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  1. Standing lonely in the sea, a sight forgotten sailors once yearned to see. Seeming destined to be lost forever. Until now... A little teaser for a future build. Not sure when it will be built though, either soon or closer to the end of the year And I will do some more builds leading up to it. The Base style was inspired by the talented Jaaxaap. It was a fun little build to through together and I liked experimenting with the texture. C&C wanted and Hope you enjoy.
  2. This model was originally set 31064, Seaplane Adventures, a 2017 official Lego set from the CREATOR line. I then extended the rear of the body about 8 studs, and lengthened the tail about 2 studs to be a little further away from the body of the aircraft. The MOD uses about 105 more parts to do this, but it gives in return an extended cargo area with removable roof section. This is in addition to the two hatches already on the stock model. Here is the main pic of the plane. The only LDD error I got from building this model was this part that keeps the dark blue engine part from rotating. It works in real life, but in LDD it doesn't go all the way on... go figure! The rear of the original set has a opening rear hatch for cargo loading, which is a feature I kept in my MOD of the set. The other hatch on the set is for accessing the cockpit, while a removable roof panel allows for the cargo area to more open for play-ability. The MOD uses about 105 more parts than are in set 31064 to complete the upgrade. The parts needed are above, and are grouped separately from the actual parts included in set 30164 in the file. This is so you can but the stock set from LEGO and then buy rest of the parts from Brick-Link, Brick-Owl or whatever site you use to buy parts from. Here is the ldd file for the modified plane. Remember: if you feel so inclined, any comments, questions, and / or complaints are always welcome!
  3. Hey all, it's been quite awhile since I was last able to build, but I just couldn't miss the Colossal Castle Contest - especially with a warship category this year. So, Instead of building a handful of rushed entries, I decided instead to pour my heart and soul into a single entry. (Pictures link to Flickr) I decided to revisit an idea I had when I built my first ship a couple years ago. I hadn't managed to make it work then, but I have come a long way as a builder since then. The technique ended up working even better than I had hoped, allowing me to build a sturdy, frustration-free hull with multidirectional curvature and minimal attachment points. This enabled me to make the sides of the hull removable, and to add an interior. The walls you see belowdecks are actually attached to the backside of the ship's frame, meaning that no matter which side is removed, the cabin will always appear as a complete cross-section. In addition, the entire ship is modular, allowing for the removal of the mast and rigging, forecastle, stern decks, hull, and even the main deck, which slides up over the mast. I really wanted to go all-out this year, and, inspired by JKBrickworks' working torsion-spring ballista, I decided to add a functional artillery piece to the deck. This was very challenging, as JKBrickworks' model is over 16 studs wide (much too big for mounting on the ship). Effective torsion springs took up too much space, so I instead lashed together flex tubes and built a scaled-down winding/ratcheting system that is similar to JKBrickworks' original design. It worked, and the ballista you see will wind, hold, and launch multiple projectiles across a desk. Finally, the ship features a working rudder and tiller, all-LEGO rigging (including the rat-lines, which are cut and sewn-together nets), deployable anchors, three projectile types for the ballista (bolt, harpoon, and ball-and-chain), crow's nest mounted crossbow, working doors and hatch, and a full crew including the VIP passengers, captain, navigator, sailors, cook, naval warfare officer, ballista crewmen, marine detachment commander, marine boarder, "Leatherhead" marine sharpshooter, and expeditionary marine. I hope you enjoy this build as much as I enjoyed building it! As always, comments and criticism are welcome and appreciated, and there are (and will be) more pictures on Flickr. Happy New Year!
