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LEGO® Resources

LEGO - The Official LEGO® Site. Features information about current sets, events sponsored by the company, activities, and an on-line store.

Classic Castle - Classic Castle is a full featured, fan created website exclusively for LEGO® Castle theme fans. It includes models, how-to's, stories, set reviews, information about new products, links, a forum and a chat room. The site is filled with interesting information; it's well designed and easy to navigate. Patrick Morgan and I wrote an article on Heraldry in the "How-to" section.

MichLUG - The Michigan LEGO® User's Group and The Michigan LEGO® Train Club is an organization of adult builders in my area. The site includes information about meetings and events and a gallery of photos from their shows.

LeoCAD - I use this software for drawing my instructions. This is an easy to use 3D program with libraries of predefined blocks that you can use to quickly create "virtual" models.

Peeron.com - This site has scans of instruction books as well as part inventories for virtually every LEGO® set ever made. The site does not have recent sets - only sets no longer being produced are included, but the collection goes back to the 1950's.

BrickLink - This is a great place to buy individual bricks or old LEGO® sets. BrickLink is a searchable database of hundreds of online stores that sell bulk new and used bricks and old sets.

Lugnet - The most well known user group for LEGO fans. The site features discussion boards divided by theme, photos of projects made by members, set reviews, and information about LEGO® products and events.

1000 Steine - (1000 Bricks) This is a German LEGO fan site. The text is mostly in German, but it's pretty easy to navigate even if you don't speak the language. The site features a gallery of projects, links to other fan sites, a forum, as well as sections for all the LEGO® themes.

MOC Pages - Any original design made by a LEGO fan is called an MOC ("My Own Creation".) MOC Pages is a site created by Sean Kenney where LEGO fans can show their creations. The site features hundreds of LEGO MOCs organized by theme.

BrickShelf - Among other things, the site includes a large collection of fan-made creations organized by builder.

Model Builders

Robert Carney - Robert Carney creates highly accurate scale models of real castles using LEGO® blocks. His site features photos of dozens of castles he has built over the years. Each project is documented with photos of the actual castle, the drawings Bob used in his construction and links for more information about each castle. Some of my castles are featured on his Castle Builders' Page.

Johannes Koehler - Johannes Koehler, who calls himself "Jojo", is a German LEGO fan. His web site (mostly in German with parts in English) features some very creative projects in a number of themes. Jojo has also created a comprehensive listing of all LEGO® Castle theme sets, minifigs, and weapons (with commentary in German) at the Rittersets Database.

Takeshi Itou - Takeshi Itou is a Japanese LEGO fan. His site contains great photos of his castle creations. The text on the site is in Japanese, but most of the navigation is in English so it's easy to find your way around.

James Stacey - James' site contains photos of his creations, which include some vehicles and buildings in addition to castles. James is a LEGO fan from Wales.

History Resources

Castles of Wales - A site by Jeffrey L. Thomas featuring over 400 Welsh Castles. The site includes a history of each castle as well as photos and ground plans for most of them. There is a separate listing for Abbeys and other religious buildings.

Castles of Britain - This site is dedicated to the study of British Castles. The site includes The Castle Learning Center, a Photo Gallery, and a huge collection of Links to other history and castle sites.

Burgenwelt - Wehrbauten in Europa - (Castle World - Fortifications in Europe) A database of castles and other military buildings in Europe, organized by country. Each entry includes photos, a brief history and groundplans, when available. The site is in German, but easy to figure out if you don't speak the language.

Learner Middle Ages - Learner.org is a resource site for teachers. The Middle Ages section contains a series of concise articles about everyday life in the Middle Ages. There are not many photos here, but there is a good list of links to other sites about medieval history.

Castles Abbeys and Medieval Buildings - This site features great photos taken by Michael Cook of sites he has visited. The site has lots of photos of castles and other medieval buildings, including close-ups of architectural details. Each photo series includes descriptions and historical background.

TimeRef - A timeline and resource on the history of Britain from 800 to 1499. In addition to the timeline, the site features information about the architecture of the period, biographies of important people, lots of photos of British castles, and 3D reconstructions of medieval buildings.


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