by norton74 | 13, Jan, 2023 | Builds, Latest, Top builds, Top news
The LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin is finally here!
I’m so happy and honored for this incredible goal, never in my life I would have thought to end up here. Everything is so special these days.
A lot of things have happened in the last few hours that have brought forward the announcement of the set, however here it is.
I wasn’t ready but still managed to snap a picture quickly to thank everyone. I can’t wait to build the set in the next few days and enjoy it.
Thanks to LEGO designers for making my dream a reality, you’re awesome!
A massive thank you to everyone who supported this project back in Lego Ideas and made this entire journey possible! Thank you all!
BREAKING NEWS: Meet the Fan Designer!
A-Frame Cabin Signing Set Tour 2023 CONFIRMED!
I am very happy to announce the dates of the Signing Set Tour:
Feb 1 (10am–12pm) Grenoble (Fr) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 3 (4 pm–6pm) Milano San Babila (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 4 (10am–12pm) Nice (Fr) LEGO Retail Store
Feb 10 (4pm–6pm) Firenze (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 11 (10am–12pm) Napoli (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
Feb 18 (4pm–6pm) Assago Milano (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
March 12 (4pm–6pm) Torino (Ita) LEGO Certified Store
I will be more than happy to meet you and, if you wish, to sign the LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin set | No. 21338 # 46.
See you there!
Relive the journey of the A-Frame Cabin from the beginning until the very latest news of the release as an official set, below you can find all my articles published on my website:
– A-Frame Cabin (first post ever)
– A-Frame Cabin: behind the scenes of the building process
– Support the A-FrAme Cabin on LEGO IDEAS!
– A-FrAme Cabin fully detailed interiors are out now!
– A-frame Cabin reaches 10K supporters on LEGO Ideas!
– A-FrAme Cabin approved as next LEGO IDEAS set!
– The A-Frame Cabin is The Brothers Brick cover photo for November 2020!
– Santa’s Cabin
Below the story of the A-Frame Cabin on official LEGO and LEGO IDEAS website:
– The A-Frame Cabin set No. 21338 on LEGO shop on-line
– Introducing LEGO IDEAS 21338 A-Frame Cabin
– Original project on LEGO IDEAS
Below some official images of the LEGO IDEAS set A-Frame Cabin no. 21338
by norton74 | 31, Dec, 2022 | Latest, Top news
As usual it’s time to look back and take stock of what I’ve done in the past twelve months.
Alongside the usual building of new MOCs (scroll the images for a deeper look and enjoy) 2022 marked a very special goal to me as my A-Frame Cabin has been selected to become an official LEGO IDEAS set, I still can’t believe it. It’s almost time for the release of the A-Frame Cabin set and I can’t wait any longer… Stay tuned in a few days LEGO will release the set and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Massive thanks to all for your continued support, it’s always much appreciated & never taken for granted.
We’ll talk soon, stay tuned and keep up the good work!
by norton74 | 6, Sep, 2022 | Builds, Latest, Top news
Few years ago I built the Lego replica of the “Beer Wagon”, a radical Show Rod built by the legendary car designer Tom Daniel in 1967. Then I built another Tom Daniel’s vehicle, the “Paddy Wagon”.
Those vehicles, known as Show Rods, and many others, were built from the ground up, were distinguished by an unconventional design, brilliant colours and amazing craftsmanship. Their engines were extremely powerful, yet they rarely touched the road. In other words, these cars were meant to be looked at, not driven. Yes, Show Rods were paradoxical.
The Show Rods phenomenon peaked between the 1960s and 1970s in the United States and Tom Daniel was one of the most representative designer of that crazy era. Between 1967-1975, Tom designed 75 cars for Monogram Models. These were iconic models that are still top sellers today like the Beer Wagon indeed and the Red Baron. His designs were so influential that custom car builders sometimes crafted full-size versions of his kit designs, often commissioned by show promoters.
