A couple of months ago I built the Walden Cabin inspired by the the book “Walden; or life in the woods” written by Henry David Thoreau. Walden and others books of authors like Leo Tolstoy and Jack London were the inspiration for Chris McCandless‘s journey back in early nineties. My latest work is the most rapresentative scene of the movie Into the Wild that is an adaptation of the book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer, and tells the story of Christopher McCandless indeed, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. McCandless’s intention was to live in harmony with nature, being self-sufficient, and rejecting the excess of material wealth and societal pressure. Unluckily his story ended differently than that of his predecessor Thoreau… I saw the movie many years ago and recently I saw it again and I found it very inspirational and a little bit sad. I recreated the “Magic Bus” that became the home for Alexander Supertramp, that’s the new name of Chris, in the middle of the wild nature, as you can see in the movie and as it really was back in those years. The bus is an old 1946 International Harvester K-5 used by the Yutan Construction Company to provide remote accommodations for the construction crew from Fairbanks that worked on road upgrades in 1960–1961. It contained beds and a wood-burning stove, which still remain today. I could tell you many stories related to the film but I don’t want to reveal anything to you, since maybe you haven’t seen the film or read the book yet… Today would be Chris’s 52nd birthday and I think it’s the right day to share my Magic Bus. Happy birthday Chris!
“In honour of Chris McCandless’ 52nd birthday earlier this week, 2019 TBB LEGO Builder of the Year Andrea Lattanzio build a stunning recreation of the “Magic Bus” from the end of McCandless’ life, as documented in the book and film Into the Wild. This creation is a fitting tribute. The landscape looks like the clearing on the rugged Stampede Trail, featuring various elements representing rocks, plants, and mushrooms. My favourites are the tree built out of brown stud shooters and the grey homemaker hairpiece as a large rock. Framed inside its wild Alaskan surroundings, is the bus itself. The design is spot on and includes clever use of a dish with a spider web pattern as old and aged headlights and a stack of 3×3 dishes as the bus’s grill.”
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.
No words can express my joy when few hours ago I’ve been named LEGO Builder of the Year 2019 by The Brothers Brick, the world’s no.1 source for LEGO news, reviews, and fan creations. It’s an incredible goal to me. Thanks a bunch to The Brothers Brick Team for this special award and thanks to Rod Gillies (Senior Contributor) for the wonderful article and for the description of my MOCs. There was no better way to end the year.
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“Andrea has produced a fantastic array of LEGO models this year, showcasing his creativity and technique across a variety of styles. Already famous as a “car guy,” we enjoyed seeing Andrea’s repertoire expand over the year. That’s why Andrea Lattanzio is The Brothers Brick LEGO Builder of the Year 2019.”
It’s time to look back and to sum up what I’ve built in the past twelve months. 2019 was quite a productive year for me and I had a lot of fun. I have built some MOCs I am particularly proud of and that I had on my wishlist since a lot of time. My goal at the beginning of the year was building one MOC per month and I did it! I built different kind of MOCs: car-themed MOCs, street-food buildings, sci-fi creations, pop-themed builds.
In September, I went back to the LEGO House to bring my creations back home. My time at the Masterpiece Gallery was expired. 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. I attended the Skaerbaek Fan Weekend for the second time and it was a lot of fun. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of AFOLs, builders, LEGO designers and friends. I displayed my MOCs that were showcased at the LEGO House
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 2019.
Dear friends, I wish you a full of bricks new year and a lot of fun! All the best! Andrea – Norton74
Few days ago I built the Santa’s Home, a red cabin located in a peaceful snow-covered clearing, with deep snow on the roof, white pines and a sled ready to go. Last weekend I tested my skills as a photographer by taking a night photo of Santa’s house with the interior lights on. Also helped by photoshop I am satisfied with the result. This is really my last photo of the year and I wish you all merry Christmas and happy new year!