Aug 05

Bricks to Rails: LEGO Train Festival

As part of the summer long Build! exhibit at The Longmont Museum, CoWLUG hosted a separate, special weekend layout, bringing custom designed LEGO trains out from the exhibit cases to run on tracks through a multi-layered mountain and town layout. Based on the steady flow of families throughout both days (August 3-4) our builders did not disappoint.

The view from the train yard corner.

The track layout allowed for multiple trains to run at the same time. Additionally, there were amusement park rides which ran and other mechanical creations (by Lester) with interactive buttons to delight kids who were thrilled to operate them.

A fun addition to the layout included road and rail bridges over a multilayered water scene devised by Reed (of both CoWLUG & DENLUG.) Designed to be viewed at toddler eye-level, it was a fun view for children not usually tall enough to see things at table level.

A new surprise made possible by this year’s LEGO LUG support program drew a group of kids around Reed for a chance to answer LEGO trivia and perhaps snatch up a coveted, new LEGO set. Many thanks to LEGO for providing support to CoWLUG so we can offer these giveaways at events.

Another view of the many layers of mesa, mountains and train tracks. There were a number of people who stayed for hours just studying all the details. Many thanks to Art for organizing the weekend event, and to all the builders who came out to participate. The Build! exhibit runs until September 22nd, 2013.

May 09

LEGO Mosaic Building on a HUGE Scale

The upcoming Denver Comic Con is bringing members together for a massive mosaic build. Overseen by Mark and Joel, the two mosaics include a classic Superman comic book cover that in the end should be about seven feet wide and ten feet tall. It will be displayed after DCC at The Longmont Museum as part of their summer Build! exhibit, featuring LEGO creations from builders around the country.

The Longmont Museum gave CoWLUG table space and a chance to work on the mosaic during their Build! LEGO Contest event on April 28th. A special thanks goes out to those who turned out to lend a hand.

Several members including Mark, Imagine & Shawn took a break from building to volunteer as judges for the Museum’s building contest. There were many clever and funny entries, making it difficult for winners to be chosen.

Along with creative, original builds by members that will be on exhibit for the duration of Build!, the museum is offering up a limited edition of twenty-five micro Longmont Museum sets designed by Imagine. Each will be numbered and signed and will include a specially engraved tile. Time was also spent on during the mosaic building event to begin assembly of the sets to assure quality and quantity of parts – seem above completed.

Dec 08

Laramie Depot Open House a Success!

Stuart organized a 157.5 square foot layout for the Laramie show this year, gathering together nine CoWLUG members for a beautiful display during the November weekend (17th & 18th.) There was a steady flow of happy LEGO admirers who enjoyed the trains, wind turbines, town, alien invasions and more. Three CoWLUG contributors were local to Laramie – a positive trend for the group! Welcome everyone! Stuart extends his thanks to all who participated and worked hard to bring a good show to the Depot.

CoWLUG’s display to promote the show appeared in the Albany County Public Library prior to the show.