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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Here's a tower design for set #6. Although the structure looks as though it might fall down, it's remarkably stable. My initial design for this tower was much taller, but I find this version more pleasing.

There's a slight flaw in the hints. In the last two steps, the image didn't render correctly. I'll have to correct this at another time.

Here's the build in progress:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

6_2 (plans)

This is the 6_2 model, but from a different angle.  In my haste, I didn't post any plans for this construction.

So here they are:

I have mixed feelings on the new style I'm using for drawing hints.

I like the conventional layer plans used in the Anchor Stone books, but it's easier for me to create hints showing the construction in progress.

For now, I'm taking the easy approach. I hope the hard core Anchor builders don't mind...

6_1 (new)

The initial 6_1 model was a simple construction.  I decided to make it simplier.

I sometimes over embellish models with extra blocks. I'm trying to break this habbit. I think it's better to share the basic plan, then let the builder add their own style to it.

I also thought I'd experiment with new design plans (I've been calling them hints).

These plans differ in style to common Anchor Stone plans. Instead of showing cross sections of each layer, I'm showing the construction as it's being built.  Hopefully the visual will make it easier.


This construction turned out rather nice. It was built using set #6. Note the overlapping blocks in the tower section. One must imagine there's a spiral staircase that winds up inside the structure. At least that's what I was thinking when I made it.

This design was initially meant to be a church, but it can be made into a tower by simply removing the lower section to the left of the door.