Apr 03

2018 Denver Comic Con Info

The 2018 Denver Comic Con is coming up soon. June 15th -17th.  We have many things planned and a group display is one of them. Any updates will be posted at the bottom of the page.

What do you need to know?

Group layout:

Pop culture scenes. A scene from a tv show, movie, book, comic book, meme, anything really. The only rule about what can be a scene is, there can be no Batman or Star Wars. Get creative, get out of your comfort zone. And I’m kidding about Batman and Star Wars.

Like last DCC 2017, it will be 1 32×32 baseplate wide minimum and 3 32×32 base plates deep. The maximum width is 3 32×32 baseplates. If you need a larger footprint contact Ian or Me to see if it’s possible. Collaborative builds are encouraged, double the builders to double the size. There are no height restrictions just understand that there are rules against using ladders at the venue. Everything will be listed on the cowlug.net website, and the Facebook page.

There isn’t a table layout yet, waiting on DCC organizers, so we might need inside and outside corners.

There will be a monorail running around it again maybe a train or both. This year there needs to be a 16 stud empty space at the front of the base plate. I plan on keeping it at ground level and limiting the elevations.

By June 1st at the latest, participating members need to send Ian or Jim a picture of what you’re making with foot print dimensions. Also the following information will need to be provided by June 1st.
– Name of the creator.
– Title of the build.
– A brief description of your inspiration.
– This is so a title card can be made for it. The picture is to help make sure it meets the requirements so there won’t be any issues durring set up. And to help with creating the layout.

Mar 17

Estes Park: Rails on The Rockies 2017

By Lester:

Greetings to all,

We had another successful Estes Park Train Show a few weekends ago, and I would like to thank all those who came up and helped with it. A total of 12 people had something to do with the show; some couldn’t make it, but sent their items with someone else. With the loan of track and base plates from Duane and Mark, we had one heck of a track layout with a large switchyard. The layout was in a U shape with two trains running on each side, Jim’s monorails on each side, plus the moving parade. It was like having 7 trains running the whole time. It really impressed people who attended as well as the train people. The weather was great this year, no snow or high winds. It did rain a bit in the afternoon on Sunday, but very light. I talked to one of the organizers of the show and they said attendance was great this year, but un-sure how many attended the show. Partly due to their new entry fee, so there were a lot of people showing up for both days on the same ticket.

The parade side of the layout:
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The Switchyard area:

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Eric’s buildings:

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The moving parade:

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As usual , we talked about next year’s show, and have decided to do the theme of Circus. Circus trains, circus parade, maybe a big top (not sure how), side shows and a caravel. Oh yes, on another section of the lay out, Jurassic Farm. Start thinking of ideas for next year, what can you build?

Thanks again everyone for you help.

Lester

May 11

CoWLUG Celebrates 10 Years!

April 2016 marked 10 years since the founding of the Colorado Wyoming LEGO Users Group. There was a wonderful turnout of CoWLUG members for a special celebration to honor the 10 years CoWLUG has been gathering and displaying unique LEGO MOCs across the Colorado and Wyoming region.

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A huge thank you goes out to Abby for organizing the celebration and reserving space at Rock Bottom Brewery for both reminiscing as well as revelry.
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There were old photos passed around from the years of displays showing some of the younger members growing up, growing better build skills, as well as facial hair. There were memories shared of members no longer with us, either because of moves or their untimely passing. The celebration certainly was not the same without the presence of Jim West – a reminder of how important it is to enjoy the times one has with good friends.

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