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  1. Deeks

    Tracks available on Pick & Build

    I just got my order of straight tracks from pick a brick. Ordered 16, go 16 individual pieces.
  2. Deeks

    MOD: 10270 mirroring the townhouse

    Yeah it didn't look too bad with the two lined up but shifting it just made it more visually interesting. I agree the stairs could benefit from a redesign as I feel they are little too close to the curb. With the exception of benches, mailboxes, lamp posts, etc. I believe the stairs of this building are the building element closest to the curb of the 11 modular buildings I have. Yeah, the Police Station is tall! Its height is why its on the top shelf and at the side. My plan is to build a set of cabinets and a multi-level layout in the 10x10' room behind the shelf unit so I can run trains and my winter village, which is 6x3' already.
  3. Haven't posted in many years. Life has been busy but the collection has continued to grow as I've been able. A few weeks ago my wife found the Bookstore and Diner Modular Buildings on Marketplace, used but nearly complete. I already had the Bookstore but figured my town could always use more housing. I looked for examples of those who have combined two of this set and didn't find anything satisfying for the townhouse portion so I decided I'd try to build it in a mirror image because I've always figured you can flip a modular building with little to no modifications or parts substation. In this case I was correct, the only piece that didn't flip was the little door to the basement in the back but this is minor. It was little mind bending to be building the mirror image of the instructions, and all of the pieces of both buildings were mixed together which prolonged the building process and difficulty but I managed to get every piece in its place. Once it was done I put my two copies side by side and found putting the bay windows together looked odd and putting the doors together was almost right. I then decided to offset them slightly by moving one two studs back on the baseplate. This was simple enough and broke up the roof lines, much like some townhouses in my area are built. The only other modification I had to make was to rework the bottom row of the foundation on the one I shifted back to keep one of the technic bricks in the proper position to be able to still put one of the two connector pins between this one and its neighbours. I will likely build a double bookstore in the future but for now they are on the shelf in my office where they get comments nearly every zoom call :D I am planning a layout in the next room once I have built some cabinets as I have a much larger collection than just the buildings.
  4. Deeks

    [MOC] Canada Post Delivery Truck - LEGO Ideas

    I had this one as a kid. I still have the printed Canada Post bricks{"iconly":0}
  5. Deeks

    [MOC] Train Cam Snow Plow

    Awesome! Would you be able to post a few pics of the mountains? I like the look of the white one, looks like long rounded pieces set vertically. Also, where was this layout?
  6. Deeks

    Birth of a layout - time lapse video

    If you use LEGO in enough sermon illustrations people start giving you LEGO gifts :D
  7. Thanks! It’s the random things that get that customs assessment. I’m just setting up in a new house and have much more room :D
  8. Can anyone from Canada who has bought these tell me what shipping and duty was?
  9. Deeks

    2018 City Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I would guess the box art and/or the little booklet inside will be updated with the current sets. As I recall there is little instruction sheet with possible layouts when combined with the passenger and blue cargo train.
  10. Deeks

    Deeks 2017 Winter Village

    Well after taking much inspiration from others here and having moved into a large home this fall I present our family's Winter Village this year! There are far more pictures here if you are looking for more detail. I had a lot of fun setting up pictures of the crew putting the village together after the move, right from laying the track to the finishing touches. They layout is on a Costco folding plastic table, which by the way are almost exactly 3x7 32 stud baseplates in size. At first I was just laying it out on a white table cloth but after finding white 4x6 plates on the PAB and deciding to try some 3rd party white base plates, I was able to almost completely cover the table with studs. The Village is made up of all of the official Winter sets (less the cottage) as well as a some of the smaller seasonal sets and a couple advent calendars. There are 12 32x32 3rd party baseplates occupying the front 2/3s of the table with the back 1/3 brick and plates. I raised each of the buildings in the back by one brick and used, the 4x6 white plates to texture up to them. The PAB wall also had the round one stud red-trans tiles which I used to mark some paths, and then I went back and they had the red and green 4x4 plates which made the main paths around. My wife also filled in the back of the station a little bit to make the back look more finished. What I really wanted to do this year though was the mountain with Santa's workshop on top. After a BL order I was able to build it to what you see. There is a dish shelf from Ikea providing the structural support. I also used the Creator Mountain Hut to serve as the base of one side of the mountain. The plan for next year is to make it completely brick built and more of an L shape, possibly with a ski hill but definately a second tunnel portal. How it gets fleshed out next year will partially depend on next year's winter set and how it would fit in. I'm going to get one more 4 pack of the base plates I bought so they go all the way to left side of the table and then a couple to go under the back side of the mountain. I hope you enjoy our little village, our family is having a lot of fun with it and setting up little scenes as we go.
  11. Deeks

    Populating the Creator Modular series with CMFs

    I had a line up of the vikings, wizard, king, queen and elves in front of my PC as a bunch of fans dressed up in cosplay for the latest movie. I also had where's my pants guy answering the door of the house side of the the PS to a hazmat guy. I've had the video game guy living in the apartment above the PS. I had the fisherman and butcher selling stuff to the chef at the back door of the PR. I've got the lady spy hiding on the roof of the bank. The gangster guy with the violin case walking the guy on crutches out of the Pool Hall. I just moved so all my modulars are boxed awaiting their new display shelf. It was a lot a of fun placing all the CMF, they really bring a lot of stories to my street. Oh! I also have group of street musicians that included a couple guitar players and the bagpipe player.
  12. Deeks

    Review: 10197 Fire Brigade

    I just got my missing pieces in the mail today. I have a hunch that the issue was a mix up of polybags as I had about as many pieces left over as came in the replacement pack only what I have left is almost all technic pins and connectors. Anyway, its together and I'm a happy camper
  13. Looking ever better! After seeing the layout diagram you posted a little while back I was wondering if you might add and small spur line to connect your village loop to the rest of the track network. Obviously not a section of track you would use much but I'm sure the holiday train needs to get to the engine shed every once and a while or perhaps do a "cross-country" tour. Just a thought. It looks great & I'm quite envious!
  14. Deeks

    New elements added to Pick-A-Brick

    PaB is run by Lego, Bricklink is not. I was unaware of Bricklink until I joined this community. I imagine someone like my sister who has two young Lego-maniacs wanting to get some more pieces she's just going to go the lego site, see she can buy them and do so. She knows shes getting it from the official Lego site and doesn't have to search any further. Does it cost more, yes but, try to picture how the majority of lego purchasers (children and their parents, aka TLGs target market) would view Bricklink. To be clear I love Bricklink but its function over looks. It has no affiliation with TLG and so is someone who just wants to buy a few bricks going to look beyond PaB on the Lego website? I doubt it. If they do, are they going to go through the process of finding a store that has what they want and they go through the payment & shipping process, which is a multi-step process between the buyer and seller? Those of us who use Bricklink and regularly buy bricks don't think twice about it. As a one-off the convenience factor of PaB is going to win out. Its easy and its from the website of a company that has brand recognition and trust.
  15. Deeks

    New modular building? 10224 Town Hall

    I got one of the 39R1's for Christmas. I was missing over 20 pieces, nearly all of them small, in the 1x2 plate and smaller range) I called Lego and they quickly acknowledged the missing bad and it should be here any day. With regards to instructions, I did find that my Emerald Night came with instructions that differed on the step where the drive train is put together from earlier versions online. We also had the service pack for the Shuttle Adventure. *IF* there is an issue, my experience has been that Lego will correct it quickly. I for one will be ordering this set as soon as it is available. My dad is a mayor and my nephews are quite excited to see a Lego "Papa" in his office.