But his work wasn’t limited to just model car kits. George Barris called him on a Friday night wanting a design for a TV show involving a family of monsters. Overnight Daniel dreamed up the Munster Koach for Barris, although the credit for the design by Daniel often gets mis-stated. He also designed the Bat Cycle for the 1960s Batman television series. It consisted of a Yamaha 250 and was linked to Robin’s sidecar, which was a detachable go-cart (source: Fuel Curve).
After building the Paddy Wagon I got in touch with Tom Daniel asking to chat with him about his career and his famous vehicles. If you’d like to know more about Tom’s creations and Show Rods phenomenon this interview is a great resource.
Fasten your seat belts, wear your helmet, let’s go!
Hi Mr. Tom Daniel, thanks for accepting to have a chat with me. Just few questions about you and your creations.
N74: When your interest in cars and Show Rods started and why?
TD: Soon after WWII was over – in the late 1940s – returning GI’s began building hot rods and customs (“Show Rods” as such were still in the future), and I was just in High school – and starting to draw custom cars.
N74: Can you tell me a little bit about your background? I mean, are you a self-made car designer or did you study design or something like that?
TD: During late high school years, I discovered the Art Center School during a field trip to the original campus on 3rd Street in west Los Angeles. After graduating high school in 1955, ACS accepted my portfolio (which I created during my senior year in high school); then began a tough 4-year grind learning to be an industrial designer – (Transportation Major; Product design minor).
N74: In a few words, if possible, tell me which are your career milestones.
TD: Graduating high school; then ACS with a BPA Degree; then being hired by GM to join their Styling Staff at the GM Tech Center north of Detroit, Michigan; Flying with the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis; Working as a design-engineer on the APOLLO MOON Project (with) North American Aviation at the Space and Information Systems in Downey, California.
N74: Why and when did your cooperation with Monogram start? And what it represented for you.
TD: This came about as a result of my long time “Off the Sketchpad” articles and drawings for Rod&Custom Magazine (as well as other “car” magazines.) The Monogram people liked what I was designing and drawing. The BEER WAGON was my 1st model kit design for Monogram – and it was a hit right away… then came my Red Baron – and LIFTOFF!
N74: As you know I built the replica of your Beer Wagon and Paddy Wagon; can you tell me where the inspiration to build them come from and when?
TD: Childhood remembrances.
N74: Any curiosities about the Beer Wagon and Paddy Wagon?
TD: Monogram said they wanted a design of a hot rodded Beer Wagon in 1:24 scale. When I started the designs, It was HUGE, and I had to shrink the entire design down to about ¾ size.
N74: Which are your favourite creations?
TD: WAY too many to delineate here. LOL!
N74: Have you been influenced by other car designer? If yes, which ones?
TD: I have admired many of the Italian and German car designers (of the 1950s era) – as well as some Americans, but my designs are my designs…. Done strictly for my pleasure. Just so happens, LOTS of people also like them to this day – some 50 + years later.
N74: Are you working on something new or are you just enjoying your time?
TD: I am working with ATLANTIS Toy & Hobby in New York – who now have a good selection of the (former) Monogram Models/’TD’ tooling.
N74: Recently I built also the “Fire Truck” designed by Chuck Miller. The Fire Truck and the Paddy Wagon look having the same source of inspiration. Is this correct? Have you ever known Chuck Miller?
TD: The only thing those two designs have in common is the ubiquitous “C” Cab designs used in the late 18th century. Under contract, he built the 1st 1:1 version of my RED BARON model kit design Monogram Models manufactured in 1968. He did a pretty nice job – but NOT accurate to my original design in many detail aspects.
Many thanks for your time Mr Tom Daniel, it has been an honour chatting with you and I’m sure LEGO fans, and petrolheads in general, will appreciate the interview. Keep it up!
More info about Tom Daniel works: www.tomdaniel.com
by norton74 | 24, Feb, 2022 | Builds, Latest, Top news
I’m completely speechless and still can’t believe it…but it’s all true!
The A-Frame Cabin has been selected to be one of the next LEGO Ideas sets! I’m so happy and honored for this incredible goal, never in my life I would have thought to end up here.
