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Ok, so a couple of people were foolish enough to express interest in my christmas gifts of Puzz3D Tolkien Puzzles and my Vader puzzle sculpture. I'll post some pics of each project as I do them.

First is the Darth Vader Sculpture puzzle. The pieces are numbered in 5 different lots, each lot representing one set of layers. I had already completed lots 1 and 2 so this thread will show the work on lot 3.

Firstly, we scatter the pieces, about 200 or so and try to find segments that seem to match.

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Next we start to assemble the layers.

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Here you can see that the backs of the pieces are numbered as Lot 3. Without this, we'd effectively be looking at a 1000 piece puzzle, which would require a lot more space than I have here right now.

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Here's a view of the Bust with the first two lots completed. As you can see, there are 48 layers so far.

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Here's another view of the first 48 layers of the bust assembled.

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Once the layers start to take shape, this accelerates quickly. With a better idea of what you're looking for the pieces are easier to find. Also, there's less of them now :)

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Here's lot 3 completed. Each of the layers now has to be assembled on the bust in order.

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And here's the bust with the layers from Lot 3 added.

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Here's the finished product.

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And in 3/4 profile.

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I enjoyed this puzzle. The images on each layer, and the numbered lots made this a much more manageable project. I completed this in three fairly long sittings. I suppose about 8 hours in total.

Gandalf took me a lot longer....

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Gandalf was made from coloured foam and each layer had no image aside from the pattern made by the different coloured foams. I'd say it took me at least twice as long as the Vader puzzle, if not more. The eyebrows are actually painted in for some reason, but the rest is simply contours and 3 shades of foam.

Here are the two pieces side by side...

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Anyway, there you go. I hope you enjoyed it!

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Thanks Alatar!

I never saw a puzzle like that before.

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Those are wonderful!
The Vader puzzle especially looks like fun. Thanks for posting all of those photos. :)

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Cool, thanks, Alatar! :)

Wonder why they didn't paint Gandalf's eyes a bit.

The Vader bust seems a nice thing to do for kids with all the simple, small puzzles - you could do it again letting your kids share in the work, if you haven't done so already. Seems a fun family activity to me, if the kids already know Star Wars. :)

I got a Flower-Fairy puzzle for Christmas, which I'd seen in a shop and said I'd like.
It looked easy, because 1000 pieces isn't too much, but I didn't think that with such a simple motif, all the pieces would not be more than shades of green, brown, white and red. :shock:
The LOTR puzzles, which I got in previous years, were done in a jiffy, because it was mostly easy to differentiate between Éowyn's eyes and Frodo's hair etc - just some hard bits in each. So, this one seems to be harder, and I'm thrilled with that! :D

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Yeah, thanks for taking and sharing all those pictures, Alatar. I've never seen a puzzle like that either. It still looks very hard to figure out the order of the layers, even with the lot numbers given.

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The Vader bust seems a nice thing to do for kids with all the simple, small puzzles - you could do it again letting your kids share in the work, if you haven't done so already. Seems a fun family activity to me, if the kids already know Star Wars. :)


Actually it's quite difficult for kids because each section is completely unconnected to the ones around it. I did a 352 piece puzzle with my kids today that was far easier because each section was easy to place in the overall. With the Vader puzzle each section is standalone so you have several pieces that are the right shape and colour for the section. It's hard to describe. A single 200 piece puzzle would be far easier than 20 10 piece puzzles all jumbled together. That's what this is like, it's like taking 20 smaller puzzles, each unrelated and throwing them all into the same box. Then multiply that by 5. Let's put it this way. I'm a smart adult and I reckon I put 8 hours of work into this one. It's certainly not suitable for kids. It's just too damn hard. The 1000 piece LotR puzzles are more straightforward, as you said, because they're easier to piece together.

You should try one of these. They're harder than they look!

