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Southern Pacific diesel

This is a Southern Pacific railroad diesel that I built.   

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Creativity

Creativity is one of the most important things when building a model– it helps a lot and is a very fun method to use while building. Creativity also makes your models look a lot better even if you don’t think so and it also applies to many other things in life– for example– art. Art is one of the things that majorly uses creativity and with lego bricks, you can make a model and make it look really good using creativity.

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Gingerbread House

I figured I might make one of the old Christmas classics– the gingerbread house! This house has candy, snow, a removable roof, a tree with a teddy bear and a gift, and a popsicle /icicle on the mailbox (All lego). It also contains a lot of sideways building for the outside of the house for all the snow and candy (Made with colored one by one round plates) and white and black fence pieces with white tiles for snow on them.

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This is the Titanic’s boiler room, complete with a rudder and propeller that I built.

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New York Central passenger carriage.

This is my finished passenger carriage from the railroad company New York Central. I’m still working on the inside.

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Math

Even though math is the least usual method for building with lego bricks, it is often the most useful method to use because if you wanted to tell people how long a model that you built was, how would you find out? You would probably find out by measuring it. Also, if you were building a model for a company or an exhibit you might have to look at the space your model would be put in and first measure your model and possibly make some adjustments to it before it is put in an exhibit or put on display.

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Milwaukee Road Hiawatha

This is one of the classic streamlined trains from the 1930s, which was very large indeed– its driving wheels were seven feet high!

The Hiawatha is now scrapped, but the famous train still lives on. Lionel Trains have recreated a model of  her in all of her glory and it is now a part of history. If you try to build the Hiawatha yourself, make sure that when you come to the observation car you build samples or test models–it’s a very tricky car!

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Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsabers

Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber has a rather unusual design, and at first sight does not really look too much like a lightsaber at all. Its colors are black and silver with red and black knobs. Its handgrip is black, and the main shell is silver. I did not have any round light grey or black pieces, so it was pretty blocky instead of smooth. Other than that I think I got the design and colors right.

 

 

 

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber (which is his first, by the way) is again black and silver with the same design as Qui-Gon’s: a black handgrip and the main shell is silver. Qui-Gon’s lightsaber was more difficult and harder for me to build. Obi-Wan’s lightsaber was a little easier, but it was still a little hard. For this lightsaber I used some 2 x 2 inverted slopes (2 x 2 bricks with a stud attachment and a slope on the bottom).

You might have missed the fact that the lightsabers I built were for Master (Qui-Gon Jinn) and apprentice (Obi-Wan Kenobi). That was because when I finished Qui-Gon’s lightsaber, I figured, Well, why not build Obi-Wan’s as well? I had enough bricks anyway, so I did.

 

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Tips on building trains

Trains are hard to build. It’s very hard to build steam engines’  bodies and rounded boilers. The Burlington Zephyr, though, is articulated, which makes it even harder to build. Diesels are a little easier to build because they don’t have some of the same features steam engines do. I think that most of the famous streamlined passenger trains from the 1900s are harder to build because they either don’t exist anymore or they got scrapped, which results in a little more research.

A steam engine is harder than a diesel because it has drive wheels and a boiler.                                          Here are some ideas to use when building a locomotive:

  • Use sideways building.
  • Use curved pieces and arches.
  • Make sure you know what type of engine you want to build.
  • Look at books and pictures.
  • Use graph paper.
  • Build test models and sections.
  • Look at pictures to find out what parts to use where.
  • Don’t worry about details while you’re building–you can add them later on.
  • A tip for all models–Don’t worry about the pieces you have! Be creative!
  • Don’t expect success the first few times–it’s hard to build a locomotive!

I would say to just start out simple and then make a few adjustments along the way. I also usually go on the internet to look at models people have already built to get ideas, or I look at the real thing and start building.

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New York central passenger carriage

This is a passenger coach from the company New York Central, one of the major railroad companies of the Eastern part of the U. S.