The A-Frame Cabin is The Brothers Bricks cover photo for November 2020!

The A-Frame Cabin is The Brothers Bricks cover photo for November 2020!

The A-Frame Cabin has been chosen by The Brothers Brick as the November photo cover for all Brothers Brick social media. A huge pleasure and honor for me, thanks once again TBB team!
The same happens 5 years ago when my Scooter Garage was chosen as the TBB cover photo for August 2015 and few months ago when the yellow General Store was the Cover Photo for June 2020. Two times in the same year, unbelievable but mind blowing!

“One of my favorite annual activities is heading to the mountain where my fam stays at an A-Frame in the snow, so this A-Frame build from, Norton74, immediately brings thoughts of winter and fun. Where it gets good, and one of my favorite things about Norton74’s builds, is looking at all the details scattered throughout. These details tell the story of this cabin and really bring the build to life, further reminding me of our A-Frame vacay. Take a look at that log pile and saw, cookie rounds for log ends is a smooth move. Seriously, look at those logs. Other notable features that bring me to the mountain include the jagged roof, the abundance of wildlife, and the little doodads scattered here and there. 
Now I need to see the inside of this cabin….is it February yet?

(TBB Cover Photo for November 2020: A Cozy Cabin Awaits  The Brothers Brick – November 7, 2020)

General Store: behind the scenes

General Store: behind the scenes

Let’s take a look at some unreleased WIP snapshots of my latest creation, the General Store right from somewhere in the heart of America.
At first I had chosen dark tan/tan as a color combo, then I ventured for an unexpected and unusual yellow/reddish brown combo. And the outcome rocks! The ground comes from my previous Into the Wild diorama but is wider and longer.
The first prototype showed more details and objects but there was also too much confusion; I took something away to make it more enjoyable.
As usual I drew a sketch of the idea I had in mind and then brick by brick I created the General Store.
And a big thank you to my daughter Claudia for the nice drawing of my creation.

Brick Journal No. 61 features Norton74 Food Stands

Brick Journal No. 61 features Norton74 Food Stands

Super article about Norton74’s famous FOOD STANDS on April issue of Brick Journal. If you like my street restaurants you can’t miss issue No. 61. 9 pages of hi-quality pictures and the complete story about my street food-themed builds: from the first Hot Dog Stand to the Coffee Stand and the last Hamburger Stand. In the middle also the Agip Gas Station. The article focuses the attention to the possibility to build different scenes using the same base, and that’s what I did in the past two years.
It’s not the first time Brick Journal features my works: back in 2015 the first 8 pages piece about the well known Scooter Shop and then in 2016 with an article focusing on my Hot Rods and vehicles in general.
Brick Journal is one of the most popular LEGO-themed magazine throughout the AFOL community. Run by Mr. Joe Meno is available here. Don’t miss it!

The builds featured on the magazine:
Hot Dog Stand (February 2018)
AGIP Gas Station (June 2018)
Andy’s Coffee Stand (February 2019)
Andy’s Hamburger Stand (June 2019)

Brick Journal previous Norton74’s features:
Scooter Shop (BJ US #35 July 2015)
Scooter Shop (BJ ITA #2 November 2015)
Hot Rods (BJ US #38 February 2016)
Hot Rods (BJ ITA #6 October 2016)

Thanks again Joe Meno for this great chance, always an honour being featured in BrickJournal.

Coffee Stand: INSTRUCTIONS AVAILABLE!

Coffee Stand: INSTRUCTIONS AVAILABLE!

I’m happy to announce the Coffee Stand (48x48studs) and Truck instructions are now available on Brick Vault website!

You can buy the instructions right now using this handy link.

Main features:
✅ Step by step Hi-Quality instructions made by Simone Bissi, one of the most capable instructions maker all around;
✅ Instructions for Coffee Stand and Pick-up truck;
✅ Part count (48x48studs): 1482 pieces; 
✅ Part count (32×32 studs): 988 pieces; 
✅ A modular version of the stand that fits in a 32×32 baseplate is also included;
✅ PDF for sticker printing included.

The Coffee Stand is the second classic food stand designed by Norton74 and it follows the well known Hot Dog Stand (February 2018) and precedes the Hamburger Stand built few months after in June 2019.

Below some pages extracted from the instructions as an example.

If you are wondering if the Coffee Stand fits between your Modular Buildings, the answer is YES it fits! Look at the photo below to realize it.

So if you like coffee don’t miss the chance to build the iconic mid-20th century Americana culture Coffee Stand designed by Norton74. You won’t be disappointed!

This is the video presentation by the guys from Brick Vault…so cool!

A classic FORD MUSTANG is perfect for celebrating Xmas holidays

A classic FORD MUSTANG is perfect for celebrating Xmas holidays

December 25th Santa carried a very welcomed gift to my house, the well known Mustang from LEGO Creator Expert series.

It was funny building this big (yes, BIG!) piece of Americana and even more stimulating taking good pictures on my work station. I think this is the best Creator Expert vehicle yet and even I’m not a collector this wild horse will be displayed on the shelf in my LEGO room.

In the same hours I was building my Mustang a piece of Hollywood history went for a record price, when the green 1968 Ford Mustang GT used in the Steve McQueen movie “Bullitt” sold for $ 3.74 million at a Florida auction house. Take a look below.

It’s been a long and winding road for one particular 1968 Ford Mustang GT. You first saw the car slam dancing through the streets of San Francisco as one of two Highland Green fastbacks purchased by Warner Bros for use in the detective movie Bullitt, starring car-obsessed actor Steve McQueen. After Bullitt ended filming, the famous Mustang was sold to Warner Bros employee Robert Ross, before it spent several years with an actual detective, then went into hiding by 1974 with its fourth owner, Robert Kiernan, in New Jersey. It resurfaced by surprise decades later, trotted out by Ford at the 2018 Detroit auto show—and its whirlwind celebrity didn’t end there. The car just sold at Mecum auctions, bringing in the highest sale price of any Mustang ever at public auction.

LEGO House one year later

LEGO House one year later

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.

As it happened in 2018 even at the ’19 Skaebaek Fan Weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the guys of Zusammengebaut and the honor of being interviewed by Andres Lehmann, the tallest AFOL I ever met and a very nice guy! I had the chance to present the Scooter Garage and the Shell Gas Station, two MOCs I displayed at the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery.
Thanks Andres for this funny experience I’m always very pleased to show my creations and I’m a big fan of Zusammengebaut.
Below the interview.