Hogwart's Castle (71043) Epic Extension

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Lego did an amazing job with the design of Hogwart's Castle, but Harry Potter fans wanted more. Ryan Kroboth delivered with his epic extension to the castle.

Ryan did a fantastic job with this design, filling it full of detail and adding in all the buildings not originally found in the main set. He seamlessly integrated the original set into his expanded design, so you can't tell where one begins and the other ends.

I was contacted by a client to make step by step instructions for this design. And with Ryan's permission I can now make those available to all the Harry Potter fans who want to make their Hogwart's set truly amazing!

The step by step instructions come in two parts with a total of over 3000 pages

There are three digital files, to help you navigate the design easier. One with the small part of the extension and one with the large section, as well as one showing the design all together so you can see how the parts fit with the original model.

Directions to the Step by Step Instructions, open the file. Click the Tool menu, then Instruction maker. You can either follow the directions in the Page Design tab from there or export the directions to a PDF.

Note: Some of the parts in Ryan's original design are older versions of parts. You will want to change those to currently available parts when you make your part orders, as this will significantly lower the cost of those parts.

As all fan designers I do this for the passion of Lego but do need to pay the bills like everyone else. If you do buy these instructions, please do not share them out. The cost in low enough to allow any who wish to own it to do so. Thank you.

More images of the Hogwart's Extension can be found on my Flickr Feed or FB page

Flickr -> https://www.flickr.com/photos/playwell_bricks/albums/72157711591902656

Facebook Page -> https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeLegoDad/



I am available for custom Lego designs.


(c)2019 Jason Pyett


FAQ

"Do you have an estimate of the size/measurements (Height x Width x Depth)"
Width 130.6 cm (51.4 in) Length 93.7 cm (36.9 in) Height 62.8 cm (24.7 in)

"The part count of 19k on Rebrickable, is that including the 6k of the original Lego set 71043?"
The 19k in parts does not include the original set

"
Are there any base plates included in the extended part of the build?"
No, there are no base plates in the design.

"Any stickers, printed bricks, hard-to-find pieces or customized parts used in the extended buildings"
There are some hard to find pieces. There are some pieces where the original designer used out of date parts, but those can be substituted for currently available parts.

"Can the 1x2x5 Brick Blue by Qty 241 and Technic Brick 6x8 Open Center by Qty 167, are these colour specific or can they be any colour"

They can be any colour as they just form the sub structure.

"Are there any other parts or colours that con be substituted for any colour. Just trying to reduce cost of parts?"

I am sure there are, for instance the large lbg plates under the large extension could be switched out with no visible effect. 


I would suggest going through and checking out the sub structure in the sub models and see which parts could be swapped out that would not change the exterior colours.

There are also some older parts that can be swapped out for newer versions as well, making them a bit cheaper, Bricklink will probably catch most of those for you.

"How much would the parts cost and how many Hogwart's sets should I buy to complete this?"

A very nice member in a facebook group did the cost breakdown in Canadian dollars


Attila Szabo
 "So I did some research. For 19275 parts on BrickLink using only Canadian vendors the cost would be $2292 plus shipping from multiple vendors. I then deducted the useable parts from 71043 (since I own one) leaving 15343 parts to order. BrickLink was then $1780 plus shipping from a bunch of vendors. So about $512 cheaper. So kind of makes sense to do this as you end up with a couple thousand leftover parts from 71043. Adding in another 71043 set only got the price down to $1557 plus shipping, so only saving $223. So it seems like one 71043 set is optimum."


Thanks Attila!



"Would it perhaps be possible to share/add one example page of how the PDF instructions out of Stud.io would look like?"
Page Sample of the Hogwarts Instrustions by Jason Pyett, on Flickr



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MOC-30884

Name Hogwart's Castle (71043) Epic Extension
Designer Playwell Bricks
Designed 2019
Inventory 19278
Theme Harry Potter
Modification of 71043-1 Hogwarts Castle

48 COMMENTS

  • 4 days, 17 hours ago thire5 (2K) MOC Designer
    This is magnificent work, I was also thinking about building an extension for this set!
  • 5 days, 10 hours ago loliman (41)
    Damn, this MOC is amazing! Finally I do have a reason to buy the original castle and modify it. :D Just one question. As far as I understood, the 19k parts do not include the original 6k of 71043. As you are stating in the QA section, one 71043 does decrease the price of all the parts by about 500$, but does that mean, that you actually need two 71043's, or is one enough? Do you really extend the 71043 or do you use all the parts of 71043 and are rebuilding it?
    • 5 days, 9 hours ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      one 71043 does decrease the price of all the parts by about 500$, but does that mean, that you actually need two 71043's, or is one enough?

      You would need two, one as the original set and another for parts for the extension. 

      Do you really extend the 71043 or do you use all the parts of 71043 and are rebuilding it?

