<![CDATA[PittBrickyard - Blog]]>Sun, 18 Jul 2021 01:43:50 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Pittbrickyard now on tiktok]]>Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:53:03 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/pittbrickyard-now-on-tiktok
At the end of May, I launched a Tiktok channel.  It has been fun not only posting up videos of my builds, but also figuring out what music to set them to.  Check us out on Tiktok @pittbrickyard.
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<![CDATA[Dragon Prince Figures in miniland scale]]>Tue, 25 May 2021 21:49:09 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/dragon-prince-figures-in-miniland-scale
A recent post on PittBrickyard's YouTube channel featured brick-built figures based on the Netflix Dragon Prince show.  Check out the link below to the video.  They are built in "MiniLand scale."  MiniLand is the area in Legoland theme parks with scale model LEGO brick builds of various different scenes and dioramas.  For example, in Legoland California, there is a large MiniLand recreation of the Golden Gate building and famous areas and sites in the City of San Francisco.  Those models are huge and in a much larger scale than the scale of LEGO's regular playsets and their minifigures.  That larger size used at Legoland is MiniLand scale.  I have done a separate tutorial video on how to build in MiniLand scale.  
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<![CDATA[The Mobile Lab rides again]]>Wed, 12 May 2021 00:44:25 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/the-mobile-lab-rides-again
Well, here it is.  As promised.  The LEGO classic space mobile lab, rebuilt and rising from the ashes.  I enjoyed the process of hunting down the pieces and rebuilding this set from my youth.  And I was certainly amazed to realize that I even had some of the original pieces from forty years ago.  
Which classic space set would you most want to rebuild?  Let us know in the comments.  Or better yet, build your own and join our Builders' Circle to show them off.  
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<![CDATA[#Teamblacktron]]>Tue, 11 May 2021 00:13:44 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/teamblacktronEveryone loves an awesome Blacktron build.  Ok, maybe it's just me.  But I get a sense of immense joy seeing cool LEGO builds decked out in the distinctive black and yellow colors of the original LEGO bad guys, the Blacktron.  I especially like when builders do mash ups with iconic things from other "universes" done in Blacktron style.  So it is in that spirit that I present to you the Blacktron Imperial Shuttle.  Head on over to the YouTube channel and let me know what you think.  What other things should I Blacktronify?  Is that even a word, "Blacktronify?"  If not, it should be.    
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<![CDATA[Building the battleship roma]]>Tue, 04 May 2021 00:16:38 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/building-the-battleship-romaOne of my recent projects has been building a scale model of a World War II battleship, the Roma.  I have always wanted to build a large navy ship and decided to go ahead and embark on the build.  I chose the Roma because of the distinctive markings on the ship, especially the bold red and white diagonal strips on the deck of the ship.  The ship is over 47 inches long, nearly as long as the UCS Super Star Destroyer I took photos along the way and decide to do a series of episodes on the PittBrickyard YouTube channel to showcase interesting things about the build.  Episode I was posted.  I also did a very quick #Shorts video with a quick preview of the finished build.  I will be doing more of the longer build episodes.  So stay tuned for that.
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<![CDATA[yET aNOTHER MECH BUILD]]>Mon, 26 Apr 2021 21:52:21 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/yet-another-mech-buildYes, I know ... another mech build.  I like building mechs.  Actually, I have been spending most of my recent building time over the last month working on a much larger build which I plan to showcase soon on the PittBrickyard YouTube channel.  But this past weekend, I wanted to take a break from that big build and work on a quick mech build that I had been thinking about recently.  I had been mulling over the idea of doing a more agile, lithe sort of mech build.  My usual mech builds have been more bulky with lots of heavy armor and accessories.  So I took a break and knocked out this one this weekend.  I like the black and tan color scheme and was happy with the movement that I was able to get out of it.  Check out the YouTube video.  I will eventually add it to the mech page when I get a chance.  
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<![CDATA[New video of mech build]]>Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:54:27 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/new-video-of-mech-build
A new video was recently posted on YouTube of one of my mech builds.  You can check it out with the link here.  If you are into LEGO mech builds, check out my mech page.  
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<![CDATA[New video posted of mech build]]>Tue, 30 Mar 2021 00:13:13 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/new-video-posted-of-mech-buildI uploaded a new video of my Black and White Mech No. 1 build.  I am trying to do some quick video tours for the new YouTube "shorts" format.  Going forward, I'll probably start doing long tour versions of my MOC videos on the regular YouTube format with a companion #shorts video. 
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<![CDATA[Since I've been on a classic space kick recently...]]>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 17:45:28 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/since-ive-been-on-a-classic-space-kick-recently
As you can probably glean from my recent posts, I have been on a Classic Space kick these past several weeks.  I've been working on my rebuild of the Mobile Lab set (which is very nearly complete).  Another thing that I decided to build was a Classic Space inspired rover.  It is done and I hope to post up a YouTube video with a full tour shortly.  As a preview, however, here is a quick photo of the build.  I went with the clear dome style canopies (as opposed to the trans-yellow often used in Classic Space builds) because I like the shaping.  But I did use the blue and grey color scheme otherwise and did still fit in just a tiny bit of the trans-yellow (as part of the container boxes).  
The rover features an ore drill that can be off loaded via the crane arm and several container boxes that are removable as well.  The front tires are steerable with a technic rack and pinion set up and the rear tires are all independently sprung so they will move up and down over obstacles (better for Moon rock crawling!).  Again, I should have a video posted showing the details in the rear future. 
