Matt The Tuba Guy

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    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!
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    42055 - Bucket Wheel Excavator

    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.
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    42055 - Bucket Wheel Excavator

    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.
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    [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.
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    LEGO Architecture "World's Tallest" Custom Series

    Nice work! Minor nitpick: the SEG plaza (post 151) is in Shenzhen, not Guangzhou.
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    42056 - Porsche Speculation

    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!)
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    Introduction to Lego Technic

    My introduction to Technic was Bionicle. I started collecting around 2002. In 2004, I started to get the larger Bionicles, which has a lot of Technic beams and other generic Technic parts (this was before Bionicle started moving towards sets consisting of large complex parts) I think it was the end of 2004 (boxing day sales probably), I got 8434 (the black and dark silver airplane), and 8386 (the Ferrari 1:10 F1 car) Bionicle is pretty much an extension of Technic anyway, so it is not too surprising that I moved to Technic! My first flagship Technic set was 8421, the big mobile crane. After this, I continued to get Technic and Racers sets. I continued to collect Bionicles until 2006 (according to Bricklink, I have 72 unique Bionicle sets, with quite a few doubles, so the total is over 100) My 'dark age' would have been the year of 2007. The only Technic set I got that year was 8271. (still my only Technic set from that year) From then on, I have got most of the Technic sets from each year. It wasn't until 2014 that I started collecting sets other than Technic. In the local brick show that year, I won the engineering prize for building an (almost) 10m high tower out of Technic. (one of the reasons I built the tower was because, the previous year, Ryan McNaught displayed his 5.5m high Saturn V rocket, which was the 'tallest Lego Structure in the Southern Hemisphere' so of curse I had to beat it!) The prize was 60026 Town Square, a city set. Henrik Andersen, the designer of that set was there, so I now have a signed set, which is pretty sweet! Since then, I have collected quite a lot of Creator Expert (modulars and the Architectural models). The building techniques are very different to Technic, although there is a surprising amount of Technic in some of those sets! I still collect Technic because I have invested so much into it so far, I have to keep updated with the latest parts (the new huge turntable in the BWE will come in useful for example!)
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    LEGO Architecture "World's Tallest" Custom Series

    Al Hamra is recognisable. Some tan or dark tan on the inside could be an improvement though.
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    LEGO Architecture "World's Tallest" Custom Series

    Getting it to scale wasn't particularly difficult. I knew what scale to make it, so I looked up the dimensions on Wikipedia, and used Excel to calculate the dimensions in bricks/plates. Excel is really useful for that kind of thing. Your city is very nice! I have considered doing this for my city of Christchurch. Probably two versions actually, one before and one after the earthquakes.
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    LEGO Architecture "World's Tallest" Custom Series

    I was going to say that even though the VAB is huge, it would be dwarfed by supertalls, but then I decided to build it myself. Turns out it really is HUGE! 259 parts, a few more would probably be necessary to make it stronger. Pretty sure I have it at the right scale!