Next in the MOC series is more of a builder highlight as opposed to a single MOC shout out. Peter Ilmrud is a builder I’ve been following for a while for his gorgeous creations and clever skills in taking existing LEGO modular designs or building from scratch and giving his creations a big dose of Steampunk steroids!
One of my favourite builds from Peter has its pedigree rooted in the Palace Cinema (10232) and Brick Bank (10251) modulars. However, this is no standard LEGO issue with both modulars gutted and converted into a cool Steampunk Mutant Lab. The frontage has also been cleverly weathered and would look right at home on the set of the Walking Dead.
It’s not all about modular MOCs though with Peter showing he has deft hand at microscale and has produced an awesome little microscale castle all packaged in a glass dome (worthy of LEGO Ideas).
Considering the scale the scene is packed with additional details and landscaping that keeps you staring at the model for ages.
Well that’s enough of me waffling on now it’s time to hear from Peter himself as he shares some insights and his passion for LEGO.
1. Everyone talks about a dark age did you experience it and want pulled you out and back into the world of LEGO ?
In my early age I loved building with my Lego. I didn’t have much but I always did new spaceships and such to play with. And as I got older other things was more interesting, like girls and such 😉 I kept building to about the age of 12 and eventually the dark ages took over =(. It wasn’t fun to play with toys any more.
As many parents I found Lego again when I bought my first set for my daughter. It was fun to build with her and I wanted her to get more. So I bought more friends sets and a few SW-sets that was on sale.
After a while I bought 25 kg (55lbs) of second hand Lego so we could build more. Then I realised that I could sell the figs one by one on Tradera (like Ebay) and earn more that I had spent on the bulk. So I kept doing that and at that point my hobby started. After 6 months I was a member of the only Swedish RLUG Swebrick and was showing my MOCs at my first exhibition.
2. What was your favourite LEGO theme and why?
I loves space themes and city as a boy. My favourites of the sets I had was 6886 (Galactic Peace Keeper) and 6895 (Spy-Trak I). I made so many MOCs of that sets.
Then I few years later I bought 6898 (Ice-Sat V) with my own money. My mother then asked: “- Isn’t you too big to play with Lego”. I Bought it anyway and I think that was my last set.
3. LEGO seems to be going through a bit of a reboot at the moment what would be your advise if LEGO was listening?
That was a hard one…. I think it’s hard for Lego to reach the kids these days. And they produce too many sets I think. Even AFOLs have a hard time to keep updated on all the sets. I think they know this.
4. Where did you get your inspiration for the modified Modular MOC?
The two MOCs I did on Modular buildings is a just a way of using things that people recognise to show that a few modifications can do a lot. Many AFOLs don’t feel that they have the imagination to build bigger MOCs. The Mutant Lab was a thing that I’d been thinking about for a while, as a part of our story in our Community build (CB). Mutated outcasts of the city that use mutating minerals and raw electricity (lightning) to combine man/mutant and machine. Steampunk meet Frankenstein. So I used the Brick Bank and Palace Cinema to build around the Mutant Lab.
5. Did you use any software such as LDD to assist?
I always build things brick by brick. I have an idea and start build from scratch. And I use the parts that I’ve got at home. Sometimes I buy a few bricks in the process but mostly I use what I got at hand. I use LDD, or mostly Stud.io, to do instructions of my smaller MOCs so others can build them. Some guys here in Sweden have started an app (BriXtar) to help kids use their parts to make new things. So I’ve done a few instructions of my MOCs to share and also some only digital builds as alternatives to existing sets.
6. What tips would you offer for budding LEGO MOC creators.
The first standard tip for every new builder: Don’t do huge projects! It’s so easy to get carried away and then lose the interest on the way. Start small!… but I can’t say that I would follow that advice myself, But if you want to build big things, do it together with some fellow AFOLs (or children). It’s more fun that way.
7. Any other MOCs you have in the pipeline?
I have many ideas. I want to build and expand our steampunk CB with more buildings, ruins, fights and airships. I also want to build more in our CB Aetheria witch is a fantasy world of floating islands.
But after our RLUG’s annual exhibition this spring I’d got a Builders-Block. So I started to build smaller projects just because the CB-projects is so big. So maybe I will build small projects and build more small fun things for the app BriXtar.
8. What brick can’t you do without and why?
That is also a hard one. It depends on the mood. I don’t really got any favourite parts. I’m more of a colour lover. I don’t think I could build fun stuffs without Pearl Gold =)
9. What selfie LEGO picture best captures you (attaché pic).
Ohh, I don’t think I got any selfie pic with Lego. I’m not a selfie guy 😉
I use my sigfig to do some pics of “me” at different places. Maybe it’s the pic with my sigfig standing on one of the lions in front of The Lion House in Billund =)
10. What’s the AFOL scene like in Sweden?
In Sweden we got only one RLUG, Swebrick. In Swebrick we do a lot of fun things together. We got different local things and exhibitions. But we have one big annual Exhibition a year.
Besides the RLUG there is a big community of AFOL’s that use Facebook and other social media to connect with each other. I should say that this side of the AFOL scene is pretty much as big as the RLUG community.
We only have one Lego Store (Brand Store) in Sweden. So people from all around Sweden does Pilgrim travels to the store =D.
Well that’s a wrap I would like to extend a massive thank you to Peter for spending the time to answer my questions and sharing his amazing MOCs with us all.
If you use Flickr remember to follow Peter Ilmrud (Flickr – Zilmrud), I certainly will!