Friday, August 31, 2007

"My Ideal Shanghai"

Name of Model: "My Ideal Shanghai"
Created by: BABB ShangHai Workshop Leaders Shanghai Tongji University School of Architecture Students
Found at:
Here's another great model from our friends at Building Asia Brick By Brick (which I have blogged about previously, please see those posts for more info on this series of presentations). This one makes good use of some impressionistic techniques and features some clever uses of bricks that are angled and sideways. You can click on the photos on their site to see larger shots where these things are a little more clear. There's also some clever stuff here with round sculpted parts and some sections that are built upside-down but aren't attached with normals studs-not-on-top methods. Oh, and these are some pretty clever original building designs too - they'd certainly stand out in Shanghai or any other city.

The exhibit will be on display in Beijing through September 1st (which I think is today in that time zone), Shanghai from September 6th to the 9th, and Chengdu from the 13th to the 25th.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Modular House

Name of Model: Modular house created from parts in the 4954
Created by: misc2006
Found at:
Now this is a great project that you can probably try at home - it's a beautiful modular house (similar to the Cafe Corner set) that was made as an original alternate model for the 4954 "Model Town House" kit (which, by the way, you can get free shipping on if you order through Amazon). The nice thing about little projects like this one is that you can easily determine if you have the parts or not - in fact, when I was little, the LEGO® club magazine (I think it was called Mania Magazine at the time) used to feature instructions for models that could be easily built from just one widely-available kit. Enough of the "marketing" type stuff though, truth be told this is also a very well-designed original house too. I love the architecture here, that upper balcony, the awnings for the door and windows (the ones on the top look like the part that goes over the car wheels in the main model!). There's even a flower bed and outdoor lighting here (creative ways of doing both of those, too). The bench in the back is a great use of studs-not-on-top parts in this scale, and there's even a proper staircase featured. I would have preferred some furniture (wasn't the original point of modular building to make it possible to show off furnishings?), but oh well. It's difficult enough to get things like that textured studs-not-on-top front to work well.

Moon Tracker

Name of Model: Moon Tracker
Created by: Bram
Found at:
Now this is an unusual vehicle (but a great use of chain-style treads if you have a few but not enough to build something big). There's lots of great studs-not-on-top things here too, and I love the use of the minifig skis here (it may have been done before, but it's a great effect). The smoothness of the cockpit details at the studs-not-on-top seems is amazing. I can't help but wonder, though - how is this thing supposed to turn?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oversize Diver minifig and more

Found and photographed by: Gizmocom
Found at:
I'm cheating again today - this isn't a model, but rather a gallery of LEGO® models at the Weymouth Sea Life Centre in the UK. They're great models, though, and I doubt that we're going to find out any more information about them - so better to post them sooner than later, right?

Monday, August 27, 2007

Robotics Monday: Thing

Name of Model: Thing
Created by: GhostInside: unofficial website NXTLOG profile
Found at: and
Here's a highlight from July's NXTLOG quadruped challenge - a robot with 4 legs on one side, like the "Thing" character on the TV show, "The Addams Family". I'm not really sure how well this thing turns (the video only shows forward motion) but it's definitely a unique twist on the quadruped format. The way the the legs (fingers) are rigged to move is great too (although I'm guessing that most of my robotics-oriented readers are better at making that sort of thing than I am)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Mos Eisley Spaceport from Star Wars

Name of Model: Mos Eisley Spaceport
Created for an event in Leicester, 2007 (does anyone have more info on this one?)
Found at:
This is a detailed and complete reproduction of Mos Eisley from Star Wars. I'm not a huge Star Wars buff, but according to the website above, this location is used in two of the episodes ("A New Hope" and "Return of the Jedi"). The first thing you notice is just the sheer size of this thing. It is enourmous. The next thing that sticks out is the way all the curves are done - the LEGO® technique here is amazing. There must be thousands of tan bricks in here - and those still aren't too easy to come by. It really looks like every spaceship and building has been represented (any Star Wars fans care to comment on the completeness of this one?) - there are even minifigs and space monsters (probably to make it look like a particular scene from one of the movies). Make sure to have a look at all of the pictures - there's something to see in all of them.

