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Sets released via Bright Bricks don't have a set number unless one is requested by the company commissioning the set. Hence FB 001, soon to be followed by FB 002 in the New Year..........
I for one am grateful for the info in this thread and the ebay details.
Because of this I have rang the cathedral shop and pre-ordered one.
I also like the bit about "the UK only licensed LEGO makers". "UK only? Not really. But it isn't a LEGO maker, licensed or otherwise.
"I also like the bit about "the UK only licensed LEGO makers". "UK only? Not really. But it isn't a LEGO maker, licensed or otherwise."
for you, it's $300USD
Given the 530-piece one was 55 pounds, I suspected the 2000-piece one would be about that. At least it makes the cost of shipping seem reasonable....
Ouch ouch ouch. I think I may have to pass it up and try to reverse-engineer the smaller version.
Just checking out their webpage gallery....
Identifying LEGO display models that are LEGO Model Shop produced, versus those created by LEGO Certified Professionals, and those just created by regular AFOLs has been more challenging since the beginning of the new millennium.
Model looks really good. The Instruction book is A5 with a metal ringbind. Good quality and images and actual instructions are vivid and clear. Bricks are in 3 un-numbered zip lock type bags.
I am well looking forward to diving in this weekened and building it.
It will look superb amongst my other cith buildings.
You'll have to get some pics up of the finished article. I'm tempted to pop through and buy one.
That's Sith, not cith. Should fit in nicely.
The telephone route seems secure enough. Judging from the website, Durham Cathedral is not trying to be cutting-edge about things in the cyberworld.
However, time spent converting pounds to dollars, calculating shipping costs, etc suggests that $190 represents a fair enough price for a GBP55 set that is retired, after all. It's not as if Durham Cathedral didn't get their contribution when the set was first bought. For some reason, the smaller set that includes the cloister really appeals to me more than the larger set (as well as costing me substantially less, even with the reseller markup). I doubt it will ever be released again, and a larger set including the cloister would probably cost around GBP250 to 300, which would definitely be out of my price range, however much I might approve of the cause it's supporting. So I've wimped out--but I'm looking forward to my mini-cathedral all the same!
Wonder if similar sets will eventually appear for Chester and Exeter cathedrals, which are doing similar fund-raising projects in connection with Bright Bricks? Can anyone comment on that?
Cuthbert... as a monk, abbott and bishop at Lindisfarne was not exactly a ladies man. But I digress.... ;-)
The line was because women weren't allowed in the main cathedral due to the rules of the incumbent Benedictines. When the Priory at Coldingham burned down it was considered divine retribution for the less-than-appropriate behaviour of the monks and nuns. Yes, Cuthbert blamed the latter, and women in general. The two groups were separated after that.
Women were allowed in the Lady Chapel because it was effectively separate. In the same way, music was later generally allowed in Lady Chapels, but not in the main cathedrals - different place; different rules.
Most churches had areas where women were not allowed - even just fifty years ago.
@legobusfan - thank you for posting this information! Now to try and guess whether the "middle" version will be the most desireable, the way it was for Durham--although I really like the look of the current Chester model, which I presume to be the first in that series since none of them have become available on eBay (UK or US) yet.
Also, when I ordered the Chester model (using a secure web form) they gave me a price cut, due to my being outside the EU, which compensated for almost all the shipping charge!
@tecjam - The previous version of the Durham model sold out in less than a month. (It was, I admit, a quarter the price of the current one.) Just saying....
And just to buy an already overpriced set only to sell at a profit isn't what I do. I'll leave that to others.