Welcome to this edition of the LFC Blog! I know it has been a while since the last post, but life has been super busy the past couple weeks haha! Anyway, today, we are pleased to have Xander G who has made some fascinating light up rigs! Unfortunately, I am unable to post a video on this blog, but you can most certainly view some of his rigs here! Enjoy this segment from Xan!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the Blog Xander! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
XG: Hello, I am Alexander Gerakis, otherwise known by Xander. I am 19 and from Ohio. I run Fairfield Heights and Med-Tac ambulance. Currently I am enlisted in the United States Army as a 74D, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear specialist. I started building back before I can even remember. At a very young age my dad introduced me to Lego and ever since I have been hooked and it's my favorite hobby!
LFC Blog: First off, TYFYS :) Glad to hear Lego is your favorite hobby! Who/what inspires you to build?
XG: So its really generic but everyone in the community inspires me. I strive to create unique rigs and keep up with everyone on designs and builds. But if I have to narrow it down I will have to say your rigs inspire me to add more and more unique charms. Tim Joseph, Cristian Collins, and a lot of the fools at Studington have inspired me.
LFC Blog: Aww thanks bud! I couldn't agree more! The folks from SFR have really pushed me to become better too! What's in the name Fairfield Heights and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
XG: So FHFD or Fairfield Heights originally was called Brixton back when I first started posting. But after a while I wanted something more fitting and more me. After pondering for a long while I combined a name of a town, I was an explorer at and my own flare, then BOOM! I had it. I also have Med-Tac, Myrtle Ridge, and Olivewood. Most of my color's schemes come from experimenting and finding cool colors that are unique. But FHFD is inspired off my own towns color scheme.
LFC Blog: I remember the first rig I saw from you (the tiller, duh), and your techniques really impressed me! I must say that Med-Tac's color scheme is probably my favorite from you! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
XG: So far my most challenging rig has been all three of my Med-Tac ambulances. With all the jumper plates, Led’s, and decals each requires countless man hours. But each one has its own fitting look for the company and I love each one!
LFC Blog: I personally haven't done any rigs with LEDs, but I can tell how much time and effort you put into your rigs, so kudos to you, mate! What is your most favorite rig and why?
XG: Now that’s a hard question. Any rig surviving now holds a special place. If I am not happy I tear it apart and brainstorm. But by far my favorite is Med-Tac 4212. My engine 311 and Med-Tac 4213 are tied for second. But 4212 is my favorite because to me it is visually perfect. It just looks so amazing along with being my first Med-Tac rig to light up. Pretty soon it will be getting an overhaul.
LFC Blog: Your light-up rigs are very well done! It's very understandable why that will be your favorite! We can't wait to see the overhaul you're planning! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
XG: I really wish for a better SCBA or a new cot.
LFC Blog: There are third-party SCBAs available, but I agree with your sentiment: LEGO does need more variety with firefighting equipment. What are your future plans for your department?
XG: My plans are to build another medic, another engine(maybe), and a couple more Med-Tac ambulances
LFC Blog: No SFR plans :p Just kidding... I'm excited to see new innovations from you my friend! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
XG: All the people I have met from all over the country and world!
LFC Blog: That is very true! I never thought I'd get to know people around the world who share the same passions that I have! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
XG: Experiment more with unique things. Try and figure out problems and things you want to do by putting some time with bricks and in my case led’s lately.
LFC Blog: Tinkering with real bricks is actually one of the best ways to improve building skills and techniques! Even though there's only so many ways to put two bricks together, there are plenty of nuances and technical aspects that can make two similar looking builds to be vastly different in terms of how they were put together. Any tips or advice for new builders?
XG: Add credit where due and enjoy the time building with people. Try something new once in a while!
LFC Blog: Amen to that brother. Sadly, it seems that the whole credit issue comes up more and more over the years despite all the negative feedback from veteran builders. I think that it's up to us to be good examples for the next generation of builders. On that note, thank you Xander for taking the time to spend some time with us today! For those reading this blog, thanks for your continued support! Be on the lookout for more updates in the very near future!
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Blog Updated: 01/28/21
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