As an added bonus, some unrelated Star Wars sculptures are also included in the Flickr gallery above.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Thalys Train

Name of Model: Thalys
Created by: Eric Brok
Found at:
Here's a spiffy model of the Thalys train - made using half-stud offsets to get extra details in the front. Other cool features include the color scheme, the custom couplers, and the spot-on custom stickers (technically cheating, but perfectly done here). There's some extensive information about this one at the link above, and even building instructions - you might even be able to attempt your own version of it from that.

Wind Turbine Follow-Up

There is an update on the working wind turbine models posted at Brickley's Words.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Record-Breaking Tower

Name of Model: Canadian National Exhibition LEGO® tower
Created by various
Found at: and
Here's the latest record-breaking tower in the news - a 29.03 metre tower in Toronto. For some reason, this one hasn't gotten as much media attention as the last tower we featured. Because of this, I don't have a great picture gallery to show - I just have the two photos in these two articles. Feel free to send in any articles/photos you have of this one - I'd love to hear more about it.

Australian Wind Turbine Competition

Today's "model" is actually just this wind turbine competition. For more information, please see this post at Brickley's Words.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Name of Model: fighter
Created by: dasnewten
Found at: and
Here's an interesting spaceship - it's a brilliant design using quite a few newer slope/curve type elements (I'm sure they have a proper name, but I don't know it) and a pair of cockpits used to make a larger cockpit. This model first went on to the 'net last May, and it has become an inspiration for other LEGO® fans online in the time since. Those of you up for more than one model for today might want to take a look at this Brothers Brick post that discusses some solid spin-offs of this model.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

12-foot Eiffel Tower

Name of Model: Eiffel Tower
Created by: Eric Harshbarger
Found at:
Here's one for the don't-try-this-at-home department - a 12 foot Eiffel Tower made entirely out of blue bricks with no glue or supports. Although, this one does cheat and include a small support in the middle - but it doesn't go the whoie way up, so does it really count? I think it's safe to assume that the lattice-work offers more support on the higher levels than the builder's description admits. It's great, though, how the scale works so that the lattice-work can be all normal bricks - no plates or special parts needed. Let's be serious here, though - the scale is what makes this project so ambitious. This won't fit in a normal house and can't be made with any "normal" LEGO® collection. There are probably more blue 1x2 bricks used in this one then there are visitors to the real thing in the course of aw week. I'd hate to have to move a model this size without any glue in it. Don't worry, though - this one was dismantled and recycled into more practical models a while back.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Robotics Monday: Pinball Machine

Name of Model: live size LEGO Pinball machine build with 13 mindstorms computers
Created by: robotica
Found at:
This is a stunner that you have to see to believe - a complete pinball machine, in full size. There are a ton of great photos here too. You can see the underside, where dozens (hundreds?) of beams form a sturdy base for the model. There's also a clever mutiple RCX holster to allow the intelligent bricks to communicate with each other. Some slight cheating was involved for the number displays, which are made with paper glued to miswritten CD-Rs, but otherwise this is done entirely with LEGO® parts - lights, motors, sensors, and all. Of course, even beyond the awesome scope of this project and the robotics-related challenges, this has some great detail work. The lettering, the rows of windows, and the obstacles all look amazing too.

News: Photos of Official LEGO Anniversary Event

Name of Event: 75 years of LEGO event in Billund August 9 to 11 2007
Found at:
Those of you who are in the know are probably aware of the fact that the LEGO® company celebrated its 75th anniversary a few days back. Well, naturally, they threw themselves quite a LEGO-themed party to celebrate. This Brickshelf gallery includes a ton of photos of the event - and there's a ton of great stuff to see! Most of these would have qualified to be models of the day on their own, actually, but it doesn't make much sense to keep that much of a backlog here. Keep an eye out for a Chinese Dragon-styled train, a sandcastle, wooden puzzles, a Star Trek ship, cool cars, some familiar amazing buildings, a cathedral, and dozens of LEGOLAND Park attractions. That's just a few highlights - the whole gallery is a treat.

Prison Castle

Name of Model: Prison Castle
Created by: Castle Element (website in Japanese)
Found at:
I don't know if it's just me or not, but the text on this page is showing up as gibberish instead of Japanese text (is there more than one Japanese character set?)

