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LEGO ENERCON E-126 Windmill at Minfig Scale

Friday, September 11, 2009

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I love LEGO ®, could you tell?

I'm just finishing up on a new MOC of one of my log cabins for a display booth at my newly opened LEGO® store in Columbus Ohio. And was thinking I should update my site on the progress of my newest Windmill designed to look and be to scale of the E-126 Wind Turbine.

this LEGO E-126 will be a staggering 16ft tall when one of the blades is turned up. The base of the tower is 48 studs wide, and each blade is 4.6 ft long. 

This things spins just fine, it always amazes me when LEGO® fits the ways it does. I created 3 separate trusses for the blades that join into one single 3 sided truss that runs through several hail-fire large gears. All along this 3 sided truss I have pulleys (currently 96 of them, finial version will have half or double more) that run on the inside if the large gears.

Ok fine I got the gears to work on a large scale, now how the tower needed its own miracle. Each truss only worked best when the force is going up or down, but not side to side. So I made one beefy truss then placed another truss on the outside of the first truss for the side load. I will also bee adding bricks to the outside of this main truss to form the exterior of the windmill.

I then created a truss that would incase the large gears without blocking the blades from spinning. So at this point 100% LEGO® and no modifications of bricks. Joy.

My next step is to build the exterior tower, and blades. Once hub, blades and tower are finished I will need to make a correct counter weight along with a motor solution so the blades will spin. The counter weight will no doubt not be LEGO ® and at this point the motors required will better if I use non-LEGO® motors. There still is chance for 100% LEGO® except for the counter weights.

Gallery of the construction and referencematerial used for the 16ft LEGO® E-126 WindTurbine.

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