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Sir Dee was primarily interested in operating and expanding his small foundry, but his position as leader of the family's operations in King's Harbour meant that he occasionally took the role of supervisor or inspector of other works. Today he is visiting the newly-opened Dee Wheelworks Waterwheel & Treadwheel Factory to inspect a pair of giant waterwheel prototypes that have been pre-assembled before being dismantled into manageable sections for shipping to their final destination. If the designs prove satisfactory, future copies will be built as modular pieces that can quickly be assembled in the field. The building is largely non-descript, with whitewashed walls, lots of windows to provide plenty of natural light for the workers, and a row of large cupolas atop the roof for ventilation under the heat of the tropical sun. A giant pair of doors allow easy access in the front: The wheel on the left is complete and has passed inspection, and the workers are applying the finishing touches to the wheel on the right: The so-called "big wheel", close up: ...and the other wheel: Meanwhile, Sir Dee speaks with the manager (on the left, with the red plume) and one of the senior workers atop the large central hub of the smaller wheel: Looking through the big front doors: The mighty King's River will provide the flow of water to turn these wheels, which will in turn power the mills of various industrial endeavors. Sir Dee needs these wheels... lots of them... Game Notes: This will be licensed as a Large Factory. Build Notes: I built the water wheel with the grey Technic brick outer rim a few years ago, and never finished the intended project. I really wanted to get on with it, but thought a water wheel / tread wheel factory would be a good way to show the design first. I have 4 completed wheels, and I will show all 4 in this topic (plus a design breakdown of each) when the photos are ready. Building them was a fun challenge, but it takes a lot of parts! The biggest one has ~650 pieces and the grey-rimmed one has 500+. In reality, it makes no sense to completely build them in a factory, take them apart for shipping, and then re-assemble them on site, but I wanted to show a production facility, and showing all the modular pieces, unconnected, would be an incomprehensible mess... hence the prototype designation in the story. Thanks for viewing. Bonus Pics show wheels in detail, plus their design breakdown:
Hello fellow humans! Here is a build that i completed very early this year, after dedicating many, many hours to it over last year. When I was a kid, I always wanted to build a large tree house out of LEGO but never had the parts or the disposable income.. Now, I have both of those things, I thought it was time to get it on the drawing boards. I would have posted it heaps sooner, but these pics were taken for Bricks CULTURE magazine #6 and wanted to do the right thing by them and hold off until the next edition was out. As I'm still getting used to uploading images and yet to tweek the RAW ones to a usable file size, this is all i have for you to check out here.. Though if you'd like to check out some of the finer details and the rear side, please jump over to my Flickr account here and have a squiz! There is quite the philosophical story behind it all, but I'll leave that for the pages of BC. Thanks to Cristian Brunelli for the great photographic shots, as my camera, if you could call it that, wouldn't stand up to the task in the state of my studio. Oh yeah, just by the by, the chairlift, waterwheel and waterfalls all move thanks to the Power of a single XL PF Motor and a string of gearboxes.. And I'd be more than happy to prove it to you, if someone has some footage.. I was lucky enough to get these shots! haha! Anywho, Enjoy.