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by Justin Rofe
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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

Rewind the clock twenty or so years ago, back to my early teens. I was a Lego nut - classic space was my favourite, followed closely by the various town sets. Like most Lego fans, I would spend hours building and re-building my own designs. And then, well, I grew up and the real world intervened (as it does from time to time, dammit!): work, marriage, travel, bills, a child, more bills. The Lego torch was passed on to my little brother (actually, it was a molasses bucket full of Lego, but you get the picture). And I pretty much forgot all about Lego...

...until recently. Fast forward twenty years to now. My mother calls me out of the blue to say she's doing some spring cleaning, and just wanted to let me know that the treasure trove of Lego passed on to my brother is about to be chucked. What the? And me with an eighteen-month old son who doesn't yet own a scrap of Lego? "Noooooo!!!" I screamed down the phone, and begged her to just drop it off at my place next time she was visiting.

When it arrived, it was in a much smaller tub than I remember, sans instructions (except for one badly torn set), and riddled with broken bits and more than a few pesky MegaBloks. I thought to myself "What kind of father would I be to pass on this legacy in such poor condition?", and took it upon myself to rectify the situation. "Just checking to make sure it's all still there, honey," I kept telling my wife as I began piecing together all the sets I remembered having in my childhood. Instructions from the internet helped immensely, and now my desk is covered with dozens of Lego sets straight out of my childhood (with pride of place going to my long-lost childhood friend, the Galaxy Commander).

The Brick Strikes Back...

And now the Lego bug has bitten again. Christmas-time saw the arrival of an R/C Passenger Train (but not for little fingers, oh no, this one's for Daddy), and now I'm obsessed with designing a Lego city layout of our town for when my son is old enough to appreciate it. I'm planning Lego versions of some of our local buildings such as the Post Office and Train Station, along with everyday vehicles such as post vans, delivery trucks, RACV road-side service, etcetera.

Your mission, young Skywalker...

After twenty years, my MOCing skills are awfully rusty, and my first MOC thus far is truly terrible (see my Australia Post van, but don't expect to be impressed). I'd be delighted on any tips and advice from Lego fans out there, anything from suggestions regarding town layouts to advice on vehicle design. I've been thinking about having more realistic two-seater (6+ studs wide) vehicles in favour of the usual single-seater (4+ studs wide) ones, but I just don't know.

Has anybody else tried to do a Lego replica of their local town? All comments welcome, and if you can point me to other MOCs, please do.

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