My rebuilding posts appear to be rising in reputation. It’s one of many few collection the place I’m actively getting requests. At Bricks Cascade this final weekend, Ben requested me if I may analyze the Green Grocer. It’s one of many units he missed out on however the aftermarket costs are a little steep. Not practically as dangerous as, say, the Millenium Falcon, however nonetheless round $1000.
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Open up BrickStock and cargo within the Green Grocer. Get the worth of the components (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-G), then get the most costly to the highest (click on, click on). Notice that the components worth is already at $758, roughly a quarter lower than buying one. Maybe we may have one thing right here.
The panel will be modified to the brand new variant with facet helps. However, it will barely change the look of the Palladian window on the third ground. Two of the unique panels price over $17. Two of the brand new variants might be $zero.13.
The subsequent spendy merchandise is the 1x2x3 prepare window. I do not even know the purpose of utilizing the prepare model. The options of it are turned to the within and no glass is used. My assumption is that the flat entrance 1x2x3 window was not produced till after this set was designed. In that case, change the prepare window to a 60593 and save about $32 on all 4 items.
Per my earlier posts, you may know that I strike the figs from these units. If you might be recreating for resale, then you definately’ll need them in. If that is a show piece, you may both not care what the figs appear like or chances are you’ll not use them. $26 saved when you select to not use them. If you are reducing the figs, you can reduce the cat too at $2.75.
As with the Cafe Corner, two 16×32 baseplates are pointless. The mannequin is just not constructed to separate open. Replace them with a single $eight 32×32 baseplate. Change the quantity to 3811, amount to 1 and bodily change the worth to $eight.
Next click on the black door then type by description. You’ll discover that there are each variants of doorways for all three colours. The Type 1 door is the older model and is dearer. Obviously. Highlight all three of these variants and be aware that the worth is round $32. Now spotlight the Type 2 variants. A grand complete of $four. Strike the Type 1 doorways.
Note that this solely catches three variants. Click the “Status” column to seek out the others. Scroll all the way in which down. Whenever you see doubles, strike the most costly one. In most instances it’s going to make little distinction however it’s going to clear up your finish outcome. Note that each one the extras are simply above this. The unique set got here with 54 extras totaling underneath $four. Might as effectively take away all of them.
Now return to the highest and type by the “Total” column. You’ll discover instantly that Sand Green bricks prime the listing. It’s arduous to exchange a fundamental brick, however what if we may substitute a colour? Crazy? Select the 1×8 brick and click on the “Color” column. We solely have 6 distinctive items to attempt to substitute. Highlight all of them and let’s have enjoyable.
Total worth of all 243 components is $316. My first thought is to strive the newer Olive Green. It’s a bit yellower, and I do not assume we’ll have good luck with the hinge base or slotted bricks, however let’s strive. Sure sufficient, these two components do not exist in Olive. The hinge base is simple although. Two of them are hidden by the out of doors vegetable show. Five others are hidden inside the roof. Change the colour to the rest. Black would work and takes $1.20 off the worth EACH. That’s $eight of financial savings.
The slotted brick goes to be a little problem. It’s used for architectural attraction in a number of locations. You may presumably change it to Light Bley/Medium Stone. The complete value drops from $111 to $13. Or change them to plain 1×2 Olive Green bricks and drop the worth to $10. If you need to see some architectural selection, you may substitute all of them with triple the variety of 1×2 plates. That can be $18 for the lot. If it was me I would be inclined to go the plain brick route, then hope that TLG made some Olive Green slotted bricks sooner or later.
Or, change the model up a bit and substitute each single Sand Green brick with a bunch of brick bricks. It does not change the worth a lot per stud, however it will have a WAY completely different look with items that might be a lot simpler to supply.
For the rest of the bricks, Olive Green drops the worth from $180 to $48.
Click the “Total” column once more to get the spendy gadgets up prime.The Dark Red inverted slopes are $three every. As a lot as I really like the colour, it’s obscured barely by the window glass in entrance of them. Maybe we may change them to Reddish Brown? That additionally requires altering eight of the 12 1×1 bricks as effectively. Highlight the inverted slopes, type by colour, then choose the 1×1 Dark Red bricks. Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V to create a second lot. Answer “No” to each pop-ups. Your new lot might be on the backside. Change the colour to Reddish Brown and the amount to eight. Go again as much as the Dark Red colours and alter that 1×1 brick lot to amount four. Then change the colour of the inverted slope to Reddish Brown. Ctrl-G that merchandise. A change to Dark Purple would internet the identical financial savings.
The Light Bley/Medium Stone 1×8 bricks are costly. It wouldn’t be fully unreasonable to exchange them with twice the amount of 1×4 bricks. Change the half# to 3010 and the amount to 58. This drops the worth from $11 to $7.
The Tan 1×6 arch is relatively costly and will be changed with a newer and refined variant. Change the half# to 92950 and watch $eight soften away. Changing the lamp publish to half# 11062 drops $1.
Select all and Ctrl-G to get the worth at this level. I see $358. That’s wonderful! We’ve reduce the worth by effectively over half! Don’t overlook that that is the Olive Green model, at the very least mine is. If you’ve got stored the Sand Green, You’ll be a little over $600. There’s not far more to think about at this level that might make a large distinction. Maybe altering from new to used items. Maybe some minor particulars of changing longer bricks or plates with shorter ones. Or changing the 2×16 plates with every other obtainable colour. Bear in thoughts that you’ve some difficult ceiling assemblies to construct. Don’t reduce the plates down too small otherwise you’ll have structural failure. Double examine the instructions to make sure.