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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    That’s very nice of you to say. Thank you! The same to you.
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 20: Micro-Gym Well, we've come to the end of our calendar this year. It's a few days short as we're packing up for a road trip. I thought it would be fun to go out with a self-contained build that our daughter could keep on her dresser or next to her gymnastics trophies. So in the spirit of microscale stadiums and skyscrapers, I've created a Micro-Gym! It's got all the apparatus needed for a women's competition, plus a podium, and mostly mirrors the color scheme of the main gym we've spent almost three weeks putting together. Telephones for uneven bars! The kiddo had the genius idea to grab a microfigure and use it on the equipment. I really should have thought of that but luckily we had a spare from the Harry Potter sets. Unfortunately one Bricklink order included the wrong color for a single tile, but it seems OK. I have to dig around deeper to see if we have a replacement. And with that our team salutes to close out the calendar. Thanks for reading along with us. It's been lots of fun and made for some really memorable mornings!
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    MOC: Downtown

    How did you do the carved relief above the marquee on the cinema? Can we see a closeup of that section? It's beautiful, and just-so. Really great work!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 19: The Olympic Rings Our new teammate has brought some gym decorations along with her! Time for some exciting tales of past glories. And it turns out the rings can do double-duty for some agility drills!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 18: The New Teammate We're nearing the end. What could today bring? It's a new teammate! She's a highly experienced transfer from the UK. It seemed essential to include this super figure in the calendar. After all, how many gymnast Minifigures has LEGO made? As far as I know, three. So now the kiddo has the full complement. The squad congratulates each other after their meet!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 17: Ceremony Flags A medals podium needs flags. And LEGO flags require stickers! So I made some stickers. My daughter thought it was pretty funny that I made flag stickers for her own gymnastics club to go with national flags. She has her favorites... Gymnasts salute!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 16: Medals Podium A meet needs a fancy podium for awards, right? Right.
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Thank you Wout! It's been really fun. And it's great for our daughter to help connect this hobby with a real-life pursuit. Anything's possible with this stuff!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 15: Scores A gymnastics meet needs scoring, so today we have a swiveling score flasher. Before a routine the start value is shown. And our team gymnast has done well! She's scored a 9.45. (Our daughter's top level 3 score from last year.) Hooray!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 14: The Judge A gym meet needs a judge! Here's our honorable official, complete with scorepad, writing implement (alas, a paintbrush), and the all-important coffee. (A meet is a long day) The team gymnasts line up at the table for the judge's introduction & instructions.
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 13: Judge's Table With the gym fully equipped, it's time to get set up for a meet. Today we have a simple judge's table, and the teammates run a mock meet at practice. Fluted bricks work nicely to suggest a draped tablecloth.
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 12: Balance Beam The final apparatus for us the fearsome 4" wide, 16' long balance beam. With all equipment complete, what else is needed to hold a gym meet? I guess we'll find out in the next week.
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 11: Uneven Bars After floor and vault comes the bars. This is probably the most technical piece of equipment in the gym, so naturally it uses a bunch of Technic elements. I had a few versions going when the official set came out this spring, and while I didn't like the bars component of that set, it did have some really helpful part usage. That set uses the Bar 8L with Stop Rings and Pin (Technic ski pole). That allows the build to have a proper bar width, since regular LEGO bar pieces are not very long. I ended up using a similar setup, though without spinny handles on the outside. Getting all the geometry right to fit on the system grid was a challenge, but ultimately I made it work. The bar spread is even adjustable like a real bar set! My solution alongside the bar set from 41372: Mia & Stephanie cheer on their teammate. Technic elements allow for a (slightly) adjustable setup. Giants on the high bar!
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Day 10: Vault mat & runway Let's finish the vault event! The vault requires a landing mat and a runway, so that's today. For the quickest and seemingly simplest event, there's still a lot of equipment! The kiddo had her characters try out a few more vaults now that the apparatus is complete. Stuck it! And time for a little breather after the workout.
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    [MOC] 2019 Advent Calendar—Gymnastics

    Side note on this subject matter: There is an amazingly entertaining Minifig-point-of-view blog post by photographer Lynn about the official Friends gymnastics set over at Toy Photographers. It's beautifully shot and a great read. It features the Mia & Stephanie figures seen here but also a pair of Team GB gymnasts from the 2012 CMF collection. Go check it out!