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The Best Instruction Manual Ever!

tinylegowonderscoverBook Review: Tiny Lego Wonders

I have a whole file devoted to instruction manuals. No, I don’t often use them, but yes, I have needed them from time to time! Tucked away in my file cabinet, they’re uninspiring, droll little sheaths of paper. But I’ve happened upon a new instruction manual, one that turns convention on its head.

Tiny Lego Wonders by Mattia Zamboni would look great on your coffee table, even if you couldn’t tell a Lego from a legume. As a life-long
Lego user, I was excited to open the book but was immediately
Captivated and distracted by the quality of the book itself. Gloss and matte textures contrast playfully on the cover, and it’s well bound to stay open happily once you’re ready to build.

Inside, you’ll find 40 sets of instructions for a variety of models, from race cars to construction equipment, cargo ships to spacecraft.
Each model has a clear and simple bill of materials, plus further illustrations for variations and modifications. Beautify and simply laid out, they remind me of everything I never got from the instruction manual for my, er, toaster.

The real deal-maker is the stark, elegant page layout, bolstered by solid photography and interspersed with the models set among excellent large-scale dioramas. Like the engineering of Lego bricks themselves, it provides a clear path to success while offering your imagination unlimited headroom.

It’s as pleasing to page through as it is to use for it’s stated purpose, but one word of warning: the models were largely designed around contemporary Lego bricks, which include some specific pieces that make these small models realistic beyond their scale. If you’re working from a vintage selection of bricks, be prepared to get creative or you may have to go shopping for some new bricks.

But hey, who doesn’t like shopping for Legos?

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About the Author
Mattia Zamboni is a fan of computer graphics, photography, and LEGO. He is the co-author of the LEGO Build-It Book series (No Starch Press), has contributed to several other LEGO books, and has been a LEGO Ambassador since 2015. He works as a researcher in the robotics lab at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, and in his free time, he pursues his passion for 3D computer graphics. Check out his work at www.brickpassion.com

Tiny LEGO Wonders
Publisher: No Starch Press
Author: Mattia Zamboni
Print ISBN: 978-1-59327-735-2
Price: $24.95
Publication Date: July 2016
Specs: 208 pp., 4C, Hardcover
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1-800-998-9938
1-707-827-7000

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MOTORCYCLE TRANSPORT TRUCK HEADED TO THE BUFFALO CHIP

In addition to being a photographer / web guy, I am also partners in Johnny Mac’s Chopper House in Philadelphia. In addition to that, Johnny Mac & I own a trucking company, JM LOGISTICS PENNSYLVANIA, agent for A&S KINARD.  During Bikeweek of this year in Daytona, Marilyn Stemp (my commander & chief of ITN) sat with us along with Rod Woodruff (Woody) and discussed a plan to help move some of the East Coast motorcycles to the Buffalo Chip for the Michael Lichter “Motorcycles as Art” SKIN & BONES exhibit.SkinBones_400 So, after many months of planning & coordination, especially by Marilyn, its appears that we have pulled this off. Our stunning 53′ rig was outfitted to haul both motorcycles & freight out to the Buffalo Chip. Within it we have Richie Pan’s motorcycle and a huge crate of his artwork, a work of art motorcycle from Italy which flew in to the JFK airport via Lufthansa (in the black crate), motorcycles from Loaded Guns Customs in Maryland, 2 motorcycles from Chaos Cycle in NY, 2 bikes picked up in Pittsburgh from Chris Callen (Editor & Chief of Cycle Source Magazine), and  skid of Barbacue Sauce… long story.

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JM LOGISTICS PA TRUCK HEADED TO STURGIS, AGENT OF A&S KINARD

The drive to Sturgis is 25 hours of non stop action, so with the DOT limiting the drivers to an 11 hour day, this will take several days to accomplish. At the Buffalo Chip, they are ready for our rig to arrive & unload so that Michael Lichter can begin his incredible photography of each motorcycle. This is an incredibly expensive project for our company, but we are all motorcycle enthusiasts, and to play a role in this years event was important to us. For the future, we will perfect our motorcycle shipping to handle loads to Daytona & Sturgis. If the numbers are good, we will consider more events such as Texas & Arizona. The images below show only a portion of the load, this is a 53′ trailer & is capable of holding more than 18 motorcycles safely.

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RICHIE PAN’S INFAMOUS MOTORCYCLE
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THE ARTWORK OF RICHIE PAN
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SHIPPED IN FROM ITALY FOR THE EVENT

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OUR THANKS TO DEPENDABLE CONTRACTORS EQUIPMENT SERVICE FOR ASSISTING WITH LOADING. http://www.yeswecanrepairit.com/

IMG_1600IMG_1602IMG_1610IMG_1613The day was long & hot, so above you see Johnny Mac with Angel taking a much needed brake.

