The Blue Cottage: behind the scenes of the building process

The Blue Cottage: behind the scenes of the building process

Let’s take a look at some unreleased work in progress snapshots of my latest creation straight from the woods: the very popular Blue Cottage.
Follow The Blue Cottage “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of one of my beloved creations.

Also take a look at the nice article published on BrickNerd in which I tell the whole story behind the Blue Cottage. Click the link and enjoy!

Below the caption of every single photo:

  1. As sketch as starting point, as usual!
  2. Preparing the base made with many dark tan plates and plate wedges;
  3. The dry stone wall made with hammers is ready to be placed in its place;
  4. The base of the house made with many light bluish gray tiles;
  5. Coupling the base and the terrace;
  6. An overview of the work station;
  7. The facade is ready;
  8. The facade is positioned in its place above the base;
  9. The two-piece roof is made with black plates and tiles;
  10. The diorama is almost complete;
  11. Final details to complete the MOC;
  12. The diorama is ready for the photo shoot;
  13. Click! Let’s go with the photos!
  14. Beautiful drawing of the Blue Cottage from my daughter Claudia!
Off the road, on your own.

Off the road, on your own.

One week ago I posted the The Blue Cottage diorama which also featured a four-wheel drive vehicle with a color combo matching the cottage. It was time to show it alone in plain sight and here it is!
It is based on my previous Chevrolet Blazer spotted in the Sheriff Hopper’s Cabin diorama built in 2019 but with a new white/blue paint job and loads of gear strapped all over. It’s full of details and some interesting part usage such the weird “Scala towel bar” used for the running board and take look also at the front winch and that old red brick with the Shell logo…
Hope you like it!

“This TLCB Writer rather likes old square 4x4s, particularly if they have winch, roof rack, and assorted adventuring stuff piled on top. Suggested by a reader, Andrea Lattanzio’s classic Chevrolet Blazer has appeared here before in various guises, and there’s more to see of this one – including the wider diorama of which it is part – on Flickr here.“

(Blazin’ Trails  The LEGO Car Blog – March 6, 2021)

The Blue Cottage

The Blue Cottage

My latest creation is a rural house that joins my series of weird houses I have built in the last two years.
My goal was to build a cozy country house featuring three new elements: an uncommon color scheme, a shape I hadn’t used before and an unconventional doors/windows shape.
The main feature is probably the asymmetrical roof with a very sloping shape to the left. The woodshed is located under the excess roof.
The uncommon blue/black color combo is simple but effective, and the yellow trees  in the background match well. Last but not least the door and windows are round, a shape never seen on a cottage but quite common in Hobbit Houses.
The host, who is coming home from a hunting trip, has a nice off-road vehicle painted with a color scheme matching with the cottage.
It was very funny building the “long sloping  roof” structure and trying to add a few weird details. I also played with the light to let the scene as deep as possible. Hope you like it!

“In many parts of the world, if you’ve been following COVID safety protocols correctly, you may be itching to get out of the house right about now. Thankfully there is such a thing as contact-free check-in and this cottage may have the cure for what ails us. Is it called cabin fever when you want to leave the house to stay in a cabin? Whatever it’s called, Andrea Lattanzio’s stunning blue LEGO cottage is a sight for sore eyes. The round door and windows, the woodpile under the eave, and the weathered ramshackle texture make this a cottage I’d love to stay at for a weekend or even a month. The fall leaves, the skylights, the birdhouse, and even the mushrooms out front make for a picturesque vacation setting. I can even forgive the skunk for paying a visit. They don’t spray when you treat them with respect and I’m willing to respect the skunk and all the other woodland creatures for a stay in this cottage. Andrea was The Brothers Brick Builder of the Year in 2019 for good reason. Check out our archives to see what else Andrea Lattanzio has been up to.“

(A blue cottage to stave off those COVID blues  The Brothers Brick – February 25, 2021)

The crumbling bridge: behind the scenes of the building process

The crumbling bridge: behind the scenes of the building process

Last November I built a MOC in which two weird guys lived 30 feet in the air in minimal but cozy stilts. It was called Stilt Houses precisely. In the diorama there was also an off-road vehicle for which I wanted to build a small dedicated setting. Recently I came up with the idea of creating an ironic scene with some building techniques that I had never used, such as the rocks made of many dark bluish gray slopes and inverted slopes.
The diorama is quite small but cute, and it manages to get a smile, in this period there is a need…
It is mainly composed of three parts: two rocky blocks covered with shrubs and a crumbling bridge that joins them. In the middle the all-terrain vehicle is crossing the bridge escaping from the hungry bear to take shelter on the stilts.

