A few months ago a friend of mine loaned me a book I had always heard of but never read. The book is the well-known “Walden; or life in the woods” written by Henry David Thoreau and published in 1854.
Walden details Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days (1845–47) in a cabin he built near Walden Pond amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts.
By immersing himself in nature, Thoreau hoped to gain a more objective understanding of society through personal introspection. Simple living and self-sufficiency were Thoreau’s other goals, and the whole project was inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, a central theme of the American Romantic Period. It is considered Thoreau’s masterwork.
Struck by the history and inspired by the cover of the book, in the few past weeks I built Thoreau’s cabin in the wood. Its the first time that I made a woods-themed creation and I really had a lot fun building it.
Relatively neglected during Thoreau’s lifetime, Walden achieved tremendous popularity in the 20th century. Thoreau’s description of the physical act of living day by day at Walden Pond gave the book authority, while his command of a clear, straightforward, but elegant style helped raise it to the level of a literary classic.
Pick-up truck | Instructions and part list
I used this pick-up truck in a few of my past creations and recently I enjoyed taking “step by step” instructions pictures. It’s the evolution of my previous Mooneyes pick-up. This one is lower and marked by a smoother design.
It appeared in my coffee stand and last December it was used by Santa while he was searching the right Christmas tree. And the same body but in white/green combo was used for the Big Foot Monster Truck.
Now you can build it following the “step by step” pics below. Enjoy!
Below, from top left to right:
- Santa’s pick-up (2018);
- Andy’s Coffee Stand pick-up (2019);
- Mooneyes pick-up trucks and classic Hot Rod (2017);
- Big Foot Monster Truck (2019) .
The brand new Norton74 Minifig Series 3 is finally right here and it’ll be available during the Bologna Brick LEGO show!
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Produced in only 100 numbered pieces and 6 different color combo it comes with an exclusive de-luxe clamshell blister packaging.
✅ 6 colors available;
✅ de luxe pack;
✅ numbered edition;
✅ graphic design by Sidney Show;
✅ hand-marked serial number.
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Enjoy your Minifig and build happily!
The “Paddy Wagon” is a Show Rod designed in 1968 by Tom Daniel, probably the most talented and popular fantasy-car designer of all time. Tom worked many years for GM and in his spare time he created new “Off the Sketchpad” articles for Rod & Custom magazine. This caught the attention of Monogram’s model shop supervisor, Roger Harney, who got approval to have Daniel create new model designs.
Then, from 1967 through 1975, Tom designed over 75 plastic model kit designs that Monogram manufactured, many of which enjoyed multi-million unit sales.
Among these the “Paddy Wagon” that I recreated via LEGO bricks. Old-time police wagons were called “Paddy Wagons”, probably because most cops in those days were Irish. “Paddy” is slang for “Irish”.
Main “Paddy Wagon” features:
- “muscular” chromed blown small-block V-8;
- a “C” cab;
- double windshield (glass for Window 1x6x5);
- chrome gold side horns;
- Good Year drag slicks;
- custom silver stickers;
- older-style drum headlights;
- oval side windows barred;
- a Motometer radiator cap.
This is my third Show Rod, the first I built was the Beer Wagon (from the same designer) and then the Fire Truck (by Chuck Miller).
LEGO House one year later (proudly with my brick trophy🏆)
My time at the LEGO House has expired. It’s time to bring my MOCs back home. It was great to be part of the LEGO House project and I’m happy to see new talented builders taking my place at the Masterpiece Gallery. Thanks everyone involved, first of all my family. A special thanks to LEGO House staff, they were so kind.
Tap here and discover my LEGO House experience.
The 26th of September we all celebrated the II° anniversary of the LEGO House during the AFOL Day. It was great to meet so many AFOLS from all over the world!
Last but not least I visited the coolest shop in Billund, Loplet shop, where you can find every LEGO-themed stuff from the past.
The weekend after the party for the II° anniversary of The LEGO House me and my buddies moved to Skaerbaek to partecipate at the well known LEGO Fan Weekend. During the weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of AFOLs, builders, LEGO designer and friends.
I displayed my MOCs that were showcased at The LEGO House: the Art Déco Gas Station, the Scooter Garage, the Fire Truck and the Ford “T” Roadster. It was funny as usual. I hope to join the SFW even the next year.