MOC: Ragge Runarson’s Business Building

Back in the 80s Ragge Runarson was running a small computer software company. This is how his business building looked like.


It is a highly detailed Modular Building that has a special design which I think could attract both younger and adult builders.

The model is composed by two facilities. The brown facility is where Ragge’s office was, and on the back there is a door that leads up to the roof of the office, where Ragge sometimes sat and drank his tea. The white cottage is the office where his employees worked.


Businesses had been bad for Ragge Runarson in the increasingly desolate little town. Because of the current recession, sales had fallen drastically and all of his employees had to quit. It was with mixed feelings that he was standing at the window of the office building and looking out over his lifework.

He remembered how he so happily rode to work every morning on his red bicycle. And he remembered the now broken cement mixer which he would use to finish cementing the walkway to the white cottage.

But hopefully there would someday soon come someone who would be interested in buying the building, and then Ragge could start all over again!

MOC by jalex



Tips & Tricks 8: Markdown on LEGO Ideas

LEGO Ideas ( is a fantastic website in which LEGO fans can submit their LEGO creations and have them voted on, and potentially be made into an actual LEGO sets. There are many wonderful things about the website, but there are some things which are annoyances to devoted users. One of these is the limited functionality of commenting on projects…


Today you will learn some interesting tricks (you can call them ‘hacks’, if you prefer!) regarding commenting. It’s called ‘Markdown’. You see, the commenting system is set up in basic HTML formatting, so a person can easily write pretty much whatever and however they want (within, of course, the rules and guidelines of LEGO Ideas). In recent posts on the LEGO Ideas Blog, Markdown has been suggested by the site itself for formatting comments, by offering a link to a Wikipedia page on which you can find some, but not all, of the Markdown tricks. Here, however, you can find all of them that work on Ideas–including even embedding images!!


Let’s start with some simple need-to-know when it comes to Markdown. For each effect you want to use, such as bold or italics, you have to enclose the word or phrase you want to affect in a pair of codewords, which are each enclosed by < and >. For example, here is how you set up (1) a bold phrase:

<strong>insert text here</strong>

You’ll notice that the code at the end has a backslash in front of the word. Remember that, because each and every code is the same code on both sides, but the end code always has to have a backslash in front of the code word. Got that? Good. Let’s learn some more easy ones:

(2) An italics phrase:

<em>insert text here</em>

The bold one made sense because the word used in the code was ‘strong’, and that’s somewhat related to ‘bold’–so it’s pretty easy to remember. But the italics one is seemingly not related. Don’t expect each code to resemble its purpose, because such expectations could result in confusion of codes. If you’re curious about this one, the ’em’ stands for ’emphasis’.

(3) Beginning and ending a paragraph:

<p>insert text here</p>

This one is only needed for things other than LEGO Ideas when you’re actually typing in an HTML text box rather than a text box in visual form, which LEGO Ideas has. In LEGO Ideas, you can easily see when a paragraph starts and ends, but some HTML text boxes do not utilize the ‘Enter’ button on your keyboard and you have to manually type where lines break up. Anyways, let’s move on to some fun stuff!

More Complex Tricks

(4) Headings, sub-headings, and sub-sub-headings:

<h1>insert text here</h1>

<h2>insert text here</h2>

<h3>insert text here</h3>

These are sorted in largest text to smallest text.

(5) Linked text:

<a href=”insert link here“>insert text here</a>

This is so you don’t have to post giant links, but can just type in some text and have it link directly wherever you want.

(6) Linked text, plus title:

<a href=”insert link here” title=”insert title here“>insert text here</a>

(7) Horizontal Line Divider:

<hr />

(8) Block Quotes:

<blockquote>insert text or markdown here</blockquote>

Notice you can insert other markdown codes inside this one, such as bold words or phrases!

(9) Monospace:

<code>insert text here</code>

(10) Bulleted Lists:


<li>insert 1st item here</li>

<li>insert 2nd item here</li>

<li>insert 3rd item here</li>


You can enter as many items as you’d like. This is just an example, to show you how to do it.

(11) Numbered Lists:


<li>insert 1st item here</li>

<li>insert 2nd item here</li>

<li>insert 3rd item here</li>


Again, you can enter as many items as you want. Now, let’s get to the main trick you are probably reading this tutorial for: embedding images.


This is the normal markdown format for (13) embedding images:

<img src=”insert link here“>

Find the image you want online, right-click it and click “Copy Image Location”. That will give you a unique link for that image, which you insert into the code above. Do the same thing for (14) embedding images with text and title:

<img src=”insert link here” alt=”insert text here” title=”insert text here />

Now, if you have an image on your computer that you want to use, you can always upload it to some online image database such as Flickr or Dropbox and copy the link from there. But, if you have neither of those, you can easily use LEGO Ideas. Just hit the ‘Submit’ button as if you were going to submit a project, and upload an image there. Click on the image to view it full size, and copy it, to insert it normally. There you go!


