tatertots

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    New York city sized mosaic

    Wasn't sure about the best way to upload video so here's the URL to the video with all 600 lights up and running! https://www.flickr.com/photos/43138245@N07/27897401002/in/dateposted-public/
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    New York city sized mosaic

    Just posted video of the lights - now installed - and a photo of the wiring. Got to love a good electrician!!!!
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    New York city sized mosaic

    ^^Inspiration for the design came from some popular pop-up books about New York city.
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    New York city sized mosaic

    ^Thanks Peedeejay ;-)
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    New York city sized mosaic

    ^Getting comfortable with the scale was definitely an adjustment and took some rethinking on my part. I have done poster sized projects but that planning/implimentation skill set didn't translate perfectly. The nice thing about LEGO is that it's pretty forgiving while you're learning. Worst case scenario you set yourself back an hour to take things apart and try something new :-)
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    New York city sized mosaic

    ^Glad you like it! Personally I like the statue of liberty and the fireworks behind her best. Do you have a favorite part?
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    New York city sized mosaic

    ^Thanks!
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    New York city sized mosaic

    ^^I counted for a while but then I started using all different shapes 1x1, 1x2, 1x10, 2x4 etc and lost count. Needless to say it's a lot. Close to 200K studs to cover.
  9. Finally done! 6 months ago I started this project hoping it would meet expectations. Like any large project it was a real roller coaster but a great build in the end. Building process was classic: Stage 1) This is going to be awesome Stage 2) Bricklink, BRICKLINK, BRICKLINK!!! Stage 3) Oh crap... what have I gotten myself into Stage 4) Rethink. Develop methodical plan Stage 5) Build, build, build Stage 6) Yipee!!! Done High res photos on flickr https://www.flickr.c...157659697395628 Photos of the build over time: The challenge here was to divide the project up such that it would fit through doors. The foundation is built on a thin sheet of plywood with 1/4" strips on the back to provide some rigidity. Here you can see two panels lined up next to each other including the grid I used to help keep me oriented to the space. I used several different online programs to convert the mosaic to bricks to help with the anchor points. In the end I found those programs only useful for the anchor points. Here you can see us moving the completed panels to the final locations. Each panel weighed around 50-60 lbs. The completed project with me in there for scale - roughly 8ft high - 16 ft across Link to video with working lights: and I can't say enough about the value of an awesome electrician!!! Photo of the wiring behind this:
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    MOC: Black Forest Cuckoo Clock with gears

    I've added power functions to the cuckoo! After reading through the feedback on the LEGO ideas webpage (https://ideas.lego.com/projects/87036) I figured I needed to get this thing telling time! The gears are now hooked up to a clock arm with the ability to add power functions (see video). One turn of the barrel now turns a hand on the clock face one minute. 60 turns of the barrel will drive the hand around the clock for one full rotation The cuckoo is geared to come out when the hand hits the bottom and the top of the hour (12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30. etc). Thanks for the support! Video of the cuckoo with power functions: https://www.flickr.com/photos/43138245@N07/16104358967/
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    MOC: Black Forest Cuckoo Clock with gears

    Finally got this up on the LEGO ideas page. If you like the model, I'd love to have your support https://ideas.lego.com/projects/87036
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    Winter Village Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    My entry to the Winter Village contest a few years back:
  13. Having fun with the Galaxy Squad theme. Lovin' this series of sets (and pieces!) Back at the nest bug neophytes build a new egg with crystals from the planet while more mature bugs patrol the area. Young bug posing with his new viper. "How you doin' ?" (said with thick New York accent) Bug patrol ship The landing mechanism for the bug patrol unit. Lower wings tuck back and the third leg swings down. Surprisingly stable. The angles coming off the bar frame for the wings. I've got an 2L axil going through the back of the bar frame to the plate (with holes) on the front to add some strength. In 1979 Denmark quietly launched the Earth's first deep space exploration ship. Little did they know that their first encounter would be with the bugs Yeah the hood is hard to see over but that's the price you pay when you wanna look good in your viper. Full sized photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/43138245@N07/sets/72157634379329733/
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    LEGO logo mobile

    We took another shot without the shaking but it seemed to make it feel more like a mobile in the end. As for what's next, I'm working on converting it to a stand mounted model - similar to what those solar system models where the planets rotate around.
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    LEGO logo mobile

    Had fun playing with this idea I had for a mosaic after seeing a hanging mobile that formed an image when the display swung around just right. Ideally this is hanging from the ceiling with strings but you get the idea. The file is little big so the link goes to flickr. Enjoy! Nick http://www.flickr.com/photos/43138245@N07/8559999949/in/photostream