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  1. Just posted the first ever "Staff Projects" enter on the Lego Emergency Magazine website. 

    https://legoemergencymagazine.weebly.com/staff-projects 

    This entry was written by @Joshua B, and is definitely a good one!

  2. Thanks! Yeah it took a whilst but I'm pretty happy with it in the end.
  3. Thanks! I haven't entirely finished with adding some more smaller details, but when I am done, I will definitely post overviews of all the floors.
  4. The tutorial is out! 

    Part 1

     https://www.emergencybricks.com/blogs/entry/33-tutorial-how-to-improve-your-2021-modular/

     

    Part 2

    https://www.emergencybricks.com/blogs/entry/34-tutorial-how-to-improve-your-2021-modular-part-2/

    Definitely go check it out! Let me know what you think! Are my changes good? bad? or Ugly? 

     

    Note: I probably just made the longest blog in the history of EB 🤣

  5. This is part 2 of a 2 part series, please read part 1 first. The next image is the antenna in place on the roof of the station. Roof Part 2 (Gun Range) I decided I wanted to add a little more to this roof, so I chose a gun range. This next part is entirely voluntary. If you are happy with all the changes you made so far, you can simply skip this next part. The photo below shows an equipment rack with a megaphone and a medic kit (sorry for how blurry it is) This photo shows it in location, nicely tucked in the alcove provided. The next thing is a control panel/loading station (seen below). Both of the last two things are based on a 2x4 footprint. Below you can see it placed on the roof. The yellow thing next to it is a disposal bin for used ammo casings. Next thing is the target the officers shoot at (seen below). this is made from two large 1x6 panels connected at both sides by 1x4 tiles. One of the 4 remaining studs must be filled with a 1x1 plate if you want the option to collapse then target when its not being used. Below is the placement of the target on the roof. Make sure the 1x1 plate is located at the bottom left corner of the target (opposite of where I have it in this picture) Next I added the lines which mark the outline of the range (in red) where the shooter cant pass (grey tile) and where the shooter should stand (grey plate) as seen below. Last thing is I grabbed the background of the mugshot area and used that as the actual paper target (as seen below). Now for the collapsible bit. If you look closely at the bottom left corner i put a 1x2 brick with a technic whole in it capped with a 1x2 grill. When you are done with the range for the day, you can remove the grey wall, and rest it on the red tiles, with the 1x1 plate fitting in the technic hole to hold it still. This part is completely optional. The range in the collapsed position (as seen below) Thank you for reading this VERY long tutorial (probably the longest on EB). If you do use any part of this tutorial please provide the appropriate credit. What do you think of my modifications? Let me know below!
  6. Here is a breakdown of a couple of pretty minor (and pretty major) things you can do to make your copy of the 2021 Lego Modular Building so much better! Warning: You should read the entire tutorial before you make any changes, to be sure you are happy with the end product. It would be a shame if you spend time following the tutorial but hate the result. Materials: -Knowledge of the set (be confident tearing it apart and putting it together again, you definitively have to tear this set up to change features like tiled floors). -Some basic bricks (all in tan)- basic bricks like 1x2's and 1x2's. -You will also need some interior office furnishings in order to customize it to what you want. Experience Level Medium Time 15-45 minutes (based on how much of the tutorial you are doing). Ground Floor The first thing I did was remove a some tiles on either side of the doorway. On the left (facing the street) I removed the 2x4 tile closest to the front wall. In order to do this you may have to remove the entire left wall, which is fine, as I have some modifications that need to be made to it as well. (see below) On the right side you are going to want to remove all the tiles in the 2x6 space the water cooler occupies. Remove the water cooler as well, but keep it built as you will be putting it somewhere else in the building. Take the 2x4 tile from the left side, and place it in the center of the 2x6 space you cleared at the right side. Place it so you have a 1x2 space at either end (like in the image below). Next, you are going to want to build what occupies this space. I chose a simple wooden bench, to form a nice little waiting area. Next for the left side, I took two of the 4 1x2 tiles I removed when removing the water cooler as well as the 2x2 plate that the water cooler sat on and put them in a nice pattern along the left side. Any pattern will do, as long as you have the 2x2 plate resting against that wall furthest to the front In the image above you can also see the section of wall I removed, which I will be making some slight changes too. (Left) the wall before I made any changes. (Right) As you can see I got rid of the radio charging rack, but not permanently. Set aside the radios and the 1x2 clip pieces they are attached too, you will be needing them for use in the armory. By rearranging the pieces a