Christmas 2013

Just a quick note to cover this years Christmas activities.

Firstly Gingerbread…

I arrived back up north at my parents to find my Mum had already started in this years gingerbread creations, using a set of molds from Lakeland Plastics.

We even cast some white chocolate antlers

It was pretty good, but using a mold seams a bit like cheating, I had to run up something a bit more freestyle.

Now onto the Lego….

This years set was 8110 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U400

Lego 8110 Unimog

This build was the trickiest yet, with 5 separate instruction books and the parts broken up into 4 distinct sets to make life easier. It took 3 separate sessions to get it finished.

The chassis has Portal Axles to give greater ground clearance and full 4-wheel drive. The motor is linked to a transfer box allowing it to drive a winch, rotate the crane or run a pneumatic pump to power the rams on the crane arm. There is also an extra air line run to the front of the vehicle to drive a second optional model with a snowplow.

I set up my camera and laptop again to capture a timelapse video of the build

The sample rate for the video is one frame every 2 mins and each frame is shown for 0.5 second.

Gingerbread Architecture

Last years Gingerbread Christmas Tree was OK, but not up to the standard of the previous efforts. This led me to have a bit of a look round and I spotted this book – The Gingerbread Architect

I started out just getting my eye in with a little Gingerbread Cottage this weekend.

Gingerbread Cottage

I’ll stick an update online once this years proper edifice is complete.