Jnyusa, the layers wasn't a problem for this one as each pic was numbered, but for the Gandalf bust it was a real trial and error situation, particularly since some of the pieces would fit in the wrong place, so it wasn't until you tried to put the layers together that you realised the error. still, the staisfaction gained was great!

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all I can say is .................





WOW!!!!!!!!!1111111111





looks VERY complicated and as a puzzle lover,




I am impressed!!!

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It's good you have all that free time.... :P

What are the individual layers in the Gandalf...pictures from the movies? That one seems more sculptural....less a stack of puzzles.....

Good work :rofl: :rofl:


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There's no images on the individual layers in Gandalf. Each layer is simply designed to produce the sculpture. It's quite tricky. I got that one two Christmases ago and it took me most of the holiday to complete it.


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Do people here like all sorts of puzzles generally?

I found a great website full of puzzles of every kind, and most are copyright protected so I really don't know whether it's OK for me to reproduce one of them here, but I will give all the info - the link sequence to get to the puzzle and the originators id code and the copyright info so that you can go to the website and work from the original puzzle if you prefer to do so. All the puzzles are free ... and at the website you can get the answer, too!

The website is called "Brainbashers"

http://www.brainbashers.com

When you arrive, there is a menu on the left. Click on Puzzles
Then Puzzle Types. Then Hard. When you arrive on the hard puzzles page, scroll to Puzzle #21 (means advancing through a few pages). It is a puzzle that requires you to decode a binary code and it is a challenge. Here is the puzzle:

Puzzle 21
During the recent BrainBashers cipher convention, a binary code contest took place. The contest consisted of a binary code transmission where the spaces between the letters were missing and there was no punctuation. Each letter of the alphabet was translated into its binary equivalent based on its position in the alphabet, a=1, b=10, c=11, d=100, e=101, f=110, g=111, h=1000, i=1001, j=1010, k=1011, l=1100, m=1101, n=1110, o=1111, p=10000, q=10001, r=10010, s=10011, t=10100, u=10101, v=10110, w=10111, x=11000, y=11001, z=11010.

What is the answer to the question being asked?

110011101001000100110011100110011110110
101100101100110010011101101001111010111
001010010000101011101011010110010110011
010010001111101011111000101001001101001
011111111010111001001000101110010000100
111010011100111011101100110011100111011
000011001011000110101101100111010010011
111111010111100011010010011001111111110
101100001100101011001111111110101

Ref: ZYMX © Kevin Stone [Protected Puzzle]

I did solve this in a handful of sessions once I figured out how I wanted to attack it, so I'll give you the one clue that helped me break it. People who write binary probably know this and see the pattern right away but I had to think about it and consider how helpful the pattern would be to the solution. It was.

The Clue: Zero can never be the beginning of a letter.

It also helps somewhat to know the relative frequency of the letters in English: e-a-o-i-d-h-n-r-s-t-u-y-c-f-g-l-m-w-b-k-p-q-x-z.

I love to do stuff like this over breakfast! Best of all is to find one where you can make some progress in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee, but still have it to work on for a few days.

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<tucks pencil back into geeky pocket protector> :D

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Gack! You wimpy people. No one is going to take this one on?

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Not 42?

:rotfl:

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42?

That would make the answer "bj".

Or perhaps "jb".

Or even "bbb".

But not "dhspgt". ;)


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The solution is a cute message. ;)

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Correct. :D

And here is your prize!

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No castle should be without one. 8)

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Ack, I never looked in here again since Alatar's last post and missed a puzzle! :(

This does look hard though! :shock: Or at least requiring a lot of patience! :D

Edited to add: had a look at the page - pity it's not more interactive. I like it when you can type in your answer and get a reward (or fool's hat, depending)! :D

Here's a little practice for reading (or writing) code letters ;) : http://www.brainbashers.com/showpuzzles ... 26trade%3B

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Thanks Jnyusa. It will look great in the garden.

For some reason, I spent 90% of my time on the first letter of the first word in the question. It just didn't register. Tunnel vision, I suppose.

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