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Misc Lego Shots, Dec 2011

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2014 Working on a remote controlled version of the container lifter B model from 42009. The tricky part is getting two drive axles down to the head - one for rotating, one for releasing. Here's my first working prototype, with heavy reliance on the relatively new technic connector with 2 axles" to get two axles between the liftarms.

New desk added to my storage system. From the top: cheap 10W LED floodlight, shelves made of chea[p pine (unpainted), wooden trays for plastic toys, desk. The desk is made from a single 1200x2400mm sheet of plywood by chopping a 800mm wide strip off the end, then a 300mm strip off one side. the 800mm strip is cut in half for the "legs", joined by the 300mm strip that is a backplate/brace, the rest is the top. Plus scrap timber for bracing. And a strip of nice pine under the front edge to strengthen it up a bit. Desk is varnished in pieces so I can flat pack it for transport.
Lego working desk with shelves to hold parts Lego working desk show trays

A quick model of a recumbent trike. Main feature is that it nearly has centre-point steering - the steering pivot axis almost interesects the contact point. The model is a bit fragile but looks fairly realistic.
recumbent tadpole trike with centre point steering, made with Lego, side view recumbent tadpole trike with centre point steering, made with Lego, front view

random road train trailer pic:
road train trailer chassis (Lego model) on desk, surrounded by trays

Thinking about building minifig scale forest giants. The scale is about 1:40, so a 50m tall tassie tree would be about 1.2m high. And 5m at the base, excluding roots, means about 16 studs. If I settle for 12 studs diameter it's a bit more affordable, but still a of of Lego. I built a quick sketch to see if I can do buttress roots in a traditional studs-on-top style. Due to the huge range of sloped bricks that's quite easy - but few of them are available in any shade of brown, let alone the most common reddish brown (which will be key for higher up where I'll need hundreds of 4x4 cylinder, 2x2 cylinder and 1x1 round bricks for branches). Then, of course, I'll want green and brown gribble for the forest floor. The roots are deliberately not ending at the same level, but the dark bley plates will not work for a display. Having seen people playing with (and taking) loose gribble, it'll be even more fun trying to bolt it down. At least Tassie rain forest has relatively simple undergrowth.
Lego model of tree stump in mostly red bricks Lego model of tree stump in mostly red bricks
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