The Adobe House (or Mexican House) on Bricklink Designer Program

The Adobe House (or Mexican House) on Bricklink Designer Program

The ADOBE HOUSE (or MEXICAN HOUSE) is on BRICKLINK DESIGNER PROGRAM and could become an official set!

It now needs your support, if you like it you can support it, click here!

I created the digital model including instructions as required by the BDP and then I built the brick version as you see in these photos.

The iconic southwestern style house now in LEGO form!
This whitewashed adobe flat-roofed house is a classic example of so-called Southwestern architecture.
Adobe had been in use by indigenous peoples of the Americas in the Southwestern United States, Mesoamerica, and the Andes for several thousand years. You can still see these kind of homes in Mexico and in the southwestern of the United States indeed. It’s packed with all the details and features you’d expect to find in a house like this in the middle of the desert.

About the set
The house is a visual treat, covered with nice details, from the use of printed 1X1 round tiles on the protruding ends of the logs to the plant-covered arbors that provide shady spots on the flat roof. The use of woodgrain tiles above the windows and doors adds some welcome texture amongst the white.
The set includes eye-catching floorings reflecting the designs of Central American cultures. You can find them both outside and inside the house.
Don’t miss the chile ristras which hang next to the doors, the wrought-iron lever fountain and the Aloe Vera plant.
The set includes 7 minifigures including the master of the house Don Carlos, Señora Magda, the groom, the farmer, the housekeeper and two boys.

Fully detailed interiors!
The adobe house features a complete interiors with two floors: the ground floor with the living room, the bedroom and kitchen. Furthermore, on the left is the stable for thoroughbreds. On the upper floor there is the owner’s study and a simple but very useful toilet.
The whole interior is chock full of details that make the set very playable. You can easily lift up the four roofs to access inside and play with the utensils and surprising accessories including table and chairs, a wood stove, a complete kitchen and many more.
And it’s all so enjoyable!

With your support, hopefully we can turn the Mexican House into an actual LEGO BDP set.
Thank you all for your support, comments and shares!

2023, the year of the A-Frame Cabin

2023, the year of the A-Frame Cabin

As usual it’s time to look back and take stock of what I’ve done in the past twelve months.
2023 is undoubtedly the year of the A-Frame Cabin, many months have passed since the release of the set and it still doesn’t seem real to me. Having my own set in the LEGO IDEAS line-up is definitely the most important goal I’ve ever achieved. It’s simply insane!
The set has been featured many times this year on blogs, magazines, social media and YT channels.
I am particularly proud that the set was reviewed by 4 magazines dedicated to LEGO bricks, the only existing paper magazines today: Blocks (UK), Brick.it (Italy), Briques Magazine (France) and Brick Journal (USA).

Despite the various commitments related to the release of the set I have built some new MOCs, scroll the images for a deeper look. I am particularly proud of the Stilt House which is currently under review by the LEGO IDEAS team.

I just finished a new creation that I will present in mid-January, stay tuned, I will need your support. 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!

At times dreams come true: the LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin is finally here!

At times dreams come true: the LEGO IDEAS A-Frame Cabin is finally here!

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
September 9 (12pm–2pm) Paris (Fr) LEGO Retail Store Paris, So Ouest

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

2022: a bunch of new creations and a very special news!

2022: a bunch of new creations and a very special 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!

“Beer Wagon” designer Tom Daniel talks about his creations and his career [Special interview for Norton74]  

“Beer Wagon” designer Tom Daniel talks about his creations and his career [Special interview for Norton74]  

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

A-FrAme Cabin approved as next LEGO IDEAS set!

A-FrAme Cabin approved as next LEGO IDEAS set!

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!