Tom Alphin

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Lego Challenge #21: Oversized Lego bricks

Today’s challenge: Build a couple oversized Lego bricks (using normal-sized Lego bricks) Background I’ve learned about a lot of different Lego building techniques in the last couple weeks, but I have also learned about...

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Lego Challenge #20: Build a castle

Today’s challenge: Build an awesome castle using normal bricks and some advanced building techniques. My castle I started off by trying a couple ways to make a latticed gate. I settled on a design...

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Lego Challenge #19: Calculating Minifig Scale

I have created a new resource which explores this topic in more depth. You can find the newer article at: http://brickarchitect.com/scale/ This article may still be interesting since it looks at the process I...

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Lego Challenge #18: Reverse engineering Lego bricks

Today’s challenge: Reverse engineer the Lego brick and other common Lego components. Detailed description of project If you have spent some time with Lego bricks, you have probably noticed some basic facts. For example:...

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Lego Challenge #17: Movie Theatre Facade

Today’s challenge: Build a detailed movie theatre facade. Researching historic Movie Theatres I love how older theatres and concert halls have intricate facades which often incorporate the name of the theatre in bold lettering,...

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Lego Challenge #16: Happy Halloween!

Today’s challenge: Happy Halloween! Build a holiday-themed model. For today’s project, I’ve drawn inspiration for the upcoming holiday. I thought about trying to make a ghost or a pumpkin, but decided instead to build...

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Lego Challenge #14: Mini City

Today’s challenge: Build a miniature city comprised of micro-scale buildings in a variety of styles. This was meant to be a lightweight project where would I construct a couple models in a variety of...

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Lego Challenge #11: Skyscraper

Today’s challenge: Build a Lego skyscraper inspired by an existing structure.. As you know, I’m past the 1/3 mark for this project. I would hardly call the project grueling, but it does take some...

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Lego Challenge #10: Prairie style home

Today’s challenge: Build a home in the Prairie style made famous by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright. I’m not obsessed with Frank Lloyd Wright like many folks, but I can understand why his...