Hawaii LUG at The Honolulu Zoo all Summer!

Hawaii LEGO® Users Group has partnered with the Honolulu Zoo this summer to bring LEGO® to all the concert attendees this season. We are featuring animal themed LEGO® MOCs each week on Wednesday evenings during The Wildest Show In Town concerts. Come see us and have some family fun picnic style and enjoy the music!  We will also be having weekly building contests and prizes! Doors open 4:35 pm and music ends around 7 pm. We hope to see you there!

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LEGO® Easter Egg Building Instructions

 

 

 

Egg detail

We have had many compliments on our Easter themed MOC in the club showcase display at Hawaii’s Ala Moana LEGO Store, and specifically questions on how we made the eggs. For those that are interested in making your own Easter Eggs, here’s how it was done. Essentially, you will be following instructions on how to build a Lowell Sphere or Bram’s Sphere, but elongate the sphere along the body of the egg to make an ovoid shape. To do this, use the instructions below but add longer plates in one direction on the 4 side panels.

There are programs online that will generate an image for you to give you an idea of how to put it together, and you can use any combination of plates you have that will make this pattern as long as it won’t fall apart. So, make sure it’s supported. Then, just use your imagination for what colors you want. The easiest ones were the monochromatic eggs. After assembly just use any small decorative pieces in different colors on the studs of your egg after assembling to make them more festive. The other ones are a little more challenging, as you have to be careful and precise with incorporating different colors into the pattern while making the panels if you want to give it a symmetric painted effect. Take careful note in step 7 below on how the panels are arranged and you’ll know where to place the different colors. You can choose to make different layers different colors which is easier. Or you can choose to make stripes or other patterns, which takes even more careful planning. Once it’s assembled you can add more decoration and your eggs are done. Happy building!

 

 

Institute for Astronomy Open House – Hawaii LEGO® Users Group Club Display

It was a beautiful day in Manoa, Hawaii on April 6, 2014. A perfect day for the University of Hawaii‘s Institute for Astronomy Open House. Hawaii LEGO® Users Group was invited to display some of our club creations at the event and it was so much fun to participate! Our theme this year was “extraterrestrial life,” picked by Shannon. The event opened at 11 am and there were streams of people nonstop for the entire day! We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm. The crowds were wracking their brains for our contest to name our LEGO® brick made F.U.N. Alien, which was built by Christine. We had 338 entries to give this fun guy an official name with the initials F.U.N! Thank you so much for everyone that entered. It was hard to narrow it down to one winner, so we went with the top three. The prize winning names were:

1. Fierce Underworld Nightstalker – for best overall fit, by Kailer
2. Furious Ulua Nibbler – for best descriptive name, by Dakota
3. Fleeer Union Notice-robot – for creativity, by Anabel

We had MOCs contributed and worked on by Roy, Christine, Reem, Aiya, Keith, John, Jackson, Mark, Holly, Shannon, Alex, Alastair, Henry, James, Shawna, Inda and Conrad! We are all looking forward to the next IfA show and the upcoming events this year! We were so busy, but I managed to snap a few photos.

 

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A few of our MOCs:

 

 

IMG_6237 “Star Tortoise – Bringer of Chaos” By Keith

IMG_6232 “HappyBot” By Aiya

IMG_6227 “Reematron” By Reem

IMG_6231 “F.U.N.” by Christine

 

IMG_6228 “Green Slime Under Ice” by Mark

IMG_6225 Various Mechs by Conrad

IMG_6221  “Zxeoformia Dontevenaskakinid, common name Wetland Xzenoid” by Jackson

IMG_6218 “Keck Telescope mirror” By Roy, with help from all!

And many more that I didn’t manage to capture! Hope you were there to see them in person. If not, we’ll see you soon at the next event, so stay tuned.