Brick-built bookends

My latest MOC is this set of bookends. I wanted to try something different, and made first a tropical island, followed by a buildings facade. The conection between them are books, all brick-built. The message I wanted to convey is that by entering the world of fiction or fantasy can take you to special place even if the entry point seems as dull as this buildings facade.

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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.

Looking back

Last year wasn’t as productive as I hoped it would be, at least as far as creating with LEGO is concerned. I expected it to be not as busy, as I had to adjust my activities to included my baby. I guess he’s not a baby anymore, since he can reach my desktop surface and mess around with my bricks (and his Duplo, too).

One of the problems for me was lack of order in my LEGO designated area partly due to majority of bricks still packed in the boxes since the move, partly due to limited space. If you’re curious about it, it’s actually just a small desktop with a set of drawers. Definitely not enough storage for my collection, but this’ll have to do, as there’s not much more room to work with.

Since I took these pictures, I have managed to remove two of those storage drawers. Currently, the situation is much more chaotic, but I hope it will be nicer in a couple of months. I intend to mount two floating shelves to display my small Architecture sets. The holes are there in the wall, but I hit a problem, as I can’t drill deep enough to mount the frames. So this is where it all stopped.

On the other hand, I did more than just a couple MOCs, which is more than I planned at the beginning of the year. Some are small, vignette-sized, and some were large, built with more than 10k parts. Similarly to my optimistic plans for fixing up my LEGO corner, I plan to build more this year. Lets see how the 2016 ends.

2015 MOCs

Open food market

In the last year, I built less than usual or at least less than I wanted. Time and place were more limited, so there wasn’t much room to work on my numerous ideas. One of the quick builds I did was this open food market. It was part of the town layout at Kockefest, Slovenian LUG’s exhibition in October 2015. Once the layout is defined, we see how many buildings we have, and to keep the town centre open additional areas without buildings are added. This time it was my turn, and a food market was one of the suggestions to include. So here it is.

There’s 10 stalls in total ranging from fresh veggies, fruits and breads to flowers and home made jams.

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As always, larger images 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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3, 2, 1…and go!

I’m all packed for the autumn’s KockeFest, Slovenian LEGO exhibition. Being of the members of Kocke Klub (Slovenian LEGO Users Group), I’m always excited to show off our creations at these exhibitions.

If you’re in the neighbourhood this weekend, make sure to stop for a visit at the venue (Primary school Koseze, Ledarska 23, Ljubljana) and enjoy the playful spirit of KockeFest.

10251 Brick Bank

TLG made an announcement of the next in line of the Modular Buildings Series, namely the Brick Bank (10251). One thing is sure, this is the next in line set for my shopping list. That doesn’t come as a surprise, since I adore the Modular Buildings Series. I’ve been following some of the AFOL community responses about this set, and as expected there’s a lot of mixed opinions. I usually don’t make many comments on sets I haven’t build, as the building part is an important part of the experience. However, considering my reaction when I saw the first pictures of the Brick Bank, I decided to share my opinion.

I was shocked, but in a positive way. Despite having lots of work, I was constantly re-evaluating the pictures and taking in the amount of details, new parts and re-colours. I could say I was hypnotized by it. I really like the neoclassical building style of the bank as well as the side building with the laundromat. One of the things I like the most about is the use of some very special parts. Most of the sets I consider as a building material for my MOCs, and I’m already seeing those sand green windows, grey ingots (the bars on the facade) and the triangular tiles in my future MOCs. Another thing I like about this building, but many AFOLs don’t, is a clear line between two parts of the building giving an impression of two separate buildings. This creates an interesting skyline, and if you consider that a street of buildings rarely has all street facing facade done in the same style and size, this detail actually adds a bit of realism to the model. All in all, TLG’s designer(s) did a great job (again).