Friday, March 26, 2010

Exclusive building guides

Most Lego sets have building instructions for two models, sometimes three. Using some tricks there is sometimes a way to get more.

Now owners of the 5867 Creator race car can find instructions to build two special models. The instructions can be downloaded from the German Lego club page by writing "CLASSIC" or "TRUCK" in the clubcode field (all caps):

One can find more instructions on the Lego club page, for example the "Blue Lightning" that can be built from the four sets from 8192 to 8195.

As Easter is approaching there is of course room for nice small animals. Bunny & co. can be downloaded from here.

Lego recommends to get the bricks from Pick-a-brick.

Update: one of our readers has recommended Technic set 1030 from 1983 from which a lot of simple functions can be built. It has many typical parts that are easy to find in other sets. The instructions on Peeron are somewhat incomplete but he has provided a complete version that can be downloaded from here as a 6.5M PDF file  (6.5M).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Order must be restored

Every Lego fanatic gets to the point that Lego bricks and creations are everywhere. I got to this point now. Well, four large Lego Technic cars and many small ones, all around the flat and the other flat and even in my workplace. Luckily we have found a small corner in one room that was big enough for this:

Ok, I admit that going to the Ikea means I did not over-do the thinking part, but it fits its purpose. The large cars just fit inside, a glass door protects everything from the dust and it is easy to install extra glass shelves. I like it. Its name is Billy if anyone is interested.

Obviously there is a long way to go.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lego wheel and tire chart

I keep on building my cars and I ran into this wonderful chart. It has all the wheels and tires ever made by the Lego Company and also which tire fits which wheel. As an extra it has links to Bricklink and the Peeron parts catalog.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Lichtblau Cobra in the cyberspace

We already mentioned the Cobra from _lichtblau_ on the blog and since he also did wonderful building instructions, everyone can build his own. As long as he has enough orange and light blue bricks :) I think an average Lego builder usually does not have, even in other colors. So I thought I improve the situation a bit.
Voila, the virtual Cobra, built in Lego Digital Designer:
It is not exactly like the original (wheels, body lines, etc.). But it can be loaded into LDD with a click and ordered immediately (approx. $37.47 in the US, EUR 28.14 in Germany). It has 137 pieces. Or you can pimp it on your computer :)

I plan to upload other LDD models too.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

SR 3D Builder improvements

Sergio Reano has added new features to his  SR 3D Builder CAD program (see our earlier coverage). Version 0.4.58 is able to model complicated linked hinges as the video shows.

The program for Windows can be downloaded freely from the homepage of the author:

Monday, March 8, 2010

Shelby Cobra with instructions

I like mini cars like this Cobra very much. It is ingenious how every brick fits into its place and even though it is quite small, it perfectly reflects the lines of the original.

Now the builder, lichtblau posted instructions as well.