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  1. Just spotted the Rogue One sets on the shelves at my local Toymaster (UK) They had all the sets except the AT-ST so I picked up the Hovertank and U-Wing. Love the Hovertank and have already MODed it so the top hatch opens more realistically. See here Haven't built the U-Wing yet but I'm already looking forward to it!!
  2. Hi I was delighted to see my local toyshop (Toymaster in the UK) had the new Rogue One sets on the shelves (All except the AT-ST) so I picked up the Hovertank and U-Wing. Having already built the Hovertank my mind's full of possible MODs - like real life armoured vehicles I can picture variants such as; troop carrier, command post, medical, artillery, anti-aircraft etc but first off I wanted to see if I could get the top hatch to open so the commander could look out. Took about 5 mins to come up with this... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr It's not perfect (if only they still made the old opening vehicle roof 4x4 hinge plates!!) and it makes it a bit trickier to get the figures in and out but for now it does the trick!! The figure also has to stand on a 1x2 brick to see out (he's obviously a little short to be a stormtrooper!!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Anyway, thanks for looking - comments are always welcome!!
  3. Avast me hearties!! Today is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" and the perfect opportunity to use a couple more of the recent CMFs in my town!! To mark the day, a group of local minifigs have arranged a sponsored cannon pull through the village centre to raise money for charity... [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Untitled[/url] by [url=]g.nat[/url], on Flickr While 2 of the "crew" pull the cannon, the captain "encourages" the spectators to donate to their worthy cause!! [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Untitled[/url] by [url=]g.nat[/url], on Flickr The cannon itself has been raised from a shipwreck by the local diving club.. [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Untitled[/url] by [url=]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Thanks for looking... that's 4 series 16 CMFs down 12 to go!!
  4. Thanks!! And here's the next CMF to "star" in Ballabreek.... the town's latest sporting hero!! Often spotted around town spending every moment of her spare time training [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Pushing herself to her limits and beyond... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr The results of all this effort.... Olympic Gold!! Here we see her triumphant return to the village after Rio 2016 [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr As you can see, the last pic made use of the village's Heliport!! First shown a few months ago and located on the outskirts of the village, it's now fully operational and in daily use!! here's a few more pics of it... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Thanks for looking... anyone want to guess which Series 16 CMF will be next!!!
  5. Interesting you should ask this as the only pieces I've had break are.... Reddish brown clips!! (1x1 plate with clip on top) In my case they were in the Winter Village Santa set and after building it 2 Christmases ago I dismantled it and stored it in a container. Last Christmas, I came to build it again only to find 2 of the clips had split in half!! So I don't think it is a result of overuse.... Perhaps there is something about the colour that dos make them weaker!! Wonder if anyone else has had this problem?
  6. [quote name='Vindicare' timestamp='1472435857' post='2646726'] Ha! That's pretty cool. My friend introduced me to Geocaching. It sounds kinda strange when it's being explained to you(he's been telling me about it for a few years, I declined). Then one day I said lets do it...and it is really fun! How much is the minifig & where to go to buy it? [/quote] Thanks for the comments... I think the minifigure was originally for sale from the Groundspeak website shop at but I got mine from eBay (think it cost about £20) Right, on with the latest update!! As promised, thanks to new footpath, we get to explore a little bit of the countryside around Ballabreek. Who better to take us there than the new Hiker minifig!! Off we go!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr But oh dear!! We seem to have run out of path!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr According to the map this should lead to a lake/river!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Hmm... it should be... over there!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Luckily a giant hand comes to the rescue and the Hiker can finish his walk, arriving at a picturesque water side lodge... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Across the river is a new campsite that can be reached by road from the village too. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Well worth the walk!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr As you can see this is an attempt to use sets that are too big or that just don't fit with the main village. I wanted to create a scene that you might see in a catalog or Lego store to showcase the official sets and have other plans to create more scenes on the shelves. Here's a few more pics... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr As you can see, i added the brick built animals to the scene... not very realistic but who cares!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr A view of the campsite... now I've got somewhere to display the excellent Creator mobile home!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr This is also the first in a series of updates featuring the new CMF series... I've got all 16 figures and plan to see if I can fit them all into a Ballabreek scene by Christmas!!! (I think some will be easier than others but I have a few ideas!!) 1 down... 15 to go!! As always, thanks for looking...
