Lego 7696 Commuter Jet

This year I was on a long haul flight with British Airways and my entertainment system failed to work so I put in a formal complaint and was given some gift vouchers at the BA shop. I had just enough to purchase the Lego 7696 Commuter Jet which is a rare promotional kit that sell for around £30 on Ebay.

Here are some photos:

Passenger Businessman


Lego Mindstorm NXT kits + ARM Smartphone = Fast Rubik's Cube Solver

Mike Dobson and David Gilday have worked hard to create an improved Rubik's Cube solving machine. The Lego CubeStormer II is capable of solving the cube faster than any human being and is made from 4 Lego Mindstorm NXT kits as well as an ARM powered Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. Watch and be amazed!

Lego Advent Calendar 7553

Well, Christmas is approaching, so Lego has produced this seasonally themed Lego Advent Calendar.   A little more pricey than the normal card versions we get for the kids, but perhaps a lot more fun. Who knows...

Anyhow, it looks like a lot of fun, but it is too late to try this kit for this year...

Red Cargo Train 3677

Well Christmas is approaching fast and I was able to get hold of the Lego Red Cargo Train Set 3677 for my son for a joint birthday and Christmas present.  Looking at the comprehensive instruction manuals I believe this set should keep him busy, it contains a locomotive, 3 freight trucks (tipping, hazardous waste and flatbed), a railway repair van and 40 pieces of track.  Rocks can be loaded into the tipping truck with a conveyor belt and to add to the action the locomotive has remote control power functions.

To complement this set there are also 4 railway mini-figures.  At over 830 pieces this kit looks like it is a Lego model railway winner.

Chris Shepherd's Lego Quad Delta Robot

Chris Shepherd has managed to make an awesome Lego Quad Delta Robot System - it is a fully working model of an industrial robotics line in a factory and can move 48 items a minute.

Lego Escher Models

Andrew Lipson Lego ® Page contains some excellent photo graphs of Lego Escher models, ranging from Escher's Waterfall, Escher's Balcony, Escher's Ascending and Descending and many more beside.  Well worth checking out, these are quality constructions with excellent building explanations.

Lego 10193 Medieval Market Village

Lego 10193 Medieval Market Village is an incredibly detailed model.  It has over 1600 brick elements and kept my 10 year old daughter busy over 4 days to construct.   It sports two houses and 8 mini figures: a blacksmith, two soldiers, two male peasants, two female peasants and a boy mini figure.

The first house comes with a blacksmith's workshop with a water wheel powered anvil hammer. It also includes a stable for the horse.

The second combines a Village Inn  and brewery.  Sounds like the villagers will have some fun recreation time!

Houses can be opened out to allow easy access to the rooms which contain a lot of fascinating detail.

The kit also comes with a very busy open market,  with a market stall and baskets of produce, a table full of food (chicken, cheese and tomatoes) and daggers from the blacksmith's forge.   Also walking by are two soldiers carrying a treasure box containing coins and gems.   A horse and cart, chickens and two cows compliment the market scene.

The construction was relatively straight forward, if not time consuming.  The roof was a little tricky to assemble and the only downside is that the tree is rather fragile and keeps on losing it's foliage.  Apart from that, this is a great kit and almost gets 10 out of 10.   A quality kit!  Well done Lego!

The house opens up to allow access to the rooms.

The completed village scene. Very busy!

Lego 7498 Police Station

My 8 year old son recently acquired a Lego 7498 Police Station and he really enjoyed constructing this kit.  The kit comes in two stages which allowed us to take a break while assembling.

The Police Station comes with lots of large panels and windows, so construction fairly rapid, and there are enough small pieces to create quite a detailed model.

The kit comes with 2 splendid police vehicles, a police bicycle and a police dog  and 5 mini figures.   The two criminal mini figures can be locked up in their own cells after the police have apprehended them.   But the police need to be on their guard since the criminals have a secret escape route!

The police station is packed with details such as computer desk, photo-fit desk and there is even a coffee making machine and water dispenser!

For construction fun and value for money, I'd rate this 9 out of 10. It's certainly ideal for my son - non-stop "Cops and Robbers" with this toy!

The Police Station is rather large. Fitting it into a photo was tricky.

The police dog scares the criminals!

The jail-house comes with sliding jail doors.

Back of the Police Station. Easy access to office and cells.

The police vehicles have garages with sliding roof doors.

A police office can do their rounds on a bicycle.

Police van and car for speedy response action!

In the lock-up.  The cells come with a bed and a toilet.

Antikythera Mechanism in Lego

The Ancient Greeks were very able mathematicians and not only able to figure out a formula for calculating when solar eclipses occurred but they also made a high precision mechanical calculator to figure this out too.   Fast forward to the 21st Century and we've now got the technology to allow us to examine the remains of this ancient calculator and to help determine how it worked.  With this knowledge, it is now left to re-engineer this device in Lego.

Lego 7938 Passenger Train and 7939 Cargo Trains

Finally managed to get some time to get the 7938 and 7939 trains set up and got some photos.  Had a lot of fun trying to avoid crashing the trains - I controlled the cargo train and my 8 year old son controlled the passenger train.  We did have a few head on collisions!

Update: Found this YouTube video of the 7939 being assembled: