The Gutenberg Press

I get asked for instructions for many of the large diorama models in my books all the time. Usually, it's a fairly simple answer and I'm afraid that answer is no! With models like St Pancras (yes, I've been asked for instructions for that) using 100s of thousands of bricks - it's simply just not practicable to create instructions. 

However, this week I was asked on email (my details are on the contact page) about the Gutenberg Press model - which is actually a pretty small build. Now, I'd looked up the page in the book and I'll be honest - I couldn't work out how I built it myself at first! I originally buily that model in the summer of 2013 - a lot has happened since then!

However, it seems I took the time to create an ldraw model of the build at the time, so here you go - an added spring bonus set of instructions! Thanks to the AFOL that emailed me, I'm always very happy to receive emails from readers of my books and if I can help you out - I will!

Trust me on this - this is seriously cool!

Whilst we crack on at the orbit, I'm continuing to post videos to my Youtube channel - Episodes 6, 7 and 8 are all now available. However, I interrupt this exciting news story to bring you something even cooler. I've been waiting a long time to post this! Let me tell you a story....

About 10 months ago, I received an email from the British Antarctic Survey. They'd seen a picture of my Aurora Australis model, with a micro antarctic station in front. This one in fact, from Brick Wonders:

Now, at this point, I will let you into a little secret. We could have chosen the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights), but choosing the Southern lights gave me the chance to not only include all seven continents in Brick Wonders - but also the Halley VI research station, which is more than a little cool. I digress though. The email was a request, asking if a copy of the model could be made for the BAS offices. I'll admit to being quite pleased that they thought it good enough to display - but finding the parts and creating the instructions (there were none at the time) was quite some job. Perhaps we could come to a deal. 

"If I find the parts for one.... could I send you two? One for your office and one to go to the real Halley VI?"

A deal was struck! Last July I posted off two boxes. One went to Cambridge, UK, with a model for the offices. The other took a slightly longer trip, but it has eventually arrived. These are pictures of my Halley VI model - in front of the real Halley VI research station  - AT THE SOUTH POLE! As I said.... seriously cool :-)

I'll be honest - I am extremely excited to show these pictures off! I am sure that there are other LEGO models on Antarctica, but there can't be too many. If nothing else, the postal deliveries are few and far between!! So a big thank you to the British Antarctic Survey for making this happen. It's put a very big smile on my face and hopefully on those of the scientists who are based down there too!

(Picture credits to Neil Brough. As much as I'd love to visit, I suspect I'd need to actually have a reason to be welcomed 10,000 miles from the UK!)

All setup and ready to go (nothing to do with Valentines, sadly)

Occasionally we get to park Mia in some rather cool places...

After opening in Woodhorn this morning, it was straight down to London to install 'Bricks in the Sky' into the ArcelorMittal Orbit. An exhibition 80 meters into the sky and a real building challenge. Yup, that's just a part of the structure that needs to be built from 2x4 bricks. 

It's going to be interesting at least and hopefully I might see some of you there!