A-Frame Cabin: behind the scenes of the building process

A-Frame Cabin: behind the scenes of the building process

Follow the A-Frame Cabin “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the techniques and the new part usage of one of my most popular creations. Below the building process stages:
1) A sketch as starting point;
2) Building the facade;
3) The facade is ready to be assembled to the base;
4) Base details;
5) Base + facade;
6) Adding the V-roof;
7) A bunch of details to complete the diorama;
8) The main characters of the scene;
9) Photo shoot;
10) Amazing drawing from my little son Pablo.

A-Frame Cabin

A-Frame Cabin

An architectural icon from 1950 to about 1975, the A-frame is one of my favourite rural homes ever, a triangle-design built for lounging on outdoor decks and staring at nature.
I built this cabin inspired, in part, by Harlan Hubbard‘s book Payne Hollow, about living a simpler life in a hand-built home. The author is considered by many a modern-day Thoreau.

“Two brothers, Dan and Ethan, burned out on modern working believed that stripping away modern comforts and living more simply in nature would lead to a more spiritually an creatively fulfilling life. They looked for a cabin in the woods and finally found out this old wooden A-Frame Cabin. They fixed up it and now they live there happily.”

It’s not my first cabin in the woods but it was very funny building the A-structure and trying to add many weird details. I also played with the light to let the scene as deep as possible.

“We are mid-way through October, and autumn, as well as spooky season, is in full effect, Andrea Lattanzio’s cozy LEGO A-Frame home located amongst some beautiful fall-colored conifers is the perfect build to capture the moment we are in. The key to the main architectural build here is definitely in the tiling – we’ve got plenty of tiling on the roof, tiling for the deck, and more tiling to cover the house’s base structure. Printed tiles also help render the lumber packed away in the left, maybe for firewood. I love Lattanzio’s use of tree limb elements arranged in such a way to create pointed evergreen trees – different colors are also utilized for that autumn color-changing aesthetic. Perhaps the most interesting example of parts used in this work would be the hammer minifigure utensil which is applied in multiples to compose the foundation of the home. Many small details in this build are eye-catching, including the broken stairs leading up to this shack-like a-frame dwelling. Even if some home-improvement is needed on this little getaway house, it still looks like a great place to escape to on an autumn weekend.“

(A-Frame Bringing the Autumn A-Game  The Brothers Brick – October 18, 2020)

Winter Garden

Winter Garden

This Moc was on my wishlist since a long time. My goal was to recreate a welcoming room full of plants and flowers while using many pieces from the Scala, Fabuland and Belville series.
I have been collecting these kind of pieces in the past few months, and have finally placed them in my Winter Garden.
If you look carefully you’ll notice many Scala pieces like the award ribbon, the watering cans, the cloth rug, the chairs, the wicker baskets and the suitcase. The coffee-table legs are linked via the Scala towel bar, a piece I had never heard of, but very interesting. I also added a couple of Fabuland utensils: the camera and the jerry can on the cabinet.
There are many plants and flowers and I used different kind of utensils to create the plants supports (hockey sticks for the cactus, brooms for the ficus).
It was very funny building it and it’s something different from my usual “comfort zone”. Hope you like it!

Joe’s Tow Truck

Joe’s Tow Truck

A couple of weeks ago I posted the Joe’s Cottage straight from the woods. The little diorama featured also the Joe’s Tow Truck and It was time to show it alone in plain sight.
I used the same frame of my previous pick-up trucks but with a completely different rear-side and some new adds, like the front hooks and other new details. The back crane is made of different kind of bars and it looks well-proportioned. As often happens I found the 2X4 decorated tile in my stocks by chance and it fits perfectly on the back.
Joe is really proud of his little truck. And me too.

Joe’s cottage

Joe’s cottage

Joe is a lonely guy. He lives in his tan wooden cottage somewhere in the woods. His mates are birds and chickens. He loves driving his tow truck and he always helps people who are in breakdown on their way.
My latest creation was inspired by a Japanese model maker who makes little cottages and shacks in the woods.
I added few npu like the speargun as light holder, pistons on the electricity pole, Ninjago hat on the chimney and some other even on the tow truck.
I tried to photograph the scene making it alive and warm, it seems to me there is a nice atmosphere due to the light sideways.

Below few snapshots while I was building the cottage during the lockdown and the usual sketch of the build.

General Store in detail

General Store in detail

A few days ago I introduced my latest creation, a classic General Store decked out in bright yellow livery. The diorama features many details and elements and recently I shot them individually to create this photo composition allowing to enjoy them in plain sight. Swipe the pictures, check out all the elements and build them yourself. 
I really like creating this kind of collage even if it’s a very time consuming activity.
Enjoy!