Monthly Archives: June 2013

USS Queen of the West

New Guy (or gal) Saturday rolls down the mighty Mississippi river with JBIronWorks, who provides today’s exploration into American military history with his interpretation of a Civil War era warship. According to the builder:

The Queen of the West was a side wheel steamboat launched in 1854 for service on the Mississippi river and its offshoots. In 1861, she was bought by Colonel Charles Ellet Jr., along with eight other vessels, and was converted into a fleet of rams, ordered by the War Department. Sent into service in early 1862, they served in many engagements, including The Battle of Memphis, where Ellet was mortally wounded aboard the Queen, his flagship.

USS Queen Of The West broadside view.

Designed for Speed

Does it feel like the first time yet, constant reader? Please join me in welcoming another newcomer Josh Derksen (armoredgear7) to the big build party, he seems like a decent fellow and he brought his own bottle. Josh also brought this slick model for your careful inspection, a spacecraft he describes as a “two-man scout ship designed for speed“. Space must be so terribly lonely; it’s good to bring a friend with you.

Scout - Canopy Open

Truckin’ Through Poland

TBB travels to Poland, where apparently there are no lousy builders, as we continue our coverage of New Guy Saturday. Adam Glowacki (Jakeof_), has a fine stable of models waiting for you on Flickr, including this excellent DAF XF. TBB’s own Wreck-it-Ralph is a big fan of this model, calling the big-rig “amazingly accurate for its scale” and would surely have blogged it if not for my weekend campaign of terror on this once serene almost pastoral blog of blogs.


The Spider and the Pretzel Thief

It is always a special occasion for me when I can bring you virginal content for TBB. As highly skilled and clever as they are, we know you get tired of seeing the same old builders dancing in the TBB spotlight as if they owned the joint. So on this Saturday, let us dispense with household names like Oolhu, Clites and Jones and make room for new blood. Making his inaugural appearance on our stage is an up and coming builder in the Castle genre who calls himself Masa of Kaliphlin. The giant looming spider takes me all the way back to 7th grade and Queen of the Demonweb Pits, so grab your polyhedral dice and a Mountain Dew while you peruse Unending Thirst

Unending Thirst

Please enjoy Masa’s Pretzel Thief at no extra charge, I think you will enjoy the bridge.

Pretzel Thief

Clone Wars Diorama

OliveSeon makes his second appearance on the Brother-Ship with a massive and yet to be titled Star Wars Diorama. The setting is some kind of Clone Wars military base / factory with many familiar vehicles in various states of readiness. The builder does a fine job of placing many of the elements on an angle; one of the keys to building an eye-catching diorama. Many builders have attempted large-scale Star Wars scenes over the years, but this one is a cut above, both for its ambition and faithfulness to the visual style of the cash-cow franchise.


My favorite area is the front door and cutaway ramp, that’s some fine boilerplate.

Friday Night Fights (Round 11)

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another rock ’em-sock ’em edition of Friday Night Fights! Tonight’s bout is a no holds barred cage-match for celestial supremacy. Let’s go to the tale of the tape:

Fighting out of the red corner, a southpaw from the Terror-Dome…F@bz, and his Huitzil.


And fighting out of the blue Corner, from somewhere beyond the heavens, Suboken LEGO Project and their Manta Wing.

Manta Wing 11

As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor by way of comment. On the last edition of Friday Night Fights, in the battle of the Iron Builder vs. the LEGO Pimp, it was the Aussie who delivered the 4-1 knock-out blow to even his FNF record at 1-1.

LEGO Microscope by Carl Merriam

LEGO certainly has some small elements, and Carl Merriam has really taken that idea to the next level with this fabulous microscope. I’m impressed with the build, and the presentation, and that’s what originally caught my eye. Then I read the description:

“A little more tinkering and I connected the focus to a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece, so adjusting the focus knobs would actually bring the writing on a LEGO stud in and out of focus.”

So in additon to be a beautifully presented, excellent build, it actually works.

Bravo, Carl. Bravo.

A Bear at the Fair: the Fighting Pits

Gideon_83 has made this fantastic cutaway vignette of a medieval middle-eastern fighting pit, wherein man and beast face each other in a barbaric clash.

His next most recent model—a more placid look at the toll the shifting desert sands take—strikes my fancy as well. It’s a beautiful use of a few colors and just a few simple pieces.

Cyberpocalypse Now

One of the most spectacular collaborations unveiled at Brickworld 2013 was a cyberpunk city full of tall buildings lit up with working lights. I had the privilege of providing a bit of input on the Japanese signage (a lot of which is very, very silly), and I was overjoyed by how wonderful the end result was.

First Draft

Cyberpocalypse 003

Like all great collaborations, the display involved many builders — Carter Baldwin, Chris Edwards, Nate Brill, Kyle Vreze, Forest King, Ignacio Bernaldez, Sam Wormuth, and Alex Valentino.

It’s beautiful in the dark, but you can see a lot more of the detail in the light.

Cyberpocalypse 006

Some of the signage is built from EL (electroluminescent) wire, though there’s plenty of brick-built lettering too. Carter saved my personal favorite for himself — a big building in the background that says “Foreign Girls” in giant red letters.

Cyberpocalypse at Brickworld 2013

Chris Edwards’ main photo has links to lots more photos.