Matt The Tuba Guy

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  1. Matt The Tuba Guy

    LEGO Topographic maps

    In September, I travelled to Denmark and displayed a cut down version of Mitre Peak: Setting up was annoying, I ended up at the corner of four tables! When I got back to New Zealand, I did a bit more planning, then I started building my next map, Milford Sound: The total area is over 100 16x16 plates.
  2. Matt The Tuba Guy

    LEGO Topographic maps

    This weekend, I finally finished the map of Mitre Peak at the Christchurch Brick Show. It contains approximately 35,000 parts, and weighs about 36kg. One News came in and did some interviews, and that night, my map was actually featured in the article about the show! My next step is to redo some of the pieces to make the map small enough to take halfway around the world to Skaebaek 2019!
  3. Matt The Tuba Guy

    LEGO Topographic maps

    Everything is planned except for the specific parts. The light blue is trans clear tiles, and the yellow and orange are structure and filler underneath the final colours. The process of creating the maps starts with downloading topographic map data, including the contours and land cover. I use a GIS program (QGIS because it's free) to create pixel line drawings of all the layers. I then import them into Photoshop. In Photoshop, I fill the layers, then scale them to one pixel per stud. I then work out what is visible and hidden by subtracting contour layers from each other, and using the border function. After this, I combine the contour layers with the land cover layers in a long tedious process I won't go into other than the fact it takes longer than the actual building to complete. In this process, the layers will show bottom structure (underneath the 16x16 plates), middle structure (bricks and 4x4 plates on top of the 16x16 plates), top structure (2x2 bricks), filler (plates), and final colours (plates of the appropriate colours, plus tiles on the water) Once I have completed all the layers, I cut the layers up into the sections (16x16 plates), and upload them to my google drive so I can use my phone to do the actual building. Basically, there is a LOT of design work that goes into each map, which is why I have done a much larger area (equivalent to 22x32 standard baseplates, or 5.7m x 8.3m) so that I can just continue to expand this map.
  4. Matt The Tuba Guy

    LEGO Topographic maps

    In the last year, I have completed the 1:12500 scale Mount Cook map. It weighs about 50kg, and has about 54,500 pieces! I also built Mount Taranaki, which is at the same scale of 1:12500. It weighs 30kg, and has about 23,500 pieces. This year's map is Mitre Peak and Milford Sound, which is at a scale of 1:6250. I have partial designs for a much larger area, with the plan to expand the map over the next couple of years. Changes from last years maps include improved modular sections, new edge pieces to hide the inside, and some internal Technic connections to hold it together better, and try to prevent the gaps between sections that bugged me last year. It is still very much a work in progress, but I hope to get the mountain done by the Christchurch Brick Show in July, with the other side of Milford Sound as the work in progress. I am going to Skaebaek this year, and I hope to take a part of this map. I will probably have to do a bit of work to get the weight down, because I have to fit it in 30kg with anything else I need to take halfway around the world!
  5. Matt The Tuba Guy

    LEGO Topographic maps

    Since last posting here I have built one and a half maps. My first one is Mount Cook V3. It is at a scale of 1:25,000, and is 2x8 large baseplates, so about 3 metres long! It splits into 8 sections, each 1x2 large baseplates. the total piece count is about 65,000 parts, and it weighs around 60kg! my second one is my current project; Mount Cook V4. It is at a scale of 1:12,500, and is 3x3 large baseplates. In this one, I have added trans clear tiles over the water, and also designed a new construction method, building everything on 16x16 plates that sit on top of brick pillars. I still have a bit of work to do on it. I have two more maps planned at the same scale and size as my current one. They are Taranaki and Milford Sound.
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    LEGO Topographic maps

