Red Viper

I was away traveling for most of the last month, trying to escape the winter.  Unfortunately that also meant I was away from my LEGO collection.  Of course the awesome thing about LEGO is that you don’t really need that much to have fun with it.  I picked up one of the new small creator sets (31032 Red Creatures) to see what I could build with it.  I find these creator sets are a really great value – they have instructions for 3 different models and usually come with a great selection of parts for designing something cool yourself.

I decided to build a space ship and ended up with a cool little Vic Viper style fighter, although after playing with it a bit I decided it could also be used as a utility vehicle.  The front prongs kind of remind me of a fork lift and I can definitely see using them haul around cargo.

Video, photos and building instructions can all be found below.  Enjoy!

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Construction Site

A few months ago I was challenged to build an alternate model of the latest LEGO Fire Station, set number 60004.  The goal was to design an alternate model that would fit within the LEGO City theme, and target the same age range as the original set (ages 8-12).  I don’t build a lot of LEGO City themed models, or even minifig scale models for that matter, so the biggest challenge for me was coming up with an idea of what to build.  It was hard to imagine re-purposing all those large wall bricks and windows into something other than a building!

Upon seeing all the windows, Kristal suggested I build a glass factory.  That got me thinking about building construction, and I eventually decided to tackle a tower crane and construction site.  I tried to incorporate a lot of play features into this model, making do with the limited number of Technic parts from the original set.  The tower crane is quite functional, with a really quick and easy mechanism for raising and lower it’s payload.

I built several baskets for the crane, each designed to carry a different part.  Each basket also has a simple inset frame on the bottom, which allows them to securely fit onto the truck bed or trailer.

You can find building instructions for this model below, along with a video showing all of the play features in action and some photos of the details.

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Ent Sculpture

10236 Ewok VillageWhen I picked up the awesome LEGO Ewok Village (set 10236) one of the first things that came to my mind was that you could probably build a pretty awesome Ent from the parts in it. That was almost a year ago, and last month I finally sat down to tackle the project.

It quickly became clear that I wasn’t going to be able to build a fully articulated model at the scale I was aiming for.  There just weren’t enough suitable hinge pieces to build really strong joint connections. Using some counterweight trickery I was able to overcome this limitation in the upper body, and Technic friction pins ended up being strong enough to create some reasonably pose-able arms.

For the legs I eventually resigned myself to firmly attaching them to the base of the model. I was determined to make them a little more interesting than just sticking straight down into the ground though, and eventually worked out a solid design to have the model posed in mid stride.

Step by step building instructions, showcase video and photos can all be found below.

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Lazarus Steampunk Walker

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This is my latest alternate model, a steampunk walker I call the Lazarus.  It is an alternate model of LEGO set 31019 Forest Animals.  I’m really digging these new LEGO Creator sets.  They seem to have a good variety of useful parts in a uniform colour palette.  For this one I wanted to try and design something completely different than the subject matter of the original set.  I think I achieved my goal!  I also had some fun making a retro style commercial for it…

 

 

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Research Colony

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This is a micro research colony play set, built as an alternate model for LEGO set 75001 AT-RT.  All of the piece needed to build it come in that set. I built it for Rebrickable’s December MOC challenge.

It contains a research station, mobile outpost, a couple of vehicles and a dropship.  The dropship can pick up and deploy the vehicles and outpost, as shown in the video.

Wolfsbane

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This is an alternate model for LEGO set 6866 Wolverine Chopper Showdown.

Clearly it’s a robot of some sort. I keep trying to tell myself that it’s some sort of Sentinel variant, but it really looks nothing like a Sentinel, so I guess not.

It was built for Rebrickable’s October MOC Challenge. I’ve actually been meaning to try building an alternate model for a while now, so this challenge was a perfect excuse to finally do it.

It was definitely an interesting exercise in limited parts usage. I kept wanting to reach into my collection to get ‘just one more piece’ to improve the joints.  It’s not the strongest model in the world, but it wouldn’t take much to improve it. Just a few more Technic bricks and friction pins.

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