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A MOC Copycat
Some time ago, a nice person on the internet shared an LDD file of a 1/4 scale (I think) version of the Cafe Corner modular building. I do have 2 of the Mini Modular sets that LEGO released several years ago, and those make a little town square on my desk. I have added to it over time as new ones are released.
I’m sure every adult collector has their White Whale. The Cafe Corner is mine. I don’t know what it is about this set, but it’s gorgeous, and I’ve always wanted one. Too bad they cost over 1k. Nope, I don’t need one that bad. This however was able to satisfy that need for me. This creation is so cool. In fact, I’m thinking about expanding and building this scale of all of the modular buildings. How cool would that be?!
The Kids Keep Telling Me To Share This MOC
Here it is. I planned this for a long time, and I was so cheap, which is why it took me so long. I lamented about having to pay so much for stupid turtle figures on Bricklink. I was so bothered when the sets first came out by how much you’d have to spend to get all four turtles… I do have a Shredder though, and the Master Splinter as a key chain. We have 4 of those…
I had this in my head for a long time, and when we went to Bricks By The Bay a couple of years ago, someone had paintings as tiles. They were quite expensive if you ask me, but knowing that I wanted to make this MOC, and knowing that LEGO has no painting-looking tiles (I checked, a lot) I caved and bought them. They were worth it in the end.
I was slow to put this together because of the cost of the different parts. One order alone was over $70, but I did go a little over board. You know how it is, if you’re going to order one, you might as well order 4 to have a few extras.
Honestly though, the reason I haven’t wanted to share is because I feel like it’s a little hodge-podge, mainly the brick work. Due to the way I put it together, the corner is poorly built. Part of the problem was having access to the pieces that I needed. I think when I put this together was about the time that I first learned about Bricklink.
Overall, I’m mostly happy with this. It makes me smile, so that’s a good thing. I don’t even mind how much I spent on it in the end. More than anything, I look forward to having some free time to try to fix it up. The kids like to remind me that the Ninja Turtles live underground, so it’s OK that it’s not perfect.
LEGO MOC, Sort Of
A long time ago, we got a little car poly bag, and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to create a whole bunch of them. It took time here and there to collect the pieces, and when I realized that I only had a few more pieces to go, I took to Bricklink to get what I needed. At last, my collection of cars is complete!
Kid Two even got to make one, but he’s so funny. He’s spent so much time trying to convince me to change the spoiler on the red car to red, to match the rest. I keep telling him no, because it’s the original car and that’s how it came, and that’s how I’m going to keep it. It really bothers him, hehe.
I’m SO happy with how these came out, and the pictures are way cool too. I may make some in more colours if I ever have a little free time (yeah right).
LEGO Review – 40139 Limited Edition Gingerbread House (& MOC)
So, as you can see, I was greedy. I got 2 🙂 I started by following some of the framing instructions. I didn’t want to deviate too far from the original house in that regard, mainly because of the limited number of pieces I was dealing with. From there, I had to add some pieces from our collection. Mainly, I had to being in some 6×8 plates for the base since the original is rounded on all 4 corners. I used the extra rounded ones for the roof.
Once I had the base in place, I did the windows with a little difference from the original, and also had to pull out the last bit of mason bricks that I had in this colour to fill it out properly. Once the building was complete, it was on to the roof. I followed the original design, but added the rounded pieces leftover from the base. I also added extra icicles. For the top with cupcake swirls, I added extras of those as well. You’ll notice that the roof is extended past the edge of the house. There’s an extra 6 studs on the roof, and I love the way it turned out.
Finally, there was the chimney and decorations. I felt that 2 ice cream pieces looked too wimpy, so I went a little over board. What can I say? I love ice cream. For the outside decorations, I only added a few printed cookies from our collection, and extra green ice creams as well as orange-yellow ones.
I think I am willing to give up a few of my toes in exchange for a modular sized gingerbread house. Oh how amazing that would be…
LEGO MOC – Fire Up The Grill!
Summer is here and it’s time to grill. As someone that’s severely allergic to corn, we will be using an electric grill, as charcoal contains corn and gas can be corny too. As someone allergic to just about everything else, there’s no way I’ll be eating a hotdog. This is about as close to one as I’ll be getting. Hope your summer is going well! His isn’t…