Give me bricks and I’ll give you the World

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Robert has made a very nice version of a world globe. What I find most interesting about this particular version is that it utilizes several of the newer colors like medium blue, lime green and dark green.

I have seen many versions of the globe done over the years, including ones made by Master Model Builders, but they always seem to use the same colors (mostly just blue and green). Now granted, the newer colors were not available when the older models were made, so I guess I can’t complain too much about that. πŸ˜‰

Robert has done a wonderful job in capturing the roundness of the Earth as well as showing all the continents. Making any sort of design on a three dimensional surface is rather difficult. And here’s a model building tip for you — when designing a model like that the Master Model Builders have a few ways to do this:

1. Draw out the design on paper
2. Make a “flat” (mosaic) prototype of the design (this works well for checked patterns, etc)
3. Make the model prototype out of a light color like tan, white or yellow and draw out the design on the prototype.

Now I want to make this quite clear — I do not recommend option #3! In LEGO Model Shops they have hundreds of thousands if not millions of LEGO bricks to work with. Master Model Builders do not see LEGO like the average AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) does. They see it as their art medium, not treasured LEGO bricks that you spend lots of money on. Also, with the newer computer LEGO modeling programs that they have, much of the drawing on LEGO for larger models is no longer necessary because they can make a virtual version of the model and “draw” on that. Trust me, you don’t want to draw on your own LEGO unless you never want to use that particular piece or part for anything else.

I really love to see that more people are venturing into LEGO sculpture. For so long it seemed like only Master Model Builders or the rare LEGO hobbyist would attempt to create these types of models. Robert’s model is a perfect example of what sculpting with LEGO is all about. πŸ™‚

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One Response to “Give me bricks and I’ll give you the World”

  1. The Great White (well blue) Shark Emerges from the Deep « Modelbuildingsecrets's Weblog Says:

    […] featured Robert VH’s creations before. He was the one who created the LEGO world globe. When I saw this, it just popped right out at […]

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