While I was in Billund, I visited Loplet, a flea market renowned for having vintage LEGO for sale. I picked up some Modulex, which was first released in 1963 as a building tool for architects. After sorting what I had bought, I discovered some beautiful Modulex tiles. After a bit of fiddling around to get the placement geometry right, I was able to build Modulex Heights, a modern office block with wonderful feature panels on two sides.
A few weeks ago, I found some interesting parts at my local Pick A Brick wall. These included more 8×8 tan plates, which I have used for curtain walls in this build, along with 2×2 dark red macaroni tiles and 1×1 quarter round tiles in vibrant coral. After playing around with several different cofigurations for the tiles, I finally settled upon this arragement, which I reminded me of a Totem pole. So this is Totem Tower, a modern new office block which sits comfortably in downtown.
A friend of mine from London AFOLs posted a video the other day of what was in the PAB wall at the Watford LEGO store. I was very interested and decided to go for a trip today to pick up some pieces.
Two things which particularly attracted me to visit were the 2×2 bley tiles – always useful in my little city and for any spacey MOCs I might be contemplating. And the 1×2 trans clear bricks – ideal for microscale windows – heaven! I stuffed loads of them into my pots, as you can see. Well, actually I stacked them carefully to maximise the number I could cram in! It’s always fun to see the LEGO shop staff when you’re doing that, they will often strike up a conversation and compliment you on your technique!
Also of use were a load of 1×2 blue bricks – which will definitely come in handy for a project which has been on the electronic drawing board for a couple of months, but which now needs to be built. And also the pale blue 1×1 bricks, 1×2 white bricks and various other white plates.
It was a very productive trip. I just wished I hadn’t had to spend so long in traffic jams getting there and back! Next time I might combine it with a trip to London on the train. We’ll see.
I visited the LEGO store in the Bluewater shopping centre today, for the first time. I was pleased to see a good variety of smaller elements up for grabs on the PAB wall, and filled one large and two small cups with goodies. Here’s what I got:
Some very useful 4×4 and 4×6 plates in varioius colours; 1×2, 1×3 bricks and 1×1 round bricks all in lime. Red and yellow 2×2 tiles (for a future project I have in the works); some 1×2 red and white plates, and most excitingly 1×2 modified plates with three “teeth” in tan, plus a few 1×1 yellow bricks with stud on the side – great for SNOT applications and Micropolis windows alike.
I can feel another Micropolis build coming on… but first, I have to put together a big set I also bought at the shop. More on that tomorrow!
I had a Bricklink order arrive today, some tiles and a few larger bricks for making Micropolis bases. Plus a couple of lots from eBay – one with a load of 16×16 baseplates (again for Micropolis modules) and a mixed lot of light bluish grey stuff, to be used for all sorts of things. Now all I need to do is sort it!