Making progress. I expected to be farther along but New Years has taken more time away than I wanted and tomorrow it's back to work.
This thing is way over engineered. Lost of small sub-pieces like this:
But the more I put it together the more I realize that it's actually engineered for "fun". The whole thing could have been constructed a lot simpler, look just as good (most of what I'm building is completely hidden) but wouldn't be as much fun to put together.
I also wonder if there was some Lego marketing person pushing the designers to "add more pieces" so they could cross 9000.
I'm done with box I, starting box II.
I didn't get as much done today as I wanted due to having to "work". I put "work" in quotes because I make games and is that really work? My college adviser didn't think it was.
I'm also assuming, much like Ikea furniture, it's ok to have left over parts. I'm sure the builders of the ancient coliseum had this same issue. A couple of left over 10 ton blocks.