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The LEGO Adventure Book Ž

Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!

For years, I've wanted to learn to be a better builder, to do more with the LEGO bricks I have been creating with my entire life. So today, I decided to do it. I packed up my stuff and headed into the unknown. What will I build? What other LEGO builds might I encounter ? It's going to be fun finding out!

Megan Rothrock

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The LEGO Adventure Book: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! Copyright © 2013 by Megan Rothrock All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner and the publisher. Printed in China First printing 16 15 14 13 12

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ISBN-10: 1-59327-442-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-59327-442-9 Publisher: William Pollock Production Editor: Serena Yang Cover Design: Chris Long Interior Design: Megan Rothrock Developmental Editor: William Pollock Copyeditors: Serena Yang and Riley Hoffman Proofreader: Alison Law For information on book distributors or translations, please contact No Starch Press, Inc. directly: No Starch Press, Inc. 38 Ringold Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 phone: 415.863.9900; fax: 415.863.9950; info@nostarch.com; http://www.nostarch.com/ Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data A catalog record of this book is available from the Library of Congress. No Starch Press and the No Starch Press logo are registered trademarks of No Starch Press, Inc. All trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective holders. Rather than use a trademark symbol with every occurrence of a trademarked name, we are using the names only in an editorial fashion and to the benefit of the trademark owner, with no intention of infringement of the trademark. LEGO, the Brick and Knob configurations, and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. The information in this book is distributed on an “As Is” basis, without warranty. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this work, neither the author nor No Starch Press, Inc. shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in it.

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CONTENTS

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Chapter 1

Building the Idea Lab

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Chapter 2

A LEGO Town

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Chapter 3

Hot Rods and Cool Rides

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Chapter 4

From Below!

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Chapter 5

The Sky’s the Limit

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Chapter 6

The Turtle Factory

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Chapter 7

Starfighters

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Chapter 8

Mighty Mecha

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Chapter 9

Medieval Village

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Chapter 10

Triassic Park

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Chapter 11

Making New Friends

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Chapter 12

Full Steam Ahead

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Chapter 13

Steampunk

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Chapter 14

A LEGO Legend

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Building the Idea Lab

Before I begin my travels, I'lL neEd to set up my home base first. I'lL calL it the Idea Lab!

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I’ve built the basic structure... Now all I have to do is move in.

Shame I could only bring a little of my equipment.

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Cool! Turns out I have everything I need and the kitchen sink.

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I still have a lot to do. I need an aSSistant—and I know just how to build him!

Boot sequence initiated. Power on. New Grey test complete.

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Hello. I am Brickbot. I must take inventory of your laboratory equipment so I will know how to use it.

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A chair and a lamp? I do not require these items.

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Awesome! With the power coils in place, my amazing Idea Lab is now complete. I’ve got a few ideas, but for inspiration I want to see what other people are building! Even though My truck is cool, I’m going to need something a little faster.

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4×4 Truck Building Journal

As I was working on the Transport-o-lux today, I remembered my first creation: my 4×4 truck. It was just in my head one morning, and I had to build it. I knew the secrets of building a car, like getting the right distance between the wheels; making a good chassis; making the front look right; and adding lights, a fender, side mirrors, and wheel arches. I wasn’t a vehicle expert, but building my truck gave me experience with the basics. From that day on I knew I was creator — one of the special ones who can think of a thing and then build it!

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Trailer My new truck was absolutely epic, but it didn't have room for all my stuFF. So I decided to add a trailer!

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Building Tip A simple two-stud connection makes your trailer easy to attach and detach from your truck.

Building Tip Adding a kickstand lets you park your trailer.

Building Journal

I had to think about my trailer's purpose and then add the appropriate details, just like I did with my science equipment. Adding a trailer can change the look and utility of a vehicle. Now my 4×4 truck can carry much more! I think I'll call it my Idea Truck. Now that I know which pieces I need for the Idea Truck, I can build it in other colors, too.

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Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finished. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to try out my Transport-o-lux!

I shall remain here and monitor your travels with this excellent laboratory equipment.

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Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great idea, Brickbot. Thanks for looking after the Idea Lab.

Power up! Erm, thanks.

