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  • I Do This Too

    Posted on 15 Feb 2018 19:45

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  • Ninjago Movie Sets

    Posted on 29 Jul 2017 12:10

    The Ninjago series of sets and minifigs is not collected in our household.  There are limits to what we can afford to buy and although the odd poly bag and small set has found it's way into my son's collection, I have not encouraged his collection of yet another theme.

    However, that could soon change.  I have recently spent some time looking at previews of the new Ninjago Movie sets and Minifig series and have to point out how extremely impressed I am with the designs & builds.

    http://jaysbrickblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LEGO-70615-Fire-Mech...

    They (the designers) have seriously gone to town to bring us some incredable machines, vehicles and mechs.  The buildings also look amazing and I was particularly impressed by the evil guard-dog-like creatures that stand beside the Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon.  Extremely imaginative builds that represent so very briliantly how Lego bricks can be used to create shape and form.
    http://jaysbrickblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LEGO-70617-Temple-of...

    Talking of buildings... One of the movie sets has a total piece count of 4867!!!  I'm guessing we can't afford it but that doesn't mean I'm not impressed. IT LOOKS AMAZING!

    http://jaysbrickblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LEGO-70620-Ninjago-C...

    My favourite of all the new Nanjago sets is the Water Strider.  I love the look of it.  The way the designer has created some realism with regards to the hydrolics on the legs is ispirational.  Can't wait to see it for real!
     

    http://jaysbrickblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/LEGO-70611-Water-Str...

    You can check out more info and images from Jays Brick Blog here:

    http://jaysbrickblog.com/2017/06/23/20-characters-from-lego-ninjago-movi...

     

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  • TRACS

    Posted on 13 Mar 2017 23:42

    Tactical Recon Aircraft Support.

    MAJOR UPDATE

    Finally, I have physically built this MOC.

    It was not an easy ride, mainly because what appears to work well in LDD does not always translate effectively to a real world build.  Interestingly, most of my frustrations with LDD are based around the fact that it won't do what the real world will do.  On this occasion the opposite was apparent.  There's also the addition of stability issues.  While experience will help during design, it's not really until application that you find out how utterly fragile connections can be.  I still have work to do here on this model, but for now I'm temporarily willing to accept things as they are.  I have tried plenty of options to improve stability but avoided going beyond a major re-design or dismantle and re-start option.
    My 7 year old has played with it for a bit and it stayed together, so for now I'm happy.  I do know where a change needs to be made but I'll have to re-design from early stages.  It can wait.

    So what are the main changes – how does it differ from the original LDD MOC images?

    *Colour is the obvious change.  It was apparent at design stage that not all the parts used are available in the chosen colours.
    The colour scheme chosen for the physical model was wholly dictated by availability.  There were only 2 – 3 possibilities and combinations and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.  I feel a kind of vindication in regards to some of the choices I made because I had to do something I hate to do.  I had to raid my store.  Several times!

    *A couple of pieces I couldn’t find, though I know I have them.  Only 2, but after finding one with ease, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack for the other.  It remains elusive and I care not because it forced me to imagine alternatives and it’s that kind of forced creativity that makes Lego so... Awesome!  There is almost always another way.

    *The sections encompassing the back end (just behind the cockpit) and the rear wings were extremely fragile.  Other than the wings I knew it would become stronger as the build progressed but I got fed up with a section that would fall off time & time again.  I changed the whole run – left and right of the cockpit – to add more connection points to the rear wings.  It is still not perfect.
    I swapped out the brick behind the cockpit for a plate option that included some right angled pieces.  There was a design flaw here, which is now corrected.

    *Added two rocket boosters.  This was done at the design (LDD) stage but not immediately.  Makes it look faster.

    *Some changes to the underside to make things a little more stable aswell as for aesthetic purposes.

    *The back end (with the pipes) has had a little remix.  The original version didn’t work at all.  The pins proved to be too short.

    *The cockpit windshield should be clear but the only one I have is the printed one from the Star Wars Rebel U-Wing Fighter (75155).  I think it looks pretty cool!

     

    Thanks to http://sophiesbrickshop.brickowl.com/ for always having a great selection of bricks & pieces.
    Original LDD images here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.756141067893169.1073741831.589...
    New Physical Images here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0W3TnhzYr7rdERsb01PbFI3cnM

    Original Blog

    I haven't physically built this MOC as of yet. While I acquired a few more of the parts today (the ones not in my son's personal inventory), there are still two more pieces - one item - I need 2 of. Maybe another part but I've yet to properly check. 2 x LEGO Dark Stone Gray Bar 1 x 8 with Curved Brick 1 x 2 (Axle Holder in Small End)(30359). Possibly 1 x LEGO Medium Stone Gray Spool Ø 15,83 X 7,99 (61510). I'm fairly confident that this build will look just as good in reality as it does in the LDD image above. However, I doubt I'll be able to replicate the colour scheme which is a shame. I have tried other colour options but it doesn't quite look as cool. You may wonder as to why I'm gushing about this build? Simple really. I just love the design. It's shape is somewhat unconventional - or at least - the way it was achieved is unconventional. I won't know how sturdy it is until it becomes a real thing. That means the design may have to change slightly. I would offer up the instructions but LDD hasn't quite produced them in a logical manner. In my experience, it (LDD) rarely does. I will update at some point when I've gotten round to finishing the physical model.

     

    To see more images from LDD click here: https://www.facebook.com/589184874588790/photos/?tab=album&album_id=7561...

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  • An Assistant Too Young

    Posted on 2 Mar 2017 10:19

    Welcome to FITBRICKS

    When I started the store, my plan was for my son and I to run it together. To teach him a little bit about selling, give him an early start in regards to business. I wish I'd stuck with that plan, but I lost patience with Jayden's when it became apparent that a 7 year old couldn't prioritise stock over personal collection. Too many upsets for the little man because he felt the store was more important than his own Lego requirements. He's a very clever lad but I was naive to think he could accept the customers' needs over his own when it came to the love of his life. Expecting a 7 yr old (6 when it started), to grab the concept of the business plan was incredibly optimistic. Great kid as he is, he couldn't grasp how some of the profit was used to grow his own collection and it was the only way he had as much personal Lego as he currently does. In the end, I had to keep him at bay while I processed orders, however, he still benefits from the shop's meager success. The money that comes in replenishes stock as well as allowing me to occasionally purchase the sets he wants for himself. I will bring him back into the fold as soon as I'm confident he understands how it works in his favour. As soon as he demonstrates the discipline and patience when it comes to customers and personal desire. He's a good boy. He's thoughtful, empathic and kind, so I believe we're not far off. Providing he wants to help. It's always more important for me that - at his age - he plays.

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