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Friday, 3 February 2017
191 - LEGO Ghostbusters: Part 2

191 - LEGO Ghostbusters: Part 2

Hello again and welcome to Part 2 of my LEGO Ghostbuster Firehouse HQ build. If you haven't read/seen Part 1, click here. In case I haven't mentioned it, this set is huge!!! Read on for more pics.

This is Stage 7 completed. The guys can relax in the fully equipped kitchen, complete with dancing toaster.

More of the completed middle floor. Look at the beds! And the arcade machine! And the windows!

The building is really starting to take shape now - this thing is huge!

Here is Stage 9 - the top floor. Stage 8 has also been completed and added, but you'll have to wait until the end to see the inside detail.

"He slimed me"
The mini figure details are very impressive, an improvement over the Ecto-1 kit figures.

With Stage 10 completed, the building is almost at it's full height and this side is practically finished.

The front windows starting to look more impressive.

Stage 10 also added some comforts and work related items.

Stages 11 to 14 were not photographed, but added another room, stairs and the roof. But they can be seen in the "action" pictures below:

The Librarian is after Winston.

Time for Venkman to catch the ugly little spud.

Tully didn't get his coffee before Egon started his testing.

Stage 12 built the photo room, but Ray is having issues with Vigo.

Stage 13, with taxi driver ghost, builds the stairs for the top floor...

...and the stairs for the middle floor, with Zuul possessed Dana.

Stage 9s room was the bathroom that needs a clean.

Looking very neat and tidy with the fire escape, ready to be opened:

With the Firehouse opened up, you can see all the fun going on - including a working pole!

And here is the iconic front of the building. I've moved the traffic lights temporarily until the set has it's permanent home. There are even some ghosts flying about outside. 

There isn't a lot of detail on the roof. The vent system acts as the securing mechanism for closing everything up. The Librarian seems to have Winston cornered.

One of the biggest questions raised about this set when it was announced was whether Ecto-1 could fit inside. Well, the LEGO website says it can, so let me test that:

Err... not looking like it will fit.

That would be a no. Now you could remove Janine's desk and Ecto-1 will just about squeeze in, but you won't be able to open or close the Firehouse doors. I might try and build an additional section with Venkman and Janine's desks on so Ecto-1 can fully fit.

In the meantime, the car gets parked outside.

It does however look very cool with the Ghostbusters display stand outside.

Thanks for reading everyone!
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
190 - LEGO 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse: Part 1

190 - LEGO 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse: Part 1

So my latest distraction from doing anything GW related was a cracking present I received from my wife for my 30th birthday last year. It was the LEGO 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters. Read on for pictures and my comments on this great kit.

Now this is an absolutely massive kit with 4,634 pieces and is 36cm high when finished. As with all the new LEGO kits, the build is split up into numbered sections. There were 14 numbered sections and nearly 600 steps in an instruction book over 400 pages long! The picture above is stage 1 done, so getting the outside pavement and the first few walls up.

The uniform lockers give you an idea as to how much detail is in this kit.

Stage 2 is completed. The walls are coming together and a stairway has been added.

Underneath the stairs is the ghost containment unit. A nice little addition and something they could have easily left  out with there not being a basement level on the kit.

Stage 3 is finished here and the ground floor walls are all up.

The front double doors were also finished. A nice little touch here with including the small door inside the bigger door.

This is the top down view looking into the ground floor.

Here is the side view with side door and pink mood slime escaping from the pavement.

Stage 4 finishes off the inside of the ground floor. There are some cool details again, including the alarm bell on the wall and the desks.

Stage 4 is the layout of the middle floor.

The iconic front is starting to take shape now.

The side not so much.

Stage 6 adds a lot of detail to the middle floor. The kitchen is very impressive.

Now the side of the floor is starting to look like something.

Stage 7 starts with the librarian ghost and her special book.


Thanks for taking the time to look through this post. Part 2 will be up in the next few days.
Friday, 20 January 2017
189 - Getting There

189 - Getting There

Hello all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year readers! I hope the hobby gods were generous.
First post since the house move so it may be a bit disjointed.

The move itself went well - with no breakages or damage to any items! A month and a bit down the line and the mountain of boxes has begun to reduce. Some are in the loft, some have been emptied and others occupy rooms.

The missus did however manage to get her collection out on display quicker than I could get mine out:
This is over 8 years worth of drinking and collecting and drinking.

I got on with re-building the desk, using onphone Ikea instructions which are not very easy to use, and got the display units back in position and safely bolted together.

Here is my desk all built and PC getting ready to be unboxed. I don't think it'll ever be this tidy again.

This is the main wall of display units. LED strip lights are en route for me to try and fit - there's a double plug socket behind the middle unit :).

And the smaller set of units. The right hand one is upside down as it tried to fall over when stood up normally due to the gap between the unit and the wall.

