Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas is upon us

I have noticed this from several things. First, the Lego company has surprised us with excellent building instructions for Lego decoration:

Then we have excellent special offers for Black Friday like this:

LEGO Brand Retail

Then shops have items like these:

And of course if you would like to have an exclusive older piece you are still in time to buy it on Bricklink or Ebay. Happy browsing!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'51 Mercury Lead Sled

This time out favorite Mad Physicist created a classic hot-rod from bricks. I think it looks great.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Scania Dump Truck

Sariel has created something excellent as usual:

Detailed description with technical gems on his blog.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

8872 and co.

I wanted to write this post a long time ago. It was before the summer when I decided to take some risks to buy the latest piece of my "Big Car" series, the 8865. Already before the purchase it was clear that the pile contains a lot of extra parts. Luckily I found everything for the big car in a good condition. This is where the riddle started, I wanted to find out the rest. I started from here:

First question: what are all these wheels? There are eight small ones, then six more of the same with larger tires, then the one in which the axle rotates, and then I did not speak about the larger off road ones yet. They seem to come from different sets, but still... Which set contains so many wheels?

After a short search I have found the first suspect, the 8872 Forklift Transporter from 1993:

It was clear in the beginning that I do not have all the parts for the forklift: the chain was missing and many other parts too. But I though the truck could be there:

Still many pieces left, let's try the trailer:

Well, that is something. I abandoned the forklift, six small and six larger wheels are crossed out. But what about the other wheels? This wing piece helped to solve part of the puzzle quickly. It was included in two Lego sets ever in yellow, only one of them Technic: the 8840 Desert Racer from 1991:

Of course the driver is nowhere, pistons neither, so this list has many missing items too. Maybe once I will try to fill the parts from my other sets, until then there is this photo. The four large offroad wheels are also crossed out, but I still have eight small ones. This part was the key to the last missing set:

So I got a 8808 Mini F1 Racer for free, year 1994. I have found almost all pieces for this one:

As a conclusion, for the already good price of the 8865 I got two thrids of an 8872, an 8808, a lot of yellow spare parts and an interesting riddle:

Finally the link to the album and a video - if there is no forklift then let us transport a racer:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hispabrick magazine vol 006 in English

The 6th issue of the Hispabrick magazine is now available in English. You can find the download links on this page (89M) and also access the web preview.
From the contents:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fresh version of Lego Digital Designer

Virtual builders have probably noticed that a new version of Lego Digital Designer available, which is the free builder application from the Lego company (see our previous post).

Version 3.0 brought these improvements:
  • There is a new user interface. Instead of the grid we are now building on a transparent baseplate and there are other small changes.
  • Round bricks can now built in between four other studs.
  • The hinge tool got a bit more usable and there is the new hinge align tool.
  • Bricks can now be organized into groups and templates.
  • The building guide mode is completely new and more usable.
The main advantage of the program is still the same: you run out of virtual bricks much later than from real ones... Happy building!