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Before I show you the new setup, let's take a quick look at the facilities we are replacing.
We'd made some rudimentary docks for private boats when we moved the town from the floor to the first generation table, which you can see in this picture:
The docks were really nothing more than a gated boat launch and a couple long plates extending out into the cove area in front of the beach. Not very impressive and they looked like the after thought that they were.
The Octan machine shop is where the racing boats' engines are rebuilt between races. This is the best machine shop we have in town at the moment-- at least until the new repair shop is finished.
Here is one of the engines with a cylinder head removed. There are 3 engines in the set-- for 2 racing boats. That math works out, actually, as I'll explain later in this post.
Here's the aquatic version of the Hot Rod Club. Nice patio area with one small table and a bar under a pergola. We'll probably try and expand this area and run some more docks off of it.
The pieces used for this big awning are the same ones used on Mia's horse stables. I really like the railing design here too-- it's all quite simple, but looks quite good.
This is the interior of the boat/surf/scuba shop as it comes from Lego. The white slope is a radar scope and there's a life jacket and black outboard motor. Tyler has since added a lot more gear to the shop and you can now get things like flippers and snorkel equipment (among other things). The 2-story space is really bright too-- I'm glad Lego resisted the temptation to make a shorter building or to cram another floor/ceiling in here. We're probably going to try and suspend something from the ceiling for sale too-- maybe a surf board?
The bar features ketchup on tap. Or perhaps some other beverage... You can see the table/umbrella design here is not the typical "antenna" variety. It uses a long pole that goes through the table disc. As a result it is much taller than our other umbrellas.
Being a tropical island, Bricksburgh has parrots perched and nesting all over the place.
The red racing boat has a pretty large front compartment. It isn't really large enough for a person, but I can imagine some scenarios involving smuggling that will make for interesting encounters with the harbor police--- you can pretty much bet on seeing that sometime in the future!
The crane uses a clever bracket to move the boats around. The engines can be hoisted without the blue plate. As it comes from Lego, there is no operator controls and cab. We haven't yet decided whether to try and make a control cab or just a control panel (or tethered remote). We did add some details to the top of the crane-- can't have aircraft crashing into it at night!YouTube and is gone. We WILL shoot a new one, but are going to wait until after we make our various improvements and get the beachfront area of the town rebuilt completely.
If you're going to have a race, you have to have race officials right?? Here's our local ref ready to go!
No question the sportier of the two racing boats, the very classy Octan cruiser passes the start buoy.
The Octan boat has the better dashboard too-- but it also has a lot less space. The front cabin is completely sealed and cockpit is much tighter due to the wrap around windshield.
When I put the boats side by side you can see the large forward compartment on the red boat. They're both actually quite similar in overall size but the red boat appears to be much larger.
Alright, remember when I said there were 3 engines and how that was not a mistake? The engine compartments of both boats are the same size and each comes with an engine, plus one in the Octan workshop building. The compartments are completely lined with tile pieces so the engines are not fastened down, but rather just snugly drop in.
So that's our new marina as it comes "stock" from Lego. We'll post a video as soon as we get it all fixed up and installed in town. Also coming soon, we'll be building a new business across the marina's inlet. Keep your eyes out for Set# 6595 Surf Shack!!
If you'd like to get a better idea of how it will all turn out, you can watch a video that shows -- roughly--- where everything will eventually go (shown below) and, as always, check back here for updates!
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