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  1. Hi This is probably a bit of a long shot, but I was wondering if anyone out there has any info on a board game produced by LEGO in 1947 called Monypoli. It was designed to teach kids about road safety and I've found plenty of images of it online but would like to know the rules on how it was played (it seems to involve road sign cards, counters and metal/plastic cars travelling along a road that spells out LEGO!!) - I'm a school teacher and as part of a LEGO themed topic I thought I'd get the class to design their own road safety board game based on it. Link Any help gratefully received!! Cheers!!
  2. Ballabreek 2017

    This weekend sees the citizens of Ballabreek get a thank you from the people of NInjago. As you're no doubt aware, the far off land of Ninjago is often beset by wars, uprisings and other destructive events and the people of Ballabreek are always ready to raise money and support charities aiding reconstruction and caring for refugees. Following Ninjago's latest snake/robot/ghost/people who want to be snakes/snakes who want to be people/pirates/djinn/weird fish-themed army/giant mechs/evil ninja* attack (*delete as appropriate!!) the Ninjago chamber of commerce has decided to send representatives out to show people the true face of Ninjago. What better way to share their country's heritage, culture and uniqueness than by setting up a market... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As well as rewarding the generosity of the locals, aim of the event is to try to encourage people to visit Ninjago in order to give its economy a much needed boost. After all, Ninjago has much to offer... their world renowned cuisine for a start. Here, the world's greatest sushi chef gives a workshop and tasting session using the finest of Ninjago's ingredients... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Of course, no topic on Ninjago can pass without mentioning its history and founding by a group of Ninja who overthrew an evil overlord and gain the country its freedom and independence. Here a wise old sensei tells the story... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Rumours that a group of ninja still protect the land mean that there's great interest in Ninjago martial arts and a group of students show the locals their skills. Here teaching sword work (with wooden training swords of course!!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr And here showing what years of training can achieve... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr But Ninjago is not all about the past, it has a vibrant music scene and is at the forefront of a new genre of music - a heady mix of thrash metal and bubblegum pop known as N-pop. Here members of a leading N-pop band perform their latest song... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr So there we have it, a small taste of what Ninjago has to offer... who knows we may see more Ballabreek/Ninjago links in future (for a start their police forces are considering some officer exchanges) so watch this space!! In the meantime here's a few more pics... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As you can tell, I'm getting in the Ninjago mood (having always turned my nose up at the theme the new sets have changed my mind... I've even got into the cartoon series!!) and wanted to use the new figures in my town. Anyway thanks for looking...
  3. [MOC] Bay 327 - A Star Wars Museum

    That's brilliant!! A great way to combine themes and that exterior looks fantastic. The interior looks great too I love the way you've included lots of miniscale ships as exhibits (and the dress-up area is cool!!) I'd definitely visit!! Excellent stuff!!
  4. The Mecha Townhouse

    Bonkers.... But brilliant!!! I really like the way you got the limbs to fold in - very clever!!
  5. I love this!!! Great use of the spiral stairs and definitely an idea I'll be stealing borrowing!! Might make an open top tour bus version for my town!! Nice work!!
  6. Last weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of "The Principality of Sealand" and its claim to be the world's smallest nation. So I thought, what better way to celebrate the birth of a micro-nation than with a microscale model.... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr A bit of background info into what I think is one of the most coolest and craziest bits of recent history (why this hasn't been made into a movie I don't know!!) Sealand began life as HM Fort Rough, a Maunsell Naval Sea Fort during WW2. These forts were platforms off the British coast and equipped with anti aircraft guns in order to protect vital shipping lanes from German mine laying aircraft. They remained in service until the late 50's when they were abandoned. During the 1960s they became much sought after locations for pirate radio station operators who realised that, as the forts were outside what was then UK territorial waters (up to 3 miles from shore), they could get around the strict broadcasting laws of the time. One of these pirate radio station owners was Paddy Roy Bates, a former army major, who decided to set up on Fort Rough. On 2nd September 1967, after evicting a rival station from the fort, he decided to scrap his ideas for a radio station and instead declared the fort an independent nation, "The Principality of Sealand" with himself and his wife as the rulers!! The following year, Bates and his son were taken to court by the UK government after warning shots were fired from the tower at a British vessel that strayed too close. The case collapsed when the judge confirmed that the tower was outside British waters and therefore not under British law. With this de facto recognition of independence, Bate's began producing Sealand coins, passports, stamps and even a flag!! In 1978, a German businessman, Alexander Achenbach, and a group of armed men seized control of Sealand. They took Michael Bates (Roy's son) hostage, later "exiling" him to Europe. Michael managed to get back to the UK and with his father and a group of friends, staged a "counter-coup" landing by helicopter and retaking the platform. The coup plotters were held for a short time as "prisoners of war" but most were quickly released. However, one of them, a german lawyer Gernot Putz, was an old associate of the Bates family and actually held a Sealand passport so was put on "trial" for treason against Sealand. Found guilty he was to be held prisoner until he could pay a substantial fine. The German government got involved in trying to secure his release (after the British refused to help) and sent diplomats to Sealand to negotiate, more evidence for Bates that Sealand was viewed as a country. Eventually Putz was released and the incident brought Sealand some much needed publicity. In 2006 plans to turn Sealand into an offshore data centre almost ended in disaster when generators fitted to power the IT equipment caught fire. With the fire spreading, the handful of people on board were evacuated and a firefighting tug brought in to help. The fire was soon extinguished but this marked the first time since its founding that Sealand was unmanned. It didn’t last long though and soon the damage was repaired and Sealand continues to be permanently occupied. In recent years it has hosted a Red Bull skateboarding event, and now has it’s own football team made up of “honorary Sealand citizens”. Roy Bates died in 2012 but his son Michael continues to rule Sealand. Now back to my version.. Here you can see the helipad Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The main way on, however, is by a large yellow crane that can lift individual people, cargo or even an entire RIB up to the platform. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The main building contains the "royal quarters" as well as offices. Most of the living space is actually in the support columns each of which has 7 floors (the original fort would have been manned by around 200 sailors). The mast array is for radar, communications and weather recording equipment. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The brown grill pieces show where the generator building that was destroyed by fire was. It now seems to be a fenced off storage area. And of course I've included the Sealand flag!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Reference pic Sealandafterfire2 by g.nat, on Flickr There's a lot more info online about the real life Sealand - it really is a fascinating story (I'd love to visit one day!!) but thanks for looking and comments are always welcome...
  7. [MOD] Laundromat Modular 16-wide from Brick Bank

