Posts Tagged ‘building’

Tiny Taj

February 8, 2011

Recently I was asked to make a birthday cake topper. It was for a LEGO fan and his wife asked me what I could make. I told her I could create him building and she said that sounded great. He just happened to be building the LEGO Taj Mahal model at the same time so she asked if I could make him building with white bricks. I figured I could do something even better:

Guy building Taj Mahal 1

I want to say it was a challenge, but in actuality, once I thought about it, it came together rather quickly. The inspiration was the cheese slopes. I can not tell you how much I love that element!!! It was the only way to create the eight sided building at that tiny of a scale.

Guy building Taj Mahal 2

I was even happier when I realized that it was almost exactly to scale with the Miniland figure. The real Taj Mahal model really is about that size to a person. Hopefully he had a wonderful birthday (it was yesterday) and loved his totally unique birthday present. πŸ™‚

Off to the Northern CA and Bricks by the Bay

April 7, 2010

Well my model is finally done! I still can’t post pictures until after tomorrow’s ceremony but the 6ft x 3 ft building is completed. There are a few minor finishing touches I need to do, but I will do those in the morning. Right after the ceremony I’m heading up to Bricks By the Bay. Yay! πŸ˜€

Pending internet service (well actually the cost of the service) at the hotel I will attempt to do some on-site blogging. That is if I’m not too busy hanging out with all my friends. πŸ˜‰

Down to the wire

April 2, 2010

Well its come to the last few days of my project. I still won’t show you the full model yet, but I’ll give you another peek:

Teaser Pic 2

As you can probably guess from the picture this is a really large building. To give you an idea on size — there are almost 1,000 plants on this building and more that will go around as landscaping.

Here’s another Model Building tip to tide you over — Because of the plastic that LEGO plants are made off normal glues don’t work on them. The best solution when placing down hundreds of leaves and flower stems is to hammer tiny nails through the stud and into the LEGO below. To “hide” the fact that there are all these nails on the plants I then took a green Sharpie permanent marker pen (well two different shades of green actually) and colored all the nail heads so that they match closer to the color of the plants.

Now back to building my model! πŸ™‚

Building a big model

March 28, 2010

If you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been as diligent in doing my daily posts. I try to keep up with all the LEGO news around the world, sharing my favorite models and explaining new techniques. But for the last month or so I have been a little preoccupied with my current commission. I can’t tell you what it is right now, but I will show you a teaser pic:

Teaser pic 1

This is just a small corner naturally and not much for you to go on. One thing I will say is that this model is big, really big. In a couple more weeks, once this is all over I’ll be doing a proper post on what I’ve been up to. I just ask that you be patient with me. As my deadline gets closer I’ll be pretty busy. I won’t be able to post quite as regularly for the next week and a half or so.

And if you are wondering what the saran wrap is for here’s a model building tip for you: its there to keep the glue from getting on the baseplates. πŸ˜‰