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Dutch windmill 't Nupke
Lego model of t Nupke a mill in Geldrop, the Netherlands. Look inside and discover how a mill works! When placed outside, this Lego mill can actual run on wind power to drive its millstones. Scale 1:43.
About this creation


t Nupke is a so-called belt mill, which means that its built on an artificial hill. These photos are (partly) made during the Dutch National Mill Day (Nationale Molendag) in 2009.


Windmill movie
This movie shows you both mills in operation.
Discover how a windmill works!



Inside the mill tower
The Lego mill can be opened easily to look inside.

A windmill has typically 4 floors, each with a different function:


The cap (kap*) is mounted on top of the 4th floor. It can rotate around the vertical main shaft (koningspil*). Watch the upper shaft (bovenas*) thats connected to the sails (wieken*) and drives the main shaft. The scared boy is standing on the stairs.






The 3rd floor (luizolder*) is equipped with a crane to transport sacks with grain and flour. The crane is driven by the vertical main shaft. Its controlled downstairs via the rope on the grey lever.







The millstones on the 2nd floor (steenzolder*) are also driven by the main shaft. They grind the grain into flour. The yellow boxes are (in real life) used for grain storage.






Sacks are filled with flour on the 1st floor (meelzolder*) at the yellow filler stations. Flour from the millstones upstairs drops down via the yellow tube. The gap size between the millstones upstairs is controlled by the grey lever mechanism, which end in a rope (with the yellow weight). The rope with the red weight controls the crane upstairs. The trap-doors in the floor are open to transport a flour sack into the basement.


Inside the hill



The basement (invaart*) is used to transport grain and flour in and out of the mill. Although at the moment the miller (molenaar*) enjoys his lunch there. Watch the ceiling: All construction beams present in the original mill are also realized in this lego model.


Before a sack with flour leaves the 1st floor, its normally weighed with a balance (left photo). In the past a horse with cart was used for transport.


Power supply



This mill uses wind power since 1843, the year it was built. However, around 1950 a diesel engine was added for days with insufficient wind force. The engine room is used in the lego model for electrical power support. This lego model also can run on wind power only.





The wicks (wieken*) have a curved shaped to use the wind power more efficiently. The lego model has the same curved construction. The sails can be fastened on these wicks to enable operation.


The cap (kap*) of the tower can rotate to set the sails in the optimal direction. To rotate a large tail (staart*) is connected to the cap which end up in the red winch (kruilier*).


Additional data

t Nupke is one of the 1200 mills present in the Netherlands (Holland) today.
't Nupke means the hill or the stud in Dutch dialect (Brabants dialect):
The original mill is built on a hill.
The lego mill is built with lego bricks that contain many studs.

Original mill t Nupke
Mill type = Belt grist wind mill (belt-korenmolen*)
Wicks diameter (vlucht*) = 25.20 m
Height tower + belt = approximatly 18 m
Year of construction: 1843

Lego mill t Nupke
Scale = 1:43 (Lego minifigure scale)
Wicks diameter (vlucht*) = 63.5 cm
Height tower + belt = 43.5 cm
Max. height = 71.8 cm
Base plate dimensions = 76.6 cm x 51.1 cm
Number of lego bricks used: > 6500
Year of construction: 2009

Visit windmill t Nupke
If you like, you can visit the original mill:
Adres: Molenakker 5, 5664ET Geldrop, The Netherlands
E-mail: molenaars@hetnupke.nl
Internet link: www.hetnupke.nl


Please enjoy our creations!
Arjen Vuurzoon.


* = Dutch mill term.



