I’m a lumberjack and I’m ok...

Military technology often gets repurposed in peace time, so it makes perfect sense that in the future this might happen to Mecha or Exo-suits. A concept that is brilliantly envisioned by Dave Kaleta in the Lumberjack 4000, a terrifying tree killing machine:

This build is loaded with play features for all kinds of arboreal mayhem, including chainsaws, axes, and climbing spurs. But I really love the through-the-chest wood chipper and Buffalo Plaid color scheme! And the choice of a female operator (Lumberjill?) is a nice touch.

Seventy years since Market Garden

This weekend, in the Netherlands celebrations are being held to commemorate the 70st anniversary of Operation Market Garden. This was a bold attempt by the Allies to capture bridges over a number of important rivers in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands and build a bridgehead across the river Rhine. This would bring their forces to the doorstep of Germany’s industrial heartland and, in the words of Field-Marshall Montgomery, would end the war in Europe before Christmas 1944. Airborne Troops were dropped far behind enemy lines to capture the bridges, while ground troops fought their way from Belgium through the Southern Netherlands to relieve them.

Douglas C-47A Skytrain - 2

It was one of the largest airborne operations of the war, which inevitably involved large numbers of C-47 Skytrain transports, such as the one built by Kenneth Vaessen, still marked with the black-and-white stripes that were applied to aircraft that participated in the D-day landing a few months earlier. (Kenneth actually posted it a few weeks ago, but I decided to wait for this opportunity to write about it.)

Unfortunately, hings didn’t work out as planned. The relief columns were held up and German resistance, in particular in Arnhem, was much stronger than anticipated. The allied advance was halted, thousands of Allied troops were killed, as well as thousands of German troops and numerous Dutch civilians. The war lasted eight more months, but much of the Southern Netherlands was liberated during the operation by soldiers from Canada, the UK, US and Poland.

Between the Hammer and the Anvil

The stakes for SHIPtember just keep getting higher, as Stijn Oom sets the bar up another notch. His Hammerfall GunSHIP is an instant classic; a brutally utilitarian dropship in bulkhead grey, all screaming metal and monstrous engines.

Like all the best SHIPwrights, Stijn sucks you in with the initial enormity inherent to every SHIP, but it’s the details that count and the Hammerfall has those in spades. There are too many to list, so here’s a beauty shot of some of the best.

As if this build wasn’t cool enough, it was based on artwork by the frequently featured Pierre Fieschi. This sort of exchange of ideas between builders is, to me, one of the greatest parts of the FOL community.

“I wanna stuff some chocolate in my face!”

Inspired by his favorite song from the hugely popular Disney movie Frozen, Ian Spacek recreated this moment from the scene in which Anna sings the movie’s “I want” song – For the First Time in Forever.

Ian recently unveiled this at Brickworld Chicago, where I was lucky enough to see it up close. And fortunately, our pals from Beyond the Brick were there to interview Ian all about the build too. Wanna know how many log bricks it took to make that roof?! Watch and find out…

Friday Night Fights: Who is the weakest Link?

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another round of Friday Night Fights. Tonight we delve into the world of video games, and you’ll think you’re seeing double as we pit Link from Ninentdo’s Zelda series against… himself!

In the green corner we have a “manga scale” rendition of our Hylian hero by Rod Gillies, that comes with an internally lit treasure chest:

While over in the, er, green corner …ok, let’s call this one the pine corner… is a fully articulated version by Chris Roach.

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding, by way of comment, who will win the Triforce of Power, and who will get stuck with the Triforce of Incontinence. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, In pursuit of Exo-llence, Martin’s kitty mech narrowly beat out Niki’s APU, with a score of 9:8. But only because Martin voted for his own creation! Tune in next week for another action packed edition of Friday Night Fights!

I’d like mornings if they started later

Once again the Mixel eyes are working their magic, as you can see from these nifty versions of comic strip characters Garfield and Odie, built by LegoJalex. Garfield is accurately portrayed with his trademark lasagne (for breakfast!) and irritating canine alarm clock.

Garfield’s popularity undoubtedly lies in his unique wit. In fact, Wikipedia describes him as pessimistic, sadistic, cynical, sarcastic, sardonic, negative, obnoxious, snide, lazy and fat. My God, he’s basically my perfect role model!

Och aye the “No”

Last night the people of Scotland voted against breaking away from the United Kingdom, thereby ensuring an uninterrupted flow of Mars bars in one direction, and Doctor Who actors in the other. And proving that I certainly have no monopoly on capturing current events in LEGO, James Pegrum built this scene to mark the occasion:

Pointless political war to now rage in the comments…

I built a car, it turned out to be an alien robot

Lugnuts, the online club for LEGO car enthusiasts, is currently running its 83rd build challenge, called Only in America. It’s all about cars from the USA. I decided I was going to build a typical American muscle car as my entry: a Chevrolet Camaro.

Bumblebee (2)

Some of you may think that there is nothing particularly special about it. It looks pretty much like all of the other cars I build: it has studs on top, brick-built windows that are pretty much opaque and, while some bits of it are built sideways, the construction does not look particularly complicated. I suppose that superficially it’s a bit old-school really.

Even if you are a fan of Transformers and have realised that it is in fact the Transformer Bumblebee, from one of the Michael Bay live-action films, in car mode. It serves as the latest addition to my ever-growing collection of vehicles from films and TV series. However, you may not realise that there is more to it than meets the eye.
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Treasure Island – The Attack

This beautiful scene from the classic pirate tale, Treasure Island, is exactly how I imagined it years ago when I first read it. Vitreolum has done an incredible job here. From the stockade fence to the variegated log walls, from the posing of the figures to the lush tropical foilage, everything is just about perfect.

Treasure Island - The Attack