I will scout out places for you to explore. If you survive the transporting function, that is.

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Wow! This LEGO town looks neat! I nEEd to find the builder and ask him how he built it. Time to land!

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A LEGO Town Craig Mandeville Nickname: Solitary Dark Profession: Aircraft Parts Manager Nationality: British Website: www.flickr.com/photos/36416029@N06/

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Hi, I’m Megs. Where am I?

Hi Megs. I’m Craig, and this is my town. That’s an interesting vehicle you have there.

Thanks. I built it myself so I could explore.

I like to travel, too. I always take my camera with me and take lots of pictures so I can build what I sEE on my trips.

I saw a cable car like this in San Francisco. I’ll show you how I built it.

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Placing your cable car on some LEGO train tracks and adding buildings helps to bring your LEGO town to life.

Thanks for showing me how to build your cable car! You’re welcome. Would you like to sEE how I make a building?

Sure! How about the coFFEE shop I saw on the corner?

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Certainly! This is a great example of how to build a small shop. It’s a coFFEE shop, but you can create any kind of shop you’d like. Maybe a candy shop filled with candy!

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Craig has a way of subtly changing a few details to make each of his buildings unique and iconic. The window styles, the colors, and the sign outside say that this is a coffee shop. I have to remember how important these details are!

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Brilliant! If I change the colors and some of the details, I can build any type of shop!

Exactly! Okay, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explore more of my town!

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Here is another one of my favorite places: the Zoo. You can build anything with LEGO bricks.

That’s true, but when you’re building something so large, where do you start?

Well, let’s pick something small, like my Zoo Buggy over there.

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Tire choice is important for vehicles. Use smooth tires for racing cars and electric vehicles like Craig's Zoo Buggy.

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Here’s the bridge in place. Check out my alligator house too, but watch out—he bites!

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Here’s a house. With just a few changes to the windows and doors— and a diFFerent color scheme—this could be a bakery or a café.

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Of course, every town nEEds a garage, and this one has plenty of vehicles to be serviced. Watch out for the cat, though!

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By changing colors and adding a few new details, like a light bar or spotlights, you can turn one car design into many!

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Wow, Craig! Thanks for showing me how to build some of your beautiful LEGO town models. I have some great ideas now!

You’re welcome, Megs. Come back and visit anytime. I look forward to sEEing the models you come up with.

Will do. Do you know any other car builders? I’d like to learn more!

You should visit Are. I’ve heard he makes some amazing cars.

Alright! I’m on my way!

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Hi there! You loOk a bit mysterious! Yeah, I know. It’s an image thing. I never remove my visor.

That’s odD. Okay. Anyway...what kind of car is that?

This is top-secret technology, but come meEt my friend Ace of Spades. (We calL him that because he selLs shovels.) He can show you how to build his Ace of Spades Truck. Maybe you’lL learn a trick or two that wilL help you build my car.

Ace, can you break things down for Megs?

Sure. Here we go!

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Hot Rods and Cool Rides Are J. Heiseldal Nickname: L@go Profession: TV Journalist Nationality: Norwegian Website: www.flickr.com/photos/足legolago/

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Building Tip You can add more character to your vehicles by decorating them with stickers, like the ones on the Ace of Spades truck.

Let me show you some other sweet rides.

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Are's cars have lots of engine details. Before building my car, I think I'll put aside a few small elements and see if I can build an engine block that will fit in my design. Hot rods tend to have exposed engines so you can see their craftsmanship. Sports cars cover their engines with smooth, curved hoods so they'll go faster!

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Nice wheels, Ace. Here are some of my SuperCars ready to race.

Whoa! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that rumbling sound?!

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Jeepers! Why is everything shaking?!

From Below! We’re gonna get outta here! See ya, Megs!

Bye, guys!

WOW! epic vehicles!

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Oh, soRRy, did we disturb you? We were just on our way to help round up some escaped Rock Monsters!

Your equipment is amazing. Do you mind showing me how you built it?

Yes, they’re some serious machines! I’ll show you how I built this one behind me.

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Fair warning, building the Jack knife is not easy. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start by building these four small modules.

