Monthly Archives: December 2007

Trucking small

Jarek (Jerac) not only builds microspace but also microtrucks and racers. Check out his latest Racing Transporter.

According to the builder, microscale trucks are much more challenging to build than microscale ship due to the latter’s higher density in piece usage, but in my opinion, to capture the realism of these real life models is the most challenging aspect. You can see some of Jarek’s other trucks here and here.

Tim Zarki is Bley — and so can you!

The color change from traditional grey to “bley” (bluish grey) may have caused some consternation among LEGO fans at the time, but things seem to have settled down to the point that builders like Tim Zarki (and our very own Nannan) have fully embraced The Bley.

Given the clear militancy of Bley Adherents, a Bley Ascendancy is surely not far off. I for one welcome our new Bley overlords, and as a respected member of the LEGO community, volunteer my services to round up insurgent “AFOLs” to labor in the orbital ABS mines of the Bley Collective.

LAML podcast interviews Rocko

LAML Radio‘s latest podcast is all about the castle builder Rock, who in recent months turned out some outstanding castle-themed dioramas and buildings, including his most recent Chateau Satan. Click on the image below to listen to the podcast.

Since this is an unedited interview there’s bound to be some memorable quotes:

“Well, uh, let’s see… who am I, um, I’m just a guy”

“I like The Brother’s Brick”

“There are some good things popping up on the internet like Nannan’s stuff, you know, his little demented, demented creations and all that. I’m a really big fan of that.” (Sorry, shameless self-promotion :) )

“..wholesome and lovely little pink cuddly, uh, uh [chuckles], lovable little fluffy creations that are just all cute and whatever…”

Hikone Castle by Takeshi Itou

Takeshi Itou may not be the most prolific builder, but his creations are always worth the wait. His latest creation is Hikone Castle. Today, the castle is a National Treasure because it’s one of the rare castles from the feudal era that wasn’t torn down or destroyed and then rebuilt in modern times as a tourist attraction.

But enough about the real thing. What makes Takeshi’s version special is the technique he used for the base of the castle; the three-dimensional rock wall is amazing, built from bricks, slopes, and tiles. The scale of the castle seems pretty close to MINILAND (as compared to the smaller minifig scale Takeshi normally builds in), which has enabled Takeshi to use plates for the roof rather beautifully.

Read more about the real Hikone Castle on Wikipedia (in English) or the 400th anniversary site (in Japanese).

(Via Klocki.)