The building style is based on Federation era building (early 20th century) plus some inspiration from 2008 Town Plan. LEGO City has been missing humble retail stores of all sort, this particular model could made to serve in City or Modular ranges.
On display, there are painting accessories and lawn mower spares…..plus if you need a key cut there is a cutting machine by the front counter. The counter uses a 2×3 cupboard with a single drawer. There are also hardware fixtures and plumbing parts, including toilet seats on the gondola. Stickers applied to tiles would act as merchandise hanging on the wall like just like real merchandise hangs on peg board in a real hardware store. An updated image includes a paint tinting machine.
You could use the same blue and white for Mica in the U.K. or red and white for True Value in the U.S.A. – using also the correct coloured logos and merchandise stickers.
Also this could be made into a modular design if you wish as well.
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!
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
“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 →
“This is my version of a Kroger gas station, a simple dual bowser set up with a pay point. No vehicles or minifigs have been included, though can be added later. I had to custom make a window cleaning tool and an original bowser design – a bowser also means fuel pump/dispenser.” – Lightningtiger