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The Old Dutch Windmill
The Fabyan Windmill in Geneva, Illinois.
About this creation
This project came out of a special show that my group, the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, did for the Geneva History Center in Geneva, IL. With the town in its 150th year, the History Center asked us if we could build a number of creations based on historic buildings in the town. My pick was this old dutch windmill, known as the Fabyan Windmill.



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   On the way home from the show, I stopped by the real windmill to take a few pictures with my own in the foreground.



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   The Fayban Windmill itself is very large. It stands at 68 feet (about 5 stories). Also a note: I do not have the railing around the walkway - it is a seperate piece, and very delicate. With the day's light fading I did not want to spend the time needed to fix it up from the hasty packing job.



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   One more thing - when making the creation, I had never seen the windmill in person. All I had were old black & white photos. All of those had a white 'cross' in the middle of the vanes. I do not know what it is, but that is why my model has one.



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   With power, the vanes of the windmill will turn at a nice, even pace. There is more on the gear workings below.



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   The shape of the 'head' was extremely difficult.



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   Small details, like this window, were difficult to do, but I worked them in where I could.



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   Using a technic Worm Screw gear, I was able to slow down the high speed of the motor beneath.



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   The gears rest surprisingly well when the top is closed up.



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   I'd never seen images of the vanes when in motion, so I didn't know what the canvas covers look like. Hence, in my creation, they are bare.



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   As I mentioned above, the railing is a completely separate part. It fits over the windmill (minus the vanes) and each of the 'pillars' fit into gaps in the base.



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   To see the actual windmill in motion, check out this video another member of my club made: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Kenn/Trains/NILTC/Genev-Historyl-07/2.wmv



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   To see my own creation in motion, check out this video I did: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Gp11XE4Y42E

Note: Yes, I put it smack dab in the middle of my Star Wars layout. :)



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   For more information on the Fabyan Windmill, you can check out this official site: http://www.co.kane.il.us/forest/education/windmill.htm



Comments

  November 18, 2012
Didn't you make a big futurama display?
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  September 15, 2012
nice shape and detail
Pepa Quin (Matt De Lanoy)
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Chris Melby
  July 4, 2012
You got one thing right.... "OLD"
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  July 4, 2012
Nice work, I can't believe this is in Geneva, I was born there, Delnor Hospital, although I grew up and currently live in Israel.
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  July 4, 2012
Very realistic looking mill, and I should know, I live in Holland ;-)
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  July 4, 2012
Now that's awesome!
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  July 4, 2012
nice
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  July 4, 2012
Great copy! Nice details
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  July 4, 2012
Congrats on MOTD!
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  July 4, 2012
Congrats on MOTD! It's delightful! :)
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  July 4, 2012
it looks real good and... i live in Holland!!
  July 4, 2012
nice Windmill !!
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  July 4, 2012
Nice job!
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  July 4, 2012
Excellent!
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  July 4, 2012
congrats on MOTD!
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  March 10, 2011
Lol... I live in Holland!
Pepa Quin (Matt De Lanoy)
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captain Matt anderson
  February 7, 2010
great! congrats at motd. I was at the lego train show in geneva when i first saw it! again that is great.
Pepa Quin (Matt De Lanoy)
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That LDD Guy
  February 7, 2010
Nice, and congrats on MOTD.
Pepa Quin (Matt De Lanoy)
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Bob Roberts
  February 7, 2010
Very good!!!!! I like the technique you used for building the arm things that spin(name not comming to me right now) PEOPLE OF MOCPAGES, TAKE THIS POLL! https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dHlIN0EyX1RVVmx2Rkg2WmRvbjRza1E6MA SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!
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Dave and John Xandegar
  February 7, 2010
We've always loved your work, Matt...this windmill is like an old Friend to us! It's nice to see 2 old Friends getting recognition as MOC of the day...and we've been honored to exhibit with you and the Gang. All the MOCpagers out there who aren't familiar with your work should check out your other postings while they're here. LISTEN up Gang, this Guy is one of the most talented builders we know!...and if those of you who live in the Chicago area haven't been to see a NILTC exhibit, you're seriously missing out! Check their website, http://www.niltc.org/ and go see them...you'll be treated to some incredible Lego work by some wonderful People! See ya' at BrickWorld, Buddy
  February 7, 2010
Hi i really like your windmill i think its really COOL! i hope one day i can make something like this :o)
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  February 7, 2010
They make Double-Dutch Chocolate Bars (from Slim-Fast) in the USA.
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  February 7, 2010
Sweet is all i can say. I feel in touch with my inner Dutch!
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  February 7, 2010
Happy MOTD. Now I can be happy to be Dutch :D. This is a very good model a windmill, you really deserve it with this model to be on the front page.
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  February 7, 2010
That's an awesome LEGO replica.
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  February 7, 2010
Just lovely! Good presentation here. Congratz on MOTD!
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  February 7, 2010
I don't know what it is about windmills, but I find them to be very interesting. We have them in Sweden too... I think you made a beautiful rendition of it, it looks very authentic and your building skills and techniques used are magnificient.
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  February 7, 2010
Nicely done, I like the the use of brown so much, a long time ago I climbed into one of these, well, actually broke in into, the interior is more interesting than the exterior so it would be awesome if you could work on that too, great job already though
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  February 7, 2010
WOW :O , this is really amazing, lots of details and it really looks alike to real one =)
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  February 7, 2010
Very nice work! As a dutchman, I have to say that your version looks more like an actual Dutch windmill than that real one. I don't know exactly what it is, but I guess it's that the real one looks a bit too small or stumpy (although we do have smaller ones here, now that I think about it). Anyway, a fine job indeed.
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  February 7, 2010
Wow. Awesome. Even the interior is like real.
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  February 7, 2010
These look so accurate, they deserve to be part of the scenery in legoland!
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  December 16, 2009
i liked the backround!
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  December 13, 2009
Wow excellent job!! Thats awesome. Would you mind commenting on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/171987
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  August 17, 2009
Does this mean you're dutch? If so, I'm very proud that we come from the same country. You really captured the shape on this one. Nice work! ~M
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  June 4, 2009
Hi Pepa, It's excellent, your Lego version of the Old Dutch Windmill! I also like your main photo, with the original mill and your lego mill in front of it. In fact, it inspired me to do the same with the Dutch windmill 't Nupke and my new Lego mill.
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  January 14, 2009
Exactly like a mill near our house!I live in holland:D Great job you did here
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  November 9, 2008
WoW! that is excelent!!! Very creative!
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  November 9, 2008
WoW! that is excelent!!! Very creative!
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  April 23, 2008
this is cool come see my mocs
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  February 18, 2008
Very nice work. It's really beautiful.
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  November 18, 2007
looks like the one in the background! see my stuff!
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  November 7, 2007
Damn, that's probably the most intensive SNOT I've ever seen.
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  April 28, 2007
A work of art.
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  April 26, 2007
Fantastic work, very true to the original & great snot work & details. You should build more castle themed MOCs!
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  April 25, 2007
datz kool
 
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