Huge thanks to everyone who supported this project and helped me make my dream come true.
Special thanks to LEGO IDEAS Team, they are awesome.
Now we just have to wait until the day the A-FrAme Cabin will hit the Lego shelves!
I you all, thank you!
Below are some photos of the A-Frame Cabin that I built in the fall of 2020 and then submitted on the LEGO IDEAS platform in March 2021. On May 9, 2021, it reached 10,000 votes in just 42 days!
by norton74 | 2, Jan, 2022 | Latest, Top news
As usual it’s time to look back and take stock of what I’ve done in the past twelve months.
Alongside the traditional buildings of MOCs (scroll the images for a deeper look) this year I submitted two builds on the LEGO IDEAS: the A-Frame Cabin in spring, that reached 10,000 votes in 42 days (!), and a few weeks ago the Santa’s Cottage which is currently gathering supports (if you haven’t yet please support it).
Joining the LEGO IDEAS program was, and is, a very fun experience and now I’m waiting for the review result for my A-Frame Cabin. Fingers crossed…
I wanted to build more this year but unfortunately I had to face many personal issues that limited my free time.
Thanks to all of you who follow me and support my work, it means a lot to me! Thanks to all the great builders out there who are a big source of inspiration. Also a big thank you to all the blogs and magazines that featured my works in 2021. Let’s take a look at 2021 builds here below.
All the best, happy building and I wish you a happy new year!
by norton74 | 19, Dec, 2021 | Builds, Latest, Top news
While Santa’s Cottage is gathering support on LEGO IDEAS – please don’t forget to vote it – it’s time to take a look at some unreleased work-in-progress snapshots of Mr. Claus residence straight from the Polar Circle.
Follow the “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of my snowy diorama.
Let’s take a deeper look together…
My Christmas creation this year is called Santa’s Cottage and joins the series of rural houses that I have built in the past couple of years and which have had so much response in the international AFOL community. If you look carefully you can recognize that it is a reinterpretation of my Blue Cottage built early this year.
The basic structure, sizes and general layout are the same as those of the Blue Cottage; colors, characters and settings are different.
The little house is red and white, and it couldn’t be otherwise, with a black roof and black and white windows. Note the circular shape of the door and windows, as in the houses of the Hobbits; to recreate them I used the new “Tile, Round Corner” of two different sizes. Rim covers from the Dodge Challenger in the Speed Champion series find new function inside the windows, making the thickness of the portholes circumferences appear smaller and giving the window look a more pleasant, general appeal. The door, on the other hand, has as a texture some simple inverted 2X1 light bluish gray plates, and the outcome is excellent.
The base, as in many of my previous dioramas, is made up of multiple layers of “wedge plate” on a brick base, all in total white, the snow effect is guaranteed!
Snow and ice are also on the roof, on the surfaces and objects in the MOC. Don’t miss the Trans-Clear Electric, Train Light Prism 1 x 3 used as a piece of ice dripping from the eaves, I think no one has ever used it before, it is a forgotten piece that has fallen into oblivion.
The roof is asymmetrical and very sloping on one side: on the left under it there are logs and wooden blocks recreated using the round tiles with the cookies and waffles pattern.
To reach the somewhat battered staircase made of tile 1 x 4 with Wood Grain, you pass a pavement consisting of some gray slopes between which I have inserted white tiles to simulate the porphyry effect. I used this technique in my Magda’s Garden Shed.
Featured in my previous A-frame Cabin, the dry-stone wall is comprised of many Thor’s hammers, a clever technique I borrowed from the very talented builder Letranger Absurde. On the right, the white/red off-road vehicle is parked and this time there is a spare wheel on the roof, you never know! The vehicle is based on my very popular Chevrolet Blazer that first appeared in Sheriff Hopper’s cabin, inspired by the TV series Stranger Things. It’s a truly ‘chameleonic’ vehicle that lends itself well to various customisations.
The diorama presents some “features” already appeared in previous works and other small hidden details, have fun finding them!