Crystal Mill extra pics

Crystal Mill extra pics

Let’s take a look at some extra-pics of my latest super fresh build: the Crystal Mill.
The double shack is built using my classic lifted-up tiles style, and it rocks!
While it’s my very first waterfall, rocks and trees come from my previous builds such as the A-Frame Cabin and the Blue Cottage.
I used more or less 2,500 plate round 1X1 trans-light blue to create the water effect.
There are many other hidden details and very interesting tecniques here and there, hope you have a good time spotting them all.


Santa’s Cottage reaches 10K supporters on LEGO Ideas!

Santa’s Cottage reaches 10K supporters on LEGO Ideas!

A couple of days ago my Santa’s Cottage achieved the coveted 10,000 votes on LEGO IDEAS: it’s unbelievable!
It all started on December 1st and ended on February 1st: exactly two months!
I’ve worked hard these 63 days to promote the project and I am delighted to have achieved the goal.
I thank everyone who helped me in this incredible path.

The review phase will start early in may and will end at the end of August. The choosen projects will be announced at the beginning of October. We have to wait a few months for the outcome and in the meanwhile keep ours fingers crossed.

I don’t know how it will end up but I am already very happy and satisfied with it.
Thank you all! You’re awesome!

Theo’s Trebuchet Fishing Hut: behind the scenes of the building process

Theo’s Trebuchet Fishing Hut: behind the scenes of the building process

Let’s take a look at some unreleased WIP snapshots of my latest creation straight from the sea.
Follow Theo’s Trabuchet “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of my fishing diorama.
Below the captions of the photos.

Step 1: the tan platform is ready. Are you wondering if it is fragile? Not as much as it seems, in fact if you touch it it sways but does not break. Playability is guaranteed!
Step 2: first time the medium azure is the main color of one of my MOCs and the outcome rocks!
The two Minifigs are adorable and they come from Hidden Side set No. 70419 / Wrecked Shrimp Boat.
Step 3: Coupling done!
Step 4: the crumbling bridge building technique comes from my early 2021 MOC.
I like the feeling of precariousness of the entire structure.
Step 5: this is Pablo, Theo’s friend. Lovely torso and headgear both from H/S ’20 set.
The lanternon the pole is a quite new element, I recently bought a couple of it, and I like them very much, you’ll see again for sure…
Step 6: everything is ready for the photo shoot, at times the hardest part of the entire work.
Step 7: Click📸!
The white background makes everything easier: you don’t see the paper sores, they are so difficult to fix via Photoshop.
Step 8: Theo’s Trebuchet and me right after the photo shoot for the classic photo in my studio. The main photo is ready to be published on my social pages. It’s thrilling thinking it will be seen thousands of times around the world…
Can you spot the set on the shelf?

From sketch to model: behind the scenes of the Sweet Tooth building process

From sketch to model: behind the scenes of the Sweet Tooth building process

Even for my latest creations, the Sweet Tooth cabin from Netflix TV series, I took the work in progress photos, or rather the steps to assemble the parts of which the diorama is made up of.

While you can take a look at the photos below to check out the assembly steps, clicking here you can read the full and detailed article about the Gus’ shelter. Have fun!

1) the base of the entire MOC made of many dark tan wedge plates;
2) the two shacks ready to be placed on the left side of the diorama;
3) first coupling done;
4) with these 3 cabins the house is going to be complete;
5) the Gus shelter is complete and you can recognize the setting of the Netflix series;
6) Pubba, Gus and his alleged mother;
7) adding the last details;
8) with the trees the MOC is ready for the photo shoot;
9) click! Photos are ready to be published on my social media page.

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!
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!