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The jackknife is loaded with functions for crushing, cutting, scraping, and melting rocks—a very handy piece of equipment for us Miners.

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Wow, that jackknife is a tough build, but what a great vehicle. Thanks!

No problem, Megs. Here are some of our other machines. feel free to copy any of them should you need some heavy machinery.

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Looking at Moritz's mining equipment, I can see that all of the machines have some key details in common: protective roll cages, big industrial-looking engines, lots of lights, and, of course, bright colors. Bright colors make these big, dangerous vehicles easy to see. I should remember these details when I'm building heavy equipment.

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Here is where we house the captured Rock Monsters.

Aww, it looks they have everything they need: food, water, and a nice house, too.

Hehe. Yes, the problem is they get in our way all the time! This green guy is Brutus. He is a Rock Dragon, and he helps us keep the wild Rock Monsters in line. As long as we give him a few crystals, Brutus is happy.

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Wow, Brutus is awesome!

Uh-oh, more Rock Monsters on the loose! Stop eating all our crystals!

MINE!!!

Oh no! Brutus is on an energy crystal rampage! Time to go, Megs!

Yikes! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m outta here, Moritz!

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Coming through!

Ack! Activate evasive maneuvers!

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Megs! My readings show an emergency beam out! What are your coordinates? I have no idea, Brickbot! I’m too high to sEE the ground, but I’m suRRounded by some awesome flying machines!

Did you say awesome? Yes, I suppose so. FoLLow me to our hangar, and I’LL show you some of my planes!

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Jon says: ˝Vehicles with interesting paint jobs often have sections that are painted bright colors and sections that aren't. You can re-create this effect by using differently colored bricks in different parts of your model.˝

The Phoenix is a real beauty. I bet she goes realLy fast!

Thanks! she is pretTy fast. How about your ride?

WelL, I’m not exactly sure, but it must be pretTy fast since I can beam in and out of worlds instantaneously. Brickbot, clock my speEd! SeE you later, Jon!

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The Turtle Factory Whoa, that was fast! Where am I?

Argh! What are you doing on my factory floor?!

Sorry about that—I’m on an adventure.

An adventure? Well, why didn’t you say so? I’m Pete, and this is my ship, the Marauder. Let’s have a tour of my spaceport!

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Pete Reid Nickname: Legoloverman Profession: Author Nationality: British Website: www.flickr.com/photos/legoloverman/

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We have everything we need here.

Awww, isn’t he cute?

What are you doing?! Don’t pet the Combat Turtles! That’s a highly sophisticated robot!

Oh, sorry. But he’s such a nifty turtle! Come on, then. let’s go visit my Turtle Factory.

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Whoa, Pete! This is all built with LEGO pieces?

Absolutely! I build only with LEGO pieces. After a Turtle is assembled, the lifting arm grabs it and places it in a box for shipment.

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And that’s how you can build a space turtle.

I can’t wait to get back to my idea lab and build one!

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If you want to learn more about outer space building, I can give you the location of another spacer.

Sure, that sounds great. I’lL leave you to it then. Brickbot, beam me to these coOrdinates!

Take care, Megs!

Okay, Megs, the coordinates are locked. Beaming you now.

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Starfighters Wow, this is supersonic speEd!!

Now, I just have to atTach the last ABS module...

Don’t be alarmed. I’m just here to seE your LEGO starfighter colLection. I hope you’re not toO busy to show me some of your ships.

Oh, don’t worRy. I’m a bit of a grease monkey. I’m just putTing the finishing touches on my Seraph Starfighter right now. I can show you how the whole thing was built, if you like.

Whoa! You just apPeared out of nowhere!

RealLy? That would be great!

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Peter Morris Nickname: peterlmorris, aka Rival M Profession: Stay-at-Home Dad Nationality: American Website: www.flickr.com/photos/rival_m/

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These cockpit instructions are a starting point. Each starfighter has slight variations, and the boxes just provide a foundation. The posSibilities are endlesS. Just remember, when you are designing your cockpit be sure to leave roOm for a pilot!

Where do you get the inspiration for your fighters?

Sometimes I start with a pencil sketch; other times I’m inspired by someone else’s LEGO model or some concept art. And sometimes I just build with LEGO pieces that I think loOk coOl.

