LFM: LFC Blog: Welcome to this week's edition of the Lego Fire Community Blog, where we feature outstanding builders across various social media platforms. Today, we have the distinct honor of featuring Lego Fire Museum (LFM) who has established himself as one of the premier builders of classic American fire apparatus as well as 8-wide fire apparatus. Enjoy the interview below!
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LFC Blog: Welcome LFM! Thank you for taking the time to speak with us! So tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
LFM: I am an AFOL. When I was a kid I built with Lego but I never built any fire engines. As I emerged from the Dark Ages, and started building with Lego again in my mid-20s, I built my first Lego fire engines. Over the past 24 years I have developed my technique. I built my first 8-wide Lego fire engines after I discovered Brickshelf in 2007. I built my first antiques in 2009.
LFC Blog: That's awesome! I remember finding your work on MOCpages around 2010, I think :) Who/what inspires you to build?
LFM: Building Lego fire engines is mental health time.
LFC Blog: I agree! Legos are a fantastic way to unwind after a long day! What's in the name Lego Fire Museum and why did you settle on the current color scheme?
LFM: The Lego Fire Museum is full of antiques from the 1730s through the 1980s. We have a variety of color schemes represented. The Lego fire department that protects the Museum runs all red apparatus – Seagrave pumpers and KME aerials.
There are two mutual aid departments that back up this department to protect the Museum. Community Fire Department runs black over red apparatus and Greenfield runs white with green accents.
I like all of these color schemes.
LFC Blog: I love seeing the variety of colors that you employ in your fleet! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
LFM: This probably would be the 1915 American-LaFrance Type 25 Ladder Truck. It has many details and features that I had not built before.
LFC Blog: That is a really cool classic rig! To me, the best part of the rig is the functional aerial device! What is your most favorite rig?
LFM: My favorite is Greenfield Tower Ladder 17, a 2010 Seagrave Marauder II Tower Ladder.
LFC Blog: Aerialscopes are one of the most iconic fire apparatus, and I can see why that would be your favorite! What is one Lego piece you wish were manufactured and why?
LFM: I can’t really name one. I am not a Lego purist, so I have no problem with customizing Lego elements to make the specific elements I need. My kids call his “daddification.”
LFC Blog: Haha! That is a great new term! What are your future plans for your department?
LFM: The Lego Fire Museum may publish a book of Lego Fire Trucks.
LFC Blog: Awesome! Keep us posted when that will be released! I will definitely buy that! :) What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
LFM: Lots of creativity. I am constantly surprised at the creative things people are building and the methods that they use.
LFC Blog: That is very true, especially with new bricks that Lego constantly releases to allow for new techniques! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
LFM: To me Lego fire trucks are scale models. They are an opportunity to learn and to educate. I think that if builders learn more about what they are building and what they want to build we can expect more great stuff. I also would like to see less LDD and more bricks, but I appreciate that not everyone has a budget like the LFM.
LFC Blog: Absolutely! One of my most favorite parts when reading your MOCs is the historical backgrounds to your builds. It is crazy to think about how much the fire service has developed over the past century! Any tips or advice for new builders?
LFM: 1. Keep building. Lego is a wonderful medium with which to work because you can take things apart again and again and keep rebuilding until you get things the way you want them to look.
2. Measure twice, cut one. The internet is full of photos of fire trucks. Down load as many images as you can of what you want to build. You can even get specifications for new apparatus from most major manufacturers. Taking the time to get this information will make building easier.
LFC Blog: Well, thank you LFM for your wonderful insights! It really was a great honor to speak with you! To the readers of this blog, thank you so much for your timely support and words of encouragement! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us using this form!
Blog Updated: 06/20/19
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