Monday, March 20, 2017

How to Mod the Lepin or Lego Market Street Modular

These last couple of weeks have been especially chilly so it was comforting just to laze around at home with a mug of hot chocolate and play with my fake Lego brick sets.  I've been wanting to modify my Lepin 15007 Market Street modular, so this was an opportune time to attack the project.

If you don't know what the Lepin Market Street modular building looks like, here it is.  It's an identical bootleg of the Lego Market Street modular model 10190.  If you want to see my past review of the Lepin Market Street modular you can find it here.

The changes I'm showing you today could be applied to either the Lepin clone or the Lego original modular.

My changes are focused primarily on the building itself and not the adjoining covered market stall.

You might know that I'm not a big fan of the Market Street design.  Specifically, I don't like the front facade with it's repetitive use of windows and doors.  I decided to blow out the staircase leading up to the front door.  I also had a spare bay window part and did a test fit on the main floor to see how it would look.

You might have noticed the little bike on top of the bay window.  My plan was to convert the Market Street building into a three storey bike shop. I will review each floor in more detail later in this post.

Here's what the building  looks today.  I've retained the original footprint of the building and the original colours on each of the three floors of the Market Street design.  I also kept intact the beige detail features on the first and second floors.

The overall height of the building hasn't changed too much.  I reduced the height of the raised foundation and increased the remainder of the floor heights, particularly on the third floor. I had to supplement some white and dark gray bricks because I didn't have enough dark blue and light blue bricks to use.

Credit goes out to for the idea of the Hub sign.  I found it while searching for Lego bike shop pictures on the internet.  Here's the link to their cool moc, the Lego HUB Bike Shop Cafe.

If you recall, the original Market Street design had bricked-in windows in the rear.  I added some windows on the first and second floor.

I might replace the first floor window with a door and add a winch to the second floor to hoist bikes up to the second floor.

I've got a small window and another full height window on the second floor which I can change to a door in future.

On the first floor, I removed the foundation windows and staircase.  The front door was relocated to the side instead of being in the centre in order to accommodate the new bay window.  I added some new steps leading up to the front door and planted some flowers under the bay window.  I retained the original awning and little windows over the front door.  

On the second floor, I added larger windows and the Hub sign on the front.  I toyed with idea of making the entire front all large windows but then changed my mind and decided to put in a smaller window with a flower box instead.

Here is one of the second floor designs I considered.  I might still attach the bike back onto the Hub sign.  Feel free to comment if you prefer the three large window design or the two large and one small window design.

I really liked the little third floor terrace that came with original Market Street design, but I had to get rid of it to accommodate my new studio apartment.  I've kept one of the arched windows and the original door gets replaced by a window.

The terrace is gone, so sad.

The rooftop is removable to access the third floor.

Now, lets look at the inside.   Here's the first floor.  It is dedicated to bike sales and there are a few on display.  I have a counter and computer display/cash.  I need to add some more bike accessories, like bike pumps, handle bars and baskets in future.  I should have added a customer mini figure to keep the clerk company.

Oh, I should mention that the original Market Street building had a staircase right in the middle of each floor.  I decided to move the stairs to the back of the building to allow more useable floor space.

In case you were wondering, the building is completely modular.  Here's all the separate floors and roof.

Here's the second floor interior.  This is where bike service is performed.

It's hard to see but there is a black bike frame on a hoist and the mini figure is drilling the frame.  There's a white bike that's propped up in the corner, ready for service.  I have a small cabinet and a tool rack that sits under the small window.  There is also a rack that holds two bike tires.  I will  add some more detailed pictures in future.

The third floor apartment consists of two rooms, the bathroom and the bedroom.

The bathroom gets it's own door, a toilet, toilet paper dispenser, a sink and shower stall.

The bedroom has a bed, a chair and a night table.  There was a table lamp, but I didn't attach it firmly enough and it fell out.  The only way to get it back in, is to dis-assemble the front facade.

One last look from above.

Here's a pic before I added the window box under the small second floor window.

Hope you have enjoyed this tour of my Lepin Market Street mod.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Enlighten 1120 Pleasant Trip Camper Building Set Review

Hi there, today I will review the Enlighten brick set model 1120 which is called the Pleasant Trip Camper.   This set was released in 2015.

This 380 piece set is an original design and is not a bootleg of any Lego set.  I didn't realize that this camper is larger than I thought.  It comes with a family of 4 mini figures.

The Enlighten brick quality has the same feel and finish as Lego but I did notice that the clutch is a bit too tight.  Once you snap the bricks together, it's really hard to pry them apart.   Luckily Enlighten provides a blue separator tool.

The good thing about this set is that there is a lot of attention to detail.  There's so much going on it's hard to know where to begin.  I'll start from the front and work towards the back.  In the front passenger seat, there is a navigation screen.  This is something I've never seen in any Lego set.

The four seats are not your regular Lego seats, but these custom reclining pieces.  In the back of the camper, you get a small fridge, a sink and a cooking surface.  There's some small bottles and a mug too.

Now one thing that I'm not sure if I like is the fact that this camper is 8 studs wide instead of the standard 6 studs.  If I park this vehicle next to my other Lego type vehicles, this one will look a lot wider than the rest.  At some point, I might decide to rebuild the Enlighten camper as six studs wide.

Here's some of the accessories that come with the set.  There's a camera, a mountain bike with ribber tires, a barbeque grill, a garbage can, some goblets, two fry pans and a pair of fish.

Here's the mini figure family. They look a bit like hippies, especially the dad with his floral shirt.  The son and daughter minifigs have shorter legs but these are unique because they still can bend at the waist.  The print quality is good.

You also get a small 8x8 stud that represents a patch of grass, a palm tree and some 2x2 tiles with sea shells on them.

Here's the completed camper.  On the camper roof, there is a solar panel, and an antennae.  There are even roof rails and a shovel.

One the side of the camper is a fire extinguisher.

On the other side is a small axe.

The camper comes with rolling wheels and rubber tires but the rims are not as nice as the standard Lego rims.

At the back of the camper, there is a ladder to access the roof.  You also have a clamp to hang the mountain bike from.

The solar panels and antennae both can tilt.

The back of the camper divides into two and folds open behind the front seats for easy play access.

Despite the 8 stud width, there's so much stuff in the camper, it still feels cramped.  I could put the barbecue grill into the back, but there's no room inside for the garbage can.

Here's a closer look at the barbecue grill.

One thing I had to change from the original instructions was to move the windows from the middle of the camper to the rear.  By doing this, I can give the son and daughter mini figures, some elbow room.  If I didn't do that, it would be hard to close the back of the camper properly.

Here's a few more pics.

There were no missing or deformed pieces in this set but no extra pieces either.  I should point out that the colours of the corresponding bricks in the instruction manual don't match the actual brick colours, so novice builders might get a bit confused.  

In summary, it's a nice looking vehicle with lots of extra features but the 8 stud width doesn't make the Enlighten camper fit with my other Lego compatible cars and trucks.  Also the brick clutch is a bit too tight for my liking.

Brand: Enlighten Brick
Model: 1120 Pleasant Trip Camper
Number of pieces: 380
Mini figures: 4