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Beautiful curves
Bruce 25 VIII 11

You hopefully remember jediknight219's Wizard's Tower entry to our last CCC, and we've also recently feasted our eyes on K3G's Nikaia Antipolis. In addition to both being beautiful MOCs, they also share in common the incorporation of those sweeping curves. Each of these builders has also written up how they achieved these curves, and those articles are linked on our how-to page. Jediknight219's articles is On Round Tower Techniques and K3G's is Amphitheater's Curved Walls. BTW, our how-to page is a great source to help you improve your building. We'd also love to have you write up an article yourself! Just contact any admin.

World Heritage Sites
Bruce 15 VIII 11

Most of us would see the loss of a job as a crisis, but Jackie Britton saw it as an opportunity. A while ago when she saw that there would be cutbacks in her department, she decided to cut herself and spend some time living a life's dream. As her blog Jackie's mid life crisis gap year puts it, she's taking "a jaunt around world heritage sites, with some LEGO". Her plan is to spend a year or so (or until funds dry up and she needs another job) traveling to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. That's cool enough, but what brings her to our front page is her plan to build micro MOCs of each site she visits, such as Pena Palace, the Burgos Cathedral, and the Poblet Monastery, seen above.

Right now she's back at home in Britain regrouping, but the first three months of her travels brought her to sites around Morocco, Spain and Portugal. From her home she's going to visit some locations around the British Isles, then next year she's headed to Asia and the Mid East. You can follow her travels at her blog, or just see the raw pictures in her Flickr stream. She's also got a site, all about architectural construction toys.

Bruce 9 VIII 11

Aaron Amatnieks, aka akama1_lego, is an AFOL from Albert Park, Australia. He'd previously experimented with making active MOCs, incorporating lighting, and even water, so he decided to give himself a further challenge - fire! Of course, this suggested a fire-breathing dragon. He started with a one of those lighters you use for an outdoor grill, and built a technic frame around it. This dictated the scale of the beast, and he constructed his dragon around it, so Firestorm was born.

Aaron is a member of MUGS, the Melbourne LEGO Users Group, and regularly attends Brickvention. His newer MOCs can be found in his Flickr stream and older work is in his Brickshelf gallery.

Bruce 3 VIII 11

Michael Hecker, aka Monteur, is an AFOL from Krefeld, Germany. He came out of his dark ages when he was building LEGO with his daughter. He's mainly a train builder, and in the pursuit of building train layouts has come up with number of great tree designs. He's posted instructions to a couple of these, and they are also now linked from our how-to page.

Michael is a member of MBFR and 1000Steine. All of his MOCs can be found on Brickshelf. By the way, his Brickshelf name 'Monteur' translates as 'fitter', referring to his profession is as a machine fitter and control technician.

Classic-Castle is up and running
Bruce 3 VIII 11

I suppose it's pretty obvious since you're reading this, but things seem to be up again. Last week the forum was hacked, and Tony fixed that. Today there was a blown power supply, and Troy fixed that. Thanks to each of them!

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