Friday, May 28, 2010

Lego - Our Collection - 6392 - Airport (1985)





Our first ever Lego set! Gary received this for Christmas 1986. Of all our sets, this is probably the one which shows its age the most. So many parts are missing, but the set has such charm that we did our best to restore it as accurately as possible in May 2010.

Some shots of the front...





Where do we start? Obviously the base plate and runway plates are missing, which for once was the least of our problems. Almost every door and window is gone, with the exception of the main door which serves no real purpose next to a huge gap! The control tower is a shadow of its former self, with only one of the angled windows present, and covered by an improvised black 4x4 flat plate. Amazingly, we did find the original clock, sloped restaurant windows and the airport sign. The baggage handling section is also mostly accurate, with the exception of one odd coloured brick. Due to the baseless nature, the windsock is supported by a standard white 2x4 flat plate.

Next, a view of the back...



And the terminal with all vehicles...



Now for a closer look at the vehicles...



First, the baggage truck...



This is completely accurate, the only time we can say that with this set. It is adorably small and comes with a dinky little suitcase and original minifig.

Next, the helicopter...





With the exception of a couple of bricks, this is mostly accurate. Most excitingly, we found the original tail brick complete with LL-BEL callsign sticker. This code has mythical status with us, and represents 25 years of Lego pleasure! However it was only yesterday that we worked out that "LL" stands for LegoLand. We will probably have worked out the "BEL" section by 2035!

Now the star of the show, the aeroplane...



Many original features are present, including the tail wing. However, we have had to improvise in other areas, most notably the windows. The front wheel should be attached to a turntable, but we always found this to be quite annoying, so chose not to include it. The plane may be showing its age, but still has a lot of pleasure to offer!

A view of the empty cabin, with movable roof...



A view of the cabin filled with passengers, with the roof in the open position. Eagle-eyed readers will spot the female minifig from sets 6385 and 6386, who is now about to take a well-earned holiday!



A view of the full cabin with the roof in the closed position. Due to the beefcake nature of the middle passenger, a slight gap prevents full closure, which will undoubtedly lead to a chilly flight!



Preparing for take-off. Notice the slightly apprehensive look on the Captain's face. Who says vintage minifigs have no emotion?!



Take-off from the side. The gap is increasing, get the Air Crash Investigation Team on standby!



Take-off from the front...



In-flight banking achieved by removing an engine and a set of wheels...



Full instructions and an inventory for this set can be found at Peeron.

Finally, high quality versions of our personal photos...

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Lego - Our Collection - 6376 - Breezeway Cafe (1990)





One of the prettiest Lego sets, Gary received this for his 11th birthday in 1991. It has many unique or rare features, including large curved windows, an oven and a parrot. It has only been built twice, once back in 1991 and again in February 2010.

Some shots of the front...





Almost all parts are from the original set, including the base plate. While searching through our bin of Lego we actually found the oven fully built from the initial construction nineteen years ago. We love the curved windows which still have the Ristorante stickers firmly in place. The only omissions of note are the chef minifig and some foliage over the side arch. Apart from this, Breezeway Cafe is probably our most accurate vintage set.

A view of the back...



Here you can clearly see the pot on top of the oven, complete with a flat red brick representing some sort of food. The bar is fully stocked with taps and a glass. The minifig in the cowboy hat is an original customer. For some reason Gary always called him Boss Hogg, even though he looks nothing like him. Today we have re-christened him Sheriff John, even though he looks nothing like him either. We have a redhead female customer, not original, but purely because we love red hair!

Views from either side...

Here we have a close-up on the parrot...



And a great view through the arch into the restaurant and bar area...



Full instructions and an inventory for this set can be found at Peeron.

Finally, high quality versions of our personal photos...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lego - Our Collection - 6265 - Sabre Island (1990)





This was a pocket money purchase sometime in 1991 just because Gary fancied building something new and it was cheap! We don't have many non-LegoLand Town sets and we don't particularly have any interest in pirates, but we do love a working cannon that shoots little round black bricks!





We rebuilt the set in May 2010 and for a few days the soldier in the boat could only row in a circle as we could only find one oar! Thankfully we found the other one on a later exploration through our bucket of Lego. In these pictures we have borrowed the palm tree from set 6376 - Breezeway Cafe, as the original from this set is broken. Also, the main flag is being held up by a shorter pole than in the box art illustration. On the plus side, at least we have the base plate.

Next a close-up of the rowing soldier...



A shot showing some of our modifications and improvisations...



We couldn't find any swords so the soldier on the castle is wielding a broom in a menacing manner! The soldier in the boat is also using a broom as a flag pole, but when you're stranded on a desert island you have to use what you can! He also doesn't have the correct flag. Another difference is that we are missing a soldier who would be wearing a pointed hat. This picture uses the original palm tree which is missing its trunk and some foliage. Just for fun we have provided the troops with some extra cannon balls.

Full instructions and an inventory for this set can be found at Peeron.

Finally, high quality versions of our personal photos...

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