Some of my remaining LEGO Trains

As part of my big purge I also decided to part with some of the LEGO Trains I have which are still in boxes, some of which have never been opened or still have their inner bags sealed.  I don’t want to sell everything but I really don’t need 10 copies of the 4536 Blue Hopper either (although it is one of my favorite train sets and at one point I did own 10 copies of it).

Periodically I get a query on the condition of a particular set.  I recently had a serious collector looking for a pristine copy of the Limited Edition 10020 Santa Fe Super Chief and I had one listed on BrickLink.  In the end, the buyer decided that the creases in the box I had for sale were a concern and decided not to buy it but asked what else I  had still in boxes.  So while taking pictures of the Super Chief box, I decided to take pictures of everything I have in boxes.  If any of these are of interest, feel free to check out my BrickLink store to see if I have them listed.  If I don’t, you’re welcome to contact me to see about availability.

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Support ME Models Kickstarter for new 9v Track

ME Models is running a KickStarter campaign to get their aftermarket 9v track into production.  I picked up a few packages of their rails a few years ago at BrickMagic in Raleigh and was impressed.  I have pledged –  you should too!


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Vote for CTB-6500 on LEGO Cuusoo

I finally got around to posting one of my designs on LEGO Cuusoo.

ctb-6500.pngIt is one of my all time personal favorites, my CTB-6500 Monster Truck.  If this is something you’d like to see as an official LEGO set, head on over to Cuusoo and vote for it!  If you want to build your own, instructions are available for download.


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NC State Fair 2013

On Tuesday October 15th Joe Meno and I judged the LEGO entries at the North Carolina State Fair.  We were trying to figure out how many years we’d been judging the LEGO entries and as best as we can recollect, this was the 8th year.

The LEGO entries have come a long way since we started.  Initially entries were allowed to be build from either LEGO or K’Nex and standard kits could be entered.  The first thing we did was eliminate the standard kits (how do you judge two virtually identical entries?) and added the North Carolina theme.  By eliminating the “kit” category, most of the K’Nex entries disappeared as well to the point where the Fair changed the rules to be just LEGO.

This year the Fair divided the older age group, which had been 10-18 into two groups, 10-14 and 15-18.  We’d been hoping for the Fair to add an adult category and we’ve asked for one for years.  Unfortunately we still don’t have one and probably won’t next year either.  The Fair is very space constrained in the Hobbies and Handicrafts building.  While the LEGO entries moved to the south end of the building, there really isn’t any more space than when they were on the other end.  The Fair is reluctant to add an adult category unless they get more space and in fact, are considering changing the maximum size from 15″x15″x15″ to 12″x12″x12″ or 10″x10″x10″.  Joe and I suggested going down to 12x12x12.

Like most years this year had a number of very good entries but my gut feel was the overall quality of the entries was down significantly.  The highlight of the show for me was the model of the Old Fashioned Ice Cream stand which sits at the Fair just down the from the Hobbies and Handicrafts building in the Village of  Yesteryear.  This entry was really well done and we awarded it best of show.  One of the other highlights this year was we didn’t have to disqualify any entries.  This is the first time in a few years we haven’t had to DQ an entry which was not original work.

Both Joe and I were interviewed by Brooke Cain from the Raleigh News and Observer who wrote an article which appeared in Sunday’s N&O.

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And Off It Goes …

This afternoon I help a fellow BrickLink seller pack all of my LEGO into her trailer.  I have some mixed emotions – LEGO was a significant component of my life for many years.  My kids and I spent a lot of time building together.  A lot of memories were packed in 4’x8’x5′ trailer today.


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