little bit, I was able to add a barrier (pictured above right in the open position) that when the wall is put back in place should close tightly against the front desk, acting as a bit of a barrier between the lobby and the holding cell. This was made by attaching a light grey 1x2 plate with clip to a 1x2 brick with 2 studs on the side. The red 1x1 tile is suppose to represent some sort of scanning pad which officers can scan their ID on to unlock the gate. (above) On the 2x2 plate, you can add anything you might need for a lobby area. I chose to put a trash can, but any small detail would work. (above) Here is an image with the wall back in place, and the gate in the closed position. For this next part you are going tom need the barrier from the railing closest to the holding cell, the camera from the mugshot booth upstairs, and a small stand comprised of a 1x1 plate, 1x2 plate with bar sticking out of it and a 1x2 tile, constructed like seen above. Next thing you are going to want to do is remove the cap of the barrier, and place it so that 1x1 plate of the camera stand is on top of the two 1x1 bricks that make up the barrier. Then place the camera on top, pointing towards the 1x2 tile. Here you can see this thing in place. The point of it is to relocate the mugshot area to make it more convenient, and to free up that space upstairs so we can use it for something different. Second Floor For the second floor the first thing you are going to want to do is clear out the apartment. Remove everything; the carpet, the bed, and the kitchen. It might make things easier to remove the whole wall, just to help you clear everything, out. Whilst I had the wall removed, I changed the rear door frame from the dark brown to black. The reason I did this is I need another door for the inside, and I didn't have any dark brown. I made the switch so that all the interior door frames would match. By now your model should look like this (see above). I didn't want that whole in the middle of the ground, so I simply removed the 4x4 plate and replaced it with 2 2x3 plates and a 1x4 plate, top cover up the whole. This step is optional, but I do advise it. In the end, my floor looked like this (see image below). (below) The next thing I did is completely pull out the wall that wasn't supporting the staircase that was separating the apartment from the police station. Once I had this wall separated I a stack of all the 1x3 bricks, and toped it with the 1x3 curve (as seen below). I used this as the new exterior wall for that small section behind the vine. I then placed this section into the building like seen below. As you can see on the right of the photo below, the wall has all those gaps in it. I simply added 1x1 tan bricks from my collecting to fill each of these gaps. In the end it looked like this (below). I then started adding a little bit of office furniture to the new office space. What you do with this room is entirely up to you. You then want to remove the desk closest to the pin board (as seen below). Don't throw away this desk. You can simply use it in your new office. To enhance the briefing room feel I made a podium using the textured bricks from the desk I removed. (see below) One more little addition to this bullpen area. Remember that water cooler? I think it looks so much cooler next to this nice potted plant on this floor, opposite the desks (as seen above). For this next part you are going to want to remove the entire green wall on the far side of the second floor, to let you have better access into the space next to it. Now remove the pole the camera was attached too (but be sure to keep it!) remove the white tiles, the poles with white flag (keep those too) and the snacks located on the counter closest to the front. It should look like this (above). Go get the table and chairs from the interrogation room from the floor above, and place these here (I know these chairs are the wrong color but I had to use the other ones for other things. Now go and get the tape recorder from the floor above. For this next part, you will need a black 2x3 plate, 1x2 brick with 2 studs on ONE side, and a 1x2 tile to put on that 1x2 brick. (as seen above) Now flip over the already built tape recorder and remove the 3x3 plate from where it was on the 2x6 plate. (as seen above) Line up the top of the 3x3 plate with the top of the 2x3 plate. (as seen above) Then transfer all the pieces to exactly where they were, but on the 2x3 plate (as seen below) Next attach the 1x2 bricks studs on the side to the 2 studs on the back of the 2x3 plate.(as seen below) Place this entire construction on the ledge you recently cleared. Center it, to confirm it fits (as seen below) Place that door frame you stole from the exterior door of the apartment as long as the door from the old interrogation room (from the floor above) to the far right of the gap at this new space. (as seen below) Then start adding the 2x2 corner bricks that you got when you removed the wall between the apartment and the police station and start using those to fill up the gap. (as seen below) I added a small window but you could just keep going with 1x2 corner bricks. (as seen below) Last thing I did for this floor is integrate the tiles from the top into the existing tiles. I did this by removing the 2x2 tile that was at the far left (of the image below) and replacing it with a 2x2 