Note: This feature is in the Dec. TT&C 2016 issue.
Combine a family heritage that includes an interest in all things farm-related and a condition called AFOLs and you begin to understand the passon John Brost of Remington, Ind., has for tractors and farm implements built from LEGO blocks.
John continues that family heritage with a career in an agribusiness firm. And that AFOLs condition isn't anything that keeps him close to a medical center. It is "Adult Friends of LEGOs," and in his spare time, John often can be found replicating complex farm implements and various tractors using thousands of LEGO pieces.
"My grandfather had a dairy farm. My dad worked for a seed company," John recalls. "I was always around tractors and combines and everything. We were always out in the fields and riding around."
John says he began working with the LEGO projects after going through what he calls the "Dark Ages."
"That's generally the teenage years when it's no so cool to play with LEGOs," he says. "You get interested in cars and girls and all those adolescent things."
He notes a part of the geek in him came out when LEGO began producing the Star Wars figures. Then, when the robotic LEGOs were added, he was hooked. He began trying to build creatively with LEGO blocks.
His first LEGO creation was a replica of a Case IH 2+2 tractor. But it's only a memory today.
"As I progressed in my building skills, I became less happy with it, so I dismantled it," John says.
While it is gone now, the Case IH 2+2 retains something of a soft spot for his memories.
"The articulation of the front half is just a different design," he says. "That is such a unique design."
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