Thursday, March 8, 2018

Decool 1104 Mini Town Hall Building Block Set

Special Delivery!  Hmm, wonder what's in the truck?  Lisa the delivery lady makes Larry sign for the shipment.   Some of the neighbourhood kids in Its-Not-Lego town all gather to see what's going on.

 Lisa opens up the truck.  Whoa!  So many brick parts!  Lisa's helpers bring out the rest of the pieces.

Izzy wades into the huge pile and finds the instruction manual.  It's the Decool Town Hall!

Ok, time to build this thing.  While Larry goes through the manual, he tells Edwin and Peter to start grabbing parts.  Nibbles the dog wants to be in the thick of things.

 Need more parts!  Izzy carts them over in the wheelbarrow.

Peter snaps the pieces into place while Izzy and Edwin pass him the bricks.

Building up the walls.  Larry watches the kids build.

 Nibbles wants to help.

 Larry comes over to check on the progress.

 So many transparent pieces!

 Larry has to help the kids.

 Keep on building!

 Working on the first floor still.  So much detail.

 Almost done this level.

 Tada, time for a group selfie!  Um, Edwin, we can't see you.

 After a short break,  the construction crew is back at it.

 Er, where do these go?

All modulars need a light post and tree.

Izzy gets to climb up to build the next level.  Larry has to give her a boost.

Ooh, great views from up here.

 Ok, everyone start passing bricks up to Izzy.

 Peter grabs a ladder so that he can give Izzy a hand with the heavier pieces.

 Edwin has the sand green wedges all ready for the roof.

Everyone pitching in.

Another group selfie shot!

 Time for Izzy to get off the building.

 Not sure if the ladder will hold both Peter and Izzy.  Larry makes sure it's ok.

 Larry decides that two people on the ladder is not safe.  There just happens to be a Sluban airplane ladder close by.  Now Izzy feels safer.

Getting a lot harder to reach the top. 

 Time to assemble the clock tower for the Decool Town Hall.

 So, um how do we get the clock tower up on the roof?  It's too high!

 Nick brings his Lego cherry picker over to help.  Yay!

The Decool town hall is completed!

Side view.

Another side view.

Here's how the back looks.

The kids ask Lisa to be in the shot too.  Larry, Edwin, Peter, Izzy and Nibbles all say Hi!

 There you have it, the Decool 1104 Mini Town Hall.  Just in case you were wondering, the wheelbarrow, instruction manual, ladder, airplane stairs, Lego cherry picker truck, Kazi delivery truck and assorted minifigures are not included in the set, lol.

I discovered that this Town Hall is actually a knock-off of Lego set 40183 which was a ToysRus Bricktober promo in 2014.  Based on what I've read, the Lego version of this set retailed for  $19.99 USD.

The set also comes with two little vehicles, a double decker bus and a taxi cab, which I didn't build.  Clutch and brick quality of the Decool version is great. Both the Decool and Lego versions have 186 pieces.

This little set was a gift from the Aliexpress store when I bought my Lepin 15005 Grand Emporium from them.  LOZ brand makes a similar model and it sells for about $4 USD in case you're interested.
Here's the link:

Thanks for visiting and see you next time!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Lepin 01011 Friends Pizzeria - MOD

Hi bootleg brick fans, today I wanted to show you my latest project, which is turning the Lepin 01011 Friends Pizzeria into a full fledged modular building.  I reviewed the Lego bootleg set back in the fall of 2017 and you can find the original pics and build here.
So I wanted to retain the look of the original building but wanted a multi-storey building which would integrate into my Its-Not-Lego town.  This modular building has three floors, the lowest floor being a pizza takeaway shop, and a pizzeria restaurant occupying the second and third floors of the building.

We will look at each floor in detail later, but for now we will tour the outside.  The building depth is 20 studs deep with the building centered on the 16x32 base plate.  That leaves 8 studs for the front walkway and similar amount in the back.  I've used a variety of bricks to construct the modular.  From the side of the building, you can see that I've got a few colours happening.  Mostly burgundy on the main floor, tan and beige on the second, and mostly beige on the third floor.
I managed to retain the windows and awnings on the second floor.  On the original Lepin/Lego design this would have been the first floor with a door separating the windows.  I've added some detailed bricks  to the front of the building, both on the first and second floor.  The third floor also retains the outdoor terrace and arched windows.  Even the foliage and awnings were maintained.
Since the original Lego/Lepin design didn't have a backside to the building, this is where I had to make it up as I went.  On the main floor, I added a back door for deliveries.  The second and third floors get some protruding windows sourced from an old Wange 34052 villa set.  The burgundy wall panels on the fist floor are from the Sluban building that came with the Building Tower set M38-B0555.  The tan bricks on the second floor were sourced from the Sluban City School building M38-B0333.  Additional beige bricks for the third floor also come from the Wange 34052 set.

The First Floor
The first floor pizza takeout shop has a big picture window next to the front door.  Inside there's a stair case that goes up to the second floor for patrons who want to dine in.
 For express take-away service, customers  place their order at the counter.  At the counter, there is a display for pizza slices (currently empty) and a cash register.  Over the counter is future signage for the menu.
In the picture above you can see a pizza cooking in the pizza oven.   There's a small counter by the front window for those who want to eat there.  It's hard to see but there is also a prep table by the rear wall where pizzas are prepared.

The Second Floor
The staircase leads up to the open kitchen on the second floor.  There's another prep table and another pizza oven dedicated for the third floor pizzeria restaurant.
 Right now I have a huge counter where the pizza orders are prepared and ready to bring upstairs.
Only one problem though, I haven't added a second staircase going up to the third floor, doh.  Soon!
 The mixer and rolling pin have been saved from the original set.

The Third Floor
 So here is the top floor of the pizza restaurant.  On the terrace, there are two tables with dishes and mugs.  Need to add seating for four people out here.
For inclement weather dining, there's an indoor area, with another two tables adorned with pizzas and table lamps.  If I want to maximize the seating, my future staircase to the third floor might have to be on the outside rear of the building.  Still designing it in my head.
Here's the pizzeria with the roof added.  I'm not sure if the red roof is going to be permanent or not.  I might switch it to gray or black instead.  What do you think, should I keep the red roof?  I'll provide a future  update once I add the staircase between the second and third floor.

And finally, here's the the Lego/Lepin modded pizzeria situated between my Lepin Fire Brigade and Lepin Town Hall.    Reddit user /u/tarataqa suggested I feature the Bela 10648 Pizza Van and scooter from Lepin 07057 Scarecrow Delivery with the Friends Pizzeria, so here it is!

Hope you've enjoyed this look at my custom pizzeria made from spare bricks and the Lepin 01011 set.   As always, thanks for visiting Its Not Lego and See you next time!