I recently ran across a really nice project on LEGO Ideas that I thought to share with you. The LEGO Old Diner with Arcade by LEGO fan Astronaut Avila already got over 2K supporters since it was uploaded to LEGO Ideas a month ago. Even if you don’t care for diners, there are so many interesting details and building techniques used here, that it’s worth checking out the project. And of course, if you do decide to support it with your vote, there is a chance it may become an official LEGO set. 🙂
What I found most striking on the outside of the Old Diner is the lettering done with the new type of curved tile pieces in translucent colors. We talked about lettering with these tiles just the other day (see: Lettering with LEGO Using New Tile Shapes), and this project is a perfect example of how useful these new tiles are.
The bonus 6-stud-wide old sports car that comes with the Old Diner also looks great, with a similar size and styling as the LEGO Speed Champions vehicles.
Going inside the diner, there is so much to see! There are milkshakes, hotdogs and candy machines for hungry customers. And there are plenty of games for entertainment, including air hockey, a dance game, a claw machine, and arcade machines. A jukebox provides music while everyone is having a good time.
I’m particularly impressed by the ingenious construction of the milkshake machine, taking advantage of some new LEGO elements. All the indoor and outdoor furniture pieces are really nicely done as well.
Speaking of furniture, also notice the tasteful color combinations. The dark-blue, sand-blue, and white checkered floor tiling, combined with the orange-holstered furniture, and light-nougat tables, countertops, and flooring in the arcade area. These are not common LEGO colors, especially all in one LEGO set, but here they come together beautifully.
If you are working on furnishing your own LEGO restaurant, arcade, or similar establishment, this diner is full of great examples that you can use for inspiration. If you would like to see more details and support the project, you can check it out on LEGO Ideas, and I also encourage you to take a look at Astronaut Avila’s other LEGO models both on LEGO Ideas and on flickr, because they are all really excellent. And you can also browse the currently available LEGO Ideas sets originally submitted by LEGO fans under the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Old Diner with Arcade? Are there any specific details that you really like? Did you notice some unusual building techniques that you would like to use in your own LEGO models? Would you like this project to become an official LEGO set? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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