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Ben Duguid works in London, UK as a Technical Lead for The BIO Agency, mostly delivering web sites on various Microsoft based platforms.

He has run internal training sessions helping other developers get up to speed in the technologies he knows about, and tries hard to get others to do the same.

For what it's worth he is an MCPD in ASP.NET 3.5, and is currently a Pro-Tem Mod on LEGO Answers


Jan
14
comment How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?
Yep, I was using the Arch and Design materials, and the rest, but had had some difficulty getting the model to a decent scale if I recall correctly.
Jan
14
comment Can you build accurate models using 100% LEGO elements by following Megablocks instructions?
Yep, you can just see a number of elements in the photo in my compatibility answer (bricks.stackexchange.com/a/754/56) that I don't believe have a direct LEGO counterpart, from the hollow "frying pan" that Harry's holding, the 1x1 angular SNOT brick (the LEGO one is much thinner, and doesn't have a stud on both sides, but a hole on top), the rounded double lights and even the sloped brick they are attached to. I'll try and dig the model out and see if I can photo all the different bits.
Jan
13
comment How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?
heh. True, but I'd rather spend the time working on my shaders and getting it to sit right on a photo background if I know others have produced a full set of models in something else ;)
Jan
13
accepted What are all the third party (unofficial) accessories I can get for an NXT
Jan
13
revised What are all the third party (unofficial) accessories I can get for an NXT
Added details of the majority of core sensors that are available from each company.
Jan
13
comment How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?
While I like the render, there's only a limited set of parts compared to LDraw lists, and things like MLCad/LeoCad etc. really help with lining up the parts properly, but I've yet to find a decent workflow that results in sensibly sized models in 3DS Max - the imports from LPub for example were always rather tiny :(
Jan
13
accepted How do I build a curved wall?
Jan
13
comment How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?
@dannystaple LDD has an extended mode that you can turn on using a config setting to access a much wider range of elements: eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=53760
Jan
12
comment How many themes have been released by LEGO?
@MajorStackings Don't forget that some themes also have sub-themes: brickset.com/browse/themes/?theme=Alpha%20Team lists two proper sub themes for Alpha Team, and City has around 13 core sub-themes, like Police, Fire, Space, Trains, etc. which you can see in the right hand column.
Jan
12
answered Were there any non “misson-x” sets from the LEGO Alpha Team Range (as in with the PC Game)?
Jan
12
answered Which subtheme did the “Space Monorail” sets come under?
Jan
12
comment Can custom content be imported into LEGO Creator?
Normally a statement like that on Wikipedia would require a citation - odd that it's missing... Anyway, digging around elsewhere, the Brick model files had more than just the model data - they had actions, etc. associated with them, so aren't the same format as the LDD elements. rockraidersunited.org/topic/2944-lego-creator
Jan
12
awarded  Announcer
Jan
12
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
11
comment How do I build a curved wall?
Fantastic, cheers :)
Jan
11
comment Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?
Yep, I realise that.
Jan
11
comment Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?
Seems my memory may be faulty - the bodies are glued to the legs :(
Jan
11
revised Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?
deleted 1 characters in body
Jan
11
comment Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?
Also: yes buying more battle packs/small sets is a good way forward, however TLG need to produce more variety so I can bick up these odd characters. Seriously though, I'm not going to not buy a Hasbro version of Ackbar (even in the "Vintage Collection") because I can get a LEGO one, I'm just not collecting the Hasbro figures any more - they won't fit with my LEGO sets ;)
Jan
11
revised Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?
Fixed a couple of typos.