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18th Annual Mount Cheam Lions Train Show

Well this has been a long time delayed, but better late than never. It has been a busy year for out little LUG so far, a lot of changes and a good bit of growth too. I’ll cover the Brick Can convention in another post though.

Last October we were again excited to display at the Chilliwack Train Show. It is still our biggest display event of the year and we had great fun putting it together. One of our new members, Jason, brought in his collection of 9V track and so we had two lines running most of both days.

Main downtown

Main downtown

The Port

The Port

Peaceful campground

Peaceful campground

We went with a more specifically Town & Train theme this time, with a few portals here and there spewing time-tossed creatures and travelers for a bit of flavour.

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An ancient portal to the land of the dinosaurs

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A mad scientist opening a portal to an epic WWII battle between a Panzer IV and an A30 Challenger

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Summoning a mighty Phoenix

We had a lot more MOCs there which is really exciting to see.

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Santa Fe Super Chief waits at a marvelous train station

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A model of one of our members’ house

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Surrey Museum replica

Custom Modern apartment and Welsh rowhouse flanking the Parisian  Cafe'

Custom Modern apartment and Welsh rowhouse flanking the Parisian Cafe’

And our selection of trains is growing as well.

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BC Rail EMD SD40-2

 

 

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Small port yard with mainline bridges in the background

BC Rail Alco RS18 & BNSF GP20 pull some empty hoppers

BC Rail Alco RS18 & BNSF GP20 pull some empty hoppers

And of course an amazing old west town.

Olde West

Olde West

I was a great show and will be even better next year. We are going to be channeling a bit of Pacific Rim!

 

The Final Display

We found out at the beginning of this year that the monthly display program that had been running at the Lego Store was coming to an end. It was sad news for us, as we shared the monthly Installs with the VLC for the Guildford Town Center store, but the news was softened by the allowance for one final LUG display. And this one would be permanent!

January 2014 display

January 2014 display

Previously we had access to one of the big “picture frame” windows around the store. These were rather tall and it was sometimes a challenge to fill the space effectively. With such prestigious displays we always strove to showcase our best while also giving opportunities for each member who wanted to have a go. I myself was lucky enough to collaborate with other builders on four separate displays.

September 2014 display

September 2014 display

The final display, though, was a little different than these previous ones. Firstly we were to use a “ribbon brand” window which was much shorter, secondly the elements we used would not be returned to us (permanent, right), and thirdly The Lego Company desired us to have a display that had some recognizable local flavour. And then there was the consideration that as the last install the whole LUG should be involved as much as possible.

March 2015 display

March 2015 display

In the end we settled on the Abbotsford International Airshow as a theme and decided to go with a microscale style to maximize the variation. The end result is our best store display ever, and it will hopefully be enjoyed by Lego fans young and old for many years to come. Now I will simply let the pictures do the talking.

 

Just missing a Snowbird

Just missing a Snowbird

 

Shockwave & P-38 Lightning

Shockwave & P-38 Lightning

 

CH-47 Chinook, CL-215 Scooper, & V-22 Osprey

CH-47 Chinook, CL-215 Scooper, & V-22 Osprey

 

LUG members finished the install.

LUG members finished the install.

 

Check out the AbbyLUG group on Flickr for even more great detail shots of these and other displays and shows!

Brick Can 2016

Teaser3Well, the beans are finally spilled. We’ve been giddy with anticipation since the first whisperings of the hint of this event reached our ears (in secret). Now the countdown has officially begun. We have less than a year to go before our first in hopefully a long line of annual Vancouver Lego Conventions takes place.

Hit up the official site for all the particulars, like it on Facebook even, if you are into that sort of thing.

What I know is that we can look forward to 4 amazing days of Lego goodness right here in the valley. 2 Days of public viewing, so bring your MOCs, and 2 days of AFOL oriented goodness. We’ve got such a great group of AFOLs here that this just has to be good. Come on out and see what this community is all about!

 

17th Annual Mount Cheam Lions Train Show

AbbyLUG & VLCThis was the second year of AbbyLUG participation at the long-running Train and Hobby show benefiting the Mount Cheam Lions. We had as much fun as last year getting our displays ready for the viewing public.

Custom ModularsIMG_1074Instead of going strictly in a Lego City direction we branched out to showcase some of our members’ most passionate themes. Castle, Space, Post-apoc, and Christmas Village sections were full of detailed custom models and sets.ArkhamPost-apocManor HouseClassic M-TronChristmas VillageThe two day event attracted thousands of attendees, both young and old and we had a great time talking about our hobby and answering questions. It seems that people are always amazed at the shape Lego bricks can take in the hands of a dedicated builder.Riders of.. the white hand?Who ya gonna call!?Last Minute?Especially popular was the Mad Max section built by our member Lee. Those old enough to recall the movie enjoyed picking out the various details added to the vehicles and characters.So much orange!Well dang!MaxSmaug made a special appearance atop one of the castle keeps, an early glimpse at the famed dragon from the new Hobbit sets.

Smaug the TerribleAnd all in all we had a great time. We will be back next year!

HardsuitsAaaahhhh!