Comments

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  January 1, 2014
Very impressive. I was considering building a windmill but I know I cannot top this. Thanks for sharing.
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  May 2, 2012
Dit ziet er echt geweldig uit. Alles wat je in een echte molen ziet, zit hier ook in.
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  February 22, 2012
i love this windmill by icat13 sergio
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  September 17, 2011
Quoting Andrew Mobley Who would have thought that looking at a LEGO model would teach me more about windmills than I ever knew? For some reason I thought they were used mostly for pumping water, as the only ones I've ever seen have been in America where they pump water for cows. I hadn't even considered that they were actually a "mill". What an incredible working model/replica. This is the sort of LEGO creation that truly inspires me.
Hi Andrew, Thankx for your great comment. We are very pleased that you like this Lego mill. You are right about water pump mills. We had many of them in the Netherlands. However mills were also used for many other applications like making flour, sawing wood and even to make oil from seeds.
  September 16, 2011
Who would have thought that looking at a LEGO model would teach me more about windmills than I ever knew? For some reason I thought they were used mostly for pumping water, as the only ones I've ever seen have been in America where they pump water for cows. I hadn't even considered that they were actually a "mill". What an incredible working model/replica. This is the sort of LEGO creation that truly inspires me.
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  September 6, 2011
Outstanding!
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  September 3, 2011
AWESOME!
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  December 25, 2010
Quoting Sebeus I Mooi gedaan, heel gedetaileerd, ik heb ooit es in een verlaten molen binnen(gedrongen) en helemaal naar boven geklommen, t'zit toch interessant in elkaar
Hello Sebeus, Thankx for your reaction. Er zit inderdaad verbazingwekkend veel techniek in een (oude) molen. Niet gek wat de Nederlanders van toen al konden met techiek ...
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  December 22, 2010
Mooi gedaan, heel gedetaileerd, ik heb ooit es in een verlaten molen binnen(gedrongen) en helemaal naar boven geklommen, t'zit toch interessant in elkaar
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  September 15, 2010
1 woord: WOW
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  June 16, 2010
Woah! That's one incredible windmill there! All the intricate details-very well done. Keep it up. -Drew
Family Vuurzoon
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Jasper Vinkenvleugel
  May 4, 2010
wauw.... hoe krijg je het voor elkaar om zo iets moois te bouwen?! echt heel mooi! met alle details erin..... als ik dat nou zou kunnen maken, maar zoveel LEGO heb ik niet (nou ja, mij oma en moeder vinden dat ik veel LEGO heb...).
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  April 4, 2010
Quoting Stijn Anneveld Deze molen is echt geweldig!! Mag ik hem ook maken? Verkoopt u de bouwtekening? Als molenfanaat n Legogek lijkt het mij het einde om een draaiende Legomolen te maken/bezitten! Ga vooral door met het maken van prachtige Legocreaties, leuk dat jullie met de familie een gezamelijke hobby hebben. Groetjes, Stijn Anneveld
Hallo Stijn, Dank je wel voor je leuke reaktie. Helaas hebben we geen bouwtekening van deze Lego molen. De echte molen kun je wel bekijken, die staat in Geldrop. Groetjes, De Vuurzoon familie.
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  April 3, 2010
Deze molen is echt geweldig!! Mag ik hem ook maken? Verkoopt u de bouwtekening? Als molenfanaat n Legogek lijkt het mij het einde om een draaiende Legomolen te maken/bezitten! Ga vooral door met het maken van prachtige Legocreaties, leuk dat jullie met de familie een gezamelijke hobby hebben. Groetjes, Stijn Anneveld
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  February 19, 2010
This is amazing. at first, I thought it was a simple model of a windmill, and a pretty one at that. once I looked further though, wow! I cannot believe the mechanical accuracy you depict here. The workings of the shafts from the windmill sails are great enough, but then when you get into the more detailed workings. Like the adjustable millstone gap? who would have thought of that or been able to make it happen?? and the crane?? I was like, "cool it has a crane you can pull up and down!" then you show how it can be run on the windpower from the sails and I was like "whaaa!?!?!?" Seriously amazing. even the little trap doors the flour comes down through. Not only is this a tremendous model from am amazing builder, I feel like I have just had an official education in windmill workings from an actual Dutch expert. :-)
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  January 12, 2010
Prachtig, in Belgie staan er enkele maar niet in zo'n goede staat, vernuftig systeem, zeer interesant interieur, maar de buitenkant ziet er natuurlijk ook mooi uit
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  January 7, 2010
Wat een geweldige windmolen. Ik vond hem al mooi van de buitenkant, maar toen ik zag dat hij ook een werkende binnenkant had was ik verkocht. Heel informatief en bijzonder trouw aan het origineel.
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  January 1, 2010
Quoting robert ball I'm impressed! Not only did I get to view a great working model, but I also got some knowledge, learning how a windmill works. That's a double plus and I thank you for it.
Hi Robert, Thankx for your comment. This MOC intends also to educate about Wind Mill working principles. So we are very pleased with your feedback!
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  December 31, 2009
wowwww!!!! this is really exact!
  December 27, 2009
Very detailed work, an excellent representation! Inst LEGO fun.
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  December 17, 2009
