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About Lego tower bridge

I just finished building the tower bridge set. It looks amazing but still looks like missing something: the model only includes the centre part of the bridge. Are there any members in the forum trying to complete a model by extending the oroginal and including the gate on each side of bridge?


  • UKtsumiUKtsumi Member Posts: 622
    edited April 2013
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 706
    ^^ Snap. Just finished mine. And, yes. Although it is an impressive set, having the end towers would make it look even better. Another 1500 pieces perhaps? Certainly worth consider MOCing.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,944
    I wouldn't have anywhere to put it if it was half a metre longer than it is...
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 706
    Looking at some photos, I reckon it'd be more like another 76.5cm. It uses 8 roadway plates in the original (102cm long) and I reckon you'd need to add 3 on either side to get the right proportions. 178.5cm... now that would take some display space...!
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,944
    I was thinking more of baseplates - using an extra one each side would probably be sufficient, which would add an extra 50cm. besides, the developer video states that the centre section isn't quite to the correct proportion (it should be longer) - I'm guessing because they were restricted by the length of the baseplates.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    ^ Not just the baseplates, they could have added more, but then it becomes too big to display.

    Same problem the SSD had, it really should have been a foot longer, that would have fixed most of its problems (that, and another thousand parts), but then it would have been $499, and even fewer people would buy it due to lack of places to display.
  • BrikingBriking Dorset, UKMember Posts: 706
    How does the scale of #10230 compare with Tower Bridge?
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,255
    edited April 2013
    Not sure exactly as I don't own the mini-Modulars, but the vehicles from the Tower Bridge are probably close to the right size, they are made of mostly 1x1 plates.

    I see what your thinking and it could work quite well.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,177
    Personally if I was going to go to all that effort, I'd built the tower of london instead, since it's right next to tower bridge, and tower bridge was designed in a 'castle like' design specifically so that it complimented it.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,848
    ^ Unless it was saying "what lovely towers you have", then I think you mean "complemented" :)
  • Jasper_ParnebrickJasper_Parnebrick Member Posts: 35
    What do you guys all think about when this set will go EOL? Do you think this set has appeal for years to come like the Taj Mahal set, or other large expert sets?
  • BastaBasta Australia Member Posts: 1,255
    ^ Yes it will have appeal IMO. Price wise though there will be a lot more of these around on the secondary market so prices should be lower for a longer time frame.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,944
    I think it'll probably go EOL sometime later this year, possibly early next year.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,848
    I just got mine from Amazon Italy, opened the outer packaging and was amazed by the perfect condition of the Lego box.

    My cat then tried to jump inside the tall Amazon box (he loves exciting new cardboard boxes), was startled to find a massive upright Tower Bridge set awkwardly positioned in his landing spot, so deployed his claws to ensure a safe landing.

    Even though the front of the box now has huge slash marks down the front of it, I had to laugh :D
  • beegeedeebeegeedee Galway, IrelandMember Posts: 380
    ^i think you just made some people cringe with that :-)
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,848
    He seems to have found a new home now!
  • SchwallexSchwallex Member Posts: 121
    I have modded mine quite a bit.

    - Extended the middle part by 16 studs (though it should have been more like 14).
    - Changed the way the bascules are attached so they no longer rely on those stupid blue pillars sticking out of the water for support.
    - Redid the suspension such that there are more links with fewer studs each (four rather than six). Looks much slicker that way.
    - Got rid of studs wherever possible, replacing plates with tiles.
    - Added the five Olympic rings, brick-built, to scale.
    - Made all pillars one brick taller, lifting the whole thing out of the water, it was drowning!
    - Also on the pillars, did the usual shtick with the new masonry bricks and the old profile and log bricks for the peeled-off-plaster effect. Nothing too intrusive, just here and there.
    - Added the inside walls to both towers. I mean, come on. The thing was a hollow shell.
    - Lifted all the four large middle windows by 1/2 plate so their tops now align perfectly with the new-style raised-arch bricks. (Why would TLG switch to these? I am yet to find a single set where that extra gap does not hurt.)
    - Etcetera etcetera.

    To answer your original question, the lack of the gates on each side has been bothering me from minute one. I've been looking at tons of photos, preparing to model and build them, but as you can see from the above list I was pretty occupied fixing other issues, so it's still just an idea in my head. And frankly, at this point I am sort of secretly hoping someone did it already and will share the LDR or at least a couple photos I can steal from.

    I was also thinking about adding some sort of lifting mechanism, but after doing some studies it turned out to be a major PITA, unless you permanently attach the bascules to the pillars, i.e. so the lower middle part is no longer modular. Which I didn't quite want to pursue further.

    Oh and as far as the size is concerned, the thing thrones atop my piano, fits fine with still room to spare. (And remember that mine is already extended by 16 studs.) It's a glorious sight, too. Forget tables, guys, get yourself a piano. It's worth it. If you can't afford one, just build it out of LEGO, duh.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,177
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  • SchwallexSchwallex Member Posts: 121
    Yes, yes, I'm listening. Wednesday is a public holiday so I guess I'll have no excuses not to pick up the camera. Posting this to make it harder for myself not to deliver.
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,848
    ^ Everything about this post is awesome.
  • iamterryiamterry Member Posts: 151
    That is really good - you've made me want the tower bridge model even more now! We've even got a piano that it could sit on too...
  • rchaddrchadd Member Posts: 187
    that looks great. i wonder if you got a second set if it would be possible to make a Big Ben to match it?
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