I'll slowly be putting the shelves in and fitting the LED lights over the next few days. Models will have to wait a while as there is a new window going in to this room and I don't want to risk anything while they do their work.

I've not managed any 40k related hobby but here is a sneak peek of what I have been doing (more to come in the next update):

Thanks for reading.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
188 - On the Move

188 - On the Move

Apologies for the lack of 40k related posts. My spare time is being taken up with packing everything up as myself and the other half are moving houses.

 So for the past couple of weeks, I've been dusting and dismantling all of my LEGO. And I've just got the last few kits to do - including the Western themed items above. I think I've done maybe 50 so far . During the clean, I've decided to sell an old LEGO Star Wars ARC-170 Fighter 7259 if anyone is interested.

Unsurprisingly this daunting task has left my hobby time very limited. I don't feel like holding a brush or clipping pieces having spent a few hours taking LEGO apart. I will however, try and crack on as I really want to finish the Lightning Strike Fighter before the new year.

Bear with me over the next few weeks/months as I doubt I'll get around to posting much.
At least I'll have this to build once we've moved in properly:

Thanks for reading.
Monday, 24 October 2016
187 - Somewhere to Store the Trains

187 - Somewhere to Store the Trains

Hi all and thanks for dropping by again. I've been back at my parents' house for my dad's birthday and we've been fettling with the train set in the garage again. There have been several additions and changes since the last post so read on for more.

First up are a few new buildings courtesy of Metcalfe. The workshop above and the building in the background are from the PO213 Engine Shed kit. The buildings are made from sturdy card and the windows are clear plastic. The instructions weren't too bad to follow although there were a few moments when I had to double check before gluing.

The engine shed really is the main attraction and the whole reason I grabbed the kit. This one will replace the mismatched sheds in the marshalling yard. The big side windows and the roof windows really let you show off what's inside from above and eye level. The louvered roof vent was one of the more challenging parts as it had several layers of different card widths to get the effect. Everything was glued in using Gorilla Wood Glue and held together using a combination of magnets, paperclips and heavy objects while the glue set.

Here is the inside of the shed which shows the very nice roof girders and windows. The interior has printed detail as well (something the workshop doesn't have).

Both the roof for the engine shed and the workshop have been left off so lighting can be added in the future. With the roof being removable, any derailments inside can be dealt with more easily, plus look at the roof supports!

Some rearranging of the marshalling yard was required to get the engine shed to fit. The double track had to be repositioned but it was flexi track so wasn't too much work. Some of the track had to be cut off at the end as the new shed has a back wall. It does look quite impressive and a bit more detailed than the Hornby buildings in the background.

The little workshop has just been placed randomly as there is some upgrading to be done to the marshalling yard which may involve the removal of one line of track.

The main station also received its double canopy roof.

The second canopies were cut down to fit and make the station seem a bit grander.

When scrutinised, the background scene and canopy don't really blend with each other, but from eye level it works well enough.

 While I had been building the engine shed, my brother-in-law had been building another kit - the Boiler House and Factory Entrance (PO284). It is a very impressive and tall collection of buildings to go in the rather sparse section in the far corner.

We are still trying to get the placement of the buildings right so this layout may change. The blank area between the three track lines and the points needs some work and we've spied a loading bay to replace the one on the left.

The swing out section got its last additions for the moment as well. The girder bridge in the background received some track railings on either side to complete it. The double track in the foreground finally got a bridge to cross the river, but we need to paint in between the tracks. Some moss was used to line the banks to finish off the river.

And we finally filled the second glass cabinet. These are all mint condition GWR and British Rail and most of them have never been run.

Unfortunately, this wonderfully designed cabinet from a well known high street retailer that sells many things (including cheap jewellery) did not like the conditions in the garage. Before we started on anything on Saturday morning, we had to clear up the carnage that had occurred! The cabinet had sagged in the middle and the two rather heavy glass doors had fallen out and wreaked havoc upon the marshalling yard. Everything in the yard had been knocked over and with the force of a scale nuclear weapon - fortunately no damage here.

However, the InterCity which had been owned by my brother-in-law for over 20 years was decimated. One carriage and the false locomotive survived unscathed, but the rest of the train was not so lucky. Two carriages were almost completely split in half and went straight in the bin and the locomotive was smashed in to several pieces. Somehow though, the locomotive's body shell survived intact and we may be able to salvage it. "What about the glass doors?" I hear you ask - well they came through utterly undamaged!

We spent some time fixing the cabinet so the doors won't fall out again (hopefully) and then had to do some tidy up before cracking on with the above work.

So we had a mixed weekend really, carnage followed by progress. Oh and we also managed to trip the electrics whilst putting up another spotlight bar - even with the breaker turned off in the garage - got to love 100 year old electrics!

Thanks for reading.
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