Many of you will have seen the Stanley Hotel built by Norma, one of our exhibitors. You can follow Norma on her Instagram feed @oztwinmum. Norma talks us through her process for her next build, a LEGO Lighthouse MOC [My Own Creation].
My LEGO display piece for this year, which I will be showing at Brickfest shows put on by Rainbow Bricks, is a lighthouse. I have always loved lighthouses, so it seemed only a matter of time before I should choose to build one in LEGO. Of course, my planning started sometime before the Motorized Lighthouse LEGO Ideas set was announced, and it did dampen my spirits a little, but not too much because I knew my version would be somewhat larger than the official set.
The build itself is not based on any lighthouse, in particular, rather it just builds on the perception a lot of people have of lighthouses as being a white tower with coloured stripes. The connected building is based very loosely on the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth in Maine, USA, although I’m sure there are probably other lighthouse buildings around the world that are white with a red roof.
The first obstacle in building my lighthouse was connecting a round tower to a baseplate. That finally sorted, I then had to learn how to get a light at the top to be turned (slowly) by a motor at the bottom. It has been quite a learning curve, but I hope it brings pleasure to those who come to our shows and see it.
Norma’s build will be displayed at our first event of 2023, Brickfest at the Bay. Come along and see all the exhibitors on display and help us to raise funds for the Tomaree Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Brickfest at The Bay 14th/15th January 2023
VENUE: Anna Bay Public School, Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay
TIME: 10 am – 4 pm
COST: $8 a person [Aged three and over] or $30 a family [2 Adults/2 Children or 1 Adult/3 Children]