Fishing Boat on Bricklink Designer Program 5

Fishing Boat on Bricklink Designer Program 5

Fishing Boat is on BRICKLINK DESIGNER PROGRAM and could become an official set!

It now needs your support, if you like it you can support it!

This little fishing boat is about to set sail!
This cute boat is the fishing vessel of Pablo, an old bearded fisherman who loves spending his days fishing and sailing in the open sea. The boat is equipped with everything you need for deep-sea fishing. Theo, Pablo’s best friend, is waiting for him on the pier with his kitten to find out what fish he has caught.

About the set
This brick-built vessel amazes for the extreme similarity to the real ones and for the attention to detail.
The set is composed by the hull, the cabin and a front compartment to store the caught fish.
Two minifigures are included in the diorama, Pablo and Theo. A small pier completes the set which looks like a nice postcard. The boat is built with many special and fun techniques, for sure you will love to build it! The cabin of the boat can be lifted up to reveal the engine compartment beneath it. The front compartment can also be lifted and there is a small storage area underneath.

With your support, hopefully we can turn the Fishing Boat into an actual LEGO BDP set.
Thank you all for your support, comments and shares!

10th Anniversary for the Volkswagen Garage diorama

10th Anniversary for the Volkswagen Garage diorama

Exactly 10 years ago(!) these days I built and showed one of my most iconic creations ever: the VW garage, aka ‘Garage Life’.
It was the model that made me known worldwide in the LEGO community and boosted my reputation as a builder. Also my first creation to be blogged by the legendary The Brothers Brick.
I’m a bit nostalgic looking at it now, especially thinking back to the path taken in the last 10 years, so rich and full of satisfaction.
Back then the diorama also earned 4 pages in the beautiful coffe-table book ‘The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling’ (No Starch Press) and also an extensive article in Ruoteclassiche, the most important Italian vintage car magazine.
Even Blocks magazine dedicated an in-depth article to the diorama (thanks to Richard Hayes).

Ok, time has passed, many good things have happened, let’s dry our tears and look at the next ten years to come🚀
Stay boosted, motivated and never give up my friends, good things will come!

The Hedgehog

The Hedgehog

A few weeks ago while I was watching Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, I spotted a large tank that caught my attention. From that I built this menacing ‘bad boy’ full of details and features and wrapped in a total dark gray color scheme.
It’s called The Hedgehog and the reason is quite obvious: dozens of dark tan claws guarantee maximum grip on all types of terrain. And the appearance resembles the small spiky mammal.
The shape is deliberately awkward and a little cartoonish. I added details and features without ever going overboard. The upper part with the turret opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of armaments and equipment.
Last but not least, the moustached commander looks like he came out of a WW II Panzer.

The Hedgehog joins my other tanks that I have built in recent years, give it a look it’s worth it.
The Hedgehog is heavily and loosely based on Hayao Miyazaki’s Akuyaku, a multi turreted tank appeared in some sketches of the master illustrator. Miyazaki has always been very fascineted by the tanks and planes used in the two world wars. I tried to transfer that style into my latest work too. And I dig it!

Credits:
Miyazaki’s tanks and Tyler’s beautiful Bad Guy No.1 inspired this latest tracked MOC of mine. So thank you!

The Adobe House (or Mexican House) on Bricklink Designer Program

The Adobe House (or Mexican House) on Bricklink Designer Program

The ADOBE HOUSE (or MEXICAN HOUSE) is on BRICKLINK DESIGNER PROGRAM and could become an official set!

It now needs your support, if you like it you can support it, click here!

I created the digital model including instructions as required by the BDP and then I built the brick version as you see in these photos.

The iconic southwestern style house now in LEGO form!
This whitewashed adobe flat-roofed house is a classic example of so-called Southwestern architecture.
Adobe had been in use by indigenous peoples of the Americas in the Southwestern United States, Mesoamerica, and the Andes for several thousand years. You can still see these kind of homes in Mexico and in the southwestern of the United States indeed. It’s packed with all the details and features you’d expect to find in a house like this in the middle of the desert.

About the set
The house is a visual treat, covered with nice details, from the use of printed 1X1 round tiles on the protruding ends of the logs to the plant-covered arbors that provide shady spots on the flat roof. The use of woodgrain tiles above the windows and doors adds some welcome texture amongst the white.
The set includes eye-catching floorings reflecting the designs of Central American cultures. You can find them both outside and inside the house.
Don’t miss the chile ristras which hang next to the doors, the wrought-iron lever fountain and the Aloe Vera plant.
The set includes 7 minifigures including the master of the house Don Carlos, Señora Magda, the groom, the farmer, the housekeeper and two boys.

Fully detailed interiors!
The adobe house features a complete interiors with two floors: the ground floor with the living room, the bedroom and kitchen. Furthermore, on the left is the stable for thoroughbreds. On the upper floor there is the owner’s study and a simple but very useful toilet.
The whole interior is chock full of details that make the set very playable. You can easily lift up the four roofs to access inside and play with the utensils and surprising accessories including table and chairs, a wood stove, a complete kitchen and many more.
And it’s all so enjoyable!

With your support, hopefully we can turn the Mexican House into an actual LEGO BDP set.
Thank you all for your support, comments and shares!

Fab-Boat

Fab-Boat

While I was rummaging through old pieces, a hull from the Fabuland series caught my eye.
It seemed perfect to build a small fishingboat. By the way, a boat had been on my wish list for many years.
Here is the Fab-Boat, a small fishing vessel equipped with everything you need for fishing at sea.
The boat has a small hold and the engine compartment which you can see by lifting up the captain’s cabin and the front cover.
The captain has already been seen in my recent version of the Stilt House. While the character on the dock appeared in my Theo’s Trabuchet fishing hut back in November 2021.
I had a lot of fun building the Fab Boat, fitting the details into such a small space was very challenging.
And now let’s weigh anchor!

“Building the gentle curve of a boat hull in LEGO bricks can be a challenge. That is, unless you find an old Fabuland boat part in your collection like Norton74. He promptly put it to good use as the start of a fishing boat full of the kind of details we have come to expect from Andrea. The simple dock gives a good setting without taking attention away from the vessel. It includes a small cargo hold and a rig for hauling in the day’s catch. Round, white studs give the boat a proper wake in a bed of transparent blue as it approaches the dock at the end of a long day.”

(“This small LEGO fishing boat is simply Fabu-lous!”  The Brothers Brick – January 14, 2024)

Santa’s Stilt House (and the tiny outhouse)

Santa’s Stilt House (and the tiny outhouse)

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas and as usual in this period it’s time for a Christmas themed creation.
This is a tiny shelter for Santa Claus and his husky. And there is a useful out-house on the right.
Santa also has a nice and very well equipped off-road vehicle painted with a color scheme matching with the cottage. You can spot it on the left. This dwelling features a classic Xmas color scheme and many funny details.
The red/white color combo is simple but effective, and the snowy trees in the background match well.
If this sounds familiar, you’re on the right track; my new creation is the Christmas version of my previous work built in January and called “A cute outpost with a useful outhouse”.

Even if it’s a little early, I wish you a merry Christmas!