A visit to Amsterdam

As I’m getting ready for my next business trip, I realized I haven’t finished my post on the last trip. I spent 5 days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in early September.  I didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but since this was my second time there, I simply enjoyed the scenery and warm weather. I discovered some interesting bookshops, and brought home lots of new books to read in the near future.

Winter Village Train Station

I made this for the annual Eurobricks’ Expand the Winter Village Contest VI. I bought the sand green roof and plates a couple years ago with a small rural train station in mind, and I finally found enough time and motivation to actually build it.
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The station lies in a rural area, and is not highly frequented, so the one platform is sufficient for all the train stopping at the station.

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Close to the station is a semaphore signalling post.

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The station is built from the rock found in a nearby quarry.

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Inside the station there’s a table used as a ticket booth. Behind the table is a small wood burning furnace to keep the place warm in the winters. On the other side there’s a bench for the passenger, and a small Christmas tree put up by the two employees of the station.

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More pictures can be found on my Flickr.

Modular buildings building guide – part 6

One of the reasons I’ve been much less active here on the blog was my increased activity on the BrickHamster blog. I was also finishing up some reviews for my LEGO blog, as well as taking final photos of my newest modular buildings. The building were finished at the end of October, but they were immeadiately set on tour. I had them on three different exhibitions in two months time, and in between I was lazy enough to just keep them packed in the boxes. Finally, I put together the 6th chapter of the Modular buildings building guide and posted the progress on BrickHamster. Here’s what the roof of my favourite of the three modular buildings looks like. If you’re interested to see more, you’re welcome to visit BrickHamster. The final photos of the layout of the finished buildings will be ready soon, and will also be posted here, so keep in touch.

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LEGO Modular buildings progress

I’ve posted another thread on BrickHamster on Modular buildings building guide. This part is on focused on the middle floors of the buildings, and this is what they currently look like.

32-wide corner building
32-wide corner building
32-wide grocery store
32-wide grocery store
16-wide residential building
16-wide residential building

If you’re interested to see more pictures of the buildings being built or read about the building progress, make sure to check (and follow) the BrickHamster’s Tutorial on Modular buildings.

LEGO Modular Buildings Building Guide

I started writing a tutorial of sort for fans of LEGO Modular buildings. I found people asking on LEGO related forums how to start building them and I thought there’s no guide or tutorial to follow. As I’m a huge fan of modular buildings, and prefer to work on my own designs, I decided to document the progress of my new buildings and discuss their progress over at the BrickHamster.net, a LEGO dedicated blog. So, if you’re interested, you can check the progress there. If not, here’s a snapshot of the current progress.

Three modular buildings in progress
Three modular buildings in progress

Remember, more details can be seen on BrickHamster.

Waiting for a train

I’m taking advantage of being home alone, with the baby sound asleep, and surfing the web. As my Lego collection hasn’t been restored yet (I still don’t have a designated Lego area in this appartment, nor the time to build), I’m looking also for some inspirational MOCs. Although small in size, this train station is full of lovely details. I wouldn’t mind waiting for a train here even if it was running late.

Train station by Snaillad