Friday, August 5, 2016

Lepin 15004 Fire Brigade Modular Review - Part 1

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The Lepin 15004 Fire Brigade is a knock-off of the Lego Fire Brigade modular building 10197. This will be my second modular building.  There's supposed to be 2313 pieces in this Lepin set. I didn't get the box that is displayed, just a lot of parts in over 40 plastic bags.  This set is about the same size as the Lepin 15002 Cafe Corner that I built and reviewed recently on http://its-not-lego.blogspot.com.

Day One.



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There's enough bricks in this set to fill up this old Duplo tub.  The set comes with this multi-page instruction booklet.  As with the Cafe Corner, I will be building the Fire Brigade over the next few days.  I do about 10 steps at a time, and this takes me about 2 or 3 hours.

In the Cafe Corner build, I kept all of the parts in each of their respective bags (I counted 43 different bags).  It made the build a bit challenging when searching for the smaller pieces.  For the building of the Fire Brigade, I emptied the bags with smaller parts into little plastic fruit cocktail cups.

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I skipped putting together the mini figures and the fire truck.  I will do those last.  The Fire Brigade comes with a base consisting of two 16 x 32 stud pieces.  I found that the big flat unstudded piece between the two yellow strips would not stay down, one end would always pop up.  I'm hoping that this will be resolved by the addition of more bricks onto the baseplates.  

So far, no missing parts after the first 10 steps.  The tiles have been installed onto the baseplates front and rear, and the outline of the fire house has been laid out.  There will be two main areas divided by the parking spot for the fire truck.  The giant white 3 indicates that this was the third set in the original Lego Modular series.

It leaves me wondering if I should have rotated the 2 baseplates by 90 degrees, so that the main middle piece was not on the joint line.  Another thing I might change is the side 4 connector bricks, from beige colour to black to conform with the building colour.   End of day one.

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Day Two.


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The lower walls are in place and the door and window frames are starting to take shape after step 20. The fire house facade with it's cappucino coloured tiles is starting to come along.  Installed accessories that have been installed include the tool rack with tools, storage box and garbage can.  A broom and shovel flank each side of the rear walls.

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The base for the fireman's pole is done and a box with oxygen tanks is in place.  Last but not least is the changing area containing a bench and a rack of the three silver helmets and two fire extinguishers have been wall mounted.  The warpage from the base plates makes some of the tiles pop out and continues to annoy me, but thankfully no missing parts to report at the end of day two.

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Day Three.


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The first floor of the fire house is about 80% complete as we finish step 30.  More progress on the front facade has been made.

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More updates to the fire house include the rear entry door, and the bricks added to support the yet to be installed front roll-up door.

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The Lepin stair case consists of two pieces, where I've read that the Lego stair case is one piece.

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Last few pics for day three.   So far so good.  To be continued tomorrow.

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Day Four.

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Today we finished building up to step 40.   Let's review the progress of the Lepin Fire Brigade so far. Front facade is almost complete, with doors and windows installed.  Light fixtures added.   Garage door panels have been joined together and inserted into the support rails (more on this later).

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Inside view of front windows.

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Back view.  The taller back window openings have yet to receive their windows.

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That pesky centre plate just won't stay down.

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Ok, so there's this major flaw in the Fire Brigade set.  It's not the roll-up doors, but the overhead tracks that support them (the long white piece shown above).  The groove or channel in the brick is just too narrow to allow the pegs of the garage door panels to move freely.  In fact, they can't even move at all.

I tried to test fit the roll-up door panels into the groove, but they just wouldn't go in.  I didn't try to force it too much just in case I broke the pegs off.   Initially, I wasn't sure if the problem was the track itself or the door panel pegs.  If it was the pegs I was planning to simply sand each of them down.

I needed to confirm what the problem was. So, what to do?

I am lucky enough to have in my brick collection, the Kazi 8052 Fire Station.  In fact, I have two of them (I bought them for quite cheap if I remember correctly).

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The roll-up garage doors on the Kazi fire station work quite well, so I decided to dis-assemble the garage door rails and see if they work with the Fire Brigade doors.  As it turned out, they were dark grey instead of white, but they worked perfectly with the Lepin door panels.   I then tried to use the Kazi door panels with the Lepin rails, but these would't go in either.  So definitely the problem was with the two overhead track pieces.

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Here's a look at the roll-up garage door system with the two Kazi bricks in place.   It's just a bit tight going around the corner, but not too bad, I can move the doors up and down.

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Well, that was the excitement for today's build.  The two offending pieces have been placed on the curb to be picked up as rubbish.   I'm not sure if the problem I encountered was an anomaly or not, but for my solution it was to substitute the two overhead track pieces.   I'm certainly curious to know if this is a common problem with all of the Lepin Fire Brigade sets.

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Good news is that there are still no missing parts after step 40, day four.

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Part 2 of the Lepin 15004 Fire Brigade continued here.

6 comments:

  1. Hello, thanks for your review. I also own the Lepin Fire Brigade (I started to late with the Modulars to have the chance to buy an original Lego one in a store...) - and yes, the problem with the roll-up garage door is common to all Lepin Fire Brigades... (as far as I found out after some extensive reading on the net).

    My solution was to widen the overhead track pieces with the help of a sharp cutter knife. The plastic used for the tracks is fairly ease to cut. I took quite an amount of plastic away - and now they don't look so good anymore (but I don't care as they are hidden in the building) but the door can go up and down much more easily now.

    And now: Keep on building! (by the way: I chanced the base plates (one of them won't lie flat, too...) for a genuine Lego 32x32 baseplate. But I also ordered some fake baseplates, which should be (hopefully!) flat like the Lego ones.

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    1. do you mean cut the white colour part to widen it?

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  2. I think thats what he meant. Use an exacto knife to cut more plastic out of the white rail overhead strip. This is easier by taping a metal or glass edge with lots of tape to provide a guide. And then slice away 1mm along.
    Aother medod is using a file blade to sand off plastic slowly.
    I would not samd the door pi s as theyre already thin and weak.

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  3. Hi! I also got this Lepin. I loved it!

    The only problem i see is the door that is very difficult to move....

    If you like go see my Fire Brigade here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFg5p_l5qxQ

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  4. After reading about the upper door tracks, could you just exchange them by ordering ones from Lego?

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  5. After reading about the upper door tracks, could you just exchange them by ordering ones from Lego?

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