What hapPens when you’re stumped? Do you ever get frustrated with a build?

Absolutely. Sometimes I just put an unfinished build in a drawer and come back to it later, but I never give up. If I can imagine it, I can usualLy build it. It’s LEGO bricks that make that posSible!

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Starfighter: Inspirational Models

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These are epic ships! They give me lots of ideas!

Thanks! If you’re loOking for more sci-fi ideas, you should try visiting Mark. He’s easy to find: just head east from here and folLow the sound of big guns and plastic bricks!

Thanks for everything, Peter.

No problem, Megs. I’m always hapPy to give building advice.

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Hi, I’m Megs. Cool robots!

I’m Mark, but these aren’t robots—they have pilots. That makes them mecha, or mechs, if you prefer.

Okay, sorry if I insulted you!

Nah, Mecha is new to a lot of people, but it’s so much fun to build.

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Mighty Mecha Mark Stafford Nickname: Nabii Profession: Designer Nationality: British Website: www.flickr.com/photos/nabii

The red model is the Counterblast. It’s about to set off on a patrol. But I’m here to fix a problem on the Gunrunner, this big grey one. You look like you could handle some building—wanna help?

I’d love to! What a great opportunity to see how you build these things.

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See the problem here? The arm is all floppy. I made a basic building error when I first built it.

Yes?

I chose the wrong hinge for the shoulder. Normally a ball joint like this would hold the weight of an arm, but this mecha has really heavy arms. I should have used one of these click hinge ball joints instead.

So we just swap out that hinge for this one here?

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Things look much better! Howâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it look up there?

Yeah, what a lucky break. The two hinges are almost the same size.

Sure. It looks like the Counterblast is back from patrol. How about building that one?

Cool!

Could you show me how to build one of these from scratch?

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Building Tip Of course, your mecha doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have two identical arms. How about adding a rocket pod or a power sword instead?

Yeah, those are some cool alternative arms!

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Mecha Inspiration

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Mark explained to me the frame of a mecha is the most important thing to figure out. You need to plan your mecha's proportions from the start. Does it have long legs or arms? Does the pilot sit in the body, or is there a head on top? Does it have two, four, or more arms and legs? Do the knees bend backwards (â&#x20AC;&#x2030;like in the Counterblast), or do they work more like a human's? Only once you've built a basic frame is it time to decide on other key apsects, like whether it will be heavily armored and slow or lightly armored and fleet footed. But mecha aren't all military. They can be walking forklifts, farming mecha, or even racing mechs. I wonder what my Transport-o-lux would look like with legs?

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Building Tip Try finding LEGO parts that fit with the theme of your mecha. These small details add a lot of character to your model.

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Building Tip You can break up color schemes by adding accent colors. Try creating stripes or blocks of color.

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This grey Counterblast was the first one I built. I think the design is strong enough to build in whichever LEGO brick colors you have.

Definitely! Thanks for showing me how you build mecha, Mark.

My pleasure!

Megs, I’ve been tinkering with your space-time controls. I think I can beam you to a builder in another time period. Really, Brickbot? Let’s do it!

Take care, Megs. Come back sometime, and I’ll show you some of my starships!

I will. Promise.

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Ahhh! A wizard! Don’t smite me! Even thy cart hath no wheels, oh powerful wizard indeed!

What? Where? Oh, Me? No, I’m Megs— just a traveling builder loOking for some historic LEGO building techniques.

Hah! SorRy, Megs, I’m just foOling with you. I’m Aaron. Sometimes we have a starfighter fly over. We know there’s a lot of amazing stufF out there. These are my medievalinspired models so I thought I’d greEt you in character.

Haha! I was hoping you could show me some medieval building techniques, something that would work welL with a castle.

Merchant Wagon

Sure thing. How about if we start with a merchant wagon?

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Medieval Village Aaron Andrews Nickname: DARKspawn Profession: Music Teacher Nationality: Australian Websites: www.flickr.com/photos/darkspawn/ www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?m=DARKspawn

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Texture is very important for adding detail to your models. There are several LEGO bricks with patterns in them, and you can use these to give your models a more realistic look. Aaron has also added interest to his stone walls by placing tiles sideways so they look like bricks sticking out of the stonework. He has also laid out the tiles on the roof to look like square slates, just like on a real old building!

