Halloween 2016

October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

   


The Imposter

AUGUST 22, 2016

The Imposter

   


The Plant

AUGUST 11, 2016

The Plant

   


Across the Delaware

July 4, 2016

Across the Delaware

Read about Washington's Crossing Here


   


Opening Day

APRIL 13, 2015

Opening Day

   


A Sunday Drive

JANUARY 11, 2015

A Sunday Drive

   


The Cantina Janitor

JANUARY 2, 2015

The Cantina Janitor

   


Our Christmas Card

DECEMBER 25, 2014

Below is the front and back of the card our family sent out this year. Merry Christmas to all!

Card Front

Christmas Card Front

Card Back

Christmas Card Back

   


Happy Halloween!

OCTOBER 20, 2014

Happy Halloween

   


Dwayne's Last Prank

MAY 25, 2014

Dwayne's Last Prank

   


TRAGEDY AT THE DRIVE-IN

APRIL 27, 2014

Tragedy at the Drive-In

   


FLY FISHING

APRIL 21, 2014

Fly Fishing

   


WRESTLE MANIACS

MARCH 17, 2014

Wrestle Maniacs

   


PRESIDENT'S DAY

FEBRUARY 17, 2014

Happy President's Day


   


THE WINTER GAMES

FEBRUARY 15, 2014

Sochi Figure Skating


   


HENRY'S ELBOW

Henry's Elbow Cover

I have spent the last couple months working on a children's book named "Henry's Elbow". It's based on the experiences we had a couple years ago when our son (Henry) broke his elbow. When we looked for a good kids book to help him understand the experience we found nothing. So, we decided to create our own book. Here are a couple pictures from the interior. The book can be purchased on Amazon

Henry's Elbow Interior 1

Henry's Elbow Interior 2

   


GREAT DAY FOR A PICNIC

FEBRUARY 1, 2014

Great Day for a Picnic

   


THE GOLDEN AGE OF COUNTRY

JANUARY 27, 2014

The Golden Age of Country

   


BEFORE THE SHOW

JANUARY 21, 2014

Before the Show

   


ADD POWER FUNCTIONS TO 10235
WINTER VILLAGE MARKET CAROUSEL

JANUARY 2, 2014

10235_Cover

In the Fall off 2009, LEGO produced the Grand Carousel (10196). It is a gorgeous set, and quite grand relative to other town/city sets of the time. Its base measures 48 x 48, dwarfing The Fire Brigade (10197) with its 32 x 32 footprint. There was also the Carousel's $249.00 price tag. It turned out to be too grand for my budget. Limited by my available LEGO shelf space and funds, I decided to pass on the set. However, since then I've wanted a non-MOC carousel for my collection.

10196

When this year's Winter Village set (10235 Winter Village Market) was announced it was exciting to see that its centerpiece would be a smaller-sized merry-go-round. As detailed as that of 10196, but more compact. It, along with original minifigs and other structures, really made the set a must have (see HispaBrick's great overview of the set here). Note: the first Winter Village set was coincidentally released in the Fall of 2009 too! Ah, a good year.

However, I still wanted more. The 10196 was powered: a must, I thought, for any merry-go-round. So, my goal was to add the same functionality to the Winter Village Market's carousel. I found a few discussions about how to do this on the Web, but most of the solutions were complicated. So, I did a little research on motors and gears, finding a fantastic overview here.

Carousel

As it turns out, adding power was relatively simple. All you need are a few basic technic elements, a small power functions motor and a battery box.

Carousel

The original structure was ingenious with it's spinning bucket game,
but like I said, I needed power!

Carousel

Why, what have we here?

Carousel

The full assembly.

Carousel

The next to last image above has our carousel operator friend along with the sound brick from the 10196 set. If you have never experienced the catchy tune you have to check it out. It can be heard on the video below.



Plate County's latest attraction!

Carousel


   


WHEEE!

DECEMBER 29, 2013

Wheee?

   


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