  7. That is such brilliant idea!! Love the shape and the steam!! The landscaping is spot on too. Excellent work!!
  8. Nice! I remember having the original TV truck as a kid!! I'm hoping TLG will add a TV theme to the modern city line... we've had a helicopter and satellite/transmitter dish in other sets but they could add a truck, studio, news crew... etc. I'd buy them!! Anyway thanks for sharing!!
  9. Beautiful looking build!! The shape is perfect and I love the interior details. The tree mosaic is a nice touch!! Excellent stuff!!
  10. This is cool!! I like the little story you've made up about the scene (it's what I do with my town too!!). The police car and fire engines look great and it's nice to see a classic style 4 wide car there too!! Thanks for sharing!!
  11. Thanks for the comments.... here's a quick sneak peek of what I'm planning to do by surrounding the map with other Isle of Man themed MOCs... [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Untitled[/url] by [url=]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Clockwise from top left... The TT motorcycle races The 3 Legs Of Man (The symbol/flag of the Island) Manx Cross (found all over the island and a traditional combination of Celtic, Norse and Christian imagery) The Great Laxey Wheel (the world's largest working waterwheel) The Tower of Refuge An Electric Tram (dating from Victorian times and still operating regular passenger services) Traditional Manx cottage Milner Tower (a popular landmark) [url=][img][/img][/url][url=]Untitled[/url] by [url=]g.nat[/url], on Flickr I have more to add so this is still very much a WIP!!
  12. Hi For some time, I've been working on series of MOCs based on places in the Isle of Man. Today I finally got around to recreating the Island itself in the form of a mosaic map - eventually I hope to display all the "Manx MOCs" together with the map as the centrepiece. Creating the map was a bit of a challenge and it took a few attempts but I'm pretty pleased with how it came out (It's pretty simple but like a lot of mosaics it looks most accurate when viewed from a few feet away); now I'm thinking of recreating the topography (hills etc)!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]The Isle of Man - LEGO Mosaic[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Thanks for looking - comments are always welcome.
  13. Thanks for the comments and kind words... time for another update!! This week sees Ballabreek get its first geocache!! My second favourite hobby (after playing with Lego of course!!) Geocaching involves using a GPS equipped device to locate containers hidden at outside locations, the co-ordinates of which are posted online. Here we see how it's done... Using an app on his GPS enabled phone, the Geocacher is guided to the correct location... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Hmm... it's around here somewhere!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr A-ha... a suspicious looking slab of rock... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Found it!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Now to sign the logbook and replace everything for the next finder... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr As you can see, this update has made use of a new area of Ballabreek: a recently opened long distance hiking trail/footpath starting behind the mine. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr The land (which was originally overgrown and unused) has now been cleared and landscaped with a gravel path which takes people on an attractive walk through the countryside. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr An information board (modified from one in a recent ideas book) has maps and guides to allow walkers to make the most of their visit. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr The Geocacher himself is from a custom set created by a Geocaching company to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the placing of the first 'cache. The 2x4 brick is actually a "trackable" and can be placed in a 'cache to be moved from 'cache to 'cache by subsequent finders. A code on the brick allows you to track it's movement around the world!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr As always, thanks for looking and feel free to comment.... It's not often I get to combine my 2 favourite hobbies and it gave me the push I needed to create the short section of hiking trail... but where does the trail lead to? Watch this space!!!
