Jan 14

CoWLUG Meetings 2.0!

Activities Everywhere

“Great space! Parts draft! Pizza! And beer?!” – Some of the things that could be heard at CoWLUG’s recent meeting, hosted by Christian of hobbydb in Boulder this past Monday night. All told, there were 27 members in attendance, and if I counted correctly, four of them were new members attending for the first time. This year CoWLUG has a goal of making meetings more regular and also more fun. Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed items or activities, we started out with a bang.

Big & Little

MOC sharing anchored the center of the space on the ping pong table, while (in the background) parts swapping and sales took place.

Freebies

Freebies included plenty of instruction booklets for the taking (above) and bulk brick provided by LEGO as LUG support for 2014 (below.)

Bulk Brick Pick

There were also a handful of LEGO sets provided as LUG support for 2014 which were distributed via a simple random draw from a box of all attending members’ names. Congratulations to those who went home with a free, cool set! Many thanks to LEGO and to Mark for bringing the goods to distribute.

Parts Drafting

And if that weren’t enough for any LEGO fan, Ryan H. graciously organized a parts draft with about 18 participants. Plans for upcoming meetings include regular parts drafts.

Joe H. Ships

Ships by Joe H. covered a large part of the MOCs table (above.) And no matter where one stood in the space, it seemed Imagine’s gundam mech was picking out a target (below.)

Moc Sharing

There was actual LUG business tended to as well. Planning for several of this year’s displays were discussed, as well as what members would like to do for future meetings. Christian has offered up the hobbydb space for the rest of the year, with plans to host a meeting every other month. Check out CoWLUG’s group email list for details on that schedule. And just so you can all put faces to names, Christian and I (Jessica) posed for a quick photo (below.) We all look forward to a great year of some fantastic building and good times.

Chrisitan & Jessica

Jan 09

Hit the Bricks! Time Lapse

Several weeks of work by nine CoWLUG builders and extra volunteers documented with multiple cameras. Watch the chaos for yourself!

 

Hit the Bricks! Timelapse from Fiske Planetarium Production Dpt on Vimeo.

Dec 05

CU Boulder LEGO Campus Opens!

After nearly eleven months in planning, with the hard work of nine CoWLUG builders, the LEGO version of the CU Boulder campus opens Saturday, December 6th.

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Anchoring the far wall of the installation is a LEGO mosaic of the flatirons by Jim West.

IMG_2752Hanging above some of the builders and installed before any of the buildings were put in place is Ryan Howerter’s Apollo 11 Service Module.

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The display takes up nearly the entire room. This left little space for getting builds and parts in place.

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As various buildings and scenes began to fill in, many of us found ourselves having to climb in to the display to get work completed. Here, Imagine Rigney prepares to fill the stands of Folsom Field with mini/micro figs.

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Once filled in, the stadium field could be cleared of builders and set up for a game between the CU and CSU.

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Among the selected buildings for the display are Macky Auditorium, Old Main and Hellems with the Mary Rippon outdoor theatre.

IMG_2782Imagine Rigney’s build of Old Main features a spiral of motorized, rotating bats to mimic the bats which have a nursery in the tower of the building.

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Various campus life scenes are incorporated into the display, along with some fantastical and outrageous events.

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IMG_2792This installation is just the beginning of what is to come for The Heritage Center at CU Boulder. In the next phase of the installation, more will be added to fill in the campus. The display will remain in place on the 3rd level of The Heritage Center for at least eighteen months.

 

Oct 04

Loveland BrickBuilder Expo – The First!

A Brick Expo in Loveland, Colorado! Certainly. With the enthusiasm of John Metcalf and a dozen CoWLUG members, behold the first annual BrickBuilder Expo. Held in conjunction with the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, now in its second year, the emphasis for all is on making things. For the LEGO part, team builds for the public are a huge highlight (below.)

Build Contest

For the AFOL among us, chatting about LEGO elements, colors and build techniques is on the agenda for the afternoon. (Imagine, Stefano & Ryan below.)

Color Discussions

And of course there has to be a gathering of creations for all to see and share. (Dan’s Steampunk Dragonfly & Mech Diorama below.)

Dan Dan's Mechs

Newer members to CoWLUG, Doug (left) Joe (right) and Kieran (not pictured), collaborate on a fantastic build loaded with details. And cute goats! Joe is also the organizer for the event, connecting members to the Expo, making sure all activities run smoothly. Thanks Joe!

Doug & Joe Doug, Joe & Keiran Collab

Closer details of Joe’s spaceships (below.)

Joe's Ships Being in the same space as the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, makes for some great interaction – among mechs and droids, mechs and kids.

Droid in Love Fans That’s Imagine’s giant anime mech by the way, alongside his floating Bank of the Prophet from Bioshock Infinite (below.)
Imagine's Table Mech in Progress

Speaking of the Maker Faire – there’s all that too! Giant robots breathing fire, human foosball, cardboard cities, air cannons, swords – did I mention giant robots?!
Maker Faire 2014

Displays cover all themes, as shown by Collin’s Star Wars mash up (below.)

Eric Jake covered dungeon/castle, island & spaceship themes (below.)
Jake Jeff always does some amazing things with Bionicle (below.)

Jeff's Bionicle Jim’s button pushing crazy carnival rides are a super hit with all ages and do not dissapoint.
Jim's ParkJohn, the Brickbuilder instigator and new CoWLUG member, presents Loveland in micro scale. It’s a lovely tribute to the town of the same name.
John's Micro Loveland The LEGO Movie submarine, executed in brick by Imagine, is a hit among new LEGO fans, and sidles up along Ryan’s Tardis (which does NOT open) and spaceships of the real and imagined sort.
Lego Movie Sub & Ryan's Work

There’s a record store by Ryan (which you should go support on LEGO Ideas if you haven’t already,) Modulex built items (also LEGO if you didn’t know,) and headphones entirely out of LEGO – all built by Ryan too!Ryan's Store & Ships

Reference materials? You say you want a chart of LEGO colors? Well we have that too! Or at least Ryan does. If you can’t see it in person, check out his Brick Colorstream Flickr page for the most excellent and up to date reference on LEGO colors.
Ryan's Color ChartWhat? No trains? Of course not! Where there is LEGO, there are bound to be trains somewhere. Stefanos has his modern train station running a train provided by another newer member, Chris (below.) I might also add that if you scroll back up to Jeff’s Bionicle, you will see a very clever Bionicle train too. Did you miss it? Well, go back up and look.

Stefanos & Christopher Station & Train