Anyway - this is another spectacular castle. The sculpted outside and towering walls are the most eye-catching, but there's some great detail here with minifigs posed as both guards and prisoners. The mix of trees is great too, although I can't help but feel jealous when I see those older trees that you can't buy anymore used in a great model. Closer inspection reveals careful use of mottled textures within the sculpted section to show undergrowth - and then there's the little "windows" near the top which are actually backwards studs-not-on-top 1x1 bricks. Then there's the chain-attached drawbridge, which opens directly to a prison gate. There's tons of great stuff inside, too - carefully placed ghosts and skeletons, full furnishings, detailed jail cells - and of course, plenty of hinges to allow for easy viewing of the inside. As if all of that wasn't enough, the model even features a punchline - the final photo is a pair of Wolfpack Renegades (for those of you who weren't LEGO Castle fans in the early 90s, they are villains that live in the wilderness but aren't Forestmen) - tools in hand - plotting a break-in to free some of their cohorts.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Computer Sculpture

Name of Model: PC Mag Computer
Created by: Nathan Sawaya
Found at:
For the March 7th, 2006 issue of PC Magazine, the computer magazine hired professional LEGO® artist/sculptor Nathan Sawaya to build a computer sculpture. They wanted to play up the whimsy element of a normal object made out of LEGO® bricks, so bright colors were chosen as the color palette. The final result is, as you can see, quite brilliant. I don't know why green was picked for that keyboard, though. Some plates and special parts were used to make the shapes and ports look fairly realistic. The pixelated effect on the screen is a nice touch - but is that there to show that it's a digital item, or to show that it's made out of LEGO® bricks?

By the way - the site above mentions something about a time lapse video of the building of the CPU part of this sculpture. I wasn't able to find the graphic to link it, but if somebody spots it, let me know.

Spacey "Rush Hour"-style Game

Name of Model:
A space-themed version of the popular traffic jam puzzle - unnamed so I will not get sued...
ed. note: We think it'll be fine to use the trademarked name here :-)
Created by: Jaem
Found at:
This is a delightful new twist on the Rush Hour Game concept - it's a Space-themed version of the game made with as an avant-garde LEGO® model. Of course, the game itself is hours of fun (seriously - Buy it if you don't have it yet - you won't regret it.) - but this LEGO® rendition uses a number of clever building techniques as well. The "cars" are detailed microscale creations that are designed with parts that reach down to hold the cars in place (there are, of course, skid plates underneath as well). The "tracks" that the cars go back-and-forth on (for those unfamiliar with the game, you cannot turn a car in it) are made with an array of various tiled-plates. The outside of the game has been decorated with a number of curvy and slopey pieces. OK, so this doesn't come with cards or a storage tray, but otherwise, this is one awesome model. You could probably whip up your own version for under $50 too (watch those proportions, though - there's some less-than-a-full-brick-across trickery going on in those grooves...).

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Black Falcon's Tower

Name of Model: Black Falcon's Tower
Created by: Lomero
Found at:
Here's a great new twist on building castles - building the walls sideways. I suppose this trick would work well in a town building too, but it works particularly well to get some of the smaller spots needed in realistic castles. If you're familiar with LEGO® geometry, you're probably used to the idea that the height of three plates is equal to the height of one brick. If you're really into LEGO® geometry, you should know that LEGO® bricks are 6/5 as high as they are wide. If you're truly into LEGO® geometry, you probably also know some tricks even cooler than this one. For now, though, the point is that the sideways wall allows for some smaller details and increased resolution (much like it does in LEGO® mosaics). The sideways effect was used here to allow for bow-and-arrow-sized slit windows on the lower level and a very clever cross-shaped window on the top floor.

There's one other cool trick here - look closely at the top walls that the minifigs are standing behind, and you'll notice that those bricks and arches are upside-down! I'm not entirely sure how they're held in place, but they look great.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tolou City Sculpture

Name of Model: Tulou City
Created by: Urbanus Architecture and Design
Found at:
ArtAsiaPacific and People's Architecture have teamed up for Building Asia Brick By Brick, a series of presentations of original architectural LEGO® models. The models are currently on a tour of sorts. Click here for dates and locations of the presentation. The models are being exhibited and soon will be auctioned to raise awareness about architectural preservation in Asia.
To make designing the buildings a bit more of a challenge, the creators of the models have been primarily limited to standard white LEGO® Bricks.

Today's pick from this exhibit is this sculpture of a cylinderical city. I love the way that this one uses the geometry of the LEGO® bricks to angle parts and create the rounded effect. The use of empty space to emulate windows and doors inside the city is great too.

