I always liked Weather Cocks. Decorative and usefull object. After having built my own "external playing room", I wanted to add one on the roof but...
About this creation
... but the weather cock that my girlfriend offered me was too heavy to rotate under usual wind. Even tornado could not have kept this big cock moving! (ok, maybe yes... ;) )
So, once again, she proposed me to build one in Lego.
- !!!??? Excuse me?
- Yes, you build your own weather cock and you put it outside on the ridge sheet, it should perfectly fit with the spirit of this playing room.
- I take the bet!
And here I go again for a brand new experiment!
I wanted to remain purist so it meant NO GLUE.
And you are going to check it out by yourself.
It's a pretty big thing enterely built with technic bricks and technic long pins. Since I wanted it efficient => it can rotate even under small wind, I choosed a simple arrow for the cock. No details, no little landscape, just something which works.
The overall design makes it cool from our house's kitchen (10 meters far).
It really IS a playing room. Our house was not big enough to make my own room so I built one just beside.
Inside: All my Lego collection with my assembly space + same thing with plastic model kits (mostly planes) + 700 French comics + airsoft stuff and airsoft guns + a little sofa to welcome friends + Water...
All of this in 18m2... Great! Awesome! Unique! Makes my pals jealous!
So maybe you're asking: but how did he do to fix a fragile lego MOC on a roof? WITHOUT ANY GLUE??!?
I kept the former iron stick of the first cock. Fortunately, it was not too wide and I used an iron file to give the round head a "square head" shape. Not so tough, I just had to watch for the North (the iron stick could not move anymore) by using a compass.
The secret is a technic Metaparts: LBG 4x4 square Open center. Two of them hold the whole thing.
After having filed just enough, I took a plastic hammer and insert the compass rose "in force". Nothing more.
I did the same with the arrow: I used the former hole at the top (to screw the heavy cock) and inserted a short and large technic hose with the hammer. The axle came into just like through butter!
Two things that are totally unknown at this point:
1) How this cock is going to handle extreme weather conditions (not only wind but extreme temperatures)?
2) Birds have already used it as a runway... Yes, they find it so convenient. lol! I think it can easily support house sparrows... but doves or crows?
That's all, folks!
Please, comment! Do not hesitate to ask for more pictures, I will take a ladder... ^^
On 9/11/11: Still holding! Some spiders'webs. It has resisted 4 stormy winds so far. I spray some silicone oil on the axle today. That's all!!
On December 15th, it finally fell (as my two rain gutters BTW... Arrrgh! ).
OK, the wind reached 105km/h!! It was a strong arrow but...
Here is how I found it the next morning:
The funny thing: a 2x3 plate stayed on the rotating support.
After 6 months, it's stunning how black color is fading under the moon shine!!
I think I will have to face broken pieces during freezing days.
Note how the gear and the technic brick start to file each others.
I decided to re-build it just exactly the same and -still- to use no glue!!
Thanks to every one -and specially Nick- for his support to my weather-cock.
Working on another outside project.
To be continued... ^^
Quoting Nick Barrett
Still holding up I trust... I do love this idea and I NEED that playing room :-)
Hi Nick!! Nice to hear from you. I waited a few more days to answer because it's been pretty windy over here for 4 days. Last night, we had winds reaching 50mph and... it's still holding. I must admit, I'm the first surprised: the arrow is only hold by 2 bricks combined like a 2x4. that's all. Maybe I found a good balance from the start?... Anyway, My first glance outside is for my Lego Cock; you'll be the first aware if it goes down. COncerning my own private playing room -my preciouuuuus! ;) - if you want some infos, let me know, it will be a pleasure. My girlfriend aside, it's one of the best things I've ever done in my life.
Quoting MortalSwordsman .
I love this idea - hilarious and very clever. I want a playing room too :). How about a sun dial next?
Thank you very much for the nice comment!! And... it's still holding!! Concerning the playing room, you have to get a (very) comprehensive girlfriend... A sun dial?? Why not!? Just give a few time to understand how it works... lol
Quoting Krazy Kastle Krak Guy
Salut le Frenchie! (...)
Merci à toi d'avoir pris quelques instants pour commenter le mien... Je ne suis qu'un petit scarabée par rapport à vous!
Vous êtes quelques gars particulièrement impressionnants en matière de création. J'en reste baba d'admiratition.
Sinon, je suis infirmier et j'habite ds la Marne (Champagne!!), un petit village où les girouettes peuvent vivre le nez au vent... lol
Et la vie est belle dans my own private playing-room!
Au plaisir de voir d'autres splendides créations de ta part!
Salut le Frenchie! Trop sympa ta girouette en Legos! Merci pour ton gentil commentaire sur Nikaia Antipolis, j'apprécie énormément. Ca fait plasir de connaître d'autres français AFOLs. Tu es de quel coin de France?
Quoting Nick Barrett
I'll be curious to see how this fares - it's built the right way, I think - strong and light. Good luck, and I hope no buzzards land on it!
LOL I wish you're right that I really DID build it the right way. Time will tell.
Concerning the buzzards, as long as they don't fly away with the "cock"... But I do fear more pigeons. It's pretty heavy a pigeon!