Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lepin Store 36013 Review (clone of Lego 40305)


 Hi All, look what the postman left at my front door yesterday.  It's the Lepin version of the "Microscale Lego store 40305".   The Lepin brand store set number is 36013 and it has 405+ pieces.


 The Lepin set was tightly packed into a smallish box.  Contents of the box include the multi-page instruction manual, sticker sheet and ten clear plastic bags of brick parts.


The Lepin manual is copied from the Lego manual because it only shows 4 bags of parts.


Nice to see that the clear window parts are packaged separately.  My window parts were all scratch free.


The Lepin store includes two minifigures, a guy with floral shirt and a small boy with white hoodie and red cap.  I'm going to have to replace the  hands of the small boy because don't fit into his arms.


Let's review the building details now.  The store front consists of a large window and door.  I haven't yet placed the Lepin sign over the door yet.


There's a bank machine at the side of the building.  Is that Lego's way of saying how expensive their sets have become?  Ie. You probably didn't bring enough money, so you need to spend more to buy our sets.  Luckily my Lepin brand store was about half the price of the Lego version.


The back of the store is open and there's a cash register and a pick a brick parts wall.  Some sets are also displayed in the front window.


On the other wall, there are product boxes, for which I still haven't applied the stickers yet.


A quick peek from above.  There's also a yellow bin for parts or polybags.

The second floor of the Lepin brand store has two large windows and two red flags.  Yellow awnings over the windows.

There's windows on both sides of the building.  You can pop them out easily, although I'm not sure why you would want to.


The second floor has a bin with shield and a table for making your own minifigs.  There's more product on the wall between the front windows.


Here's the second floor attached to the first.  Brick clutch is good, however I find the brick plastic to be a bit on the soft side.



 And here's the completed roof.


Tada, the completed Lepin store 36013.






 Hey look, there's the not so official Lepin store mascot girl.   She arrived just in time to receive the latest shipment of the Lepin building sets.   If you need the Blue Brick girl, just search Aliexpress for PG8151 or PG1243 (Pogo brand minifigure).  There's also a red Brick boy minifigure PG1242 not pictured here.


 The Lepin delivery minifigures are actually from the Lepin Roller Coaster set 15039.  Also pictured is the Lepin Delivery Truck 02036.


I finally put the Lepin sticker on the store.  The sticker quality isn't that good, as you can hardly make out the wording.


Here's the Lepin store removable panels .


Finally, here's a few spare parts I got with the Lepin store.   The Lepin store is a nice addition to anyone's City layout.  I plan on making the Lepin store a full modular building for my Its-Not-Lego town in the near future.

Thanks for looking!

Set name:  The Lepin store
Set number:  36013
Clone of:  Lego 40305
Number of pieces: 405+
Number of minifigs: 2
Score:  5 out of 5

Thursday, January 31, 2019

It's Not Lego and It's Not a Parisian Restaurant Anymore (MOD)

I bought my first Lepin 15010 Parisian Restaurant in 2016 and then bought another Lepin Parisian Restaurant in April 2017, because it was on sale.   It's since been built it and re-built it several times, and here's how it looks today.


The second Parisian restaurant is now the new home of a recording studio on the main floor and a music store on the second and third floors. 


Before we look inside, let's review the changes made to the exterior front facade from top to bottom.  The clamshells on the third floor never closed properly for me, so they have been replaced by round tiles.


On the second floor, the center doors have been replaced by another bank of windows.  My spare brick stash didn't have another arch so I just added some different detailing over the windows.



Leading from the first level to the second level, I changed the external staircase colour from brown to gray and bricked in the front windows.


On the back side, not much has changed on the third level, but the on the second level, the door has been relocated to the side of the building.  The veranda is still there sitting atop the enlarged first level.


The most major structural change is on the main floor, where the back wall swings open to reveal the interior of the recording studio.  Sorry, the yellow bricks above look really crappy due to different brick brands and quality.  Hope to change those out one day.


I designed the rear walls to swing open yet still have enough support to hold up the floors above.  The swing walls make it so much easier to access the interior spaces, if I need to move brick pieces around.  It helps for picture taking too.  The old restaurant's interior of kitchen and dining room are long gone.


Inside the recording studio, we've got a band with 2 guitarists, one on keyboards and another on drums.  The music sheets have butterflies on them because they come from a Friends set (fake lego of course).   Green hair girl does the vocals as evidenced by the microphone.



Here's a closer look at the drum set-up.  I googled Lego drum sets to get the inspiration for my own drum set.  Hopefully it looks acceptable.   Unfortunately it's hard to see the keyboardist in the back corner under the stairs.


The other side of the recording studio has a really annoyed sound engineer being disturbed by one of the members of the KISS band (maybe Peter Criss?) who decided to come over and hang out for the day.


Those uncomfortable chairs need to be replaced with a nice sofa set.   Gene and Ace agree.


The last member of the KISS band, Paul is outside donating money to the guy who's down on his luck.


A few days ago, the new music store had it's grand opening and here's all the peeps that showed up to check everything out.  On the second floor, I got rid of the murphy bed and fireplace and moved the door to the side wall.  New black and white flooring was added.  The music store has a piano, a selection of guitars (thanks Coco!), and a small set of drums.  I took out the front wall so it would photograph better.


With the front wall added back on, the music store feels really claustrophobic, but hey, the rent is cheap.


Here's a closer look at the drums for sale.

An upright piano at the far end of the store.

Surplus musical instruments are stored on the top floor, where the artist's studio used to be.


Well, that's it!  Please let me know what you think of the recording studio and music store.  What do you like or don't like and how can it be improved?   Let me know in the comments, thanks!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hsanhe 6411-2 McDonalds Restaurant - Latest Mods

Hello again!  I'm back to show you my latest mods to my Hsanhe 6411-2 McDonalds fast food restaurant.   The last time I changed this mini modular building was about a year ago, when I extended the back of the restaurant from it's original design.  Let's take a look at the latest changes.

Two new minifigures welcome you to the McDonalds;  Ronald and the Fry guy.  I've got more shots of them here and here.

Minor modifications to the exterior of the building include relocation of the trash can to the outside, some patio tile adjustments and an additional row of yellow bricks under the roof line to accommodate the interior signage.

The takeout window has been raised a bit since last year.

 Not much has been done to the rear of the building.

The Hsanhe McDonalds with the roof removed.

 The most significant change to the interior is the addition of new flooring.  It really lightens up the inside of the restaurant.

I added a cross beam along the top to allow for the menu signs, now I just have to find some images and stick them to the white signboards (future project).

 In addition to the outdoor seating, a new table has been added on the inside.  There's two minifigure patrons enjoying their meal.

There were already two eating counters before, but one used to be longer than the other, so now with the inclusion of the new seating, they are both symmetrical now.   Another two minifigure patrons are featured above.

Here's another look at the sign board which I mentioned earlier.  There's a mustard and ketchup dispensers next to the order counter.   Looks like he ordered all the expensive items on the menu.

The store manager minifigure is new.  He used to be the old Fry guy but he got a promotion.

 The serving counter is now configured in an L shape.  There's one of the employee minifigs getting the takeout order ready.  I made the order counter bigger to allow two minifigs to work together comfortably.

Not much has changed in the cooking area.  That's the original minifig that came with the set cooking the food.  I gave him a spatula so he could flip the burgers.  I added some vents above for better air quality.

 Your takeout order is ready now.

Just peeking in the back door.





Hope you have enjoyed looking at the latest changes to the Hsanhe Mcdonalds restaurant.  Let me know what you think!   Thanks for looking and see you soon.