For our March 2017 meeting, we decided to make the building challenge construction-themed. The rules were that the MOC had to fall into the construction theme (aka made of LEGO) and fit into a 1x1x1ft container.
Check out the latest project submitted to LEGO Ideas by Kurt. It’s a scale-model of Grand Central Terminal in the style of the LEGO Architecture series!
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BrickFair NJ 2014 took place for the first time near NYC in Somerset, NJ at the Garden State Convention Center. Although it’s a relatively smaller LEGO fan-built event, it still had a great turnout and was a great size for fun exhibitor camaraderie and a great start for our LUG BrickFair newbies (Bert, BG3D, Skaare42) and brand-new LUG members (Marco & John).
ILUGNY, a tri-state LEGO User Group club, turned out with a large table layout of a seamlessly integrated display with 2 trains and 2 monorails.
Check out this incredible MOC by Blake- the M:Tron Magnet Factory. It’s based on the LEGO M:Tron series from 1990-1993. He’s been working on it for a long time and giving us tiny previews here and there. Now we finally get to see it in all its glory.
We were wondering why he was always talking about needing red, tan, and old light gray.
Occasionally, the LUG winds up with large numbers of really, really strange parts. I’m sure this happens to every LUG.
Well, this time we got a whole lot of Element ID 6011464 – aka ‘Bright Red Hinge 1×2 Upper Part’. This thing:
Now, when paired with the other half of the hinge – this is a great part. One of the older style LEGO hinges still in use today – it first appeared in 1978 according to BrickLink, available in Red in set 590. This hinge is still in use today in various colors – it’s got some extraordinary staying power.
Unfortunately, without the other half – there’s not a heck of a lot you can do with it. The pin is not a standard Technic pin, and there’s nothing “In System” that you can do with it. We handed out these bricks to anyone that would accept them at our March and April meetings… and only two people dared to MOC with it – with wildly different approaches. Read on to find out who attacked it head on, and who weaseled out…
Bill P and Rick visited the Westchester NY LEGO store and swapped out the Portal display for a Batman one.
The Laffco Building/ Joker’s Hideout will be on display through the month of September. It is it’s first public appearance since its debut at Brickfair Virginia back in August. It was completely rebuilt from the ground up and now features a loading bay and Harley Quinn’s delivery truck. Rounding out the display are Clayface (an old Rock Raiders rock monster), some Joker’s gang thugs, and Bane’s Tumbler and the Batpod from “the Dark Knight Rises.”
Also new is the prototype LUG Showcase Window base, which adds some height to displayed MOCS as well as prominently features the I LUG NY logo. The idea shows promise, and we’re likely going to build more of them to place in all of the local windows handled by the LUG.
This was a fun build: inspired by recent visits to antique shops, I LUG NY member Sid built this vintage-looking (and, sadly, non-functioning) typewriter, complete with 2×2 pearl gold round tile keytops, a platen comprising wheel hubs held together with a 32-long Technic axle, and typebars made from 1×12 trans-clear bars. It’ll be on display at the Rockefeller Center LEGO Store in Manhattan through October.
QUEENS RESIDENT VICTOR TY has been at his Lego hobby since he was a young boy living in the Philippines. He’s lived in Africa, Asia, and traveled around the world before moving to New York City. After more than 20 years in the fashion industry, Victor enrolled in nursing school and now works as a radiation oncology nurse at a major New York City hospital. He is the father of two boys — one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder — and says he has been “an advocate for special education, especially for children and adults with autism.”
Victor’s creations are inspired both by his line of work and his other interests, including tennis. Like many AFOLs, he doesn’t have a favorite theme — “I love Lego, plain and simple” — and he delights in making creations from the selection of elements available on the Pick-A-Brick wall. He shares his love of the brick by bringing MOCs to his neighborhood Lego Store and now his two kids — as well as his brother and nephews — are Legomaniacs as well. Now, meet Victor — our Builder Of The Month! (Interview by Sid Dinsay)
SD: How did you get into Lego, and how long have you been building?
VT: I have loved LEGO since I was introduced to it at age 10, and have been building since whenever I got a hold of a set. Building close to 40 years. My sons Ben (9) and Nick (14) are avid LEGO builders, as are my brother and his two sons.