Raspberry Pi B+ Lego case

I finally got my hands on a Raspberry Pi (B+ model) and then after a couple of weeks I finally got it up and running. I’d seen before I got one that you could make a case out of anything for it, so with inspiration from the internet and a desire to elevate my newest computer above the tabletop, I set out to building with my spare pieces.

Unfortunately the mounting holes in the board are just barely too small for a Lego “stick” such as a flag pole or axe handle – I could have tried to bore them bigger but didn’t and settled on gear shifter pieces to keep the bottom of the board off the bottom of the case. This makes the mounting of the board extremely temporary – you need to plug everything into the Pi, then lower it over the levers. The advantage is that because you can rotate and align the levers any way you want, you’ve got a “perfect” fit pretty easily and you can do this repeatedly when you knock the board off – I can personally attest to this.

As I said, all I was really trying to do was keep it off the table and offer some protection. I chose the pieces I did because they fit and the colors for the same reasons. I added the cabinets, I think they would make good storage for micro SD cards if you have several with different operating systems for your Pi. And again I added Hawkeye because he was spare and seems like a bit of a hacker (it was either him or an Uruk-hai, so he won the hacker face off easily).

If you’re not familiar with Raspberry Pi, you can learn more here. I had wanted one for quite awhile and it happened they released the B+ (the third model) earlier this year. So far I’ve had a lot of fun playing Squirrel eat Squirrel and Tetris and using it as a streaming device via Raspbmc – If you have just a little technical knowhow it is probably one of the most cost effective streaming devices you can buy. Did I mention the retail price is only $40? You can even get them from Amazon a little less: Raspberry Pi Model B+ (B PLUS) 512MB Computer Board

I know this is a bit off the usual Lego topics but I found making the case to be a fun Lego project so I thought I’d post it.

MOC For Your Consideration – the Lego Bat Bi-Wing

Previously, I’ve complained about how ho-hum the Bat vehicles in the Man-Bat Attack and Joker Steam Roller sets are. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and using only the pieces from the vehicles from those two sets I came up with what I’m calling the Bat Bi-Wing. It’s basically my first MOC. I’m not in love with the term MOC by the way, but it’s the parlance of our times, so I guess I’ll use it. Beyond that, the Bat Bi-Wing isn’t that special or beautiful but it is pretty flimsy. It’s a real challenge to build something original after following the directions for so long.

Jet Engines – for a little extra power

The propeller engine is probably the section that looks the most polished(to me at least). The cockpit is not fully enclosed, but in Bi-Planes of old, the cockpit was never enclosed either. I’m not an airplane nut so there are probably lots of other improper design elements, but I tried to do the best with what I had.

Obligatory fins – that require their own wheelbase

Yes – it comes in black (and sometimes very very dark gray)

Real set reviews will return tomorrow – I’ve got an evening of building ahead of me.