Abandoned Sea City

This is Kristal’s latest model, a micro scale abandoned city on the sea.

Sea City

 

I wanted to try something a bit different with this model, and digitally insert us into one of the photos.  We ended up being pretty small, just because of the scale of the city, but you can see us below.

Sea City People

 

And here’s another angle of the main model, which also gives a better view of the technique we used to make the ocean waves.

Sea City Back

 

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LEGO Computer Keyboard

This is a fully functional computer keyboard built using LEGO parts.  Details can be seen in the video, more info below.

I actually built the first prototype for this project all the way back in 2005! You can see a picture of that original prototype in the images below. I shelved the project for a number of reasons. Mostly because I was trying to build it onto the membrane of a Microsoft Natural keyboard, and working around the various angles of the keyboard was giving me a lot of trouble.

Last year I stumbled upon an old keyboard someone was getting rid of on the side of the road (nothing like doing a little free-cycling!).  My interest was piqued again and after testing that the keyboard still worked I resurrected the project.

The biggest challenge was creating a frame that allowed the keys to be precisely spaced above the membrane. As I show in the video this was accomplished with a grid of Technic connectors and axles.

The second biggest challenge was finding appropriate printed tiles for all the symbols on a keyboard. Thankfully The LEGO Group has released all the main characters, numbers, and even a few special symbols over the years. I had to get creative with some of the keys though, which was actually quite fun. Still, there a few keys that could use some improvement.

Thankfully it is extremely easy to replace keys, so as I get inspired, or as The LEGO Group releases new printed tiles, I can easily upgrade the keys. It would also be quite easy to customize the layout, or add custom symbols to make a gaming specific layout.

The performance of the keyboard is quite good. There is a bit of flex in the Technic frame as you are using it, but this doesn’t seem to affect the performance at all. I can type just as well with this keyboard as with any other, as you can see during the introduction to the video.

Computer Keyboard

 

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Da Vinci Flying Machine

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I was talking with my brother about potential LEGO projects and Da Vinci machines inevitably came up. By all accounts Leonardo Da Vinci was a genius, excelling in many fields of art, engineering and science. I was particularly interested in the work he did in engineering, and decided to build a flying machine inspired by his many sketches on the idea of human powered flight.

As far as we know he never tried to build any of his flying machine concepts, and even though they would not have worked they still capture our imagination today.

I have submitted this project to LEGO’s CUUSOO site.  Please check out the project here and add your support if you would like to see it potentially become an official LEGO set.

This model can be powered manually using the crank at the side of the base or with a motor.  The instructions show how to power it using a Power Functions M motor, but it can be just as easily powered using an old 9V motor.

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Research Colony

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This is a micro research colony play set, built as an alternate model for LEGO set 75001 AT-RT.  All of the piece needed to build it come in that set. I built it for Rebrickable’s December MOC challenge.

It contains a research station, mobile outpost, a couple of vehicles and a dropship.  The dropship can pick up and deploy the vehicles and outpost, as shown in the video.

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Lookee What He Can Do!

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And he doesn’t even need a stepladder!

Everyone’s favourite Bumble, and our final Festive Friend of the season, the Abominable Snowman from the classic movie Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Instructions for building the bumble above!

Bumble

Yes, I realize there’s some continuity issues with this scene, as the bumble no longer has his teeth at this point in the movie, but, you know, creative license and all…

Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Steampunk Ninja

More ninja than steampunk, but 100% kick your ass.

At Brickfete Montreal, Nathan brought the game Smash Up to play during down time. During one game it was decided that MOCs should be built based on the players’ factions. I wasn’t actually playing during said game, but I’m always up for jumping on a (good) bandwagon. During a subsequent game I was playing Steampunk Ninjas. This is what I built.

Steampunk Ninja

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Holiday Helpers

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Last year we built some character ornaments to give to family members as gifts.  We probably won’t be doing that this year, but we couldn’t resist building more holiday themed characters.

We’re calling them the Festive Friends and I’ll be posting more of them over the next month.

We’ll start the ball rolling with some elves hard at work building toys for the upcoming holiday season!  Instructions for building the elf can be found above.

Holiday Helpers

 

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