I was therefore absolutely thrilled when the Da Vinci Flying Machine showed up on Cuusoo and I was even happier to realize it is by one of my favorite Lego creators, Jason Allemann.
Jason is one of our better well knows FOLs he certainly deserves it. His skill runs the entire gamete of themes from artistic to mechanical to even the programming side but most critically, a sense of humor.
Before we get to the interview here are a few examples:
Please Introduce yourself
I'm from Ontario, Canada, I'm 41 years young, and I'm a computer software developer.
Are you known on any other social media platforms?
Yeah, I'm all over the place, but really, these will probably do....
My website: http://www.truedimensions.com
When did you first become interested in LEGO bricks? Did you have a "dark ages" and if so what brought you out of them?
How have LEGO bricks influenced you?
I think mostly they fostered my love of 'tinkering' as a child. There are so many skills that are developed by building with LEGO bricks - problem solving, visualization, creativity, coordination. I'm sure all of these things helped me become who I am today.
What LEGO builders do you admire? How do they inspire you?
What inspires your Lego building process?
Could you describe your Lego building methodology?
I am a huge fan of dynamic Lego builds, builds that are able to move in interesting and often unexpected ways. Your Marble Labyrinth, Da Vinci Flying Machine, and Luu Ma are great examples of this branch of Lego designs.
Do you have any advice for people looking to add motion to their builds?
My other piece of advice would be to never be afraid of trying something different. Sometimes it's better to toss out a design that 'sort of works' and start completely fresh. I can't tell you how often I've done that (because it happens all the time and I've lost count). The stand for the Da Vinci Flying Machine for example. Looking at it now it seems so simple, but I prototyped many other more complicated designs before it all came together the way it is now.
Are there any reference guides that are particularly useful?
Do you have a favorite official Lego set? Theme? Figure?I'm not big into sets these days, except as a way to get new pieces. As a child my favourite set was probably the yellow fork lift (850). Man I loved that set. So simple looking back on it, but so awesome. When I came back into the hobby I was really into the Star Wars theme, but again, that's kind of waned. Overall I guess my favorite theme is Technic. I'm really not into minifigs.
Are you a member of a LUG (or other Lego based community)? If so which one and what do you get out of being in a LUG?
Yup, ParLUGment. It's always great to gather with like minded people in real life and discuss the hobby. Also, seeing models other people build in real life is so much better than seeing photos of them online.
How did you get started in the Cuusoo community and what does that community mean to you?
When I first posted my marble maze online a few people mentioned I should add it to CUUSOO. I figured sure, why not. Seemed like a pretty cool thing to try. I think CUUSOO is a great idea. I know people have various complaints about it, and I think there is room for improvement, but look at what it's already accomplished. Some pretty cool sets have been released that otherwise would never have been made.
What is your motivation behind posting to Cuusoo?
Mostly I just want to share my models with other people. If The LEGO Group eventually thinks it might be worthwhile to produce something I've helped design I think that would be pretty cool. Even if they don't, I'm excited that other people are excited by some of the things I build.
What have you learned from your time on Cuusoo?
Amassing support can be a long process. :)
What are your favorite projects on Cuusoo, besides your own of course?
There are a lot of great projects on CUUSOO, but here's a couple I really like...
The Space Shuttle crawler transporter blew my mind when it was posted: I'm a big fan of micro scale building and this thing is awesome.
Octan in Space: I would love to see a modern take on classic space like this.
Would you like to see any changes to the Cuusoo platform?
From a technical standpoint I think it could use some refinement. It seems a little 'clunky' to me, not to mention pretty slow sometimes. It would also be nice if there were more useful community features. A better way to keep tabs on favourite projects and project creators for example.