This is a new Great Ball Contraption module which I built after seeing the original by Swedish AFOL Staffan Ihl at last year’s Skærbæk Fan Weekend. Fortunately, I didn’t have to backwards engineer anything (I’m not sure I could have!) because plans for this build are available free online at Planet GBC.
The London AFOLs held their annual Great Ball Contraption display last weekend at the London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace in north London. As usual, the adults loved it and the kids were entranced. Here you can see the complete layout.
As well as talking to me about my Micropolis display at SFW last September, Jakob from Brick Bakery also interviewed me about my contribution to the international Great Ball Contraption loop we had running all weekend.
I’ve already filmed my own video about the fantastic GBC loop of international stars from Skærbæk Fan Weekend, but as is traditional, Beyond The Brick always make their own video of the loop, usually with commentary from Tom Atkinson or Maico Arts, depending which continent they are on. Being in such esteemed company was a real honour for me, as was being interviewed by BtB about my own part of the loop (which starts at 18’12” if you want to skip straight to it). They published their video today.
I normally exhibit my Great Ball Contraption models with my LUG, the London AFOLs. But recently I was invited by friends in the Brick Alley LUG to take my models to their Shildon Brick Show in the North East. The line kicked off with a series of my GBC builds, which then fed into some really nicely themed models from the Brick Alley members, many of whom were first-time GBC builders. There were some familiar designs on show, but also a few which were original concepts, so it’s great to see how much they achieved for their first GBC lineup at a show.