badgerboy

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    LEGO UFO Appreciation.

    This just makes me feel OOOOLD! I was working in my first job after university, designing toys for cereal packets. Nestlé (Cereal Partners) had the option to promote these sets on their cereal boxes. I can't remember what happened to that but we got sent some photocopies of promotional images, to brainstorm from. We couldn't see anything on the photocopies and in the end, to just see the Aliens we had to sign NDAs and all sorts. Exciting times they were. I was really impressed with the sets, bought some for my nephew (who was about eight at the time), I was hoping to build them with him... nope, he did them himself & wouldn't let me look at them :-(
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Okay, so, still a little bit disappointed that I didn't get selected in the space contest, so I've submitted it as a project... Mr Moon, for your extra consideration https://ideas.lego.com/s/p:22946c781c8a4e0b914e920b36e99bca?s=mI was intending to include the following comment, but IDEAS won't allow it: There will be many phases of the Moon, depending on the level of support, because I have ideas for adding to and updating the project. 250 supporters - Option for a classic space/astronaut minifigure in the spaceship orbiting (a CS flag pops up!) 500 supporters - Perhaps an alien could take the place of the flag as the pop-up? 1000 supporters - Option for a cow jumping over the moon, maybe brick built, maybe moulded! either way, a milk carton would replace the flag! 2500 supporters - I will modify the background, add a star field and perhaps some sort of picture frame! 5000 supporters - I will make a new video of all the options and hopefully add it here! 7500 supporters - Maybe a rotating planet or a distant star/sun could be added? I fully intend to make other updates to the project along the way, but there will hopefully be amendments here that come as a result of your suggestions!? 10K! We can make it to the Moon together! Somehow it made the submission "incomplete" or "placeholding" - whatever! I'd really appreciate your support and if you felt you could share it elsewhere, that would also be very cool! Thanks :-)
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Here is Mr Moon: Wind the handle, Mr Moon will roll his eyes as another spaceship orbits him looking for a place to land… "Hooray, we’ve planted our flag!" Oh, looks like Mr Moon blew the flag down again! I'll be upfront, I did this for the ongoing LEGO IDEAS 'Out of this World Space Builds' contest. But, It wasn't always mechanised though, I agonised about my initial idea which was just going to be 'The man in the moon'. I thought I could do a simple Brick Sketches in homage to Chris McVeigh. I just felt that it lacked pizzazz! So I noodled about adding Classic Spacemen, and microfigures and flags, but it just felt like a perfunctory attempt. After talking with an artist mate of mine [a muggle or Noffler (Not A Fan oF LEGO) as I like to call them] I decided to try to add some form of movement. Here is a little video of the mechanism I eventually got to work in action: If the video doesn't play properly, it can be found here too (turn off sound though - my kids are doing homeschooling in the background!). I'm kicking myself a little because there was a prototype mechanism using the yellow racks I had and some more dbg and brown technic pieces that I appear not to have documented photographically :-( Someone on IDEAS has suggested adding the option of a cow to replace the spaceship with if you wanted and I love that idea. I'm close to the 250 part limit. Some trimming is possible in the part count of the mechanism I think owing to a lack of parts in my collection. I actually spent about £15 on a couple of Bricklink orders that included the black curved gear racks and a couple of bigger black plates. I'm going to have a play to see if I can figure something out... guess I'll be buying a cow sometime this week! I feel like I need a disclaimer, I realise I don't post much on Eurobricks, I'm more of a lurker here in the last few years (this was after I realised I was saying the same things in a few places!). I do feel bad for asking for support, but I really would appreciate the extra exposure sharing this here hopefully gives my submission. Please accept my apologies if you feel I'm being mercenary by posting this. For anyone who is willing to make a comment or lend support to my submission, my entry can be found here. I appreciate any thoughts or criticism and thank you for taking the time to read my post.
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    [MOC] Robo Raptor Xtreme (LEGO Ideas Space Contest)

    How have I missed this? Okay, going over there now. Great update by the way! We like LEGO Space and dinosaurs in our house, win -win ;-) Good luck in the contest too :-)
  5. If you haven't already, please help Jonas Kramm over the line. He only needs a handful more supporters for his wonderful Viking longboat: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/2f44c371-d67c-4eb9-8b63-4cda968dfb93 Sorry if it's been posted before.
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Right now I'm kicking myself for not pursuing a minifigure flying the spaceship! D'Oh!
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    Iron Harvest - PZM-7 "Smialy"

    Woah! Such fantastic details, the time and effort is clear and well worth it :-) Love the armoured walker!
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Thank you :-)
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    MOC: Gotham City Museum Heist

