Posts Tagged ‘baseplate’

Forestmen’s Crossing – version 2010

July 6, 2010

Eurobricks member Jonas really likes the classic 1990 Forestmen Crossing set but as he couldn’t get the original he made his own.

For us, lovers of the Forestmen (Robin Hood) Lego line in Europe, the 6071 set Forestmen’s Crossing has been like a frustrating dream. Unlike the other sets from the same series of 1988-1990, it has never been sold in Europe. Nobody knows why.
I always wished to have it, but was not ready to pay extreme prices for which it is offered on Ebay or Bricklink, now. Hence, these days I decided to built my own version of the set. My small MOC is made 20 years after the release of the original, so it is a sort of homage to this wonderful set. The idea to build it was stimulated also by the fact that this year two minifigs from the Forestmen series were released: a forest lady in Vintage Minifigure Collection Vol. 5 and a forest hunter in Minifigure Collection Vol. 1.

I have to say, although I loved the original set — the Forestmen line is one of my all-time favorites ever ๐Ÿ™‚ — this is truly an improvement. I never really liked the printed river baseplate. Brick built landscape is much better in my opinion. And of course, brown wasn’t available in bricks in the 90s it was only in the very short-lived Dark Forest theme in 96 that we even got brown trees.

You can see more images of this model on Jonas’ Brickshelf gallery.

The big “secret” revealed

April 14, 2010

When I said I was back I forgot that I would need a day or two to recover from the weekend and from my commissioned model. I’m still not in tip top form but at least I’m feeling more human.

So, since I still haven’t talked about it yet I will tell you what my big “secret” model is

The new Critical Care wing of the Scripps Encinitas hospital that will be finished in 2013. I took the virtual images along with the actual blueprints and created a 1/50 scale replica.

To give you an idea of size, look at the minifigures in the picture. But here is what the footprint looked like with only baseplates.


As you can see it took up my entire dinning room table. It took me just a little over 5 weeks to go from flat baseplates to finished model.

In general this was a pretty simple model, mostly rectangle in shape and pretty straightforward in design.

The only thing that was tricky was the curved walls in front.

So, how do you go from a funky curved wall and build it back into a straight building? Lots and lots of headlight (or washing machine) bricks and technic 1×1 bricks.

As you can also see, just because the building is white and tan on the outside, the interior bracing is whatever color I had the most of.

One of the cool things about this building is the signature tiles on the roof. Employees and sponsors were given 2×6 plates with three 2×2 gray tiles and asked to sign their names. They had no idea what it was for. After the model was unveiled last Thursday, I noticed several people pointing out where they had signed. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a pretty messy builder. Ziploc bags and small bins are everywhere. Because this was such a huge project there were bags, bins and boxes all over my floor as well.

In the time frame I had couldn’t have completed this project on my own so I called in some assistants.
Tiffeny Nervig, Kevin Rooten, my brother Mike Asanuma, and even my mom Karen Asanuma helped out with building parts of the model.

One of the things that this building had was a green roof to achieve that effect I used almost a thousand plants. Since LEGO plant plastic doesn’t glue like regular LEGO brick plastic I had to literally nail them down with tiny nails.

The guys that came and picked the model up were really nervous about dropping it. It actually only weighed about 40-50 pounds. They just didn’t want to break it. I assured them that when I make a model I make it to last. ๐Ÿ˜€

All of the details like trees, minifigs and cars had to be installed on site. Kevin and I worked till it was too dark to see on Wednesday and up until the last minutes before the event started so that we could get it all finished.

My model even got featured in the local Union Tribune newspaper.

All in all it was a fun project. I hadn’t built something this size since leaving LEGOLAND and it was refreshing to know that I still could. It was nice to deliver the model and even nicer to get my dining room table back. ๐Ÿ˜€

Matija Grguricโ€™s Fallingwater

April 5, 2010

What can I say about this other than WOW! Matija Grguric has made this incredible minifig scale version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater building.

Building process spread over total of almost 7 months, and the structure is made out of more than 15000 bricks (just an approximate guess). It is placed on 6 48*48 baseplates, and measures 115 x 80 x 50 cm. It weights more than 20 kg. This MOC will be displayed in Technical Museum in Zagreb on “Kockice EXPO 2010”, in May and June this year.

This is a truly stunning model. Check out the full set of pictures at Matija’s Flikr set.

LEGO 2010 Color Palette

January 28, 2010

Thanks to Joe Meno of BrickJournal LEGO has provided the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community with their 2010 Color Palette.

Jan Beyer, Community Operations Manager:

Dear all, finally, after many years of discussion we got the go from our Design Lab to share the internal LEGO Color scheme with the LEGO Community.

Please see the actual scheme for 2010 for sharing. You can see on the scheme the internal LEGO color number and name.

Now for me, being as I worked in the Model Shop at LEGOLAND California, the yearly color pallet is nothing new. It is a helpful tool when a Master Model Builder designs a model because that way they know what colors are actually available that year. And by cross-referencing the color code with the parts that are available, you can see if you can order the parts to build a model in the color you want.

Contrary to popular belief, the Model Shops do not have every part in every color. Although they sometimes to get parts that will never be available to the average consumer, especially in Denmark (that is unless you find it off Bricklink). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course our color pallet in the Model Shop looked a little different. It was actually a 16×32 white baseplate with all of the colors as 2×2 tiles with their color number printed on them. And yes, that means even the colors that have never been made as 2×2 tiles in sets.

For all of you who haven’t worked for LEGO, this is a nice insight in how LEGO categorizes their colors.

Model Building Tips – Tiles on a Baseplate

September 12, 2008

Sorry for not posting yesterday. Life, as it occasionally does, got in the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, here’s my tip. On several of the Modular Houses sets like the Cafe Corner and Green Grocer LEGO put a layer of tiles to indicate sidewalks, etc. This is all well and good, if you don’t ever have to take to tiles off, but if you do want to actually use your LEGO pieces and baseplates for something else down the line, taking the tiles off can be a real pain in the neck!

When I got my Cafe Corner, I dutifully copied the design, placing the tile directly on to the baseplate. But with the Green Grocer, I got smarter. Instead of following the directions, I first put a layer of two-stud wide plates down. On the edges, and anywhere it would be seen I used green and anywhere else I used whatever color of plate I happened to grab (I sort my larger 2-wide plates by shape only).

Now, if you are using this for a train or town layout and want it to actually attach with other builder’s buildings, this might not work for you (unless they also follow my tip) ๐Ÿ™‚ But if it is a stand-alone model this works great, especially when you take the model apart. You can just peel the plates off and then get the tiles off the plates.