If you have interest in our company & especially motorcycle transport to Daytona this fall, please contact us at:

jmcintyre@aandsintermodal.com

The Retro Inn, Kick back to a simpler time…

If your next road trip takes you near the four corners area of the southwest, here’s a place you’ll want to stop. The Retro Inn, located in Cortez, Colorado, isn’t fancy, it isn’t posh and it isn’t sophisticated. But it IS super friendly, perfectly comfortable and quite reasonably priced.

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We happened on the Inn toward the end of a road trip that looped north from Albuquerque along the Turquoise Trail, into Taos and up to Pagosa Springs, CO—making stops in Ojo Caliente and Abiquiu. After heading west to Durango, we turned back south toward Albuquerque via Mesa Verde, cruised through Shiprock, NM, and stopped at Chaco Canyon. Less than an hour west of Durango and close to Mesa Verde, the Retro Inn in Cortez was the perfect overnight stop.

The Retro Inn is a basic L-shaped motor inn, the sort of no-frills motel that was built when Esso gas station signs proclaimed, “Happy Motoring!” The inn’s owners have amped up its period style by adding a vintage camper out front complete with pink flamingoes. Fresh colorful paint is hard to miss and Elvis sits outside the lobby on a park bench.

They’ve numbered the rooms with year designations, from 1950-ish to 1980-ish, so ask for the room that represents your own vintage. Room interiors reflect their timeframe with pictures from each era prominently placed and there are two motorcycle themed rooms as well. And though the decorating approach in the rooms could more strongly reflect period style to emphasize retro-cool, it’s a work in progress, up and running under two years in this format.

More to the point, the rooms are quite spacious and impeccably clean. Everything is in perfect working order and neat as a pin. Rooms have microwaves and mini fridges, there’s ice for your cooler and a complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby each day.

A guest clubhouse is in the works, which will feature “vintage” Nintendo gaming, a pool table and foosball. There are park benches outside each room and a common courtyard that contains a giant chess set plus grills and picnic tables for guests to use. You can even borrow cooking utensils from the friendly staff.

So next time you’re rolling near the four corners looking for a biker friendly stop, you’ll find plenty of parking and a cheerful welcome at the Retro Inn.

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POST RIDE UPDATE: Harley-Davidson Heated One-Touch Programmable Gear

IMG_0440Well it’s April 3rd, 2016 in Sunny Philadelphia. I woke up early today to take a long ride on my pride & joy 2004 Harley-Davidson Ultra Glide. I’ve been riding for decades in cold temperatures, dealt with it the best I could year after year. Hopefully soon we are in the 70’s but for now, we are looking at 36 degrees with winds making it feel more like 20 degrees. So, why am I telling you all about this? On March 6th, Iron Trader News posted a new product posting regarding the Harley-Davidson Heated One-Touch Programmable Gear. Knowing this may be a product that us “North-easterner’s” could use, we requested a full suit from Jen Hoyer at H-D, IT ARRIVED, and my mission today was to put it to the test.me in gear

So, it’s 7am on this sunny, blustery, cold Sunday morning. I decided to try the suit in this manner. I didn’t want to add any extra outer shells of clothing, no extra socks, and no gloves over the glove liners. I literally wore a bathing suit & t-shirt, then added the sock liners, pants, jacket, and glove liners. By doing this, I was exposing the garments to the temperatures and winds. Attaching the motorcycle battery connection harness was a breeze, anyone can do it. The suit, piece by piece, simply plugs into itself. The wireless temperature control wrist device determines how warm, or hot you want the suit. Very easy to use…

Off I go. I left Philadelphia at 7:30am for a 2.5 hour ride. From my chin up, I was frozen. I did that for a reason, it better helped me judge the warmth from my neck down. I put the temp on the highest setting, expecting to feel an almost “hot” uncomfortable feeling, yet I didn’t. The suit is so evenly created, the warmth is spread evenly over every square inch making you feel perfect, as if you are riding in very pleasant weather. As I mentioned, I’m only wearing the sock and glove liners (with sneakers). An hour into the ride, doing great. 2 hours in, absolutely the same. By the time I returned home, I was in perfect shape, meaning, nothing hurt, no aching, fingers & toes were as if I were riding in summer conditions. Could I ask for anything more than that? The answer is no. The suit was perfect and I plan on using it continuously during my thousands of riding miles each year. Now, back out on the bike only this time, I’m adding my full face H-D helmet to really make the experience as comfortable as possible, as I’m sure it will be.

Great job Harley-Davidson, I can’t rate this product high enough on my list. If you want to review the original post, CLICK HERE.