    It's so, so fantastic. I think I'm in love with the Brontosaurus!
  10. This was a project I undertook last year during lockdown. In fairness, I got carried away with it. Originally published on New Elementary's Patreon site and then shared (in a heavily edited form) on the brickset forum... so some of you Classic Space fans here might not have seen it. I thought I would share it here (in full) just in case anyone was the slightest bit interested in my silly project! Odyssey No.918 For my fifth birthday, I was given a 918 ‘one man spaceship’. The very same 918 ‘one man spaceship’ pictured below in fact, bitten, scratched and sun damaged... but still my original set from 1979. I can only assume my juvenile self was not the same fan of that little moon logo that the adult LEGO addict is. At some stage in the past, I had nearly rubbed and scratched away the whole logo. I recently took a pragmatic decision to “restore” the slope by removing the logo entirely with Brasso and replacing it with a homemade sticker. It held no nostalgia for me as it was and it really was unusable in the state it was in. My original 918 with “restored” 3939 6x3 slope. The box is an empty one I acquired circa 2007, when a 'Classic Space LEGO' habit was affordable! During lockdown I've been rebuilding many of my old Classic Space sets with my children as an “activity” for all of us to enjoy, well, for me to enjoy ;-) ...and that’s where my old 918 comes in. Often, we have no idea where the inspiration comes from for a LEGO project but this is not one of those times. This started as an attempt to reflect the classic moon logo by building an all red version of 918 and it quickly spun out of control. I ordered the parts I didn’t already own off Bricklink and the built ‘The Redbird’ above. It was really easy acquiring all the correct elements owing to the plentiful supply of red parts. I decided to go red with a few black accents - mostly because I had a lot of the missing parts in black as spares... and there aren't 3963 three-way direction jets (space rockets) in red. I’ve subsequently found that there was a brief availability of red 4x4 cones - I assume from a pre-production run that is now sadly all bought up. With the Redbird another tricky part were the red 3940 support stands and I wasn’t sure they added anything to this variant, but the two I bought eventually found a good home elsewhere :-) Since the initial foolhardiness of the ‘Redbird’, one 918 has led to another 918, as it were. I popped these pictures of the Redbird in various places on the internet and was delighted with the reaction they garnered. Casually one evening whilst washing up, I mentioned how inordinately pleased with my red 918 I was and other people's responses to it. My wife said to me "How many different colours could you build it in?". Oh come on! Loose lips sink ships, seriously, you shouldn't say something like that to an addict! Bricklink search time! You think 918 is made up of mostly commodity parts, but some are fairly rare if you stray away into "all the colours" territory. Some are simply beginning to become rare as a result of age and its associated issues. Others are just expensive because, well, Classic Space. According to Bricklink’s inventory we are looking for a meagre 81 parts. "This is doable!" I thought "...and anyway, we're down the rabbit hole now." My first considerations were wings and slopes. “Don’t Chrome crying to me that this isn’t a full ring!” The 4x8 wedge/wing with 1x1 notch/cutout otherwise known as 3933 & 3934 (the original classic space wings) are available in a total of 16 colours. Let’s immediately forget the chrome wings that came in the 10026 ‘UCS’ Naboo Starfighter from 2000. Why? Well, to be honest, the price per wing is enough reason. Additionally they're only available in limited quantities, none are on sale in the UK and postage from anywhere else would make the cost bankrupting. Furthermore Chrome has such a limited number of parts, unless you do go the custom route, it would only ever be the wings and antenna that are possible to include. I could buy very reasonably priced custom items from one of the reliable chroming boutiques, but then where would it end?! ...I see a red car slope and I want it painted black... The 3939 3x6 slope, comes in 8 solid colours and 6 translucent ones. You need a translucent one and a solid colour one in each variant 918. The solid colour either needs to be the same colour as the wings or a nice visual companion as with the original 918's colour scheme. Surprisingly, the reintroduced 6x3 slope 58181 doesn't actually help all that much. Available in only 3 solid colours and 4 translucent ones*. The exception being its appearance in dark bluish grey... which is a pretty rare piece as a ‘parted out’ component, owing, I am sure, to its singular inclusion in 75144 UCS Snowspeeder. *Trans red is also tantalisingly available too, but again, expense made me rule it out in its unprinted form. Once I had amassed all the parts I had in my parts store, I realised that some of these spaceships were going to be easier to complete than others, and at least a couple of them were going to require a few compromises! I had most of the parts for a black one but I couldn’t decide whether I wanted a regular Classic Space black or a Blacktron variant. An extra Blacktron 918 however, would mean that I would (just) need another pair of black wings and a few yellow parts. You can see where this is going can't you? 3963 direction jets (loudspeakers) are only officially available in 8 colours and they are not plentiful in yellow, or were (at least) rare enough not to appear in pairs in the UK on Bricklink. I realised a little after the initial batch of orders that the Blacktron 918 needed a yellow cone too. The yellow 3943b 4x4x2 cone was only available in four sets including the US exclusive 6954 Blacktron Renegade... which I've seen being coveted in a fair few quarters recently. There was only one used one available in the UK at the time (gone now!) but I was able to get two new ones from a good German store for not much more than the UK price plus postage. Combined, these things and minimum order costs pretty much simultaneously meant that I ordered enough parts to make a yellow version. Brackets of the 3956 variety don’t exist in yellow (not in official sets at least), but I worked out what I think is a neat enough alternative using the new 41682 2x2 bracket in yellow and 32028 1x2 modified door rail plate. Luckily the 12 colours that the original bracket comes in covered most of the