Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Lepin 15002 Cafe Corner Modular Updates

Last year, I made quite a few changes to my Lepin 15002 Cafe Corner modular building.  I converted the main floor to a sweet shop, and the second and third floors into a hostel.  As you can see in my picture, I've changed the original hotel sign to read hostel.  I kept the existing awnings but moved the front door from the corner of the building to the side.  

Here's the rear of the building.  On the second floor, there is a small deck which also provides an overhang for the first floor rear entrance.

Where the door previously existed is a display of the sweets and muffins.  The owner also sells her goods out in front of the shop.

The original baseplate was a green colour which clashed with the  pink walls, so I tore it out and replaced it with a brown baseplate.

There's an extensive collection of baked goods at the shop.

At the other end of the shop is the prep area, oven, drink station and cash.

 Here's a closer look at the station where you can have shakes and smoothies made to order.  The interior of the main floor sweet shop was imported from the Hsanhe 6409-1 Sweet Shop set and then completely customized.

Front door on the main floor has been moved to the side.

 Hostel entrance is next to the sweet shop.

The stairs lead up to the second floor of the modular.  This is where the hostel reception is located.  There's also a lounge, a snack center and a computer workstation.

Access to the deck is via the lounge.


 The third floor of the hostel has 6 bunk beds, storage and seating.

 I will be adding a bathroom in the near future.   Thanks for looking!




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My Giant Collection of Brick Separators!

There's a good chance that you will find one of these weird looking pieces when you buy your bootleg brick sets.  They come in different colours and shapes but they all have one purpose.  It's called a brick separator tool and can be used to pry bricks apart from each other.  

The orange giraffe is my most common brick separator.  I have 15 of them.

 Here's some transparent green ones that look like bottle openers. Not as useful as the orange giraffes but good for lifting the 2x2 tiles I use for my modular building sidewalks.

Here's a long brick separator.  It comes in different colours.

Here's a variation of the green transparent separator only in orange.

 Another variation of the long orange one, these ones molded in blue.

The cute ones are shaped like alligators.

Black ones which are same as the blue and orange variations.

These are my one -offs.  A very rare yellow giraffe, instead of orange.

I keep my brick separator collection all in my Ikea besta box.

I have a total of 44 of them now.  How many do you have?
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Monday, April 29, 2019

My Collection of Not Lego Buses

Hey There!  Here's a quick look at my Not Lego bus collection.  Using public transit in Its-Not-Lego town has never been easier.  You have your choice of buses made by Sluban, Wange, and Enlighten.

The first ever bus in my not lego collection was from the  Sluban set M38-B0333 Middle School Set.  The 500 piece set consisted of a school building and the school bus.
The bus was subsequently released on it's own as Sluban set M38-B0507.  The bus has 219 pieces.  There were stickers that came with the set but I didn't apply them to the bus.

Next up is the bus by Wange, set number is 30132.  The bus is comprised of 318 pieces.  I modified this bus slightly to lower the bus height.  I felt that the original bus height was a bit too tall.   This small bus is the Main street complimentary shuttle.

Here's another Sluban bus.  The set is M38-B0330 and has 235 pieces  This is another bus that I'ved modified, this time I increased it in length.  This is a long distance bus used to reach other towns.

 I used some extra white bricks and the Sluban M38-B0330 instructions to make this MOC bus.  I haven't figured out how to use this bus but I may change the colours on it to make it a special police bus.

Here's a double decker bus by Sluban, model is M38-B0331.  There's 403 pieces in this set.  It includes extra bricks to build a mini gas station.  This is the main bus that goes around Its-Not-Lego town. The problem with the design is that you can't remove the roof or top level to access the interior.  It's on my list of things to fix on this set.

Finally for visitors who come to do some sightseeing around town, there's the Enlighten brand Sightseeing bus 1123.  At 455 pieces, this is the largest bus in my collection.  Unlike all my other buses that are six studs wide, this bus is eight studs wide, so it doesn't really match.  My plan is to rebuild it as a six stud bus.  I also plan to change the really weird looking front windshield.


There's just one more bus on my wish list ... that would be the Lepin 02078 city bus. I've ordered it from Aliexpress, but not sure if it's available anymore. I'll let you all know if I get it or not.   Let me know which one is your favorite bus?   See you next time!



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