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Hilltop Tower This yelLow tower reminds me of something from when I was younger...

Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tribute to the first ever LEGO castle model: the clasSic yelLow castle. I had it as a child.

Oh, yes! Me toO!

If you ever meEt the original designer on your travels, telL him how many of us he inspired!

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I noticed in Aaron's medieval models that the LEGO black and brown colors both represent wood. This technique adds visual detail simply by using color. If he had used just brown or just black, his models would have been very bland. In his market model, for example, I can see how he separates the browns of the ground from the browns of the wooden beams in the town well by using light grey Ë?stoneË? tiles to break things up.

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Woodsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cottage Here is a simple WoOdsmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CotTage. AdDing smalL outbuildings helps grow your medieval vilLage.

Remember when building in the MidDle Ages theme to show animals, flags, fences, treEs, and other detail elements to make your models loOk more authentic.

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Aaron, it loOks amazing when you bring alL of your models together. Thank you for showing me how you build your medieval models.

It was fun, Megs. Where are you heading now?

Further back in time, I think. Bye, Aaron! Fare thee well, fair maiden!

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RRROOoa aRRRR! Ahh! He’s gonna eat me!

Wow, what a beauty! And Such lovely stripes!

Hi, I’m Megs. Where did this stunning creature come from?

Rooaooh?

You built him? That’s amazing! Do you have any other dinosaurs?

Oh, he’s calmed down now. He must like you. I’m Mike. I built him myself, but I should have made a cage for him first.

Oh yeah, there’s a Pterosaur, a Brachiosaurus, and a Stegosaurus. I love building these guys.

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Triassic Park Mike Psiaki Nickname: Psiaki Profession: Mechanical Engineer Nationality: American Website: www.flickr.com/photos/pmiaki

I bet they can run quite fast. Maybe you should build a vehicle to keEp up with them.

Great idea. Let’s build a safari truck!

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Now that we can outrun them, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get dino building! First try building this Pterosaur.

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Awesome Stego. Any chance you can show me how to build that T. rex?

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That was a long build but totally worth it!

Thanks! I have one in brown, too. Sometimes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to build a copy of a LEGO model with a diFFerent color scheme.

If you would like a big challenge, you can always try to build my Brachiosaurus.

Dang! He sure is tall! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure I have enough grey LEGO bricks to build him, but I could try a blue one! HEEhEE.

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Thank you, Mike. I’m going to continue my exploration now, so I’ll say good-bye.

Bye, Megs. Good luck out there!

Ruh-rooh?

ROOOA A ARRRR! Oh no, now there are two of them! Where did I park that truck? Ahhh!!

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I’m back to the present, but why are the minifigs so weird looking? What did I do? Step on a buTTerfly in the past and change evolution?!

Relax, we’re mini-dolLs, not minifigs. There are stiLL plenty of minifigs around.

Whew! That’s a relief. I’m Megs, by the way. and what a stunning pool! It looks great from up here. I love the waLL, flowers, and aLL of the details.

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Making New Friends Katie Walker Nickname: Eilonwy77 Profession: Elementary School Teacher Nationality: American Website: www.ďŹ&#x201A;ickr.com/eilonwy77

Thanks! It was aLL built by Katie, our minifigure fairy.

Katie, can you show our new friend Megs how you built some of our stuFF?

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to share my techniques! Building a curved waLL starts with a simple brick subaSSembly.

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Now I’LL show you how to build a mosaic that’s six studs wide and nine studs long. Mosaic building is a liTTle unusual. We’LL start by building a frame to hold the pieces. After that, we just slot in slope and tile pieces sideways. The paTTern wiLL nEEd to fit the frame exactly.

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This would be a nice rug for my Idea Lab.

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You can also build a mosaic using other LEGO bricks, like this pink and blue one.

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Building Journal

Katie told me mosaics are really finicky. Sometimes just modifying the frame slightly will completely change how a mosaic fits into place. She recommends trying different ideas, no matter how crazy they seem. Even if the original idea doesn't work, it might lead to another one that does. I think that's true for any design project!

