2021


Another year comes to a close there is Thirdwiggville, and wowzer, was it a big one. As a review, here is what I made for the year: Ionos Sports Sedan, Unimog U400, Unimog U430, LEGO 42126 V-8 4×4, 8854 Update, Compact Telehandler, Kickboxer Diesel, LEGO 8850 Update, Compact Loader, Unimog U500.

I accomplished a good deal of last years goals:

  • A motorcycle (completed)
  • A sports sedan (completed)
  • Another midsized car (EV) (Nope, but I count the Ionos)
  • Something yellow (completed x2)
  • 7 completed builds (completed)

This year I was able to build more than I have in the past couple of years. Some of this is due to some smaller builds this year, and the Unimogs were similar enough to each other that I was able to double up the work on them. Additionally, I built two contest MOCs, which are time sensitive, so that sped up those builds. Also, the 8854 Update won the Eurobricks TC20 contest, which was incredible!

Two other notes: First, the Unimogs and the Ionos car(s) are two of my favorite builds in quite a while. The Ionos was a fantastic build, and I’m proud of the work that went in the car and all its versions. Likewise the Unimogs were beautiful, and will adorn my house and office for a while.

Second, this year I taught myself how to use Bricklink Studio, and now I’ll never look back. I am now able to make instructions that are clear and easy to read in a way that the Photo Instructions I have done in the past never were. For the time being, I have committed to making a Studio file and Instructions for each MOC going forward as this seems to bring a lot of value to the LEGO community, and I’ll slowly update the old photo instructions for MOCs in the past. I am conflicted on if I should charge money for these instructions. I have a lot of builders who taught me a lot over the years, and this was due to freely available information. I would like to pay this forward for other builders coming behind me, so I hope to keep a lot of these instructions free. As always, feel free to find my instructions at Rebrickable.com.

For 2022, here are my goals.

  • A Combine to match the Atmos Tractor
  • Another 42126 MOD
  • An attachment for the Unimogs
  • A Garbage Truck
  • A small truck
  • A system airplane
  • A remake of 8440

We’ll see if I can make all this work. As always, I try to be flexible to where my current interests are and other considerations such as contests and home life. Feel free to watch The Queue to see what is coming up. Happy Building and on to 2022!

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