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Building a LEGO city on a budget

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) Am I the only adult fan of LEGO who is on a budget? Am I the only parent who has to have a constraint on my children’s presents? I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see what kind of LEGO city one could build these days with a […]

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Learning from model train layouts – part 2

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In Learning From Model Train Layouts – Part 1, we discussed some basic tips and tricks LEGO train fans can learn from traditional model train layouts. And now that we covered the basics, let’s talk about some of the finishing touches. You’ve built or bought tables. You’ve laid your tracks […]

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Learning from model train layouts – part 1

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) Reading and re-reading all the model train magazines I own (mainly Model Railroader and Classic Toy Trains) is almost a hobby onto itself. Doing so is supposed to teach model railroaders (and by extension, LEGO City train builders) many lessons. Some are lessons that I’ve absorbed; there are others that […]

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My top ten LEGO regrets – what are yours?

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) I’ve been watching too many LEGO-related videos on YouTube lately. A recurring theme I found is people talking about LEGO regrets, specifically, LEGO sets that they didn’t purchase for some reason while they were still available at regular retail price. I thought that this would be a perfect topic for […]

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My LEGO City – a personal story – Part 10

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In this series, I have been sharing my own personal story in the LEGO hobby, including slowly building up a collection of sets from the 1970s to the 1990s, and constructing a LEGO city. If you like, you can read the previous chapters by following the links at the end […]

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On the LEGO trail: visiting train shows

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) Train shows tend to be a fall/winter event. Someone commented to me recently that the type of people who go to train shows are into NASCAR come spring. Many are certainly enjoying the outdoors at some point. A recent (March, 2019) visit to the Greenberg Train Show at the New […]

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My LEGO City: A personal story – Part 9

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In this series, I have been sharing my own personal story in the LEGO hobby, including slowly building up a collection of sets from the 1970s to the 1990s, and constructing a LEGO city. If you like, you can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, […]

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My LEGO City: A personal story – Part 8

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In this series, I have been sharing my own personal story in the LEGO hobby, including slowly building up a collection of sets from the 1970s to the 1990s, and constructing a LEGO city. If you like, you can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, […]

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My LEGO City: a personal story – Part 7

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In this series, I have been sharing my own personal story in the LEGO hobby, including slowly building up a collection of sets from the 1970s to the 1990s, and constructing a LEGO city. If you like, you can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 […]

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My LEGO City: a personal story – Part 6

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In this series, I have been sharing my own personal story in the LEGO hobby, including slowly building up a collection of sets from the 1970s to the 1990s, and constructing a LEGO city. If you like, you can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part […]

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