nigel1975

Houston, USA

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As a kid my favourite toy was always Lego. We couldn’t afford new sets so I had an amalgamation of 2nd hand Lego ( I couldn’t tell you the original sets) stored in a vintage 1960-70's Lego wooden box. I got my first new set, 7725 Electric Passenger Train, in Christmas 1981. My only other new set was also in 1981, which was the Classic Space 6929 Star Fleet Voyager. Classic Space came at a time I was becoming a Sci-Fi fan and this was an awesome set (at the time). I have a photo of the Classic Spaceman from this set as my Avatar! Having limited Lego I built a lot of MOC’s, which was why it was my favourite toy, the endless possibilities. My first introduction to Lego Technic was after winning a competition, where I got my hands on the 8851 excavator in 1984. This started an interest in Technic and I was able to buy 2nd hand from a friend the classic 8860 (1980) in addition to 854 (1978), 8844 (1981) & 8040 (1984). I still have those sets today after they were stored for many years.

After more than 25yrs in the dark ages my interest in Lego came back with Mindstorms EV3 in 2013, which I thought my kids would be interested in to learn robotics and coding. Turned out they were more interested in Lego friends at the time (having started on Duplo as little kids). I think this was also the first time ever having been to a Lego Store (I was living in USA at this point) and I was amazed by how far Lego had evolved. I bought the 42009 Mobile Crane MK II in the same year. Wondering what else I could build with this set I discovered ReBrickable in 2013. The first MOC I built was of course the Ultimate 42009 by JurgenKrooshoop, this introduced me to the world of MOC’s, buying Lego parts, and custom instructions. In the last 6yrs+ I have accumulated a lot more Technic sets and parts, building 55 MOC’s (as of Jul'19), the most complicated being the Liebherr LTM11200 by Jeroen Ottens.

I don’t have a lot of free time due to a demanding expat job and two kids, so I prefer to build others MOCs than design my own. This may change in the future as I feel I have developed a lot of skills and learnt a lot from the great designers out there. In addition to building MOC’s I have become a supporter of the ReBrickable community adding comments and feedback, parts, sets etc. Over the last couple of years I’ve also developed my photography and submit a lot of MOC photos and part photos.

nigel1975

Recent Comments

  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago nigel1975 Level 24 PRO
    This was an interesting build in terms of the hexapod mechanism and programming. Great achievement with the timing of the leg swing, up-down motion and implementing turning. I did find that the rubber axle connectors on the legs tended to cause too much friction with the ground that the up-down movement couldn't counter (too much weight to lift legs completely off the ground). One change I made, due to not having the part, was swapping the ultrasonic sensor to infrared. Because of this I did not quite get the same behavior for sensing obstacles. In summary, an interesting build in terms of mechanism and programming, however the MOCs weight tends to inhibit the movement.
  • 2 months ago nigel1975 Level 24 PRO
    Incredible, I had hoped for a Power Loader at this scale! Its a great combination of Technic and Creator. I agree it will definitely look nice displayed with my Xenomorph MOC from buildbetterbricks. I'll have to price this out with the cost of the actuators...
  • 2 months ago nigel1975 Level 24 PRO
    Great to see the instructions uploaded on Rebrickable. I had the pleasure to build this MOC a couple of months ago and I was really surprised by the level of detail and full RC that can be achieved at a compact scale. I really hope you get more votes on Lego Ideas (if you get close to 10K it may be an idea to think of a manual version as a I assume cost will be a big factor in the judging).
  • 3 months, 1 week ago nigel1975 Level 24 PRO
    “I wanna introduce you to a personal friend of mine. This is an M41A pulse rifle. Ten millimeter with over-and-under thirty millimeter pump action grenade launcher.” Corporal Hicks
    Absolutely stunning! A great homage to the movie franchise. Great video, especially entertained by the live action ;-)