All of those tricks are not just for LEGO Ideas. You can use these for many commenting systems and forums! Enjoy!

Building Technique by Brickster_Tim

MOC: Dodge Challenger SXT

Rule the roads with the all-new 1:16 scale 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT! This brick-built version of the popular sports car truly lives up to its name, as its 1869-piece construction is filled with many unusual parts and tricky techniques. The entire building experience is perfect for sharpening your skills, learning new tricks, and just having fun as you create so many features and functions in your car. Continue reading

MOC: ACE Hardware Store

One of the many hardware chains in the USA is ACE Hardware!

This is built on two 16×16 light bluey grey plates, a large sticker is being used for the front sign and a special sticker showing the opening hours. There are two minifigs including an ACE stickered torso sales person. High resolution stickers are used as merchandise on the displays, with mainly builders’ hardware (hinges/security) and plumbing (faucet/toilet repair). Behind the counter is the paint tinting and key cutting offered by most if not all hardware stores. No roof is being used, though could be added it required as also to make twice or three times as large in a modular form.

“Normally I design Australian stores, etc., this time the USA gets the Lightningtiger treatment.” – Lightningtiger

Want to see this creation as a LEGO Set? It is currently up for voting on LEGO Ideas! Be one of the 10,000 pioneers and vote for free here:

MOC by Lightningtiger

MOC: Forest Chapel

The beautiful Forest Chapel is from a bygone era of architecture, evidenced by the arches, windows, doors, faded gold bell and rope, worn pathways, vine-clad tower, and lanterns. The sturdy structure of the chapel has both a well-built, angled roof, and smooth walls. Under its removable roofs, it contains rows and rows of pews inside, pulpit, decorative cross with crown atop, doors, desk with chair and candle, and bookcase. Surrounding the building are pretty trees, fountain, chain fence with opening gate, and the tall tower topped with a stony cross. This is an example of ancient European history, when church buildings such as this were commonplace in villages and towns during the 16th and 17th centuries. If you are a LEGO fan, history expert, or a lover of ancient architecture, this is a creation for you.

MOC by Brickster_Tim

MOC: Hardware Store (Rural)

“Built on two 16×16 plates this hardware store carries tools, irrigation and fencing materials that every farmer needs to run their farm with…not to mention sprayer backpacks and chain saws! This building uses SNOT (stud not on top) and hinges for the window mountings. The inspiration for this build comes from a similar kind of but now disused store in a town in South Australia’s South East, Lucindale.  Continue reading

MOC: 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria

Cruise the streets with style in the highly-detailed, minifigure-scale 1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria! This old-fashioned classic from the 50’s was a member of Ford’s brand-new line of vehicles: the Fairlane models, produced to keep up with Chevrolet’s new and very popular Bel Air automobile. The Fairlane cars were the first Ford vehicles to feature optional seatbelts, factory-installed air conditioners, and panoramic windshields.

This brick-built version has everything a car lover could ask for: chrome bumpers and grille, opening doors, accurate color styling, smooth design from the front to the back, roomy interior with a steering wheel and gauges, and (coming soon) opening trunk. The complex building techniques employed in this model account for its near-perfect recreation of the original using 182 parts. The entire model is 17 studs long, 6 2/3 studs wide, and 4 bricks high.


MOC by Brickster_Tim

MOC: Natural History Museum

Enjoy the experience of spending a day at the Museum with this awesome LEGO project. With this project, based on the Natural History Museum, you will finally be able to immerse yourself in the fabulous world!

The Natural History Museum in London is a museum of natural history that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum’s main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road. This set contains the Natural History Museum (based on a lot of pictures) and some other elements like the LEGO dinosaur (91 lego pieces). This set also includes seven LEGO minifigures.

Want to see this creation as a LEGO Set? It is currently up for voting on LEGO Ideas! Be one of the 10,000 pioneers and vote for free here:


MOC: BrickTouch Mini

Don’t want to carry around a big BrickTab, or stuff a BrickPhone into a tight pocket? This is the NerdTech device for you! It’s got all the same features that the classic brick-built smart devices have, such as a customizable app layout, custom-decorated apps, colored tiles, interchangeable backings, buttons, front and back cameras, and a smooth feel that’s both stylish and comfortable. While the BrickPhone is 9 1/6 studs wide and 14 studs long, this smaller device is only 7 1/6 studs wide and 12 studs long. It’s the perfect fit for anyone!


MOC by Brickster_Tim

MOC: 1950’s Custom Sedan

Featured in the Modular Toy Shop, the custom-designed 1950’s-style Sedan from Stud Nerd Engineering is the perfect addition to any LEGO City. With superb and accurate detailing, complex building structure, and beautiful styling, this classic vehicle cruises the streets with ease. Continue reading