Mar 20

MOCs & Elves Parts Draft @ CoWLUG Member’s Meeting

If you’re lurking on the CoWLUG YahooGroups list and wonder what happens at the meetings, here’s a little sampling of activity around the MOCs table from the March 2015 meeting. Lots of great stuff being built and planned by members who have been with CoWLUG for years, but also by a slew of brand new members. The Elves parts draft was an intense and crowded event. If you want to see what that’s all about, come to the next meeting with the selected set, ready to sort!

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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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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

Dec 29

Wow! Children’s Museum Free Build.

Early in December Todd E. volunteered on behalf of CoWLUG to run an afternoon of free build fun at the Wow! Children’s Museum in Lafayette. Known for its interactive, child-oriented exhibits, the museum was thrilled to have a table of bricks for building during the holiday season.

A huge thanks goes out to Todd E. for running the event and to Ian & Abby for lending the bucket full of basic bricks that have now traveled to several free build events.

Photographs are courtesy of Wow! Children’s Museum. They were so happy with the visitor excitement and interaction with the free build that they’d love to hold another in the future.

May 22

History Colorado Center LEGO-rado Exhibit Opens!

Opening on Saturday, May 26, this 700-foot display features a train track circling four themed sections that showcase Colorado stories from particular places and times; past and future! LEGO-rado will be on display through Colorado Day – August 1, 2012.

The four themed LEGO-rado sections include: Geological Colorado, featuring landscapes and an archaeological dig; Old Town Colorado, highlighting Bent’s Fort, a river basin and prairies; Contemporary Colorado, which looks at small town and suburban Colorado with comical twists; and Future Colorado, a fantastical vision of future Denver filled with extraterrestrials and flying vehicles.

The display took 12 of our builders over two months to build and install – all on their own time. Above is a little teaser photo from the Future Denver section just to give you a glimpse – you really need to come down and see for yourself!

History Colorado Center is also offering LEGO building workshops lead by our CoWLUG members. Workshops are $45 ($40 for History Colorado members) and include a small LEGO set to take home. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Registration information can be found at History Colorado Center or call (303) 866-2394. Workshop dates, times and age groups are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 9: 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (for ages 5 to 9, adult required)
  • Sunday, June 24: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (for ages 10+)
  • Saturday, July 14: 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (for ages 5 to 9, adult required)
  • Sunday, July 29: 1p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (for ages 10+)