Brick Fiesta 2012 Award Winning MOCs

Written by GlenW on July 12th, 2012

There were over 200 fantastic MOCs to behold at this year’s Brick Fiesta, each worthy of recognition. Here, however, is the list of award winning MOCs that distinguished themselves among their peers as excellent examples of creativity and craftsmanship.

Airship Hammership Glen Wadleigh
Tholos at Legopolis Kurt Baty
Halloween Mosaic Mark Bancroft
Castle of Chenonceau Chris Du-Pond
1930 Gangster Town Arron Olmsted
City, Small
What-a-burger Kurt Baty
Land Vehicle
Yellow car from 1930 Gangster Town Arron Olmsted
Sea Craft
Steamship of War – Zavala Kurt Baty
Small Build
Stephenson’s Rocket David Hawkings
Devil’s Talon Justin Vaughn
Space, Large
Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A Lia (Mick) Chan
Tower Crane T.J. Avery
Texas State
Railroad at Palestine
Tony Sava
Vietnam War Diorama Daniel Siskind
Rook Devon Smith
Group Layout
Youth Creation
Coruscant Underworld Nicolas Orosco
Judge’s Choice
Castle of Chenonceau Chris Du-Pond
Public’s Choice
Iron Man (Life Size) Evan Bacon



Austin TexLUG Window, July 2012: Classic Display

Written by GlenW on July 1st, 2012

Title: Classic Display
Presented by: Will Horner

Usually TexLUG presents totally, or mostly unique creations in the TexLUG display window. This month is a special case however.  With Brick Fiesta this month, all TexLUG members where preparing their best works for that event. Will thankfully took the time to display the classic sets Space Shuttle Launch (1682) and Shell Service Station (6378).  Here is what he has to say about this selection:

“I picked the shell station because it is built almost entirely of common bricks still available, and reached back to a time when Lego used real world products in the set. these things make it one of my favorite sets ever.”

“The shuttle set i picked because I’m a big fan of the space program. its the first set that really captured the reality of the shuttle/space program for me and still makes me think of the limitless reach of mans potential and how we can get these ideas across to our kids in the simplest of ways. Swooshing that shuttle around is to this day one of the things that always chokes me up a little. that’s what Lego can do.”

I would also like to add that Will and I both received the Shell Station for Christmas when we it was new on the market, as I imagine many of our the AFOLs in our age range did and I am happy to see it on display.



Austin TexLUG Window, June 2012: Steampunk Airship with Landscape

Written by GlenW on June 1st, 2012

Title: Steampunk Airship with Landscape

Creators: Arron Olmstead & Glen Wadleigh

This was a joint Window project.  Aaron developed and built the Airship and Glen built the landscape.

The airship is expressed a strong Steampunk influence.  The figures draw heavily from the western and pirate themes.  The blimp is an official Lego element from the set “Balloon Expedition” 5956 which was released in 1999.

The landscape is unfortunately incomplete as depicted.  In my humble opinion it still looks great but it is actually built as a belt for a conveyor belt system.  If you look closely you can see the grey plates bellow the dark blue which are tread elements.   The original intent was for the Landscape to “recede” from the viewer giving a semblance of forward motion for the Airship.


We were able to get the belt system working in time for Brick Fiesta where this display received a nomination for the “Mechanical” category.





Brick Fiesta 2012 Deadlines!

Written by TJ on May 23rd, 2012

Hi Folks! This is a reminder about Brick Fiesta 2012:

For convention members, the deadline to get an engraved brick badge is May 31st. You have about one week left! Link to convention memberships.

The deadline to ensure you get the Brick Fiesta group rate at the Westin Galleria for the event is June 11th (Subject to availability). Link to hotel reservations.

Brick Fiesta 2012 will be July 4-8 in the Westin Galleria Hotel (inside the Galleria Mall) in Houston, Texas. It is literally just steps away from the Galleria LEGO Store. We hope you can make it!


Austin TexLUG Window, May 2012: Beach Resort

Written by GlenW on May 1st, 2012

Title: Beach Resort

Creator: Will Heron

Will is one of the regular contributors to the Austin TexLUG window, usually providing great architectural designs.   This beach resort is no  exception to his great track record.

One of the things I love about Will’s displays is that they  join solid architectural art with clever minifig implementation.

If you pay close attention you will note that many of the figures are cleverly paired together from the Lego Minifig Series.  I especially like the micro-vignette of the Wolfman and Red Riding Hood.  I imagine she will have little trouble with the Wolfman what with the friendly neighborhood Spider-man hanging nearby.



I am guessing that those orange and blue legs hanging around belong to the diver on the beach…pretty clever way of keeping your fig element from getting separated.


BF 2012 Reminder

Written by TJ on January 16th, 2012

Just a reminder that Brick Fiesta 2012 is less than 6 months away. Registration and also the hotel reservations are available. Please see the Brick Fiesta website for more details.

Brick Fiesta will run July 4-8 in Houston, Texas. It will be held at the Westin hotel in the Galleria.

We hope that your plans for 2012 include a stop at Brick Fiesta!


SAMRA Jan 28-29, 2012

Written by TJ on January 16th, 2012

The San Antonio chapter is participating in the San Antonio Model Railroad Association (SAMRA) show at the end of this month. Here is the address:

Live Oak Civic Center
8101 Pat Booker Rd
Live Oak, TX 78233-2600

And here are the dates and times:
Setup – Fri Jan 27, 12 noon – 8pm
Show – Sat Jan 28, 9am-5pm
Show – Sun Jan 29, 10am – 4pm

Please see this post for more information.


Brick Fiesta 2012

Written by TJ on October 6th, 2011

Brick Fiesta 2012 has been confirmed! The event will begin on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 and will run through Sunday, July 8. The event will be at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Houston, TX.

Registration is now open! Please see for more information.


Upcoming Events

Written by TJ on October 6th, 2011

We have two events coming up quick:

1. Big Texas Train Show Sat. & Sun., Oct. 8-9, 2011

2. New Braunfels 2011 Fall Train Show Sat. & Sun., Nov. 5-6,2011

Please see the meetings and events page for more info.


Photos from Brick Fiesta 2011

Written by TJ on July 7th, 2011

Several of us are posting photos from Brick Fiesta 2011 here on the forums. Have a look!

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