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  1. I've recently got round to building the 40th anniversary train GWP set (40370) and thought it needed something to pull. I'm not much of a train fan but a quick google brought up instructions for set 7818 and I thought it'd go well. Unfortunately I don't have the proper train doors, windows, etc so I settled on building one of the sets alternative models, an open sided passenger carriage (similar to those use here on the Isle of Man by the heritage Electric Railway) I also modified the build to match the wheels/buffers design of 40370... the only thing I'm not sure about is the coupling (I used handcuffs loosely connected to the plates with the holes in. Luckily my town only has a short section of track so the train doesn't actually have to move!) 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 quite enjoyed the build and might look into getting some more "vintage" rolling stock! Anyway thanks for looking... comments are always welcome!!
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    Ballabreek 2020

    Now known as a modern, zero-emission transit system, Ballabreek's tram network was first built back in the 1800s as a steam railway. Today, the news team are reporting on a project to bring this past back to life as a newly restored steam engine gets its first public outing. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The engine (no. 7810) last ran 40 years ago when the railway line was closed (it remained closed for several decades before being redeveloped over the last few years to run modern electric trams) Since then it has lain forgotten and rusting away, until some local minifigs began work to restore it to its former glory. Now fully restored, it's going to be run occasionally as a visitor attraction - taking people on short trips using the original Victorian era open carriages. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr While the passengers board, the reporter interviews the engine driver (also the man behind the project) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr He explains he has more plans to bring Ballabreek's transport history back to life (watch this space!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Well, I finally got around to building the 40th anniversary train set (40370) which was a GWP a few months ago. As a kid I loved the look of the trains sets but never actually got any so adding this to Ballabreek just had to be done!! The carriage is made using online instructions of one of the alternate builds for vintage set 7818 (modified to match the design of 40370). I chose this version because I don't have the train doors/windows needed for a proper vintage looking enclosed carriage (and this one looks similar to the open carriages used on the Victorian Era electric railway that still operates here in real life) Finally an overview of the scene... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thanks for looking... More pics of the train itself are in this thread
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    [MOC] Axl Rose And Slash

    Nice work... instantly recognisable and takes me back to my student days when I managed to see them live a couple of times!! The GnR logo is nicely done too!! Good job!!
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    Jurassic World: Lockwood Manor MOD

    That looks great... especially that first pic!! It has a real sense of scale! Love all the details in the other rooms too... Nice work!!
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    Ballabreek 2020

    Thanks for the comment... the bike does use cut flex tube for the axles and in a couple of other places (I use it in so many of my MOCs that I like to think of flex tube as the Lego version of Duck Tape!!). For this update (I've missed a few as I've been busy with work!) life in Ballabreek (just like the real Isle of Man) is back to normal and our favourite news crew are reporting on the opening of a new area in the park. The sensory garden has been designed to stimulate all the senses and be as accessible as possible as is being officially opened by the mayor... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr "I declare this garden open..." Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Now the new crews can have a look around the garden and interview some of the first visitors... (they seem to be enjoying it!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This is my entry into the Eurobricks Flower Show competition - I chose this garden design mainly because I was lacking plant/flower pieces but also because i thought that after the last few months, the people of Ballabreek might need a bit of colour in their lives!! (I had planned on this being just a temporary addition to the town but now it's done I quite like it!!) More photos and info about the build are in this topic As always, thanks for looking...
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    Eurobricks Flower Show: The Showground

    Sensory Garden Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/178927-ebfs-sensory-garden/
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    [EBFS] Sensory Garden

    This is the latest addition to my town... a sensory garden. (just the thing for minifigs who have been stuck inside for months!) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Designed with a range of elements intended to stimulate all the senses... Sight - bright colours and a range of shapes have been used wherever possible and motion/sound activated lighting has been installed. Sound - As well as the natural sound of birds/insects attracted to the flowers and running water created by the water feature, a set of chime bars has been added. Smell/taste - Plants have been chosen for their scent (and all the plants used are edible!) Touch - A textured planter contains a mix of soft leaved plants and a prickly leaved bush. The water feature can be touched and is surrounded by sand/gravel which can be played with. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr It's been made as accessible as possible... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This is my entry for the Eurobricks Flower Show. I decided on this because most of my plant/flower pieces are tied up in other builds (I might have got a bit carried away with all the colours!!) Final a couple of pics of it in my layout... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Anyway thanks for looking... comments are always welcome!
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    What is this piece?

