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Shiptember is an annual contest that challenges builders to construct large spaceships during the month of September. This was my entry in 2016. It was a somewhat unconventional submission because of its scale -- most Shiptember builds are microscale or minfig scale rather than sculptures.

Length: 109 studs (87cm)
Width: 109 studs (87cm)
Height: 84⅔ bricks (81cm)

Ship Weight: 13.2kg (29.0 pounds)
Alien Weight: 8.5kg (18.7 pounds)
Total Weight: 21.7kg (47.7 pounds)

Total Pieces: 22,000 (estimated)
Construction Time: 75 hours

The middle ring on the UFO spins! A video showing it in action, along with some additional pictures, is available here.

Calgary's New Central Library is currently under construction in the East Village. It will open to the public in 2018 and will include ample space for books, technology and programs.

This model was constructed at the Calgary Library Foundation's request to help build further public excitement about the project. At approximately 100,000 pieces, it is my largest creation to date.

Height: 66 Bricks (25 inches)
Width: 288 Studs (91 inches)
Depth: 128 Studs (40 inches)

Pieces: 100,000 (estimated)

Construction Time: 15 months

Over 330 minifigs call this model home.

Want to see the model in person? It is currently spending most of its time in the welcome gallery at the current Central Library, with occasional visits to other venues. Additional pictures are available here.

At a height of over 3 feet, these figures definitely aren't miniature! The figures are mostly hollow. Otherwise they would be so heavy that they would be difficult to move.

Heights:
    Red: 97⅓ bricks
    Green: 98⅓ bricks
Widths:
    Red: 72 studs
    Green: 72 studs
Depths:
    Red: 40 studs (approximately)
    Green: 40 studs (approximately)
Weights:
    Red: 11.890 kg
    Green: 11.108 kg

Ball Machine 2.0 This is my second attempt at a Lego ball machine. It is substantially larger than my previous machine, standing almost 6 feet tall. The design of this machine is also much more open than the previous one, making it much easier to view the balls as they travel through it.

When I constructed my previous ball machine I learned a number of lessons. This machine has incorporated them by using simple, reliable lifts. While they still malfunction occasionally, they are far more reliable than some of the lifts I used previously. This machine is also far less sensitive to how level the surface is that it is sitting on which makes it much easier to set up at shows.

Height: 120⅔ bricks (5 feet, 8 inches)

Width: 290 studs (7 feet, 7 inches)

Depth: 53 studs (1 foot, 5 inches)

Number of Pieces: 15,000 (estimated)

A video showing the machine in action is available on YouTube.

Ball Machine 2.0 Ball On Track
Elephant Elephant

This elephant is the most challenging sculpture I have ever built. The ears were particularly difficult to construct because they are both thin and poorly supported. The trunk, which does not touch the ground, also caused some problems because of its weight and lack of support.

Length: 92 studs (29 inches)

Width: 42 studs (13 inches)

Height: 54 bricks (20 inches)

Weight: 10.0 kg (22 pounds)

Pieces: 6000 (estimated)

Wedding Cake Wedding Cake

This three-tier wedding cake looks better than it tastes! Constructing it was a great way to put some of my pink and purple bricks to use.

Wedding Cake Layer Diameters:
    16 studs (5 inches)
    24 studs (7.5 inches)
    32 studs (10 inches)

Height: 50 bricks (19 inches)

Weight: 3.0 kg (6.6 pounds)

Pieces: 2500 (estimated)

Are you interested in having this cake at your event? Contact us with the date and location for additional information.

Tall Buildings
The left building features a wall that sits at a 45 degree angle to the rest of the building and window sills that protrude half a stud out from the dark red wall. The middle building includes varied first floor and top floor architecture in addition to details like lions heads at the tops of the four columns of gray masonary bricks. The right building has a more modern style with lots of windows. The sidewalks around the buildings are between 6 and 8 studs wide.

Heights:
    Left: 102 bricks (38.5 inches)
    Middle: 96⅓ bricks (36.5 inches)
    Right: 105⅓ bricks (40 inches)

Foot Prints:
    Left: 25 studs by 25 studs
    Middle: 32 studs by 26 studs
    Right: 24 studs by 24 studs

Pieces: 15,000 (estimated)

Three Tall Buildings


Ball Machine

Ball Machine Internals This LEGO ball machine was constructed using 10 motors and thousands of bricks. Its 14 balls move continually through the machine, taking approximately two minutes to complete a lap.