Here in the blue room I have used my mosaic techniques in many places.

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Here are some courtyards and interiors that use my mosaic techniques.

Wow, your courtyards and interior spaces complement each other beautifuLLy. IÂ wish I could sEE more amazing environments like these.

WeLL, I am a fairy, and wishes are my specialty. Good luck with your travels, Megs. FareweLL!

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Wow! Look at all those steam engines!

Hey! You there! Get out of there, or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll end up covered in soot!

Thank you, sir. Where am I? And who are you?

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Full Steam Ahead Carl Greatrix Nickname: Bricktrix Profession: LEGO Model Designer at TT Games Nationality: British Websites: www.flickr.com/photos/bricktrix/ www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=309654

This is Corfe Castle— well, the LEGO version, anyway. I’m Station Master Carl.

Some areas of Corfe Castle use model railway parts (like the grass and the gravel), but all of the vehicles, buildings, and plants are made from LEGO pieces. Would like to see some more of my trains?

Wow, Katie’s magic really worked! You made all this? I’ve never seen a floor like this before.

that would be lovely!

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Bricktrix is one of my favorites, which is why I named it after myself.

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British Railways 0-6-0, Fowler Class 3F, “Jinty” Tank Engine (in operation 1924–1967) Train Features Working brakes (via cab brake lever) Working lit firebox (light brick trigger via boiler) Removable cab section (access to the brake lever)

Well, you were right, Carl, that was a difficult build. It does give me some good ideas for building on train tracks!

Yes, I like a good challenge! Here, I’ll show you more of Corfe Castle station.

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Carl uses stickers to great effect. He cuts the edges off official LEGO sticker sheets and uses them to make window frames and even stripes on some of his vehicles. He's also used his own printed stickers to create unique and accurate LEGO models. These techniques are a great way to make models look a lot more realistic, but it takes practice to get them right.

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Building the surrounding environment is a great opportunity to add in some fun details. I’ll say. Hey, is that Superman? No, that’s just Bob. Hey, Bob, you’ve put your underwear on last again!

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Of course, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to build just steam trains. You can build diesel engines or even electric locomotives if you want to.

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Carl's trains gave me lots of great ideas. They have working lights, actually move, and are really powerful. When I get back to the Idea Lab, I'll try building something that runs on rails. I'm just not sure it will be a train like his!

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This is my pride and joy, a model of the Mallard. It has held the world speed record for steam locomotives since 1938. What an achievement!

I’ve always liked the steam engines from the grand days of travel, and this one is brilliant! I wonder what else steam power can accomplish. Brickbot?

No problem. Beaming you to a new location now, Megs.

Bye, Carl. Thanks for everything!

Good-bye, Megs. What a peculiar lady. Quite nice, though.

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Ooh! Now that is coOl. Erm...greEtings, my goOd man! I’m Megs, an explorer. GreEtings, Milady. I’m Captain Smog, at your service. What a strange contraption you have. We seEm to get a lot of explorers around here. Comes with the steampunk terRitory, I guesS. How may I satisfy your curiosity? Steampunk?

Steampunk is a genre of science fiction. It depicts what the world might have beEn like if we had continued to develop steampowered vehicles instead of internal combustion engines, like the ones in today’s cars. Gears, boilers, and steam exhausts are esSential to steampunk! Here, let me show you some of my models.

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Steampunk Sylvain Amacher Nickname: Captain Smog Profession: Graphic Designer Nationality: Swiss Website: www.flickr.com/photos/captainsmog/

Let me introduce you to the Arms of Toil. I created it to help men carRying heavy loads. You wilL be using a lot of smalL parts to build it; folLow the arRows and you should be sucCesSful. We shalL begin with the core of the exoskeleton: the boiler.

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Here we have the Urban Steam Monorail! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very fast way to travel to exotic destinations. Each car can take up to eight pasSengers comfortably.

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These are indeEd some curious devices, my goOd sir.

Of course, I have my own device: the Transport-o-lux. It alLows me to explore ingenious LEGO creations through time and other dimensions. AhHh, that is a handsome device you have there. Is it powered by the almighty steam toO?

