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.

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Changing Brands

Palixa and the Bricks shows why she is one of my favourite builders with her latest modular building, the Microsoft Store.  She has taken what was already a great building and  made it even better by adding her touch to the facade and the interior.  This has included changing the Apple Store to a Microsoft Store, redoing the facade, replacing the single apartment with two outstanding studio apartments and last, but definitely not least, adding a rooftop bar.

This studio apartment is just brilliant in terms of the layout, colour combination and design.

Head over to Flickr to see more images of this awesome building.  Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration and showing us what LEGO is all about.

Piazza Maria

With the Piazza Maria, Snaillad (Andrew) has created another beautiful scene, bursting with vibrant colours and atmosphere.   Each building is gorgeous in its own right, but placed together with the market activities in the piazza really takes this MOC to the next level.

There are too many great details in the scene to point them all out.  A few of my favourite are the rooftop garden on the left building, the window trims on the middle building, the ground floor facade of the building on the right hand side and how the barriers are done for the outdoor seating area.

Thank you, Andrew, for the inspiration!  More images of this stunning MOC here.

Chop Chop

Elizabeth Nevermind mixes up the modern with the historic in her latest modular building, the Chop, with a modern Asian cuisine downstairs and an apartment behind the early 20th century upper facade.

The upper part of the facade is largely monotone, but there is plenty of detail to catch the eye.  My favourite are the effect created by the use of the 1x1x round plates at the top and how the right side is framed at the top (knives) and bottom (scrolls).

There are a couple of other clever touches in this design, such as the  seaweed around the fish on the right, which gives the impression that it is swimming amongst the seaweed, and the curved step leading to the front door.

My favourite detail on the inside is the decorations on the wall, which mirror the hexagonal design of the ground floor window.  Elizabeth has also managed to pack in quite a few tables in the small space!

More images of the Chop here!

All Aboard!

I love the detailing on the facade of dfalkner’s modular Train Station, especially the main crescent-shaped window, the contrasting colours of the planter box dividing the entrance and the way the corner stone columns frame the building.

There are a lot of different curves in the windows, yet they work harmoniously!  I chose to show this angle of the building as it also shows off the lovely glass roof, which is also curved.

At the rear of the station, passengers who have gone through the turnstiles can have a snack from the small take away while they await their train.

The interior is as beautifully detailed as the exterior.  See all the images here!

The Ocean Restaurant

The Ocean Restaurant by Snaillad (Andrew) is an art deco masterpiece.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, as my words won’t do it justice.

There are a few more images of this beautiful building on Flickr.  Make sure you check out Snaillad’s other buildings while you’re there for even more inspiration.

En Garde

Superfunked has created the perfect Fencing Studio for the Fencers from Series 13 of the Collectible Minifigures.

Lots to like about this building.  My favourite details on the front are the different textures in the facade, the black awning and the coffee cup sign.  Here’s a better view of the coffee cup:

The Fencing Studio is fully furnished, and boasts an apartment, clothing store and office as well as the Fencing Studio.  I particularly like how Superfunked has done faithfully reproduced the coffee shop counter from The LEGO Movie.

I love the open back on this building, which adds immensely to the playability.  It does make it a little harder to photograph front on, but obviously much easier to photograph the interior and definitely worth it if you intend to do more than just display the building.

Head over to the Flickr album for more angles of Superfunked’s Fencing Studio!

 

The perfect vintage

If you’re looking for the perfect vintage, you need not look further than Jason Skaare’s 18th modular building, the Wine Shop.  In addition to the great wines on offer, the building also packs a lot of great details and clever parts use, inside and out.  I particularly like the shop sign incorporating the vines and wine glass, the use of the barrels as planters and the use of the crates to get the panel effect at the bottom go the building.

Here is a close up of my favourite part of the outside of the building – the terrace, complete with deckchairs and a the vine covered trellis.  How relaxed would you be hanging out here?

The clever details continue inside the fully furnished interior, with a unique shelf for the wine bottles and great stereo unit.

Head over to Flickr for more images of Jason’s Wine Shop.

Hearthstone Bakery

The fully furnished Hearthstone Bakery by Klikstyle (Jme Wheeler) is bursting at the seams with details, both inside and out.  On the outside, the details that caught my eye were the cheese slope awnings, particularly the shape of the one over the entrance, the textures and colours of the brick work and the simple, but very effective, roof edge.

My favourite room on the inside is the bakery, with a great display cabinet, functional kitchen and bakery items that look good enough to eat.

There’s loads more inspiration in the Flickr album for the Hearthstone Bakery!