    Here you go Wedge 6 x 6 Triple Inverted
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    Ballabreek 2020

    A bit of drama this week as a fire breaks out near the mine... of course the news crew are there to record events! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The fire seems to have started when sparks from a rock cutting tool ignited vegetation on the cliffside. Despite the miners' efforts to extinguish it, it flames quickly spread up to the mountaintop. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Luckily the local fire brigade were soon on hand, quickly getting the fire near the mine under control. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The mountain top blaze is proving more of a challenge but has provided the perfect opportunity to try out the unit's latest technology... a fire fighting drone. Modified from the standard observation drone used to monitor/track fires, it can now carry a hose allowing it to fight fires from above. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Controlled via remote control, the drone is supplied with water from the ground allowing it to remain on station much longer than a conventional helicopter. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr With the help of this technology, the fire is soon brought under control before it could spread too far. The idea for this update came from watching the local fire brigade dealing with a grass fire on a nearby cliff. (although they didn't have the fancy drone... that was based on a picture I found online of an experimental fire fighting drone!) I also thought it was about time the Ballabreek Fire Brigade actually did some fire fighting!! A few more pics of the whole scene... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Thanks for looking!! Comments always welcome.
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    Single-Seater Racer (75895 B-Model)

    Great idea and nicely done considering the limited parts you had to work with. Thanks for sharing!
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    [MOC] Micro city

    They look fantastic!! Some great part usage and design work. Nice job - looking forward to seeing more.
  12. Usually at this time of year the Isle of Man would be hosting the World famous Tourist Trophy (TT) Motorcycle Races but like most major sporting events it has been cancelled due to the Coroavirus. With no bikes to watch, I thought I'd build one instead! Loosely based on the Norton ridden by Rem Fowler when he won the first ever TT back in 1907... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr With rider and spectators... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Close up of the rider (the white rubber band is supposed to be a spare inner tube. In the early races, riders often had to stop and make repairs). Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr "Vintage Pic" Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Reference pic SCN-0002 by g.nat, on Flickr This build was actually one off several TT based builds intended for the local museum to use as a scavenger hunt for visitors. Unfortunately the project was cancelled (but it's given me time to work out how to get a minifig on the bike - I have a solution of sorts and am just waiting on parts) Anyway, thanks for looking!
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    Ballabreek 2020

    This weekend should be Ballabreek's busiest time of the year as people flock to the area to watch the annual TT Motorcycle Races. As well as the racing itself around the local streets, there would be stunt shows, funfairs, live music, beer tents, fireworks and air displays, but this year all of that has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. As a result, instead of covering the racing the local news crew are out and about to see how the locals are getting on... Many local businesses rely on the influx of visitors and are finding times hard. Here a local woman explains how she just hopes that the can make enough money over the next few months to cover the cost of the brand new ice cream van she bought just as lockdown started! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr She seems quite optimistic about things though!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The local garage owner is interviewed about his work restoring a bike from the very first race back in 1907. Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The restoration has taken many months and the plan had been to have one of the top local riders ride the bike in a parade lap before putting it on public display in the town... oh well, there's always next year!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Closer look at the bike (very loosely based on the 1907 Norton which won the first ever TT race) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr "Vintage" pic from back in the day!! Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr As with other recent updates, this is based on local events (I'm really missing the motorcycle races and all the associated entertainment!). The vintage bike MOD also has an interesting backstory. Just before Christmas, the museum here got in contact with a group of local LEGO builders and asked us if we'd build some small TT based models (about 8x8 studs). The idea was to hide them among the exhibits to create a sort of scavenger hunt for visitors to the museum. The bike was one of about half a dozen builds I'd put together before everything got cancelled!! Oh well, there's always next year!! More pics of the bike itself in this thread. Thanks for looking!
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    [MOC] Bricklyn Park

    That looks great... love the unusual choice of games croquet and Kubb!! (I've taught the children at the school I work at to play Kubb so your build was instantly recognizable!) Nice use of different shades/textures of green too. Nice job!
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    Ballabreek 2020

    This week has seen the 80th Anniversary of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of the British Army from Dunkirk in France at the start of WW2. The Isle of Man (where Ballabreek is set and where I live) played a major part in the operation with many of its Steam Packet Company passenger ferries and their civilian crews requisitioned by the Navy. It is believed that around 25,000 men were evacuated by Manx ships (1 in 15 of the total rescued) but sadly 4 Steam Packet ships were lost during the operation (along with a number of their civilian crews). In Ballabreek the anniversary has been marked with a wreath laying at sea, carried out by one of the surviving little ships which would have ferried the men from the beaches to the waiting ferries.... Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr The ceremony was watched from shore by relatives of those who took part in the events 80 years ago (and of course our favourite news crew were on hand to cover the occasion) Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr Untitled by g.nat, on Flickr This was just a quick update... and a chance to show my "Little Ship" MOC. It's based on a real life "Little Ship" the Tamzine, which at less than 15ft long was the smallest of the ships sent to Dunkirk. The real life ship is in the Imperial War Museum. I would have liked to do one of the local vessels that took part but they were all a bit big!! (Perhaps in microscale one day!). More information on the Tamzine MOC (and its real life inspiration) in this thread. Thanks for looking... as always comments are very welcome.