This little LEGO beige box, by Thilo Schoen, is none other than the original 1984 Apple Macintosh. Over the years, I’ve seen quite a few builds of the Mac in question. But Thilo’s Hello Mac! is sporting something special. With the real one traditionally packing 128 KB of RAM, this sweet little recreation has been retrofitted with technology 25 years its junior: a 2009 iPod nano. Built tightly around this powerful futuristic processer, Thilo has kept its iconic shaping with some seamless SNOT work. The beveled edge framing the screen hasn’t been lost in the process either. I’m particularly fond of the modified 1×2 grille bricks used along the bottom as venting. Most impressive to me though, was that he has raised the front side up one plate thickness. This subtlety allows the whole unit to give it its classic tilted face.
The Porsche 935 was the German car-maker’s factory racing version of the classic 911, and the K series saw this formidable machine further modified by Kremer Racing of Cologne. The K3 hit the track in 1979, winning that year’s 24 Hour Le Mans race. For his LEGO version, Simon Przepiorka has picked a period-appropriate livery, decking the model out in custom stickers for an Apple Computer sponsorship. Aside from the neat stickerwork, the building is pretty cool too — nicely shaped and capturing all the important Porsche angles and curves.
Despite its modest size, this is one of those LEGO models which deserves a look from multiple angles. The rear side of the car is almost as pretty as the front…
All devout Apple adherents must make a pilgrimage to the One Ring located at 1 Apple Park Way. In many ways the draw that the one ring had towards Bilbo and Frodo is quite similar to Apple loyalty and magnetic magic of desire when a new iPhone hits the stores. This LEGO model of the Apple Park may look quite simple, but it’s quite a feat in terms of scale and detail. Spencer R made references from early drone videos and whatever he could get his hands on.
Martin Sanders, LEGO’s Director of Innovation took the stage to showcase LEGO’s integration with Apple’s new revelation of ARKit 2 during the 2018 World Wide Developers Conference in San Jose earlier this week. ARKit 2 is a platform that allows developers like LEGO to integrate shared experiences, bringing together a virtual experienced tied to a physical play set.
Chris McVeigh (powerpig) has made something of a specialty in must-have, palm-sized LEGO models of retro technology. His body of work includes some iconic videogame consoles, cameras, phones, televisions and even kitchen appliances (but thankfully no fax machines yet).
In my opinion though, his latest creation – the very first Apple home computer – tops even his amazingly popular Apple Mac. But then I’m biased, because this was the first computer I ever owned! He’s nailed it, right down to the dual floppies, side vents and internal card layout. And the addition of custom printed bricks by customBricks for the screen really brings the whole thing to life.
But fear not, fellow old-timers, you don’t have to just gaze longingly at these wonderful images. Get your nostalgia on, and head over to Chris’s website where you can download instructions for many of his creations, or even order them as kits. And you won’t even have to send a check in the mail…
Isn’t modern technology wonderful?!
We often admire buildings and spaceships for having a “detailed interior,” but it’s not often I get to say that about a LEGO computer. This Apple II Plus (or Apple ][+ if you want to get technical) by Chiu-Kueng Tsang (chiukeung) certainly recreates the look of this classic computer from the era before Apple made its first Mac.
But I’m most impressed that Chiu-Kueng even built the internal hardware — perhaps a bit of that whopping 48 KB of RAM.
Cam M. built himself a nifty little stand to hold his iPhone so that he can actually steer while playing car racing games. Cam utilized a Smallworks Brickcase to attach the phone, but it would still be possible to do something like this without such a case. I think I may have just found myself a project for this weekend.
Here it is in action:
It appears we have featured this type of thing previously, however, this doesn’t make Cam’s any less awesome :)
We love Chris McVeigh (powerpig on Flickr) for the many real-world objects he recreates so faithfully — and photographs so beautifully — in LEGO. His latest is the original Apple Macintosh. That thing over on the left is called a “mouse.”
While we’re at it, here’s a wonderful little Leica M9 camera we didn’t get to a couple weeks ago.
If you feel like buying one for yourself, it’s available in Powerpig’s store.
Ever wanted a native iPhone experience for browsing LEGO news and creations on The Brothers Brick? Well, now there’s an app for that. The Bricking News app — developed by FBTB’s Ace Kim — lets you access FBTB, Eurobricks, Brickset, and The Brothers Brick, along with an easier way to view LEGO pictures on Flickr.
Check out Bricking News in the iTunes App Store, and download it for just 99 cents.
Michael Huffman, creator of the wonderful LEGO image aggregation site BrickBuildr, has just announced the release of an online tool for the Apple iPhone to check the inventory of your local LEGO Store’s Pick-a-Brick wall.
Using iPick-a-Brick, you can select an order in which to display your results and you can filter by either color or part type.
Here are a couple photos showing iPick-a-Brick in action (courtesy Joe Meno):
And a couple screen shots:
The inventory is currently limited to the Orlando store, but additional stores will become available as people throughout the country begin contributing information. If you’d like to contribute data to this project, please contact Mike using the contact info in his LUGNET post.
If you’re reading this from an iPhone (and I know some of you are), you can access iPick-a-Brick from the following address: