Welcome to OzBrick.com

Hello and welcome to ozbrick.com. The purpose of this website is to document my time with LEGO. After the “dark ages” (the time not enjoying LEGO) between 1988 and 2015, I have rediscovered how much fun LEGO can be as an adult.

Furthermore, after finding so many interesting resources on the Internet about LEGO, I thought it would be fun to share my time with you out there. So if you like it, great. If you don’t – there’s plenty of other sites to visit.

OzBrick will be updated randomly, so there could be ten new posts a month – or none, depending on how busy life is.

Please note that I am located in Australia so will be referring to prices in Australian dollars, using the Queen’s English (for example “colour”, not “color”), and it would seem that Australia gets new sets later than other countries.

Now to get started. In the past one could enjoy LEGO on the floor, however at my age this is an effort, so instead ordered four 2m x 90cm folding tables – which arrived the other day:

Folding tables for LEGO

They were purchased from AlloyFold – a non-profit in Melbourne that has a great range of tables at decent prices, and also helps out various charities. The price was fair and they delivered in less than two weeks.

Starting with a couple of tables, the next thought was the surface. They are a boring grey colour, so to liven things up and add a “natural” start I’ve covered them with some felt from Spotlight. By using tablecloth clips you can keep the felt from moving – and as you can see below this provides a cheap base to work with, as you don’t need to cover the entire table with baseplates to have a somewhat realistic surface.

Then again, after setting up the first two tables, it turns out we have more than enough baseplates. And possibly not enough space for all the tables… however this is a start. Have made a simple town layout with the road plates, and left a gap towards one end to allow for a railway line and a level crossing:

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… and from the other end:

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At this point it was tempting to just throw on a train set and go for it, however a little planning goes a long way. So now it’s time to build a rough design and layout for the LEGO world. As it will be a little train-heavy – BlueBrick may be the answer. If you have any suggestions for layout planning software, please leave a comment below.