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As a kid my favourite toy was always Lego. We couldn’t afford new sets so I had an amalgamation of 2nd hand Lego ( I couldn’t tell you the original sets) stored in a vintage 1960-70's Lego wooden box. I got my first new set, 7725 Electric Passenger Train, in Christmas 1981. My only other new set was also in 1981, which was the Classic Space 6929 Star Fleet Voyager. Classic Space came at a time I was becoming a Sci-Fi fan and this was an awesome set (at the time). I have a photo of the Classic Spaceman from this set as my Avatar! Having limited Lego I built a lot of MOC’s, which was why it was my favourite toy, the endless possibilities. My first introduction to Lego Technic was after winning a competition, where I got my hands on the 8851 excavator in 1984. This started an interest in Technic and I was able to buy 2nd hand from a friend the classic 8860 (1980) in addition to 854 (1978), 8844 (1981) & 8040 (1984). I still have those sets today after they were stored for many years.

After more than 25yrs in the dark ages my interest in Lego came back with Mindstorms EV3 in 2013, which I thought my kids would be interested in to learn robotics and coding. Turned out they were more interested in Lego friends at the time (having started on Duplo as little kids). I think this was also the first time ever having been to a Lego Store (I was living in USA at this point) and I was amazed by how far Lego had evolved. I bought the 42009 Mobile Crane MK II in the same year. Wondering what else I could build with this set I discovered ReBrickable in 2013. The first MOC I built was of course the Ultimate 42009 by JurgenKrooshoop, this introduced me to the world of MOC’s, buying Lego parts, and custom instructions. In the last 6yrs+ I have accumulated a lot more Technic sets and parts, building 55 MOC’s (as of Jul'19), the most complicated being the Liebherr LTM11200 by Jeroen Ottens.

I don’t have a lot of free time due to a demanding expat job and two kids, so I prefer to build others MOCs than design my own. This may change in the future as I feel I have developed a lot of skills and learnt a lot from the great designers out there. In addition to building MOC’s I have become a supporter of the ReBrickable community adding comments and feedback, parts, sets etc. Over the last couple of years I’ve also developed my photography and submit a lot of MOC photos and part photos.


Recent Comments

  • I like the brutish off-road look. Performance is good too. Just short a few curved yellow panels, which I'll flag for my next parts order. Thanks for sharing.
  • 12 hours ago nigel1975 (25592) PRO
    Would you be able to share more info on how the functions works, particularly the FADEC logic. It does look fascinating and something I would like to build, unfortunately the instructions are too expensive for me.
  • 1 day, 6 hours ago nigel1975 (25592) PRO
    Received my parts as a mix of new and used. About 2-3hrs spent building the MOC and admiring the level of detail achieved with the parts. The instructions are great and worth paying for. It must take many years to become so familiar with parts that you could think of something like this! This will definitely be on display for a long time. My only problem with the MOC is that it is a little top heavy and thus you have to find center of gravity for best pose. Another minor issue I have, which may be because the parts are not all new, is that the knee joints tend to give way under the weight (I will have to think how to fix that, may need to wedge something in the joints). Look forward to the possibility of an Alien Queen :-) Enjoy the photos I posted, including an epic battle with Darth Vader in a cinematic crossover.
  • 2 days, 22 hours ago nigel1975 (25592) PRO
    I just finished building this MOC. It's definitely not for the fainthearted as it's difficult to build from the lxf file and there is only limited photos showing how to organize/route the pneumatic hoses. Nevertheless its a rewarding build and I was pleasantly surprised that all the functions worked (the ejector definitely requires some tweaking). There are five pneumatic functions crammed into this MOC and it is pretty robust for the kiddo's to play with. I did play with the colors as I felt simplifying the colors to plain red/white made it look a little more realistic. In several places I included extra beams to fill some of the gaps. I went over to the Eurobrick TC10 entries and there were definitely some serious competition. A shame this one didn't win and that it hasn't got much attention here. I've added lots of photos with additional comments to help try and bring this MOC to peoples attention.
  • 1 week, 2 days ago nigel1975 (25592) PRO
    I thought I'd better get my parts order in before the MOC becomes really popular and prices go up on a couple of the rarer parts. Managed to source the parts with four Bricklink orders, meanwhile I'm admiring the quality of your instructions :-)