Two Mindstorms NXT bricks control the green lift, blue lift and ball counter. A combination of Power Functions and traditional 9V motors drive the remaining lifts. The machine is built entirely from LEGO -- even the balls are LEGO parts.

Width: 63.5 inches
Depth: 24 inches
Height: 30 inches

A video showing the machine in action is available on YouTube.

The Ball Machine model received the Fan Choice Award, as voted by the attendees at the 2014 Silver Springs and Scenic Acres LEGO Building Competition in Calgary. It's next public display will be at Brick Roundup on May 10 and 11, 2014.

Pineapple Pineapple Tower Emergencies

One day I felt inspired to build a pineapple, and this was the result.

Pieces: 350 (Estimated)

Width: 13 studs (4.1 inches)
Depth: 13 studs (4.1 inches)
Height: 11.5 inches

Weight: 504 grams (1.1 pounds)

Construction Time: 2 Hours

Red Tower Tower Emergencies

The building is on fire, a car has crashed into it, and thieves are trying to break in! Police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics are all working hard as the news crew records the action.

Pieces: 10,000 (estimated)

Width: 98 studs (31 inches)
Depth: 94 studs (29.5 inches)
Height: 121 bricks (45.5 inches)

Weight: 40 pounds

This building appeared at Supertrain 2013 as part of the Southern Alberta Lego Users Group's display.
Close Ups

Celebrating Alberta's Ancient History in Lego

Over 30 dinosaurs appear in this model, along with landscape elements like a volcano, jungle, waterfall and canyon. The model also features whimsical elements like people being chased by dinosaurs, and a helicopter hovering overhead as people examine a captured dinosaur. The model was displayed at approximately half a dozen venues around Calgary in late 2012 and early 2013.

Pieces: 30,000 (estimated)

Width: 320 studs (100 inches)
Depth: 64 studs (20 inches)
Height: 77 bricks (29 inches)

Construction Time: Approximately 4 Months

This model received the People's Choice Award at Brick Roundup 2013. It also received the Fan Choice Award at the 2013 Silver Springs and Scenic Acres LEGO Building Competition in Calgary.

Additional photographs can be found here.

This model was supported by Calgary 2012, the City of Calgary, and the Cultural Capital of Canada Program through the Grassroots Inspired Grants Program.

Jungle with Raptor and Waterfall

T-Rex with Waterfall in the Background
WestJet 737

This model of WestJet's #100 Boeing 737 NG aircraft was on display as the arrival of the new aircraft was celebrated at the WestJet campus on December 7, 2012.

Pieces: 1500 (estimated)

Width: 81 studs (25.5 inches)
Length: 93 studs (29 inches)
Height: 27 bricks (10 inches)

Construction Time: 4 weeks

WestJet #100 Boeing 737 NG
LEGO 1000 Piece Banknote

This 1000 piece note is issued by the Plastic Reserve Bank. In Brick We Trust!

Pieces: 1952

Width: 128 studs (40 inches)
Depth: 64 studs (20 inches)
Height: 4 plates (less than 1 inch)

Construction Time: Approximately 1 week

Additional photographs can be found here.

1000 Piece Banknote
Valentine's Day

You can say "I Love You" with Lego!

Pieces: 99

Width: 42 studs (46 studs with spaces)
Depth: 2 studs
Height: 14 bricks

Want to build your own? Complete instructions are available here.

I Heart U
Lighthouse

This lighthouse was constructed using 1x2 log bricks and 1x1 round bricks. A circular profile was achieved by exploiting the flexibility between these pieces.

Pieces: 9000 (estimated)

Width: 128 studs (40 inches)
Depth: 64 studs (20 inches)
Height: 78⅔ bricks (30 inches)

Constructed: Fall 2011

This model received the Fan Choice Award, as voted by the attendees at the 2012 Silver Springs and Scenic Acres LEGO Building Competition in Calgary.

Additional photographs can be found here.
Lighthouse
 
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