Coffee Stand | Andy’s Cafe

Coffee Stand | Andy’s Cafe

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. I’m a big fan of coffee and recently I noticed a great attention to quality and origins of the black drink. Coffee is trendy!
My latest creation is a classic Coffee Stand marked by a modernist architecture and full of details. The shape of the kiosk is characterized by rounded corners that give an elegant and retro design to the entire building.
A large cup stands out on the roof, it’s one of the most distinctive feature of this build. The terrace has two nice tables where customers can enjoy coffee and other sweets under the umbrellas.

On the left of the kiosk there is a small table with a complete assortment of sweets, cakes and brioches. Flower pots, electricity poles, garbage bins and other details complete the scene. Remarkable also the big red arrow in googie style.
Inside the stand you can find everything you need to make great coffee of all kinds: coffee machine, grinder, cups and other utensils.
Take a look at the back where a guy is unloading his pick-up truck and delivering bags of coffee.
The red/white pick up reminds classic Chevrolet and Ford period trucks.

Big Foot Monster Truck

Big Foot Monster Truck

Big Foot was an oversized truck based on a 1974 Ford F-250 four-wheel drive built by Bob Chandler from St. Louis, Missouri. Back in the eighties I had the scale model of the Monster Truck produced by Playskool.

I was a big fan of that odd truck and recently I built it using Lego bricks. I’ve used my latest pick-up truck adding big wheels and other little details. While the original Big Foot was blue I used the white/green combo because I think it looks cool.

A year in LEGO: 2018

A year in LEGO: 2018

As usual it’s time to look back and take stock of what has been done in the past twelve months.
The most important news of 2018 is probably that I’m one of just fifteen builders worldwide selected to have their work showcased in the Masterpiece Gallery at the LEGO House in The LEGO Group’s home in Billund, Denmark. It was an incredible experience, if you’re interested about that take a look at the special feature on The LEGO Car Blog.

About my creations I think I’ve built less than in 2017 due to the fact I’ve spent a lot of time preparing the trip to Billund and resizing the builds for the LEGO House.
Anyway, I built some dioramas in vintage style and few classic vehicles. Plus a couple of retro space tanks: the B-59 in Blacktron livery and the Mobile Laboratory in Ice Planet style.
To celebrate the LEGO House experience I created a bunch of numbered custom Norton74 Minifigures. I was lucky enough to personally give Minifig No.1 to Mr. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen (aka KKK, grandson of the company’s founder).

Last but not least few days ago my Hot Dog Stand has been chosen as one of the MOCs on the shortlist for The Brothers Brick LEGO Creation of the Year 2018. I feel very honored and happy to be in that short list, just to be there is incredible for me.

Thanks to those who has supported, “faved”, shared my builds and also made constructive critiques.
Thanks to all the great builders out there who are a big source of inspiration. Also a big thank you to all the blogs and magazines that featured my works in 2018.

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

Few creations to celebrate Christmas 2018. From left to right: Santa’s looking for the right Christmas tree; Santa needs a bigger van; Norton74 Exclusive Minifigure in Christmas livery.

Stranger Things | Chevy Van

Stranger Things | Chevy Van

Stranger Things is an American sci-fi/horror web TV series created, written, and directed by the Duffer Brothers and released on Netflix.
Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980 everything appearing is a homage to the pop culture of that decade. Plus there are many wonderful cars in the series, and most of them are wildly appropriate for that era.
My latest diorama recreates one of the most iconic scene of season 1 when a period Chevy Van decked out in Hawkins livery literally flips over the heads of the four main characters.
The van is a III generation Chevrolet G-series made by General Motors from 1981 to 1983. I do really love this kind of truck and I’ll use it for upcoming MOCs in different liveries.