    That looks great!! Love the interior detail and the background story is clever too!! Nice work!!
  8. MOC: Crown Castle Adventure Golf

    That is so cool!! You've nailed the landscaping perfectly and that castle is perfect - love the curved wall and the "portcullis"!! Nice work!!
  9. [MOC] Die Glocke experiment

    What a fantastic looking build!! The "henge" structure, control room/bunker, crane and even the vegetation look perfect!! And the background story is something I've never hear of (just given it a quick Google and it seems pretty interesting!!) Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!!
  10. Ballabreek 2017

    I've finally got round to posting the final part of the Batman story set in Ballabreek Check it out here but what effect has it had on the locals lives? Well, with the mine owner arrested for his part in the conspiracy to dump harmful waste and all his assets having been frozen, it's led to the closure of the mine!! The mine has been an active part of Ballabreek for years, providing employment and much needed income to the local economy, and it's hoped a new owner can be found but in the meantime, what to do with it? Well for now it's been turned into a small car park... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr All it took was fencing off the mine entrances, painting a few white lines and adding lighting, a barrier and security hut. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr I also moved the pedestrian entrance closer to the main gate. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As you can see I recently picked up the new city accessory set but then realised I had nowhere to put a car park.... it was just "luck" that an available plot of land opened up!!! It might only hold 3 cars but it's better than nothing!!! (It probably makes sense to say it's for workers/visitors to the neighbouring Space Tech facility.) So will the mine ever reopen? Well, with a new mining theme on the way, I think it's safe to say it will - as long as an investor/owner can be found (say, someone with lots of money, who may also find the chance to create a backup underground secret hideout useful for his crimefighting adventures?) Anyway, as always, thanks for looking...
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  12. LEGO Star Wars 2017 Pictures and Rumors

    Same on the U.K. Site... I've just ordered the Star Destroyer and got the triple VIP points, a Heavy Walker Polybag and a poster(!) Now I just need to work out how to save up £650 in the next 2 weeks!!!
  13. Having just got into Ninjago thanks to the upcoming movie (curse you Lego!!) I think this looks great!! I especially love the landscaping/grounds and the training area. The splashes of colour and the boundary wall are especially good!! The gong's a nice touch too. I think the pagoda itself could do with some more colour though but that's just me!! Excellent work!!
  14. Hi As a school teacher, I like trying to get Lego into the topics I teach and with a WW1 topic coming up I wanted to find some easy builds that the children could use to create a display. A bit of Googling came up with a number of mini scale tanks but none of them looked quite right in my eyes (they tended to be out of proportion, being too wide and/or too fiddly) So I set about creating my own version of the main British tank of the war - the Mark 4. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The MK IV was first used in 1917 and was an improved version of the first British tank to be used in action, the MK I (the Mk II & III were slight upgrades used primarily for training). The main improvements of the MK IV were: improved armour; relocation of the fuel tank to between the rear "horns"; a redesign of the side sponsons so they could be partially retraced to reduce the tanks width for transport and the addition of an "unhitching beam", a large reinforced wooden beam that could be attached to the tracks to help get the tank out of ditches, shell holes etc. There were 3 main versions created; a "male" armed with a 6-pounder gun and machine gun in each sponson: a "female" with 2 machine guns in each sponson and an unarmed supply version. In total 1,220 were built: 420 Males, 595 Females and 205 supply versions. An unknown number were also converted to other roles including: recovery, a mortar carrier and even an airship tug (with a large triangular mooring mast fitted to the top!!). At least 40 were captured and put into service with the Germans. The last MK IV to see service was one called "Excellent" which was used by the Home Guard during WW2!! My version is a standard male version. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr I'm pretty pleased with how it came out although the tracks don't turn (a result of having them wrapped around plates in order to reduce the width) and the ground clearance is a bit low!! I'm also trying to find a way to add a machine gun at the front!! Anyway, thanks for looking... comments are always welcome!!
  15. MOC Rural timbered house

    That's really nice!! Love the timbered effect and the diagonal beams!! Excellent work!!