Modular Hat Shop

ModularHatShop

Eliza (Elizabeth Nevemind) has created another gorgeous, 16-wide modular building – the fully furnished Hat Shop.

The Hat Shop is packed with loads of interesting techniques and details, such as the SNOT work in the first floor window trims and balconies, and the technic connectors in the ground floor window frame.

I love the subtle colour variations in the roof tiles, which add depth and character to the building. A similar effect is created with the headlight bricks below the ground floor window.

Eliza also challenged herself (not sure whether intentionally or not) by limiting the floor plate to 16×16 – it’s no mean feat creating this amount of detail in such a small space!

Head to Flickr for more images of the Hat Shop.

Thanks for the inspiration, Eliza!

The Engineers

Castor-Troy has revealed the third instalment of his contribution to the Paris 1889 Steampunk project he is undertaking with his friend Domino39. Needless to say, it is another stunner from one of my favourite builders.

The Engineers - Castor-Troy

Head to Flickr to see Castor-Troy’s “The Engineers” in all its high-resolution glory.

BrickWorld 2016

I’ve just come back from BrickWorld 2016 in Chicago, where I participated in the Eurobricks collaborative display, “Ready, Set, Escargot”:

In case you’re wondering what you are looking at, it’s castles on giant snails that are racing around a track.  Snails aren’t the speediest of animals, so the racers need to build the castles to live in while the snails every so slowly make their way around the track.  We won best group layout and Hinckley, who designed the snail, won best creature.

Here’s my contribution, the Fiercely Girlie Castle:

My snail had a sweet tooth, hence the liquorice all sorts to motivate him forward.

I appreciate that I’m quite slack when it comes to taking photos at BrickWorld, but Hinckley and RedCoKid both took lots of awesome shots. Make sure you check out RedCoKid’s Mollusk Mosque, which was also part of the layout.

I had a blast again this year and am looking forward to next year already!

10253 Big Ben

LEGO has released the details and images for the Big Ben (10253), available to buy from 1 July 2016, with early access for VIPs from 15 June 2016.  With more than 4,100 pieces and over 60cm tall, this set is massive!

Back cover:

See the photos here in their high resolution glory!

LEGO’s official narrative for this massive set:

Build the world’s best-known clock tower!

Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.

  • Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
  • Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
  • Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
  • Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
  • Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
  • This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
  • Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.