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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.


Recent Comments

  • 2 weeks ago nigel1975 (33K) PRO
    Superb MOC, the design and proportion make it easily identifiable to the movie. I actually only just watched the movie today, probably inspired after seeing this MOC a few days ago. Now we need a King Ghidorah, which would really be a challenge! 
  • 3 weeks, 3 days ago nigel1975 (33K) PRO
    Great work so far, its already looking very nice. Looking forward to seeing how you implement the mechanism of the lift/ramp.
  • 1 month ago nigel1975 (33K) PRO
    Its been over a year since I added this to my build list, over this time I have been collecting parts and building other ‘orange’ supercars along the way. Recent new Lego sets in 2019 also meant that some of the previously rare orange parts are available again. I also used one of the alternate exhaust designs to avoid having to find the most rare parts #6797. Having all my parts I finally purchased the RC instructions and completed the build in orange.

    The instructions are great and by always looking ahead several steps I didn’t have any problems with following them. I liked the modular build and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to bring them together. I had to stop many times just to admire each step of the build, particularly with the bodywork I kept wondering how much time must have been spent in the design. It really is a MOC to be admired and is truly a Lego supercar.

    Only issue I really have is that I don’t have the 84599 LiPo batteries and used the 64228, which is a mistake as the PF motors draw to much current and the thermal cut-off activates. In hindsight I should have built it around my BuWizz batteries (still time to do this I suppose)

    Great design, great instruction and money well spent 😊 Will post some photos soon (to add to the growing collection here!)
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago nigel1975 (33K) PRO
    I’m a fan of Steph77’s topics over on Eurobricks forum, particularly those relating to the helicopter MOCs. I really appreciate that you have taken time to make instructions for the AW-169 and the AH-77 (which I also plan to build). The helicopter looks amazing and all the controls work really well to make this a robust and playable MOC. Only issue I found in the instructions is that the “Helicopter Rotor Holder’’ appears to be placed upside down. I noted this after I had finished because I couldn’t get it to stay attached to the ‘’propeller 4 blade’’ when the blades were turning. It wasn’t until I watched the video again that I noted it should be the other way up. Once I turned it over the two pieces stayed together and (with a squirt of WD40 PTFE spray for lubrication) everything is now perfect. Last thing I need to do is attach the string and hook to the winch, which seems difficult once the model is built. Would be good to give an idea of when to place the string during the build and how to route it through the helicopter body. I went back through the build history over on Eurobricks and could better appreciate all the design iterations leading to the final model. Thanks again for instructions, I will post photos the next few days.
  • 1 month, 3 weeks ago nigel1975 (33K) PRO
    Thanks for the tip on the half pins. I will take another look at the stand and wings.