The Part That Inspired It  The original map (part number 3068px9) first debuted in the classic “Black Seas Barracuda”, set number 6285. It was limited to black, yellow, and blue, on a white tile.  Image of part number 3068px9, the original 2 by 2 printed treasure map tile.  However, today’s featured MOC was based on the newer part number 3068bpb0929, first seen in 2015’s “The Brick Bounty”. Shades of white and red were added to this update, which is printed on a tan tile.  Image of part number 3068bpb0929, the updated 2 by 2 printed treasure map tile.  DD stands for Djorde Djordjevic, the part’s graphic designer!  An arrow calls out the initials DD towards the bottom of the newer tile.

The build is jam-packed with NPU (nice parts usage)!  Image of the left half of the build expanded.  The hull of the ship, which we’ll explore in depth later on, uses dinosaur tail parts and barbs to mimic the shape on the original tile.  The dashed lines are made three-dimensional by using a red 1 by 1 tile, secured to the map with 1 by 1 tiles with clips: yellow when over land, and blue when over water.  Image of a red 1 by 1 tile inside of a blue 1 by 1 tile with clip, that part out from the main build.  The “DD” initials use 2 black sausages and a mechanical arm.  An arrow points to the initials DD on the build, with two part numbers called out - part 30377, the mechanical arm, and part 33078, the sausage, both in black.

Image of the right half of the build expanded.  X marks the spot! Here, there appears to be just a red 1 by 2 tile nudged between the two 1 by 1 tiles to form the cross of an “X”.  Arrow points to the place on the build described, which forms a red X.  The print has a few of these little wave squiggles. They are cleverly achieved with a tap, bar with claw, and minifigure hand!  Small image of a close up of the wave lines from the original tile.  Images of the three parts, in the order they come together to represent the wave: part number 983, a minifigure hand, part number 48729b, a 1L bar with claw, and part number 7599b, a tap nozzle, all in black.  The skull in the compass is basically just one perfect part – the Rock Skull – with a black round tile in each eye.  Small image of a close up of the compass on the tile, with an arrow pointing to the compass on the build. There is also an image of the front and back of part number 47990, the rock skull piece.

The pirate ship is one of the more eye-catching elements of the build. Let’s look at how it came together!  White cheese slopes, curved slopes, and plates make up the sails, which are clipped to black bars. Black taps peek out from the top to represent black flags.  Small image of a close up of the ship on the tile.  Larger close up image of the ship as built into the MOC.  Two of these middle dinosaur tail sections fit into a technic 1 by 2 brick with two holes to give the ship’s hull its curved shape.  Images of part number 40378, the middle dinosaur tail section, and part number 32000, the 1 by 2 technic brick with two holes, both in black.  A spear tip provides length to the tip at the fore of the ship, and the barb/claw makes the curve more dramatic.  Images of part number 24482, the spear tip, and part number 53451, the barb/claw, both in black.  Finally, an ingot goes on top of the technic brick to hide the exposed studs. White cheese slopes, curved slopes, and plates make up the sails, which are clipped to black bars. Black taps peek out from the top to represent black flags.  Image of part number 99563, the ingot bar, in black.

The anchor is a subtle yet clever design with more nice part usage.  Parts used: includes images of part number 30374, a 4L bar; part number 33078, a sausage; part number 24122, a technic axle connector with two perpendicular bar holes; two of part number 20482, round tiles with bar and pin holder; and part number 11090, bar holder with clip, all in black.  Small image of a close up of the anchor on the tile.  1) Slide the 4L bar through the axle hole in the technic connector, making a cross.  Image of the 4L bar placed through the axle hole.  2) Add the bar holder with clip to the long end of the bar, turning it perpendicular to the technic connector.  Image of the bar holder with clip added to the cross.  3) Add the 2 round tiles with bar and pin holder to the ends of the sausage. (It’s a tight fit.)  Image of the sausage with one bar and pin holder already added and the other separate.  4) Snap the sausage into the clip to finish the anchor.  Image of the finished anchor with the bottom part (sausage and bar and pin holders) attached.  5) Use a blue 1 x 1 tile with clip to attach the anchor to the water on the map!  Image of the anchor placed on the build with a clip tile.

Here are a few more features that demonstrate great attention to detail!  Images of the tile, enlarged, as well as the build, for direct comparison.  The tan tile border is more than just a clean frame – it mimics the perimeter gutter surrounding the print on the original tile.  A little greebling adds interest to the land parts. Particularly, the 1 by 1 round plates with open studs are deliberately added to resemble the dots on the print.  Which map print do you prefer – the old or the new? And which would make for a better MOC? Join the discussion below!

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