Lego Duck

I have wanted to do a Lego project for awhile. The large Saturn 5 rocket kit holds a lot of appeal to me. At almost 2000 pieces, it is probably not the best choice for someone who has not built Lego since the late 60’s. I will also need to homestead a larger table in the common area of the shop for a few days. I have no idea how long this kit would take.

boxed lego kit 21149
Ages 7 & up I might be in over my head

I have to admit that I chose this kit for the duck. It is also inexpensive, low piece count and looks pretty simple ( Ages 7 & up). I think this is my first Lego kit because I can remember having a large number of blocks but never any specific item to build or instructions.

instruction booklet and 3 bags of parts
3 bags of parts sorted by ….?

This kit contained 3 bags of parts. I figured the large bag was the human figure. I gave that bag a rough sort and a sloppy knolling to get started. The second part I needed was not there, it was in another bag. Lego is legendary for their accuracy and attention to detail so I am sure there is some logic to the different bags but I don’t know it.

parts separated by color
Sorting by color was not satisfying enough

I began to knoll the parts by sorting them by color. As I looked through the instructions I found a chart with each piece shown and the quantity provided. The chart has 9 columns but not every column has the same number of rows.
OCD Triggered.
If I cannot *fix* the chart then I am going to *match* the chart.
A quick sketch with a pencil and a ruler got me 9 columns. Using a caliper I divided the number of rows into the height and marked out the individual column dividers.

calipers on pencil drawn grid for parts sorting
Fractional calipers used to quickly divide each column.

The next step was easy and enjoyable , if you have the kind of peculiar that I do. I did deviate from the plan a bit by putting the entire quantity together in each grid cell. This let me check the quantity and would make the build go a bit quicker.

parts sorted exactly like the diagram in the instruction manual
Yeah, I know…..

Getting into the actual assembly took me a minute. I went slow to see how the instructions were organized as I have never used them before and have had some experiences with IKEA style diagrams that I would like to forget. These are nice, each step has a required parts list and diagram to follow. The only complaint I have is the inaccurate color depictions in the instructions. The difference between light grey and dark grey, or between aqua, light blue and teal is difficult to determine. I did have to rebuild a few steps once I realized this.

Box says it’s a chicken, mine is a duck, Fight Me.

The overall build was enjoyable and took a few hours including making the layout chart, knolling, breaks and taking a lot of photos. I was surprised to have some “extra parts” but I am certain they were not part of the build but for customizing the sword gems to your liking. They were all that same 1×1 flat style in various colors.

author and completed figure selfie

I am confident that I can tackle a more advanced kit, but it won’t be the Saturn 5 just yet. The Formula One themed kits look like a nice next step.

Author: Joe