Monthly Archives: April 2010

Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe

Rod Gillies (2 Much Caffeine) blends sci-fi and history to create an alternative fictional aircraft from the German air force during WWII. As much as I like the innovative greeble sandwich aircraft, I like the tan hangar with its dark tan accents even more.

The builder would like to acknowledge that the swastika does not reflect any pro-Nazi sentiments. It is for historical representation only.

Ralph’s F4U Corsair, TBF Avenger, and A6M3 Zero are ready for Ed’s USS Intrepid

As Ed Diment works on his minifig-scale USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, Ralph Savelsberg (Mad Physicist) has been contributing World War II era fighter aircraft.

Ralph’s latest plane is the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Service’s Mitsubishi A6M3 “Zero” carrier-based fighter, or 零式艦上戦闘機 as I grew up knowing it. Long before I fell in love with the Corsair, the Zero captured my imagination, and Ralph’s LEGO version captures it accurately in brick.

LEGO A6M3 Zero fighter plane

A couple weeks ago, Ralph also posted a new pair of US Navy fighters, the F4U Corsair and TBF Avenger:

LEGO F4U Corsair and TBF Avenger US Navy fighter planes

Sobani Field Command Ship

I’ve never really built micro scale before, but I can certainly recognize a good creation. Take this Sobani ship by Pierre E Fieschi. Every part has a purpose, and each little bit is used to represent some undefinable space ship detail. Then, they’re all wrapped around a shape that’s entirely unconventional.

I’m also a big fan of the color scheme. I too have felt the siren song of dark red and tan on a big creation. I think both Pierre and I have to blame the designers at LEGO for using this color scheme in the Dino Attack line. Add that the Dino Attack sets were easy to find on clearance, and Pierre’s fleet becomes possible.

Sobani Field Command Ship

ChromeBricks releases new metallic colors [News]

ChromeBricks, the supplier of quality chromed Lego elements, recently released new colors including metallic silver, metallic gold, and antique brass.

To show the quality of the new metallic colors, I built a vignette integrating metallic silver parts from both LEGO and ChromeBricks. I bet you can’t tell which parts are official and which ones are custom. Indeed, the new metallic colors are a perfect match to LEGO’s palette. In addition, the metallic colors are much more affordable than their chrome versions.

The antique brass color creates a realistic battle look. Now you can make companions for the upcoming Atlantis Naga Warrior.

You can see our previous review of ChromeBricks here.

LEGO: A Love Story by Jonathan Bender [Book Excerpt]

LEGO A Love Story by Jonathan BenderBack in October 2008, I had the pleasure of spending some time with writer Jonathan Bender during BrickCon, who at the time was working on a book about adult fans of LEGO. A year and a half later, LEGO: A Love Story is out from Wiley.

I’ll let one of our other contributors do a more formal book review, but Jonathan’s book is that rare story about a hobby that’s actually about a whole lot more. It’s about how a deceptively simple children’s toy brings people together, as has become painfully self-evident over this past week, but it’s also as much about growing up yourself.

The Brothers Brick is pleased to bring our readers an excerpt from this new book.

I never expected to come face-to-face with my worst nightmare at LEGO headquarters, but there it is: a snarling red dragon — the namesake of the roller coaster at LEGOLAND. A 3-D model of the LEGO dragon is dissected into parts on the designer Jette Skovgaard Jensen’s computer monitor.

“That’s only the second roller coaster I’ve been on in my life. I’m a chicken,” I tell Jette as she walks me through how the model was built.

“I’m chicken too. I can’t look. But the challenge of something when it’s for LEGOLAND — we have to think about the whole family, like how to make it cool for a twelve – year-old and not too scary for a three-year-old,” says Jette. I ignore that I’m more than ten times the age she is trying not to scare.

She has the trendy glasses and spiky red hair of a designer in the 3-D Model Center. We’re at her desk inside Havremarken, the LEGO offices adjacent to the manufacturing plant. The building immediately makes me think of a Google campus, with employees on scooters whizzing by basketball hoops and table tennis tables in the hallways. The environment is certainly creative. A massively over-scaled red LEGO fire truck sits between cubicles, and nearly every employee’s workspace is decorated with a LEGO set or minifig.

I’m trying to get a sense of who the people are behind the brick creations I’ve been surrounded with for the past several days. Jette is a second-generation LEGO employee. She grew up in Billund, while her dad worked as a technician on the electronics and structural supports for the models that her mom glued.

“When I was a kid, I remember coming in the doors, it was very open. I thought I might leave Billund, but I was afraid. And here it was also easy to get a job once you are inside the company,” says Jette.

Download Chapter 16, “A Guest in LEGO’s House” right here to read the rest. For even more, LEGO: A Love Story is out now.

And yes, Nathan Sawaya built the book cover.

Firefox Star Racer

Apparently I’m having a rough time kick-starting myself back into blogging. The first thing I posted today had been posted by one of the other Brothers Brick. Therefore, I’m posting something of my own, that I managed to finally photograph recently. None of the others can possibly have beaten me to this one.

I started building this way back in December, with the intent of sending it to a buddy. For some reason, I couldn’t help but take it in a comical direction. Once I had the idea of building something facelike on the front of the cockpit area, I couldn’t resist the temptation.

I used to absolutely hate LEGO orange. I’ve been making an active effort to use it lately, and it’s really starting to grow on me. Even the worst color can come alive (or be dulled to be less offensive) when combined with the right other colors.

Firefox Star Racer