Tag Archives: Microscale

Some say “Go big or go home!” but it takes real talent to compress something down to just a few studs and still keep it recognizable. Of course, many of the micro models we feature here aren’t so small after all, whether it’s a vast cityscape or starship.

Mining: Your Own Business in Space

Check out this cool microscale space mining operation by Outer Rim Emperor. He says it’s his first model in the Classic Space theme, and I think he’s nailed it. The big Octan tank is a nice, touch, too, though I’m not quite sure where Octan fits into LEGO’s chronology in relation to Classic Space.

Classic Space: Mining Station Calypso Theta 9

Stickering 101 – the magic tutorial

Applying stickers used to be something my dad would do for me when I built sets as a kid, and seems to be far less common in today’s adult builds. But anyone paying attention to the space builders this past year has seen a steady rise in stickering, especially in the micro-sized builds. Enter Jacob Unterreiner (4estFeller). We’ve seen him a few times here on this blog but I don’t think we’ve really seen him like this:

Micro GARC - 71

That’s a pretty amazing stickering job. But look at it closer, that’s a micro GARC and is only 11×5 studs! Feels a lot bigger, eh? He’s taken stickering to the next level and really able to skew the sense of scale with his intense stickering. By my count (assuming symmetrical stickering and no stickers on the bottom) I found 54 stickers! That’s probably 2-3 times the usual sticker sheet size for a 1000 piece LEGO set.

But dear reader, you might be asking yourself, how does he achieve such wonderful results? Thanks to our friends at Build Like a Boss who have been running a series of tutorials on everything from advanced bricklink buying, building frames or bases, and of course stickering:

BLaB Stickering Tutorial

You can check out the awesome three part sticker tutorial series:
Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

Micro light up Barad-dûr, the dark tower

It’s not the first time Sauron’s mighty tower has been blogged here, and it probably won’t be our last. But this latest version is bite sized and amazing:

Barad-dûr - Lights

Built for MocOlympics on MOCpages by Space Cadet Ian Spacek. Ian has integrated lighting to make the eye and lava flow have an eerie malevolent glow adding real atmosphere to the build. I just love how all the orange glows reflect off the bottom of the tower, and of course the eye!

Europe in Pictures

This pictorial map of Europe, by Matt Bace, is a ton of fun! The map itself is very well conceived and colors are really grab the eye, but the crown jewels of this piece are the little ‘icons’ that represent each country. The micro-builds are really fun and totally make this piece. My favorite is the Colosseum in Rome. Which is yours?

Pictorial Map of Europe

Microscale ZTL-135 military truck

I spent most of last week building microscale trophies for the SHIPtember challenge, so when I saw [Maks]‘s latest build I was thoroughly impressed with his micro abilities and build (and slightly ashamed of mine):

Micro ZIŁ 135

Not only has Maks been able to recreate the iconic ZTL-135 8 wheeled military truck with impressive accuracy, he threw in a working suspension just to make it slightly more impressive.

Space, Hammer Time!

This micro-scale Classic Space ship hits all the right notes in both shape and detail. The builder, Rancorbait, makes excellent use of a few parts. The one that really drew my eye was the repeated box shape near the front. Then I realized it was Thor’s hammer. It looks fantastic, and totally makes me feel justified in requesting this part in a LUGBulk order.

Mini Spaceship