Building Up While Scaling Down

This is the third green and black steam train produced by the LEGO Group as part of a set over the last few years. Each has a different scale:

The first is  Emerald Express(31015), a creator three in one set from 2014. With six wheels and a green and red, almost Christmas like colour scheme, you may be forgiven for thinking it was intended to be a prototype for the holiday train.  One of the alternative builds is for a carriage in similar livery.

Our next train to consider is the Holiday train from 2016. This minifigure scale train is  transporting a Christmas tree that spins as the train moves.

Based on the color scheme, I presume that our micro build of the day is a micro scale version of the Emerald Express. Rather than a coal filled tender however, it appears to be transporting a couple of Christmas trees. Once again reminding us of the Holiday train.

This is a fantastic micro representation of a couple of trains presented in other scales in recent years. It’s simplicity is refreshing and you exactly what is supposed to be… which, after some of the brick built animals, is a little refreshing.

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1000 Visitors

So, in just under 2 months and 17 posts, the rambling brick has had its 1000th visitor.

Thank you all for your support. I have some more posts planned for the near future, but would love to hear from you.

Thanks especially to everyone who has provided encouragement and discussion over the last few months. You know who you are. 

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Reboxing:9754 Dark Side Developer Kit

So… for the last 15 years, I have had a circa 2000 ATAT on the mantlepiece, made using 9754 Mindstorms Dark Side Developer Kit. It hasn’t been given much of a run, and I cannot recall ever changing the batteries in the Micro Scout control unit.  I have been starting to become concerned about the possibility of battery leakage.  So… I dIMG_8363ecided to pull the model apart, and replace it in its box.  This is coincidental with a member of OZLUG asking the question ‘Can I make every other major model from this kit with the pieces in the walker?’  (Incidentally, the answer to this is ‘NO’)

This set comes from an era when boxes came with a plastic, compartmentalised insert! So I set about pulling the ‘hero model’ apart, and replacing it in its box.  I am not aiming to sell it in the near future (for a 15 year old set, it has only  appreciated from ~US $100 at release to ~$AU150 on brick link presently for used, with a beaten up box).  I suspect it has much more to teach me. Continue reading

Component exposition: 1 x 1 x 2/3 45 degree slope, quadruple convex

  This new ‘pyramid piece’ (Bricklink 22388)debuted in 2016, as part of the Nexo Knights range. It is available in a number of colors including the new ‘Flat silver’, Pearl Gold and trans orange.  EDIT: Trans light green has also been spotted in the wild (in one of the new Elves sets, March 2016).

It is primarily used as a decorative component( sets 70312,70313, 70314 and others). However  5 of these pieces around a Modified 1×1 block with 4 x side studs (Travis brick) with trans-red studs are used to form the business end of Ultimate Macy’s mace (70331)

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