LEGO

Knick Knack Shelf

Knick Knack Shelf

Hey look, I made a thing!  Unfortunately, it’s a shelf, which I seem to make a lot of.

I have a tendency to buy lots of little trinkets and toys I want to put on my desk, and then not have much actual space to place them, so I made a double decker shelf.  I decided not to do any fancy routing of even finish for the time being, because I just wanted to get it done.  My wife and I think it actually looks nice unfinished.  I also thought I would use pocket screws to mate the top and bottom to the sides, not thinking that I would not have much room inside to drive the screw into the final side.  I ended up having to use the smallest socket wrench I had, a 1/4″ socket and a bit to screw on the top.

I decided to build a french cleat into the back of the shelf instead of traditional hangers.  I made a bunch of little 1×2″ cleats and screwed two into the wall to mount it.  I think that will give me more flexibility in the future if I want to adjust it or make something bigger.

The last little job I did today was to add another small shelf off my monitor stand to hold up my LEGO Saturn V rocket.  I’m calling it launch pad 39V.

 

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2018 LEGO Winter Village

2018 LEGO Winter Village

First Apologies for the awful cellphone pictures, I forgot to come back and take some better ones.  This year with the addition of the LEGO train and the train station, we had to add extra space to the front of our buffet. Next year, I plan to get an even bigger rectangular table and make them the same height so I can weave the train track through the town.  It was also a frequent thing that our young cat would go Meowthra on the display and there would be a few things to put back when I got home.

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LEGO Micro AT-AT

LEGO Micro AT-AT

Another LEGO build I finished up before the new year was thanks to the building instruction of Miro Dudas.  I simplified the main body, changed out the parts for the side cannons, and I am still trying to figure out the best piece for the front of the head/cockpit.  So far, Mixel eyes are my favorite…

LEGO Micro AT-AT googly

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LEGO Iron Giant Bust

LEGO Iron Giant Bust

Ever since I saw Tyler Clites creation of a LEGO Iron Giant bust about a year ago, I have wanted to make one for myself.  It took some time to assemble to parts, an order to bricklink for the dome pieces, and a trip to the local LEGO resale store, but I finally had everything I thought I would need to build a darker version of Tyler’s bust (early hiding in the woods part of the movie).  The head was inspired by Tyler’s build, with a bunch of little tweaks to get it where I wanted it.

LEGO Iron Giant Head Detail

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Golden Eye LEGO Mech

Golden Eye LEGO mech

Yesterday, my oldest and I were building some LEGO mechs in the living room, and this is what I ended up with.  It’s construction is very similar to my last one.

LEGO Mech stripped

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LEGO Series 17

LEGO Series 17

I had to wait around a bit at Walmart last night to get a tire fixed and I found they were selling the new LEGO minifigure series.  So after some nimble package squeezing, I brought home the vet with bunny, the rocket boy, the punk dwarf, two retro space guys, four corn men, and the mystery pirate character!

I may need to get more corn men though, Iowa pride and all.

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Newest LEGO Mini-mech

Second LEGO Mini Mech

Last weekend my oldest and I ended a day of errands at the local second hand LEGO store.  I picked up another little tub of parts suitable for LEGO mechs, so I started farting around after i got done sorting my loot and made this guy.  It’s considerably larger than my last one.

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LEGO Mini Mech

LEGO mini mech

LEGO mini mech

Today I went with my boys to the local Minifigures and More store to pick up some LEGO loot.  I’ve been wanting to build some miniature mechs in the style of eduty over on flickr.  After slowly digging through a few of the tables, I think I’ve got the pieces to build quite a few.

LEGO loot

LEGO loot

LEGO mech frames

LEGO mech frames

LEGO mini mech strip down

LEGO mini mech strip down

I made a few different versions of his frames, but I liked this last one the best and ran with that.  I thought of finishing up another one, but then this happened.

build interuption

build interuption

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LEGO Christmas Train

lego train

lego train

When the LEGO Christmas train set was released I ran out to our local LEGO store certain that they would sell-out in minutes.  I may have been a bit too worried because I was the only one there when they opened.  The train wouldn’t fit on the buffet with the village so we decided to set it up to circle our tree instead.

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Christmas LEGOs

lego christmas village

lego christmas village

It’s been a pretty busy last few months (to include a few weeks were I was under the weather) but I thought I’d get back to posting.  A ton of the things I’ve been working on lately were presents so I couldn’t post until now anyway.  This is the layout for our LEGO Christmas village this year, with the North Pole off in the distance.  We’re running out of room…

lego north pole location

lego north pole location

lego north pole

lego north pole

The Santa’s workshop set came with an extra beard, so we made a senior elf, and it also came with an extra red ball from the “North Pole” sign so we made our young reindeer into Rudolph.

This is what we did with this year’s Chirstmas Train set.

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