  14. The Castle Mona Hotel is a well known local landmark in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. It was originally the seaside mansion home of the John Murray, the 4th Duke of Atholl and was built in 1804, shortly after the Duke became the Governor-General of the Island. It was designed by George Steuart and constructed on part of the Duke's estate about a mile from the town of Douglas. Constructed of white free-stone (a form of granite) imported from the Isle of Arran, the main part of the building is roughly square and consists of 2, 3-storey wings connected by a 2-storey section and topped with a round tower. An annexe at the front of the building contained offices where the Duke's businesses could be run from. The building was set on a large, well kept lawn between the cliffs and the sea and reached via a half-mile long driveway. It would have been an imposing sight especially to those approaching the town from the sea. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Link to period reference photos [url=""]http://www.imuseum.i...erm=castle mona[/url] (knowing the area today, these pictures amaze me at how much it's all changed... apart from the building itself!!) Following the Duke's death in 1831, the estate was sold off and the Castle Mona became a hotel. Since then, the surrounding area has changed dramatically as the nearby town has expanded. A main road, tramway, promenade and shops were built on the land between the hotel and the sea. More hotels and apartments were built on the surrounding land and on the cliff behind the Castle Mona. The hotel itself underwent a number of extensions: including the addition of more modern rooms, a bowling alley, restaurant, a nightclub and even a pole dancing club!! Then in 2006 the hotel suddenly closed as it's owners went bust. A neighbouring hotel company bought the building a year later but it has remain closed ever since. A number of plans for the site have been put forward; reopening it as a hotel, turning it into a museum or art gallery, converting it to apartments, even using it as an IT training college but all have fallen through. It does get used occasionally as a film location and the local police and fire services use it for training but the once proud building is looking rather dilapidated and sad!! Hopefully someday soon it will find a use (I like the museum/art gallery idea best but anything that saves/preserves the building would be good!) As it is now [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]17589034331[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Aerial view showing all the modern additions to the original building. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]FullSizeRender[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Anyway, as I live on the cliff overlooking the site and walk past it everyday so I decided to recreate it (but as it might have looked originally!!) Front of the building... [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr The office block was the trickiest part of the build - I wanted to recreate the arched windows but keep the overall proportions looking right so there's less windows on the ground floor than there should be (there should be 5 archways altogether!) Might revisit this bit another day!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Aerial view [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Side view (this is the side that faces the sea) Most of this central section was taken up by a dining/ballroom which opened out onto a low balcony. The ground floor should really have tall rectangular windows but I had to make do with using 2 headlight bricks. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr My least favourite view - I couldn't find any references to this side of the building and modern buildings block any view of it so I had to guess!! If I get the chance, I may pay a visit to the local museum and see if they have any more pictures/plans that may help. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr My favourite bit is the main entrance... I was surprised at how well it came out!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr More views [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr I don't often attempt such small scale builds but I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to recreate this and while it's not quite perfect I'm pleased with how it came out. I may still tweak it a bit and try out some different ideas; especially on the office block section and the tower. Comments are always welcome... thanks for looking.
  15. "The Spider" was one of a number of crime fighting vigilante characters created in the early 1930s that would go on to inspire the creation of many of the superheroes we now know and love!! He was created in 1933 by Harry Steeger and went on to feature in over 100 pulp magazine novels, 2 movie serials and a couple of recent comics. I've recently discovered a couple of the early novels online (as their copyright has expired) and really enjoyed them - so much so I thought I'd try and recreate some of the characters in miniature form!! Richard Wentworth was a millionaire playboy, the last surviving member of a rich family. After returning home from WW1, he discovered New York to be overrun by criminal gangs - and the police powerless to stop them. Wentworth decides to take matters into his own hands and becomes The Spider - a vigilante not afraid to break the law himself to deliver justice. [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr As the Spider, Wentworth hunts down and kills criminals the police can't catch, marking each victim with a spider mark (an ink stamp on their forehead). His preferred weapons are 2 45-calibre pistols but he's also an excellent swordsman and trained in a number of martial arts. Although ruthless towards criminals, he never hurts the innocent and avoids harming the police (even though they're out to capture him) He's also a master of disguise and in some stories is able to control people using the sound of his voice giving him the title of "Master of Men". As Richard Wentworth, he often works alongside the police, helping Commissioner Kirkpatrick on many investigations (although Kirkpatrick hates the Spider and is out to discover his true identity!!) My version is a combination of the novel/film/comic version of his appearance (in the books he wears an domino mask - the spiderweb hood was introduced for the 1940s film version where it was white rather than red - the black/red design comes from the comic) Ideally the web design should extend down the back of his cape. Unsurprisingly, the Spider is said to have inspired Stan Lee to create Spiderman!! Although I see a lot of the elements of Batman in him too!! [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr [url=""][img][/img][/url][url=""]Untitled[/url] by [url=""]g.nat[/url], on Flickr Thanks for looking.... I've got a few ideas for some of the Spiders associates and enemies so watch this space!!