Brickworld held another virtual con over Halloween weekend, and I was invited to be part of the international Great Ball Contraption loop. The original first presenter was a bit late, so I went on as the first guest – but after a couple of modules, one of mine broke! There was a handover to Derek while the errant machine got fixed. Hence, my contribution starts at 3’55” and again at 31’20”.
Every month, my local LEGO User Group, the London Adult Fans of LEGO, meet in a pub near Euston to chat about LEGO, have fun and drink a beer or two. The theme of the latest meetup was LEGO Trains, so lots of members brought along tracks and laid them out in a huge winding layout on the floor. It was a bit dark for videos of that, but I took along a small loop of classic Monorail track and my custom orange train MOC. I set it up along with member Tim’s layout. He brought along lots more track and all three official LEGO Monorail trains: the grey and black Unitron train from the Monorail Transport Base (1994); the red Airport Shuttle, (6399 from 1990) and the white Futuron-era Monorail Transport System train (6990 from 1987).
Back in June 2018, my LEGO User Group the London AFOLs put on a display as part of the Caterham Festival. We made various life-sized objects from LEGO to put into local shop windows. The models stayed there for a month for a competition where local kids were encouraged to see if they could find them all to win a prize. I contributed four builds, three of which I still have made up. There was some jewellery (which got taken apart soon after the event), a light switch, a framed picture and my favourite – a tray of delicious-looking petits-fours which were placed in the window of the local bakery.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting Brick Alley – the RLUG for North East England. They hold their meetings at the Head of Steam Railyway Museum in Darlington on the second Sunday of each month. I had engineered my trip up north such that I could pop in to the meeting on my way home driving south.
The members were encouraged to bring some of their MOCs to the event (I had packed a couple of Micropolis modules to show off too). Star Wars WIP:
Some interesting military builds…
Classic Space collection:
More spacey stuff
Soyuz capsule by Andrew “Jack” Horner.
Mim’s vintage restaurant…
A build in progress for charity.
Steve Meyes gives the members some practical tips on photographing your MOCs.