variations I wanted to make. I used the bracket solution for one other ship. There is a dark bluish grey 3956, but it only came as an 'alternate' part in 8100 and more common in that set is the light bluish grey variety! Not that expensive on its own, but only two Canadian sellers had it listed on Bricklink, and although supply on ebay looks possible within the set, I would need to spend a minimum of £8 to get it! Stealth mode ON! I knew blue was going to be fairly easy, and I had everything but a spare trans blue 6x4 plate and a spare pair of wings. The model is missing just one final 3940b blue support stand, sadly this was owing to an inventory error with one Bricklink seller. Blue is definitely one for the purists, because it’s possible to do a faithful colour correct recreation (however, I did end up substituting a pair of wings for the 6104 wedge plate). Other variants that came together reasonably easily were White and Light Grey. Again, the white should be a purist pleaser. The Light grey is actually theme accurate if not 100% part accurate, sets 6901, 6861, 6891, 1968, 6952, 6940 and 1580 all use the Trans Green/Light Grey colour scheme to great effect. Dark Red has just one part that I would love to have the appropriate replacement for. My Dark Red 918 needs the 3956 bracket, but it doesn’t exist and currently at least I can’t use my 41682 “fix”. Also, I’ll make no bones about it, I would also LOVE a dark red Classic Spaceman! Dark Grey really needs the front forks/guns (otherwise known as 3839a or 3839b and please do see Inthert‘s excellent article about that part!). It could really do with the doors too, but the black ones are okay as the chances of there ever being original dark grey doors are between pretty remote and non-existant! I always order more “used” parts than I actually need. It’s a habit I’ve formed over the last fifteen years of ordering from Bricklink. Understandably, the quality of parts can be variable, even from the same seller, also, there’s never a single seller that has all the parts I want. Almost always there is some overlap of availability of the more plentiful pieces between sellers that have the rarer parts in stock too. Long story short, I usually end up having more than I need because most Bricklink sellers are excellent. During the process I found that I had enough parts to create a few extra additions to my fleet. I already had a good supply of Light Bluish Grey wings so Neo Classic versions of the original livery was a nice variation to be able to do and also there were also parts I wanted to try out with a Redbird variant. I also find that I’m easily muddled when ordering from a few places and this leads me to mistakenly order duplicate parts (particularly when I’m balancing the best deals). I doubt I’m alone but the pictures of left and right wings (and wedges too, etc. etc.) on Bricklink confuse me too. The happy consequence of that though, has been the multicoloured ship that has naturally evolved out of the spare parts. At this point, I decided that if I could, I’d like to build as many of the possible variations as I could afford to on my LEGO budget. Where 3939 is not available at all, I've allowed a configuration of 1x3 & 4x3 slopes - you need the width in the middle to have a big enough logo! Where neither 3x6 or 4x3 are available I have combined where possible with different colour wings to limit my overall number of separate ships. Brown wings are therefore partnered with a sand green 3939 slope that I thought looked like quite a nice companion... alternate parts are available but without the red crest, this ship just doesn’t earn its nickname! I'm also still working on my sand blue, dark orange, orange and dark blue versions. Collectively there are still quite a few parts to locate for the fleet, hopefully parts to plug some of the more important gaps are on the way. Not least, the Orange Spaceman that comes in DK’s ‘LEGO® Minifigure A Visual History New Edition’ will be a wonderful addition. As with many of these endeavours, you discover just how crazy prices can be, for example, the 6x3 slope 3939 in black (that I'd ideally have for both black and blacktron) was only available in one promotional set (2998 for Stena Ferries) in '98 and would have set you back a cool £16 each, minimum, on Bricklink (at time of writing). Amazingly, there are only 5 colours of the 3479 tail wing support, so decisions must be made as there's really no way to satisfactorily work around that element in modern pieces. All but the original blue slopes have homemade "moon" logo stickers, I know, I still need to add a few more! It really has been an undertaking, and one I partially regret right now, because I’m about three months’ worth of my LEGO allowance over budget. I’m happy with the results, it’s been a nice challenge. I had pulled from spares and acquired enough wings to make the full delta wing arrangements for the whole squadron but the corresponding plates to support them were more troublesome, and despite my efforts to account for all the pieces I would need... Plates are required in 4x8, 4x4, 2x10, 2x8, 2x6, 2x4, 2x3 2x2 aaaaand 2x1 & 1x1 in various quantities and believe it or not, not all the parts are available in all the colours needed to complete this job. Others meanwhile are rare and only available for just plain demented prices, I’m looking at you Sand Blue 3024! Luckily most are possible to substitute. Similarly 1x4, 1x3, 1x2 & 1x1 bricks are also needed... although, I think just about all the colours I needed are available. Trans colours for the 3032 4x6 plate you need for the canopy are limited to two, it only appears in trans yellow and trans blue! So, naturally I have had to use solid colours for the majority of the fleet. Homemaker stove switches 4x1 3010p41 also comes in only two colours (white and light grey) and I honestly didn’t see any real reason to worry too much for a part that won’t be seen and is pretty difficult to see in the original anyway. I did buy one very reasonably priced white one though. Only one real disappointment in all of this for me was the absence of any green wings. So in the interests of making this more of a rainbow in our troubled times I clad some spare yellow wings... vive la NHS. Rainbow, well sort of ;-) Finally, I was left with a "junkyard" of extra unused parts... ...and I think “Hmmm, could I use red wings to do a pink/magenta/purple in a similar way to the green?” ...I really don’t own much purple LEGO!
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    [MOD] A lockdown project - Odyssey No.918

