|Inspired by reading Gary Istok's Unofficial Lego Sets/Parts Collector's Guide|
and webpages like Brickfetish, as well as delving into my own sense of nostalgia
for classic Lego sets, I have started to build some of my favorite sets of the
past in microscale.
First up is the 550 Windmill:
I was pleased with how the windmill came out, especially the base...not
completely satisfied with the house.
Next I tried the 555 Hospital:
I would have liked to have had a red 1x2 plate with rail for the "sign" above
the door and a 2x2 red cross printed tile on top would have looked better. A
problem tha I had with this building as well as some others is using a 1x4 arch
for driveways -- leaving a 2-wide space for vehicles. My vehicles are two-wide,
but the "wheels" extend just beyond that profile, making them ever slightly too
wide for the driveways.
The most complex build in this series was the 580 Brick Yard:
I wanted this set to retain its full functionality in the microscale version. I
am pleased with the solution I came up with for the conveyor belt - it works!
And the tipper truck is functional too (although I would have prefered blue 1x1
corner panels, they are rare and expensive in that color). The crane slides
back and forth and raises and lowers its grabber claw (would be nice to have
these parts completely in yellow). Although simple, I like how the digger
vehicle came out in this one. I ran out of yellow 1x4 arches and had to use
black instead (most noticeable in the picture of the back of the building). I
again ran into the problem of a 2-wide driveway with 2-wide vehicles' wheels
jutting out just slightly too much.
Next is a work in progress, the 725 Freight Train:
Although it is a little squat, I am happy with the loco. The tipper tips!
Still have to do the other cars in this set and consider the coupling of them
I've had fun doing these. I spend a lot of time trying to get the look right
and rebuilding a lot. I am fairly new to microscale, so it has been a challenge
- but a fun one. Like Douglas Coupland says, this allows me to get into a space
called "shape head."
Any suggestions for improvements or other ideas are most welcomed.
Message has 8 Replies:
| ||Re: 1970s sets in microscale|| David Koudys|
|In lugnet.announce.moc, Thomas Main wrote: <snip> (...) Suggestions for improvememnt???? THese are brilliant on their own! Nicely done--love all the nifty little details, especially the tipper on the waggon THe only suggestion-- More!! :) Dave K (6 years ago, 5-Jun-07, to lugnet.build.microscale) |
| ||Re: 1970s sets in microscale|| C. L. GunningCook|
|(...) These are fantastic, micro has come a long way, and you just raised the bar once again. Looking forward to seeing more now that you have been bit by the microbug. Janey "Red Brick" (6 years ago, 5-Jun-07, to lugnet.build.microscale) |
| ||Re: 1970s sets in microscale|| Eric Strand|
|(...) Thomas, Last night I was building a 555, 580, and 560 and since I have these fresh in my mind I can comment that you have the look JUST RIGHT! Great idea and excellent implementation, Eric (6 years ago, 5-Jun-07, to lugnet.build.microscale) |
| ||Re: 1970s sets in microscale|| John Patterson|
|(...) Now this is the neatest pictures I have seen so far. This is really interesting. You have a talent I wished I had as I love these old sets. How about a mini of the Constellation or the wild west set 365 or even the 354? I am going to have to (...) (6 years ago, 6-Jun-07, to lugnet.build.microscale) |
| ||Re: 1970s sets in microscale|| Allan Bedford|
|(...) Thomas, these are fantastic. You've not just captured the spirit of these models, but you've nailed a lot of the fine details as well. I saw your post yesterday and it really made my day, as the hospital and the brick yard are two of my (...) (6 years ago, 6-Jun-07, to lugnet.build.microscale) |
| ||Re: 1970s sets in microscale|| Matthew Crandall|
|(...) Thomas-- These are awesome--brings back many happy daydreams of "gee, that'd be fun to build" when I was a kid. I'd love to see something from the Heliport or Fire Station. Might give it a shot myself, if I can get a spaceship done up the way (...) (6 years ago, 6-Jun-07, to lugnet.build.microscale) |
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