Archive for June, 2011

Escape from Wampa Cave

June 29, 2011

Something about this picture by Padozky struck me. I think its the shear awesomeness of the lighting and the “snow.”

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I can almost hear the howling below-freezing Hoth wind and the bone rattling roar of the Wampa as he comes to claim his newest meal. :D

Building Bracing 101

June 25, 2011

Building Bracing 1

It may look like a mess of colored beams, and in a way that is exactly what this is. What you are seeing is the internal bracing for my current project. The model has a unique design where the bottom floor has only a few angled pillars to hold up a whole section of the building. And of course the ceiling isn’t flat, that would be too easy. ;)

The first floor ceiling is both curved and angled making it even more complicated. Normally I wouldn’t pay attention to the first floor ceiling at all, as it usually can’t be seen. But because of yet another feature — the fact that the bottom of the building walls are also curvy — you can actually see that section of the ceiling very well. So I had to build it. :)

Bottom Ceiling 1

Its already pretty strong, but once I’m done with all the bracing the whole building will be rock solid. Although this model is being glued, any one can use this bracing technique on their own buildings. By using interlocking plates in a criss-cross pattern you can brace any building.

New BrickForge Prototypes

June 23, 2011

This last weekend at BrickWorld, Armothe of BrickForge.com was kind enough to share several new prototypes that will soon be available for purchase. :D

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There are lots of new bottle designs, a martini glass, beakers, and even a spill (or splat as I like to call it).

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BrickForge also has a new printed Vespa, along with a new gem, and new laser beams. And most exciting of all — 1×1 round tiles!!!!!!!

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For now, all of these items will only be available in transparent colors, although Armothe himself told me that he is already getting requests for solid colors as well. Please remember these are prototypes, so the final products might be slightly different from the ones seen here.

I certainly look forward to placing my order and I suggest you do the same. ;)

BrickWorld 2011 Recap part 1

June 22, 2011

Well as you can clearly tell my plan to cover the whole of BrickWorld while there pretty much failed miserably. That’s what happens when you stay up every night of the convention talking to friends from all over the world (literally) and then getting up at 7 or 8 am the next morning each and every day of the Con. I didn’t have time for all the presentations, challenges and events that were offered, there was just too much going on. But I still had a wonderful time all around!

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I did attend Roy Cook’s Advanced Mosaic’s workshop. It was very informative and I learned a lot more about that style of mosaic building. Its not really the kind I build, but I love to learn all the different styles. :)

I have to say, his Halle Berry mosaic was stunning and rightly deserved the trophy!
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One of the amazing things I was truly looking forward to seeing in person was my friend Ryan Mcnaught’s Love Boat. Ryan is Australia’s first LEGO Certified Professional and a great guy to boot!

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I liked how he put all kinds of great scenes in the boat (sorry for the poor picture quality)
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I even stood still long enough for someone to take our picture:
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The truly awesome thing was that Princess Cruse Lines found out about the Love Boat model and brought Gavin Macleod, Captain Stubing himself, along and he signed the boat!
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This just the first installment of all my BrickWorld goings-on. I’ll be posting more pictures, and more comments soon. :)

BrickWorld 2011 Day 1

June 16, 2011

Hi all, as you know I’m in the windy city of Chicago for BrickWorld 2011. This year, to make it easier to find my bags I used a few of the decals on my suitcases.

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I can tell you for certain that no one else had bags like that. ;)

Last night was the opening ceremony. We had a wonderful keynote speaker, Adrian Jones the General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida. He gave a great presentation on all the fun areas of the new park.

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Today is official start of all the presentations, workshops, and MOC (my own creations) set-up. As there isn’t to much else to report yet I’m going to sign off for now and I’ll post later. :)

BrickWorld 2011 Preparations

June 13, 2011

BrickWorld is just two days away, if you aren’t already a full attendee, you can still check it out during the public hours on Saturday and Sunday. But for those that will be going, here is a look at all the fun stuff I’ll be selling this year:

BrickWorld Prep

I’ll also be selling several custom minifig decals along with new animal ones
Animal Decals

I look forward to seeing all my friends and making some new ones. ;) Internet and time permitting, I’ll do my best to cover as much of BrickWorld as I can for all of you who can’t make it.

I’ll be helping out at the BrickShirts booth and have my products there. If you are coming to BrickWorld, stop and say hello. :D

Series 5 is almost here

June 12, 2011

At this weekend’s Arte em Peças event in Portugal Comunidade 0937 gives us a glance of all 16 new figures in the Collectible Minifigures Series 5.

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This looks like one of the best series so far!
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You can click on each individual picture for a larger close up of the different figures.

Series 4 Cover Shot

June 11, 2011

It may not be difficult, but it Yue S managed to create the cover of the Series 4 packaging with the actual figures.
Lego Minifigures Collection Series 4 Cover Shot

It just made me smile so I wanted to share it with you. :)

Organized Sorter

June 9, 2011

Here’s my more meticulous side. ;)
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Most of my builds, especially big ones like my current project, generally start like this. Neatly organized bins, the bricks just waiting to fulfill their Christmas Destiny” (as my sister always says, even when its not Christmas :D ) of being used in some awesome creation.

As you can see, the bricks are mostly white or trans-clear. I’m not going all minimalist or monochrome, it just happens that this particular model is all white. Even so, my model does have a bit of color hidden inside.

A Bit of Color

There is a very simple reason I add colored bricks on the inside, and no, its not just so I know that they are there. The real reason is that I want to save my white bricks and plates where they need to be seen, on the outside, so where ever I need to have bricks that can’t be seen, but have to be there I change them to a color I have a large supply of.

That’s not to say I haven’t hidden things in my models before.

Fun fact: The 8-foot Star Wars Republic Attack Cruiser LEGO model has a hidden section on the side where the Star Wars characters are watching Lord of the Rings.

How do I know this? Erik is a friend of mine and I was there when the model was being built at the American LEGO Headquarters in 2005. He showed me the secret room in the model. ;)

Do you put “easter eggs” in your models?

Messy Builder

June 8, 2011

Are you a messy builder? I know I am.

Messy Builder

In fact when I was working at the Model Shop they continually complained about how messy I was. As you can see, my current WIP is no exception. I’m just as messy now as I was then. It may seem like chaos but this is just part of my method. :D

The model, which you can see in the upper right hand corner, kind of emerges from this chaos of bricks, bags and containers.

That isn’t to say that I don’t clean up. I had to take a few moments (okay, more than a few) today to tidy up. ;)

I had gotten just a little too messy, even for me. Also, I needed to take some progress photos, which I will eventually post to Flickr. I like to take progress photos so that I know how my model is coming along and where I started.

What’s really ironic is that its like I have two sides to my personality. My artistic side is very organic and messy, so I know I’m very much in my right brain when I’m very messy. My logical side is almost OCD in organization. I keep all of my LEGO elements sorted by brick and color in lots of containers, drawers, and bags. So when I’m sorting I know I’m in my left brain.

So what about you? Do you build messy or organized? What does your LEGO space look like when you build? There’s no right or wrong way to build, what’s important is that you build. ;)


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