No, goOd sir, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tis imagination that drives this fine craft.

Imagination, you say? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve plenty of that to go around here! Come, misS, let us explore the infinite posSibilities of the Iron Legs.

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SpifFing, my goOd man. These are quite talL contraptions, indeEd.

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Steampunk seems like a really difficult genre to get right. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part steam power, part clockwork, and part science fiction. I should look at some real steampowered vehicles from the Victorian era and borrow some details from them. The metal parts are often painted bright colors to stop them from rusting, the machinery is metal cogs, and the delicate parts are made of brass. Steam engines need big boilers and have chimneys, too. Megs? Can you hear me? Ah, Brickbot, my clever mechanical wonder!

My syntax sensors detect that you must be in a steampunk empire!

IndeEd, I am, my shiny friend! What is it that you require?

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I just received a message from someone named Katie that says, “Megs, I think you’ll like this.” She has attached some coordinates. WelL, that is an unexpected turn of events. Beam me at your earliest convenience to those distant coOrdinates. Let us depart posthaste!

Thank you kindly for sharing your knowledge, Captain Smog. Sadly, I must take my leave now for parts unknown! I wish you fine luck with your future creations.

It was my pleasure, milady. Bon voyage!

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This is just a small castle. Why would Katie send me here?

Hi, I’m Megs. What a nice house you have.

It does look a little familiar, like Aaron’s Hilltop Tower.

Good to meet you. I’m Daniel. My house is based on a castle I designed for the LEGO Group a long time ago.

I’m traveling to see what people have made and to get inspiration for my own models.

You? You designed the Yellow Castle? It was my favorite thing in the world when I was a kid! Thank you, on behalf of so many people.

It was just one of the LEGO sets I designed, but I am really glad to hear people liked it. What can I do for you, Megs?

Follow me then. I have some cool buildings just over there.

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A LEGO Legend Daniel August Krentz Profession: Retired LEGO Designer Nationality: American/Danish

You may Try building my yellow castle house if you like.

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You know, a long time ago a friend and I also traveled through many diFFerent worlds exploring diFFerent creations. I think the LEGO Group even wrote a book about it.

Really? I wonder if anyone would be interested in my adventures.

I think they would. YOu should get a book made! Anyway, let’s have a look inside my thinking tower.

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Wow! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful!

Thinking Tower

Why, Thank you, Megs! I do like to build fantasy LEGO models.

I also like to add details, like door handles, flowers, and banisters. They make my models more realistic.

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These twisty stairs are great.

These angled corners are interesting.

That’s LEGO geometry! A six-stud arch wilL line up if it is twisted until it is four studs up and five studs over. There are quite a few ways bricks can be placed diagonalLy, and it’s quite difFicult to build large structures with them. I enjoy that kind of chalLenge.

Oh yes, I feEl it’s important that it makes sense how a person can get from one level to the next.

Building Tip To figure out the diagonal possibilities of LEGO bricks, take a brick (or a plate) and put any 1×1 element on each end. Attach one end of the brick to a baseplate, and rotate it until it reaches a stud. Does it fit without being forced? Congratulations, you have discovered a usable building connection. To create a smooth surface between your connection points, cover the exposed studs with tiles.

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Now come with me. You need to see this!

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Idea Temple This is my Idea temple. Its shape is based on a six-pointed star.

Neat!

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This is the front hall.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice but kind of dark in here.

Oh, yes. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get some light in here. You can probably tell I like building things that open up.

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That’s better.

Wow, what is this room for?

Building Journal

I can’t really describe what it was like in the Idea Nexus. I don’t even know how long I lay there. All of the places I had visited and all of the models I had seen suddenly merged together in my head. I felt my creativity levels boosted, and I knew I had to get back to my Idea Lab and Brickbot and start building.

This is my imagination focus. It draws in ideas and energy from all over the world.

Here, give it a try. Just lay your head down at the Nexus Point.

Oh, wow! This is awesome!!!

Thanks so much for showing me around, Daniel. And thanks, too, for everything you designed for the LEGO Group!

It was My pleasure, Megs. Good-bye, and good building!

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THE END (for now)

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