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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Argo sails for the last time.

Golden Shpleem is down for the count, in case the lack of new posts didn't clue you in.

One half of the illustrious team, namely Jonesy, has joined up with his fellow Colorado resident, Soren, in a new blog called "Tourist Bot's Diary".

Alternatively, I find Lukas's "Builder's Block v2" and the 4-person "The Brothers Brick" to be fun reads at times.

You can, as always, get your fix of exciting Kevins news at neutronbot.com.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Just one more play time, please?

We have a theme for tonight's post. It is "mecha". We also have a subtheme, which is "mecha that involve things that I like".

Mecha+Steampunk Brickshelf user and suspected frenchard Legohaulic has combined technic goodness and an odd assortment of barrels, cannons, and this part oddity to create a wonderful 4-legged steam mech. Note the hose placement, nice detail there. The cannon doesn't seem to be connected to anything very well. I'd expect it to rip right off the mech whenever it's fired, and considering it's current angle, that would be bad news indeed for the driver. Let's hear it for gratuitous hook-hands!


Mecha+Panda People who know me know I like pandas. I have two shirts to prove it. Mike Crowley has taken the incredibly cute concept or a panda piloting a panda mech from "Panda-Z" and made it BrickFA style. While Crowley's is nice, I'd really like to see this made in a larger scale. Perhaps I'll have to do it.

Mecha+Bunny Real nice use of Bionicle in this mech by " Toa-Ju". He (or she) really has a knack from combining the Bionicle parts with the regular system parts. Surprising to see a bunch of technical bits form an organic whole.









Mecha+Community Yes that is right! There is a new site out there, following on the heels of such sites as FBTB, Classic-Castle, and Classic-Space, there is Mecha Hub. Formed by Bryce McGlone and his crew of big name mecha folk. I look forward to reading new articles there, and for them to eventually include the author of said articles in a logical place.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Laying Low in My Tropical Hideout

Yeah, I think Niels Bugge just went there. His new Longship, well, kind of blows away everything else in the Space Vikings subtheme. It's a sleek, mean-looking marauder looking to rape and pillage your unsuspecting Moonbase city. Sure it uses clichéd space wheel engines, but they're in an interesting configuration, and they fit the design of the ship. The figurehead is a little weak, but it's made up for by the profile that so strongly evokes the seagoing longships it has replaced. Also, the anime angles always score points with me. What can I say?

Noted MichLTC "trainerati" Jim Garrett recently finished a monster of a real-life Detriot skyscraper. He has pics up of the real building, and from what I can tell, it's pretty spot-on. I suppose that makes sense, as he's had a bit of practice with the Art Deco style. Indeed, he styles himself "Deco Jim", so I would expect nothing less.

"Began adding the remaining 34 stories as the Bricklink orders started to arrive," he says. I would certainly hate to be faced with his credit card bill. Anyways, is it kosher to resent this kind of ostentatious spending? I mean, I'm no anti-capitalist, but it somehow really gets my goat. Okay, okay, i'm jealous of all that dark orange brick. I mean, look at it. Even Eric Sophie doesn't have that much. At least he showed a little restraint by using black instead of buying smoke windows.

I need to blow off some steam now. Lucky for me, Piglet of Brickshelf made the cutest little tank mecha the other day. Selective compression? Check. Prehensile arms? Check. Keg? And check. The pics are sort of washed out on the diorama, which is kind of a shame. I do think that it should have something a little more substantial than a 24-tooth gear posing as a circular saw blade to cut trees, though. What about redwoods? You'll never squish the hippies camping out on low branches if you can't cut through the trunk. What this thing needs is an oversized chainsaw. I'm serious.

Our favorite picaresque Portugese, Luis Baixinho, posted a picturesque pirate citadel. Check out his Lugnet post for a rather amusing Babelfish of his originally Portugese blog post. The MOC has a really good feel to it: The wooden shack at the base of the crag is nice and ramshackle, and the rickety airship pier endears this MOC to me immeasurably. I don't mind the unlikeliness of a pillar of rock sticking out of the sea, (after all, I'm a fan of the more-ridiculous floating rocks) but it could have looked a bit more organic. Also, the building on top seems rushed. I like how it hangs off the edge, but the roof is sort of terrible. Also, boarded-up windows could be done more charmingly with something other than log bricks. I do hope Luis is cooking up an airship for the pirates. The scene seems incomplete without one.