    Thanks! It's a fun little exercise, researching and finding the parts and building an alternate colour! Thank you! Yeah, it was expensive, totally blew my budget for a few months! It spiralled out of control and kept demanding I do the next one. Really good fun, distraction, worth every penny! Glad you enjoyed the ride too! Cheers!
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Holy Cow! Black spot £17+ how now Brown Cow? £15+ So, looks like I'm trying to brick build something then!
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    yeah, definitely can be made in other ways now... so why? Which set is it in, please?
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    Jurassic World 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    My kids watched the series on Netflix recently, Allosaurus is certainly a strong contender I think. My wildly unrealistic pipedream is still for a sauropod though, preferably a Brachiosaurus... sorry for wishlisting.
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Those are very kind words indeed :-) Thank you for your support. I'm really pleased it has spoken to you! My friend made a Meliés connection too, I did consider going the full moon route for this, but I thought there had already been a moc out there, I have failed to find the one I was thinking of and trying to avoid too much, so maybe I needn't have worried!
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    [MOD] A lockdown project - Odyssey No.918

    Don't let them reel you in with their beauty, they're sirens! You'll end up penniless, this was meant as a dire warning for all tempted astronauts!
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    [MOC] Mr Moon

    Thank you :-) Cheers! :-) Moon is actually only about 70-80 parts and the original base wasn't much more than 30 iirc - which also meant I needed to do something additional because the lower limit of parts is 150!
  18. This really is terrific. I'll head to rebrickable now :-)
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    [MOC] Classic Space Excavation Site

    Yeah, love this. Supported it a while ago. Really hope you get to the 10K!
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    LEGO Monkie Kid 2021

    I'm just loving everything Monkie Kid right now. Even the 'less good' sets are brilliant.
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    [MOC] Building Pink Floyd

    These are awesome. :-D
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    Review: 76105 The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition

    Great review. I pretty much agree with all the pros and cons made. I'm still pleased I bought it, it's a fun build and there are a fantastic selection of parts in it too.
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    LEGO ReBrick Contests

    I couldn't find a dedicated thread, so please feel free to move this comment to the appropriate thread if I have failed in my extensive search to find the correct thread to post this in. If there isn't one, may I suggest this as a general but official LEGO contests thread? Therefore, please feel free to add an appropriate pinned comment regarding this topic's remit... certainly something better worded anyway. To my issue/point/problem... I have been trying to upload an entry to one of LEGO ReBrick's contests all day. I've tried on my iPad and my old Kindle Fire. My four image files are easily below the largest file threshold, in fact, the combined size of my four images is below 2Mb. I'm adding only three tags as outlined and have tried with and without spaces after the commas. Each time I manage to press submit after the preview I get the error message that "oops!" I need to check my file sizes or my tags. Has anyone else experienced similar problems or have any advice? I've alerted the admin in a comment that will get moderated in 1-2 working days but I'm feeling a bit impatient and wondered if anyone else was experiencing difficulties and therefore confirming the problem being LEGO's website and not my hardware.