  4. Escaping Home Chapter I: The Tranquil Meadow Chapter II: Old Bagshaw's Residence Chapter III: The Poacher Chapter IV: Making Camp Chapter V: Solitary Council Chapter VI: Escaping Home Chapter VII: Waylaid Chapter VIII: Archery Practice The evening sun glistened in the waves below. The wind rustled the leaves above. Soon the sun would dip below the horizon, draping it all in gloomy shadows. But for now everything was beautiful. Averil sat down under the looming tree, took a deep breath and stared into the sunset. Just being here made her smile. She found herself imagining that this here, was all there was. Just the fading sun and breaking waves. The towering tree at her back and the delicate flowers spread out around her. This was a moment she wished would not pass. But it would. And she would have to return home. Return to a home that was not home. Return to Newquay. Averil had joined the colony of Newquay together with her brother, Leeson, and Gammy less than a month ago. It had been a reluctant but necessary decision. Averil's poaching had not been fruitful and the family was starving. At Newquay, at least they were able to fill their bellies. Leeson had been made an errand boy, and was always running all over the place doing his chores. Averil could tell that he liked it. Back home all he ever did was scrounging for food and waiting for her to return with fresh game. Here he had something to do and he was happier for it. Even Gammy had been enlisted to help in the manor's kitchen, cooking for the lord and lady and their friends. Averil frowned upon her entering service, but she too seemed happy. And Averil couldn't deny that the occasional tidbits Gammy swiped from the kitchen wasn't a welcome change to the bland stew they were usually having. Averil herself had been assigned as a fisherman at first, but as she didn't know the first thing about fishing, she was quick to display her skills with the bow, which had earned her a spot on a hunting party. There had been some suspicion as to where her mastery stemmed from, but Averil had explained that her late father, a longbowman in the King's army, had taught her since young. It was a truth with modification, but confessing to years of poaching would certainly have earned her a trip to the gallows. Her fellow hunters were good men and quick to welcome to her, showing her the tricks of the trade. She already knew most of what they showed her, but she feigned ignorance to support her own deception. Learning archery from her father was all well and good, but what reason could her father have had for teaching her hunting? Better to smile and pretend to be learning. Still, being self-taught, there were a few new things that she did not know. Understanding the territorial instincts of many of the animals here had been an eye-opener for her. And the woods around Newquay was new ground for her, as her poaching had kept her at a good distance from the colony. Most of all she had been very surprised to find that there was actually game to be found around here. The weeks before joining the colony she had found nothing during her trips to the isle, and now there was game again. Not plenty, but there was some, which was enough. It made her wish she had held off the decision to move here. If game was coming back, they could've survived by themselves. If only she had waited a few more weeks, she wouldn't have to be here. The truth was that she did not belong here. These people were good, faithful workers, building something together. All of them doing their best to make the colony successful. Even with their witless lord governing them, there was a camaraderie here that she had not expected. But still, she was different. She craved adventure, not fellowship. She did not want to have everything staked out for her. She abhorred routine and despised rules. They may make your life smoother, but they didn't let you live. And that's what Averil wanted - to live. But what good did it do to linger on that now? They were here, and even if Leeson and Gammy would have wanted to leave, they couldn't. They had committed themselves to Newquay and its doltish lord, who would certainly not let them go unless he wanted to. They were trapped. She was trapped. She longed to be back home, her real home on the mainland, but she was trapped. She looked up at the tree above her. It's branches stretched far out over the sea. Perhaps it too, longed for something? - 'I wish we could both go' she told the tree. 'But we can't. Like it or not, we are both rooted to this place.' She sighed. The last sliver of sun disappeared beyond the horizon. It was time to head back. - 'Well, back to reality' Averil said as she got up. 'Be good.' She gave the tree a quick tap and walked away. *** Ok, next build: no trees! I promise! ...maybe Thanks for watching, hope you enjoyed it! C & C always welcome
