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What I learned during the construction process:
- Don't, in your LEGO-frenzied excitement and zeal to be green, recycle the shipping paperwork. I swear (in fact, I know) that they didn't send me everything ("I know" because I ordered a bat, and I do not have a bat. The rat, however, arrived safely.). I received parts I didn't order and got shortchanged on the windows (folks who have actually built houses say this also happens in real life, so perhaps this is good psychological practice).
- Construction skills deteriorate with numbers of beers imbibed.
- It's difficult to separate small LEGO pieces from each each other when they are plates (plates are super thin, one third LEGO brick height).
- It is not advisable to separate LEGOs with a sharp knife.
- It is really not advisable to separate LEGOs with a sharp knife after drinking (too many) beers.
- Loose LEGOs need to be kept away from felines.
- It's good to have (unmarried) friends with LEGOs, friends with kids with LEGOs, or friends with kids that used to play with LEGOs. I really needed those extra pieces! Note: It is bad mojo to steal LEGOs from four and five-year olds.
- It doesn't take too long to put a model together. It only took me a few hours: A couple last night and about an hour or so this morning (you can see the quality-of-light change in the photos below for the switch over).