Mar 20

Estes Park – Rails on the Rockies – 2015

For the Estes Park Train Show, we took a gamble and tried to do Las Vegas. The numbers were against us: We had 13 builders for the show and we were setting up on Friday the 13th. But I guess the odds were in our favor and we hit the jackpot! Las Vegas was a great success. I would like to thank all those who built for it, and all those who spent time at the show helping out. Thanks also goes to Jeff who helped transport some of the MOC’s for those who could not make it to the show.

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Six of our builders made casinos. I felt that Meghan’s Caesar’s Palace was outstanding; many people took extra time to look it over. Our other casinos were: the MGM by Michael, a Star Wars version of New York, New York by Art, the Camelot Casino by Lester, the Flamingo by Samantha, and the Luxor by Duane. Building the Strip with two road base plates wide added greatly to the layout. Jim’s monorail along the Strip added nicely to the overall effect.

Caesar's Palace Meghan

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(upper photo by Lester, lower two photos by Meghan)

At the center of the front tables, Stefano’s large train station held everyone’s attention, as well as a large desert area. At one side was Jeff’s Star Wars Sarlacc Pit and skiff. On the other side were a few of Jim’s amusement park rides. The kids just loved the push buttons to make the rides move. One of our new members, Pete, brought a few of his trains to run in this area. He even let some of the visitors run his RC train.

Stefano's Train Station

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(upper photo by Lester, lower photo by Meghan)

The remainder of the layout displayed our version of Suburbia, with a wide variety of houses. Everyone got big kick out of the different kinds of buildings. Stuart’s Upside Down house and his Cookie and Milk house, Lester’s Despicable Me house, Sam’s Duplex (with good and bad neighbors) and a Wedding Chapel, Doug’s Cape Cod home, Meghan’s multiple buildings, Duane’s various buildings, and a Wedding Chapel from one of our young builders, Nikolai. We ended that section of the tables with a farm, an oil refinery, a train switchyard, and odd buildings here and there.

Cookie & Milk House Stuart

Despicable Me Lester

(photos by Lester)

There was so much to see, that it took people a long time to look over the details. We were told by many visitors that they came to the show just to see what we’d built this time, since we have a different theme each year.

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Thanks again to all who participated! -Lester

 

 

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.