LEGO Taj Mahal: Day Four of the Epic Journey

Today it seems like I am making the top of the dome – the Taj is coming to life! I decided to make a start at just after 8pm.
The first pieces always seem weird as the infrastructure always seems to be made out of red pieces. There are a lot of fiddly white pieces in this and I have to make two sets at the same time.

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It looks good though, when I add the first two sides to the base of the dome. No time to stop and admire as it’s a case of getting the remaining two sides sorted and set. Doesn’t take too long, and looks rather cool.

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I guess I had wondered how the top bit got to be so round, and here is the special “life-buoy type thing” with “beige one grabby things” attached – apparently this looks like the contraption Jean-Luc Picard sprouted on his face once the Borg had got him… 

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Despite all this excitement I definitely have a sense that I have messed up as the pieces don’t quite seem to look right. I removed, checked and re-checked against the pictures. And I get a second opinion, but decided that this is one for another time – and so the dome remains in pieces for the time being…

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But I just could not resist making a start on the next bit…
Four more sets again. And this time with the strange white bits I wondered about since the moment I first saw them.

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Mood: Tired and a little annoyed I think my dome is wrong.
Excitement factor: 7/10.
Total Time: 3hours 41minutes

LEGO Taj Mahal: Day Four of the Epic Journey

LEGO Taj Mahal – Day Five of the Epic Journey

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Could this be the final push? Most of book two and all of (the albeit small) third booklet. And all on my own… I’m still full of cold and feeling a little sorry for myself, so I put on my PJs, put the TV on in the background and surrounded myself with the little boxes of joy… For the record I think I watched Jurassic Park 1 and 2, or 2 and 3, (they are all the same)… I felt confident and almost excited as I set about the main part and I have to make four sets of everything, which has become somewhat of the norm. So I dig out all the parts (all the white pieces are now sorted into individual bags – hoorah!). My strategy is to build the first piece from the instructions and the remaining three from the first – then check against each other and then the image.

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I even manage to use both hands at the same time and am becoming a bit ambidextrous if the truth be known.

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Lots of white pieces and lots (and lots) of little transparent 1s. The windows are hideously complex. I then get to use the dark red long pieces and the strange grey gate-like pieces. I had no idea where they would end up and I was even more surprised when they ended up vertical as the surrounds for the massive arches. All looking pretty impressive.

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Another phase completed, but no rest for the wicked. The four pieces to link the arches together – finally it is taking shape.

Then the linking elements. The structural insides on the base – which did look a bit flimsy to start with:

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– and then the brown floor/ceiling layer finally getting to use up the pieces that were taking up space in the coloured box. 

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Not many pieces left… I feel ever more motivated…

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I think I took a twenty minute break for some grub. But I cannot remember what it was ;0)

Mood: Jubilant (if annoyed I did not take a pic of the final piece)
Excitement Factor: 9.5/10. It’s always a bit sad when something comes to an end…
Total Time: 10.02am to 4.25pm – 6hours, 23 minutes

What’s next? Well, Taj was sitting on the sofa in the lounge so I could walk past and admire it. I then Nancy the shout that it’s done and she came round to view:

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With coffees to slurp, four of us set about dismantling and it took 1 hour 20 minutes!!! Those darn window bits were a nightmare!

PS These are the remaining pieces – how many pieces will be left after Nancy and Maya have had a go..?

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LEGO Taj Mahal – Day Five of the Epic Journey