This new ship by Stuart (OptimalControl) brings Neo Blacktron to a cool new level. The unconventional shape really makes an impact.
I also like that there is so much black against black surface detail, it really makes the few spots of color pop out, especially the cockpit. Speaking of the cockpit, it’s fantastic, it’s set at an angle we don’t see often, one that I’m sure took a lot of effort to achieve.
There is one type of space building that has eluded me, it is micro-scale. I’m frequently impressed by the ability of builders to put parts to use representing larger structures and details. This compression of scale can produce very interesting results. I’ve gathered a few interesting recently posted micro space creations below.
First is the hangar scene above, by Peter Reid. He’s built some really interesting structures here, like the gantry on the right side. Although it’s something simple, I also really enjoy the small treaded vehicles.
Next is this cool micro scale battle by Andrew Lee. Andrew has done an absolutely fantastic job creating damaged areas on the top of the big ship under attack from Neo Blacktron forces. I also love the escape pods being ejected from the ship, they add a great sense of life and action.
Carter Baldwin built The Montero, a ship inspired by the Sulaco from
Halo Aliens. Carter has made great use of the seams in between parts to give a purposeful paneled look.
Those of you who’ve built the LEGO Space Police sets will have noticed a number of subtle Easter eggs the LEGO designers included for long-time LEGO fans, including “Blacktron” spray-painted on the side of 5972 Space Truck Getaway.
Less subtle a reference but no less awesome, LEGO Designer Mark Stafford has built a Blacktron version of 5973 Hyperspeed Pursuit:
See more photos on MOCpages.
We usually don’t show photographs taken on grass or other busy surfaces but I’m making an exception for this beauty by Steven Locke (legoavon). Like his other work Steve has really gone all out in getting both the shape and the texture perfect. And it works so well.
Neo-Classic Space master Peter Reid has gone over to the dark side (albeit briefly, I suspect). Consistent with the NBT design ethos, his Neo-Blacktron Speeder is a variant of his own speeder designs.
And since we failed to blog it back in April, here’s Pete’s amazing “LL-117 Under Construction”.
Although built entirely differently, this version of Pete’s LL-117 looks as though the original is simply missing its skin.
The Ugokin aliens may have been forced back to the fringes of known space by the Neo-Classic Space fleet, but there are other powers rising in the void.
Andrew Lee (onosendai2600/Wintermute) and Fradel Gonzalez (Slice151) have kicked off what is sure to be the next building craze — Neo-Blacktron.
Here’s Andrew’s Heavy Fighter:
And Fradel’s Eliminator:
Check out all of Andrew’s Neo-Blacktron creations, Fradel’s NBT, and the new Neo-Blacktron group pool.
David McNeely (Blue Star Lego) has been having a bit of fun with minifigs lately.
More specifically, David’s been building specialized troops for the classic Blacktron faction, as well as a corresponding “Whitetron” force.
These remind me of Spy vs. Spy:
Long time space hero Dan Jassim has taken a break from retirement to present a batch of microscale space creations. Here are highlights of four of them, induding the Blacktron Destroyer, Space Skulls Battlecruiser, Exploriens Starship, and Unknown Bad Guy Assault Ship.
See them all in the post on Classic-Space.
Those of you who saw pictures from BrickFest the weekend before last will have noticed the six-foot-long ship dominating the Space display.
Safely back home across the northern border, Nathan Proudlove presents the Blacktron II:
Yes, the hull is made from regular bricks. It’s just so big that they can curve (a technique more familiar to castle builders).
I love the stern:
No, sadly, as the title might mislead, it is not a question of LEGO re-releasing the, in its days quite fantastic, Blacktron line. However, the space community more than makes up for that by producing some fun original models! First out is Ed Diment’s nicely chunky Black-CAT, a transport of sorts:
With a lot of moving parts, nice shape and a well-executed colour scheme, this is definitely something I’d have enjoyed as a kid. But no worries, I’ll enjoy it now instead.
Next up is Andrew Verner’s (aka Andrusi) Legion. At first sight one would think it is a CAD version of the original Blacktron Invader:
But lo and behold – he had us all fooled! With a few twists and turns it transforms into a robot!
Andrew has gone to great lengths to ensure that the ship mode still is modular, and he even put a .mpd file in his gallery which means that those with ldraw can take a look at how it is built (and even build their own!). Thank you for that Andrew!
And with that we end this session of nostalgia.