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.

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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.

Review: Batcave (76052)

When the Batcave (76052) set landed at my doorstep, I must admit I wondered what I was going to do with it.  It doesn’t look like there is much there for someone who is mostly interested in modular buildings and conversions.  Let’s see how it stacks up.

Read the full modular conversion review here!

Modular Building Guide

RedHead1982 from BrickHamster has completed her awsome 7-part guide to building modular buildings, culminating in three beautiful modular buildings.

Head over to BrickHamster to see the full guide on how these modular buildings were made, covering everything from the placement of the technic bricks to the trims on the roof, as well as the interiors.

Thanks for the inspiration Redhead1982!

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.

Modular Conversion Review: 41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel

Your first thought may be, why a modular conversion, as this building is most of the way there already, right?  Ditch the elevator and make the floors a bit wider and there you have it.  That would be too simple.

And it was.  Read why here

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.

Blue Shores

The Blue Shores is the second of the new buildings included in The Promenade layout for BrickWorld.   While the layout overall was inspired by New York architecture, the Sand Blue and White in this building reminds me of the sea.  Hence the name – Blue Shores.

More images here.

 

Cast Iron Modular

The Cast Iron Modular was one of the eight buildings included in The Promenade, and one of the two whole new ones.  As the name suggests, the Cast Iron Modular was inspired by the cast iron buildings of New York.

Unlike most of my modulars, this one is not furnished.  I am really happy with how it turned out, but I struggled to think of what it should be.  It’s a shop, but I’m not sure what it should sell.  And after building it four times already, I’m ready to move on, so this one will stay unfurnished!

More images here.

BrickWorld 2015 – Part Two

In addition to my individual layout at BrickWorld, I also took part in the Eurobricks collaborative sci-fi display, Brascero Cuspeki Prime.  The theme of the collaborative display took me well and truly out of my comfort zone, and I had some initial reservations about it.  However, thanks to everyone involved, being part of the collaboration ended up being one of the highlights of BrickWorld for me.  And I can’t wait to do it all again!

My contribution to the layout was “The Underworld”, as it was inspired by scenes from the Coruscant underworld.

On the bottom left of the above image you can see part of CorneliusMurdoch’s carnival section, which can only be described as way too cute!  The collaborative layout also included the Hickley’s train station and ooze refinery with monorail (!!!), GetdaMonkey’s space port, and Rogue Angel’s Uber mining corp platform and asteroid.  There were lot more contributors but I won’t name them all as I am sure to miss someone!

There were also a range of spacecraft and a couple of structures hanging by fishing line above the tables.  There were a few anxious moments while Cecilie’s restaurant was being hung above my section of the layout.  Fortunately, nothing came crashing down during the course of the event despite a few accidental bumps against the tables.

Credit for the above images goes to Hinckley.  You can find lots more shots of the Eurobricks collaboration in his Flickr stream.

My contribution to the collaborative display also included the NikSput Starfighter, which is an alternative build of Mixels Series 4 NikSput (41528):

This little starfighter was the result of a challenge posed by Eurobricks member Rolli (Markus).  Instructions can be found here.