    This is Aoraki Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand, built with LEGO. It has a scale of 1:31,250, or 1 plate = 100m, 1 stud = 250m. The vertical scale is accurate. This is determined by the dimensions and height to width ratio of a 1x1 plate. It has approximately 20,000 parts, and weighs about 30kg It is approximately 80cm x 120cm, covering 6 large baseplates, and splits in to three sections to make it easier to transport. During this year, I have built three topographic maps with LEGO. All of them are the same scale, using a 100m vertical resolution and 250m horizontal resolution. The first is of Banks Peninsula and Lyttleton Harbour on the south side of Christchurch, New Zealand (where I live) It covers 6 large baseplates, divides into the 6 baseplates, and contains about 5800 parts. I displayed this at the Southand Brick Show in Invercargill. Unfortunately, not very many people recognised it! My second map was an earlier version of Mount Cook, with less colours, and covering a smaller area. It is built on two large baseplates in one piece. it weighs nearly 10kg, and has over 6000 parts. I displayed this at the Christchurch Brick Show alongside my first map, which was received a bit better. My third map is the big Mount Cook map. I didn't get it complete by the Dunedin Brick show, and continued building it there. I still didn't get it completed by BrickCon NZ in Upper Hutt, and continued building it there as well, completing it at the end of the first exhibition day. It was definitely well received at that show It is now on display in Twizel at the Meridian building. Twizel is where I spent the first 8 or so years of my life, and is about 75km south of Mount Cook (you can see Mount Cook form Twizel on a good day)
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    10255 Assembly Square

    Inventory I posted earlier. The only dark green parts are a 1x1 SNOT brick and a 1x1 plate, so it is a regular green flower. there are light green flowers as well. the white pole is a road sign base as jonwil said.
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    10255 Assembly Square

    New part? white x 2 dark bley x 2
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    10255 Assembly Square

    Inventory from the side of the box, perspective corrected so it is easier to see: Really looking forward to this modular!
  10. If you look at real BWE's, they travel straight during normal operation, slowly moving along the mine face sweeping back and forth. I guess they can steer so they can move closer to the mine face once they have reached the end of the mine, but it wouldn't do that very often. I think the best way to implement steering in the set would be to have a reversing gear that reverses one side, so that it either moves straight forward or rotates on the spot, because that's all you would really need. Definitely looking forward to getting (a couple of) this set.
  11. It looks to me like the XL motor is connected to the far left axle, which has two 8 tooth gears on it. This meshes with the two 24 tooth clutch gears on the middle axle, which also has a black 12 tooth gear, which meshes with a tan 20 tooth gear on the third axle, which also has two red bushes. This third axle looks like it goes into the gear box, with a total gear reduction of 1:3*3:5=1:5, I think.
  12. Matt The Tuba Guy

    [CONTEST] LEGO Architecture - Local Landmarks

    This sounds interesting. I have built something like this which turned out surprisingly good. I actually built it as a show set, but it ended up too big, so it ended up as an exhibitor set which may or may not go ahead due to part availability and prices on Bricklink. Since it isn't eligible, I might as well post it in here. I hope that is ok. The interesting thing about this building is that it no longer exists thanks to the earthquakes we had 5 years ago. Would it count even though the building no longer exists? If not, I may have problems finding something worth building!
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    [PRESS RELEASE] Announcing 10253 Big Ben

    $450 in NZ. Once again LEGO is ripping us Kiwis off! Big Ben = $350 AUD ($375 NZD), $250 USD ($370 NZD), 170 GBP ($365 NZD), $450 NZD This should be $400 in NZ like the Tower Bridge. I will still be getting the set, I just hate that we have to pay ridiculous prices in NZ.
  14. Matt The Tuba Guy

    LEGO Architecture "World's Tallest" Custom Series

    Nice work! Minor nitpick: the SEG plaza (post 151) is in Shenzhen, not Guangzhou.
  15. As far as colour goes, chrome silver (head rest parts) rather than metallic silver (the panels) or pearl silver (the wheels) would be amazing! It would probably be too expensive though (even the already high price night not cover that!)