The LEGO group will donate up to 20,000 sets to kids this Christmas. All you have to do is build a Christmas ornament and tag it with #buildtogive, so get building!
Rebrickable recently announced that it had merged with MOCPlans, and it is now possible to buy and sell instructions for MOCs directly through Rebrickable. This option overcomes a number of the reasons I stopped selling instructions (mainly time, and nothing at all to do with Lepin), so I thought I’d give it a go.
At this stage, there are instructions available for just four of my MOCs:
However, I’ll be uploading more over the next little while. I’ll update this page as they become available.
The more chocolate, the better.
It’s always a treat when Barrie Crossan produces one of his Dutch-style modular buildings, so it’s even more of a treat when there’s two! The Double Dutch includes a 19-stud wide Florist and 13-stud wide Record Shop, each with a two-bedroom apartment on the upper floors.
Both facades are striking, using bold and contrasting colours. Dark Orange and White is one of my favourite colour combinations for modular buildings. (Edit: I may need a new monitor – Barrie tells me its actually Reddish Brown!) I would normally have thought to use Light Bluish Grey for the trim on this colour combination, but I like how the Black trim ties the two buildings together.
Check out Barrie’s Flickr stream for lots more inspiration!
Or pink and grey, as demonstrated in the latest modular building from Elizabeth Nevermind, the Modular Townhouse with Shop.
While the striking colour combination is what first caught my eye, there’s much more to appreciate in the facade of this building. Some of my favourites, from the bottom to the top are:
- The clever use of the wrenches for the garden fence
- The columns framing the front door
- SNOT framing around the first and second floor windows
- Railing on the roof
- Use of the eggs to top of the left and right posts.
Elizabeth has also provided a breakdown of the facade so you can see how to do it for yourself. Check it out here on her Flickr photo stream.
Thanks for the inspiration!
As part of the celebration of 10 years of modular buildings, LEGO is giving you the chance to win the complete set of modular buildings. Yep, every single one of them. Essentially, you just need to build a mini modular scale version of one of your own modular buildings, that fits within the defined specs for the mini modular.
You’ll go mad if you miss out on the opportunity to win every single modular building ever produced by LEGO! So head over to Rebrick now to check out the competition details. (Or don’t, that’s OK by me!)
The Hat Store by Gabriele Rava is one of those buildings with loads of street appeal that immediately draws your attention. It is one of contrasts in terms of colours and details, with the darker, intricate details on the ground floor followed by the lighter middle floor with simpler detailing and then finished off by a bright colour for the top floor which again has more intricate detailing. Despite that (or is it because off that?), it all works really well together to create a striking building.
My favourite details are the windows on the ground floor and the trim at the roof line (the parts with the 1×1 plate with tooth). The brick-built hats are neat too!
I also love the colours in this building. While I wouldn’t have thought to put the yellow and dark orange together, it kind of makes sense when you think of it in terms of them being shades of one another, including the dark red in the awnings on the ground floor.
Thanks for sharing, Gabriele!
LEGO is keen to hear your views on their packing. Here’s a copy of their invite:
Dear LEGO user,
We are a team of packaging designers belonging to the LEGO product development department. Our key mission is to design packaging that supports a strong LEGO product experience. We are conducting this survey among RLUGs/RLFMs since we know that you have a great deal of experience with our products and packaging! To achieve our mission it is important for us to get an understanding of how you perceive the LEGO packaging experience. Please help us by participating in a survey: http://lego.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/yma/afol-packaging-survey/
Please complete the survey before March 6, 2017.
Thank you in advance for your feedback – it is highly appreciated!
The LEGO Packaging Experience Design Team
I did a bunch of BrickLink orders last weekend for my contribution to the Eurobricks collaboration for Brickworld in Chicago in June. I can’t give you a sneak peak of that. However, it did remind me that I hadn’t yet uploaded the little MOC that I entered (unsuccessfully) for the event kit contest for the convention.
This MOC of a TV studio camera and lighting truss was inspired by the theme for Brickworld Chicago 2017 – “Lights, Camera, Action”.
You can download the instructions from the Downloads page.
Snaillad (Andrew Tate) has again shown us his exceptional design skills with the headquarters for the Astrid and Associates Architecture firm. The 1930’s building has been renovated inside and out to showcase the architectural firm’s skills. Judging by the results, I expect they will have plenty of new clients to keep them busy!
My favourite detail on the outside is the way that the ground floor windows on the left have been framed by the arches, followed by the tall window above the entrance. The interior features a modern decor, with a funky meeting table and clever storage for all the architectural drawings.
Head over to the Flickr album for more shots of this beautiful building.
Thanks for the inspiration, Snaillad!