      You are extending the original 71043, so you need one to begin with and this MOC is an extension to that that set.


      Thanks for you questions, I hope my answers helped :)
      Jason
      • 5 days, 3 hours ago Freezer118 (250)
        Do you know an easy way of removing the complete 71043 inventory from a bricklink wishlist? That way only the 'to-bricklink-parts' remains if I buy two separate 71043 sets.
        • 4 days, 14 hours ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
          No, sorry I don't, other than going through piece by piece.
      • 4 days, 14 hours ago loliman (41)
        Thats exactly what I was asking for, thanks! :)
  • 5 days, 12 hours ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
    Please note!

    Update November 11, 2019

    I have made a number of corrections to the files due to camera angles for the PDF somehow being changed by Stud.io. I have fixed those errors and uploaded the new files. For previous buyers please use PDFs generated from the current files.

    I also noted three parts were missing. I have already updated the inventory. 1 - 1x2x2 light blue grey slope (60481), 1 - 1x2x1  light blue grey slope (3040b), 1 - 1x2 tan plate (3023)

    There was a colour error with 38 - 1x1 plates with tooth (49668) from DBG to flat silver. It has been updated in the inventory and file.


    There has been a error which has affected a buyer who uses a MAC, if you experience issues using a MAC please contact me and I can send you the PDFs directly.


    Sorry for any inconvenience.

    If you notice any other issues please contact me.

    Thank you,
    Jason
  • 5 days, 22 hours ago eelskickass (36)
    Does the instructions include the mod to cover the opening interior from the original set?
    • 5 days, 14 hours ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      Yes, it does, you cannot see any of the interior when the extension is added.
      • 4 days, 21 hours ago eelskickass (36)
        is there a way I can pm u and ask questions ect.
  • 1 week, 1 day ago rayforever (110)
    Just purchased your instruction, I noticed there are some floating cheese bricks, mostly at the base, on the rock foundation. What do you think caused this problem?
    • 1 week, 1 day ago rayforever (110)
      There are also missing tower pieces on the top. On both full extension and small extension.
      • 1 week ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
        Let me check right into that thanks for letting me know!
        • 1 week ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
          There are also missing tower pieces on the top


          I can't find what you are referring to sorry. You may mean the back of the large tower, which encloses the back part of the tower on the main Hogwart's set.

          I did find a tip of a tower that was not properly connected, I fixed that and updated the file.

          If you could take a screen shot and circle the area that would be helpful :)
          • 1 week ago rayforever (110)
            Hey, I can take a screenshot, but there is no way for me to upload them here. How can I send it to you?
            • 1 week ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
              You can send it to my gmail account [email protected]

              Thanks again for your feedback!
              • 6 days, 23 hours ago rayforever (110)
                Just sent an email with details of the errors I found. I included dropbox link because the attachments were too big for my email. Hope to get the corrected version...
    • 1 week ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer

       I noticed there are some floating cheese bricks, mostly at the base, on the rock foundation.



      I found a plate and a cheese wedge that were not properly connected, I fixed those ones by adding in the two slopes there were supposed to be connected to, and updated the file and the parts list. Sorry for the inconvenience.


      Did you notice any others that I am not seeing? 
  • 1 week, 1 day ago Thibbs (83)
    This is just epic! I always thought that the original set is only half-baked. 
    "No vacation next year honey, daddy needs to build a castle!"
    Someday man, someday... ^_^
    • 1 week, 1 day ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      lol, Vacations are high over-rated, they are over far too soon, you can have this castle forever ;)
  • 1 week, 4 days ago Chazzmo (1788)
    Got the base set. Downloaded .io file. Generating the PDF instructions is a charm. Getting the rest in Bricklink. Thank you for an epic MOC.
    • 1 week, 4 days ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      Awesome! So glad it worked out so smoothly :D Thanks for the feedback!
  • 1 week, 5 days ago Henk61 (19K)
    Absolutely stunning! Amazing work you have done here!
  • 1 week, 6 days ago unclesebby (59)
    Greetings. I have just purchased these instructions and was wondering the following
    Can the 1x2x5 Brick Blue by Qty 241 and Technic Brick 6x8 Open Center by Qty 167, are these colour specific or can they be any colour. Any help with this would be appreciated.
     Cheers Sebastion
    • 1 week, 6 days ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      Thank you for your purchase!

      They can be any colour as they are just in the sub structure.

      Have a fun build!
      Jason
      • 1 week, 6 days ago unclesebby (59)
        Greetings. Are there any other parts or colours that con be substituted for any colour. Just trying to reduce cost of parts. Cheers Sebastion
        • 1 week, 6 days ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
          I am sure there are, for instance the large lbg plates under the large extension could be switched out with no visible effect. 

          I would suggest going through and checking out the sub structure in the sub models and see which parts could be swapped out that would not change the exterior colours.