I'm impressed! Not only did I get to view a great working model, but I also got some knowledge, learning how a windmill works. That's a double plus and I thank you for it.
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  December 16, 2009
This is a very good replica off the windmill. And a very orginal idea. I am impressed. keep up the good work Ludo
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  December 9, 2009
OH MY GOSH AMAZING! I can't believe the functionality of all of it! Way cool video! -AW
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  November 26, 2009
This is a super model! I really like all the details that you have included in the model and in the write-up here at MOCpages. It is clear that you have paid a lot of attention to the way these windmills actually work and have included many of these features in your model.
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  October 23, 2009
Hi all, Thankx for all the great responses! It's a real motivation the keep on building and share it on these pages.
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  October 22, 2009
Very Nice, I really like the inside details and surroundings! Keep up the good work. Thnxz voor je comment op mijn museum, en het bekijken van mrbrick.nl. Ik zal binnenkort weer eens gaan bouwen zodat er wat nieuws opkomt! Groet Niek
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  October 4, 2009
This thing is outstanding! Amazing job making the whole thing actually work with wind power, and great representation of the real thing =)
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  September 28, 2009
way over the top here! Retractable hill to boot !! I couldn't believe it when I saw it. Great job!
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  September 28, 2009
way over the top here! Retractable hill to boot !! I couldn't believe it when I saw it. Great job!
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  September 23, 2009
This is simply magnificent! You did an outstanding job on all the little details. The fact that it really works is a huge plus, great job!
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  August 16, 2009
WOW ... that is REALLY cool ... Awesome job !
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  July 14, 2009
Quoting Jan Meijer Amazing! All the details, and that everything really works! does it really work on wind power?!
Hallo Jan, Thankx for your positive response! Yes, it can run on wind power. To be succesful an open field is required with a steady wind flow. Also in this respect it behaves like a real mill. For displays, it's also possible to use a Lego motor.
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  July 14, 2009
Amazing! All the details, and that everything really works! does it really work on wind power?!
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  July 4, 2009
Very good! I like the fact that it has interiors the most! And love all that details! It's just like the original! ;)
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  June 28, 2009
The movie is really terrific!! Now I know exactly how a Dutch windmill works! Congratulations Egel and the whole Vuurzoon-family!!!
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  June 22, 2009
Hi all, Here it is! The movie of Windmill 't Nupke. I hope you will enjoy it! Apo, thanks for you feedback.
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  June 21, 2009
Hi Egel, I have seen your movie and like it very much. Very interesting to see it work showing all the details. Congratulations. Apo.
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  June 20, 2009
Hi Apo, Thanks for your comment by mail. You are right: The basement entry is aligned with the front door & windows of the tower in the Lego mill. This is indeed different compared to the original mill, where the tower front door & windows are rotated about 10 degrees versus the basement entry. This is difficult to realise in Lego. Thanks for studying the MOC so closely!
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  June 16, 2009
Absolute fantastic.
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  June 5, 2009
Wow, that is really something!! Are you "walking with mills" already??!!?? Seriously: I love your mill, as the original mill happens to stand in my home village. It looks very much the same!
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  June 4, 2009
Excellent stuff, fantastic attention to detailing. Thanks for letting me know about your work.... keep it up :-)
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  June 4, 2009
Hi everybody, Thanks for your enthusiasm and positive reactions to this Lego mill! To answer Shirley's question: I took several hunderds of hours to create 't Lego Nupke; collecting data, designing (also in LDD), ordering hard to find bricks, building and so on. The next project is ..... to make the movie, that will show you the mill in operation. I hope to finish it this month.
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  June 3, 2009
Wooaaah! This is B R I L L I A N T!!! Let me bow deeply for such accuracy, patience, perseverance and whatnot Hat's off :) I feel that a sort comment like this is actually an insult to your creation and achievement, but i do not know what to say, speechless...
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  June 3, 2009
Great job!
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  June 2, 2009
Very good, nice details just like the real one which I visted last year. Good work. I am waiting for the movie. What is the next project?
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  June 2, 2009
Wow, this is really awesome. You succeeded in making a working minifig scale windmill. I think it's the best one on the pages yet! Greetz, Jelle
  June 2, 2009
Wow, cool. With really nice details. It looks the same as the real version. Good work! How long did it take to build it?
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  June 2, 2009
There it is!! Exactly like the original! Bravo!
 
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