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  1. Sandbag58

    LEGO IDEAS - The Medieval Blacksmith

    A quick Google search for English timber framed houses shows several results with curved timber used as part of the frame. The timber was not 'bent' by any builder, rather these timbers did come straight from the tree: the skill was in felling then sawing up the tree to provide the different different pieces needed for the build. The builders of yesteryear were adept at making the most of the available materials and utilising the natural strength of the tree within their builds. The same techniques were used to provide timbers for ships aswell. So the use of the curved brick is perfectly appropriate. If you want to pick historical holes in it, the timbers would not have been exposed like that. They would have been limewashed to protect them from the elements, but an all-white building would be boring to both build and look at. I'm really looking forwards to buying this set! I think it's great. Another peasant or animal would have been great but the use of the Falcons is pleasing.
  2. I'm rather liking the violin of my crew may have to borrow his violin to fiddle for the sea shanties. hornpipes and jigs!
  3. Not technically true... A Forest does not need to have any trees in it, at least not when the word originally came to be applied in England. The word was used to describe land set aside as hunting grounds, predominantly Royal hunting grounds. So a Forest can be a Forest without trees, whereas a Wood without trees is a field. Next week's lesson will be on why 'medieval' buildings never had black-painted timbers in the walls...and why every MOC (and even my much loved Medieval Market Village set) is therefore historically inaccurate)... That's the blue-touch paper to stand well back...!
  4. Sandbag58

    Lego City 2021 Rumours, information and discussion

    Those new road plates remind me of the old Micromachines sets. Not sure whether I like them and I'm not sure whether the children will like them, though what they lose in 'realism' they may make up for in versatility. Will probably end up getting some so will reserve judgement.
  5. Hello, I'm a long time peruser of this site, but this is my first time posting (I've read guidelines but if I commit an error I apologise, and please correct me). I've been a closet AFOL for years, but only started acquiring and building with the advent of my first child just over 4 years ago. I used her as an excuse to buy and build for a time although it's now freely accepted by friends and family that I am a LEGO fan. Incidentally, my daughter does enjoy LEGO and is relishing her own golden age as a result of Disney Princesses, Elves and Friends. Having said that, the set she chose to receive as a treat following inoculation jabs was the Juniors Pirate set! Anyway, this wider awareness of my AFOL-ness resulted in a bumper harvest this Christmas, to the extent that I was given the same book twice (referred to in the post title). The books are identical in all respects except one: one contains the ubiquitous Stormtrooper, while the other comes with Lennox, of Chima fame. I've made a reasonable search of the internet but can only find reference to the Stormtrooper version, not the Lennox version. Therefore I have it rare or just unpopular? As a fledgling collector, which should I keep? Or more pertinent, which should I sell if I want to use the money to buy some of the yet-to-be-released Elves sets for my daughter? Any advice/guidance gratefully received.