I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest LEGO Ideas set 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V: it is due in New Zealand toy stores in the next few days.
This set has 1969 parts and the next Ideas set to be released, 21310 Old Fishing Store, has 2049 parts; these two sets have established a new size precedence for the Ideas theme.
The feedback for 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V has been overwhelmingly positive. This is primarily due to the accuracy of the model and its corresponding size. As a child, I had an Airfix model of an Apollo Saturn V rocket. This was built at a scale of 1:144 so was slightly smaller than the LEGO version.
In this Ideas Showcase article I have selected some projects for their level of detail. Read on to see whether you like my selections.
I like this project because it is a UCS styled ship similar to the 10241 Maersk Line Triple E ship. The ship builder works aboard MS Bergensfjord as 1st engineer.
MS Bergensfjord and MS Stavangerfjord are sister ships and sail between Denmark and Norway.
This model is built at a scale of 1:283, about half the scale of 10241 Maersk Line Triple E. Due to the smaller scale, a greater level of detail has been built into the model. The orange 3M rescue can has been used as an inflatable rescue boat while the ship has four brick-built enclosed lifeboats.
This is The ship builder's only project. It will need quite a lot of support to reach the next milestone: 1000 supporters.
I was impressed when I saw The ship builder's Cruise Ferry - MS Bergensfjord / MS Stavangerfjord Ideas project for the first time. I am not sure whether The ship builder took any inspiration from my UCS Queen Victoria Cruise Ship Ideas project. But when I looked at the detail The ship builder had put into the ship, I knew I had to update my model.
I have been fortunate to have had my model travel aboard the real Queen Victoria ship when it visited New Zealand in March. The model remained onboard for a fortnight during voyage V707 and V709. I was able to get some images of my model against the ship model onboard the ship.
LDD in Extended mode has a considerably better parts selection, all of which can be re-coloured even if those parts are not currently produced in the colour selected.
The 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V set and the Cruise Ferry - MS Bergensfjord / MS Stavangerfjord project has made me step-up-my-game and build a much better model. My only regret is that the original cover image in LEGO Ideas cannot be updated.
This project has some solid early support. It has about a year to gain an extra 400 supporters to get to the 1000 Supporters milestone.
The Crawler-Transporter was designed and built by Marion Power Shovel Company using components designed and built by Rockwell International at a cost of US$14 million each. The same two crawlers have been used since their initial delivery in 1965.
This project would complement either 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V or 10231 Shuttle Expedition as it is made at the same scale as the Saturn V rocket although this is not strictly the same scale as the Space Shuttle.
I am not sure whether it would pass review as it clearly clashes with Project Guidelines although this project could be considered separate from the overarching Apollo program as it has also been used in the Space Shuttle (STS) Program.
Have a look at the Updates tab of this project as Eiffleman has made some suggestions of how the project would look with the Launch Umbilical Tower or Space Shuttle (STS) on the crawler.
This project has had some initial solid support, but it will need some effort if this support is to continue.
There is an amazing amount of detail in this historic London bus. It is a big project at 2656 pieces.
Route 38 is from Clapton Pond to Victoria Bus Station.
This is great_mazinga’s only project. It needs just under 400 Supporters for the next milestone.
I have always had an interest in astronomy and have frequently visited planetariums.
I like this project for its accurate portrayal of what can be found inside a typical planetarium. There is an interesting story explained in the supporting 64 images.
There is a Solar system decorating the walls on the ground floor. Have a look at the Update page as there are building steps for the brick-built Earth model-in-a-model
On the second floor a Zeiss planetarium projector shows the Orion constellation. You can look at the stars through an alt-azimuth telescope on the third floor under the opening and rotating observatory dome.
There is so much playability in this project so have a look at all the images to get the full story.
It needs just under 100 supporters to reach the next milestone: 1000 Supporters.
There have been a few Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons Ideas projects in the past. This project has a great level of detail.
One advantage of this project is that it could be made into a Creator styled set with several different builds from a core set of parts.
Mukkinn has several projects underway, but Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons is by far his most popular project. At nearly 2500 supporters, it is halfway to the next 5000 Supporters milestone and has a year and a half to run.
So here are six projects and my own offering. I encourage anyone contemplating submitting a LEGO Ideas project to do a considerable amount of research before starting to build their project.
Also, LDD, Stud.io and other digital building applications enable you to build with virtual bricks and there is a complete inventory of LEGO bricks available that don't cost anything.
I am always interested in your thoughts. Which projects do you like? Do you agree with my selections?
Feel free to leave feedback and links to your favourite Ideas.