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<![CDATA[1989 space police inspired build - part two]]>Sun, 14 Mar 2021 22:44:14 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/1989-space-police-inspired-build-part-two
Well, I finished my Space Police I inspired ship build.  I have added it to the Space section and posted up a YouTube video of the MOC.  I am quite happy with the build, especially the prisoner transport pods that are reminiscent of similar transport pods in the original LEGO released builds for this theme back in 1989.  
Mine uses the LEGO magnet system to lock the transport pods in place on the ship.  Also of note in this build is a mechanism that I built to allow the forward winglets to change positions with a toggle handle built into the rear of the ship.  The upper cockpit also separates and becomes it own mini-ship.  The YouTube video gives a tour of the whole and the different features.
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<![CDATA[Classic Space Mobile Lab - Part two]]>Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:45:56 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/classic-space-mobile-lab-part-twoAs promised, I waded into the project of trying to collect all of the pieces to build the Classic Space Mobile Lab set (LEGO Set Number 6901).  I worked on it over the course of a couple of days, including this past weekend.  Besides the usual satisfaction that I derive from sorting through bricks, this turned out to be particularly fun because my son got interested in helping me find the bricks.  So it turned into a joint mission to hunt down the pieces.  I have to hand it to my son who actually managed to find several of the pieces that I had overlooked.  I was convinced that I would have to BrickLink the trans-green windshield part and he ended up finding it in the same transparent piece box that I was sure I had combed through ad nauseum.  In my defense, I will contend that searching through that particular box of transparent bricks (all trans-color bricks) is like getting lost in a maze of funhouse mirrors.  Still, he was able to find it.  We have now found nearly all of the pieces.  And I am quite convinced at least a handful of them came from the actual set that I first got some forty years ago.  Kind of a cool thought.  Alas, we have not tracked down all of the "hose" pieces along with a just few others.  So I might have to resort to a very small BrickLink order.  I hope to bring you photos of the rebuilt set when its done.      Picture
By the way, after helping me with finding the bricks for this set, my son decided to try his hand at rebuilding another old LEGO Space set (from a different Space subtheme from the late '90s).  So I'll plan to show off that rebuilt set as well in another post.    

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<![CDATA[Blacktron attacks!]]>Sun, 07 Mar 2021 20:07:38 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/blacktron-attacksI have posted up a new video of my Blacktron Attacks! MOC on the PittBrickyard YouTube channel.  This MOC was built for the 2018 Bricks by the Bay LEGO convention and featured a large Blacktron mothership which was around two feet in diameter. 
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<![CDATA[17" tall custom jaeger mech]]>Fri, 05 Mar 2021 23:55:19 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/17-tall-custom-jaeger-mechMy 17 inch tall mech build, the "Mächtig Jaeger," have been posted on the PittBrickyard YouTube Channel.  I came up with this name because the build reminds me of a powerful Pacific Rim style "jaeger" mech.  The idea behind this one was to do a large format mech with dark blue ("Earth Blue" in official LEGO color parlance) and orange colors.  The challenge at this scale is to prevent it from collapsing under its own weight.  I ended up completely rebuilding it, including redesigning the feet after an initial test build proved too flimsy.  It stands well now and without support.  However, because a push can send it toppling over, I have built a support display stand that can sit behind it and help prevent it from falling over when displayed for long periods (and to hopefully guard against it pitching over off my display shelf in the next California earthquake!).  Check out the video for a full tour.  
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<![CDATA[New MEch on display!]]>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 19:22:22 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/new-mech-on-display

​I completed my most recent mech build and have uploaded photos of the build as the latest featured mech on the website.  The main inspiration behind this one was using the slight pop of red against a backdrop palette of black and white.  I had seen some builds using color in that way recently and I wanted to try translating it into my own mech build.  I like the effect.
The hip and knee joints on this build are made with the old "Exoforce style" ratcheting joints [there are several different joints, including the Technic Rotation Joint (Horizontal Top) and the Rotation Joint Ball Half (Vertical Side)].    
​One improvement that I would make would be to replace the black brick to which the antenna is connected (a "Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 4 Sides," sometimes called a "Travis Brick").  I really wanted to use a red brick there but, for some reason, could not find one in my giant drawer of SNOT bricks.  I will keep an eye out and probably replace it the next time I see one turn up in one of my bulk LEGO brick bins.  Check out more photos here.
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<![CDATA[1989 space police inspired build]]>Tue, 02 Mar 2021 01:07:08 GMThttp://pittbrickyard.com/blog/1989-space-police-inspired-build
The last few posts have been born of my love for the LEGO Group's Classic Space era. While watching, with my sons, some YouTube videos showcasing the various subthemes from the era, they commented on the original Space Police subtheme from 1989 and told me I should build a spaceship inspired by that theme.  Well, with the gauntlet thrown down and needing little excuse to build a Space themed project, I embarked on that endeavor. 
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Space Police I
 I began by searching for bricks through one of my many bulk brick tubs.  I segregated some blue, black and trans-red bricks to mimic the primary colors of this subtheme.  As I often do with my builds, especially those inspired by a theme or color palette, I arrayed out the bricks that I had gathered and began the build.  I find that laying out the pieces and seeing how many different pieces that I have and which ones I have pairs or more of really helps. Of course, I also have many other segregated pieces in various bins.  The ones that I lay out are usually the specialty pieces like less common slopes, windshields, windows, round pieces, interesting pieces for greeblies or other features, etc.  Basically anything in the color palette that catches my eye as I sort through bulk bins.  You can see the selection below.  I engineered what I think will be a nifty little mechanism for this build. I will plan to reveal it on the PittBrickyard YouTube channel in a few more days when it is done.  
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