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November 2009
Burg Stolzenstein
Bruce 16 XI 09

Annette Pitsch and Thomas Nickolaus (tnickolaus in our forum) are AFOLs from Munich, Germany. Thomas has been building for a long time, mainly in space and Star Wars, but Annette got into the hobby much more recently. She's always been interested in castles, knights and dwarfs, so when she saw the Medieval Market Village set, she suggested to Thomas they build a large castle. This started a collaborative effort, with Tomas focused on the landscaping and the curtain walls, and Annette taking the lead on all of the interior structures, the towers, and all of the details that bring a MOC alive. The result is Burg Stolzenstein, a really impressive setting, especially when you consider that both of these builders are new to the genre, and one is new to MOCing altogether. They recently displayed this castle at Bricking Bavaria, a gathering of German AFOLs sponsored by 1000Steine, of which both Thomas and Annette are members. Many photos, including WIP shots, can be found in their Brickshelf and MOCpage galleries. At that link you can even see a video of this on display. With this sort of start, imagine what sorts of castle MOCs we can expect from this building team in the future!

Celtic Mosaics
Bruce 11 XI 09

The Lees are a great example of a LEGO family. When their daughter was a toddler, they bought her LEGO, thinking it was a great learning toy. They got hooked, and kept buying LEGO, getting more and more sets and then loose bricks on EBay. I don't know if they've found BrickLink yet, but they've already got enough bricks spread around their house that they could construct set 10188, the huge Death Star playset, based on their loose parts.

Two years ago, Craig (the dad) got frustrated by the clutter "And thus began the Great Lego Organization Project that he thought would take a weekend and ended up consuming all his free time for almost a year." I had to laugh at that, as we've all been there. Tracy (the mom) is a tattoo artist, and bought a reproduction of the Book of Kells to use as a source of designs. Craig was inspired by these and came up with several Celtic mosaics. Here is my favorite part of my correspondence with Tracy:

"He and my 9 year old son have worked on legos just about every day for the past two years - building sets, organizing, making new original creations - talk about your bonding experience! Just don't get my son talking about legos unless you have a couple of hours, the kid will talk and talk - already knows he wants to work for Lego when he's old enough and hopes to be a designer for them."

That, in a nutshell, is why I love this hobby. All of the Lee family's creations can be found in their Flickr stream, including mosaics, a huge chess set and, coming soon, a ninja castle.

Mini Castle Contest V winners
Bruce 7 XI 09

Once again, the Mini Castle Contest V inspired lots of great micro builders. The winners and runners-up have been announced. In the miniature set category, first place goes to Bartosza6m, for his version of set 6081, King's Mountain Fortress. He got everything in, even the ghost! In the main category, the win went to Weasel47, for his Castle on the Lake. Congratulations to the winners, the runners up, and all the great entries. Check them all out in this thread. Thanks again to Dan for hosting this great contest.

Japanese Temple
Bruce 4 XI 09

Lasse Deleuran hails from the land of LEGO, where he is a member of the Danish LUG Byggepladen. He mainly builds Model Team MOCs, but occasionally likes to try out other themes. A recent contest on Byggepladen challenged him to use as many stray ideas as possible. Inspired by various Japanese anime, he came up with this temple. Note the many clever construction ideas, such as the roof built of all 1x1 plates, SNOT techniques for the walls, rocks and waterfall, bricks at different angles in the cliff and the stairs, and even motorized features. If you watch the video on YouTube you can see fish swimming water and even a working shishi odoshi, or deer scarer. All of Lasse's MOCs can be found on his MOCpage or in his Brickshelf gallery.

Colossal Castle Contest VII
CC Team 1 XI 09

The CC Team is proud to announce our seventh annual building contest: The Colossal Castle Contest VII. It will begin on November 1st and end on December 31st, 2009.

This contest is a bit different than other contests. We have a variety of categories each with one prize for the winner. Some categories require small creations and others need larger ones. Everyone, even with a limited supply of bricks, should be able to enter several categories. We are looking for creativity, not who has the most LEGO.

Check out the prizes. Eight Classic Castle sets including the highly popular Armor Shop, Guarded Inn, and Knight's Castle are prizes. There are are also vintage misb sets, custom medieval weapons, and new castle sets. It truly is colossal!

Thank you to LEGO, BrickArms, Bluesecrets, Rich "Blackrock" Stehnach, and Ben Ellermann for donating prizes. Classic-Castle would also like to thank Mike Rayhawk for the excellent work on his updated contest logo. The rules can be found here. Enjoy!

Discuss the contest here.

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