corner tile. I then just used a 1x3 tile and a 1x4 tile with 2 studs to cover the rest of it. You are going to need to add 2 layers of bricks, and 1 layer of studs (from the top of the door) so everything lines up properly. Third Floor The first thing did for the third floor is add in a clear door where the interrogation rooms door was. I was going to use this as the captains office. I used the door handle from the bathroom door as the handle for the captains door. I Used a keypad as the door handle for the bathroom door as I would be changing that too the armory. (see image below) I also added a small stool for use as a place for anyone waiting to enter the captains office (seen below, next to the plant). For the next part I completely cleared out what was left of the interrogation room and the washroom. I found it really helps if you remove the whole front of the building. (see image below) I also removed the wall between the two rooms (temporarily) as that was what I would be working with first. (Above) a before picture of the wall (below) I added a single clip for use to store a rifle, and a 1x2 brick with studs on ONE side to store tasers. I also added a 1x1 brick with studs on ONE side to the far right, facing right, next to the taser rack. I then looked at the area the toilet roll used to be and decided to add a gun clearing tube (a place where officers can point guns in to check they are empty). i made it using some pretty cool SNOT techniques, and mounted it on the wall (as seen below) Next I took the wall directly behind the gun clearing tube and removed it (which was quite a challenging task). Below is a "before" picture of that section of wall. I replaced the 1x8 brick at the top right of the above picture and replaced it with a 1x4 brick and the 2 1x2 bricks with clips as well as the radios that go with them that I previously removed from the locker. Below is an "after" picture. Next I revisited the space outside the armory door, know with an extra stud to attach stuff to I moved the keypad there, and gave the armory a proper door handle. (as seen below) Next I focused on furnishing the captains office. I made a nice little desk (as seen in the image below). I then placed it in the office like seen below. I also added the old camera stand as a hat holder, I added the captains chair (on a turntable) and a smaller chair in front of her desk, and to take up the two exposed studs from the old recording device, I made a little locking SNOT dresser for important documents and stuff. I didn't make any changes to the evidence locker, as it was perfect in my opinion. Roof The first thing I did was pretty small. I added a 1x2 light bluish grey plate under the 1x3 tile near the opening for the ladder (as seen below) I then took the chain from the donut thief's pole (included in the set) and strung it across the opening, just for a bit of added safety (finished product seen below) Next I added some more communication equipment. The picture below is a tiny radar, using a 2x2 dish, tap piece, 1x2 slope (to hold it up) and a 1x1 circular plate as the red light. The next image is in place on the roof of the building. I then added some more antennas, made from the pole of the donut thief's "donut stealing" pole and a couple of other easy to find pieces (as seen below) The next image is the antenna in place on the roof of the station. Roof Part 2 (Gun Range) I decided I wanted to add a little more to this roof, so I chose a gun range. This next part is entirely voluntary. If you are happy with all the changes you made so far, you can simply skip this next part. The photo below shows an equipment rack with a megaphone and a medic kit (sorry for how blurry it is) This photo shows it in location, nicely tucked in the alcove provided. The next thing is a control panel/loading station (seen below). Both of the last two things are based on a 2x4 footprint. Below you can see it placed on the roof. The yellow thing next to it is a disposal bin for used ammo casings. Next thing is the target the officers shoot at (seen below). this is made from two large 1x6 panels connected at both sides by 1x4 tiles. One of the 4 remaining studs must be filled with a 1x1 plate if you want the option to collapse then target when its not being used. Below is the placement of the target on the roof. Make sure the 1x1 plate is located at the bottom left corner of the target (opposite of where I have it in this picture) Next I added the lines which mark the outline of the range (in red) where the shooter cant pass (grey tile) and where the shooter should stand (grey plate) as seen below. Last thing is I grabbed the background of the mugshot area and used that as the actual paper target (as seen below). Now for the collapsible bit. If you look closely at the bottom left corner i put a 1x2 brick with a technic whole in it capped with a 1x2 grill. When you are done with the range for the day, you can remove the grey wall, and rest it on the red tiles, with the 1x1 plate fitting in the technic hole to hold it still. This part is completely optional.
  7. This Friday on my blog: The long tutorial on how to improve your 2021 modular by 1000000 percent! This Friday I have a day off, and I will be focusing on making a tutorial on big (and small) changes to all floors (including the roof) of the 2021 modular! Stay tuned! you don't wanna miss this!