We have posted additional photos from the Building Asia Brick By Brick project at Brickshelf, for those of you who can't make it in person. The exhibit will be on display in Beijing from August 16th to September 1st, Shanghai from September 6th to the 9th, and Chengdu from the 13th to the 25th.

Info: FAQ

Why make a site about LEGO®?

There are two reasons for this. First, I've always wanted to make a site about LEGO®. A good ten years back, when I first heard about the internet, it immediately hit me that this would be a great medium for sharing LEGO® creations with other fans. I quickly found hundreds of other LEGO® fans who were already interested in using the web as a valuable resource – and a tightly-knit AFOL community was just out there for anyone to find. Secondly, I believe that this is one of the better hobbies for me to spend time on online. I have many ideas on websites I should start sooner or later, but this one won't be as labor intensive as some of my other "projects", and I'm sure I'll be able to make some ad revenue here (which is always good to have...)

Are there other sites like this?

Yes and no. There is an active LEGO® community online, but the sites in that community are not designed to be kid-friendly or accessible to the general public. There are many sites with interesting models online, but you may have to dig a bit to find models that are truly impressive. You'll probably see most of those sites linked to from here sooner or later, as I hope to be able to shine the spotlight on many impressive models with this blog.

Several years ago, there was a website called "Cool Lego Site of the Week", which did similar work, but ultimately ran out of websites. If I recall correctly, the creator of that site also ran out of time to maintain it. There were also some stellar links pages assembled in the earlier days of the online Lego community, but many of those pages are gone - and much worse, many of the "cool sites" linked to by these resources have since been taken off of the internet.

AFOLs, or Adult Fans of Lego, have done many great things working together at sites like Sadly, with their insistence on excluding LEGO®'s youngest and most active fans, their insistence on posters using their full names, and their insistence on using specific lingo, they are a rather exclusive community. Part of my goal with this site is to offer a less formal way of exploring fun LEGO® models online. I'll keep the terminology simple, or explain it when I use it, and I'll gladly showcase worthy models made by those under the age of 18 (even if they don't want everybody to know their full name). I hope that by working outside of the AFOL community, I'll be able to interest people who normally wouldn't pursue this hobby online.

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How are models chosen?

Some models are chosen out of my own personal archives (I maintain a library of LEGO® instruction manuals, books, etc), other models are chosen because they have received some buzz on the ‘web and seem like they should be mentioned. Other models are nominated from user submissions. You may read about how you can nominate a model at this link. I will also be looking for new models that may be of interest myself, and occasionally posting about models that are already famous that you might not know about.

Models are not being disqualified along traditional lines - professional Lego designers will be competing with children who bought their first LEGO® set last week for the award of site of the day. Any model is eligible, regardless of the age, nationality, profession, etc, of the person who made it. Heck, I'll even take models not made by people - this is 2008, and we do have LEGO® robots that can build other LEGO® models now. I do require, however, that there is a website I can link to that has fairly reliable image hosting and that the creator of the model has a link I can feature. I WILL NOT link to webpages that do not credit a model’s builder in any way (with the sole exception of models that were commissioned for a company).

I plan on using the following criteria to determine which models deserve to be spotlighted:
  • Detail - Are small parts used to give proper detail to a model? Does a model contain researched elements? Is an unusual color scheme used? Are elements of whimsy or irony included?
  • Ambition - How long did the model take to make? What kind of financial resources would be required to buy the parts for the model? Were specific programming or CAD techniques needed to build this model? Is it really big?
  • Technique - Are parts used in unusual or unexpected ways?

The following criteria will determine when a model is featured:
  • Documentation - Is there a website discussing the creation of the model? Are there plenty of pictures available so that we can see everything? Are building instructions provided?
  • Theme - Is this from an unusual theme? Is this something that has not been attempted before? How many models in the same "category" have we seen lately (I'm hoping to showcase a variety of models on the main page at any given time).