  5. [pid][/pid] Hello! Today I bring you my review of the Lego Movie set; Metalbeard's Sea Cow! Theme: The Lego Movie Set Name: Metalbeard's Sea Cow Set Number: 70810 Pieces: 2741 Year: 2014 Minifigures: 4 Minifigures + Mini Metalbeard and Queasy Kitty (Emmet, Wildstyle, Benny and Vitruvius) Ages: 14+ Price: Expensive ($299 Here in Canada, plus tax) About $250 USD I know this set has had a lot of negative criticism, especially from the true pirates fans, but keep in mind that it is not a pirates theme set, and therefore is not as realistic as one would probably like, but it is, after all, supposed to look unrealistic to give it that Lego Movie look. (The movie has many unrealistic builds but fun none the less!) One point I would like everyone to know, because I find it very cool, is that this is the most heavily armed boat…errrr I mean ship in Lego's History! She has 6 Firing Cannons, plus more than 14 other cannons that do not fire (Made to look like cannons) First we will start with the box, and it is huge! The box is also very heavy, but made of the usual material, so I have already seen some boxes with the seals being broken because of the weight of the ship! The side of the box also features all the mini figures included with their names. The Inner bags are many in number, you get a total of 17 normal bags. You get one #1 bag, two #2 bags, two #3 bags, one #4 bag, two #5 bags, three #6 bags, three #7 bags, two #8 bags, and one #9 bag. Additionally you get a bag with other parts for the ship including the massive fans. You also get the hull pieces, but the ship seems like it would be rather stubby, with only one bottom hull piece. Then you also get a bag with the instruction book (It really is the size of a book!) and the sticker sheet. The instruction book is very heavy, and there is only one! You would expect at least three for a set this size, but Its actually really cool! The only downside is that you cannot team up with a friend and each build from a separate instruction manual…..or novel in this case The sticker sheet has a few cool stickers, and one really cool pirate with a parrot picture! I would love to have more than one of this sticker for some custom building projects! The instructions have a page and a half showing what each bag builds. The instructions have a very eye friendly feel to them, the only problem I have encountered so far is that the Lego Bricks shown are a different shade of colour in the manual than the real ones. It is a little annoying at first, but you get used to it. The first bag contains some mini figures, including Emmet, Wild-style, Kitty and Mini Metalbeard. (I say mini because it is a much smaller version of the one in the movie and the other set that he is included in.) Bag one is my favourite bag so far! The mini Metal-beard is actually very cool. It uses the Legends of Chima ball joints in a very cool way! The emmet minifig is cool, but nothing too special (Movie reference ) Wild-style has a cool rubber hood piece and Kitty looks… not so good. I wish they had included a happy side for her face, but they want you to get every set to collect them all. You also get a sizeable amount of extra pieces just in the first bag! A total of 17! I can't imagine how many will be left after the final build! Now we shall move on the bag number two! The instructions outline the contents of the second bag, and we get the Double Decker Couch! As well as Vitruvius and Benny! We get the entire sets mini figures/Characters in the first two bags. I am surprised lego did not split them up. In this bag we also get two different villain bots (Micro Managers) from The Lego Movie. If you notice, they bear a strange resemblance to the ones in the Matrix Movie! Bag 2 is a bag number that has two bags. The first one large, the second one smaller, each with two mini bags inside. The contents of bag(s) two are awesome! And for those of you wondering if Benny's Helmet is actually broken… Its not. It is a special mold for Benny! Did you really think TLG would go around snapping space helmets!? The Second Bag comes with the Micro Managers and the Double Decker Couch! You also get Benny (Classic 1980's Spaceman!) and Vitruvius. This set comes with a very good mix of mini figures, and you get the very cool Mini Metalbeard! The Double Decker couch is also very cool, but unfortunately you cannot get any figs included in this set to sit properly on the couch. This is because they all have some sort of back accessory. You also get the two micro managers, one mini that shoots a net, and a larger one with flick fire missiles! The net can be shot by stuffing it into the "mouth" of the Micro Manager and pushing the fire flicker on the back. The larger Manager has a unfold-able radar scanner dish, used to detect master builders! It also has some cool flick fire missiles. Another cool feature is that the sides open to reveal some extra flick fire missiles! Lastly for this bag, you also get a good amount of extra pieces! Now we will move on to the ship! The ship build starts with the #3 bags, the hull pieces and the extra bag of