Lights, Camera, Action!

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.

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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.

Naomi’s Place

I did a review of Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119) for Friends Bricks back in April 2016. At that time, I had a fairly clear vision of what the modular version would look like. It’s only taken 10 months to finally get around to turning the vision into an actual building!

I’ve called this one Naomi’s Place, since Naomi runs the cafe.

I loved the entrance for the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe, especially the stained glass window above the front door and the windows framed using the ornamental arches.  This section of the building was 16 studs wide and was therefore a natural starting point for the conversion to a modular building.  There was the matter of the gaps on the sides of the arches, but I filled those using a technique similar to that used by LEGO in the Winter Village Toy Shop (10199).

I also loved the outdoor seating area and was able to incorporate a similar structure in the rooftop terrace.  My daughter also decided that this was the perfect place for the rotating cake display.  So, while it lost the round windows, it didn’t lose the whole display!

The ground floor and rooftop are furnished with the fittings from the official model.  The first floor remain empty, but this could readily be converted to more seating (maybe move the couch there?) or the bakery / kitchen for the cafe.

You can find more images of Naomi’s Place on flickr and you can download the instructions for the structure here.

Modular Conversion Review: Beach Hut (31035)

The Beach Hut (31035) was the smallest of the three buildings (or four, if you count the Detective’s Office) released in the Creator range this year.  At less than 300 parts, you’d be forgiven for assuming that it doesn’t go very far as a modular.

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Read the review to see how it stacks up.

Winter Cafe Sub Models Instructions

Someone recently asked me how the ski rack for the Winter Cafe was built, so I thought I would take the opportunity to do the instructions for the remaining sub-models (having done the hand cart already).

You can download the instructions for the ski rack, bench table and lamp post here.  You can also find the instructions for the hand cart there as well – just scroll to the bottom of the page.

Modular Conversion Review: 71016 Kwik-E-mart

The thing that immediately caught my attention when the high resolution images of the KwiK-E-mart (71016) were first released was the amount of interior detailing and the printed parts.  In this respect, it doesn’t disappoint in real life!

But how does it stack up as modular or a parts pack? Read the full review here!

From benchtop to bedside

“Bedside and Benchtop” is another name for “translational” biology, or the approach of adapting knowledge of experiments in the lab to assist patients in the clinic.  You can now incorporate this into your own MOC with the instructions for RedCoKid’s Bedside and Benchtop.

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Download the instructions here!

My Dream Home

When Eurobricks announced the “Build your dream home” competition, I knew exactly what I was going to build, as I’ve pretty much had the same vision for my dream home for as long as I can remember.  The only decision was what scale to go with.

My dream home, called “Ocean Vistas”, is a minimalist home, built on the side of a mountain or top of cliff, nestled amongst the trees, with endless ocean views from anywhere within the house thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, and an infinity pool surrounded by a large deck.

06-OceanVistasYou can download the PDF instructions here. Alternatively, the *.ldr file is available through BrickSafe.