The starting point of the MOC is the first rocky block, the largest on the left. The block is made with a quite common building technique that I had never used. A couple of years ago I managed to get a lot of dark bluish gray “slopes” and “inverted slopes” thanks to the bulk program. And I finally used them for the rocks of this diorama.
To complete the block I added shrubs and bushes. A bright light orange pine stands out in a mostly brown and gray setting. The leaves are attached to “plates with clip on end” and fixed to “plate with bar frame octagonal”. It is not the first time I have used this technique and the outcome is always amazing. I got the yellow leaves from the pick a brick wall at the local LEGO store in my town. Below there is a small tree made with many “flower stems” and the trunk is a dinosaur tail in dark brown. I also added a “tree hollow stump”, a quite expensive and rare piece from 90s Western theme. I love that piece.
The second block on the right is similar to the first, a little smaller and with a green sapling on the side. I used a bunch of reddish brown “hoses” for the trunk of the tree and some “bars with clips” to hold the leaves. At the base a barrel contains the hoses and all around some whips to create the twisted branches effect. Don’t miss the mushrooms made with knit caps of different colors!
The most characteristic part of the whole diorama is probably the crumbling bridge that joins the two rocky banks. The bridge recall the one I built for the Stilt Houses, but it’s longer and wider. It’s made of two long black parallel “strings with rope climbing grips” to which plates with clips are attached, and above them different tiles and plates of various colors. And it rocks!
Last but not least in the middle of the bridge there is the off-road vehicle, ready to deal with mud and rough terrain and complete with all the necessary tools to fix it yourself in case. It is based on my previous Chevrolet Blazer spotted in the Sheriff Hopper’s Cabin diorama built in 2019 but with a new 80s two-tone paint job and loads of gear strapped all over. It’s full of details and some interesting part usage such the weird “Scala towel bar” used for the running board of the Blazer. And take look also at the front winch and the side mirrors

Below a few photos of the building stages. From left to right:

  1. The first rocky block is the MOC starting point;
  2. Beautiful bright yellow pine and few others shrubs are added;
  3. Assembling the bridge;
  4. The crumbling bridge is ready to join;
  5. Second rocky block is ready;
  6. A bunch of details to complete the light bluish rocky block;
  7. The bridge joins the two blocks and it rocks!;
  8. The All Terrain vehcile, the bear and the main character are ready to complete the scene;
  9. Will the crumbling bridge bear the A-T vehcile? YES!
  10. Photo shooting and the work is now complete!
All-Terrain vehicle

All-Terrain vehicle

You can go fast, I can go everywhere!

A few days ago I posted the Crumbling Bridge straight from the woods. The little diorama featured also an All-Terrain vehicle and It was time to show it alone in plain sight.
The A/T vehicle is ready to deal with mud and rough terrain and complete with all the necessary tools to fix it yourself in case.
It is based on my previous Chevrolet Blazer spotted in the Sheriff Hopper’s Cabin diorama built in 2019 but with a new 80s two-tone paint job and loads of gear strapped all over. It’s full of details and some interesting part usage such the weird “Scala towel bar” used for the running board and take look also at the front winch and the side mirror…

Don’t mess with the Black Bear!

Don’t mess with the Black Bear!

One of the characters from my Stilt Houses (which I presented last November) seems to have gone to a dangerous area with a very hungry black bear ready to defend his territory…
Better to escape and take shelter on the Stilt Houses. But beware of that crumbling bridge!
I was looking for a setting for the off-road vehicle that was featured in my Stilt Houses last November and I came up with the idea of creating an ironic scene with some construction techniques that I had never used, such as the rocks made of many bluish gray slopes and inverted slopes.
The crumbling bridge recall the one I built for the Stilt Houses, but is longer and wider.
I really like the entire scene and hope you like it!