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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

10_2 (church)

Here's a redesign of the 10_1 model. It's built using set #10. The structure is similar, but there's been some improvements.

The lower roof is more consistent and less cluttered. The upper roof is different too. The lower windows make use of pillars (nice effect), and the ridiculously large rear circular window now has a more appropriately scaled replacement. This church is not as tall, but it's slightly larger inside.

The downside is this church is more plain in appearance. My recommendation is to build both and decide which is preferred. One more thing: This church uses all the blocks in the set! A very nice accomplishment for a set #10 design.



releppes said...

Unrelated to this church, but loosely related to my work with Anchor Stones and AnkerCAD:

I've been an OpenSUSE Linux user for quite some time. I use it everyday at work. I use Windows to read email and play games, but I use Linux to do work. Anyway, I just upgraded to the latest OpenSUSE 11.2, and all I can say is wow! The Linux experience provided by OpenSUSE has really come a long way. From system installation to one click application installations. Everything is so easy and it just works.

So how does this relate to Anchor Stones? Well, one of the things that's always kept me tied to Windows has been the AnkerCAD application. I use Open Office, Firefox, Gimp, and pretty much anything that's non-Windows centric. AnkerCAD has been the only Windows application I've needed on Windows...until recently!

I always knew you could run Windows applications under Linux via the Wine emulator. However, for all the years it's been around, I've never tried it...until today. I installed Wine from the package repository (one click operation). Then I went to Burkhard's Home Page to download the AnkerCAD installer. In a console window, I typed 'wine AC_full.exe', and off it went. Menu icons were automatically installed in the KickOff Application Launchers (ie: the KDE version of Windows Start button). Everything just worked. No fuss. A truely awesome experience. Hats off to the OpenSUSE team.

As and FYI, my OpenSUSE machine is an older 1.4GHz Athlon with only 512Mb RAM and a Geforce 4000 graphics card. Quite humble by today's standards. But it runs very well with OpenSUSE 11.2.

I know this isn't very Anchor Stone related, but if anyone was curious about AnkerCAD and they just happen to be a Linux user, I can tell you that AnkerCAD will indeed run under Linux via Wine. And it runs very well! I can also say the Linux experience today is far better than it use to be.

Thank You Germany for Anchor Stones, thank You for the OpenSUSE distribution, and thank You for KDE and making Linux fun.

Bloefeld said...

I just completed your 10_2 design. I really liked this version over the 10_1 chapel because of overall aspect. It has more of the look of a church, as I'm sure that's what you were going for and you used all of the set. Double Nice job!
It looks so grand and stands so tall in my living rm! There will always be a place in my design repository for
10_ 1 though because you presented the design on 3/7 which is also my birthday!! :)

releppes said...

I'm glad you liked it. I like it too, but the door looks too big. The door was the first thing I created (the initial idea). The challenge was to create a church the door would fit on. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough blocks in a set 10 to do it justice. However, it's still a nice building. It's taller than it looks!

I've not been active with anchor stones, but I have started working on something new. It's a set 12 design and it's probably my most complicated one yet. I don't know how it'll turn out yet, but it already has some nice visuals. No promises on when it'll get done. Sometimes I complete a design in days. Sometimes it takes months.