Friday, August 24, 2007

More (Awesome) ApocaLEGO

Nathan Wells takes his turn at ApocaLEGO with his Checkpoint. Besides being absolutely amazing in general, this MOC incorporates quite a few unique uses of elements.

A few of the highlights:

Pirate ship mast used as electric pole, stack of upturned 2x2 dishes as....whatever those things are called, and the wizard lighting piece to shorted out connection!







Unique (SNOT) constructon of sandbags and greeblish barbed wire tangle using minifig hands, levers, and just about anything else small, black, and skinny.





Pirate hook-hands for the sniper rifle bi-pod. You can see this rifle in action in the previous picture.






Via The Brothers Brick.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Corner Post Office

Check out this Corner Post Office by Brickmann! It is very well done, with tons of little details - here are two you definitely won't want to miss:


the simple yet effective SNOT construction of the stairway light...











and the use of wheel fenders for arches over the windows.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Techniques with the New Skeleton Torso

Classic-Castle.com member earl-0 has recently hosted a building challenge to find out inovative uses for the new skeleton torso from the Castle 2007 product line. The results are quite facinating! Also check out this post for more info and links.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

I stumbled upon this beautiful MOC on Brickshelf yesterday - a model of Cape Blanco Lighthouse by mrjasonvv. My favorite technique in this MOC is the construction of the roof. Yes, it is just ordinary slopes used like slopes usually are, but notice that they are all 1x2's - it gives a very convincing clay tile or shingle effect.

Notice the 1x1 round plates at the edge of the roof and the 1x2 curved bricks incorporated in the ridge pole. Oh, and don't miss the clever SNOT door!

EDIT: those are NOT 1x2 slopes, they are 1x2 tiles mounted on a 45 degree angle! How did he do that? Also notice the roof of the tower - it is constructed much the same way.






Thursday, August 16, 2007

Burrower

This Burrower by BrickKenobi was recommended to me by Graeme Allen. Notice the binocs for the front feet and the pistols used in the construction of the back legs. I really like the minifig drill tool used in the front legs - it gives a nice beefy look to them. Well spotted, Graeme!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More Motorcycles

Motorcycles seem to be a popular subject right now. The great thing is that they all use one or another unique technique in their construction. Minifig hands and droid arms seem to be popular parts. Check out these new bikes by Noddy (WARNING: gallery contains some minifig nudity).

Friday, August 10, 2007

Spiral Staircase by Nathan Proudlove

Nathan Proudlove has come up with a unique design for a spiral staircase. See the detail picture here.