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Info: Nominating a Model for LEGO® Model of the Day

If you would like to send in your model, your kid's model, or a model you saw elsewhere and thought my readers would like to see, you can! Here is how you can nominate a model to be my unofficial LEGO® model of the day:

  1. Make sure that the model has a webpage. This can be a page on a popular image-hosting website or a dedicated webpage with a write-up and pictures. The more info is available about a model, the better, but please don't send in anything that doesn't have a webpage we can link to and a picture that we can show.
  2. Make sure that it is clear who the model was made by. We will not link to sites that do not credit a model's builder. Screen names are just as good as full names as far as we're concerned. We just want to make sure the builder gets proper credit for what they do. We will make exceptions in rare cases when it looks like a model may have been done for a company (The LEGOLAND Parks, for example, rarely credit individual employees for models on their premises). If you are sending in a child's model, you may also send in the age of the builder - we'd like to show the world examples of ordinary kids building extraordinary models.
  3. Make sure that the model was actually made out of LEGO® elements. Off-brand products do not work with the same color schemes, geometries, and specialized components, and as such, are entirely different building systems that are of no relevance to this blog. We will allow for some mild cheating (say, a sticker added to a model to provide more detail, or maybe an unofficial piece of string in a situation where the official LEGO® string doesn't work so well), but we must insist that there be no off-brand products used.

  4. If the model meets all of the above guidelines, feel free to send anything you can about the model to

Pewabic Pottery

Name of Model: Pewabic Pottery, Detroit MI
Created by: Peter Guenther
Found at:
This brilliant minifig-scale reproduction of the Pewabic Pottery building features great details both inside and out. One section has an exposed top floor so that you can see minifig crafters at work. The mottled roof looks great - I think it's using traditional red LEGO® slopes with some newer and darker shades of red mixed in. You can also see some studs-not-on-top effects used to place smooth-topped plates on the outside of the building to replicate the feel of the old beams on the original building. Part of why this building looks so great is because the builder was able to get the support of the pottery shop while he was building it - blueprints of the original building were exchanged for the promise of allowing the LEGO® replica to be shown at Pewabic Pottery after the train show it was built for was over.

This model is currently on display for public viewing at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit, MI. From what I can tell, it will be on display there for the foreseeable future (you might want to verify elsewhere how to get to this one before planning a trip).

Monday, August 13, 2007

Dalek (from Doctor Who)

Name of Model: Lego NXT Dalek
Created by: Rod Gillies
Found at: with a little more info at
This morning (while I was in bed feeling rather sick - sorry for the delay) Rod Gillies posted this Doctor Who-themed robot on his blog. This is a Dalek, which is one of the Doctor's enemies on the series. It looks like no effort was made to make it say "exterminate!", but it can properly rotate its head and move around. I'd love a good look at this one's LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT based internals, but I think that the collection of angled plates that makes this thing look a bit more like the ones on TV are great too. I don't think I actually have that many wing elements in my LEGO® collection...

Sunday, August 12, 2007

ItLug Town/Train Layout

Name of Model: preview of Itlug layout
Created by: various itlug members
Found at:
Here's a great town/trains layout assembled by ItLug . The picture I chose to feature from this set shows a pre-Cafe Corner corner house with some great details - keep an eye out for the detailed window decorations and the use of spaceship wings in the roofing. There's also a solid-looking car-carrying train and a fancy park and entryway. A variety of train cars adds some great character here - I love the way that some of these are styled to match officially-released LEGO® Train sets.

Microscale Spaceship

Name of Model: bluecruiser
Created by: wintermute
Found at:
This gorgeous microscale spaceship shows part of why microscale building is so appealing - get a load of the bizarre uses for common parts in here! I see a wrench being used as a weapon, two rows of minifig chairs making the outer hull of the craft, hinge parts used as decoration parts on the outside, TECHNIC parts used as weaponry, a few 2x2 turntable bottoms and tons of the newer small slopes. I'm pretty sure that the side craft is using a few obnoxious LEGO® RACERS parts to great effect, and that's before we get into both the side craft and the main cruiser using various wheels and gears as jet engines. I might be seeing a sticker or two here, but that's barely noteworthy next to all the other cool tricks here. In this shot you can even see a Wild West set's log-brick and even a few skid plates used as siding!
This is Saturday's model of the day

Large Car

Name of Model: Lego Old Red
Created by: Lego Steven1980
Found at:
Here's a beautiful red car - and it's another one of those models that's done in just the right way to keep any studs from showing. There's some slight cheating in the form of stickers, but there's enough excellent real LEGO® detailing on here to make that excusable. I think the best detail here, though, might not be anything on the exterior, but rather, the (apparently) working pneumatic suspension.
This is Friday's model of the day

Adorable Miniland-scale Dog

Name of Model: Dog
Created by: Moko
Found at:
This dog is a hoot - he looks amazing. The best trick here is the way the eyes are made - those are inverted LEGOLAND Town levers stuck in side of a pair of studs-not-on-top plates with grooved tops. Now there is an idea only Moko could come up with.
This is Thursday's model of the day