ship parts. The bags from #3 are packed with goodies, and the Cannons! You get a total of 6 shooting cannons!!! As I mentioned before, this is the most heavily armed ship in Lego history! As you can see its a very exciting bag! It contains the ships main armament and the foundation for everything above! The bags are getting more and more focused on one particular item, now that the figs and accessories are out of the way. The next few bags contain different parts of the ships that attach to form the final product. I really like the way that everything comes together. Lets get on to bag #4! There is only one bag with the number four title, but it is packed with all you need to start building the walls of the ship and starting the long path to the sky! As you can see, the ship is looking good so far, the sides look very nice, and have more than enough armament to take on those Micro Managers! Next we will get to bag #5! Bag number five refines the current look of the ship by adding to the front and rear, and patching up any holes in the ship. As you can see, the ship is starting to look like a real ship! The sides are now very sturdy and have been completely locked up. Now it is time for bag number 6. You will notice that the number 6 bags really start to add to the fun by containing the store room and boiler controls! In these bags you get some very fun and cool looking water faucets that add to the rustic boiler look! The interior of the Boiler/Storage room contain some muskets, swords and some flintlock pistols. It also features the controls for the boiler. The sides also open up for a look inside, and also for limited playability. You also get a nice tiny chandelier than swings with the ships movements. It can be seen through the entrance to the room. The set also makes use of a few bizarre pieces such as the Indiana Jones whips, some Legends of Chima pieces and some Lego Friends pieces such as the golden faucets. So far we have gotten a lot of cool stuff, but we still have many more bags to go! This is everything so far… Ok, lets get onto the other bags! We are now on Bag number 7! Well…. three bags actually! You get some very unique parts, some technic sails and a good old fashioned door! You also get a Pirates of the Caribbean globe piece, also used as Sandy's Helmet in Spongebob Lego sets. (Clear Version) Some other cool accessories include a Golden Mini-figure Head, and some keys. How long has it been since you opened a set with some Flintlock Pistols! I really like the building techniques that have been used so far. I love the way the ships siding is placed on. Every sideboard is unique, and has a different Pirate feel to it! One of the coolest building sidings I have seen so far is found in Bag(s) number seven! This siding is a prime example! As you can see, the side board is missing, once it is built, it is nicely placed into it to fit very snug. Now both combined give a good look to the ships siding! The Final Bag 7 Build makes the ship look nearly complete. It gives the ship the appropriate height, and refines the rear of the ship. This bag also has some very interesting pieces for those of you you considering this as a parts pack. The Rear of the ship after bag number 7! It is very tall! Metal Beards Throne is large enough to fit him nicely standing or sitting. However, any other mini figure in the set looks ridiculous. Now onto Bag 8! Bag 8 builds the front of the ship, the foreword mast with the figurehead. While building, I could not resist laughing when I got to this build I don't know how you can't laugh at it! What was TLG thinking?! We are now on the last bag! Bag number 9! Bag number 8 was funny and contained a lot of useful pieces, such as the cow… and the "boiler" (More like… ) This bag builds the final middle top section for the ship. But I just noticed now that it also looks just as questionable as the "boiler"... I was surprised at the amount of detail included under the top middle section. The floor boards are filled with coins, treasure, a scull and even a rat! We are now done! The ship is done! It is funny build! Here are all the extra pieces included in the set! Here she is; METAL-BEARD'S SEA COW! Here is the Sea Cow beside two smaller Lego Ships! And as requested, here is the Sea Cow beside the Black Seas Barracuda! As you can see, the Sea Cow holds up, even surpasses some of the biggest pirate ships! Overall I give this set a great Rating! I love the details included through the set, and how they managed to do a great job using technic sails! The only downside is that the playability factor aboard the ship is lower because of the lack of space on the deck. But if you can't have fun with this set in hand, I don't believe you. It is a very cool set that I think compliments the Pirates theme! I would defiantly recommend it and I hope my review has brought some light onto this set, and all her might! DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK FOR MORE PHOTOS OR QUESTIONS ;)