I must admit I’m a big fan of hamburgers, especially if served in a beautiful restaurant marked by a modernist architecture.
This creation joins my passion for the most famous sandwich in the world and the vintage architecture.
Andy’s stand boasts a retro modernist design, with an elegant V-shaped roof, bustling terrace and googie style signage. The building design comes from my previous Esso Gas Station and it was designed by the Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok in 1953.
A large burger stands out on the roof and makes sure you don’t pass this one by.
The terrace has two nice tables where customers can enjoy hamburgers and other delicacies under the umbrellas. On the the back a guy is unloading his vintage van and delivering fresh beef and vegetables. The Van a is a III generation Chevrolet G-series made by General Motors from 1981 to 1983 and used in previous MOCs with different livery.
Flower pots, electricity poles, garbage bins and other details complete the scene. Inside the stand you can find everything you need to make great hamburgers of all kinds, fries and coffee.
A couple of months ago I built one of the most iconic scene of TV Series Stranger Things season 1: the Chevy flip. While we’re waiting for the series 3, release date is scheduled for next 4th of July, I enjoyed building Sheriff Hopper’s cabin.
To protect Eleven, one of the main character of the series, from being taken by the government, Hopper kept her hidden there for almost a year. The cabin originally belonged to Hopper’s grandfather. At some point, Hopper began using the cabin as a storage space.
In the scene I recreated there is also the cool Hawkins Police Department ’80 Chevrolet K5 Blazer driven by Chief Jim Hopper. Color scheme is amazing: dark tan plus tan, perfect for LEGO color palette. The Blazer is a model year ’80 because they were the only year Blazer to feature single rectangular headlights.
I am satisfied with the look of the hut, I like the small details in the diorama and the Blazer design.
Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. I’m a big fan of coffee and recently I noticed a great attention to quality and origins of the black drink. Coffee is trendy!
My latest creation is a classic Coffee Stand marked by a modernist architecture and full of details. The shape of the kiosk is characterized by rounded corners that give an elegant and retro design to the entire building.
A large cup stands out on the roof, it’s one of the most distinctive feature of this build. The terrace has two nice tables where customers can enjoy coffee and other sweets under the umbrellas.
On the left of the kiosk there is a small table with a complete assortment of sweets, cakes and brioches. Flower pots, electricity poles, garbage bins and other details complete the scene. Remarkable also the big red arrow in googie style.
Inside the stand you can find everything you need to make great coffee of all kinds: coffee machine, grinder, cups and other utensils.
Take a look at the back where a guy is unloading his pick-up truck and delivering bags of coffee.
The red/white pick up reminds classic Chevrolet and Ford period trucks.
“Nothing starts the day off better than a good cup of joe, and where better to get your caffeine hit than at Andy’s Café. Built by Norton 74, this coffee stand boasts a beautiful retro modernist design, with an elegant curved façade, bustling terrace and funky coffee cup signage. The iconic ‘we’re here’ arrow makes sure you don’t pass this one by. The interior is a barista’s paradise, overflowing with coffee grinders, an espresso machine, sprinkles, syrups and pastries. In amongst it all are some lovely LEGO techniques: simple touches like the placement of white cones on single studs to suggest stacked cups. Round the back we get to see the business side of the operation. A vintage truck delivers produce while a stray dog hangs out by the overflowing trashcans. It also gives Norton the chance to show us some further flourishes, like the use of hollow studs placed behind a turntable base to suggest an extractor fan vent. It’s these little details that make this build, like its coffee, so rich and full of flavour.”
(“Wake up and smell the coffee” The Brothers Brick – February 9, 2019)
This Mobile Laboratory is an armoured vehicle decked out in Ice Planet livery used by the peaceful men as a research laboratory. Ice Planet 2002 was a subtheme of LEGO Space introduced in 1993 and marked by a very cool color scheme: white, blue and trans-neon orange. Even if I’ve never played with these paceful guys (at that time I was a teen with other interests on my head) I’ve always appreciated this series.
The ground vehicle is not equipped with weapons but with a lot of retro space components. Ice Planet are in fact engaged in secret researches about renewable energy rather than interplanetary wars. The canopy opens to expose a detailed little interior with such an assortment of retro-tech computers and equipment. At the back there is the entrance.
As usual a seasonal creation to celebrate summer and holidays. The two Hot Rods are previous creations I’ve used again to take this picture. And they look great together on the beach.
The black one is a super classic Hot Rod based on a ’32 Ford Model B. The Roadster fits the V8 flathead with three carburettors and “oversized” wheels.
The green machine is a T-Bucket based on a Ford Model T. This genuine “bucket” has the two-seater body of a “T” roadster with a little turtle deck in the backside. A full chromed Model T-style radiator is fitted. The big V8 sends power to the oversized rear wheels, with the typical dog dish hubcaps, through the strong drivetrain. A big charger is fitted on the top of the engine.
Back in 2017 I built the iconic M👀NEYES headquarters plus the well known MQQN pick-up and a cute Hot Rod both Minifig scaled. I also built the pick-up in a bigger scale never shown and totally forgotten. Now you can see the MOONEYES line-up completed with the 1/24 scale Ford F-100.