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The Air Triangle
jawapro
Wed 07/10/2015 04:16 PM


 
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I was at JB Hifi in Hobart on the weekend buying a copy of Lego Dimensions: Portal - and when I was paying for it, they mentioned that they had a special offer where they made a donation to a charity without costing me anything extra. 

Fine - sounds good.

When I got home, I realised they’d given me an extra packet - of an Air Triangle.

This is an empty packet.

So apparently when you buy one of these (or in my case get it thrown in) it gives a donation to a charity that gives musical instruments to underprivileged kids.

That sounds fine and dandy to me - but did they really need to make a physical packet? It’s plastic and cardboard that’s just going to go in the bin and end up in landfill.

Seems rather wasteful to me, even if the intent is good...

  


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Building Serenity
jawapro
Sun 20/09/2015 08:53 PM


 
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So most of my Saturday was spend building this awesome model of the Serenity.

I started just after lunch, and about 12 hours later I finished and finally went to bed.

It’s an awesome model - and uses a lot of techniques that wouldn’t pass muster with an official model, which makes it a bit fragile, but it captures the look of Serenity really well.

 
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The model is available from a crowd called Etadyne Industries. Oddly they make spare parts for Saabs and custom Serenity LEGO models. 


You can either buy the instructions as a PDF, or buy a kit including all the pieces. I used some of my tax-back and got the kit a while ago, but finally got a chance to build it.

As there were simply so many pieces, it made it more difficult to build than I’d expected - made worse by the fact that a few pieces were missing, so if you hunted through the pieces for ages you weren’t’ sure if you couldn’t find it, or if it simply wasn’t there. Considering the sheer number of pieces that Etadyne had to sort, it wasn’t too bad.

The worse piece was on one of the side thrusters where there’s a yellow piece instead of a grey one. I had the yellow one in my collection - but I’ll have to order a grey one on Bricklink soon.

The Serenity will be joining me at Lego shows - as long as I can work out a way to transport it. 

I timelapsed the process as I built it - so here are 12 hours condensed into a few minutes.


Browncoats forever!

 
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Ok - so there’s something wrong with this picture….




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Emma and Turks
jawapro
Sun 20/09/2015 08:41 PM


 
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Ok - so the big news recently is that I’m losing a housemate, but gaining a brother-in-law.

My sister and my best mate are getting married - I  couldn’t be happier for them.

Congrats to you both!

 


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Holidays
jawapro
Fri 24/07/2015 11:10 AM


 

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I’m on holiday!

This year we took our annual family trip to a place called Elizabeth Beach which is in northern NSW, roughly between Newcastle and Port Macquarie.

 

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Our home for the week – Pacific Palms resort.

 

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This area is known as the Booti Booti national park.

 

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We’ve wandered around looking at the sights near and far.  Took a cruise on the lake, ate a curry at Tuncurry (with a name like that how could you not!) and just generally relaxed.

 

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Went whale spotting for a while – and saw a quite active one. Lots of tail waves and spouting (not sure of the official term).

 

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We even spotted a G60! Actually, Mum spotted this one - as well as the dolphins on the cruize - well done Mum! I think this G60 has a slight rust problem though.




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Devonport Brixhibition 2015
jawapro
Fri 24/07/2015 10:44 AM


 

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Yet another Lego event – this time it is was return of Brixhibition Devonport.

Last year we had tried the Devonport show to test the waters, and it had gone off massively. We’d had a small venue and only a single day – and there had been queues out the door and up the road.

 

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This year we had a much bigger hall – and two days. In fact, as far as venues go, it was the biggest we’ve done in Tassie thus far. We didn’t cram things in as much as we have in the past, to make sure that things flow easily. This meant lots of space to move, but some people said it felt a bit empty.

Unfortunately the numbers were down as far as crowds go. It certainly wasn’t dead (the photo was before we opened to the public) but not as busy as we’ve seen in the past. I still enjoyed it – but I think there was a little disappointment.

 

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I’d offered to bring as much or as little as needed to fill the room (as this one is only a few minutes from my place). In the end I was given 6 tables, so I didn’t have as much as I have had in the past – but that makes it much easier to set and pack up.

I recruited Mike to come down from Victoria for the weekend to give me a hand too – which was awesome. Would have been brilliant even if there wasn’t a lego show.

 

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Although largely things we’ve seen before – the pirate display from a local family really impressed me. These guys know how to display Lego!

 

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Check out the dolphins playing in the bow wave.

 

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And this brilliant submerged crocodile.

 

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And because they didn’t have enough masts and sails – this ship is still under construction.

 

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We also saw the return of what is probably the most complete collection of Lego fire sets anywhere outside of Billund. This display covers tables…

 

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I was also thrilled to see a great collection of Classic Space sets lovingly arranged and displayed.

 

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The Advocate photographer took a photo of me with my Game of Thrones figs. Thankfully I stayed out of the paper this time.

 

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He also took some killer photos of my Veylesian Swarm Fighters. These are custome spaceships that I knocked up about 5 years ago. They’ve rarely looked this awesome though.

 

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So that’s another Brixhibition over. Thanks to everyone who came for a look – and special thanks to Mike for coming down to give me a hand.




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