SydLUG has been very busy this year attending Brickvention in January, Trainworks and Rockdale Arts day in March and Tomaree Bay Lego Show and the Sydney Brick Show in April. With various new displays built and on display at each show, we have run out of time to keep the web page updated. For the latest photos please see the SydLUG flickr group.
Up coming shows include the Toy and Game Expo held on the June long weekend at olympic park and Canberra’s Brickexpo in August.
A new webpage format is in the works so stay tuned and keep building!
Over the weekend of 17th and 18th of November, BrickFest was held at Milton Anglican School. The event was to raise money for the charity Destiny Rescue. SydLUG and CLUG were invited to the event to display their creations. As there was no set theme for the event, SydLUG displayed a variety of models ranging from Town, to Space, to Dino themes, as well as having a large train circuit. The reaction of the audience was extremely positive with many people saying they had never before seen creations like those on display.
The event had over 3000 visitors and raised over $13,000 for the charity.
As part of the QVB Toy & Hobby Exhibition, SydLUG are displaying two of their biggest creations!
The layout, titled ‘Twin Bridges’, displays the talents of some of our members and demonstrates different forms of bridge architecture. The light open structure of the iron girder bridge floating ‘lightly’ above the water is juxtaposed with the solid stone construction of the other, which sits ‘obstinately’ in the river landscape. Both bridges show just how adaptive and fun LEGO® can be as a design medium and creative toy.
The towns at each end of the bridges showcase a remarkable selection of buildings and vehicles, whilst two train lines featuring a variety of different passenger and cargo trains loop around the display.
You’ll find the display on level two of the QVB at the northern end of the building. The exhibition runs until 7th October, 2012. For more information visit www.qvb.com.au/Toy–Hobby-Expo
SydLUG has displayed many times at the AMRA Liverpool show. This year, we have focused on the Richmond Vale Railway and surrounding area. The railway closed in 1987 and while the rail corridor has not been built over, it is unlikely the railway will ever cross the hexham flood plain again. More info at www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org
The SydLUG team has worked to capture parts of the local town of Kurri Kurri, the immigrant camp at Greta, the Hexham Swamp and the Richmond Vale Colleiry. The display is circa 1980.
The AMRA Liverpool show is on between 9am-4pm both Sunday 30th Sept and Monday 1st Oct. Come along if you are in Sydney and want a fun day out. More details can be found at http://www.amransw.asn.au/documents/AMRA.pdf
Thismorning the Larmour family presented SydLUG with AMRA’s Wombat Award (The Children’s Most Popular Exhibit) for 2012.
The Sydney L Gauge Group (SLGG), attended the 49th Annual show of the Australian Model Railway Association at Sydney’s Liverpool Leisure Centre. Held of the October long weekend, ths show hosted a variety of layouts with varying gauges. SLGG this year produced our greatest layout thus far – with the public agreeing. The SLGG layout “Brickston Valley” won the Public Choice Award – an award we have aspired to win since Lego has been displayed at the annual AMRA show. The Sydney Lego community has been represented since 2006 by other groups such as the Sydney Lego Train Club and SydLUG. SLGG aims to display high quality model railroads using Lego as the medium of choice.
The city featured many of the official LEGO modular buildings as well as English inspired grand station, tram shed, Pulp fiction inspired Big Kahuna Burger restaurant, Vahalla cinema, and Kiama inspired Post Office. The rear of the city had an industrial area with an English inspired locomotives shunting goods.
SydLUG is excited to confirm that SLGG (Sydney-L-Gauge-Group) will be displaying a layout at this year’s AMRA show at WHITLAM LEISURE CENTRE Memorial Avenue, Liverpool, 1-3 October. SLGG is a division of SydLUG that primarily focuses on model railroad displays, but unlike traditional model railways, uses LEGO as the artistic medium.
This year’s display will consist of a large city, country village and dock area, as well as feature realistic locos and rolling stock. We hope to see many of you there!
Last weekend (6th & 7th August) saw SydLUG attend the 2nd annual Canberra Brick Expo. In a more spacious room, thousands of people flocked from all over Australia to see the LEGO creations from 25 exhibitors (including Australia’s very own LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught) and one LEGO designer – Jamie Bernard.
Most people who braved the queues outside were very pleased and astonished by the detail and variety of the Lego creations. SydLUG was proud to contribute and looks forward to next year.
The 14/15th May saw SydLUG attend the Sydney Aviation Model Show at Bankstown Airport. The show featured various model aircraft shops, exotic cars and of course, our Lego display. The 9×9 baseplate layout was based on a country airfield in the Asia Pacific region. All who attended were amazed by the amount of Lego and the Easter eggs littered through the layout. How many can you see? (Try to find a soccer ball, Australian WW1 troops, Australian Special Forces, a Star Wars Droid plus many more).