Stranger Things | Hopper’s Cabin

Stranger Things | Hopper’s Cabin

A couple of months ago I built one of the most iconic scene of TV Series Stranger Things season 1: the Chevy flip. While we’re waiting for the series 3, release date is scheduled for next 4th of July, I enjoyed building Sheriff Hopper’s cabin.
To protect Eleven, one of the main character of the series, from being taken by the government, Hopper kept her hidden there for almost a year. The cabin originally belonged to Hopper’s grandfather. At some point, Hopper began using the cabin as a storage space.

In the scene I recreated there is also the cool Hawkins Police Department ’80 Chevrolet K5 Blazer driven by Chief Jim Hopper. Color scheme is amazing: dark tan plus tan, perfect for LEGO color palette. The Blazer is a model year ’80 because they were the only year Blazer to feature single rectangular headlights.
I am satisfied with the look of the hut, I like the small details in the diorama and the Blazer design.

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.

Ice Planet 2002 | Mobile Research Laboratory

Ice Planet 2002 | Mobile Research Laboratory

This Mobile Laboratory is an armoured vehicle decked out in Ice Planet livery used by the peaceful men as a research laboratory. Ice Planet 2002 was a subtheme of LEGO Space introduced in 1993 and marked by a very cool color scheme: white, blue and trans-neon orange. Even if I’ve never played with these paceful guys (at that time I was a teen with other interests on my head) I’ve always appreciated this series.

The ground vehicle is not equipped with weapons but with a lot of retro space components. Ice Planet are in fact engaged in secret researches about renewable energy rather than interplanetary wars. The canopy opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of retro-tech computers and equipment. At the back there is the entrance.

Totally Tubular!

Totally Tubular!

As usual a seasonal creation to celebrate summer and holidays. The two Hot Rods are previous creations I’ve used again to take this picture. And they look great together on the beach.

The black one is a super classic Hot Rod based on a ’32 Ford Model B. The Roadster fits the V8 flathead with three carburettors and “oversized” wheels.

The green machine is a T-Bucket based on a Ford Model T. This genuine “bucket” has the two-seater body of a “T” roadster with a little turtle deck in the backside. A full chromed Model T-style radiator is fitted. The big V8 sends power to the oversized rear wheels, with the typical dog dish hubcaps, through the strong drivetrain. A big charger is fitted on the top of the engine.

GO! with MQQN

GO! with MQQN

Back in 2017 I built the iconic Mđź‘€NEYES headquarters plus the well known MQQN pick-up and a cute Hot Rod both Minifig scaled. I also built the pick-up in a bigger scale never shown and totally forgotten. Now you can see the MOONEYES line-up completed with the 1/24 scale Ford F-100.

OM Leoncino: the Italian little lion

OM Leoncino: the Italian little lion

This little truck was one of the most widespread in Italy back in the sixties. It was well known and appreciated for his strenght and versatility. It’s part of my previous AGIP Gas Station diorama and now I share more detailed pictures.
Manufactured by OM – Officine Meccaniche – the Leoncino (literally little lion) was produced from 1950 to 1968 in many different series. The one below is an early series decked out in a bright AGIP-Supercortemaggiore livery.