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Bill Ward's Brickpile

Building a brighter tomorrow with LEGO® bricks

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Sewing Machine by Niklas Rosén

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 23:27:42 +0000

Check out this adorable and very lifelike sewing machine designed by Niklas Rosén. I saw it posted on the Facebook group AFOLs of Facebook (AFOL = Adult Fan Of LEGO, in case you didn’t know that). My girlfriend loved it when I showed it to her, and she managed to build it from the photo … Continue reading Sewing Machine by Niklas Rosén

Happy New Year 2018

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 03:06:28 +0000

I came up with this little sign to commemorate the new year, and made instructions for it. I designed this entirely on the computer, as I don’t have enough of the curved tiles in my collection yet. But if you do, you can build it by following these directions. Here are the instructions as six … Continue reading Happy New Year 2018

Christmas Build-Up 2017 MOC Instructions

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 05:43:06 +0000

For the first 24 days of this month, I posted my Advent 2017 posts with images of the three Advent Calendar models as well as that day’s Christmas Build-Up model. Also each day I built a MOC (My Own Creation) using the remaining parts from the Christmas Build-Up set. I made directions for each of these models … Continue reading Christmas Build-Up 2017 MOC Instructions

Advent 2017 Recap

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 05:35:12 +0000

I was going to post this on the 25th, but the holiday celebrations got in my way. Anyway here’s an overview of what we found in this year’s City, Friends, and Star Wars LEGO Advent Calendars. I’ll start with the leftovers. Every LEGO set gives you some extra parts of the smaller elements. LEGO sets are packed … Continue reading Advent 2017 Recap

Advent 2017 Day 24

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 23:06:15 +0000

Christmas Eve gives us the final installment of this year’s Advent Calendars and Christmas Build-Up sets. Today’s models are very Santa Claus themed, of course… a traditional Santa (City), a Santa-themed snowman (Friends), and BB-8 with a Santa hat (Star Wars). In Christmas Build-Up we build another Santa, and I built a second snowman MOC. All three … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 24

Advent 2017 Day 23

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:50:00 +0000

The penultimate entries of this year’s City, Friends,  & Star Wars Advent calendars are a trio of sleighs, and in Christmas Build-Up a Christmas tree; I made a black bird MOC with the leftover parts. The first of the three sleighs is in City, and it can be towed by yesterday’s snowmobile: Similarly we get another one in Friends, that … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 23

Advent 2017 Day 22

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 23:26:39 +0000

Day 22 gives us a snowmobile (City), a pony (Friends), and an AT-ST Walker (Star Wars). In Christmas Build-Up we get gifts for the tree, and I made a squirrel! Today’s City model is a nice little snowmobile. How many little girls have begged for a pony for Christmas? Probably they meant a real one though. Today’s … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 22

Advent 2017 Day 21

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:18:01 +0000

Happy Winter Solstice! From here on out the days are getting longer at last. (Sorry Southern Hermispherians) Today we get an ice angel (City), gifts for the tree (Friends), and an Imperial ground crew member (Star Wars). In Christmas Build-Up we get a SnoCat, and I built a bunny. City’s build was a surprise. I really … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 21

Advent 2017 Day 20

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:16:04 +0000

We’re coming into the final stretch! Day 20 gives us a minifigure with a saw (City), another tree (Friends), and an Imperial Assault Hovertank (Star Wars). The Christmas Build-Up model is a steaming mug of hot coca or coffee, and with the leftover parts I built a deer. Yesterday’s City model was a tree, and today we get … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 20

Advent 2017 Day 19

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 04:42:15 +0000

For the 19th day of the LEGO Advent Calendar, we get a little tree (City), another sled for the snow train (Friends), and a TIE Striker (Star Wars). In Christmas Build-Up we build a weird little penguin, and I made a fire truck with the remaining parts. The City model is a Christmas tree ready for decorating: For … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 19

Advent 2017 Day 18

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:16:24 +0000

Day 18 of the LEGO Advent Calendars gives us a helicopter pilot (City), a weird little tower with a party hat and a bow (Friends), and a Y-wing fighter (Star Wars). The Christmas Build-Up model for today is a hedgehog or some similar little cute animal, and I used the rest of the parts to build Rudolph … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 18

Advent 2017 Day 17

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:43:12 +0000

Day 17 – just one more week to go until the 24th! Today’s LEGO City model is a cute little helicopter; in Friends we get a stand for yesterday’s cat to sit on, and the Star Wars is a Rogue One Imperial Officer. Meanwhile, Christmas Build-Up gives us a table wreath with four candles, and I built a wind-up toy robot with … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 17

Advent 2017 Day 16

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:03:48 +0000

Today in the LEGO Advent Calendar entries we build a little race car (City), a cat with a fish (Friends), and a transport spaceship (Star Wars). From Christmas Build-Up we get some kind of bird – a little turkey perhaps? – and I built a Christmas tree with the remaining parts. City’s model is a little race … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 16

Advent 2017 Day 15

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:38:01 +0000

The fifteenth Advent Calendar entries are a micro scale fire truck (City), a little mouse (Friends), and a snowblower (Star Wars). From Christmas Build-Up we get a snowy streetlamp decorated for the hoildays, and I made a bat with the leftover parts. The City model is a clever fire truck, maybe an airport type one due to … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 15

Advent 2017 Day 14

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:45:46 +0000

Two weeks in, only ten days until Xmas! Today’s Advent calendars give us a container ship from City, another sled trailer from Friends, and a The Force Awakens snowtrooper from Star Wars. The Christmas Build-Up model is a cute little lighthouse, and I used the leftover parts to build a Miniland scale human as a … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 14

Advent 2017 Day 13

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:39:47 +0000

Today’s City Advent calendar model is a skier; Friends gives us a campfire with two seats and a marshmallow to roast, and the Star Wars model is a First Order Snowspeeder from The Force Awakens. Christmas Build-Up gives us the head of a snowman, and I used the leftover parts to build a little steam train. The … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 13

Advent 2017 Day 12

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:23:35 +0000

The halfway point is here – have you finished your Christmas shopping and preparations? Day 12 in the LEGO Advent calendars give us a pair of kiosks in City and Friends, and a great little Millennium Falcon model from Star Wars. Today’s Christmas Build-Up model is a biplane, and I built a white puppy dog with the leftover parts. City … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 12

Advent 2017 Day 11

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:02:08 +0000

Day 11’s Advent calendars provide some of the best models yet – a cute snowman (City), a pastry stand (Friends), and a Luggabeast from The Force Awakens (Star Wars). In Christmas Build-Up we build a little snow chalet, and I used the leftover parts to make a farm tractor. Today’s City model is a cute little snowman. Friends … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 11

Advent 2017 Day 10

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:05:47 +0000

Our Day 10 calendars offer up a seaplane (City), a karaoke machine (Friends), and a Force Awakens equivalent of a sand person (Star Wars). The Christmas Build-Up set provides a coffee and a chocolate cupcake under an archway with a wreath, and with leftover parts I built a red and white fighter jet. So today I did … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 10

Advent 2017 Day 9

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:21:16 +0000

Today’s calendars give us a snow blower (City), a bird with its perch (Friends), and a delightful version of Rey’s speeder from The Force Awakens (Star Wars). In Christmas Build-Up we get a tractor, and I built a dude having breakfast. City’s model is a snow blower. I’ve never seen one of these in real … Continue reading Advent 2017 Day 9