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My Weather Lego-Cock
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... ^^



EDIT: 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!!


EDIT: And finally...
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.


Taddaaaa!
I decided to re-build it just exactly the same and -still- to use no glue!!




EDIT: On 12/15/13
Now, I can testify, Lego only tolerate winds under 105-108Km/h. After 110km/h, it is just blown away! :)
This time, I recovered few parts but most of them were definitively lost around.
No problem, I built a new one and added yellow tips to ease the view.







I added this one to show you how lego are getting "old" under weather conditions... SO far, Technics bricks are still holding but... For how many years?





Thanks to every one -and specially Nick- for his support to my weather-cock.
Working on another outside project.
To be continued... ^^



Comments

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  February 28, 2014
Ouais ben ca va quand meme.....bien resistant l'abs finalement, c'est pas les conditions les plus faciles auxquelles tu le soumet...
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  February 3, 2014
Grand merci pour ton commentaire, Christophe. D'autant plus apprécié vu ton niveau Master-ès Jedi... ^^ Je confirme "sans colle" et avec ses limites aussi. La preuve avec les dernières photos de fin d'année.
Quoting christophe corthay Sérieux ???!!! Sans colle ??? Alors la girouette en lego c'est pas commun mais qui tiens tête aux éléments..... Je n'ai qu'un mot: bravo !!! Et de toute façon un mec qui se fait une pièce pour ses bd, ses lego et ses maquettes ne peut avoir que toute mon admiration !!! Étant sur le même projet ( pas loin de 1000 bds) et une bonne collection de lego itout, si je veux éviter le divorce.....il faut que je fasse de même. Mais à part ça, re-bravo !!!!! Respect !!
  February 1, 2014
Sérieux ???!!! Sans colle ??? Alors la girouette en lego c'est pas commun mais qui tiens tête aux éléments..... Je n'ai qu'un mot: bravo !!! Et de toute façon un mec qui se fait une pièce pour ses bd, ses lego et ses maquettes ne peut avoir que toute mon admiration !!! Étant sur le même projet ( pas loin de 1000 bds) et une bonne collection de lego itout, si je veux éviter le divorce.....il faut que je fasse de même. Mais à part ça, re-bravo !!!!! Respect !!
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  April 12, 2012
Very cool idea! I like it! ^^
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  February 11, 2012
Quoting Paula G A great idea! Can't wait to see the next project :)
Thank you for the nice comment, appreciated! I'm still working on the next project, some "outside" technic problems to solve... Patience. ;)
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  February 11, 2012
Quoting Paula G A great idea! Can't wait to see the next project :)
Thank you for the nice comment. I'm already working on the next project... Patience.
 I like it 
  February 9, 2012
A great idea! Can't wait to see the next project :)
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  February 9, 2012
LoL, great idea - and brave for going no-glue! Looking forward to seeing your next outdoor build!
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  December 21, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett Glad to hear it! Now, we're all VERY curious about what's in there :-)
Nick... It fell!! (Cryyyyy!) I added new pics to follow the event. Life is tough but Lego is strong. (specially when the wind is blowing... lol).
 I like it 
  December 13, 2011
Glad to hear it! Now, we're all VERY curious about what's in there :-)
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  December 13, 2011
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.
 I like it 
  December 9, 2011
Still holding up I trust... I do love this idea and I NEED that playing room :-)
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  November 13, 2011
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
 I like it 
  November 12, 2011
I love this idea - hilarious and very clever. I want a playing room too :). How about a sun dial next?
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  November 8, 2011
Quoting Ape Fight Brilliant idea (well done to your girlfriend for thinking of it!), and well made too. Not sure it'll survive the winter but I hope it does : )
Thank you for me (and my gal! ;) ). It faced a storm last week and is still holding. I did not think it could so sturdy! As I said to Nick: Next report in December under the snow and cold days...
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  November 8, 2011
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Good job. Very original.
Thank you for the kind words, I DO appreciate!
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  November 8, 2011
Quoting Nick Barrett Glad to see this holding up :-)
So do I!! ^^ Next "rendez-vous" in december... I hope it will be still holding.
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  November 8, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Love this idea!
thank you! My girlfriend does not build Lego but she always has good ideas...
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  November 8, 2011
Brilliant idea (well done to your girlfriend for thinking of it!), and well made too. Not sure it'll survive the winter but I hope it does : )
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  November 8, 2011
Good job. Very original.
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  November 7, 2011
Glad to see this holding up :-)
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  November 7, 2011
Love this idea!
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  August 24, 2011
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!
 I like it 
  August 24, 2011
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?
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  July 24, 2011
Quoting Chris Roach this is an interesting experiment - hope it fairs well against the elements!
Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it! To be honest with you, I hope so... Three days after installation, it still holds! yes!! :)
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  July 24, 2011
Quoting Jay Rhum idée très sympatique et originale! Merci pour ton gentil commmentaire sur mon sub! Je n'en reviens toujours pas! Cocorico! =)
All pleasure was mine! ;) Thanks for yours! Et puis toi et Christophe contredisez le proverbe: "On dit que les Français n'ont que des idées mais pas les moyens de leurs réalisations"... C'est cool!
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  July 24, 2011
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!
 I like it 
  July 24, 2011
this is an interesting experiment - hope it fairs well against the elements!
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  July 24, 2011
idée très sympatique et originale! Merci pour ton gentil commmentaire sur mon sub! Je n'en reviens toujours pas! Cocorico! =)
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  July 24, 2011
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!
 
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