Friday, June 12, 2009

The full display

So it has been several months and I have enjoyed my "time off" of course that "time off" has been filled with school related things, one of which is the always enjoyable algebra 2. :p Anyway onto the pictures, I shall keep the cheesy comments to a lower quantity today I promi... I will try, but no promises.

Now you've seen the full display, this very likely will be the end of this blog, but not to worry (or rejoice that I'm done here, either way) I will probably be making more frequent posts at Lockwood Woods (I still think Lock-Woods is better, but I was voted down).

So long then,

Sunday, March 22, 2009

finished Solomon's temple with pics

The goal was finish this month... I met my goal for once!!
There it is, the dimensions of the building is 20 inches wide, 38.5 inches long, and 14 inches tall.
Storage rooms are removable so you can see inside.
More storage
I made a stair case to allow access to the upper levels of storage rooms.
Here you can see the stair cases stacked over each other.
The wall decoration, tables, lampstands, and you can see the incense altar and veil.
More wall decorations.
A better view of the veil and incense altar complete with smokey incense effect, and you can glimpse the poles of the arc of the covenant protruding through the veil.
The doors in front of the holy of hollies can close in front of the curtain.
The wall detail of the holy of holliesYou can see the backs of the 15 foot tall cherubim, curtain, and hidden in all that "gold" is the ark of the covenant.
A better shot of the cherubim, the feathers on the wings being made of my favorite lego piece... The minifig hand.
Here you can see the finished ark of the covenant, the design for which came during my devotional one morning.
The entrance into the storage rooms.
A picture of the door with the upper levels of storage units removed.
The front face of the temple with the pillars and priests in front.
Looking in through the gate.
All ten water basins lined on my book shelf.And a closeup.

One of the pillars in the front.The capitals are made from robot bodies and arms, and are meant to resemble lilies.
The sea with all twelve cows/oxen supporting it. I spent 3 days straight designing the cows and the sea was my first major spherical project.
The altar could have come out smoother, but I chose this method, in the name of cheapness.
One of the sheep that will be used to make it look more scene-like.
The same priest minifigs, but I figured I need to show everything right?

This project took 13 months to complete(not counting the several weeks to get and decide to act on the inspiration), from the first step on the leocad till I placed the final roof piece on at 12:25 this morning. As for the total cost, I do not know the exact number (yet), but it exceeded $1000, and as for the piece count all I know is that it exceeded 14,000 LEGO pieces.

The dimensions can be found in,First Kings (Chapters 5-8) and 2 Chronicles (Chapters 1-7).

I thank God for all He has done, in providing the immense amount of funds and inspirations for this project.
Thanks to my pastor for his help on the dimensions and how the parts should be built.
My family and there constant support in this endeavor.
The other families who expressed interest and supported this project, and helped fuel my urge to hurry up, and finish. :-D
A thanks to all the bricklink stores and their excellent service.
And finally the LEGO company for making such an excellent and addicting product!

I hope you have enjoyed this, and that somehow this will benefit someone with there personal walk with God.

With that I bid thee good night, or depending on when you are reading this: morining, afternoon, or day. ;-)


Yes don't bother pinching yourself, slapping your face, or doing some other painful or torturous act that supposedly makes you up from a dream, because this is real!! The last order of parts came yesterday, but due to another family project that is sure to show up at "Lockwood woods," I was unable to begin building until 5:00. I then built almost non-stop (I did take a long time to eat dinner, which I finished at 9:00) till I finally finished the final pieces, and gazed at it in the pale glow of a flashlight at the bright and early (well maybe just early) hour of 12:25am.
I will post again with pictures, naturally with me sharing a room at 12:25 I couldn't take any pictures at the time.

On a side note the settings have been changed so if you don't have an account you are still allowed to post.

Friday, February 20, 2009

2 orders LEFT

I think I posted this a long time ago, but this time it's real (God willing of course). I have two more orders, and then I will have ALL the pieces necessary to build the behemoth. March is the 1 year anniversary of this project (wow it's been a long year). Hopefully the next time I post the title will be FINISHED!! :-D


Monday, February 2, 2009

three more things finished

Actually these things have been finished for quite awhile, but school, a week of work (my fundraiser), and lazyness sprinkle with some good ole procrastination; result in this being THE very first time the completed ark(updated with longer poles), sea, and altar have EVER appeared on the world wide web!!

starting alphabetically (no guarantees it will continue that way, you have been warned), here is the completed altar. It hasn't changed much from my last pic of it, but it is "officially" finished so I figured it merited another shot, even if it was only one piece.
We also have a special guest as our scale comparison man! Give him a hearty welcome!!!

The Sea has been finished, and the army of cows has been stationed below the basin, and now resolutely bear the many gallons of water on their backs (again we have our guest providing scale).

One section (of six) of the storage levels has been finished. They will stack on top of each other
and be removable so you can see inside, although personally I don't think there will be much to see.
This seems to my recurring theme, the "overall" shot. you can see the storage levels stacked up, and I was also able to piece the roof together long enough to take a picture, as it's literally in pieces right now.

Onto the ark. The poles have been lengthened to a more accurate twelve feet(instead of eight), talking in minifig scale of course as lego doesn't make twelve foot pieces, thank goodness.

This was an amusing thought that came up as we recently studied the building of the temple.

Unfortunately to go with these three completed things I have discovered that the main room, holy of hollies, and vestibule are too short. What this means is I have to go and fix, these issues and order more parts than I previously thought. So it is kinda like going back to the drawing board, but at least I already have an outline. :-(

But it will all work out, and it will be all the more accurate when it is finished.
I'm afraid I have nothing deep or meaningful to say in closing, so goodbye and hopefully I will have more soon (and by soon I mean before the end of the moth).

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The veil is finished

My resolution of the week,"finish the veil," has been completed, and it isn't even last minute. :-DWhat is seen through the frontAnd the back... could be worse.
You can see the prongs near the corners on the top, that hold the veil up.

Well we cleared 1.5 acres of our land this week, now we have room to fly our rc planes, baseball, etc.

One more thing finished!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The "recap"

Well this is the time to do "new year devotions" and recap the past year, so I thought I might as well recap this year's project. I began thinking it would be cool to recreate Bible structures or scenes about mid February. By March I had determined to design Solomon's Temple, and had begun the design process, which lasted about a month. Ever since then I have scavenged all necessary white and yellow pieces from my collection, sold many lego minifigs on eBay for funding, and bought many many orders from bricklink (the eBay of Lego). Buying Lego with money made from selling Lego, has taken the rest of the year and will continue (and hopefully come to a merciful end) in 2009. The result has been observed as many pieces have come together. Currently, there are less than 20 different piece types left to order. The interior walls have gone up, the Holy of Hollies is all but finished, and much much more has been accomplished. I thank those who have given their constant support, and ask for prayer that I not get discoraged when faced with the cost that remains (the last orders are rather large). I hope you enjoyed 2008 and have a wonderful 2009, and many years to come.

Don't stop building,