It’s that time of the year when we all want to be on the beach possibly with a windsurfing board and a cold beer. And that’s what’s happening to the bearded hypster/hippy in my latest creation. I can’t explain why, but it seems to me like a scene from the eighties: a classic van with a vivid livery, the Hawaiian shirt of the guy, a pink windsurfing from Paradisa series, the boombox…
This July marks half a century since the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander touched down on the moon when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on to its surface. To celebrate the anniversary I go back to 1975 when LEGO released the first Lunar Lander, the “Moon Landing” – set No. 367. Despite its simplicity, this set has something special and I’m happy to have it in my collection. The set does not represent the Apollo 11 program because there is the Moon Rover. It probably depicts the scene on the moon during one of the last three missions of the Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972 when the Moon Rover was actually used to move acroos the surface of the moon. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
The bearded hipster in the picture is delivering fresh beef and vegetables to ANDY’S hamburger Stand, my latest little diorama I presented few weeks ago. He proudly drives a classic Chevy Van decked out in Andy’s livery. This guy will still appear here with his trendy Hawaiian shirt and his smart beard.
I must admit I’m a big fan of hamburgers, especially if served in a beautiful restaurant marked by a modernist architecture. This creation joins my passion for the most famous sandwich in the world and the vintage architecture. Andy’s stand boasts a retro modernist design, with an elegant V-shaped roof, bustling terrace and googie style signage. The building design comes from my previous Esso Gas Station and it was designed by the Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok in 1953. A large burger stands out on the roof and makes sure you don’t pass this one by.
The terrace has two nice tables where customers can enjoy hamburgers and other delicacies under the umbrellas. On the the back a guy is unloading his vintage van and delivering fresh beef and vegetables. The Van a is a III generation Chevrolet G-series made by General Motors from 1981 to 1983 and used inprevious MOCs with different livery.
Flower pots, electricity poles, garbage bins and other details complete the scene. Inside the stand you can find everything you need to make great hamburgers of all kinds, fries and coffee.
This space vehicle is a Small Class Armoured Rover decked out in Classic Space livery. Named Moon Cat, it’s mainly used as a mobile research laboratory and is equipped with only one weapon, a machine gun on top (not much used actually.). The canopy opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of retro-tech computers and equipment. The design of the Moon Cat is neat and retro-tech at the same time. I’m especially satisfied of the usage of the crutches as lamps protection bar. If I’m not wrong they have never been used in that way before (NPU). I built it more than a year ago but only recently I take good pictures.