Feb 14

Estes Park: Rails on The Rockies 2016

Rails on The Rockies 2016

February 13th and 14th

The Rails on The Rockies held annually over President’s Day Weekend in Estes Park was another fun filled weekend of model trains, LEGO, and Lester coming up with an idea out of the box. This year’s display theme was “Islands”. A train track was laidout out around various islands created to be humorous and practical, that had boats and ships that ran around them on the track. There was a kitchen island, Gilligan’s Island, Desserted Island and many more types of islands. A small amusement park had a standard train running around it and other city buildings. The “train” ships were something new and were quite popular amongst the crowd. Thanks to all the builders, about 13, who participated in a unique display layout.

SAM_1019Duplo blended well with the theme of islands. Just need to watch out for Captain Hook and Peter Pan. And when you have a volcano, you might as well toast a marshmallow too.

SAM_1020A popular island by Lester.

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Desserted Island is filled with yummy goodness created by Nancy

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Scooby Doo wouldn’t be out of place with a Skull Island build by Stuart, Monster Mystery Machine by Jim.

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Samantha went all out for Gilligan’s Island. SKIPPER!

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Art’s boardwalk was a great addition to the islands. It’s a very busy place to be.

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Art added a beach with a bar, rock concert, surfin’, and muscle beach. Inside Tip: Almost everything Art builds, there’s his signature concert scene.

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The smallest amusement park set up by Jim. Push buttons again were popular.

SAM_1069Nikoli’s “Penguin Island”. CoWLUG’s youngest builder keeping things cool.


SAM_1072Chris’ “Pirate Cove” is filled with many wonderful details you had to see it in person. The sails on the ships were custom made and well done.


SAM_1082A tug boat and garbage barge with a raptor drinkin’ by Lester. Michael and Meghan’s Viking ship, a classic set.

SAM_1084Some small islands by Lester and Bill. Boat races and Bat Boat, which runs on the tracks, by Lester.

SAM_1015Jim’s “Battle For The Witches Gold”. A chaotic scene featuring pirates, orcs, trolls, dinosaurs, various soldiers, a few ninjas and some wizards battling for gold.

Another fun year and can’t wait to see what Lester has planned. Thanks to: Lester, Art, Jim, Bill, Sam, Meghan, Michael, Nikoli, Nancy, Peter, Chris, (anyone I missed let me know). Early word for next year is “Steam Powered” not “SteamPunk”.

Oct 11

NoCo MiniMaker Faire: 2015

NoCo Mini-Maker Faire 2015

About 10 builders made the trek up to Loveland for the NoCo Mini Maker Faire over the October 10th and 11th weekend. The display was filled with a large variety of builds. Being a Mini Maker Faire, creativity and making things was full on with the builds not only from CoWLUG but the rest of the event. It was a fun event for the builders as well. 

12088490_1099989543354081_5023588736951208732_nLester brought some of his finds, a 2001 remote control Bionicle called Manas.  

12105778_1099988123354223_4251575649928876169_nJeff made his I-Rex from Bionicle parts and did a pretty nice job too. 

12107068_1099988200020882_1178855251732586665_nLester’s steam punk AT-AT is always a crowd pleaser. 

12107080_1099988266687542_2671269194927629640_nChris bringing some Star Wars fun to the build with a base of operations. 

12143070_1099988676687501_7791443254631318072_nBionicles and Bionicles. Each creation have an individual look for their characters. 

12116013_1099988660020836_7798996118225756367_nEric’s buildings. Each building is getting better and the details are fun to look at while trying to figure out the technique used. 

DSCN0488Joe and Doug’s fantasy area. They finish building it as the days go on. Need some lanscaping ideas, look closely.

12072728_1099988723354163_8003649267969260335_nDonnie has a few things going on. First on the left is an X-Men -vs- Sentinels battle, then a Star Wars Imperial Hanger. Off to the right, the Joker -vs- Batman scene. 

12115850_1099989686687400_5746544513110328671_nOh look, Jim’s amusement park operated by pushbuttons. The train has camera on it that gives a view of riding the rails around the park. 

12108988_1099988610020841_5959673959619595783_nRyan has a collected the various colors of LEGO parts used over the years. It’s neat to see them all together in one place. 

DSCN0510A cool battle scene, the landscaping and scenery are quite impressive and should be looked at to see what can be done.

Thanks to Doug for organizing the display. Photos courtesy of Eric Neuman and Doug Cloud. Thanks guys.

Oct 08

IFMA Trade Show

IFMA World Workplace Confrence and Expo
October 7th and 8th at the Colorado Convention Center

IFMA, International Facility Management Association, www.ifma.org if you want to learn more. Members of CoWLug and DenLUG were invited by Darin, who is a member of the local IFMA organization that put on this event and is a member of DenLUG to display some of our MOCs and creations at this expo. It’s not the usual type of event by any means. No kids and all business professionals. It was also very fun, especially on the last day picking up some of the giveaways by the booths. We also shared the space with Ed McCaffery and Randy Gradishar from the Denver Broncos when they came to sign autographs.

Ian, Abby, Duane, Jeremy, Jim M, Todd E, and Darin put together a small display. It had creations from city buildings including the cash register building, Republic Plaza, a refinery, pushbutton operated amusement park, Technic builds and tops, to a Denver Bronco mosaic that had autographed tiles added, and a tornado. Basically, Facilities for a Facility Management Expo.

IMG_1923aEd McCaffery #87 and Randy Gradishar #53 signed tiles and Duane’s Denver Bronco Mosaic.

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The overall layout of the display. Ian’s Repbulic Plaza towering over everything, the giant white building. Jeremy’s Technic and tops display is off to the right.

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There’s no stopping the rides, you have to work on them as you can.

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Duane’s refinery, train tunnel, with a volcanic Minecraft scene lit up.

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Doofenshmirttz Evil Incorporated on the left and the iconic cash register building by Duane.

20151008_132612Jim’s pushbutton amusement park. I found it interesting how hard it was to get people to “push the buttons”.

It was a fun and different event to participate in. And it proves that LEGO makes everything better, even an expo.

Thanks to Darin for the invite. Pictures provided by Ian and Duane.

Sep 14

First Annual Fort Collins Comic Con!

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Awesome overhead shot of the CoWLUG tables by Ryan.

Many CoWLUG members have been part of “the larger Comic Con” in Colorado for several years in a row.   Distill all the goodness of that event down into a single day and you have Fort Collins Comic Con. The Aztlan Community Center just north of the main part of town was transformed into a cozy venue which made all the participants and attendees feel like they were hanging out with a huge group of their friends for the day.

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Six CoWLUG builders filled their two allotted tables with plenty of LEGO goodness for attendees to enjoy.

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The smaller event and minimal table space to keep an eye on made it possible for Imagine to join in the cosplay fun. Here, in his Mandalorian armor, he lines up with other cosplayers before presenting on stage before the judges and audience.

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judgesJust like a lot of events held in Fort Collins, the small and friendly atmosphere of Fort Collins Comic Con promises to make the event a favorite for CoWLUG and others for many years to come.

A huge thank you goes out to Ryan for successfully organizing the display for CoWLUG, as well as all the builders (Ryan, Jeff, Cy, Donnie, Eric & Imagine) who volunteered their fantastic creations and time to make the display exciting for all the viewers.

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