Q: Are there
instructions for the models?
Print quality instructions for the JCB JS220 Excavator are available here for only $20. Instructions for other models may be available in the future. If you'd like to be notified when these are released please send an email to email@example.com
Q: Are any of the
models for sale?
It's not cost effective for me to build and sell the models, but Lego have many similar sets for sale for an excellent price. I've linked to some on the front page of this website - please see the Recommended Sets section. If you buy them from Amazon.com by clicking through these links I'll get a small commission which will help keep this website online!
Q: How long does it
take to build the models?
A: The completion dates on the home page
of this website give a rough idea, generally I start a new model a month or
so after completing the previous one, depending on inspiration and research.
The exception to this is the Demag AC50-1,
which was started a significant time after the skip
truck was completed and took around five months to build.
Q: Do you have a
large Lego collection?
A: It depends on your perspective - to
"normal" people it probably appears extensive - some say it is
breeding - but it is nothing
compared to the collections of many regulars on Lugnet.
There is enough that I can build most things I can imagine without hassle,
although not necessarily in the correct colour.
Q: Where you do buy
A: I utilise the usual suppliers both
on and off line, and like all enthusiasts keep my eyes open for bargains
when I have the time. Since establishing a reasonably large collection I
tend to buy individual parts from places such as Bricklink
when required, rather than actual models unless something really catches my
Q: Do you build anything
other than construction vehicles?
A: I have done in the past and certainly
will keep an open mind for the future, although construction vehicles really
bring out what I like best in models as they have impressive looks,
functions and great playability. As far as official Lego sets go I like the Star Wars line and
and enojoyed building the Yoda sculpture.
Q: Which is your favourite
A: The 8860
Car Chassis, 857
Motorbike with Sidecar, 855
Mobile Crane were childhood favourites that provided years of peace and
quiet for my parents, albeit at the cost of sore feet and knees from Lego
bricks on the floor. Latterly the 8480
Space Shuttle and pneumatic sets such as the 8462
Tow Truck have provided great inspiration, with the 8448
Super Street Sensation being the model that got me back into Lego in a
big way. Another set that, in my opinion, exemplifies what Lego is all about
is the 8872
Forklift Transporter - great fun to build, and loads of working bits!
Q: Where do you get the
logos and stickers?
A: The stickers are printed on either
sticky transparent or white labels using an inkjet printer; the recent
acquisition of a photo quality model gave superior results on the All
Terrain Crane. Suitable labels can be bought from this
supplier, look for "A4 Sticky Jet High Gloss White" and "A4
Sticky Jet Clear".
Logos can be obtained in many ways, the easiest being to download a large
image from a company's website. Sometimes you cannot download a logo large
enough for print quality, so another way is to use a PDF datasheet and zoom
in on a logo until it fits on your screen, then do a screen grab with your
favourite paint program. All the Whiteinch
Demolition logos were created from a single
photograph of a sign, with image processing being used to change the
colours for different instances of the logo. If none of these are available,
you can always have a go at recreating the logo for yourself - this may be easier than you think and was the approach I used to create the Baldwins
logo on the All Terrain Crane - I think it is
a fairly obscure form of the Helvetica font.
Q: How long have you been
A: Apparently I began playing with Lego as
soon as my fingers were dexterous enough to work with the bricks, but I can't
remember that far back!