Thomas Paine’s office

This lovely cottage caught my attention mostly due to an interesting built platform, and the plate-built walls. The oval base creates an interesting effect and rounds the building very nicely, adding just the right amount of exterior details. The plate-built walls are something I’m conteplating for a long time, and although they look nice, they are not very cost-effective. Even the creator of this cottage, Ryan K., admits he spend too much for the parts. Nevertheless, the end result looks impressive. In addition to the above mentioned details, one of the highlights are also the brick-built windows, and shutters. If you’re looking for a different approach to build houses, this is a great inspiration to try different styles, and techniques.

Choo choo, a Winter train is coming

News (and pictures) of the new Holiday Winter train are finally here. For many, the long expected Holiday train is not a re-release of the Holiday Train from 2006, although it looks similar and has the right colour wibe. My attention was immediately drawn to some of the parts included in the set, the white leaves. Power functions are not included in the set, but the train is ready to run the tracks once they are installed. Other than that, the colour scheme is very holiday-like, there’s lots of green, red and gold details. For sure, this would make a nice addition to your holiday decorations.

Summer swimming

This MOC is not what we usually feature at the BrickHamster, but it has that special something worth blogging. It fits in the sculpture’s range, althought it’s not as big as it seems. According to its creator, Dirk VH, the swimmer was built with 1000 parts, and swims in another 1400 trans-light blue 1×2 plates. It was inspired by the summer Olympic Games in Rio, and I find it suitable to wish all the athletes and other participants to enjoy the games and do their best.

 

Crazy interiors

I haven’t seen many of Alice in Wonderland MOCs since Alice mini fig was featured in the Disney Collectable Minifigs series. This one, Hatter’s house was built by Brick Blue Wren, and comes with full interiors. Even if you’re not a fan of Alice, you should take your time to check the interiors details. Lots of inspiration can be found inside those walls.

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Dining room

The first of hopefully many future posts on interior design will feature dining room furniture. No dining room is complete without a set of dining room chairs. My favourite (and also the simplest) are there. They’re made with a specialized part – Utensil seat 2×2. This part is available in 14 different colours  if you want a splash of colour. My favourite chair colour is redish brown because it reminds me of the traditional wooden dining room furniture. I prefer to add some ”legs” to make the chairs higher. Usually, I aim for a realistic height in comparison to minifigs, so the maximum ”leg” height is 1 brick.

A ride in summer style

In time for summer, Friends get their own summer style ride. It’s no other than the iconic VW Beetle, coinciding with the release of Creator’s 10252 Volkswagen Beetle. Unfortunately, it’s not an OOB, but a MOC made by Tyler Sky. The size of Tyler’s model is spot on for minidolls, the shape is recognizable (it’s not easy to get all those curves right), and the color is perfect for cruising along the beach. And it even has a surf board at hand. Surf on!

Construction site

A new diorama is under construction. However, to speed things up, Kivi junior engaged some minifigs in bricklaying activities.

Rosenwald Apartments

Lately, I’ve been very impressed by many microscale creations. These Rosenwald Apartments were built by Rocco Buttliere. I was attracted to the scale of the build, being small, yet allowing many details, such as extra small windows on buildings, walkways between the buildings, and lots of greenery around the block. What surprised me is that this microscale MOC is based on a real life public housing complex in Chicago. If you’re considering starting an architectural microscale MOC, this is the photo to inspire.

 

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WWII Saving Private Ryan

This diorama shows three different scenes from the movie Saving Private Ryan. All the action is taking place on Ramelle bridge at the same time (just for the purpose of this diorama), although in the movie there was a longer time frame between these scenes.