Mario Sculpture

Name of Model: Mario
Created by former LEGOLAND model builder Bill Vollbrecht
Found at:
UPDATE: Thanks to Dunechaser from The Brothers Brick for clearing up the origins of this model. Every once in a while, I drag my feet about posting a model because it doesn't quite meet my (as of yet unposted) rules for inclusion. I always make an effort to credit a model's builder here, and I try to find photos that have web hosting for the foreseeable future. Today, though, I find myself being forced to link to a less reputable blog that didn't credit a builder - and because they never credited the builder or said where they stole the photos from, I don't know who built this or where there photos are. The model's worth sharing though, and since this has big on the blogs during the past few days, you'll probably want to know about it anyway. If you know anything about where I can find more information about this model or its builder, please let me know.

As I'm sure you can tell, this is a great likeness of Mario from the Super Mario Brothers video games in sculpture form. It features some great curves, with plates and all. It looks to me like it might be a professional job, actually. Part of the reason that this model looks so great and professional is that it was built by a former LEGOLAND Parks Master Builder.
This is Wednesday's model of the day

Smooth Aeroplane

Name of Model: Antonov 28
Created by: gambort
Found at: and
This model uses the very difficult approach of covering every single LEGO® stud. Slopes, curves, tiled plates, specialized parts and the sides of bricks make up every visible surface of the model. Some studs-not-on-top effects were used to make this work smoothly all the way around as well. I'd love to see how this looks under the hood!
This is Tuesday's model of the day

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Robotics Monday: NXT-based robotic arm

Name of Model: The Better Arm
Created by: Patrick Miles
Found at: and
Here's a nifty LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT-based robotic arm. It uses a slider mechanism to keep its hand at the same angle at all times (which makes it easier programming-wise to determine the hand's locations). I'm surprised by the way that the center-of-gravity is kept in place by a wheel-based counterweight instead of with an actual LEGO® counterweight brick.
This is Monday's model of the day.

King's Castle

Name of Model: King's Castle
Created by: this guy
Found at:
Here's an interesting study in ways to use sloped bricks for architectural details. This castle also features a clever way of creating jail bars - by using sideways ladder elements and some studs-not-on-top trickery to attach them to the walls of the building. The animations done for this one are a hoot too, but make sure to take a good look at the real photos first.
This is Sunday's model of the day

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Microscale Santa Fe

Name of Model: realbuild_superchief_f7abba
Created by: KC
Found at:
Here's a microscale train modeled after the official LEGO set of the Santa Fe Super Chief. There's only one picture of this one, but I don't think you need any others either. The doors - which are made with little hook plates (or whatever they're called - they can hold minifig tools) are a great touch.
This is Saturday's model of the day.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Short Hiatus

This blog will be taking a short hiatus. I expect to post models for the past few days when we return on Wednesday.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Underwater Station and Sub

Name of Model: An aquaraider underwater repair station and dock with sub.
Created by: xbloodyfangs
Found at:
Here's a nifty little sub and base for the AQUAZONE theme. It's done with some slight modifications to the Aquanauts/2007 Aquaraiders color scheme, but that makes the large cockpit of the sub possible. Much like some of the official sets in this theme, the station has a dock for the sub. My favorite part of this one is the bizarre angling they used to accent the cockpit of the sub.
This is Friday's model of the day

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Imperial Fort

Name of Model: Prison, built for contest at
Created by: marian19
Found at: and
Apologies for these posts going up so late in the day lately. To make things worse, I'm not even going to comment much on today's model. Why? Because the description at the site above is so amazing that I couldn't possibly top it. This model is really something else, and this other blogger did a great job of capturing all of the clever parts uses in it. I suppose that all of those "you're not going to believe this" pictures probably would have made this a better fit for the Sunday edition, but this way there's at least something new up during the day today.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Original House Designed as a Historic Cafe Corner Neighbor

Name of Model: Historical corner house with archway on the Cafe Street
Created by: tacvud
Found at:
This gorgeous house is one of many that has popped up recently in the online LEGO fan community. The idea is that it looks like it would fit into a city block with the Cafe Corner Cafe Corner set. This one features some nice details - most noticeably a clever use for Castle-themed parts in a LEGO town. I love the way that studs-not-on-top parts and rounded front parts are used here as well.