  8. So @Josh has been yapping about "boston spec" for his fleet, so I decided to do some research into it. Found this informative article about it, and its pretty cool! 

    https://www.fireapparatusmagazine.com/2019/07/01/apparatus-purchasing-boston-s-pumpers/#gref

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    2. Josh

      Josh

      True. I have grown up here in New England my whole life, so narrow roads are just...normal for me.

    3. Josh
    4. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      Nice! The ladders are unusual.... but not bad!

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    Apparently this "crown" featured in the latest 2021 Lego Modular Police Station is an Easter egg to the crown in one of the Halloween heists in Brooklyn 99 (cop sit-com/comedy). I am an avid Brooklyn 99 fan and I completely missed this. Thoughts?

    1. Josh

      Josh

      That is pretty cool! Fun fact: I have only seen one episode, but it was the funniest cop show I have ever seen.

    2. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @Josh Yeah its definitely one of my favorite cop shows!

  10. Lets talk about the Spring 2021issue of the Lego Emergency Magazine. 

    Content

    -I'll be doing one on improving the interior of the 2021 modular

    @Joshua B are you still good to do that tutorial on half plate techniques.

    -I've got an interview lined up and ready to go. 

    @Sarcityfd if you wanna do "Major Incidents" again, that would be great. 

    If anyone else has content ideas, let me know. Remember for know I have a 30 page limit, but I think I'll be transferring the magazine to Word, which gives me unlimited pages, and I can publish it as a pdf. Thanks

    1. Joshua B

      Joshua B

      Wait what!? I though I was doing a tutorial on half-plate techniques? Also this should be a forum post so it doesn't get lost in your feed

    2. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @Joshua B I'll make it a forum post. Sorry about the confusion, I was thinking about 5-wide cabs for something else and accidently put it in here. 

    3. Rescue 423
  11. So, I need a precinct number for the south division.... Any ideas?

    HQ - - - Precinct 01

    Marine - - - Precinct 05

    South Division - - - Precinct 07????

    1. Josh

      Josh

      I would say 9 because 1(HQ) + 4 = 5 (marine) and 5 (marine) + 4 = 9

    2. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @Josh That's random but really smart. Its either that or I just go 1,2,3. 

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    Look what arrived! Can't wait to build it! I 'll be building the promo now and the set this weekend.... 

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    2. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @JoshThanks! I was watching videos on them and now that the hype has died down I don't actually like how small they are. I now you modified some of your city to fit them so they should look good with your stuff. 

      @Sven I will! Two promos! Nice! This promo had a cool way of fitting two characters next to each other whilst still keeping it 6 wide, I look forward to trying that on some of my vehicles. Enjoy the sets, look forward to hearing what you think of them! 

    3. Sven

      Sven

      My Police modular, the flowers and the promo arrived today :) Yaaaaaaay!!

    4. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @Sven Nice! Its a good looking box (for the police station IMO) 

  13. Make sure you check out the brand new "Divisions" unit under the "Organization" tab on the LCPF website. I've spent some time describing and creating patches for each unit.

     https://legocitypoliceforce.weebly.com/organization.html

    Let me know what you think? Which is your favorite? 

    1. Joshua B

      Joshua B

      Nice work! I like the patches!

    2. Rescue 423
  14. So I've started watching "the rookie", (based in lapd) and I absolutely love it! Thru a little bit of background research, I discovered that the lapd has 6 helicopters, which they commonly refer to as airships, and are called into different situations by standard patrol officers. This made me think about the my police force, with one helicopter only called in on very special incidents by a high ranking officer. What is your process for calling in a helicopter? What do you think of my process? 

    1. Josh

      Josh

      "Helicopters? what are those?" - My departments 😂

    2. Joshua B

      Joshua B

      Yeah pretty much, seems useless to me cause it would just sit there haha

    3. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @Josh That was me for a whilst, but with every half-decent playset that Lego releases it seems they have to add a helicopter, so I took the one from 60161 and recolored it. I've been using it ever since. 

      @Joshua B Yeah its a bit of a waste, but it seems they use them a lot in lapd, so I might have to start using mine more often too. 

       

  15. Just ordered the set (2021 modular)! They added the current promo, a fan designed car and two minifigs, which I think is a great thing to get for free with a set I ended up paying $ 300 CAD for in the end. 

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    3. Joshua B

      Joshua B

      I really like the GWP! Normally it seems something like that would only come with $150 or so orders, I'm surprised the minimum is $85! If I get anything out of this wave (which I probably won't besides maybe a $10 set or something) it'll be the Technic Jeep. Honestly the designers did an awful job making it look like a Jeep, but if you think of it as a generic vehicle, $50 is not bad for a Technic vehicle of it's size with working suspension (although I wish it had independent suspension instead of a solid axle) and steering! I've kinda been wanting to try my hands at some intermediate Technic stuff but it's so expensive haha

    4. Rescue 423

      Rescue 423

      @Joshua B I've done a fair bit of technic stuff, and I'll be honest, its a strange build. You have no idea which part you're working on until the end, then it all just magically works. They are expensive though...

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