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?
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.
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:
- As sketch as starting point, as usual!
- Preparing the base made with many dark tan plates and plate wedges;
- The dry stone wall made with hammers is ready to be placed in its place;
- The base of the house made with many light bluish gray tiles;
- Coupling the base and the terrace;
- An overview of the work station;
- The facade is ready;
- The facade is positioned in its place above the base;
- The two-piece roof is made with black plates and tiles;
- The diorama is almost complete;
- Final details to complete the MOC;
- The diorama is ready for the photo shoot;
- Click! Let’s go with the photos!
- Beautiful drawing of the Blue Cottage from my daughter Claudia!
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:
- The first rocky block is the MOC starting point;
- Beautiful bright yellow pine and few others shrubs are added;
- Assembling the bridge;
- The crumbling bridge is ready to join;
- Second rocky block is ready;
- A bunch of details to complete the light bluish rocky block;
- The bridge joins the two blocks and it rocks!;
- The All Terrain vehcile, the bear and the main character are ready to complete the scene;
- Will the crumbling bridge bear the A-T vehcile? YES!
- Photo shooting and the work is now complete!
The A-Frame Cabin has been chosen by The Brothers Brick as the November photo cover for all Brothers Brick social media. A huge pleasure and honor for me, thanks once again TBB team!
The same happens 5 years ago when my Scooter Garage was chosen as the TBB cover photo for August 2015 and few months ago when the yellow General Store was the Cover Photo for June 2020. Two times in the same year, unbelievable but mind blowing!
“One of my favorite annual activities is heading to the mountain where my fam stays at an A-Frame in the snow, so this A-Frame build from, Norton74, immediately brings thoughts of winter and fun. Where it gets good, and one of my favorite things about Norton74’s builds, is looking at all the details scattered throughout. These details tell the story of this cabin and really bring the build to life, further reminding me of our A-Frame vacay. Take a look at that log pile and saw, cookie rounds for log ends is a smooth move. Seriously, look at those logs. Other notable features that bring me to the mountain include the jagged roof, the abundance of wildlife, and the little doodads scattered here and there.
Now I need to see the inside of this cabin….is it February yet?“
(“TBB Cover Photo for November 2020: A Cozy Cabin Awaits” The Brothers Brick – November 7, 2020)
Let’s take a look at some unreleased WIP snapshots of my latest creation, the General Store right from somewhere in the heart of America.
At first I had chosen dark tan/tan as a color combo, then I ventured for an unexpected and unusual yellow/reddish brown combo. And the outcome rocks! The ground comes from my previous Into the Wild diorama but is wider and longer.
The first prototype showed more details and objects but there was also too much confusion; I took something away to make it more enjoyable.
As usual I drew a sketch of the idea I had in mind and then brick by brick I created the General Store.
And a big thank you to my daughter Claudia for the nice drawing of my creation.