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Also attached is a pic of the actual (and still operating http://fortwaynerailroad.org/nickel-plate-road-no-765/ ) engine when it stopped in my town one day.
A few more screenshots are available on my Flickr
I appreciate the difference when you're looking at a really big instructions book, but as i said before in that case I'd rather go to the digital instructions, have my iPad with them on and go that way over a spiral bound book.
From the off I said that I hadn't had a Lego spiral bound instruction so I wasn't trying to comment specifically on the quality of spiral bound books made but lego but just expressing my preference.
Again sorry if I've not made myself clear at any point, I do get why people might prefer spirals, but i personally do not - I am not trying to change anyones opinion but just expressing my own opinion.
To try and get this thread back on subject I think I'm going to update my little business card holder scene, last one was castle based (see below) I'm thinking maybe superhero themed for the next one
I think I'm just obsessive about having "nice" things (ie, looks good, not necessarily practical!). I always build using the PDF copies of Lego instructions anyway, and keep the paper copies in a file folder so they get nice and flat. Lord help anyone who messes with my paper copies!
I'm toying with the idea of removing some of the spirals from books I have and getting them re-bound, "properly" as I'd term it LOL. Living in China last year turned me onto it; all the print shops do it, so my university notes are all book bound instead of in binders or notebooks (though I did get the poor quality version of this done, it IS only class notes afterall!) Thinking of getting nice binding done for comics issues too (reading copies). But good book binding is expensive :(
*Necessity = usually means collectible ;-)
@mathew, I kid you not, it does kind of agitate me. I used to be a lot worse, but I'm much better now. I do tend to find I care a little less about the smaller instructions that come folded in boxes, but I'm pretty good at flattening them out :)
You should see how I choose books at the bookstore, or boxes for items I know I'm gonna keep sealed. Some things I own two of purely because I can't bear to "damage" one with use (like I have reading copies of Harry Potter and hardcovers to... not read).
My oddness knows no bounds. My other "thing" is that I hate clutter. So owning two copies of things... oy vey. I make good use of plastic totes.
I probably sound crazy, but I'm not! Totally... normal... ;-) The moral of the story is... I take care of my Lego! :D
More pics on this page - just scroll right to the bottom and they're there.
As ever, there's loads of comparison shots on my Flickr.
In case you're wondering, a real brick built version of the SUV in LDD in that link is coming soon ;-)
Would like to have my Orange VW Camper have working lights and movement. Will probably be picking up extra Power Functions to do this.