Lego loopy nuts
This time last
year (issue 14), Matthew and Shiuming went to
visit the former Atari UK building in Slough,
Berkshire. The challenge to recreate this Lego-like
building in real Lego was recently taken
up by Mike Maranzano, an old school mate of your
two editors. Much to the bemusement of Mike's
girlfriend, the following model was created,
while she was working on some assignments one evening.
Very authentic as you can see, but something's amiss: a large Atari sign at the top, just
like the real thing! Mike didn't hesitate to
rectify the situation and immediately dug out
his Big Box of Lego.
found a few smooth tiles to create the signboard
itself but the shape was not quite right, it
needed to be squarer. Quicker than the eye could
see, some other models including a beautiful
Technic car were mercilessly pulled apart in
order to get the right parts to build the signboard.
Technic connecting pegs, with their friction lock mouldings
(very tough to get these out of holes, best
way is to poke them out with an axle piece)
hold two supporting arms up at an angle. To
get the 6-stud wide sign into the 7-stud space
between the two central columns called for some
half-stud resolution technique, something every
good Lego builder should know!
eye view showing the Atari staff
Looks like an employee has
jumped out of a window.
Anyone got lots
of blue and white bricks and fancy building