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Newest LEGO Architecture Model

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Lincoln MemorialThe latest LEGO Architecture model was released at the beginning of January. So of course, I bought that as fast as I could!

I don’t need to point out how iconic the Lincoln Memorial is. Few things stand-out as more American.

One of my favourite features of the Architecture instruction booklets is the background information and trivia that they provide about the structure. I learned a lot about the Lincoln Memorial! A memorial structure was already being planned while Lincoln lay dying. When the work was complete and opened in 1922, there were hundreds of Civil War veterans present – I think it is easy to forget how recently the Civil War occurred.Lincoln Memorial interior

I grew up with the original Legoland and Lego Space series of models. However, the Architecture series is by far my favourite! It is incredible and lovely at the same time how so few bricks can still capture the iconic look and feel to a famous structure.

Newest LEGO Architecture

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

When I last wrote about my LEGO Architecture models, I already had the Marina Bay Sands model built. Last I checked, you cannot (yet?) buy this model from the LEGO Architecture website. Amazon displayed it to me and so I bought it immediately via Japan.

The Trevi Fountain is the most recent Architecture model to be released.

The new Flickr site is interesting, but I have not yet found a way to easily copy the URL for specific pictures that I upload. Here is my Lego Models album. I should upload more images to it since I have bought two more Star Wars models.

LEGO Architecture

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

I was still at Microsoft when I saw my first LEGO Architecture model in a colleague’s cubicle. It was the Seattle Space Needle, a simple model but it captured the essence of the real structure. I loved it!

For a short time, my local Barnes & Nobel bookstore featured several sets in the Architecture series. The Empire State Building. The Willis Tower. The very impressive Fallingwater. To borrow from Dork Tower; “THEY MUST BE MINE!”

Each new release was acquired as quickly as possible. I have all of them now; the most recent being the Eiffel Tower.

Soon, I’ll have a special order from overseas – I am not sure if it will be available in North America. A model of the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. I’ll post pictures of that one when I can.

Here are a few pictures of my current LEGO Architecture collection.

LEGO_Brandenburg_GateLEGO_EiffelLEGO_Farnsworth_HouseLEGO_Imperial_HotelLEGO_UN

You can see most of the models here; alas, I did not photograph Fallingwater. That is probably my favourite of the bunch. Robie House (the red one on the top right) was the longest to build since it was made up primarily of the 1×1 and 2×1 flat pieces in order to simulate the brick facade.

Lego Star Wars: Super Star Destroyer

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

My first weekend back home from my vacation saw the completion of the Super Star Destroyer Lego model. This thing still takes my breath away when I look at it!

Super Star Destroyer - complete 02Just shy of 50″ long, this is the longest of the Star Wars Lego models. It totals 3,152 pieces of eternally amazing Lego bricks.

My friend Adam estimates that it took about 10 hours to build his model. I wasn’t timing myself; but I may do that for my next major build.

The next Lego purchases for me are going to the two newest Architecture series, The Brandenburg Gate and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House.

Super Star Destroyer - engines closeup 01I think that my favourite view of this spaceship are of the 13 KDY engines.

Lego Star Wars Models

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

I have returned to the wonderful world of Lego building in a rather big way (though not nearly as big as some).

Last week I purchased the Lego Star Wars models of Darth Vader’s Executor-class Super Star Destroyer and the Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle. I have completed the shuttle and am now working on the Super Star Destroyer.

Imperial Shuttle - angled

I decided to create a Lego Models photostream on my Flickr site to show off both commercial models and my own future custom builds.

My friend Josh owns the Millennium Falcon model. That still reigns supreme as the model with the most pieces to date. Adam beat me to building the Super Star Destroyer – he already has that on display at work.

I love this. It lets my imagination run wild. In my mind’s eye I see a huge space-based assembly plant slowly bringing shape and purpose to a 20 kilometer long command ship!