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As a kid my favourite toy was always Lego. We couldn’t afford new sets so I had an amalgamation of 2nd hand Lego ( I couldn’t tell you the original sets) stored in a vintage 1960-70's Lego wooden box. I got my first new set, 7725 Electric Passenger Train, in Christmas 1981. My only other new set was also in 1981, which was the Classic Space 6929 Star Fleet Voyager. Classic Space came at a time I was becoming a Sci-Fi fan and this was an awesome set (at the time). I have a photo of the Classic Spaceman from this set as my Avatar! Having limited Lego I built a lot of MOC’s, which was why it was my favourite toy, the endless possibilities. My first introduction to Lego Technic was after winning a competition, where I got my hands on the 8851 excavator in 1984. This started an interest in Technic and I was able to buy 2nd hand from a friend the classic 8860 (1980) in addition to 854 (1978), 8844 (1981) & 8040 (1984). I still have those sets today after they were stored for many years.nigel1975
After more than 25yrs in the dark ages my interest in Lego came back with Mindstorms EV3 in 2013, which I thought my kids would be interested in to learn robotics and coding. Turned out they were more interested in Lego friends at the time (having started on Duplo as little kids). I think this was also the first time ever having been to a Lego Store (I was living in USA at this point) and I was amazed by how far Lego had evolved. I bought the 42009 Mobile Crane MK II in the same year. Wondering what else I could build with this set I discovered ReBrickable in 2013. The first MOC I built was of course the Ultimate 42009 by JurgenKrooshoop, this introduced me to the world of MOC’s, buying Lego parts, and custom instructions. In the last 6yrs+ I have accumulated a lot more Technic sets and parts, building 55 MOC’s (as of Jul'19), the most complicated being the Liebherr LTM11200 by Jeroen Ottens.
I don’t have a lot of free time due to a demanding expat job and two kids, so I prefer to build others MOCs than design my own. This may change in the future as I feel I have developed a lot of skills and learnt a lot from the great designers out there. In addition to building MOC’s I have become a supporter of the ReBrickable community adding comments and feedback, parts, sets etc. Over the last couple of years I’ve also developed my photography and submit a lot of MOC photos and part photos.