Posts Tagged ‘LEGO building’

Kaiser Permanente Model

November 6, 2014

In September I was asked by Kaiser Permanente to create a replica of their new hospital being built here in San Diego. Now as the building is still not built, all they had to give me was rendered images of what it will eventually look like.

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This is not the first time I’ve built a hospital, in 2010 I built a replica of the Critical Care Unit for Scripps Encinitas Hospital also from rendered images, although I was also able to get the blueprints in that case. In fact it is still on display in their lobby to this day.

The tricky thing with this model was that they wanted it fast — in two weeks fast. Now generally I don’t take on a commission when there is that tight of a deadline, but as they only wanted the model to be 2 feet long, and I had the parts needed on hand, I was able to say yes.

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Most of the building was a standard multi-level building, mostly square with lots of windows. Except for one thing — the corner of the building. It was a wavy curve. Aesthetically pleasing but not all that easy to replicate in LEGO.

It took me a little bit of time to figure out exactly how I was going to do it. At first I tried hinges, but the curve wasn’t coming out right, so I had to try a different tactic.

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Now like I said, it was lucky that I had enough of all the parts on hand, I didn’t really have time to order the 2000 1×2 trans light blue tiles that I ended up using on this model.

And to ensure that the curvy wall was securely attached, I did some serious S.N.O.T. (Studs not on top).
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Another small detail that I wanted to look its best was the windows with the trans blue stripes on the left hand side of the back of the model
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I built the windows like this so that they would look clear through, and also attach to the rows above and below them.
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As they wanted some landscaping to complete the model, I created some mini trees
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They are mostly made with 2×2 round green plates and 1×1 brown cones. It was a fun little challenge to come up with these and create several different versions.

I’m pretty happy with the end result over all. šŸ˜€
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The model took about 60 hours overall. Its 2 feet long, 9 inches wide and about a foot tall.

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Quorra from Tron Legacy

November 29, 2010

Quorra from "Tron Legacy"

Iain Heath certainly has his own unique style when it comes to LEGO building. Here is yet another good example, Quorra from the new Tron Legacy movie.

This model represents something of a new direction for me, technique wise. I am trying to get away from my trademark “2X miniland” scale characters, and most of my major projects going forward are going to be at this somewhat larger (1ft) scale. I’m still working the ‘formula’, but this style should enable me to create much more detailed and lifelike characters.

Quorra from "Tron Legacy"

It was very heartening to see a stronger female character in this version (compared to the original), so I couldn’t resist modelling her in Lego!

The head alone for this model required around 50 bricks and 4 hours effort.

I look forward to seeing more of these new, larger Ochre Jelly creations. šŸ˜‰

Stopping to smell the flowers

September 6, 2009

With all the complicated techniques, the pizazz of the Ultimate Collector sets, and one builder trying to best another on the cleverness scale in LEGO building we sometimes forget to just make something small and simple.

That’s why Mike Stimpson’s “Flowers in a vase” appealed to me. With only a few pieces and great photography this picture really brightened my day. šŸ™‚