MOC – 62288 The Medusselde Palace by Legomocloc

MOC - 62288 The Medusselde Palace by Legomocloc

The original author of this article is AiDaN , the designer of MOC-74625 A Terribly Nice Family

MOC - 62288 The Medusselde Palace by Legomocloc

Parts: 7868

Weight: 8.9kg
Dimensions: 49.6 x 75 x 33.8cm (wxdxh)
Price: €499.99 RRP (Discountable with the code: brickmocs)

With a total of 7868 pieces and almost 9 kg, the Golden Hall (The Medusselde Palace) from the designer Legomocloc arrived at my home in 2 neutrally printed LesDiy boxes. It took almost 30 days from order to delivery and the set came directly from China. A big advantage with LesDiy is that the sets are first sent to the Netherlands and from there to Germany, so you don't have to worry about customs or import sales tax.

If you open the boxes, you'll be greeted by the partially pre-sorted clamping blocks made from reusable zip-lock bags. The package also includes a 4GB USB stick on which the instructions are in PDF format. After an initial inspection of the terminal blocks, no consistent manufacturer could be identified, but the quality still makes a very good impression.

In order to be able to build the Golden Hall, a total of 1177 construction steps are required and the set is built in 6 construction phases, which I will now look at individually in the further course.

Construction section 1 ( The base )

In the first construction phase you start building the base of the set. Several 8x16 plates in dark tan are framed with a wall and filled with 2x4 bricks, which are always alternately clamped together in white and red. This construction phase is very quick and easy, but you should already think about where you want to build the set, because from this point on, transporting the base is hardly possible due to the statics, as the plates move in the position when you lift them Press the middle up and only connect them with 2x4 studs. However, it should be noted that the base already takes up a footprint of 49.6cm x 75cm (wxd) and you need a decent amount of space for the further construction phases.

Construction Section 2 ( The Throne Room )

In the second construction phase, the throne room of the “Golden Hall” is being built. This also explains why the building got its name, because the set contains a lot of golden clamping blocks, which are installed both on the facade and in the interior. This part of the building is really beautiful to look at and has some impressive details that fill the interior of the throne room. In addition to a fireplace and 2 bookshelves, as the name suggests, the royal throne is of course also installed. The hall is also decorated with many flags hanging from the ceiling in green and gold as well as blue and red.

With a few exceptions, the construction techniques used in the throne room are very successful and pose little to no difficulties during construction. Only the flags on the ceiling have to be pressed with force into opposite studs (here “1x2 bricks with studs on side” are used), as these will only be attached after the hall has been completed and the structure is already so rigid that the gaps leave no leeway.

Construction stage 3 ( The roof of the throne room )

In the third construction phase, the middle roof of the “Golden Hall” is being built.

Visually, the roof is really very successful and the structure, which is originally made of straw, is really well reproduced. The details on the gables and the suggested horses on the roof ridge are also very beautifully built and a visual highlight.

Unfortunately, this is where the set has its biggest weakness, which leads me to only recommend the set to very experienced “plumbers”, because a lot of foresight and experience is necessary to be able to complete the construction phase, as stupidly following the instructions is not an option here goal would lead.

But let's start with the easy part first, the gable and the rafters are very easy to build and don't require much effort or a particularly strong instinct.

But now the strenuous part begins:

Now you start covering the roof and building the sides of the roof. These are each built in one piece and supported and held together underneath with “2 x … Plates” (“…” because different lengths are used here).

( HERE AN IMPORTANT TIP : In the next construction phases , two 1 x 2 plates” and a 1 x 2 technology brick with hole will be attached to each of the brown2 x plates. DO NOT DO THAT !!! Um In order to be able to place the thatched roof on the substructure that has already been built , the two 1 x 2 plates and the “1 x 2 technology brick with hole must be attached directly to the gray “1 x 2 bricksused in the substructure Pin " is attached and only connected to the "2 x ..." plates when the top surface is finally put on . The instructions require something different here . )

Unfortunately, it is not clear in the instructions exactly where the plates should be attached below the thatched roof, as in the instructions they are just in a row without specifying the gap width between the plates (in this case, specifying the distances would be mandatory).

Now larger plates in dark tan are placed on the “2 x … plates”, whereby there are always construction steps in which parts float in the air and are only fixed later in the process.

Once you have mastered these construction phases, you now need a lot of sensitivity and the entire roof must be connected to the brown plates on the technology bricks mentioned in the tip that are attached to the substructure. The best way to do this is to take the entire roof in your hand and attach the technology bricks individually to the plates.

It can always happen that something falls off, but don't give up, once you get the hang of it, it'll work fine.

Now that you have completed the roof, I would recommend that you place it on the throne room built in construction phase 2 as quickly as possible, as the necessary stability is only created through the connection (normally the roof can be removed to view the interior, this would be the case). However, I do not recommend it, otherwise the laboriously clamped construction will fall off in some places).

Construction section 4 ( The left wing of the throne room )

In construction phase 4, the left wing of the throne room is now being built. In this section there is a nicely designed dining room with some small details such as golden cups or barrels that stand in the corner for the delicious mead.

This construction phase can again be built very well and here too the construction of the thatched roof is much better and very stable.

At the end, the construction section is then placed on the base and attached to the throne room, so that the left wing represents a seamless extension of the room.

Construction section 5 ( The right wing of the throne room )

In construction phase 5, the right wing is now being built. This is a mirror image of the left wing and is built identically. In this area there is a small armory, although it should be mentioned here that although the armor holders are included, the armor is missing.

Since this construction phase is only a mirrored version of the left wing, it can of course be built in a similar way and can therefore be completed relatively quickly.

At the end, the right wing is attached to the throne room and the “Golden Hall” is finally on the base and can be viewed in all its glory.

Construction phase 6 (the cladding of the base)

In construction phase 6, the base is now covered with a wall and parts of rock, so that the base of the mountain on which the “Golden Hall” stands can also be seen here.

This construction phase is completed very quickly and in the end the result is really impressive.

Finally, I would of course like to give a conclusion, which I would like to divide into a conclusion about the set and a conclusion about the stones used.

Conclusion about the set:

All in all, the MOC 62288 The Medusselde Palace is a visually very appealing set and, apart from the roof, is also a really easy-to-build model. Depending on the speed, the construction time is around 30-40 hours (ideal for watching the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films as well as the Rings of Power series). Due to its enormous width and size, it is an eye-catcher in every hobby room or apartment and the ultimate MOC for all fans of the films and especially the people of Rohan. Apart from a few minor errors in the instructions (which I already mentioned in the construction sections), I didn't notice anything that would make the set impossible to build. I would only wait until the entire MOC is finished before transporting the set, otherwise the base plates could be pushed through and the set would fall apart. I definitely don't regret building this MOC.

Conclusion about the stones used and LesDiy:

As I already mentioned at the very beginning, the stones do not come from a single manufacturer and are mixed commissioned by LesDiy, which leads to color deviations, especially in dark tan. However, since the set is a wooden castle with a thatched roof, the color variations are not a disadvantage, but rather very harmonious and realistic in the overall picture. Except for the missing lances (since these are very difficult to get even in the form to be used from the market leader and do not appear in the parts list on Rebrickable), I suspect that LesDiy was unable to obtain these or that they are not in the designer's parts list appeared and were therefore not known) and the missing armor parts, I had no missing parts and even still have a lot of stones left. The clamping force is excellent and I didn't have any miscasts or particularly scratched tiles. All in all, LesDiy really does a very good job here and continues to develop over time.

PS: I was given the set by LesDiy at a discounted price for a review, but of course this did not influence my opinion of the set.