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  1. Hi Here's my entry.... Doctor Who and the Snow Angel!! Not even Timelords can resist playing in the snow. Although, once he's finished being creative manipulating snow molecules with his sonic screwdriver, The Doctor really needs to sort out K-9's embarrassing coolant leak!! (who can resist a yellow snow joke!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thanks to CopMike for organising this again!!
  2. Hi - I guess you're talking about the roadside milestones we have? Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Well I hadn't planned on including one but after your comment and a quick rummage through the spares box I've changed my mind!! Unfortunately, as you can see it's not looking it's best after being hit by a car!! The driver failed to stop and the Ballabreek police are investigating... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The workman is deciding how best to repair the damage (unfortunately he's going to have to wait for parts... the white 2x1 double slope isn't easy to find!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr In other "news" a local entrepreneur is publicising a new business - the Banana Co (supplies of banana based products.) Today he's out in the park giving away free samples... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Bob the Banana (the healthy eating mascot!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As well as the raw fruit, the company also sells other banana based products (Banana cakes, chips, bread, etc) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Handing out information leaflets... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As you can tell, this was just a way to use up another CMF figure!! 7 left to do!! Anyway thanks for looking.... Comments always welcomed
  3. I love museums and this is a great example of one!! It looks like it could be based on a real building... I really like the stained glass window and the skylights. The interior looks great too!! Excellent work!!
  4. Very nice!! Like the previous poster I have mixed views on Friends.... for me it's not so much the colours as the minidolls!! But minidolls or not, this is a real work of art - the colours really work and I especially like the curved sea wall and the large building at the top of the steps!! Excellent stuff!!
  5. What an amazing build!! I love all the little details (the workers and their scaffolding is a nice touch) The interior looks stunning too... I'd also like to see more of the exhibits!! If I was a minifigure I could up imagine spending hours in there!!! Thanks for sharing!!
  6. Another update.... With yesterday being Armistice Day, the people of Ballabreek took a break from their busy lives to pause and remember the fallen... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Selling poppies... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr It was also the perfect time to rededicate the town's War Memorial in its new location (after being moved from the park a few months ago) A simple wreath laying ceremony took place carried out by the town's oldest war veteran and their youngest (and first female) currently serving member of the armed forces. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr There was also a visit from a vintage World War 1 tank. Ironically this very tank once visited Ballabreek back in 1917 as part of a tour to raise money for the war! Now restored and renamed, "Poppy" travels around raising money for veteran's charities. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Unfortunately, I can't take any credit for the awesome tank design... I found the instructions for it on Youtube. I actually built it for a display at the school where I work but thought it might like to visit Ballabreek!! At first I wasn't sure about the new location for the War Memorial but it seems to work!! Anyway, thanks for looking... comments always welcome!!
  7. A quick Halloween (or Hop-tu-naa as it's called here) update.... now what could have scared the trick or treaters? Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Oh the horror!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Not quite as scary with the lights on though... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As you can tell, this was an experiment in using a UV blacklight (I love the way certain bricks glow under it!!)... and a way to use another couple of CMFs!! Thanks for looking - comments always welcome!!
  8. Very cool!! The float designs are perfect but I especially like the giant skeleton puppet!! Excellent work!!
  9. Well it seems that the good people of Ballabreek don't share my dislike of talent shows because this week they've set up a temporary stage so they can strut their stuff!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Fortunately though, it does allow me to use another couple of series 16 CMfs!! After a week of competition, the winner of the children's class is.... Penny the Penguin (and her mascot) singing Happy Feet... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The adult competition was won by... Frank (the owner/trainer of Dave the Dancing Dog!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr That's 6 CMFs used now (I could have used more on the stage but I fancy a challenge!!!) Anyway, thanks for looking!!
  10. Very nice!! I think my favourite is the tan building... Love the arches and the roof especially!! Now I'm inspired to have a go at miniscale building myself!! Thanks for sharing!!
  11. Hi After seeing the Doctor Strange movie last night (and very good it was too!!) I picked up the Sanctum Sanctorum set and set about incorporating it into my small town. I decided to combine it with the corner deli set - as I'd been planning to MOC the upper floor to make more room and here's the result... (hope this is the right place to post it - it's based on a licensed set but it's actually for my town) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Interior... the ground floor is a gem store (called "M's Gems" it's going to replace a simpler gem store already in my town) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Upstairs is a "Mini Sanctum Sanctorum" I think Doctor Strange would have several of these hidden around the world as places to rest (and as a refuge in an emergency) I do have a proper story to explain why and how he ended up in my small town - just waiting for parts and then I might post the story!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The Doctor can enter and leave using portals... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Final couple of pics to show how the building opens up (it wasn't easy to get the skylight to work!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, although I may still tweak a few things... I'd like to have somewhere for the cloak of levitation to "hang out"!! Once I fit it into my town, I'll post some more pics!! Anyway, comments are always welcome... and thanks for looking!!
  12. Following from my last topic The Knapp Roller Ship I thought I'd tackle another experimental ship from the late 1800s... The Ernest Bazin. Named after it's inventor, the ship (like the Knapp ship) was an attempt to improve the speed, efficiency and comfort of sea travel by reducing the amount of the hull in contact with the water. Bazin's solution was to have a large platform which sat on several pairs of large hollow lenticular discs. Propulsion was provided by a conventional screw propellor and separate engines rotated the discs which according to Bazin's experiments would eventually allow the ship to reach speeds of up to 60mph!! The prototype was launched from Saint Denis in 1896. It had 3 pairs of discs, each 10m in diameter and 3m thick which supported a platform 40m by 12m carrying the engines and crew quarters. The ship crossed the English Channel and then travelled around the British coast visiting several ports. Unfortunately, the vessel's performance failed to live up to the predictions - mainly because it's engines proved to be underpowered, a situation made worse by the weight of water each wheel lifted as it rotated. Eventually, it ended up moored on the Thames as a visitor attraction before being scrapped!! In 1898, Basin claimed to have solved the design issues and began planning a much larger transatlantic liner which would run on 4 pairs of discs - unfortunately he died just a few weeks later and the idea of ships on discs died with him... Ref. pic Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr My version - Turned out to be a lot harder than I thought it'd be but I'm pretty pleased with the end result. It's a combination of photos of the actual vessel and drawings/paintings (which seem to show it with a raised wheelhouse above the bridge) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As you see I had trouble with having the main structure studs down and the superstructure studs up... the only thing holding it together is the rigging!! (works pretty well though!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Front view Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Rear view - contemporary descriptions say that Bazin had used a directional water jet in place of a conventional rudder (but I couldn't find any reference pics so i just made something up!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr All at sea... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thanks for looking....
  13. "Robot Overlords" a 2014 Independent British Sci-Fi movie starring Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson. Got fairly average reviews and pretty much went straight to DVD but I thought it was OK (one review described as a sweary episode of Doctor Who!!) The best thing about it though was that part of it was filmed at the end of my street!!! So weird to see giant CGI killer robot spider things crawling over the roof of a nearby hotel!!
  14. Wow!! That looks brilliant - a real work of art!! Well done!!
  15. That looks great!! I really like the look of that paving on the path!! The boat looks great too!! Nice work!!