CSF's Jerac uses some homemade sails to good effect on this Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang-tastic steampunk MOC. The sails-cum-wings were originally made for a charming microscale solar sailer, and give this creation an inimitable pre-Wright-Brothers look. Tan is often abused in steampunk MOCs, so he scores extra points for making it look good. It would have been perfect if the wings flapped.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I've Made a List of 375 Reasons Why I Never Ever Ever Ever Ever Want to See You Again

So continuing with Kevoh's architecture postage, here's a just-surfaced and gorgeously detailed train station by who I assume to be a European, one dagealka who has a fairly empty Brickshelf gallery. This is the sort of half-timbered Tudor look many castleheads only dream of. It uses the crossbeam technique pioneered by Didier Enjary, and loads of clever little techniques I've at least never seen before. If you look closely, you'll see that nearly the whole structure is schleim construction. It's slightly dizzying to behold. This sort of marvelous find in an anonymous Brickshelf gallery makes me realize more and more that I should really start following the train scene more closely.

Continuing with the architecture trawl, here's a sweet little nugget of old news by Keith Goldman. It's vintage of last March, but as Moonbase Mastermind Jon Palmer is considering adding some badly-needed design tips to Zemi, it's newly relevant. It's nice to see some coherent architectural style in a moonbase module, and this MOC has a sci-fi style so 70's that you wonder where all the hexagons went. This MOC has all the Goldman signature moves: repetition of parts and motifs to good effect, and also making the awful Star Wars cannons not look like ass. It's totally 'core.



Another mysterious Brickshelf surfacing, this enormous Hindenburg model is the work of (European) Carsten Wagner. It clocks in at nearly six feet, (175 cm for you non-Americans) uses about a half-dozen motors, and has enough light bricks to illuminate a train display. The swastikas were tastefully left out, but it seems like every other detail was included. Look through his amusingly-translated site for a detailed description (and animated .gifs!) of all functions. Check out the terribly lazy propellors and the dirty rainbow-warrior secret of its inner frame.

Wrapping up today's post is a little mech Fradel Gonzales posted in February. I just can't get over that half-plate gap for the eyes, which adds an incredible amount of character. Some of the black detail on the legs could stand to be color-blocked out of existence, but otherwise it's a very solid mecha MOC. I'd love to see this and some of his other mechs in an urban battle scene. Maybe he could run the idea past WamaLTC. Now if only we could dissuade Fradel of the crotch-mounted guns...

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Architecture!

Just some quick stuff...

Check out this site, Building Utopolis, for some kick-ass microfig buildings. Site navigation is tricky sometimes, but there is cool stuff inside. Makes me want to build a microscale city of my own.





Thanks go to Soren for bringing this to my attention, this is a totally hot Shinto Shrine. Note the bent-wedge plate roofs and the inset sidewalks.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Oh those Happy Days

Whenever I am at a place that sells icecream and other such things (not like a grocery store, but an ice cream parlor) I get a chocolate malt. It reminds me of my younger years, going to the corner malt shop and sharing a malt with my sweetheart. Yay for 2 straws!

Unregardless, the best car for driving to Drive-In Movies and in participating in other "retro / nostalgic / halcyon / neveractuallyoccuredhowevermuchthereligiousrightwishesitdid" activities was the 57 Chevrolet Bel Air (allegedly unrelated to the Prince).

I suppose I'll mention something LEGO-related now. Check out how cool MisterZumbi made it look. Now I challenge him: doors that open, and a driver fitting inside! And a less tacky jukebox!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Prolific!

Arthur Gugick, a builder who has been featured in at least 2 newspapers (The Washington Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer) has added at least 8 new enormous models to his Brickshelf gallery today.

There is way too much to comment about, but lets get started.

Actually, first, a helpful message to the populace: Resize your pictures! Some of Arthur's are more than 4000x4000 wide! If you don't know how, I wrote an article about it awhile back. Read it! GIMP is free, Photoshop is great, iPhoto comes with all Macs... I'm sure everyone can find some way to resize their pictures. Keep them less than 800x600 people, and don't use BMPs!!

OK, now on to the good part

Tower of London ::: Dig the detailed windows on the side walls. I'm not too keen on the the excessive huge-part usage on the rounded tower, but I'll admit it's hard to make that round a curve while including a bunch of windows otherwise.

Arc de Triumph ::: The details in the top half are amazing. As an architecture student, I should know vaguelly what things are called, but alas, we've covered nothing like that yet. Also, examine closely the inset light gray boxes with white details made from technic bits. Yay for inset panels!

NYC Flat Iron ::: The windows! The roof seems iffy, though... maybe some wedge plates would do the trick better?

UN Building ::: Talk about the Model UN, eh? Har har... Anyway, rather ho-hum, but a ho-hum building breeds a ho-hum model.

Big Ben ::: I think I may have seen this one on BS before, but the 2 newer pictures help show off all the nice details.

Notre Dame ::: I don't really care for this one, but I can't quite place it. It has inconsistent levels of detail from top to bottom. Maybe once "Part 2" is done, it'll look better.

Forbidden City ::: Nice tilework and use of grills on this one. Not my favorite, but an excellent rendition nonetheless.

Tower of Pisa ::: "With real leaning action!" If only Marvel sold action figure-esque architectural models.


Looks like Arthur will be filling up multiple tables this Brickfest.