          There are also some older parts that can be swapped out for newer versions as well, making them a bit cheaper, Bricklink will probably catch most of those for you.
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago Lego_M (2K)
    Amazing… absolutely stunning… consider it built :-)
     
    I do like the official Lego set, but I think quite some Lego/HP fans were a bit disappointed that the set covered only part of Hogwarts Castle. This MOC is exactly what I was hoping to see one day and to be honest, I truly think the appearance and architecture of Ryan’s additional buildings look even better than the original Lego set! Well done!
     
    Would love to build this, but a few questions to ask first, hope you can assist:
     
    - Do you have an estimate of the size/measurements (Height x Width x Depth) of the complete integrated castle (so the official Lego set + all extended buildings)? It’s superb to build such an enormous Lego creation, but of course it would be nice as well to have some space to store/display it later on :-)
     
    - The part count of 19k on Rebrickable, is that including the 6k of the original Lego set 71043? Or are the 19k pieces extra on top of the 6k (so 25k in total for the whole structure)?
     
    - Are there any base plates included in the extended part of the build? I see lots of green plates (grassy areas), but in the parts list I don’t see any large green (base) plates (only smaller green plates, biggest ones seem to be 8x8 studs).
     
    - Any stickers, printed bricks, hard-to-find pieces or customized parts used in the extended buildings (or any other items not included in the parts list)?
     
    - Would it perhaps be possible to share/add one example page of how the PDF instructions out of Stud.io would look like? I know my way around in Stud.io, but still I’d prefer to work with a finalized PDF file. The price is reasonable for such an amazing, detailed and huge MOC, but I’d like to know in advance how the building instructions are created in terms of layout, image quality, readability, ease of use et cetera.
     
    Again, thanks for this wonderful design, for sharing it with all of us and for giving us the opportunity to build it on our own!
    • 2 weeks ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      Thanks for the questions!

      "Do you have an estimate of the size/measurements (Height x Width x Depth)"
      Width 130.6 cm (51.4 in) Length 93.7 cm (36.9 in) Height 62.8 cm (24.7 in)

      "The part count of 19k on Rebrickable, is that including the 6k of the original Lego set 71043?"

      The 19k in parts does not include the original set

      "
      Are there any base plates included in the extended part of the build?"
      No, there are no base plates in the design.

      "Any stickers, printed bricks, hard-to-find pieces or customized parts used in the extended buildings"
      There are some hard to find pieces. There are some pieces where the original designer used out of date parts, but those can be substituted for currently available parts.

      "Would it perhaps be possible to share/add one example page of how the PDF instructions out of Stud.io would look like?"
      I will work on that!

      Hopefully that gives you a little more insight :) I will post these in the description to help others as well.

      Jason
      • 2 weeks ago Lego_M (2K)
        Perfect! Thanks a lot Jason for these answers and for posting an example page!

        It's really big, but I guess I can make some room for it somewhere... first need to save some money I'm afraid (poor wallet) :-)

        Several lighting kits also exist for set 71043, imagine this whole MOC being illuminated in the same way... would look amazing!!
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago Heinz551 (1415) MOC Designer PRO
    This is absolutely amazing, looks stunning! As a big fan of Harry Potter I'm familiar with what the castle looks like and I can say this is spot on accurate! Amazing!
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago PsiborgVIP (10K) MOC Designer
    I'm not a HP fan at all but this does look impressive, even to me
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago robbok (751)
    Such an amazing model.  Glad it is now available for purchase.
    One question: is the purchase only the stud.io file?  Or are there step-by-step instructions?  Building something this complex with only a stud.io file would be quite difficult.  For this price, I would expect to also have a PDF step-by-step guide.
    • 2 weeks, 1 day ago PsiborgVIP (10K) MOC Designer
      It says in the description that the Studio file is set up so you can export it to a PDF if you wish :)
    • 2 weeks, 1 day ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
      There are step by step instructions. The files size is too large to upload the PDFs to Rebrickable, but you can access them through Stu.dio. I posted directions on how to do so in the description.

      "Directions to the Step by Step directions, open the file. Click the Tool menu, then Instruction maker. You can either follow the directions in the Page Design tab from there or export the directions to a PDF."

      Thanks
      Jason
      • 2 weeks, 1 day ago legolamaniac (574) MOC Designer
        Alternatively you can upload the instructions in multiple parts instead, when a single pdf is too big.
        • 2 weeks, 1 day ago Playwell Bricks (1429) MOC Designer
          Thanks for the tip! That would have taken a lot of uploads though as the instructions are over 3000 pages lol
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago JenArtiste (3K) MOC Designer
    This is an amazing work.
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago astyanax (1286)
    Both my heart and my wallet have just melted!
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago Darkage1993 (1123)
    Wow! This is amazing :) massive castle i love it
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