Lighted Christmas Display

Regular readers of this blog probably know that I’ve a bit of an obsession with lighted city displays.   Spacepilot3000 from EB shows us how to do one for Christmas with his display of 10199 Winter Toy Shop & 10216 Winter Village Bakery

Nice isn’t it?  A bit too early for Christmas?  But even Orchard Road is putting up the Christmas lights, not to mention all the trees in the shopping malls… anyway, the technical details (1mm SMD LEDs etc) can be found in this EB post (LINK) if you are interested to try some drilling and electrical work.

Preparations for Christmas

So you got your Winter Toy Shop & Winter Village Bakery.  Perhaps even the Holiday Train.  Think you are all set for Christmas decorations?  How about decorating the tree?

Lazy ones (like me!) could just whack a bunch of LEGO keychains and hang them up I guess… but if you are really keen on a uniquely decorated tree, you can refer to Powerpig’s blog (via Gizmodo) for instructions on building ball ornaments for Christmas.  Yeah, really not too early to start especially if you need to place an order in Bricklink 1st.

Anyway seeing Powerpig’s ornaments got me thinking, and so I did some google searches and found some instructions for brick built ball ornaments in Brickshelf (from Mike Walsh):

While LEGO did come up with some ball ornaments last year:

But I think  using the builds on LEGO.com  or your advent calendars would be nicer (and probably cheaper if you intend to decorate the entire tree). 

You can get clear fillable ball ornaments from crafts shop (or online) – these ball ornaments come in a variety of sizes so you’ll probably need to measure and then decide how many of each you need. 

To solve the problem of putting the advent calendar items inside, I think you can get Dish 6 x 6 Inverted (Radar) from Bricklink or LEGO PAB online (Parabola 6X6) to provide the base support.

So what do you think? Will you be decorating your tree with LEGO ornaments? If you do pls share a pic k? You can insert photos into comments. 🙂

DIY LED Street Lights

I don’t think I trust myself with a drill to DIY street lights like what F0NIX from EB has done. But I think it looks great:

Erm, for the technically inclined…

But I have bought 200 lamp post 2x2x7 (part 2039) in white, trans clear minifig heads and 2×2 radar dish, to complete the construction.

Then I took a 2mm drill and made a hole from top to bottom. Bought a 3mm LED (this was a 3.2v 20mA 2000mcd Ultra Brigth White LED) and some thin wires. I cut a 9v LEGO electric wire with connectors in half and soldered a 470ohm resistor in series on one of the lead from the LED, the other straight on the other 9V leads. This is the final assembly:”

Umm… don’t understand… so pls don’t ask me any technical questions!  You can refer to his EB post and more pics in his brickshelf.

Lego City MOC and techniques

Came across a couple of MOC in the past 2 days that taught me new stuff I think I could apply in my own Lego town.

First, a hotel room interior by NewRight that at first glance I thought was a real room. Hey, it was a thumbnail view on Flickr k? 😛

Next, I like the pipes in this vignette of waste collector by Ezechielle from EB (link here).

I also like the idea of using the T-junction road plates for other purposes as Bachus, also from EB, has shared (link here). He even did a step-by-step to show how it’s done, so nice!

[Side complaint: I really can’t stand how TLG insists on packing straight plates with others – evil ploy to make us buy more??].

SDCC Cube Dude Instructions at Brickset

Update: Thanks to JSutton, step-by-step instructions of the five SDCC 2010 Cube Dudes can be viewed at Brickset.

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Gotta love the guy who reverse engineered the cube dudes and shared the instructions on Brickset. I dunno how to insert links on iPhone so I’ll edit this post after work, but if you can’t wait, it’s on Brickset’s frontpage. 🙂

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Modular microscale castle system

What can AFOLs who are out of space do?  Apart from building on LDD (which is frankly not as satisfying as playing with the real thing), perhaps one way is to think small i.e. go microscale.

I’ve seen quite a few amazing microscale creations on Flickr, and just came across a modular microscale castle system which I thought is really interesting.

From Classic Castle:

Kecia Christine Hansen is an AFOL from the land of LEGO, Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the past couple of years she has come up with a modular system to build microscale castles. She felt these modules were a perfect fit for the concept of LEGO Design by Me, so with a slight redesign, she has used LEGO Digital Designer to come up with over fifty different units based on 16×16 bases. Defined connection points and the placement of roads and city walls allow these to be brought together in endless configurations to make huge, er, tiny walled cities. You can get the files for twenty-five of her modules by going to the Design by Me gallery and searching on the usename lara34 (I found that you have to actually click the green triangle rather than simply hitting the return key, or else LEGO’s search engine comes up with no matches). You can even then order these modules from LEGO. She’s already bought several and plans to buy more, so she can turn her virtual designs into ABS reality.

In addition to displaying her MOCs in her Brickshelf gallery, Kecia runs Adventurers.dk, a site and forum devoted to the LEGO Adventurers and Indiana Jones themes. She also has a personal site, BrickPortal, which she says is out of date and due for a site redesign, and is a member of Lugnet.

Ancient Lady’s Museum by marcosbessa

I really like Ancient Lady’s Museum by marcosbessa.  No point describing further, just enjoy the pics!

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