Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tomb of the Beloved

When I first got into the LEGO hobby, I built a ton of small-ish creations, but never posted them. The first thing I posted for anyone to see was the Ruins of Mourning. It was something I was incredibly proud of. Still am, in fact.

Three years ago, I ended up entering sort of a building hiatus. I still talked about LEGO, and bought sets, and attended events, but I couldn’t build. Most of my collection had ended up in storage. Circumstances, such as they are, have changed rather drastically, and now me and my collection have been reunited.

So, I present The Tomb of the Beloved.

The parallel between the Ruins of Mourning and the Tomb of the Beloved weren’t planned, but I think the metaphor fits rather nicely.

More photos (including WIP shots) can be found in the Flickr gallery.

Space mega base

Gerry Burrows combines science fiction and classical Greek and Roman architecture in this 28′ long colossus called Garrison of Moriah. Its height falls just a few inches short of 8′, only to be limited by the ceiling of the workroom. The idea behind the build has nested in Gerry’s mind for years, but it finally came to being when Gerry bought a new house with a custom-designed room to accommodate the creation, which took 9 months and over 200,000 bricks (thankfully Gerry has an understanding wife). Some of the highlights include a gladiator stadium, a giant waterfall, and a cavernous spaceship hangar.

UPDATE: Gerry has added more pictures to the gallery on Flickr including photos of the finished bridge.

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Lots of lovely tan. And remember, you don’t just have to buy LEGO from to help support The Brothers Brick — just click through from the main page anytime you buy something from Amazon and part of the proceeds will help keep TBB running.

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Tunable, playable LEGO ukulele

On the whole I’m used to seeing one thing pop up in Ross Crawford’s (RoscoHead) photostream: cranes. So spotting a LEGO ukulele there this morning was somewhat of a surprise. Discovering it worked was less of a surprise after the initial shock.

To quote Ross:

Realising I’ve never owned a uke, I decided I’d try to make one. But instead of using wood, like any normal person, I decided to use LEGO bricks. Of course, there were some challenges: 1) Shape, 2) Strength, 3) Tuning, 4) Intonation

So, after all that, I ended up with what I like to call an alto ukulele – it is tuned to C-F-A-D (normal ukes are generally tuned to G-C-E-A). I also thought it needed a stand so I can display it on the mantle piece, you can see it poking out the bottom. And I think it really sounds OK, but you can judge for yourself: Puff the Magic Dragon

And for those who missed the link in the quote, here is Ross playing a well known song on his LEGO ukulele.


Incidentally, this is how you make a tuning peg out of LEGO. Clever, no?

[Enter gratuitous sheep joke here]

I looked at it, so now you have to. Guy Himber has done it again and I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or run away. I do know one thing. It’s disturbing on a deeper level because someone just saw this over my shoulder and swore at my screen. So it must be good, right?

(Before anyone asks, all the pieces are connected…except for the eyebrows and nostril bits)

Stark raving sane, indeed.

You never can predict when inspiration will hit. Nelson Neto (NaNeto) was watching Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, and was struck by the roving theater. So he built it, and it’s wonderful.

This creation is just PACKED with details. I am particularly fond of the luggage on top and the functionality of the theater itself. There are tons of great photos, though, so check it out!