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Thursday, January 29, 2009

6_4 (lighthouse)

I was browsing through some old set #6 designs and came across this lighthouse.

I changed the design a little. The image on the right is what the initial design looked like. I suppose both towers make a fine build. In fact, this lighthouse was the inspiration for it's smaller cousin.

Below are the building plans.

And the build in progress.


NoKas said...

I tried sending an email to the address posted in your profile and it bounced. Please let me know if this address is correct and I'll try again (unless you prefer not to get emails directly).

Thanks. ;-norm

releppes said...

Sorry about that. I had my email address hidden in my profile.

What's shown in my profile is an IM address (Jabber account).

I just enabled my Email address, so you should see it now.

As for sending emails, I prefer posting to the blog instead. When you post a message, I get an email notification. Plus it enables others to collaborate.

I'd say only email me directly if you wish to make a comment "off-the-record".

NoKas said...

I built this model yesterday and it was very enjoyable. The "build in progress" rendering is very useful. I found it interesting in the way you varied the stone selection in various layers. I also found the overall structure surprisingly sturdy.

Not being very familiar with the stone numbers I find it an interesting exercise to locate the right stones. It's an exercise in observing ratios. After all, Anchor Stone blocks have an illustrious lineage back to Friedrich Froebel (the founder of kindergarten) who envisioned such benefits of block play. I thank Alan Winston for discussing this in detail in his block play blog (


releppes said...

The build in progress idea came from another website (I forget the name now). I saw it, then remembered how easy it was to do GIF animations in Gimp. One of these days when I have time to kill, I've been meaning to do an animation where I build a construction block by block.

I'm glad you liked this model. Sometimes the AnkerCAD render doesn't do the design justice. That's where I'm grateful Alan takes photos and links back to them. He takes nice photos.

And thanks for the comment. Sometimes it's that "nice model" or "thanks" comment that keeps things going. About 4 months ago, I was going to shut this blog down due to lack of comments. When no one says anything, one can only assume no one is looking. Knowing that You, Don, and Alan view this blog every once and a while is enough.

releppes said...

As an FYI, if you're having problems with the block numbers, the Steinkatalog 2006 from the factory website may help.

Download the catalog (it's a pdf) and go to page 27. The column indicates the box number. Use the numbers in each row to tell you which blocks are in that set. This way you'll know for sure you're using the correct block.

As I dream about getting my next block set, I often look at the catalog to give me an idea exactly which blocks are in that set. It gives me something to look forward to.

NoKas said...

I have downloaded the Steinkatalog 2006 and am finding it very helpful. Little by little I'm starting to know (at least the common) the stone numbers.

I am puzzled, however, as I look through the various published designs, that each one doesn't include a parts listing. It would seem like the most obvious thing to me. Am I missing something? Is knowing all the parts ahead of time only for wimps?

When I'm about to build something (especially the smaller projects) I often like to stage the stones ahead of time, especially if I'm pulling from more then one box.

BTW, I took your advice and started with #4,#4a instead of #6. The only disadvantage I can see is that I can't use George Hardy's #8 packing plan based on using the #6 and #6a boxes to reorganize the stones for easier access while building.

Keep up the good work. ;-norm