W. Navarre has fun with some red plates and tiles. The result is an incredibly smart yet utterly simple fly swatter. Some may say that this build isn’t practical, but I will disagree. Of course you can swat a fly with it–but probably only one.
The Alien franchise is home to some of the greatest sci-fi tech on screen, one of which is the bulky handheld motion tracker. Builder W. Navarre replicated this classic prop in 1:1 scale with LEGO bricks, and it is incredibly detailed throughout. Small details such as wires of varying thicknesses, screw holes, and side key pad with slightly spaced out keys make his replica believable.
My favorite detail of course is the readout screen itself, with a mosaic of cheese slopes representing the distances from the tracker… or the aliens in the room with you. Remember to look up.
What could be more awesome than a guitar made of LEGO? How about a guitar made of a LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon! Korean Builder Kkaebok turned his LEGO set of Han Solo’s infamous space freighter into a radical guitar, with everything but the strings made of LEGO. Plus, the cockpit and interior light up for extra cool points. Let’s be honest: who doesn’t want a guitar made of a LEGO Millennium Falcon?
Ingenious LEGO builders are always creating amazingly complex machines to do cool tasks — just check out this automated Christmas cookie decorating machine! Braiding rope is a fairly straightforward task for a human, but it’s complex for a machine because it requires strands to be passed underneath each other. It’s mesmerizing to watch Nico71‘s braiding machine pass three of the shuttles back and forth between the rotating spindles to interweave the 5 strands.
Although Destiny at this point is just over two years old, many players feel nostalgic for the first rifle your Guardian acquires in his or her adventure, the Khvostov 7G-02. A cracked reflex sight and custom attachments made this generic AR-15-like rifle special and one that told a story. In a bit of fan service from Destiny’s developers, one can, put simply, backtrack the first mission in a special quest to obtain an exotic version of the Khvostov (designated Khvostov 7G-0X) with wood furnishings and a repaired reflex sight.
I was inspired by this mission as it reminded me of what made me enjoy Destiny in the beginning. This, combined with a desire to build something that looked like a real firearm and to finally construct something life size with wooden components, led to the construction of my LEGO Khvostov 7G-0X. The build measures over 40 inches long, weighs 5.5 pounds, and has some working components including a removable magazine, moving trigger, and sliding charging handle. I also constructed two sights: the repaired reflex sight, and the original cracked reflex sight.
Watch a 360º view of the LEGO Khvostov and view its functions in action in the following video.
See more photos of this replica on my Flickr.
Milan CMadge is on a roll. We’ve only just featured his fabulous LEGO camera and then he comes out with this brilliant cactus model. The color choices here are superb — the olive green offering a smart contrast to the bright blue of the tub. The plant shaping is pretty cool, but don’t miss the use of loose 1×1 round plates for the soil. I’m not normally a fan of models you couldn’t turn upside down, but this seems an appropriate and effective use of the loose brick technique. I want one of these for my desk at work. I think I could cope with the amount of maintenance and care it would require.
It’s time to put your smartphone camera back into your pocket and embrace the wonder of the Graflex Speed Graphic camera. Back in the 1960s, Graflex cameras were the standard camera used by press photographers (before some were renamed paparazzi). Milan CMadge has built a LEGO version of this famous camera that is remarkably accurate compared to the real thing.
The method of building the flash housing is particularly clever, as Milan has used 3mm flexible hose to shape the reflector and a couple of curved cockpits for the bulb. Interesting bit of trivia now: the 3-cell Graflex flashgun was modified and used as the prop for Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber in Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.
It’s Friday before Halloween, and all good ghouls and ghosts are starting their haunts. Can you hear it now? The creaking iron door, the thunder clashing? Can you see the dusty, dilapidated mansion? I can. It’s time for Tales from the Crypt. Jason Allemann has given us a spooky Halloween version of his pop-up book, with an appropriately spooky gate inside. Step inside, if you dare!
Life-size LEGO creations are the best, especially when the subject matter is an everyday, mundane item. Like a shoe! These two pieces of LEGO footwear by AnActionfigure are great! The red high-top Chuck certainly looks like the real deal at first glance and the black pump is sheer sexiness.
Like a real Converse shoe, this LEGO one has those little breathable holes at the arch of the foot, a shiny white top cap, and it even looks a little collapsed in on itself thanks to a few expertly placed hinge pieces. Check out this other view to see how the front of the shoe is even a little wider than the rest.
And of course, in addition to your everyday kicks, you need a basic pair of high heels (for those nights out on the town). This shoe looks a bit uncomfortable, but I guess that is true of nearly any high heel, so I say, well done.
Taiwanese builder James Zhan has built this lovely LEGO version of a bridal bouquet. He doesn’t give any details but it has a customized brick or sticker that says “Adam”, followed by another name that I can’t quite make out. I’m thinking he may have built this for an actual wedding. If so, it’s a really nice touch and those brick-built flowers are incredible.
My grandmother was quite the baker. Her farm produced tons of fresh fruit, and fruit pies were a particular specialty. There were never leftovers. Her crust, in particular, was divine. You know what her secret was?
She followed the recipe.
W. Navarre clearly did not follow a recipe, and this pie is good enough to eat. I particularly love the translucent red for the delicious cherry filling. The cross-hatch pie crust on top is perfect, and looks appropriately tender and sinking into the pie, just like it should be. The build feels like it just came fresh from the oven, which can be a tricky thing to convey.